Donald LessardAffiliation: MIT

Bio: Don Lessard is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Lessard’s continuing research and policy interests are on global strategic management, large scale project management, transformational urban infrastructure, and the energy transition.

He has published extensively on these topics in academic and professional journals and books. He was Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School with responsibility for global programs, executive education, and research centers and has designed and led numerous educational programs at MIT including the Executive MBA and the undergraduate Energy Minor.

A leader in international management education, Lessard is a past President of the Academy of International Business and Dean of the Fellows of the Academy.  In 2014 he received the Pathfinder Award from the Engineering Projects Organization Society for his lifetime contributions to the field.

Lessard earned his BA in Latin American studies and his MBA and PhD in business administration from Stanford University. He has held visiting positions at the Harvard Institute of International Economics, IESE (Barcelona, Spain), ITESM (Monterrey Tech- EGADE Santa Fe campus, Mexico City), London Business School, Stanford University, STOA (Naples, Italy) and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Last Updated: September 2021