Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes is a Professor of Strategy at IMD, and deputy dean of the MBA program. He teaches in a number of programs at IMD, including Mastering Digital Technologies, Building on Talent and Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives. He also runs some large in-company programs.

His research interests are related to strategy, digital and sustainability. In the area of strategy he focuses on strategy styles, corporate renewal and business models. In sustainability he examines topics such as the role of Boards and sustainability, how to drive effective collaboration and how to demonstrate proof of sustainability value. In the area of digital he has developed a new approach for how to teach executives to learn programming and coding.

Professor Haanaes has published articles in top publications such as Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review and has conducted reports for BCG, MIT and the World Economic Forum. He is co-author of the bestselling book “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy” published in 2015 by Harvard Business Review Press, which has been translated into seven languages. He is also a recent TED speaker (“Two reasons companies fail – and how to avoid them”).

Before joining IMD, Professor Haanaes was a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group. At BCG he served as the global leader of the strategy practice and led the BCG offices in Geneva and Oslo. He established the BCG sustainability activity in BCG, working closely with the World Economic Forum, United Nations Global Compact and the WWF. From 2012-2014, he was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on New Economic Growth Models.

Professor Haanaes has also been Executive Director of The Research Council of Norway and held research positions at BI Norwegian Business School and Stanford University (Visiting Scholar). He holds an MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), the IB program at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD in Strategy from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Dr. Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez

Dr. Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez

Professor of Family Business and Director of the IMD Global Family Business Center, Denise is an international speaker, consultant and educator in the field of family business.

For nearly 20 years Denise has worked extensively with very large family businesses in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and is used to deal with complex governance and wealth situations. She is author and co-author of the books: Governance in Family Enterprises: Maximizing Economic & Emotional Success, 2014( Palgrave Macmillan); Family Business – Key Issues, 2005 (Palgrave Macmillan); Sharing Wisdom, Building Values – Letters From Family Business Owners To Their Successors, 2002 (Palgrave Macmillan); A Woman’s Place. The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Businesses, 2008 (Palgrave Macmillan); as well as the cartoon illustrated books: Why Me? Wealth: Creating, Having and Passing it on, 2007 and Who, Me? Family Business Succession. A practical Guide For The Next Generation, 2005.

In recent years she has also published articles on succession, competence, growth, IPOs, governance issues and on serial business families. Founder and former president of the Family Business Network (FBN) chapter in French speaking Switzerland, Denise received several international awards for her research work.

In addition, Denise is a certified coach working with the Solution Focused Coaching approach (based on brief therapies). She is an accredited Lifo® Licensee – a personal style survey which helps individuals reach their potential and improve their performance; unlocks the hidden potential of individuals and teams to achieve maximum high performance by looking at how people work together; it helps business create high performance cultures to drive sales and achieve objectives.

Denise is also the founder, CEO and Chairman of Gen10 SA, an independent company providing high quality VIP Boutique services to HNW & UHNW entrepreneurial families and families of wealth around the globe in mediation, coaching and education programs around succession, governance, business, ownership, wealth, family office and family philanthropy.

Prior to specialising in family business, Denise worked for fifteen years in international industrial companies where she developed an expertise in strategy, accounting, M&As, as well as financial and business analysis.

Paul Strebel

Paul Strebel

Paul Strebel has been working with boards of directors and top management teams for more than 25 years on strategic vision and the resolution of boardroom conflicts. In addition to personal  experience as a board director, he has facilitated highly interactive workshops and seminars on best in-class boards and strategic breakthroughs for more than 50 multinationals in Europe, U.S., South Africa, the Middle East and S.E. Asia. His work on the four classic roles of the board and how they are shaped by power, psychology and priorities has helped many boards and board directors.

Professor Strebel has twice received the Award for Research on Leadership from the Association of Executive Search Consultants and has won numerous case study awards from the European Foundation for Management Development.

He has published articles in the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, among others and is a contributor on governance issues to the business press, including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Paul Strebel’s books include Breakpoints: How Managers Exploit Radical Business Change (Harvard Business School Press); The Change Pact: Building Commitment to Ongoing Change (FT Prentice Hall); Focused Energy: Mastering Bottom-up Organization (Wiley); Trajectory Management: Leading a Business over Time (Wiley); Smart Big Moves: The Story Behind Strategic Breakthroughs (FT Prentice Hall).

He is the co-editor of IMD’s guide book on Mastering Executive Education: How to Combine Content with Context and Emotion (FT Prentice Hall)

Professor Strebel was educated at the University of Cape Town, Columbia University in New York, and received his doctorate from Princeton University.


Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel is Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship and holder of the Debiopharm Chair of Family Philanthropy at IMD.

In his research, teaching and advisory work, Peter works with family- & non-family enterprises globally on succession planning, organizational regeneration through intrapreneurship, talent development, business strategy, governance, change management, and investment opportunities. Hs is particularly interested in understanding and improving complex family enterprise systems, intrapreneurial ecosystems as well as entrepreneurial ecosystems. He advises organizations on strategic management, global megatrends and their impact on businesses, growth and internationalization, innovation management, and transformation in the digital age. His regional expertise includes Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Peter has published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as EntrepreneurshipTheory and Practice, has wrote a number of books and book chapters as well as scientific and practitioner-oriented reports. His work is frequently referenced by leading newspapers and other media outlets, such as Harvard Business ReviewCNNHuffington PostForbesFinancial TimesTechcrunch, amongst others. He is a regular conference speaker, including TEDxLausanne, the Global Economic Symposium, the Family Matters Forum, the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit, the St. Gallen Symposium, and the G20 Youth Forum.

Prior to joining IMD, Peter served as Director of Custom Programs and Business Development at the Executive School of University of St.Gallen, Assistant Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of St.Gallen, as well as Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Swiss Startup Monitor Foundation.

Peter is the founder and non-executive Chairman of the Delta Venture Partners AG as well as an Associate Partner of the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group. He is an alumni of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Community and closely collaborates with the WEF on the transformation maps for the family business community as well as that of Switzerland. He is part of the Futurework Forum, a global think-tank focused on the future of the labor market and the world of work.

Peter earned his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and an MSc and BSc in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology.