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

Named after Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of The Lonely Planet Guide, the Wheeler Institute was launched in 2018 to build awareness and to help solve the most pressing global issues impeding development.


We are an alliance of thinkers and doers from business, academic, NGOs and government, united round a shared mission. From poverty to illiteracy, disease to environmental pollution, we are committed to bringing our collective research, experience and expertise to bear on the challenges faced by the world’s most underprivileged communities. And to tackle them head on.


We believe that business can and should be a force for good. 


We believe in inspiring and empowering next-generation leaders to make their own positive impact. 


And we believe in the power of collaboration to bring about positive change.



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Call for proposals

A primary mission of the Wheeler Institute is to stimulate and support research at the intersection of business and development, with a particular emphasis on research in the developing world. Our grant recipients are a source of inspiration in identifying and implementing solutions that help improve the economic, social and physical wellbeing of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

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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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Business and Fragile States

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Doing business in a war zone

Mo Ibrahim on the role business can play in strengthening fragile states

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