Sustainability pioneer achieves the Five-fecta

INSEAD Professor Luk Van Wassenhove first to be recognised by five major professional Operations Management and Management Sciences societies

Middle East, Asia, Europe
05 November 2018

French version 

INSEAD, the business school for the world, is proud to announce that Professor of Technology and Operations Management Luk Van Wassenhove has been named Fellow of INFORMS for his pioneering work on closed loop supply chains (sustainability) and humanitarian operations. This makes him the first professor to be recognised by five major professional Operations Management and Management Sciences societies.

This award is the third in a year of excellence for Professor Van Wassenhove. In June, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for profound and enduring contributions in Management Science and Engineering. In August, he received peer recognition when the INSEAD faculty applauded his outstanding contributions to the PhD programme.

Sameer Hasija, INSEAD Area Chair of Technology and Operations Management, says that, “Luk is one of the top academics in the world in the field of Operations Management. He is one of the most prolific scholars in the field, credited for being a pioneer in sustainable and humanitarian operations. Luk’s research stands at the intersection of high standards of academic rigour and deep practical relevance. The importance of his research has been well recognised… and he will forever be an inspiration to the coming generations of scholars at INSEAD and elsewhere.”

This achievement demonstrates a legacy of academic excellence by Professor Van Wassenhove. His other major professional society awards include a 2013 Honorary Fellowship from EUROMA, a 2009 MSOM Fellow Award, a 2006 EURO Gold Medal from the European Association of Operational Research Societies and a 2005 Fellow of POMS Award. He is a member of The Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and held the Francqui chair at the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2011.

Professor Van Wassenhove is a long-time contributor to the deeper conversation on the role of business in positive social progress at INSEAD. He established the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, has led the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group since 2001 and currently serves as Academic Director of the INSEAD Sustainability Initiative.

Ziv Carmon, INSEAD Dean of Research says, “With an extensive and growing body of work and record number of citations, Professor Van Wassenhove is one of the most impactful members of our exemplary INSEAD faculty. Luk is an innovator of sustainability solutions and consistently produces research that is remarkably rigorous and relevant. He collaborates with leading academics and mentors promising scholars. With his research towards a practical path to sustainable social and economic development, Luk has profoundly impacted the field of Operations Management – and helped set the world on course to a brighter future.”

Professor Van Wassenhove holds the Henry Ford Chair of Manufacturing at INSEAD. Through his relentless pursuit of excellence and drive to deliver value to business and society, he is a shining example of thought leadership and academic rigour at INSEAD.


About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 154 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Master in Finance, Executive Master in Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. In 2007, the school inaugurated a Centre for Research and Executive Education in the United Arab Emirates and officially opened the Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled INSEAD to become truly "The Business School for the World”.

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