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Payal Mulchandani, Co-Founder and Business Head of The 4th Wheel.


After having spent almost a year in Spain while pursuing the Master in International Relations at IE, Payal started her own venture, “The 4th Wheel”, with two of her friends in her hometown of Ahmedabad, India. The 4th Wheel is a Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting and Research firm.  

About “The 4th Wheel”: Who Are They?

Three women, with a passion for learning, understanding and working for economic, social, and human development decided to enter the exciting world of entrepreneurship. The 4th Wheel brings a contemporary edge to the world of entrepreneurship. We share a passion for excellence and understanding and represent the new generation of social entrepreneurs who love to swim across the tide. Each of the three of us come from a different background and our experiences put together makes “The 4th Wheel” a whole and complete organization ready to tackle the myriad aspects of social enterprising. Out to look at issues which deserve attention and make a difference in the prevailing scenario in the development of the underprivileged and poor, we strive to be agents of change and be a part of that “team‟ (development entities) which will lead to a brighter and better future. Fuelled by innovation and foresight, we are driven to make an impact with our ideas for a wide-scale change. We work together with our strengths and resources to set up an enterprise which focuses on a missing link (the business sector) in the fight for progress and against distress. Businesses have gained immense clout in the prevailing form of capitalism. The role of businesses in facilitating development has long been debated. We have progressed to a society, where businesses are no longer based on the sole motive of profit maximization. There has been an acceptance of the role they can play in making the effects of globalization and business operations, positive and reducing the ill effects by conscious efforts. These efforts in a broad sense are termed as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Corporate Social Responsibility is an evolving concept and is no longer random charity or philanthropy but is now looked as key to business operations, sustainability and development. Read more…

More news about MIR alumni after the jump.


Take a look at what former MIR students are now doing, where are they living, and how are they contributing to the field of international relations.

MIR Class of 2010 joined by IE Faculty and Staff (July 2010)

Our alumni have gone to experience success in a multitude of careers and pursuits: senior consultants in FDI advisory, international sales executives, trainees at the United Nations, market research, public administration, journalism, education, etc.

Graduates from the Master in International Relations at IE School of Arts and Humanities have accomplished interesting and amazing things, of which we are very proud of. To gain an appreciation of what the Master in International Relations has to offer (field work in Brussels, outstanding faculty, seminars and guest lecturer, career counseling, etc.), we present just a few of our graduates who are making significant achievements in their professional field. Here are some of their stories.

Do you know of any other alumni we have not featured? Please contact us!


Diego de Aristegui (Class of 2009), Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Beirut, Lebanon)

Vicky Allard (Class of 2010), Associate Director for Business Development, IE University (Madrid, Spain)


Elizaveta Erokhina (Class of 2009), Global Management Trainee, AB InBev (Moscow, Russia)




Eduardo Dominguez Aguilar (Class of 2009), Project Manager, IE University (Madrid, Spain)




Max Lensvelt (Class of 2010), Graduate Programme – Market Intelligence, VESTAS (Aarhus, Denmark)





Mina Catherine Lakrafi (Class of 2010), International Sales Executive, AFA Press (Libya)





Leila Pinto Campillo (Class of 2010), Director of Business Development, Online Programs, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)




Cepee Tabibian (Class of 2010), Membership Coordinator, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (Houston, USA)






Vanessa Ventresca Lopez (Class of 2010), Marketing Media Analyst, Accenture (Madrid, Spain)




We invite you to come back and visit us again soon,

as we will be posting more exciting news about

MIR alumni!


Frank Peterse, Master in International Relations Alumnus

Frank Peterse, a graduate from the Master in International Relations has been recently appointed Senior Consultant at Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) in Amsterdam. You may find the Press Release announcing Frank’s new position here.

ICA is a spin-off from Ernst & Young and an independent supplier of FDI advisory, location selection, and optimization and supply chain optimization using its web based global location benchmarking tool:®. ICA advises multinational corporations in their strategic location decisions, as well as Investment Promotion Agencies in developing specific investment attraction strategies.

Likewise, business schools are increasingly using for their MBA programs to help students solve cases in economic development and corporate investment classes. MBA programs like those offered at St. Gallen, Erasmus Business School in Rotterdam, and Maastricht School of Management are have already implemented this tool. ICA also expects to introduce LocationSelector at IMD and INSEAD.


We extend our warmest welcome to the Class of 2011 of the Master in International Relations! You have joined a vibrant, growing, hard-working, community of students. We are positive that your experience at IE in Madrid will be a challenging and highly rewarding one. We do encourage you to get involved and participate actively in all activities and events offered by the International Relations Club, and we hope that you will contribute to make our newly created blog a solid platform where to exchange ideas and voice your opinions. We hope that you will get the most out of your time at IE. Welcome to Spain!

We want to hear from you!

Time-management, team-building, group work, priorities…these words should all sound familiar to you by now…how useful did you find the Seminars presented to you during the Orientation?

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