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XIII ESADE Alumni Annual Conference

22/01/2008 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Barcelona


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Over 2,000 ESADE alumni have made this XIII ESADE Alumni Annual conference a resounding success. The event, forming part of ESADE's 50th anniversary celebrations and under the slogan 'Inspiring Futures' took place in a unique venue: Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. The Conference was presided over by the Their Royal Highnesses the Princes of Asturias, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, who commended ESADE's achievements in education.

Germán Castejón, ESADE Alumni President, opened the event by highlighting the role of ESADE's faculty and their enormous commitment to the School. He also praised the support of more than 450 alumni, mostly presidents of clubs and international chapters, whose cooperation has made the association's tremendous progress possible.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, and Isidre Fainé, President of "la Caixa", in addition to other dignitaries and business representatives.

In his speech, Mr Fainé envisaged managers of the future as those capable of assuming that new times will bring with them lower margins, teamwork and executives capable of sharing recognition.

In turn, Mayor Hereu urged ESADE students to become ambassadors for the city of Barcelona, of its way of doing things and its participatory spirit.

Carlos Losada, Director General of ESADE, presented some of the School's projects for the future, such as a new Global Executive MBA Programme (GEMBA) in partnership with Georgetown University, or the new CREAPOLIS campus at Sant Cugat del Vallès near Barcelona.

Prince Felipe, who delivered the final part of his address in Catalan, welcomed his invitation to participate in the event and stressed that "Time has proven the founders of ESADE right," as the modernisation of the Spanish economy over the last fifty years "has required well-trained professionals". "Barcelona has become one of the world?s major centres of excellence through countless efforts and initiatives, among which are the business schools that have their headquarters here," added the Prince. Through his presence and that of the Princess, Prince Felipe hoped to underscore, "the importance that the Crown attaches to developing our human capital, which is Spain's best asset to boost [our country's] economic growth and social welfare".

As part of the event, the Princes of Asturias took part in presenting the ESADE Awards, which on this occasion were delivered to the founders of the institution: the Society of Jesus and ESADE's founding businessmen. The award was accepted by the representative of the Provincial of the Society and the Vice-Chairman of the ESADE Foundation Board of Trustees, Ignasi Salvat. In representation of the founding businessmen, the award was accepted by Alfonso Vila, Joan Coma Cros, Ignacio García-Nieto, Ignasi Vidal Arderiu and Pilar Sáez, widow of founding member, Raventós.


The XIII ESADE Alumni Annual Conference will focus on commemorating ESADE's 50th anniversary (1958-2008).

This major celebration will be held on Tuesday, 22nd January 2008 at 7.00 pm at the Liceu Opera House.

The slogan of the conference, 'Inspiring Futures', recognises the fact that ESADE has been inspiring futures in one way or another for 50 years.


6.00 pm Doors open

7.00 pm Start of event

7.05 pm Welcome
Germán Castejón, President of ESADE Alumni

7.10 pm 50 Years of ESADE

7.15 pm ESADE International

7.20 pm ESADE and the Business World
Lecture by Isidre Fainé, President of "la Caixa"

8.00 pm ESADE: Inspiring Futures
A speech on the challenges of the future by Carlos Losada, Director General of ESADE

8.10 pm ESADE Awards Ceremony

8.25 pm Can You Imagine the Future?

8.35 pm Toast: 50 years of ESADE. Anniversary cake served.





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