Ted London: Vice President, William Davidson Institute & Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

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Ted London is a Vice President at the William Davidson Institute and a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. An internationally recognized expert on the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation, London focuses his research on developing enterprise strategies for base of the pyramid (BoP) markets, building cross-sector collaborations, and enhancing mutual value creation. He has published extensively with an emphasis on creating new knowledge with important actionable outcomes, serves on several advisory boards, and shares his latest work in venues across the globe.

He has also advised dozens of leadership teams in the corporate, non-profit, and development sectors on developing sustainable and scalable BoP impact enterprises. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, London was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, where he received his Ph.D. in strategic management. He has also held senior management positions in the private, non-profit, and development sectors in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.

What do you do best?

Something I am very proud of is being a father to three wonderful kids.  They help me see the joy of the journey, and ensure I maintain proper humility as we travel through together.

Professionally, I hope that I have made a difference in how business can positively contribute to addressing societal challenges in a sustainable and scalable manner

What makes you the best?

A love for learning.  The more I learn, the more I realize what I don’t know.  That makes me want to learn more, and the cycle continues.

What are your aspirations?

To live a life of meaning and impact.

Biggest Success?

I am proud of the books I have written and the articles I have published.  I have tried to stay true to my goal of making contributions that impact practice in meaningful ways, specifically on how current and future business leaders can build sustainable, scalable enterprises in base of the pyramid markets that create economic and social value.

Most Challenging Moment?

Making the decision to leave the world of practice and enter the world of academics (and convincing my wife it was a good idea)

Favorite Motto?

It’s all good; Less is more

Favorite People?

I spent two years in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and have wonderful memories of the kindness I received in even the most remote places

Favorite Places?

I enjoy the ocean, beaches and scuba diving

Favorite Products?

A good book

Current Passions?

Raising three beautiful children