Our Initiatives

Collaborations

We help forge communities of practice across business, government and civil society. Together, these communities have the skills, ideas and energy to create impact and lasting change.

  • The Role of Corporates in Sustainability and Development 
    Supported by the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, the Social Impact Club at London Business School recently hosted ‘The Role of Corporates in Sustainability and Development’, a panel moderated by Elias Papaioannou (Professor of Economics at London Business School and Co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute) at the annual Social Impact Conference. The panel…
  • Feeding the future: new approaches to circular food processes
    Organised by the LBS Social Impact Club, ‘Feeding the Future: ‘Meeting the 10 Billion Challenge’ welcomed Pär Larshans (Chief Sustainability Officer at Ragn Sells) to London Business School, to discuss sustainable food processes and inclusive employment. Pär is a leading voice in the global transition from focusing solely on waste management to pioneering efforts in…
  • The Evolution of India’s Digital Public Infrastructure
    Last month, the Finance Club at London Business School hosted Mr. T. Rabi Sankar (Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India) to discuss the evolution of India’s digital public infrastructure in the context of global integration. Addressing Cross-Border Payment Challenges and India’s Digital Payments Infrastructure Paolo Surico (Professor of Economics at London Business School)…

African History through the Lens of Economics

The course combines insights into cutting-edge research with the establishment of a community, working together to identify evidence-based practices to address the challenges of economic development in Africa.

  • African History through the Lens of Economics lecture series wins EEA Award for Innovation in Teaching
    We are incredibly proud to announce that the African History through the Lens of Economics lecture series has been awarded the European Economic Association’s Award for Innovation in Teaching. The EEA aims to contribute to the development and application of economics, improve communication and exchange between educators, researchers, and students in economics in different countries,…
  • Challenging our WEIRD perspective on African development
    African History through the Lens of Economics, an innovative, open-access, online course which attracted over 27,000 people from across the world, explored how history has shaped and continues to influence domestic policies and economic development in Africa. A reflective essay by David Jones, MBA 2022 graduate from London Business School and intern at the Wheeler…
  • Leonard Wantchekon’s Personal Perspectives on African History and Economics
    African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history Leonard Wantchekon, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and Founder and President of the African School of Economics and the Pan African Scientific Research Council, was a regular presence in the…

Rethinking Capitalism

Our Rethinking Capitalism series invites distinguished guests and thought leaders to contribute to the fundamental debates and conversations happening around the world today. 

  • Rethinking Capitalism: In Conversation with Daron Acemoglu
    The Wheeler Institute at the London Business School was proud to host Daron Acemoglu for a presentation on his and Simon Johnson’s latest book, Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity, followed by a discussion with London Business School professor Andrew J Scott. The event, attended by more than 600 people in…
  • Rethinking Capitalism with Oded Galor
    Oded Galor, Herbert Goldberger Professor of Economics at Brown University, joined Elias Papaioannou, Co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute and Professor of Economics at London Business School for the fifth event in the Wheeler Institute’s Rethinking Capitalism series. Professor Galor’s latest book ‘The Journey of Humanity’ explores the evolution of human societies since the emergence…
  • The changing role of government in a vaccinated world
    What are the challenges for global markets as the world recovers from COVID-19? And what impact will the rising levels of government debt have on inequality and fiscal policy? In a wide-ranging conversation about the future of the capitalism, Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund, talks with Professor Elias Papaioannou, Co-Academic Director…

Climate Initiative

We believe in the power of business to help society ameliorate and adapt to climate change. Through collaborations, events, and our Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) partnership, we bring together powerful ideas in a forum to communicate and exchange climate insights.

  • Sustainable Business: New Climate Standards for Africa
    In November 2023, the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development in conjunction with the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS) hosted a four-part virtual lecture series that delved into the importance of new climate standards for business, with a particular focus on the African continent. In 2021 during COP26 in Glasgow, the Trustees of the IFRS…
  • In Conversation with Christos Stylianides: Understanding the global consequences of climate change
    The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development were honoured to welcome Christos Stylianides, Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection of Greece, for a discussion with Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at LBS about the initiatives that are being undertaken for the prevention, preparedness and resilience of natural disaster management whilst offering…
  • COP15: Challenges and Opportunities in Mobilising the Private Sector
    COP15: Challenges and Opportunities in Mobilising the Private Sector A London Business School webinar part of the Business Schools for Climate Leadership initiative. Scientific evidence shows that climate change is unequivocally caused by human activity and its effects are noticeable across the world. Addressing this emergency will require radical changes in our use of land…