Benoît Leleux

Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, IMD, Switzerland

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program and director of Research and Development. He was previously Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Wellesley, MA (USA). He obtained his Ph.D. at INSEAD, specializing in Corporate Finance and Venture Capital. He is recognized as a leading specialist in entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity and corporate venturing, with a strong interest in family business. He has been the director of the IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award since 2008. His latest books include “Investing Private Capital in Emerging and Frontier Market SMEs” (IFC, 2009) and “Nurturing Science-Based Startups: An International Case Perspective” (Springer Verlag, 2008). Dr Leleux earned a M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering and a M.Ed. in Natural Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and an MBA from Virginia Tech (USA). His teaching cases have earned a dozen European case writing awards and he has been running executive educations programs for more than 50 leading global corporations.