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Imperial College Continues Its Push Into Innovation With New Dean

London school appoints innovation scholar Francisco Veloso

Tue Mar 14 2017

Imperial College Business School has named internationally-renowned innovation scholar Francisco Veloso its new dean — cementing its push into innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Francisco joins Imperial from the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal’s leading business school, where he has served as dean since 2012. He is a leading authority in innovation and entrepreneurship, whose research has focussed on how firms and regions develop and leverage science and technology for economic growth. 

He succeeds professor Nelson Phillips, who has been acting dean of Imperial’s business school since last year, when professor G Anandalingam stepped down from the post.

Francisco will be charged with continuing Imperial’s march into exploring novel technologies. Last year, the business school launched the Centre for Global Finance and Technology. Imperial also established the KPMG Data Observatory in 2015, which enables students to visualize big data. The Observatory was part of a £20 million investment from KPMG, the professional services firm, which in 2014 set-up the KPMG Center For Advanced Business Analytics on Imperial’s London campus. The same year, Imperial launched an MSc in Business Analytics. 

Imperial College London, meanwhile, is renowned for its strengths in medical and science research, ranked in the top-10 of the Times Higher Education global university rankings.

Francisco said: “The growing importance of technology-driven innovation and entrepreneurship across all business areas and fields is creating opportunities that fall squarely into the School and College’s strengths.”

Francisco retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University of the US, where he led a university-wide, interdisciplinary program which equiped students to harness technological change to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. He oversaw the establishment of a research funding initiative and dual PhD programs between Carnegie Mellon and several Portuguese universities.

His leadership helped steer the Católica Lisbon School to becoming an institution with international reach — now ranked among the top-25 business schools in Europe by the Financial Times. During his time as dean, international students numbers have been multiplied several fold, while the school’s research presence in top international journals has doubled.

Imperial’s provost, professor James Stirling, said: “Francisco’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation and a global outlook make him the ideal person to head Imperial College Business School through its next stages of aspiration and growth.

“His extraordinary leadership at Católica Lisbon saw the school flourish into an institution that is respected across Europe. His foresight and experience will be invaluable.”