Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Students to Graduate

July 21, 2011

Manuel Sánchez, CEO of Abengoa, to Deliver Commencement Address

Fourteen months ago, 31 students in the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program arrived in Washington to begin a global journey. They traveled from North America to Asia, Europe, and South America, where they studied first-hand the business cultures located on these continents. On July 23, these students will return to Washington to graduate, earning degrees from both Georgetown University and Spain’s ESADE Business School.

The commencement will take place at 3 p.m. in Gaston Hall on the Georgetown University campus. Manuel Sánchez, CEO of Abengoa, will address the graduates. Read the address here.

“This class has experienced global business beyond the classroom through interaction, collaboration, and consultation with successful executives around the world,” said Melissa Trotta, associate dean for executive degree programs at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “We are extremely proud of all of them, and we look forward to observing how they each draw upon these experiences to achieve their personal and professional goals.”

The Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program is a partnership among Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service and the ESADE Business School in Spain. It is taught through six residency modules spanning four continents.

Rather than combining a traditional MBA program with international travel, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA immerses students in the worlds of international business, politics, leadership, and management in eight major centers of business and policy-making: Bangalore, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Washington, D.C.

Within the class of 2011, students represent 12 countries and speak 14 languages. The group has an average of 13 years of work experience and more than 30 percent of the graduates earned an advanced degree before enrolling in the program. This third class within the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program includes students from a variety of backgrounds, including energy, government, defense, financial services, pharmaceutical/biotech/healthcare, technology, consulting, manufacturing, and nonprofits.
Media who wish to attend the graduation ceremony or who would like to learn more about the innovative Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-4080 or
About Manuel Sánchez:
Since 2010, Manuel Sánchez has been CEO of Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating energy from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating seawater, and recycling industrial waste. He also has been a member of Abengoa’s board of directors since 2007.

Since 2004, Sánchez also has been chairman of Telvent, a company he joined in 1989 as a software engineer. He later went on to perform duties as a project director and sales director. In 1995, he was named Telvent’s executive vice president in Mexico, where he lived for five years. Upon his return to Spain in 2000, he was named executive vice president of Telvent energy and environment, a Telvent subsidiary. In 2001, he became general manager of Telvent, and has been the company’s chief executive officer since 2002.

Sanchez holds a degree in industrial electrical engineering from the ICAI in Madrid, Spain, and has a master’s degree in business administration from the IPADE in Mexico. In 2009, Sanchez was awarded the 15th Javier Benjumea Prize from the ICAI Association of Engineers in recognition of his professional career and his social and human values.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit