Marta Widz

Polish, Swiss

Dr. Marta Widz is a research fellow at IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland, and a manager of the world’s most prestigious accolades for family businesses: IMD Global Family Business Award, sponsored by Pictet and the IMD-Pictet Sustainability in Family Business Award. She serves as a non-voting jury member for both awards and heads the Evaluation Committees.

Dr. Widz has worked with many global, multigenerational as well as first-generation family businesses in developed and emerging markets. She wrote number of practitioner articles, book chapters, case studies and peer-reviewed articles on family businesses, as well as developed series of didactical and advisory materials (hand-on tools for self-managed succession, scripts, videos, etc.).

Dr. Widz embraces the worlds of research, advisory, and practice in the family business field:

  • Advisory: Member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI). Chair of the Program Committee of the 2020 FFI Global Conference.
  • Family business: Frequent presenter for the Family Business Network (FBN), the Hénokiens, Family Firm Institute (IBR). Board member of the Family Business Club at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Research: Member of the Academy of Management (AOM), and the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). Track Chair for pedagogical services of the 2020 IFERA Conference.

Dr. Widz obtained her Ph.D. at the Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and is an affiliated expert at the Institute for Family Business in Poland. She is a member of the Swiss Board School, Female Board School and Swiss Institute of Directors and was formally trained on effective leadership and supervision of family firms.

Dr. Widz is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); CEMS Master in International Management; and the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Poland, and brings multiple years of international experience from finance and pharmaceutical industry.