Gabriel Rodríguez was born and grew up in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. He speaks English and Spanish fluently, and has basic proficiency in French.
He completed his primary and secondary education in his home city’s Instituto Cumbres de Caracas. An outstanding swimmer, Gabriel was part of the school’s swimming team throughout his primary and secondary education, competing nationally and internationally for over 15 years.
In 2005, he started his undergraduate education at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, where he studied for the next five years, graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration in the top 10% of his class. He completed a Major in Management and Graduate Specializations in both Marketing and Financial Engineering. During his studies, he took part in internships in the energy sector, working at multinational companies Technip and Andritz Hydro.
After finishing his undergraduate studies, he decided to travel to Paris where he enrolled in the Université Paris-Sorbonne a Cours de Civilisation Française, studying there for almost a year before returning to Venezuela in 2011. He then joined Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company as a marketing and sales assistant for the next couple of years.
In 2012, Gabriel began pursuing a Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior at IE University. In 2013 he graduated from the program and joined the prestigious academic institution as Associate Manager of Business Development. Two years into this new adventure he joined IE University’s Marketing Department as a Marketing Manager. Since then, he has led international marketing for IE University’s undergraduate programs as Senior Marketing Manager, and now as Head of Marketing.
In 2019 Gabriel returned to education to pursue his second master’s degree at IE University in Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership. He completed the program in July 2020.