Henry Mintzberg

After receiving his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), Henry worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways, and then received a masters and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. In 1968, Henry Mintzberg returned to McGill, where he joined what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management. He currently holds the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies, having been half-time since the mid 1980’s, and has been a visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, London Business School in the U.K., Insead in France, and H.E.C. in Montreal.

He devotes himself largely to writing and research, over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. In 2004, Mintzberg published Managers not MBAs, in 2007 Tracking Strategies, in 2013 Simply Managing, and in 2015 Rebalancing Society, the implications of which are now his central focus. He is also completing a monograph entitled Managing the Myths of Health Care.

He has worked for much of the past two decades, in collaboration with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, Japan, and now China and Brazil, on developing new approaches to management education and development. Henry is teaching in both The International Masters in Practicing Management (it has been running since 1996) and the International Masters for Health Leadership (since 2006). Both are rather novel ways to help managers learn from their own experience. In 2007, CoachingOurselves.com was developed, which brings all these efforts to natural fruition, by enabling small groups of practicing managers to develop themselves and their organizations in their own workplace. A GROOC (MOOC for groups) called Social Learning for Social Impact will appear on edX in September 2015.

In all, he has published about 170 articles and 17 books. Honors have included election as an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l'Ordre national du Quebec, selection as Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management, and two McKinsey prizes for articles in the Harvard Business Review.

Andy Freire

Andy Freire is Axialent's co-founder and CEO. Entrepreneur in the business and social domains, after working at Procter & Gamble, he founded and led Officenet, a company that revolutionized the industry of distribution (retail) of office supplies in Latin America growing from one to almost a thousand employees in a 4 year span.

When he was 18, he created the Fundacion Iniciativa, for the promotion of leadership among the Latin American youth. He collaborates weekly with CNN in Spanish as "Expert Entrepreneur." He was distinguished by the World Economic Forum as "Global Leader for Tomorrow", by the Endeavor Foundation as "Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year" and he was one of two finalists who received awards as "World Young Business Achiever" in the Philippines in 2002.

Andy has a Licensure in Economics magna cum laude from the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina and an OPM from the Harvard Business School. His several projects got funded by world recognized financial institutions such as GE Capital, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, George Soros, KKR, Santander Bank, Bank of America, Warburg Pincus, Louis Vuitton, GP Investimentos and Tommy Lee Putnam.

Andy has participated as a motivational speaker at several events in Europe (such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain), Asia (such as The Manila's Entrepreneurial Forum), Latin America (such as the Interamerican Development Bank Annual Conference in Santiago, Chile), and the US (such as The Economist Annual Conference).

Isabel Aguilera

Isabel Aguilera Navarro was born in Sevilla in 1960, where later she attended college and graduated earning a degree in Architecture and Town Planning from University of Sevilla. She furthered her education attending Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) to earn her MBA and later an Executive Management Program Certificate from University of Navarra’s IESE Business School (Madrid).

Isabel's professional career began in a small software company for engineers and architects. Her work has mostly dealt with the field of information technology. In October 2005, she participated in The E-Business Congress held in Bilbao under the theme "Creativity and innovation in business" with a presentation entitled "Case Studies for an effective e-commerce."

She has worked for company's such as Compaq, where she was the head of marketing and communication; Dell Computer Corporation, where she held the post of managing director for Spain and Portugal – under her leadership, increased its market position in Europe and moved from 9th to 1st in the Spanish market; NH Hotels where, as the Chief Operating Officer, she was responsible for the daily operations and financial performance of NH Hotels worldwide. She also served in sales and marketing capacities at Olivetti, Airtel Movil (Vodafone), and Hewlett-Packard, in March 2006 she was appointed as Director General by Google for Spain and Portugal, a position she held until the January 15, 2008. Around this time she joined the board of Indra Sistemas, the leading Spanish information technology and defense systems company. Isabel serves as member of Executive board at Banco Mare Nostrum, S.A. She has been a Director of Banco Mare Nostrum, S.A. since February 12, 2013 and Oryzon Genomics S.A since November 3, 2015.

According to Forbes Magazine she is one of the 50 most influential businesswomen, The Financial Times considered her to be one of the top 25 senior managers in Europe. El Mundo called her one of the 100 most influential people in Spain in 2006. Her experiences and accomplishments testified to her ability in her career in the corporate world.