Dr. Lourdes Casanova

Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University, New York, United States

Dr. Lourdes S. Casanova is an academic, author and currently a Senior Lecturer of Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Gail and Roberto Cañizares Director of the Emerging Markets Institute. Before her appointment to Johnson School, Dr. Casanova was a lecturer in the Strategy Department at INSEAD. She specializes in international business with a focus on Latin America and multinationals from emerging markets. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Casanova was appointed as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. Also, she is member of the Boyce Thompson Institute.

Past teaching experiences include visiting faculty positions and guest lecturer assignments at Tecnológico de Monterrey, HEC Montréal, ESADE Business School, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, San Diego University’s School of Business Administration, Oxford University’s Latin American Center, Cambridge Judge Business School, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s Institute of European Studies, Universität Zürich, and Haas School of Business. She is a visiting professor at Wenzhou University, China.

Dr. Casanova is also a former awardee of the Fulbright Scholar Program. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Latin America. Also, she’s a member of the Competitiveness in Latin America Task Force and of the Global Agenda Council on Latin America of the World Economic Forum. Furthermore, she is a board member and chairperson of the Compensation Committee of the Boyce Thompson Institute, a member of the Advisory Committee European Union/Brazil, the World Investment Network of the UNCTAD, B20 Business Summit’s Information and Communication Technologies and Innovation task force, a reviewer of Strategy Management Journal, and was responsible at INSEAD of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative.

Dr. Casanova is a board member of a start-up Documenta, a member of the Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Family Firms[4] and the Nominating committee of the World Innovation Summit (HiT Barcelona). She is also member in the Executive Committee of the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES), member of the advisory board of the Tompkins County Public Library, a member of the NCE Standing Selection Committee, and a founding Board Member of the Societé des Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau. She is also a consultant at the Inter-Development Bank.

Dr. Casanova speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch.