IBEI Alumni News #11
Fall/Winter 2021
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Insights on the new academic year

  • The academic year 2021-22 started with a high proportion of face-to-face classes. Demand for some MA programmes has been strong, with a significant increase in the final intake of students in comparison with the two previous academic years. Students come from 44 different countries. IBEI has resumed 100% face-to-face teaching.
  • The IBEI board gave the green light to the Strategic Plan 2021-2025. A steering committee has been responsible for conducting work over previous months, and has also involved different IBEI stakeholders. In addition, an e-retreat was organised with all IBEI staff members to discuss the main areas of work. The final document is available here.
  • The Alumni Council is the governing body and driving force to promote and conduct joint alumni projects. The graduate community has more than 1,500 members, providing important critical mass for alumni projects and supportive initiatives for graduates. A meeting of the Alumni Council will soon be held to assess and discuss future projects.

IBEI Alumni Local Chapters organise kick-off events

The China Chapter

The Online Kick-off Meeting & Event took place on 24 November. Xin Wu (MIR 2021), Climate Change and Sustainable Development Fellow at UNDP and Hengyi Yang (RMIS 2023), Researcher at the Saint-Pierre Center for International Security, gave the insightful lectures. Speakers discussed #China's Changing Policies in the post-pandemic era. Members of the China Chapter include IBEI alumni and students working across the public sector, private sector, and in IOs, NGOs, management consulting companies, think tanks, etc.
We aim to create a community, connected professionally and personally, and provide a space for networking, knowledge and the exchange of experience, professional development and beyond. We warmly invite all IBEI fellows, alumni, professionals, and students who are interested in the chapter and have personal experience with the region to join our community and stay connected.
The Barcelona Chapter

IBEI’s Barcelona-based alumni and its current students met on 28 October to foster networking and discuss shared challenges. It was the first meeting of the #IBEIalumni BCN Chapter and was supported by the IBEI Alumni China Chapter. The leads for the Chapter are organising one new event per semester. The initiatives will focus on career development.

First results of the 5th Alumni Employment Survey 2021

The fifth job placement survey has been carried out at IBEI. The project aims to collect data systematically, every two years, on the employment situation of recent graduates (the last four cohorts) who respond to the survey. The main findings corroborate that graduates of IBEI Master’s degrees work full-time in a wide spectrum of sectors. The comprehensive analysis of the survey will soon be available on our website.

Mentoring Programme for incoming students and a new professional perspective

A heads-up! We are preparing our mentoring programme campaign, which will start at the beginning of January.
We will send an email to all alumni who have been mentors so far and we will extend the invitation to all graduates. Furthermore, our mentoring programme is due to expand its mentoring services. In what way? From a professional perspective, we have identified a new need amongst students and recent graduates. It involves them being able to ask for advice and mentoring from graduates with a solid professional background, and may help recent IBEI graduates achieve their professional goals. We will provide further information in the near future.

News from Alumni

We are delighted to share information about our alumni:

👉🏽 The following interview with Janine Cruz, IBEI graduate 2020 is published on the IICA website. Link
👉🏽 Read this news published in Forbes Magazine: ‘The democratization of donations’. Worldcoo is led by Sergi Figueres, IBEI Alumni 2008. Link

👉🏽 A message from Irene Villani, an alumna from the class of 20218-2019, who recently started working for a Madrid-based organisation, specialised in the use of IT services for humanitarian action, in their data protection department. They organise training courses on data protection and GDPR applied to the humanitarian sector. The training courses are aimed at professionals and organisations in the humanitarian sector, in order to update them on data protection regulation, and are run by professionals in the field. She would like to invite the Alumni network to attend the events and, possibly, spread the word to colleagues working in the sector, in order to raise awareness on data protection and its growing importance. Link
👉🏽 André Consolmagno is a former IBEI graduate; 2017 International Development class. He participated in the Practitioner Seminar Series that IBEI is organising this Autumn. Link

👉🏽 Final Research project awards. For the 9th & 10th consecutive year, IBEI has granted the Final Research Project Awards for outstanding master dissertations. Link

Professional Stories

Jennifer A. Patterson
Master's in International Relations 2009-10, currently working as Regional Communications and Public Information Officer at the Regional Office for Africa, International Labour Organization, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

Gemma Sykes
Master's in International Relations 2009-11 (Part Time), currently working as Deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, Quito (Ecuador).
Camila Aviña Zavala
Master's in International Relations 2005-06, current Member of the Mexican Foreign Service. Deputy Director-General for Development, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mexico). 

Luoyi Zhou
Master's in International Relations 2016-17, currently working as Communication Specialist, World Health Organization, Beijing (China). 

Alumni Cafés

The Alumni Council launched this initiative as an opportunity to strengthen ties within the IBEI alumni community and share insights on the professional development of all IBEI peers.

▶️ Watch the Alumni café that took place on 18 November:
Achieving social impact through entrepreneurship
Stella Mally, MIR 2007-08. Co-Founder of and

Access the recording here
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