Investment Decision Master Class and Corporate Diplomacy Dinner

by IE Global Alumni Relations

Off Campus

Sun, 23 Apr 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Hotel Continental

Stortingsgata 24/26, 0117, Oslo, Norway

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About the Event:
The event will start with a session that highlights the challenges company leaders face when stewarding firm resources, especially with regards to making strategic investments in challenging political and economic times. Our speaker for this session is Dr. Gayle Allard, who has built a successful career in the field of economics, and is one of the most highly-ranked professors of the MBA program at IE Business School.  In her session, Gayle will call on the concepts she touches on in her Country Investment Simulation elective/course, and complement the discussion with insights on key market factors leaders are currently having to navigate, such as the election of President Trump in the United States, and the Brexit negotiations which are currently getting underway between the UK and the European Union.

After Professor Allard’s insightful session on how to effectively manage firm resources and investments, participants will be invited to join IE’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, Mr. Joël McConnell, for a multicourse dinner that will include a talk on the importance of Corporate Diplomacy.  Firms that succeed in the global sphere today understand how to manage stakeholder interests, both in the market and nonmarket space, and so the dinner conversation is a complement to the topics we’ll have seen during Gayle’s talk on how to steward firm resources in the economic and political environment leaders are facing.
These events are exclusively for applicants to an IE degree or Executive Education program, and for IE alumni, so join us to learn about highly relevant topics and meet other successful professionals who are looking to further develop their career, and gain added international exposure.
The event agenda:
  • 18:00-18:15 Registration and IE introduction
  • 18:15-19:30 Master Class
  • 19:30-21:00 Dinner and Talk on Corporate Diplomacy
Dress Business Casual


Hotel Continental

Stortingsgata 24/26, 0117, Oslo, Norway


Joël McConnell

Regional Director Europe & Central Asia, International Development Department

IE Business School

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Joël worked in the financial sector before joining IE Business School’s MBA program. In fact, he had such a good time in the MBA that he decided to stay, joining the institution first as the Director of Financial Aid before he moved to our International Development Department, where he led the Asia Pacific team. Today he’s responsible for the Europe and Central Asia team, and personally stewards IE’s activities in the Central and Eastern European countries, and Israel. In addition to his degrees from IE Business School, he’s also a graduate of both the Judge School at the University of Cambridge, and just graduated last month from his postgraduate program at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. And, he’s fluently trilingual.

Gayle Allard

IE Business School

Professor at IE, teaches Economic Environment and Country Analysis. A Native of California, she has spent most of her adult life working in Europe, especially in Spain. Professor Allard holds a PhD in Economics from University of California at Davis. Her research is focused on labor markets and development issues in a world that has been radically changed by the financial crisis. She is very visible in the international media, writing articles as well as being interviewed by the leading international press, radio and television on global economic issues. She has worked as both an economic researcher and analyst for prestigious institutions such as JP Morgan and The Economist Intelligence Unit.

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