The Business School Management Board is responsible for the overall management of the School and the delivery of the School’s strategy.

  1. To set overall strategy for the School. 

  2. To oversee the implementation of the School’s strategic plan. 

  3. To ensure resources are deployed effectively to deliver the School’s objectives. 

  4. To ensure effective management, governance and legal compliance structures are in place within the School. 

  5. To hold budget-holders to account for delivery of their plans and budgets. 

  6. To champion and enable our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.

  7. To ensure research centres are delivering their strategic objectives and plans effectively and efficiently, and that these are in line with School strategy, by receiving annual reports.

  8. To receive reports and recommendations from subcommittees. 

  9. To approve and track major projects and to assign responsibility for these where appropriate. 

  10. To respond to major external opportunities and threats. 

  11. To develop recommendations requiring College approval. 

  12. To be accountable for School health and safety, and risk management processes.

  13. To ensure effective internal and external communication of School activities. 

  14. To ensure and nurture relationships that will enhance the reputation, image and funding of the School. 

  15. To review its terms of reference and membership annually.

Business School Management Board meeting dates (academic year 2022 – 2023)

  • Thursday 15th September 2022
  • Thursday 13th October 2022
  • Thursday 17th November 2022 (planning day)
  • Thursday 15th December 2022
  • Thursday 19th January 2023
  • Thursday 23rd February 2023
  • Thursday 16th March 2023
  • Thursday 20th April 2023
  • Thursday 18th May 2023
  • Thursday 29th June 2023
  • Thursday 20th July 2023
  • August – no meeting
Francisco Veloso

Professor Francisco Veloso (Chair)

Dean of Imperial College Business School 

Professor Veloso is a leading authority in innovation and entrepreneurship; his work has included studies into the development of Silicon Valley, and the innovation and scientific impact of developing nations. He was previously Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and retains an adjunct professorship at Carnegie Mellon University.

Franklin Allen

Professor Franklin Allen 

Vice Dean of Faculty and Research 

Professor Allen is Professor of Finance & Economics and Director of the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis at Imperial College Business School and has held these positions since 2014. In 2019 he became the Associate Dean for Faculty & Research. He was on the faculty of the Wharton School from 1980 to 2016.

Leila Guerra

Leila Guerra  

Vice Dean (Education)

Leila joined the School in 2018 and directs the postgraduate programme portfolio, including marketing, recruitment and admissions, programmes management, global student initiatives, Careers and the Edtech Lab. She is on the GMAC Board of Directors and, before joining Imperial, worked at Singapore Management University, IE Business School and London Business School.

Omar Merlo

Omar Merlo

Associate Dean (External Relations)

Dr Merlo is Associate Dean (External Relations) and Academic Director of the MSc Strategic Marketing programmes at Imperial College Business School. He has also held Visiting Professor positions at numerous universities worldwide, such as the University of Oxford, UCL, the London School of Economics, the University of Lausanne, Aalto University, the University of Lugano, the Helsinki School of Economics, and Yonsei Graduate School of Management. Dr Merlo is currently also a Fellow in Marketing at the University of Cambridge

Paola Criscuolo

Professor Paola Criscuolo

Head of Department, Management & Entrepreneurship

Paola has been with Imperial College Business School since 2004. Her research examines how large organisations manage the innovation process, including the selection of R&D projects, the organisation of the R&D function, and the management of R&D staff and patent portfolios. Paola is on the Academy of Management Journal editorial board, and she has been the recipient of two prestigious industry awards for best research publication in innovation management.   

Tommaso Valletti

Professor Tommaso Valletti 

Head of Department, Economics & Public Policy

Professor Valletti is a leading scholar in industrial economics, regulation, and competition policy. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a Non-Executive Director to the board of the Financial Conduct Authority. He was the Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition) between 2016 and 2019.

wolfram weisemann

Wolfram Wieseman

Head of Department, Analytics, Marketing & Operations

Wolfram Wiesemann is Professor of Analytics & Operations in Imperial College Business School's Department of Analytics, Marketing & Operations. His research interests evolve around decision-making under uncertainty, with applications to supply chain management, healthcare and energy. Wolfram is an elected member of the boards of the Mathematical Optimization Society and the Stochastic Programming Society, and he serves as an area editor for Operations Research Letters as well as an associate editor for Mathematical Programming, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and SIAM Journal on Optimization.

Robert Kosowski

Robert Kosowski

Head of Department, Finance

Robert Kosowski is a Professor in the Finance Department of Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance at Oxford University. Robert is on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments and a member of AIMA‘s research committee.

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Sankalp Chaturvedi

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Professor Chaturvedi joined Imperial in 2008 and is currently a Professor of Organisational Behavior & Leadership at the Imperial College Business School. Currently, Sankalp is also the Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion since 2022, and leading the Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation since 2014 within the school. He is leading several interdisciplinary research projects and initiatives around leadership, mindfulness, collaboration mechanisms in teams, and inclusivity to create tangible social impact.

David Brown

David Brown

Director of Executive Education

David joined the School in 2018, having previously been Executive Director of Client Solutions at London Business School. His appointment to the new role of Director of Executive Education is part of a wider initiative to accelerate, expand and further strengthen Executive Education at Imperial College Business School.

Helen Oakley

Helen Oakley

Faculty Finance Officer

Helen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and joins from London Business School, where she was Director of Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to that she spent some time in the city as a management accountant at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.  She is a graduate of Imperial College.

richard johnson

Richard Johnson

Faculty Operating Officer

Richard joined Imperial College Business School in January 2022 and offers strategic leadership and operational oversight to all professional services and support functions of the School. He is a highly experienced leader in the higher education sector, with a track record of developing and delivering on the global strategy of top-tier business schools and universities. He has previously worked at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Washington University.

Laura Nicholson

Laura Nicholson

Strategy & Planning Manager

Laura is responsible for the strategic planning process and implementation of strategy through the School Advisory Board and Management Board. This involves supporting a range of strategic projects, staffing initiatives, and internal communications. She joined the Business School in 2019 as Administration Manager, before moving into this new role in May 2020.

Katie Dorren

Katie Dorreen

Executive Assistant to the Dean’s Office (secretary to the Board)

Katie’s role as EA to the Dean’s Office means she supports both the Dean and the Faculty Operating Officer, facilitating meetings, travel and events; she also provides strategic reporting information to the Management and Provost’s Boards. Hailing from New Zealand, she has worked in Administration across Australia and London, most recently at the Science Museum.