INSEAD Has A New Dean From Imperial College Business School


Francisco Veloso will become dean of INSEAD on Sept. 1

After what it called “an extensive and rigorous dean search,” INSEAD today named the dean of Imperial College Business School as its new leader. Francisco Veloso will succeed Ilian Mihov, the longest serving dean at INSEAD, on Sept. 1. Mihov is stepping down after completing the maximum two five-year terms, overseeing the leading European business school for the past ten years.

In hiring Veloso, INSEAD will be getting an academic who has already led two business schools. In addition to Imperial, where he has been dean since 2017, Veloso also served as dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics in Portugal for five years. With each new appointment, Veloso has climbed the deanship ladder, going to higher-ranked and more resource rich schools. INSEAD, with its multiple campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and San Francisco, boasts more than 166 faculty members from 41 countries and over 1,500 degree participants annually. The Financial Times most recently ranked INSEAD’s 10-month MBA program the second best in the world behind only Columbia Business School. Imperial’s MBA was ranked 37th, while the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics was ranked 85th.

“I am honoured to have been chosen to take on the important role of Dean at INSEAD and express my gratitude to the faculty and INSEAD Board for placing their trust in me to lead the school into the future,” said Veloso in a statement. “I am excited to build upon the institution’s remarkable success and look forward to taking INSEAD to new heights.”


A leading authority in entrepreneurship and innovation,  Veloso is originally from Portugal. He holds a PhD in technology, management and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MSc in Technology Management and an undergraduate degree in physics engineering, both from the University of Lisbon.  He developed most of his academic career at Carnegie Mellon University, where he retains an adjunct professor appointment.

During his tenure as dean at Imperial College Business School, Veloso has led the development of a 10-year strategy to bolster the school’s position as a prominent leading research business school, recognized for digital innovation as well as teaching and research that address critical challenges facing today’s tech-driven businesses and society. Veloso’s leadership helped steer the Católica Lisbon School to become an institution with international reach, multiplying international students numbers several fold, and doubling the school’s research presence in top international journals.

“True to our founding global culture, a reflection of our inclusiveness and entrepreneurial spirit, the INSEAD faculty and Board have come together to appoint an inspiring future leader with a strong academic background,” says INSEAD Board Chair Andreas Jacobs in a statement. “I extend a warm welcome to Francisco Veloso. His inclusive leadership approach, encompassing INSEAD’s values, combined with his remarkable academic achievements, make him an ideal choice to guide our school into the next era. I look forward to working closely with him as we steer the school towards a bright future.”


INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov:

Veloso will be taking over from one of INSEAD’s most successful deans. Over his ten years as the school’s leader starting in October of 2013, Mihov has led the campus expansion in Singapore to meet the increasing demand of management education globally, helped to upgrade the MBA curriculum to better prepare students to build new businesses, and initiated an integrated digital strategy. The school has also seen a major increase in MBA applications and the highest-ever proportion of female students at a record 38% for the latest entering class.  He also has led INSEAD’s engagement in increased outreach and fundraising efforts.

When he opened a new San Francisco outpost for INSEAD three years ago, he announced a massive €100 million ($114 million) renovation of the Fontainebleau campus, the most expensive upgrade in its history. The school is in the midst of recruiting its first cohort for a new Master’s in Management program. He is in the middle of a capital campaign that has thus far raised a record €185 million toward a €250 million goal by 2023 that he hopes to exceed.

Mihov also brought in the largest single gift in INSEAD’s history, €40 million from Class of 1990 alumnus André Hoffmann and his wife Rosalie to fund a Global Institute for Business and Society, expanded INSEAD’s faculty from less than 140 when he became dean in 2013 to the current 166, and built the school’s endowment to more than €270 million from €160 million. By the end of the capital campaign, he hopes the endowment reaches an unprecedented €320 million. INSEAD had also become the second-largest provider of executive education programming in the world, behind only Harvard Business School.

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