Meet your Program Directors

Meet your Program Directors

Program Directors

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials, and content in all IMD programs.

Benoit Leleux
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD, where he serves as Program Director of Winning Sustainability Strategies and Foundations for Business Leadership. He was previously Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Director of the 3i VentureLab and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College (USA). Prior to his academic career, he was the head of corporate venturing for a leading agribusiness conglomerate in South East Asia.

He is the author of a number of books, including “Winning Sustainability Strategies: finding purpose, driving innovation and executing change” (2019). His teaching cases have earned more than 20 European case writing awards and he has been ranked #19 in the Case Center’s top-40 best-selling case authors for 2018/19.

Jan van der Kaaij
Co-founder of Finch & Beak

Jan is Co-founder of Finch & Beak, a European consultancy specialized in accelerating sustainability. He teaches at IMD and Moscow School of Management, and is co-author of “Winning Sustainability Strategies: finding purpose, driving innovation and executing change” (2019).

Jan is a creative sustainability expert in strategy development, DJSI and sustainable innovation, with a hands-on approach. He founded his sustainability advisory business in 1997, and over the past two decades he and his team have advised multinationals and family businesses such as McDonald’s, Telenet, DSM, Miguel Torres, Randstad, LANXESS and H.J. Heinz. Jan’s speciality is designing value generating sustainability strategies, and effectively implementing them into the core of the business.

Program Directors’ publications
How an oil independent survived threat to its ethical values
By Professor Benoit F. Leleux, Loïc Godail

Lundin Energy’s longstanding commitment to sustainability was challenged by an oil price war and the slump caused by the pandemic. Here’s how the company rose to the challenge.

How a chocolate company cleaned up its supply chain and started the transformation of an industry
By Professor Benoit F. Leleux and Executive in Residence Jan Van der Kaaij

What gives a brand the ability to stand head and shoulders above a saturated marketplace? What enables it to win loyalty and enthusiasm from its employees and its audience?

Sustainability and the art of doing less
By Professor Benoit F. Leleux and Executive in Residence Jan Van der Kaaij

Temperatures keep rising at an alarming pace. According to the UN weather agency, CO2 levels are at their highest in the last 650,000 years, and so are the average temperatures, with the world’s nine warmest years all having occurred since 2005.

De Agostini: Repurposing the business & the family
By Professor Benoit F. Leleux, Marta Widz and Guido Corbetta

The Strategic Lab at De Agostini, part strategic think-tank and part assessment tool for the next-generation talent of the Drago-Boroli family, owners of De Agostini, was brainstorming the future direction of the diversified, family-owned group.