At ESADE, we are committed to building a business world where no areas are off-limits: we want more women on boards of directors, creating start-ups, making decisions, and leading teams, departments and companies. And we want you to be one of them. So go ahead, join the campaign and cross the line.

Become the professional you want to be, make yourself heard, boost your talent and gain access to executive posts. The journey won’t be easy, but at ESADE you have everything in your favour to get where you want to go.

The best MBA in Europe for women

Our programmes are committed to gender diversity. That’s how we reached the top of the Financial Times list of the Top50 MBAs for women: #1 in Europe & #11 worldwide.

This ranking takes into account ​​the opinion of female MBA graduates and the percentage of women in the programme, on the teaching staff and on the management team.


ESADE Business School is part of the Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools dedicated to empowering future women leaders. Here at ESADE, we offer fellowships to exceptional women admitted to the Full Time MBA.

More info about the scholarship here


Attracting female talent is essential for us. That’s why we offer scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost to professionals who commit to:

Fostering the collaborative spirit of ESADE.

Joining the Women in Business Club to promote the role of women in leadership positions.

And promoting ESADE’s new campaign for the Full-Time MBA: Cross the Line.

Apply for your place in the Full-Time MBA: together we will demonstrate that no areas are off-limits to women.


At ESADE, we encourage our female population to be as active as possible. The Women in Business Club was created by a group of pioneering women students several years ago, and has gone from strength to strength since then, with several new initiatives created such as the Salary Negotiation event held last mont.

Click here to find out more about our Women in Business Club.

Watch this video and discover the profiles, the dreams and the aspirations of some of this year’s talented women.


Yanyu Zheng, Class of 2016


“Yanyu is an exceptional student who has shown determination and passion to achieve her goals.

However, rather than accomplishing her goals on an individual basis, Yanyu has involved many of her colleagues — giving them the chance to share her passion, inviting them to participate in sport business activities that she organised on campus, as well as leading the team that won the prestigious sports competition: Franz 2015. She is a true example of collaborative leadership and engagement, a quality that we really encourage among our MBA students at ESADE.

Born in China, Yanyu wanted to work and learn in one of the major football clubs in Europe. She achieved her dream, working at FC Barcelona and managing to learn Catalan and Spanish. We value the development of global mindsets at ESADE and she is a great example. While studying her MBA, she wanted to achieve new highs. And her determination and hard work again achieved results. She started to explore new opportunities in Asia and she went for an exchange at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). She learned there that Alibaba was going to launch a new sports business (Alisports) and she convinced the CEO to hire her as one of the first employees. I wish we could have 50 students like Yanyu every year. It is difficult to find that passion and ability to combine hard work with empathy.”

Luis Vives

Associate Dean of the Full-Time MBA at ESADE

Oriana Barra, Class of 2016

“Oriana is one of our best students at the academic level in the MBA Class of 2016...

While being academically excellent during the whole duration of her studies, she also represented her section as elected class delegate and has contributed to improving the programme by collaborating closely with programme management.

Furthermore, she was also elected president for the extremely popular and active Marketing Club, in which she proved to be very engaged and showed her leadership skills when organising the Marketing Trek to Amsterdam and other local events.

When the first year of the MBA programme was successfully completed, Oriana, who is originally from Venezuela, decided to focus on Asia as the next target region to expand her intercultural management skills — after having lived in Europe for some time. Not only did she obtain an internship with the Aditya Birla Group in Mumbai (India) during the summer, but she was also selected for the International Exchange Programme with Guanghua University in Beijing (China), where she continued her path in academic excellence as a truly global student from ESADE.

Clearly, during her studies Oriana demonstrated her passion to continuously help other team members and fellow students — yet this was nothing new for her. Before joining ESADE, Oriana was engaged in a volunteering initiative for over three years that helped underprivileged children gain access to education in her home country.

The MBA Class of 2016 would have lacked an immeasurable amount of empathy, social responsibility, engagement, passion, and leadership if Oriana had not formed part of it.”

Franziska Ewald
Programme Manager of the Full-Time MBA

Paula de Rezende, Class of 2016

“Paula has been an extremely committed student and has shown a very genuine interest ever since she joined the MBA back in September 2014....

She has played a leading role in the programme with an outstanding impact on the experience of all her classmates.

She was elected student representative by her class during the first months of the programme. In this extremely challenging role, she performed an outstanding job as the main point of contact between her classmates and the programme administration. She always worked for the common good – benefitting the student body as well as the MBA Programme and ESADE.

In addition to class representation, she also excelled by leading voluntary but very ambitious projects throughout the programme. She led the organising committee of the Innovation Summit (an MBA flagship event that brings together companies and top talent in a dynamic problem-solving environment). Paula also led the Class Gift Campaign (a very challenging initiative that raises funds for a scholarship for an MBA candidate in the next intake and her team managed to surpass the ambitious objective). Paula also coordinated the Graduation Yearbook – summarising 18 months of academic and non-academic activities in a single album with the contribution of the entire student body and subsequent editing work.

In each of these projects she has far exceeded expectations, showing great self-discipline and incredible organisational skills, continuously proving to be an empathetic, passionate, and engaged professional with excellent leadership skills.

We are extremely grateful for having had a student like Paula in the Class of 2016 and hope that many more candidates with a similar commitment to the school will join the programme in the future.”

Neus Marcet Risa
Programme Director Full Time MBA

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