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Imperial College Business School has made several new academic appointments for 2020-21. The new faculty members come from a variety of prestigious institutions and fill positions at different levels of seniority, including leadership of one of the Business School’s research centres.

Michael Wilkins has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment (CCFI) and Professor of Practice within the Department of Finance.

He brings extensive experience in sustainable finance and the global capital markets, joining the Business School from S&P Global Ratings, where, as a Managing Director, he has global responsibility for the firm’s sustainable finance research activities.

Working with CCFI Research Director Patrick Bolton, Mr Wilkins will continue the Centre’s mission to help financial institutions tackle the challenges posed by climate change, and generate understanding of the investment opportunities in renewable energy, clean technologies, and climate-resilient infrastructure.

Mr Wilkins will join the Business School on a part-time basis from September 2021, moving to full-time in January 2022.

Rosemarie Ziedonis will join the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship in January 2022 as Professor of Strategy & Innovation.

She is currently Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and previously served on the faculty at the University of Oregon, the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Ziedonis holds a PhD in Business & Public Policy from UC Berkley's Haas School of Business, and her research examines the value and strategic use of intellectual property, as well as broader aspects of innovation policy and management.

Yijun Chen has joined the Department of Analytics, Marketing & Operations as Assistant Professor in Marketing, after completing her PhD in Marketing at Washington University’s Olin Business School earlier in 2021. She previously studied at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Dr Chen’s research focuses on empirical modelling, peer effects and social networks, particularly looking at consumption and purchase in online gaming and the fitness industry; collaboration and competition in crowdsourcing platforms; and misconduct in the workplace.

The School has also welcomed two new visiting academics.

Dovev Lavie has joined the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship as Visiting Professor. He is currently Professor of Management at SDA Bocconi School of Management, and alongside his academic career has worked as a consultant for companies within a number of sectors, including biotechnology, chemicals, healthcare, education and defence. His research areas include value creation and capture in alliance portfolios, and competition and cooperation in technology-intensive industries.

Tom Nohel joined the Department of Finance as Visiting Professor in July 2021. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Arizona, and his research focuses on corporate finance, including executive compensation, hedge funds, and the roles of asymmetric information and financial intermediaries in corporate financial policy. He is currently a professor within the Department of Finance at Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago.

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