Carlos García Suárez
Strategy, currently focused in Corporate Social Responsibility issues and also teaching an elective course on Renewable Energy Business.
How and when did you get to IE?
I first got to IE as a student at the Executive MBA program, that was back in 1990. Then a few years later, and I think it might have been 1995, I started my activity as an associate professor. At the time, I was a partner in a consulting firm that focused in Corporate Environmental Management, and I proposed Prof. Garralda that IE students could benefit from being exposed to this topic, thus we started a process that latter took me to cooperate with Prof. Javier Carrillo in sustainability issues.
What sport do you practice?
Several, but I specially enjoy jogging, skiing and mountain hiking
What is your favorite book?
That is really a tuff question. I believe I do not have too many vices in live, but buying and reading books it is certainly one of them. Let me just tell you about two books I have recently read that I have enjoyed. One was an essay “Ill fares the land” by Tony Judt and the other one a novel “Kafka on the shore” by Haruki Murakami. I can recommend both of them.
Where were you born?
What is your favorite dish?
This is easier that the one about the books. Paella could be close to my favorite dish.
A memorable moment:
The last time my two year baby girl gave a smile, which was this morning
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
A good professor is able to communicate passion, he or she makes you share some sort of vision, he encourages to keep on learning, it is not so much about passing specific amounts of information, it is more about sharing an insight into things
How do you keep up-to-date?
I tried to read a few of the main academic and professional journals in my areas of interest. Also because I have a professional live parallel with my academic life, I keep updated by attending congresses, discussion forums, and essentially talking to people in the markets I operate
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
Quite frequently a class goes well when, before going into the classroom, you have a clear idea about what do you want to transmit that day. I enjoy navigating from the general points of view to the details of the issues and discover that in apparent minor decision you can quite frequently find an underlying big issue. In addition, I like to use the privilege of having a group of highly qualify students in front of me to share with them my view of things, maybe opening to them new points of view that they have not realized before. I try to use as few slides as possible and make them as simple as possible. In my experience, quite frequently the less slides you use, the better class,
A ritual before teaching:
I do not have a physical ritual that I am aware of, but I tried to reflect few a minutes before going into the classroom but what I want to transmit in the class.
A story in the classroom
In one of my courses on Corporate Social Responsibility, not now, but before I used to ask the students to work in group about a company of their choice and present an study about the CSR strategy and implementation. Most group tended to do a pretty formal presentation, but I remember in one of the Executive MBA classes that group went out to the stage and actually performed a kind of short theatrical representation about the company. It was really unusual and funny, and also effective.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
To have a mind unshaken by the impact of worldly conditions, free from sorrow, undefiled, secure, this is the greatest act of blessedness (by Siddhārtha Gautama)
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
Whenever you realize that you are not capturing the attention of the class, that a disconnect has occurred and that you are actually missing a chance to make an impact and make things better