Professor Francisco Veloso is a Portuguese academic with, a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT and is the Dean of Imperial College Business School.
Previously, he was the Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he held the NOS Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Francisco also retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a tenured Full Professor.
Francisco’s main areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and innovation, areas in which he is active as an academic leader, mentor, advisor and investor. He has several dozen publications in leading academic journals and has won several awards for his contributions. He regularly contributes as a consultant and advisor to a range of start-ups, established firms, universities and governments around the world.
Career Francisco Veloso started his academic career back in 2002 as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he became a full professor in 2011. After that, he became a professor at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he was appointed the dean. A role that he held from 2012 to August 2017. In August 2017, he became the dean of the Imperial College Business School. He has worked with a variety of international firms and organizations, including Alcoa, McKinsey & Co., the Asian Development Bank, and the Portuguese Science Foundation.
He is currently a member of the RISE – Research, Innovation and Science Experts High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas Academic Background Francisco holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 2001. Prior to that, he has an MSc in Technology Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Physics Engineering, both from the University of Lisbon.
Francisco’s research focuses on high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, more specifically on how firms and regions develop and leverage scientific and technological capabilities for economic growth. He has won several awards for his contributions, including the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, the Stan Hardy award for the outstanding paper published in the field of Operations Management, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation, the Mexican Science Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
In a recent interview, Veloso explains his vision in regard to the Imperial Business School:
"I think entrepreneurship is a key area for both the Business School and the College. Entrepreneurs have really transformed the business world and will continue to do so. As a result, young people are now much more aware of the value of starting their own business or social venture. The Business School is at the cutting edge of research in this space and does a lot to support the ambitions of students who want to become entrepreneurs.
Another area that excites me is the digital revolution. Digital technology is really having an impact on how business is done globally, which creates amazing new opportunities but also raises important concerns for companies who need to adapt to meet the pace at which digitisation is transforming business models. This digital transformation cuts across core disciplines within business education, from marketing to operations and finance.
This presents a significant opportunity for business schools such as Imperial to further collaborate with firms or the public sector to develop cutting-edge research and intellectual leadership. This also creates an ideal opportunity for executive training for students to hone the skills of professionals working in this space."
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