The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development (Wheeler Institute) is a platform for business thinkers, policymakers, NGOs and academics to come together to share successes and find new solutions to some of the world’s most intractable development challenges.
At Institute events, business people, academics, NGOs and policy makers will forge new partnerships, learn from each other and identify how to adopt and scale up interventions that have been shown to improve lives.
London Business School (LBS) has a strong track record in this area. Recently, for example, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus told a London Business School audience that humans are all natural entrepreneurs; it’s the system that’s flawed.
On 8 and 9 October, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development will dedicate a two-day conference to the role of business in the context of conflict or substantial political instability, in post-conflict environments, and in weakly institutionalised regions of otherwise stable countries. High-profile business leaders, acclaimed academics and representatives of influential NGOs and policy organisations will come together to engage in a meaningful discussion placing emphasis on the necessity of business in the circumstances of state fragility.
On the first day, the Wheeler Institute will be hosting a symposium for leading academics with around 8 papers alongside discussions.
On October 9, our Business and Policy Day, we are delighted to welcome:
- Mo Ibrahim – Mo Ibrahim Foundation / Founder of Celtel
- Donald Kaberuka – Former President, African Development Bank Group / Former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda
- Jean-Baptiste Richardier – Co-Founder of Handicap International / Humanity & Inclusion / International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997
- Martin Barber – Former Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) / OBE
- James A. Robinson – University of Chicago / Professor of Economics / Co-author of best-selling book "Why Nations Fail"
- Sir Tim Besley – London School of Economics and Political Science / Professor of Economics
- Christopher Blattman – University of Chicago / Professor of Economics
- Nathan Nunn – Harvard University / Professor of Economics
- Nick Hughes – Strategy Director and Co-founder of M-KOPA and “Father” of M-PESA
… and many more.
Closer to date we will share details on how to register for the event.
PhD Conference with Daron Acemoglu – MIT Professor of Economics
When: Wednesday 11 July 2018 / 10:00-15:00
Open to: All LBS PhD students
The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was delighted to host a doctoral conference to honour MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu who is an expert in political economy and the author of “Why Nations Fail”, an influential best-selling book on the role that institutions play in shaping nations' economic outcomes. 10 selected LBS PhD students from different school departments were given the rare opportunity to present their research and receive invaluable feedback by Daron Acemoglu.
The Wheeler Institute has already supported several student initiatives in 2018. More information coming soon.