Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD
Professor Turner’s career includes seven years with the UK chemical company, ICI and ten years with Levi Strauss Europe where his various postings included two years as Director of Strategic Planning, and three as Marketing Director for Spain. He left Levi’s in order to launch his own jeans marketing company, after which he subsequently acquired and managed another small company, both in Spain.
Since 1999 he has been a Professor at INSEAD in the area of entrepreneurship, specifically teaching MBA courses on acquisitions, new business creation, and managing growth ventures, on both the Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses.
In January 2003 he relocated to the Singapore campus to launch the new International Centre for Entrepreneurship.
In addition to the entrepreneurship courses he teaches at INSEAD, Professor Turner is a Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland, and has also taught courses in France, Spain, Estonia, and South America. In addition he has given guest lectures at a number of institutions across Asia. He is co-author of a book on Entrepreneurship in Asia published by John Wiley & Sons in March 2005, and is currently working on another book on entrepreneurship to be published by the same publisher later this year.
He is on the board of directors of a young start-up company in Singapore, and acts as advisor to a number of other young ventures, including one venture capital fund. He is a member of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), launched by the Singapore government in 2003.
Aside from professional interests, his major passion is classical music, and in 1999 he published a book on Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, of which the second edition was published in 2007.
Professor Turner holds a BA from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD.