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Dr. Alfons Sauquet, Global Dean of ESADE, Elected President of ABIS

ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society, a global network of over 100 multinational companies and business schools working towards a sustainable future, is delighted to announce that Professor Alfons Sauquet has been elected as its new President and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Sauquet, who is currently the Global Dean of ESADE Business and Law Schools, was unanimously chosen from a list of elite candidates to take over from Dr. Gilbert Lenssen, ABIS’ Founding President. He will serve an initial three year term to guide The Academy through an ambitious new phase of development.

“ABIS needs to change in a radically transformed environment, but it starts this journey from a very good position, and in the very safe hands of Alfons Sauquet. I am confident that he will lead the network with great strength and support from its members.” – Gilbert Lenssen, Emeritus President, ABIS.

Under Dr. Sauquet’s stewardship, ESADE has established itself as one of the world’s top business schools, recognised for its academic excellence, international outlook and its strong focus on the development of personal and professional competencies linked to responsible, ethical business. Given ABIS’ mission to transform management education in line with global sustainability challenges, The Academy will benefit enormously from his global perspective and standing.

Dr. Sauquet recognises that ABIS stands at an important juncture as it moves into its 14th year of existence. He promises to stay faithful to the spirit of ABIS while ensuring it takes the right risks to continue to grow and build stronger collaborations in the following three years.

“ABIS is now entering a new phase that prompts us to act differently in bridging between the corporate and academic worlds in pursuit of innovation and change. It will require imagination to provide our partners with ideas and platforms to have a deeper impact both in business and education and research, but I have no doubt that we will achieve our ambitions in this regard.” – Alfons Sauquet, President, ABIS.


What’s in store for 2015?

In 2015, ABIS will be unveiling its new strategy and offers for ABIS Members to build more collaborative projects and turn knowledge into action.

* A first of its kind Funding Forum will take place in Brussels on 28-29 April; see more here

* In addition, the network will engage in global debates on sustainable lifestyles at World Expo 2015, Milan through its 14th Annual Colloquium on 20-21 October which will be hosted by SDA Bocconi School of Management; find out more here



About ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society

ABIS is a global partnership of over 130 companies, academic institutions and affiliated networks whose expertise, commitment and resources are leverages to invest in a more sustainable future for business in society.

About Alfons Sauquet, President of ABIS and Global Dean of ESADE

Dr. Alfons Sauquet Rovira is the Global Dean of ESADE Business and Law School since 2014. He previously served as Dean of ESADE Business School from 2007 to 2014 and as Dean of Research and Director of University Programs. Sauquet holds a number of esteemed positions with other networks including European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Global Management Admission Council (GMAC) and has been invited to speak at numerous international fora.

Sauquet holds a Doctorate from Columbia University, Master in Org. Psych. from Columbia University, MBA from ESADE; Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology by the University of Barcelona.

His research has focused on Corporate Learning and Innovation, directing different research projects under EU funding actions FP5, FP6, FP7. He served in the editorial boards of Human Resources International and the European Business Forum. His latest publication is entitled, “Business Schools and their Contribution to Society”, Sage 2012.

Sauquet serves on the governing board of the European institute of Innovation and Technology and has participated in policy roundtables in Europe, Australia and China. He has consulted with United Nations (UNDP), Levi’s, Gas Natural SDG., Telefonica and different financial institutions on change, identity and corporate development.



Founded in 1958, ESADE Business and Law School has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence in São Paulo, Lima, Mexico City, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires. It also has collaboration agreements with over 100 universities and business schools worldwide. Each year, more than 11,000 students participate in courses at ESADE (MBA and Executive Education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in business and law). The School’s business park, ESADECREAPOLIS, is a pioneering innovation centre that brings together academia and the world of business. With a clear international outlook, ESADE consistently ranks near the top of the main global business-school rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist and América Economía). ESADE currently has a network of over 50,000 alumni occupying positions of responsibility in enterprises around the globe. ESADE is a member of Ramon Llull University



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