Alumni Professional Stories
Virgina (Hui) Zhang
Virgina (Hui) Zhang
IBEI alumni 2012-2013, admitted to MBA/MA at Wharton Business School & Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA)
"My education at IBEI prepared me to deal with the sophisticated dynamics existing between governments, indigenous groups, and other stakeholders. The development courses at IBEI laid out a solid foundation for me to understand the infrastructure sector in Latin America, and the cases we studied in classes turned out to be highly applicable when dealing with similar situations in real life."
IBEI alumni 2014-2015, currently working as a Project Manager Economic & Social Development at KfW Development Bank (Middle East, Frankfurt, Germany).
"The Master’s in International Relations definitely prepared me for the political dimension of my work and helped me understand the history and background of the ongoing conflicts in the region I am now working in."
Juan Carlos Triviño-Salazar
IBEI alumni 2008-2009, currently a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral fellow at IBEI - Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona, Spain).
"It has been one of the most life-rewarding experiences I have ever had. I arrived in a very young institution with a very energizing teaching staff that everyday motivated and expanded my way of thinking. The proximity of the teachers and the cohesiveness of my class were important elements that enriched my experience."
IBEI alumni 2013-2014, currently working as a Strategic Coordinator of labour at the Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitiveness (Quito, Ecuador).
"At this moment, I think I'm working on what I want; improving peoples lives through the constructions of public policies and international cooperation. In the future I'm considering looking for a job in an International Organization to experience working from the other side."
IBEI alumni 2012-2013, currently working as a Programme Officer at the International Organization for Migration (Quito, Ecuador).
"IBEI allowed me to focus on the areas of peace, security and development studies. I enjoyed the mixture between theoretical courses and seminars focussing on practical experience of development programming. I also benefitted from the exchange with students from different backgrounds and countries."
Kaytlyn M. Gilner
IBEI alumni 2015-2016, currently working as a Global Education Consultant at EF Education First (United States).
"I was immersed in a culturally diverse environment and was able to learn about global affairs from many different perspectives. I was able to take my new way of thinking and what I learned from this program and apply it to my life in the United States."
"It was a very intensive learning experience. One year of full time Master made IBEI being your home, spending many hours learning and working there and building strong relationships with both classmates and professors."
IBEI alumni 2007-2008, currently working as an Associate Director for Communications, Department of International Programs at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences New York (USA).
"The Master’s program was quite a good learning experience for me, as I had no previous studies in International Relations before IBEI and I found a great job out of my Master’s degree. All of my work since IBEI has had a strong international component and I owe that to the work I did at IBEI"
IBEI alumni 2014-2015, currently working as a Research Assistant at FHI 360 in Durham, North Carolina (USA).
"I enjoyed the opportunity to work together with culturally and linguistically diverse colleagues. I learned a great deal about global affairs from a broad array of perspectives through collaborative coursework with real-world, practical applications."
Judith Trasancos Rodríguez
IBEI alumni 2010-2011, currently working as a Public Affairs Officer for the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the US in New York (USA).
"I learnt for the first time about International Relations thanks to IBEI’s masters. Thus, I use that knowledge every day. But of course, if I am to talk more specifically about my day-to-day tasks, this Master has given me the tools to analyze and understand the dynamics at play at the United Nations."
Léonie van Tongeren
IBEI alumni 2008-2009, currently working as a Special Assistant to the Regional Director for Europe at Open Society Foundations in Barcelona (Spain).
"Most IR students tend to think about working for governments, international organizations or businesses, or NGOs, but keep in mind that working at philanthropic institutions can be really interesting as well."
IBEI alumni 2008-2009, currently working as a Director at United Explanations and Expert in Climate Change in Barcelona (Spain).
"The most interesting part of it was debating topics and exchanging views with people from diverse origins and having different perspectives. I think that was really enriching."
IBEI alumni 2011-2012, currently working as a Director of Lifelong Learning for Worldreader in Barcelona (Spain).
"The relatively small size of the institute enabled me to develop close relationships with my peers. Although I’m happy to see many of them succeeding in their career choices, I miss the days when we were coming up with the best excuses for being late to class."
IBEI alumni 2013-2014, currently working for German Development Cooperation (GIZ) as an Independent Consultant in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
"I was convinced that the international study environment would contribute not only to my professional but also to my personal development."
IBEI alumni 2011-2012, currently working as a Managing Partner for Europe Conflict and Security Consulting Ltd.
"There was something really special about that time, no doubt. Your biggest worry was getting to class on time. You had an in-built community of friends from all across the world; that’s hard to find in the ‘real world’."
IBEI alumni 2013-2015, currently doing an internship at the Embassy of Spain in Amman, Jordan
"There might be many people looking for a job just like you but there are plenty opportunities too. Make the most out of all opportunities you might be given, take yourself out of your comfort zone into different cities and countries".
IBEI alumni 2008-2009, currently working as a Freelance Journalist and Spain correspondent for EU Observer
"The knowledge I acquired in the Master has contributed a great deal to my work as a journalist. I have a much deeper understanding of how different international organisations work and why."
IBEI alumni 2005-2006, currently working at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a Senior Advisor at the Board of Director.
"With a background in economics, I decided to take IBEI programme to understand better other aspects of the international scene. The courses in Politics, International Law and International Relations Theory gave to me powerful tools to understand better the complexity affecting politics, institutions and the international economy".
IBEI alumni 2009-2010, currently working as Communication Officer at Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies
"Apart from getting to know a wonderful group of people from all over the world, I also gained practical experience in comparative analysis, research methods, multicultural team work and efficient time management. I was very pleased to be chosen to speak on behalf of my fellow students at our graduation ceremony, which took place in the middle of a war also known as the FIFA World Cup".
IBEI alumni 2010-2011, currently working at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) as a researcher
"The Masters programme at IBEI provided me with the necessary academic and theoretical background and knowledge, as well as with some of the methodologies used in my current position. I have also very fond memories of IBEI’s familiar atmosphere, the variety of courses thought by some of the most distinguished professors in their fields, the bilingual setting, the diverse background of fellow students, the many cheerful moments with friends over tapas, beer and wine in one of the plazas in the city, and of course my beloved, village-like neighbourhood, Gràcia. All this makes it for me a lasting experience that I can only recommend to anyone seeking for a future path in an international professional sphere".
IBEI alumni 2006-2007, currently working at the University of Geneva as scientific collaborator and master’s coordinator
"I remember often the type of exercises we use to be taught at our courses and seminars in IBEI. Mainly, on those based on the casebook method, where we as students could read specific cases, topics or projects since it stimulated us to develop analytical skills and to induce/deduce the main concept for the subject matter".