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Herminia Ibarra

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

The Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning

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Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers50 ranked Ibarra #9 among the most influential business gurus in the world.

Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her book Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (Harvard Business School Press, 2003) documents how people reinvent themselves at work. Her numerous articles are published in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly , Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. Her research has been profiled in a wide range of media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. She teaches in a variety of INSEAD programs and consults internationally on talent management, leadership development, and women’s careers. A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Research Areas

Career & Professional Development; Identity; Leadership; Gender.


The Leadership Transition (Programme Director); Deutsche Bank Global Women Leaders; Women Leading Change in Global Business (Programme Director); eMBA; Avira; Consulting & Coaching for Change.

Related Executive Education programme

Professor Herminia Ibarra is directing the following programme: The Leadership Transition

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