Maria Ballesteros-Sola

Associate Professor of Management (Early Tenure) at the MVS School of Business & Economics - California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) in Camarillo, CA (USA). I received my DBA from IE Business School (July 2017), my MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University, and my Law Degree from Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICADE in Madrid (Spain). I am a proud Spanish Fulbright Scholar (1998-2000), Paul R. Lawrence Fellow (2016), and B Academics Founding Board Member (2019).

During the AY 2020-2021, I served as the Academic Director for CSUCI Online Business Program, and since January 2022, I am also a Faculty Lead at CI Solutions, our student-run agency.

During the AY 2023-2024, I am enjoying my sabbatical and working on different research projects.

Before moving to the United States, my career was in financial services and management consulting on both sides of the Atlantic, helping banks and other organizations to use technology to achieve their business objectives. At CSUCI, I am actively researching social entrepreneurship, social enterprises, hybrid organizations, B Corps, as well as non-profit organizations engaging in Earned Income Strategies (EIS). I am also a strong advocate for the use of service learning, study abroad, and technology in higher education.



2015 – 2017

Doctorate in Business Studies

IE University




2020 – Present

Courses taught

Revenue Strategies: Paths to Financing

Revenue Strategies: Paths to Financing