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The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development (Wheeler Institute) is our response to the world’s most urgent economic and social problems.

The Institute is named for Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who donated £10 million to fund the Institute's work in January 2018.

"Maureen and I have been passionate supporters of international development efforts for many years and firmly believe that business has a central role to play in this journey. We are grateful to be part of the Institute’s long-term efforts to alleviate poverty in those regions most in need."

Tony Wheeler

LBS alumnus

Co-founder, Lonely Planet Publications

We believe that business can and should be a force for good. We intend to tackle global issues head-on: we are uniquely placed to provide trusted insights and real-world expertise.

Through our teaching and immersive experiences we’re inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders to make their own positive impact.

We know collaboration is vital to success. By bringing together leaders from business, academia, the voluntary sector and policymaking, we will identify tangible solutions with the potential to be scaled up.

Together we can transform lives.



How entrepreneurship transforms lives

Ben Laurance

By some estimates, half of the world's poor make a living as micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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About the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development launched in 2017 to illuminate and help solve the pressing global issues that impede development. We are committed to bringing about positive change though sharing and applying business expertise. We will bring our joint research and experience to bear on the challenges faced by some of the world’s most underprivileged communities – from poverty to illiteracy, disease to pollution.

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Upcoming events

Automation in Emerging Markets: Killing Jobs Before They're Born?

11 July, 16:30-18:00

Guest Speaker: Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT; Carnegie Fellow


LBS awarded major donation by co-founders of Lonely Planet

Tony and Maureen Wheeler gift

£10 million for the new London Business School Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

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