Mauro Guillén.

Professor Mauro F Guillén announced as next Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

10 March 2021

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Professor Mauro F. Guillén, a prominent expert, award-winning scholar and teacher at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed the next Director of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Professor Guillén will officially begin his role as Director on 1 September 2021, succeeding Professor Christoph Loch, who has been Director of the School since 2011.

Professor Guillén has taught at the Wharton School since 1996 and was the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies from 2007-2019, leading its first-ever fundraising campaign and launching a new curriculum emphasising hands-on learning experiences. He has long been a champion of diversity.

He has furthered the sociological study of the global system, and advanced comparative research on institutions, artistic movements, organisations, business groups, multinational firms, and digital platforms. His scholarship has received numerous distinctions, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award, the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and a membership in the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Professor Guillén is also a bestselling author, including the recently published 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything.

“Professor Mauro Guillén is ideally placed to build on the great work carried out by Professor Christoph Loch and his predecessors. Mauro is a distinguished academic of the highest calibre. His commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and innovation in teaching will ensure Cambridge Judge Business School continues to excel in its next phase of development and growth”, says Professor Stephen J. Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. “I am delighted that Mauro will be joining us and very much look forward to working with him”.

“I am thrilled to become Director of Cambridge Judge Business School, at the University of Cambridge, and to further its educational and research mission”, says Professor Guillén.

Professor Christoph Loch

During the decade Professor Loch served as Cambridge Judge Director, the School strengthened its degree and Executive Education programmes, and boosted its research quality with a strategy that emphasises innovation and impact over quantity. The result of this was reflected in an improvement in global programme rankings as well as the School’s standing in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) and other indicators. Over the course of this time, the Business School doubled in revenues, contributed to the University, and maintained a strong financial position.

The School’s faculty and research centres now engage with global companies and other organisations in areas ranging from restructuring hospitals for better health outcomes, to creating machine-readable financial regulation, to developing cybersecurity policies. Cambridge Judge faculty and mentors guide companies varying from tech start-ups to social enterprises on their journey from idea to team building to scaling up for growth.

New degree programmes launched during Professor Loch’s tenure include masters’ degrees in social innovation, entrepreneurship and accounting, while new research centres now address such issues as alternative finance, strategic philanthropy, gender diversity leadership and the circular economy.

Cambridge Judge has also transformed itself physically: the new 5,000-square-metre Simon Sainsbury Centre opened to students and Executive Education delegates in 2018, greatly expanding the School’s lecture, meeting and dining facilities while uniting Cambridge Judge activities under one roof.   

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10 March 2021.