IE Business School and Financial Times share a commitment to excellence and a passion for chronicling the constantly evolving economic landscape.
Headspring is a joint-venture between the Financial Times and IE Business School established in 2015. Founded on the principle that executive development needs to be collaborative, relevant and measurable, Headspring’s purpose is to design a new and more relevant approach to executive development that would be fit for the challenges and business environment of the 21st century.
The expertise of Financial Times
The learning innovation of IE Business School
Meaningful 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
Headspring is committed to value creation for people and businesses. We achieve transformational results by working in partnership with organisations globally to co-create bespoke, future-focused learning designs that empower people, develop leaders and enhance the strengths of businesses.
Our work begins with a blank canvas and, through real collaboration, we gain in-depth understanding of your business’s learning needs and strategic goals.
Learners experience an environment where ideas and norms are continuously challenged by seasoned business practitioners, future-focused academic theory and some of the world’s most influential journalists.
We inject an ethos of continuous learning into your business, empowering your people to convert challenges into springboards to success.
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:
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
It has been 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
The 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, Former Head of Business Performance and Leadership
Our global, yet local, executive network
The Headspring Alliance is a network of top business schools and learning organisations – globally as well as in their region and country. They bring international and local expertise to our programmes and a wide range of capabilities, faculty and resources.
Expertise and experience
Our people embody our global approach, working across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. We build multidisciplinary teams around our clients to understand strategic challenges and develop executive education programmes that create value.
Gustaf NordbäckChief Executive Officer
Liz-Ann GayleGlobal Head of Learning and Innovation
Michael SkapinkerExecutive Editor
Antonio MontesChief Relationship Officer
Kristian PedersenFinance Director
Didina GonzalezDirector of Learning and Design
Monika SteinerProgramme Director
Elena Gómez-CaroProgramme Director
Malek AdjeradAssociate Director of Learning and Design
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.
We don't have the answers
Global organisations today face complex issues that can’t be solved by generic solutions.
We don’t approach a client assuming we will have all the answers. We listen. We challenge assumptions. We work with you to co-create customised executive development solutions which not only ask the right questions but, crucially, offer the right answers.
An inquisitive mindset – combined with real business acumen and reinforced by solid academic methodology – underpins our approach to everything we do.
Our programmes can empower and create value for your people and your businesses.Find out more
Artificial Intelligence on the Horizon
In 2019, Headspring produced a major report in partnership with YouGov on how professionals in Europe and Middle East understand the impact of the imminent age of Artificial Intelligence on their careers.
We conclude that Artificial Intelligence represents an exciting opportunity for businesses across all regions and industries. However, success in implementation will depend on the management of employee expectations and confidence in the value of transition.
In times of uncertainty, as AI will unavoidably create, people need leadership. The deciding factor for most organisations, then, will be how their leaders respond.