01 September 2020

Welcome Marie-Laure Salles, the Institute’s New Director

The Graduate Institute has the great honour of welcoming Marie-Laure Salles as the first woman to direct the Institute since its creation in 1927.
Marie-Laure Salles will succeed Philippe Burrin who directed the Institute for 16 years, first as the Director of the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales (HEI) and then as Director of the Graduate Institute, which was created in 2008 after the fusion between HEI and the Institut universitaire d’études du développement (IUED). 

Before joining the Institute, Marie-Laure Salles was the Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po Paris, a school that she helped to found, and Professor at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences Po Paris. Previously, she was also Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the PhD Programme and managed the Centre on Capitalism, Globalization and Governance at the École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales (ESSEC Business School) in Paris, all while simultanously occuping a post as professor.  

Marie-Laure Salles earned her PhD in Sociology from Harvard University and a habilitation à Diriger les Recherches from Dauphine University in Paris. Her work explores, from a historical and comparative perspective, the evolution of governance and capitalism; questions of business ethics and social responsibility; the role of networks in the diffusion of norms, practices and ideas; and the dynamics of governance, particularly transnational, in economic activities.  

Marie-Laure Salles was a visiting professor in a number of prestigious academic institutions in the United States and Europe. She knows the Institute well, having spent one year as a visiting professor and visiting researcher at the Global Governance Centre. She holds a PhD Honoris Causa from Stockholm University and has also been distinguished as a Knight in France's Legion of Honour.  

“It is with great honour and humility that I join the Institute”, said Marie-Laure Salles. “In a world growing ever more complex and uncertain, where the challenges facing us will forcibly impose a reinvention of international collaboration, the Institute, now more than ever, has an important role to play. I am delighted at the idea of writing, with our entire community and our partners, this new page in the Institute’s history”.