Paula Almansa

Adjunct professor of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Abilities at the IE Business School



Paula has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and investment banking. She worked more than 12 years in Mergers & Acquisitions for Merrill Lynch and Greenhill in London and Credit Agricole in Madrid. She has advised in many multinational M&A cross-border deals and corporate restructurings.

She co-founded LOOM and Impact HUB Madrid in the coworking sector and several tech start-ups such as FromTheBench games, Perception Hub, in virtual reality; Pocket University, apps for universities and Fusion Collective Intelligence, apps for community management. She has had several management roles such as CEO, VP of Strategy, CFO, etc. She has acted as angel investor and mentor of several start-ups and organizations like the Venture Lab or the European Investment Bank.

Paula has experience as board member and advisor of several organizations such as UNICEF Madrid, Fundaci贸n Acci贸n por la M煤sica, FromTheBench games, ProWorkSpaces or LOOM. She also served President of the Wharton Alumni Club of Spain.

She specializes in Negotiation, Mediation, Assertive Communication and Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Paula is a member and a certified mediator at the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM).

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at IE
  • Adjunct Professor of Negotiation at IE and IE University
  • Adjunct Professor of Conflict Resolution Abilities at IE Business School and IE University
  • Director of IEU Strategy Lab
  • Research Assistant in Strategy with Professor Lourdes Casanova at INSEAD
  • Teaching Assistant in Advanced Corporate Finance with Professor Isik Inselbag at the Wharton School of Business


  • MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Major y Finance and Entrepreneurship. Fulbright and Ram贸n Areces scholarships
  • BA in Business Administration, ICADE
  • BA in Law, UNED
  • BA in Psychology, UNED
  • PhD courses in Corporate Finance

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