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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.


Upcoming events

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

    When: 11 July, 16:30-18:00

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

    Location: London Business School, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4SA

  • Daron Acemoglu is mostly known for his work on the institutional and historical origins of economic development, popularized in his best-selling book “Why Nations Fail”, but he has done important work on technical change. His research addresses difficult questions around the effects of automation on employment: Technological progress can make labour more productive, but can also replace it—which effect is stronger? What are the effects of automation on inequality? And as we will discuss in our event: How does automation challenge development and job creation perspectives in emerging markets?

    Daron Acemoglu will present his work on automation and technical change, and a panel discussion will follow. We will later offer reception drinks.

In partnership

  • In conversation with Commercial International Bank (CIB)

    When: Thursday 14 June , 18:30—18:00 BST

    Open to: by invitation only

    Rajesh Chandy, Academic Director, Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, joins Hisham Ezz El Arab, Chairman and Managing Director, Islam Zerkry, Chief Data Officer from CIB, Egypt’s leading private bank, and Professor Randall S Peterson, Academic Director of the Leadership Institute (LBS), to discuss how they implemented major transformation in the middle of huge economic and political turbulence. This event has been organised in partnership with LBS’s Leadership Institute.

Supporting young researchers

  • PhD Conference with Daron Acemoglu

    When: Wednesday 11 July, 16:30—18:00 BST

    Open to: PhD students

    The Wheeler Institute is hosting a small doctoral conference to honour Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. LBS PhD students will have the opportunity to present their work in front of their peers and gain valuable feedback from Daron Acemoglu. Acedmoglu will also be sharing advice on careers in academia.

Supporting student initiatives

The Wheeler Institute has already supported several student initiatives in 2018. More information coming soon.

Past events

  • Africa Business Summit

    When: 12 May 2018

    Open to: all

    Rajesh Chandy, Academic Director, was one of the speakers in the Human Capital Networking Session at the 2018 Africa Business Summit. Organised by LBS’s Africa Club, this year’s event focused on scaling for impact. Other speakers – politicians, bankers, business people, cultural leaders and entrepreneurs – included H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana.

  • Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference

    When: Thursday 10 May to Saturday 12 May

    Open to: PhD students

    The Wheeler Institute was a sponsor of the 2018 conference, which saw PhD candidates from top schools worldwide present and discuss their research at a three-day event hosted at London Business School

  • Net Impact Conference

    When: 1 March 2018

    Open to: all

    This year’s Tech for Good conference, organised by LBS’s Net Impact Club, focused on how companies are using technology in emerging markets to leapfrog traditional models – so that people who don’t have access to bank accounts can make mobile payments, for example. The Wheeler Institute and Prodigy Finance were co-sponsors.

  • 2017 Business for Development Summit

    When: 15 December, 9:00 - 18:00

    Location: London Business School, RCOG, Nuffield Hall, 27 Sussex Place, London, NW1 4RG

    The Inaugural Business for Development Summit on 15 December will bring together industry, government, and civil society leaders from around the world – as we explore the frontier of cutting-edge business research to apply new insights and innovations to improving the lives of the world’s most underprivileged communities.

    Confirmed speakers include:

    Bill Winters CBE, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered

    Serpil Timuray, Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone Group

    Rt Hon Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG, Co-chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission

    Shoshana Stewart, CEO, Turquoise Mountain

    Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, EBRD

    Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa Initiative and UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Industrialization in Africa

    Gail Klintworth, Partner at SYSTEMIQ, Business and Sustainable Development Commission

    Richard Leftley, CEO, MicroEnsure Holdings

    Alix Peterson Zwane, CEO, Global Innovation Fund

    Helen Hai, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Social mobility and the fading American Dream

15 Jun 2018

Where you grow up matters, says Stanford professor Raj Chetty

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Improving Equality of Opportunity

Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Stanford University, spoke at a London Business School Wheeler Institute for Business and Development event. He shared big-data insights to inform the pressing issue of social mobility.

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