Biography


Formal Education

Ph.D. University of Vienna

M.Sc. University of Vienna

M.B.A. University of Chicago


Prof. Christian Seelos is a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Leo Tindemans Chair of Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven. Previously he was the Director of the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability and faculty of the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School.


He teaches MBA and executive courses in “International Business”, “Strategic Management”, “CSR and Business Ethics”, “Social Entrepreneurship”,Strategy and Sustainability”, “Social Innovation“ and others. Christian researches emerging topics at the interface between organizational strategies and global sustainability agendas. This includes novel approaches to social innovation and new business models around topics such as poverty, climate change and water stress. His research on innovative corporate strategies in emerging markets was recognized by the Strategic Management Society (Best Paper Award for Practice Implications, 2007) and also won him the Gold Price, 2008 of the IFC-FT research competition on private sector development.


In the 1980s and early 90s he was Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at the University of Vienna. He published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals in the natural- and social-sciences.


Private Sector and International Organizations

In 2006 he was a Director at FSG Social Impact Advisors in Geneva, a firm co-founded by Prof. Michael Porter from Harvard University which carries out CSR and sustainability consulting with for-profit, public and NGO sectors.


In early 2000 he was a Senior Contract Director at British Telecom Global Services and also held the position of BT Ignite Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to that, he was Senior Strategy Consultant at Siemens and Vice President for Portfolio Strategy and Product Development at Transclick Inc. (New York).


In the 1990s he was a Senior Adviser to the Chairman at the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and led inspection and disarmament efforts on biological weapons in Iraq. From 1994 to 1999 he co-led the inspection and disarmament efforts on biological weapons in Iraq.