Sopie Manigart

Academic Area:

Entrepreneurial Finance

How and when did you get to IE?

September 2010

What sport do you practice?

I like very much tennis and ski, I also practice running to keep a little bit in shape but I don’t like it at all.

What is your favorite book?

Gabriel García  Marquéz, “100 years of solitude”, but I would also like to recommend a book of a Belgian writer, Paul Verhaeghe, “Omega Minor”, a very intelligent novel on consequences of the second world war. Currently, I’m reading a book that I also like very much: “Corazon helado” of Almudena Grande, unfortunately in translation.

Where were you born?

Ostend, a small town along the Belgian coast

What is your favorite dish?

Everything that tastes nice, from Cocina Madrileña and home-made stew to white asparagus with chips of Norwegian wild salmon and holandaise sauce. And of course, mousse au chocolat.

A memorable moment:

Lots, with family and friends, travelling and meeting new people, professional rewards,…

What does it mean for you to be a good professor?

Building up a rewarding relationship with (a group of) students

How do you keep up-to-date?

During my sabbatical, I fortunately have more time to read. I’m very old-fashioned, still addicted to paper. I don’t like twitters, blogs,… too much!

What is your secret for your classes or presentations?

Enjoy, and try to get the most out of the students.

A ritual before teaching:

Relax and try to be there before the students arrive.

What is your favorite quote or motto of life?

“Plus est en vous” – “more is in you”

What has been your worst experience in the classroom?

As a rookie teacher, I had to take over a class of a colleague who was ill, but in a domain that I did not really master, and for experienced entrepreneurs. It was horrible.

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