In today’s extremely fast-paced and perpetually-changing society, the truths we hold sacred seem to be changing all the time. There is an ubiquitous sense of fear and bewilderment towards our future, but also excitement about new and unexpected opportunities. We have more questions than ever, but no definite answers. Join us in exploring where we seem to be going, to define what might be our world of tomorrow. How will our relationship with technology evolve? What will the impact of such socio-technological changes be? We are more wired than ever, but are we less connected? Is virtual going to be the new reality? And most importantly: is the future of humanities still human?



What are the jobs of tomorrow? How can we prepare ourselves for the unknown? It’s time to get ready for those challenges and opportunities that don’t exist… yet. 


How do we calculate and mitigate risks as technologies become increasingly powerful, complex, and misunderstood?


Extraordinary technological change has revolutionised the way we interact with information and people. How has an ever-increasing availability of knowledge impacted how we engage with each other, with meaning and with ourselves?


5G and Artificial Intelligence are driving the future of medicine, redefining it completely. What are the extraordinary opportunities behind these innovations? How can they help us to build better and healthier communities around the world?


It is expected that people will now remain in the workforce for 50+ years. But what about increasing levels of stress, pressures to work agile, longer hours, virtually, and having to upskill and reskill? Explore job vitality and its link to sustainable health, wellbeing, and happiness.


We spend 3 months, on average, conducting 34 searches, visiting 380 websites and viewing half a dozen videos before purchasing our vacation. And what greets us on arrival? Queues, delays, weather, sold-out attractions… With digital all-together redefining tourism, what measures can help travel to continue to exist?



Marta has lived in fourteen countries mainly for work. During her time abroad, she did hundreds of presentations, negotiated and closed big deals with presidents of different nations, ministers and top CEO´s from the most relevant companies worldwide. Her goal was to promote foreign investment through publications within The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, El País and others. Marta  then started her own company, Speaker Coach, in order to coach employees and senior executives on public speaking, negotiation, sales and intrapersonal communication to achieve ambitious goals.

Dr. Nick van Dam is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, researcher, best-selling author and facilitator on Corporate Learning & Leadership Development. He is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential and is inspired by insights from positive and development psychology, the neurosciences and philosophy. Dr. van Dam has over 30 years of business experience as a former Partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR-Executive and Client Advisor at McKinsey & Co., as well as Deloitte. As an Advisor, he has served more than 100 Clients around the world. Nick is Chief Learning Officer at IE University, serves on the University Board and is a Professor.  He is the founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation, which has provided free digital lessons for more than 20 million underprivileged elementary school children.

Hugo De Lacy is Chief Operating Officer at AIS CHANNEL, a world leading online platform for surgical education. Know as “the Netflix of Medicine”, AIS CHANNEL’s main mission is to offer high quality surgical education by the best surgeons of the world for free, online and using state of the art technology. It is present in 184 countries and its enormous influence has led to the establishment of strategic alliances with companies such as Google and Sony. Hugo explores how to build businesses that have a real impact on society by taking advantage of mind blowing innovations.

Prashant Kumar is a dynamic and accomplished Product Management professional with significant experience and success in driving growth, slashing costs, optimizing operations and developing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Forming a bridge between Tech and Business, he excels in consulting leadership, product automation and scalability, organizational data analysis, and project management. Mr. Kumart is also an analytical professional skilled in successfully navigating organizations through periods of accelerated growth and expansion, as well as a collaborative communicator continually focused on building relationships and promoting synergy across business lines and global units to drive positive change, comprehensive business approaches, and enhanced profitability. Tech-savvy, proactive, resourceful, and respected.

Maruan El Mahgiub is an IE IMBA alumnus and the Director of Business Strategy for Mormedi, a design and innovation consultancy with offices in Spain, Japan, and the UK. He was formerly an award-winning strategic communications professional in Tokyo and a management consultant focused on the life sciences in the UK. In his current role he helps companies succeed in the age of disruption by creating innovative business strategies based on real user needs.

Daniela Cadena is a growth designer, with over six years experience in product development and customer experience. Creative and empathetic, she is pursuing a Masters in International Relations at IE, focused on inclusive policy design of vulnerable populations. Ms. Cadena is committed to using profit-driven models and sustainable solutions that leverage 4IR emerging technologies to solve the world’s most complex problems and strongly believes robots are not to be feared.

Michael Bayle has spent over two decades in helping digital organizations launch and scale new ventures and is currently the Executive Vice President for Mobile at Amadeus. In this role, Michael leads the commercialization and innovation strategies for an extensive portfolio of mobile capabilities on behalf of Amadeus customers including airlines, travel agencies, airports and hotels. Prior to joining Amadeus, Michael held senior executive positions with several leading media companies and start-ups, including ESPN, GroundTruth, Amobee, Yahoo and Microsoft. Michael is a world traveler and holds several degrees from Stanford University include a bachelor’s degree in Japanese, BS and MS in Computer Science. He lives in Madrid, Spain and in his spare time enjoys jazz clubs, scuba diving and watching Atletico Madrid.

Karolina Korth is a trained psychologist with passion for innovation and has over 10 years of experience in transformation in multinationals. She has a wealth of experience in corporate innovation and business development in healthcare and smart cities. Currently, she works as a Chief Digital Officer and Head of Strategy at Siemens Mobility in Spain where she defines and implements digital offerings on the cutting edge of mobility. Karolina is also a founder of Health 2.0 Kuala Lumpur and the FeMale Voice of Mobility – movement to empower women in male dominated industries. She speaks regularly at conferences targeting digital transformation and gives lectures at business schools and universities.



Who is organizing TEDxIEMadrid?

TEDxIEMadrid is a student-run event organized at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain with a clear aim: we are looking to inspire students, alumni, and our community by offering them a platform, from which to engage with speakers that are currently transforming our society.

TEDxIEMadrid Team


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