As a Belgian based in Spain, Geoffroy Gérard has developed his professional career in higher education in the past fifteen years. Currently, he is the Managing Director of the IE Foundation, institution supporting IE University and providing access to talent, developing knowledge generation and generating impact projects through the engagement of students, alumni, donors, faculty, and corporate patners.
Geoffroy also leads several transversal projects across IE, such as the Hay Festival in Segovia or the Reinventing Higher Education conference, which brings together the presidents of universities worldwide, as well as other stakeholders, to debate the challenges and new trends in the sector.
Previously he was Deputy Director of Communication at IE, being specifically in charge of all national and international communications coverage for IE University. His professional experience, having been a part of the development of a growth strategy for the university, includes relationships with the media, public relations, organization of corporate events, and strategic and institutional relations.
In the area of Executive Education of IE he was also Managing Director of the Global Senior Fellows Initiative, a pioneer program in Europe, directed at high-level executives with an already consolidated professional trajectory and extensive experience who wish to continue influencing the society around them.
He speaks Spanish, English, and French, earned executive training in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has an Executive MBA from IE Business School, a Master in Corporate Communication from the Pontifical University of Salamanca and a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.