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Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño

Presidente IE University, IE University

Santiago Iniguez is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. He was the first recipient (2019) of the Founders Award by Thinkers50, the prestigious global ranking of thoughtful leaders in Management.

He is the author of “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (2011), “Cosmopolitan Managers: Executive Education That Works” (2016), and “In An Ideal Business: How the Ideas of 10 Female Philosophers bring value to the Workplace” (2020), as well as co-editor of “Business Despite Borders: Companies in the Age of Populist Anti-Globalization” (2018), and “Executive Education After The Pandemic. A Vision For The Future” (2021), and “Philosophy Inc.: Applying Wisdom to Everyday Management” (2023), all published by Palgrave Macmillan (Springer).

Iniguez is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development. He is a Global LinkedIn Influencer and has been recognized as the leading Spanish influencer in Management.

Iñiguez is one of the founders and board member of Headspring, a joint venture between IE Business School and the Financial Times, offering custom programs for companies. He also serves on the boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), and the Aramco Foundation (Saudi Arabia). He is member of the advisory boards of Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), LUISS Business School (Italy), Mazars University (France), and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He was the first European to become Chair of the Board of AACSB, the global association of business schools.

Iniguez is the former Dean of IE Business School and has played a leading role in business education. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. He was the first European appointed as “Dean of the Year” by Poets & Quants (2017).

Iniguez is Professor of Strategic Management. He holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.


  • –present
    Presidente IE University, IE University


  • 1991 
    IE Business School / Universidad Complutense, MBA / Licenciado en Derecho y Doctorado en Filosofía Moral, Política y del Estado


Founders Award, Thinkers50