Principal Teaching Fellow in Management and Sustainability (professorial) Executive Director of Global Student Experience @ Imperial College Business School


Paolo Taticchi is Principal Teaching Fellow in Management & Sustainability at Imperial College Business School, where he is also Director of Global Student Experience. He teaches modules on sustainability and competitive advantage, strategy, global operations and projects, and the future of cities. Paolo formerly served as Director of the school’s MSc Management and MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programmes.

Alongside his work at Imperial, Paolo is regularly invited to teach on international MBA and executive programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at NYU in the US and a Visiting Professor at ESAN Business School in Peru. He has teaching experience in 14 countries in total.

Paolo’s research on performance measurement and management, business networks, and corporate sustainability is internationally recognised. He has authored over 50 published academic journal articles, and edited and co-authored the books Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges and Corporate Sustainability (over 90,000 chapter downloads), published by Springer. He is regularly invited to give keynote talks at academic, governmental, and industry conferences.

Outside of the academy, Paolo has significant consultancy experience in the fields of strategy, operations, and sustainability. He has worked in this capacity for firms of various sizes, and in a range of different industries including cement, chemical, construction, education, energy, food, health care, industrial supply, information technologies, manufacturing, textile, and waste. Today, he serves in the advisory board of influential organisations such as Mercato Metropolitano (which is revolutionising public markets) and Global Futures Group (a worldwide network of experts who guide both public and private clients in creating smart cities).

Paolo is also active in the entrepreneurial space, co-founding two firms in the fields of engineering and consultancy, and serving as an advisor to tech start-ups in the UK and a social venture in India.

Between 2009 and 2014, Paolo successfully co-founded and directed six New York-based international summer schools associated with prestigious universities, and is co-founder and co-organizer of the Taiwan-Italy International Internship Program.

He has received numerous awards for the impact of his projects, which have been covered by influential newspapers in the UK and Italy. These include The Financial Times, Forbes, The Telegraph, Semana, La Republica, Inspire, Sole 24 Ore, La Nazione, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa.

In 2018, Paolo was chosen as one of Poets & Quants’ top 40 business school professors under the age of 40, after being nominated by 100 staff and students at Imperial. In the same year, Paolo received the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Paolo holds a BEng and MEng in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude), and a PhD in Industrial Engineering with a focus on operations management from the University of Perugia; and an MBA with a focus on innovation from the University of Perugia and the Bradford School of Management. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership Program.

Prior to joining Imperial, Paolo was an Associate Professor and Director of MBA Programmes at the University of East London’s Royal Docks Business School; Director of Studies of the Bradford-Perugia MBA; and an Assistant Professor in Business and Management Engineering at the University of Perugia.