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INTERVIEW SERIES A Conversation with Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., President, Thunderbird School of Global Management By Leena Soman DR. ÁNGEL CABRERA , president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, is a world-renowned global leader and management educator whose work and expertise has been recognized and tapped by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named Dr. Cabrera a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002 and chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2007, the United Nations asked him to chair the international taskforce that developed the “Principles for Responsible Management Education,” a voluntary framework to promote global corporate citizenship subscribed to by more than 200 business schools worldwide, including Thunderbird. In 2008, he was named a Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. A native of Spain, Dr. Cabrera earned his Ph.D. and MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BS and MS in engineering from Madrid Polytechnical University. IIENetworker: What makes Thunderbird global? Thunderbird has partnerships and operations in China, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, and other par ts of the world. On September 30, 2011, we will launch a new management training center in Kazakhstan. But this is not what makes us global. We are global because we educate globally-minded citizens. Our mission since the school’s foundation in 1946 has been to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide. We deliver on this mission by infusing global perspectives into every classroom discussion, research project, and hands-on learning experience. Our faculty, staff, and students come from all over the world to participate in this process. They are bound by their passion for diversity, quests for adventure, and self-assurance in cross-cultural environments. Our people are global; therefore, our institution is global. IIENetworker: What are the most effective ways to educate global leaders? Making global leaders hinges on three traits: global mindset, global entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Global mindset allows leaders to decode what is going on around them in cross-cultural environments and choose the right behavior for each circumstance. Global entrepreneurs convert their understanding of cultural, social, and economic Thunderbird School of Global Management President, Dr. Ángel Cabrera differences into real-world solutions. And global citizens build lasting relationships of trust as they consider issues such as ethics and social responsibility. Learning these skills requires not only the right curriculum, but also a set of learning experiences that exposes students to multiple cultures and requires them to take action in those settings. It also requires an institution with deeprooted values that can help shape students’ understanding of global challenges and opportunities. IIENetworker: What role does business education play in educating global citizens? Aspiring managers form many of their core values in childhood, long before they reach business school. As a result, some institutions think it is too late to teach the difference between right and wrong. Others remain leery of imposing their values onto someone else. Our position at Thunderbird is different. We believe education is always embedded with values and it is our responsibility that the education of future global business leaders is driven by a clear sense of professional ethics, social responsibility, and global citizenship. Business schools must make it clear to their students that honorable managers do not accept bribes, engage in corruption, or violate basic human rights. There should be no negotiation around these things. Thunderbird took a stand in 2006, when our Board of Trustee voted to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor into the school’s overall educational experience. Once business schools establish clear standards through initiatives such as the Thunderbird Oath, they must help their students f ind effective ways to operate in the real world without violating their principles. Global citizens understand the interdependence that ties together nations around the world. And they understand that the prosperity of one community, one region, one nation, depends on the prosperity of others. Global citizens don’t inflict pain in one place to benefit people of another. They bring about solutions that make all better off. They therefore must deal with complex issues that sometimes bring unintended consequences, and we as 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2011

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series
Celebrating 10 Years of the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
Multimedia Narratives as Innovative Components to Reentry Programs
When the Going Gets Tough: International Recruitment amid Budget Cutbacks
REAP-International: Global Student Ambassadors Who Reap What Is Sown
Trends in Transparency: Effects on International Student Recruitment
Advertisers’ Index
IIE Program Profile

IIE Networker - Fall 2011