About us

Corporate Learning, Reinvented

Transforming businesses through the power of people
Who we are

Real time business. Real time education

We are a joint venture of the Financial Times and IE Business School. Together, we bring a unique blend of business insight, expertise, business acumen, leading academic faculty and a global network of educators to co-create customised corporate learning and executive development programmes – in multiple languages, to almost any sector, anywhere in the world.

The expertise of the Financial Times

The FT has been the guide to business for more than 125 years, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Our FT journalists are close to the source. They know the facts before they become news, helping our clients to stay one step ahead. They understand the big political, economic and technological trends as well as the small details of policy that can make or break a business.

The learning innovation of IE Business School

From its foundation, IE Business School have made it their business to disrupt. A triple accredited institution, it offers the world’s number one distance online MBA (QS, 2017) and the 3rd ranked non-US MBA in the world (Forbes, 2017). Through technological immersion and a culture of innovation, IE brings an entrepreneurial mindset that gives our programmes a sharper edge and greater impact.
Why us

Real partnerships, true customisation

“In everything we do we have to consider what this could look like in the press. Having an FT journalist to bring this home was very powerful and made a real impact.”
— Bahare Heywood, Clifford Chance

Business schools have been offering customised development programmes for decades. But few deliver on their promises to provide practical solutions to real business problems. That’s where we come in. Our entire approach to learning rests upon the idea of true partnerships with our clients, co-creating custom learning solutions that help them solve their strategic challenges.

Our programmes go beyond traditional, theoretical business education. As well as more than 500 academics from the world's top business schools, we also bring expert insights from practioners, consultants and business journalists who operate close to the action. Together, they bring new perspectives to the complex challenges facing today's global organisations.

This unique combination results in customised programmes that challenge entrenched mindsets and foster initiatives that help our clients to push boundaries and lead the future of their industries.

Why us

Stories of impact

Our clients are leaders in their fields and expect the best, but you don't need to take our word for it. Take theirs:
Working with Corporate Learning Alliance is holistic. It’s more than just faculty, they’re extremely flexible in terms of programme design. They’re also ready to co-create. We can bring in top-level executives to help deliver the course, as well as actors, writers, journalists.
Rory Simpson, Chief Learning Officer
I found working with Corporate Learning Alliance a real pleasure. Working with the FT is an important part of the whole programme for us. We work closely to design a programme that works in the context of our business, and one that we can roll out across the globe.
Bahare Heywood, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance's methods and expertise, combined with the magnificent faculty, were the main reason to choose them.
José Miguel Caras, Learning & Development Director
We identified a rich thread of FT insight which we wanted to use in the most effective way. The result was a perfectly tailored learning solution.
Jeni Taylor, Head of Business Performance and Leadership
The alliance

Our global, yet local, executive network

Our Alliance members are top business schools and learning organisations – globally as well as in their region and country – bringing with them international and local expertise and a wide range of capabilities, faculty and resources.
Our global alliance
Global educator network

Expertise, delivered

Our clients demand deep expertise in a broad range of areas. Working with over 500 thought leaders, academics, consultants, practitioners and coaches means we can deliver global or local expertise anywhere, at any time.
are former CEOs or senior executives
have consulting and business advisory experience
are from top 20 globally ranked universities
are from top 3 business schools in their countries
FT journalists who are experts in the most recent, relevant business issues
countries where we currently operate
have delivered programs in more than 10 countries
languages we can deliver in: Arabic, English, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish
How we help our clients

Expertise and experience

Our leadership reflects our global approach, working across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. They understand our clients’ strategic challenges and lead our teams in the development of programmes that deliver real, demonstrable outcomes.
Gustaf Nordback

Gustaf Nordbäck

Chief Executive Officer
With a successful track record in the financial and education sectors, Gustaf brings valuable experience of growing businesses that have brought a disruptive approach to the status quo and a unique insight into companies’ strategic needs.
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Liz-Anne Gayle

Liz-Ann Gayle

Head of Innovation
Liz-Ann's team brings innovative learning methods, technology and impact measurement tools to our programmes. With a background in financial services and leadership development, Liz-Ann helps us deliver real impact.
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Ana Sanchez Linares

Ana Sanchez Linares

Director of Global Expansion & Delivery
With nearly 15 years of experience in the education sector, Ana leads our Expansion and Programme Delivery teams. As well as working to design effective programmes that deliver impact, she’s also responsible to build real and long-lasting relationships with our clients.
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Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Executive Editor
Michael is a Financial Times contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He provides a valuable link with FT journalists to ensure the best fit of subject matter experts with the content of our programmes and the needs of our clients.
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Marcos Gorgojo Molina

Marcos Gorgojo Molina

Director of Faculty
Marcos is responsible for the development of our global educator network. He ensures there is an efficient integration between our content and our international experts and supports our clients to ensure our programmes are delivered by the best people at a global level.
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Antonio Montes

Antonio Montes

Chief Relationship Officer
With extensive experience in the executive education sector, Antonio maintains essential connections across our worldwide alliance of partners. He holds leadership positions in international organisations promoting cross-border learning collaboration and development.
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Marc Thivessen

Marc Thivessen

Chief Operating Officer
A former commercial director of a research division of the Financial Times, Marc is responsible for our strategy and operations, and the marketing, branding and communications functions, as well as the relationship and synergies with the FT.
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Kristian Pedersen

Kristian Pedersen

Finance Director
With more than 20 years of international work in finance and auditing, Kristian leads the finance teams reporting on the growth and expansion of our business in key markets in Europe, the Middle East and Japan.
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Michel Rosier

Michel Rosier

Global Head of Corporate Partnerships
Michel leads a worldwide team of vice presidents responsible for building partnerships with new clients and ensuring our programmes address their strategic needs.
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Our research

The Pulse Report: your guide on corporate learning

Our Pulse Report presents the results of an independent attitudinal study among business executives and learning and development professionals across key markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The survey asked senior managers for their views on the impact of their investment in the development of the people working in their organisations. The results provide valuable insights on the issues that global organisations will be trying to address over the next years.

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Our solutions

Nothing off the shelf

Every business challenge and opportunity affects companies in different ways. Some solutions require a single subject focus. Others involve a complex mix of issues that call for multiple, overlapping perspectives.

Our approach is 100% adaptable, but one thing is always the same: we start with your real needs.

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