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Celia de Anca

Professor of Global Diversity


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Celia de Anca is Professor of Global Diversity at Spain's IE Business School. She is also director for the school's Center for Diversity, focusing on the development of female talent in the corporate world through training programmes for women directors and entrepreneurs in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Her work covers both emerging forms of finance – such as Islamic finance – and the social and cultural dynamics at work in globalization.

Celia believes that her work is filling a gap between a strictly academic approach to diversity and the hands-on diversity training conducted by consultants and in-house corporate learning departments. "At business schools, we can give more depth to what corporations are doing but we also need to take on board more of the practicality that corporations and consultants use in their teaching." 

She was ranked #47 in the 2013 Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers.

Global Diversity;

Managing Diversity in the Global Organization;

Emerging Forms of Finance

Managing Diversity in the Global Organization: Creating New Business Values





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The Spanish-born professor, fluent in Arabic and English, has a PhD in philosophy and two masters degrees.

Prior to joining IE in 2006, Celia taught banking and finance at the Euro-Arab Management School, an online academic institution developed by the European Union and the Arab League.

She has also worked for the Fundación Cooperación Internacional y Promoción Ibero-América Europa. (CIPIE) and at the International Division of Banco de Santander. She has a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston), and from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She holds a degree and PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with a comparative thesis on Islamic, ethical/ecological investment funds and on the London Market.

Dr. Anca is the co-author of the Managing Diversity in the Global Organization. Macmillan 2007. Her articles have been published in specialized journals, in addition to regular articles in the press.

She was an external advisor of the Merrill Lynch's Diversity & Inclusion Council 2006 to 2008. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee of InverCaixa' s Ethics Fund, Spain and a member of the International Scientific Committee of the University Euromed in Marseille, France and member of the Scientific and Academic Advisory Council of the Gender Equality project Switzerland. She is also member of the Executive Committee at IE Business School.

She has received the award of the Women Executive of the year 2008 by the Business Women Association of Madrid (ASEME) and was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award.

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