We disseminate the knowledge generated

  1. Creation and organization of events sponsored by the Centre
  2. Participation in conferences and seminars with families and other interest groups
  3. Collaboration with associations, centres and other networks


The center organizes and promotes corporate events -conferences, congresses, presentations, awards, commemorations, etc.- that can provide business families with knowledge and an effective network of contacts.


Asia-Pacific Family Business Symposium 2022

September 28, 2022

Academic Keynote

Cristina Cruz- Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the IE Center for Families in Business

The University of Western Australia will convene the Asia Pacific Family Business Symposium 2022, with the aim of detailing "Family Business Models: recovering from COVID-19". Around 24 research papers will be presented through a student colloquium. Academics, research students, and business professionals are invited to participate in the symposium.

"Family Business Research Academy Conference"- International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2022

June 22-23, 2022

After two years without being able to take place, IFERA, the Congress of the International Research Academy of Family Business, took place at the University of Cantabria on 22 and 23 June. Cristina Cruz, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the IE Center for Families in Business participated as Keynote speaker.


"Family businesses facing the challenge of innovation"- IE Center for Families in Business in collaboration with EY Empresa Familiar

April 5, 2022

The report was carried out by the academic director of the center, Cristina Cruz, in collaboration with Juan Santali, professor of strategy at IE University. The event was attended by first-rate speakers including Gonzalo García Andrés, Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support; José Luis Blanco, Executive Director of the Family Business Institute; David Ruiz-Roso Moyano, managing partner of EY Empresa Familiar, and representatives of relevant family businesses: Grupo Antolin, Grupo Lantero, and Grupo Leche Pascual.


"Personal philanthropy profiles in Spain" - CaixaBank Talks 

November 25, 2020

With the intervention of the authors of the study
Cristina Cruz - Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the IE Center for Families in Business
Rachida Justo - Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Director of the Entrepreneurship Department at IE University

The aim of this conference is to bring the figure of the great donor closer to society in general and to value his contribution. The meeting will discuss the ecosystem, challenges and areas for improvement, good practice cases and references from other countries.

We will also be joined by two philanthropists who have participated in the study.

Sixth edition of the European Family Business Congress

November 19-20, 2019

A 2-day event organised by European Family Businesses, the federation of EU national associations representing the long-term family business.

This edition held in Madrid served not only to highlight the importance of family businesses, but also to address and discuss the main challenges affecting business families in a changing and disruptive European context.

Family Office Summit 2019

October 14-15, 2019

Exclusive and private space focused on executives and family business members, successors and shareholders who seek to acquire knowledge and exchange ideas and experiences to manage more effectively the family and the company in which they operate.

Family Office: a comprehensive and practical vision

September 17, 2019


Master Class directed by Álvaro de la Haza, Executive Vice President of Consentino. Discover and learn more about Family Office, asset management or allocation among other key points.

Business Families: How to create value across generations

Next call: 29 May - 05 July 2019

Spanish / Online / 5 weeks

This business management course offers the opportunity to create value across generations in family entities. Today, it seems that the concept of family business has become obsolete and the challenge is to develop a transgenerational vision to facilitate the success of these organizations. The management of the estate, the family and the company, as well as the solutions demanded by each type of business will be the main issues of this training program. Students will earn an IE Exponential Learning Achievement Certificate upon completion of the course.

Family business day Banca March: "Financing alternatives for the family business and the family business as an investment opportunity"

May 9, 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao hosted on May 9 a day on family business sponsored by Banca March, focused on financing alternatives for this type of companies, as well as on the investment opportunity they represent.

This event was attended by numerous executives of Banca March and other family businesses. It was moderated by Carlos Mas, president of Centro Families in Business at IE and Manu Álvarez, economic correspondent El Correo.

Family Governance and the Role of Women in Family Business

April 2, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, the conference "Family Governance and the Role of Women in Family Business" took place, an event organized by the ESE Business Family Center of the University of the Andes and sponsored by Credit Suisse.

The main speaker was Cristina Cruz, Director of the Families in Business Center at IE. The academic María José Bosch, outstanding researcher and director of the Work and Family Center of ESE Business School, also presented.

The conference took place at the ESE Business School of the Universidad de los Andes.

Innovation in Entrepreneurship & Family Business with Adriana Cisneros

March 14, 2019

Adriana Cisneros is the CEO of Grupo Cisneros, a family-owned company with a global presence focused on media and entertainment, digital advertising solutions, real estate and social leadership. She is also president of the Cisneros Foundation.

Adriana Cisneros shared her views on the challenges of innovation, entrepreneurship and family businesses, with Paris de l'Etraz, Managing Director of the IE Venture Lab, and Cristina Cruz, Director of the Families in Business at IE Center.

The challenge of reinventing Europe - Center for Families in Business

June 26, 2018

In a context in which Europe is facing an unprecedented crisis in which it is competing with younger and more dynamic emerging economies, it is necessary to highlight the role of business families, which is a fundamental engine of the European economy, They play a role in the construction of the new European model.

Europe needs to reinvent itself, while preserving its identity and values. Successful European business families who have learned to innovate from tradition, adapting their business models over generations, know a lot about this.

This event led by the Centre Families in Business at IE allowed us to reflect on the challenges faced by European business families as an engine of change in Europe’s transformation.

The event presented the following speakers:

18:30 - Welcome - Carlos Mas, President of the Families in Business Center at IE.
18:45 - Family, Values and Entrepreneurship: Keys to the success of European business families - Cristina Cruz, Director of the Families in Business Centre at IE.
19:15 - Roundtable: Building European Families for Europe’s Transformation: Present, Past and Future - Alfonso Líbano Daurella, President of the European Family Business Network, Member of the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola European Partners and Vice-President of Cobega, S.A. , Carlos March Delgado, Co-chair of Corporación Financiera Alba and Director of Banca March.


The Family Business Club is a student initiative. The club, which each year elects a new president and a coordinating team among the students, is one of the most active and emblematic of the IE campus, and is supported by the ie Center for families in Business.

The Club has a wide network of students and alumni who are part of business families or have an interest in its activity.

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