Dr. Gerry GeorgeDean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University
Gerry George is Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. Since the start of his term in 2015, LKCSB achieved global reputation as a leading Asian business school ranked in the Financial Times Global Top 50.
Professor George joined SMU from Imperial College London, where he was Deputy Dean of the Business School, Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the London Stock Exchange’s Elite Programme, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. Before Imperial, he held tenured positions at London Business School and at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From 2013 to 2016, he was Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published over 100 articles with 30,000 citations. In 2019, he received the Web of Science “Highly Cited Researcher” distinction for Cross-Field Impact. His areas of research are in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society. He was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council to work on socially inclusive innovation in natural resources, healthcare, and energy.
His co-authored works are Handbook of Inclusive Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2019), Managing Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), The Business Model Book (Pearson, 2018), Implausible Opportunities (Cambridge Press, 2012), and Inventing Entrepreneurs (Pearson, 2009). George serves on the Board of AACSB International. Established in 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 850 accredited business schools worldwide.
He is a member of the Investment Committee of Maple tree Australia Commercial Trust, a private trust with $1.4 Billion in commercial real estate assets. He is a member of the Management Committee of Global Compact Network Singapore, which facilitates the progress of companies that are committed to aligning their operations with UN Global Compact’s principles in human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. He helped create BML Munjal University, a university near New Delhi and serves on its Board of Governors.
He was member of the Corporate Governance Council of Monetary Authority of Singapore tasked to redraft the 2018 Corporate Governance Code. From 2010-2014, he was a non-executive director of India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, a Government of India enterprise subsidiary. IIFC(UK) provides dollar denominated financing for capital equipment in large Indian infrastructure projects.
For his contribution to further education, Professor George was awarded Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen for intellectual contributions to the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College London. In 2019, he completed the Executive Certificate in Directorship from SMU and Singapore Institute of Directors. He is Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and Georgetown University, as well as Senior Global Fellow at The Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania.