Julien de Grandbois

Business School Professor of Practice

Nationality: Swiss, Canadian

Professional Career & Mini Bio

Professor Julien de Grandbois has taught ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Context’ at BSL to Masters of International Business and Bachelors of Business Administration students. With extensive multi-continental backgrounds in corporate and academic cultures, Prof. Julien de Grandbois launched start-ups and led business development ventures for a spectrum of industries and mandates.

Professor de Grandbois also established several intrapreneurial start-ups and managed multinational firms in private banking, digital technologies and graduate education. He advised global brands in the fields of bio foods, pharma, sales & marketing, the environment, venture capital, scientific bursaries, internet applications and e-trading platforms. He designed a Master degree program for management executives. In Europe, he audited 495 universities on external relations and communication strategies.

As Chairman of the Geneva Private Banking Reorganization of Banking Operations, Prof. de Grandbois served as UN panel moderator at Environmental Summits on Finance for Sustainable Technologies. As corporate advisor to a reputable global chain distributor, he acted as the intermediary on negotiations between senior management and unions. As European Education manager in corporate customer sales administration, he trained digital marketing experts for the world’s largest information technology fair.

With hands-on experience of the public and private sectors, Prof. de Grandbois performed fundraising mediation projects, coached engineering start-ups, advised family businesses and global groups. He lectured and gained extensive media exposure on 5 continents in innovation & change management to ‘clean techs’.

An enthusiastic 6th-year member of the First Jury at Monaco’s international business plan competition, he participated at Venture Lab promotion and coached young Swiss start-ups at EPFL Innovation Park.

He was elected Municipal Councilor to 6 Legislatures in Geneva. He was President of the Public Works Commission, Vice-President of both Finance Commission and International Development Commission.

Professor de Grandbois is passionate, and is actively involved in students’ academic journey. He enjoys relating to young entrepreneurs that desire to enrich the world with their ideas. In times of innovation in technological industries and turbulence in political spheres, entrepreneurs are certainly the keys to solutions for economic, business managerial and international stabilization endeavors.

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