Professor Paul Willman

Academic Director

Lecturer for: Managing Risk in Organisations | Negotiation and Decision Making

LSE Executive Education Courses are led by Professor Paul Willman who joined LSE as Professor of Management in 2006. Professor Willman has taught on MBA and Executive MBA programmes at Oxford University, Cranfield School of Management, Budapest University of Economics, Ecole de Ponts ParisTech, London Business School and on the global #3 FT ranked TRIUM eMBA here at LSE. He has also taught on Executive Programmes at Cranfield, Oxford, INSEAD, London Business School and, in a variety of locations, for Duke Corporate Education. At LSE, he launched and directed both the flagship Masters in Management Programme and its executive counterpart, the Executive Global Masters in Management.

Paul is also the SRL Global Director of the Private Wealth Programme and a Council member of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service. He is an Executive Committee member of the CEMS Global Alliance and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business and Economics, in addition to being a member of Duke CE’s Global Learning Resource Network. Professor Willman has a BA and MA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MA and DPhil in Sociology from Oxford University. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles in academic journals.




Dr Barbara Fasolo

Lecturer for: Strategic Decision Making for Management

Dr Barbara Fasolo is Associate Professor in Behavioural Science in the Department of Management at LSE. She currently serves as Head of the Behavioural Research Lab and Director of the Executive Master's in Behavioural Science.

She is an expert in behavioural decision-making, behavioural change, behavioural public policy, with a specific interest in digital nudging and choice architecture.

Her background is inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural: Economics (BSc, Distinction, Bocconi University, Italy), Decision Sciences (MSc, Distinction, LSE, UK), and Experimental Psychology (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA). She was Visiting Professor at IESE Business School (2012/13, Barcelona), Expert-in-Secondment for the European Medicines Agency (2009-12, London) and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development (2002-04, Berlin).

Barbara’s research has been published in more than 50 outlets, including leading academic journals, (PNAS and the Annual Review of Psychology), books and invited chapters, and has been covered in media outlets such as Harvard Business Review. She is a member of the International Behavioural Science and Policy Association, Society of Judgment and Decision Making and the European Association of Decision Making.

Her lab, online and field research aims at tracing and improving difficult choices faced by patients, consumers, and experts (e.g., for the European Medicines Agency, the King’s Fund, and the European Commission). Barbara interacts with several organisations keen to seize new behavioural opportunities and serves on the Department of Health Behavioural Insights Expert Advisory Panel.


Dr Susanna Khavul

Lecturer for: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Age of Change

Dr Susanna Khavul is an enthusiastic educator and researcher whose work with innovators, investors, and policymakers keeps the connection between theory, evidence, and practice real.

Susanna is the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at LSE and a Visiting Senior Fellow in its Department of Management. She is an Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington and, previously, was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. Susanna holds a Doctorate in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Boston University and a degree in Economics from UC Berkeley (with LSE in the mix).

Susanna leads entrepreneurship and innovation programs for executives, MBAs, and PhDs. She is a 2013 winner of the University of Texas System Regents-Outstanding Teaching Award and earlier teaching recognition from the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management at the London Business School.

An important strand of Susanna’s research answers questions about how innovative firms compete in a global economy. The Academy of Management recognised her with the IDEA Thought Leader Award and the prestigious Heizer Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Research. She has published widely, is on editorial boards of top entrepreneurship journals, and in the leadership of the Entrepreneurship Interest Group at the Strategic Management Society.

Susanna has worked with entrepreneurs and innovators for two decades. She started her career advocating economic policy reform. She later established, financed, and built an economics and business development network spanning 17 countries. She has been a senior member of a venture capital and investment banking firm, where she specialised in high technology seed finance.



Dr. Connson Locke

Lecturer for: Achieving Leadership Excellence

Dr. Connson Locke joined the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group in 2008. In 2013, Dr. Locke received the LSE Department of Management’s Outstanding Teaching Contribution Award. Dr. Locke holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Organisational Behaviour from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours. 

Before entering academia, Dr. Locke worked for 16 years as an educator, manager, and consultant in the United States and Asia Pacific. Most recently, she was Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group. She has worked in nearly 20 countries across Europe and Asia Pacific as well as in the United States and Australia. Her research interests include gender and leadership, diversity, and organisational culture.



Professor Gilberto Montibeller

Lecturer for: Strategic Decision Making for Management

Professor Gilberto Montibeller is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management, at the London School of Economics and a Professor of Management Science at Loughborough University. With a first Honours degree (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering (UFSC, Brazil, 1993), he started his career as a junior executive at British and American Tobacco. Moving back to the academia, he was awarded a Masters (UFSC, 1996) and a PhD in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC/Univ. of Strathclyde, 2000). He then continued his studies as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Management Science, at the University of Strathclyde (2001-2002). 

He is an expert on Risk and Decision Analysis, with an extensive experience in applying it for more than 20 years, consulting to both private and public organisations in Europe and South America. He is Area Editor of the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and is on the editorial boards of the Informs Decision Analysis and European Journal of Decision Processes journals. He has published widely the field, in journals such as Risk Analysis, the European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems and OMEGA – The International Journal of Management Science. The quality of his research has been recognised with best publication awards by Informs, the Society of Risk Analysis, and the International Society of Multi-Criteria Decision Making. He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Southern California, and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria). He is a visiting professor at the Paris-Dauphine University (France) and the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Professor Montibeller has extensive experience with executive education, both for in-company training, as well as for MBA programmes.


Dr Emma Soane

Lecturer for: Achieving Leadership Excellence | Managing Risk in Organisations

Dr Emma Soane joined the Organisational Behaviour group at LSE in September 2008. Emma is interested in how personality influences leadership, interpersonal interactions, risk taking and engagement with work. Emma has a BSc Psychology (University of Leicester), an MSc Occupational Psychology and a PhD in Psychology (University of Sheffield). She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. Emma worked in several NHS mental health and learning disability services before joining London Business School then Kingston Business School. She has travelled and worked in more than 40 countries.  While at LSE, Emma has been the Programme Director for the MSc Management, the Academic Director of the CEMS MSc International Management, and taught leadership and organisational behaviour courses to postgraduates and executives. Emma also teaches on the TRIUM programme and the Executive Global MSc Management.


Dr Lourdes Sosa

Lecturer for: Designing Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Dr Lourdes Sosa joined LSE as Associate Professor in the Department of Management in 2013. Prior to LSE, she spent seven years at the London Business School where she taught in the MBA, Executive MBA, Master’s in Management and Executive Education programs. She received her PhD degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. Prior to her academic career she worked in R&D management at General Electric and General Motors.

Lourdes studies technological discontinuities, a pervasive phenomenon in which a radical change in technologies disrupts a market, a phenomenon commonly referred to as creative destruction. In her work she uses technological discontinuities as an opportunity to contribute to mainstream strategy's objective of explaining within-market differences in firm performance. Furthermore, by looking at variation in the ability of established firms to adapt to a radical change in technologies, she also finds an opportunity to contribute to research on organizational change.

She is specifically interested in understanding the competitive dynamics of the R&D race that ensues through a technological discontinuity, thus her current interest on the pharmaceutical industry and the biotechnology revolution.

An active member of the Academy of Management, INFORMS, and the Industry Studies Association, she has won awards from these associations for her research. She is currently in the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal.




Professor Simon Dietz

Lecturer for:  Climate Change: Economics and Governance

Professor Simon Dietz is Co-Director of the Institute, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. He joined LSE in 2006 and co-founded the Institute in 2008. Previously he worked at the UK Treasury, as an economic adviser on the 'Stern Review‘. Simon was educated at the University of East Anglia, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich and LSE.



Professor Sam Fankhauser

Lecturer for:  Climate Change: Economics and Governance

Professor Sam Fankhauser is Co-director of the Grantham Institute. He is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, a government watchdog that monitors UK climate change policy. A former Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Sam served on the 1995, 2001 and 2007 assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He studied E conomics at the University of Berne and LSE, and holds a PhD from University College London.



Dr David Stainforth

Lecturer for: Climate Change: Economics and Governance

Dr David Stainforth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute. He is a physicist by training and has many years’ experience of climate modelling. While a researcher at Oxford University, he co-founded and was Chief Scientist of the climateprediction.net project, the world’s largest climate modelling experiment. He has been both a NERC Research Fellow and a Tyndall Research Fellow at Oxford University.




Dr Gianluca Benigno

Lecturer for: Macroeconomic Challenges of Global Imbalances

Dr Gianluca Benigno is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE. He gained his PhD in International Macroeconomics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published on exchange rate economics, international monetary policy cooperation, monetary and fiscal policy. Dr Benigno has consulted for the Bank of England, IMF and the Inter American Development Bank. He was previously a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and an economist at the Bank of England and visiting scholar at the ECB. Gianluca Benigno’s research interests include International Macroeconomics, International Finance, and Monetary Economics. He is currently a visiting professor within the Department of Economics at Princeton University.


Professor Paul De Grauwe

Lecturer for: Macroeconomic Challenges of Global Imbalances

Prior to joining LSE, Professor Paul De Grauwe was Professor of International Economics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian parliament from 1991 to 2003. He is honorary doctor of the University of Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), of the University of Turku (Finland), and the University of Genoa.

Professor De Grauwe obtained his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1974. In addition to being a visiting professor at some of the world’s most recognised universities, he was also a visiting scholar at the IMF, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank. He was also a member of the Group of Economic Policy Analysis, advising President Barroso.

Paul De Grauwe is currently the director of the money, macro and international finance research network of CESifo, University of Munich and is a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.


Dr Matthew Levy

Lecturer for: Behavioural Economics and the Modern Economy

Dr Matthew Levy is a Lecturer in Economics at LSE whose work focuses on applications of Behavioural Economics to Public Finance and Health Economics. He earned a BSc in Economics from MIT and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He recently served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University.




Dr Vicente Cuñat

Lecturer for: Corporate Finance and Strategy

Dr Vicente Cuñat is an Associate Professor at LSE. He joined the Finance Department in 2007. He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from CEMFI and a PhD in Economics from LSE. He has been teaching Corporate Finance and Management courses since 1999. His research interests are corporate finance and corporate governance both at a theoretical and empirical level.


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Professor Daniel Ferreira

Lecturer for: Finance for Executives

Daniel Ferreira is Professor of Finance and Deputy Head of the LSE Department of Finance. He is an expert in corporate finance, strategy, and governance, with extensive experience in these fields. He has a breadth of teaching experience at all levels of higher education, including short courses and executive education. He also developed and established the Corporate Finance and Strategy LSE Executive Education course. Before joining LSE in 2006, he taught at universities in Sweden, Portugal, and Brazil. His research articles have been published extensively in leading academic journals and cited in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times, amongst others. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Chicago.


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Professor Dirk Jenter

Lecturer for: Finance for Executives

Dirk Jenter is an Associate Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining the LSE, he was on the finance faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2007-2015) and of the MIT Sloan School of Management (2002-2007). Professor Jenter's research focuses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. His papers have been published in the top finance journals, and he currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and of the Review of Financial Studies. His research has been featured in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Financial Executive Magazine, Smart Money, and on CNN. He won the MIT Sloan Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the MIT Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2014, and the Stanford MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Professor Jenter received his undergraduate education at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK). He holds an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Professor Ian Martin

Lecturer for: Fixed Income: Markets, Securities and Institutions

Ian Martin is a Professor of Finance in the LSE's Department of Finance. Prior to joining the LSE, Professor Martin was an interest-rate derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs and an Associate Professor of Finance at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He has a PhD from Harvard University, an MSc from LSE, and an MA and MMath from the University of Cambridge.

Professor Martin’s research interests include the influence of disasters on financial markets; co-movement and contagion in financial markets; the pricing of long-dated assets; derivative pricing; and, most recently, forecasting in financial markets. His papers have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Finance. He is an editor of Economica; a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies; and the Programme Director of the LSE's MSc in Finance & Economics.



Professor Martin Oehmke

Lecturer for: Fixed Income: Markets, Securities and Institutions

Dr Martin Oehmke is an Associate Professor of Finance at the LSE and an Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. Dr Oehmke has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Oliver Wyman & Company and Goldman Sachs International. He is also an expert consultant on issues relating to fixed income markets.

Dr Oehmke’s research interests include credit defaults swaps, secured and unsecured debt markets, bank regulation, and central bank policy. He has won numerous prizes for his research, including the Brattle Distinguished Paper Prize awarded by the Journal of Finance. Dr Oehmke is an associate editor at the Journal of Finance and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).  At LSE, Dr Oehmke teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate finance. He also previously taught a course on capital markets and investments in Columbia’s MBA programme.

Dr Oehmke received his PhD in Economics from Princeton University, his MSc in Finance and Economics from LSE and BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University.


Professor Daniel Paravisini

Lecturer for: Corporate Finance and Strategy

Daniel Paravisini is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has published his research on credit markets and institutions in top economics, finance, and behavioral sciences journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Economic Studies, and Management Science.  Professor Paravisini’s research has received three times the Brattle Award, given by the American Finance Association to the best papers in Corporate Finance published by their journal every year.

He is a Co-Editor and Associate Editor of several leading journals in finance and economics and is a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. Professor Paravisini has more than a decade of experience in teaching applied corporate finance topics at the graduate level. Prior to joining the London School of Economics, he was the G. Winnick and M. Granoff Associate Professor of Business, Columbia University Graduate School of Business.


Professor Christopher Polk

Lecturer for: Effective Asset Management

Christopher Polk is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and former Director of the Financial Markets Group. Prior to joining the LSE, Polk taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; he has also been a visiting Professor at Economics at Harvard University and a visiting Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Polk’s research interests are in asset pricing and include related topics in asset management, corporate finance, behavioral finance and macroeconomics. His recent research has focused on incorporating stochastic volatility into asset pricing models and measuring the extent and consequences of crowded trading in popular hedge fund strategies.

Polk has published extensively in leading academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has won numerous professional awards, including the 2002 paper of the year at the Journal of Financial Economics. Polk has advised both the Bank of England and the EU European Securities and Markets Authority on topics related to his research. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, an Associate Editor at the Journal of Finance, and a member of the Norges Bank Investment Management Allocation Advisory Board.

Polk holds a BSc in physics and economics from Duke University and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he studied under the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Eugene Fama.




Professor Ricky Burdett

Lecturer for: London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design 

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. His research interests focus on the interactions between the physical and social worlds in the contemporary city and how urbanisation affects social and environmental sustainability.

In addition to his roles at LSE, Professor Burdett is a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He is a judge in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and is a member of the Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition organised by US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Professor Burdett was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013). 


Philipp Rode

Lecturer for: London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design 

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN Habitat and on city-level green economy strategies which recently included co-directing the cities research programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme's Green Economy Report. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society in over a dozen world cities bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts.

He manages the Urban Age research efforts and recently co-authored Towards New Urban Mobility: The case of London and Berlin (2015), Going Green: How cities are leading the green economy (2012), Transforming Urban Economies (2012) and The Global MetroMonitor (2010); and published the reports Cities and Social Equity (2009) and Integrated City Making (2008). He has previously worked on several multidisciplinary research and consultancy projects in New York and Berlin and was awarded the Schinkel Urban Design Prize 2000.


Professor Tony Travers

Lecturer for: London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design 


Tony Travers is director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a professor in LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include public finance, local/regional government and London government. In 2012-13, he chaired the London Finance Commission and was subsequently a member of the City Growth Commission. In 2015-16, he chaired an independent commission on local government finance in Wales.  He has been an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He was a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Audit Commission. He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills), The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City and, most recently, London’s Boroughs at 50.



Dr Savvas Verdis

Lecturer for: London and Global Cities: Governance, Planning and Design 

Dr Savvas Verdis is a Senior Research Fellow working in the advisory service of LSE Cities. He consults city and national governments on urban development strategies and the evaluation of urban projects. His most recent consultation includes an infrastructure feasibility study in the Amsterdam metropolitan area on behalf of the Dutch Government. Savvas has been teaching at the LSE Cities Programme since 2001, first with Richard Sennett and David Frisby and now co-convenes a course on urban project evaluation with Philipp Rode. From 2009 to 2012, he was founder and CEO of Rankdesk, a property ranking algorithm application for residential investors. He received a PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.



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