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    Management of Agri-Food Companies

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Agri-Food Companies Management Program

This Program is the leading program in Spain of training and entrepreneurship development for the Food Industry managers. It was implemented more than 30 years ago and almost 2,000 businesspeople and executives have taken part in this program.

It is a unique program in Spain since it gathers business managers from all activity areas of the Food Chain in order to improve their management skills, through the Case Study Method, and to exchange experiences and identify common areas of mutual interest and collaboration.

The “DEA” Program will be developed during the 2022-2023 academic year in Madrid and Zaragoza.

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LENGTH Madrid: November 2023 to July 2024
Zaragoza: To be confirmed
PLACE Madrid and Zaragoza
MODALITY Assistance required

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Why should you do the DEA Program with us?


Your global knowledge about the industry will improve and you will acquire better understanding of the environmental challenges to generate competitiveness in the Food Chain.


You will improve senior manager skills: analysis and diagnosis abilities, solution-making and alternative courses of action.


You will exchange experiences and you will find business opportunities within the Food Chain by getting involved in a group of people with common interests.


Businesspeople, senior managers in in top-level positions of responsibility in Food Chain companies.


Our own faculty has a broad experience in Management and its business, managerial and teaching practice.


There are more than 10,000 alumni from SMEs, large companies and institutions to take part in networking activities with.

Case Study Method


  • Real business case studies posing questions and showing the latest and interesting business situations today.
  • Extra technical notes and conferences-colloquiums given by our faculty and leading experts are provided to strengthen your personal learning experience.
  • The writers of the case studies will also help you to carry out further analysis on them.
  • The case studies you will work with in the DEA Program are constantly updated. They address real experiences from businesspeople and managers in leading Food Chain companies.


  • Managerial decision-making.
  • Operations Management.
  • People Management.
  • Quantitative Information for Management.
  • Financial Management.
  • Economic Environment.
  • Management and Commercial Strategy.
  • Corporate Governance of Agri-Food Companies.
  • New Digital Environment.
  • Competition within the Food Chain.
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The DEA Program addresses to businesspeople and senior executives with large professional experience in top positions in SMEs of the Food Chain.

  • Primary sector (agriculture, cattle industry, fishery).
  • Food processing.
  • Commercial distribution (retailer, wholesaler), catering industry and food service.
  • Activity sectors associated with the Food Chain (logistics, biotechnology, consulting services, agricultural and industrial supplies, banking and venture capital institutions, etc.).

Antonio Vázquez Romero

Antonio Vázquez Romero

President. IBERIA

"My response was strong when I first contacted San Telmo more than 20 years ago and I decided to send my executive team to join the DEA Program. I joined as well a few years later, first as a participant and as a lecturer later. I am fully convinced that San Telmo has successfully developed an unparalleled agri-food education project in any Business School in the world”.

Beatriz Escudero Rubio

Beatriz Escudero Rubio


“Joining the DEA Program was the best investment of time I have made. It is really stimulating to think about my company and improve the way I run it through a meticulous Program, quite thorough, and even funny! It gave me the opportunity of sharing approaches with great industry professionals and now they are great friends”.

Esteban Gutiérrez

Esteban Gutiérrez

CEO of Fresh and Chain Supply, Covirán

“It is worth looking for that time that we always need to be able to enjoy of this program, because in addition to group of professionals and companies that we contacted, we could see the cases from different perspectives, but with a same end, make projects a success guaranteed."
María del Mar del Águila

María del Mar del Águila


The culture of effort, the importance of teamwork, the intent permanent of not making difficult what It can be easy, they are values ​​that I acquired in my time at the DEA and San Telmo.”.

José Antonio Cruces

José Antonio Cruces


"Fenomenal foro de debate y reflexión con profesionales del sector alimentario."
Philippe Gruau

Philippe Gruau


“Es necesario coger tiempo en tu agenda para abrir la mente, intercambiar, escuchar a tus compañeros de estudio. Hay un antes y un después a finalizar este programa.”
Cristóbal Díaz

Cristóbal Díaz

Manager in Torremesa (Grupo Torrebreva)

The DEA was for me an update of a vision global business very rich in diversity of points of sight. I would enjoy it again without a doubt”.

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