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Biography

Professor Paolo Taticchi is Professor (Education) in Strategy and Sustainability & Deputy Director (MBA and Global Engagement) at UCL School of Management.

He teaches modules on sustainability and competitive advantage, strategy, consulting and the future of cities. Before UCL, Paolo spent six years at Imperial College London where he served as Academic Director of the school’s top-ranked MSc Management, Weekend MBA and Global Online MBA, and where he led Global Student Experience. Today Paolo is Visiting Professor at Imperial.

Alongside his work at UCL, Paolo is regularly invited to teach on international MBA and EMBA programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. In the recent years he has visited and hold teaching appointments in top business schools like EADA, ESAN, and NYU. He has teaching experience in 14 countries in total and is highly recognised for his work in the fields of MBAs, online education and global initiatives.

Paolo’s research on corporate sustainability and performance measurement is internationally recognised. He has authored over 50 published academic journal articles, and edited and co-authored three books with Springer (over 140,000 downloads). Paolo’s last book is titled “Corporate Sustainability in Practice” and was published in January 2021. He is regularly invited to give keynote talks at world-class academic, governmental and industry events.

Outside of the academy, Paolo has significant consultancy experience in the fields of strategy, education, and sustainability. He has worked in this capacity for firms of various sizes, and in a range of different industries including cement, chemical, construction, education, energy, food, health care, industrial supply, information technologies, manufacturing, pharma, textile, and waste. Today, he advices (or serves in the advisory board) influential organisations such as Mercato Metropolitano (which is revolutionising public markets) and Global Futures Group (a worldwide network of experts who guide both public and private clients in creating smart cities).

Paolo is also active in the entrepreneurial space, co-founding three firms in the fields of engineering and consultancy. As an intrapreneur, Paolo successfully co-founded and directed six New York-based international summer schools associated with prestigious universities; launched an MBA and opened in Italy a campus with Bradford School of Management; secured and developed a multi-million pound project at Imperial College Business School and is the co-founder and co-organizer of an international internship programme.

He has received numerous awards for the impact of his projects, which have been covered by influential newspapers in the UK and Italy. His projects, quotes and opinions have been featured over 200 times in media outlets like The Financial Times, Forbes, The Telegraph, Semana Sostenible, La Republica, Inspire, Sole 24 Ore, La Nazione, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, RAI, Sky News, Sky News Radio, Mediaset, and CNN.

In 2018, Paolo was chosen by influential website Poets & Quants as one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under the age of 40. In the same year, Paolo received the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2019, Paolo received the “Talented Young Italian Award” from the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK. In 2021, Paolo was indicated by Italian’s leading business daily Sole 24 Ore as the most influential Italian under the age of 40.

Paolo holds a BEng and MEng in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude), and a PhD in Industrial Engineering with a focus on operations management from the University of Perugia; and an MBA with a focus on innovation from the University of Perugia and the Bradford School of Management. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership Program.