About us

Taking global businesses on a learning journey

We partner with forward-looking businesses to co-create impactful customised learning and development journeys.
Who we are

Collaborative excellence

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. We combine the business acumen, academic rigour and innovative approach of IE Business School with the perspectives and skills of the most influential Financial Times journalists. We empower your people to embrace change and innovation – and understand your business from a completely new angle.

The expertise of Financial Times

The highly influential FT journalists that deliver our programmes offer not only a unique perspective on the events that shape the world of business, but also bring an approach that shapes the way we work with our clients. They are inquisitive. They are close to the source. They know the breakthroughs before they become trends and understand 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 has 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.
Our DNA

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.

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:
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
The alliance

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.
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.
15%
are former CEOs or senior executives
79%
have consulting and business advisory experience
80%
are from top 20 globally ranked universities
95%
are from top 3 business schools in their conuntries
200
FT journalists who are experts in the most recent, relevant business issues
30
countries where we currently operate
25%
have delivered programmes in more than 10 countries
7
languages we can deliver in: Arabic, English, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish
Our people

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.
Gustav Nordbäck

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.
Contact Gustaf →
Liz-Anne Gayle

Liz-Ann Gayle

Global Head of Learning and 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.
Contact Liz →
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.
Contact Ana →
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.
Contact Michael →
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.
Contact Marcos →
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.
Contact Antonio →
Marc Thivessen

Marc Thivessen

Chief Operating Officer
A former commercial director of a research division of 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.
Contact Marc →
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.
Contact Kristian →
Didina Gonzalez

Didina Gonzalez

Director of Learning and Design
With 15 years of experience in higher education. Didina brings valuable experience in programme design in using cutting-edge instructional technology to enhance the learning experience and maximise impact.
Contact Didina →
Monika Steiner

Monika Steiner

Programme Director
Monika is responsible for business expansion and maintaining a strong working relationship with clients. She helps clients acquire applicable knowledge, practical skills, aligned behaviours and the right emotional attitudes.
Contact Monika →
Elena Gómez-Caro

Elena Gómez-Caro

Programme Director
Elena has extensive experience in executive learning sector. She assists clients with the recognition of their corporate needs. Reviving attitudes, loyalty and stimulating their curiosity to understand their business environment.
Contact Elena →
Malek Adjerad

Malek Adjerad

Associate Director of Learning and Design
Malek brings a wealth of experience in L&D with a strong background in managing operations, performance consulting, business partnering and delivering projects that are practical and impactful.
Contact Malek →
Our research

The Pulse Report: international attitudes to leadership development

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.

Download Report
Challenging mindsets

We don't have all 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
We haven’t just helped our people learn. We have helped ourselves learn too – and we are all better for it. Line Holt Wilgaard | Senior HR Manager Leadership Development | Arla Foods