IBEI Alumni News #9
Spring/Winter 2021
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Updated News about the IBEI Alumni Meeting, 18-19 June 2021

Mark your calendars!

The alumni meeting will be held online, as the current situation does not allow us to meet. However, on Friday 18 June, the Barcelona Chapter will host two activities, which alumni will be able to join, in compliance with regulations. The two informal activities planned are: a running/walking activity for a cause and a sustainable action such as cleaning the beach. The approximate schedule will be as follows:
  • Friday 18, June (6pm):
    Barcelona Chapter meeting
  • Saturday 19, June (11am - 1pm):
    Barcelona Chapter activities
  • Saturday 19, June (3.30pm - 7.30pm): Annual Meeting (online)
More information will be available soon. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or wish to get more involved, please, let us know (

Two more #IBEIAlumni Chapters are soon to be created

Two more #IBEIAlumni Chapters are soon to be created, and will follow the pioneering initiative of the Barcelona #IBEIAlumni Chapter. Graduates Virginia Hang and Mariona Oliva are leading the Asian and Colombia initiatives respectively.

As for the Barcelona Chapter, the first meeting took place in mid-February. The discussion addressed the actions on which the chapter should focus. Several plans are to be shaped in the short and medium term. On one hand, the Barcelona Chapter will host the Alumni meeting on Friday 18 June 2021 as well as organising two activities. On the other hand, the Barcelona Chapter is putting a mentoring programme in place between IBEI students and IBEI alumni living in the city. More is planned so stayed tuned!

Summer School discounts for Alumni

17 June - 2 July 2021

The IBEI Summer School in Global Politics, Development and Security 2021 has already been announced. The Summer School is designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of international security, international development and global politics issues. IBEI Graduates get a discount of up to 40%, defined in accordance with the number of courses on which the student enrols.

A New Local Network of Alumni Programmes

IBEI is leading a local network of alumni programmes, created recently, to exchange experiences, evaluate proposals and learn from others.

This new contribution of our Institute aims to reinforce our community and establish lifelong alliances from a wider local perspective.

News from Alumni

We are delighted to share information about our alumni:

👉🏽 The following article is by M. Bahadir Ileri, #IBEIalumni from the Master's in International Relations, currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Ankara University. "The 1994 Rwandan genocide: Practising the Heidelberg conflict methodology.

👉🏽 Alumnus Andrei Tarasov joined IBEI in February as a research fellow. He is a PhD candidate and an academic tutor at the School of International Studies (University of Trento, Italy). He has a BA with honours in International Relations from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and an MA in International Security from IBEI. 

👉🏽 IBEI alumni Julián Andrés Villarreal Solano has obtained the REEDES Award for the Best Master's Final Dissertation on Development Studies. For the third year in a row, the 2020 REEDES (Spanish Network of Development Studies) Award for the Best Master's Final Dissertation in Development Studies has been awarded to an IBEI student. Julián Andrés Villarreal Solano received the award for his project 'Citizen visible audits on the execution of development projects in Colombia: Do they make a difference?' as part of the IBEI Master's in International Development, in 2018-19. Read more

Alumni Cafés

The #IBEIalumni Cafés continue throughout this second semester. They are held every three Thursdays. The programme is a result of the contribution of several alumni fellows. Participating in these cafés is a further step to make IBEI alumni an active community and learn from graduates who studied a similar Master's course. Around twenty-five people register for each Alumni café and half of them attend the webinar. The session is an opportunity to gain insight from other IBEI peers, and current IBEI students also participate. Most of the Alumni cafés are recorded and are available on our website.

If you feel like sharing your experience and wish to start a debate on the future of your job market, please complete this form.

Mentorship Programme

As you know, the mentorship programme is the longest standing of all the IBEI alumni initiatives that have taken place so far. IBEI’s outreach campaign for the 2020-21 academic year got fully underway once the admissions process opened for IBEI Masters. In January, we contacted all IBEI alumni who had mentored a future IBEI student in previous years. We received a great response from you and are now in the process of allocating students as they are accepted onto our programmes.
We would like to say a big thank you once again to everyone involved.
If you wish to become a mentor, please fill in this form.


Our aim is to bring the IBEI community together in the Alumni Platform. It comprises a directory to share and to look up and find other alumni. The platform aims to be the official place where all alumni can gather.

To join our community, you can sign up at

Professional Stories

Miguel Alberto Gomez
Master's in International Security 2015, currently working as Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, Switzerland.

Stefania De Santis
Master's in International Development 2016-2017, currently working as Evaluation Support Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C. (USA)
Federica Genna
Master's in International Development 2015-16, currently working as Junior Consultant Security & Justice at Ecorys, Rotterdam (Netherlands).
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