March 2011.  This week, IE Business School joined leaders from Brown on the Ivy League University’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island to kick off the first joint program developed by the two schools.  The IE Brown Executive MBA is a 15 month blended learning program that has been created specifically for the entrepreneurially-minded, globally aware, and inquisitive executive.

The program is truly one-of-a-kind, as Dean Santiago Iñiguez remarked at the convocation: “We are starting something that doesn’t exist in the rest of the business education industry. You [students and faculty] are going to be the protagonists in something that marks history, both in our institutions and in management education.”

David Bach, Gama Martinez, and Vani Nadarajah were also present to celebrate the inaugural class.  The group of “pioneer” students is as diverse and unique as the coursework and the Brown and IE faculty teaching that content.  The 24 students were born in 14 different countries, currently reside in eight different countries and span a total of 12 industries.  Forty percent of the participants of the program are women… marking the highest percentage in any of IE’s EMBA programs to date.

The keynote speaker for the opening ceremony was Craig Cogut.  A 1975 Brown graduate, Cogut is also a University trustee and founder and co-managing partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors.  He emphasized the multidisciplinary nature of today’s  successful leaders, and how the combined study of management and the humanities will help IE Brown Executive MBA participants succeed in a time of intense global change.

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