Ángel CabreraPresident, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., is president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is widely recognized as the No. 1 school in the international business field. For over 60 years, Thunderbird has been dedicated to developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities, and the world.
Ángel is a world-renowned global leader and management educator whose work and expertise has been recognized and tapped by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named Ángel a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 and chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship in 2008. In 2007, the United Nations asked him to chair the international taskforce that developed the "Principles for Responsible Management Education," a voluntary framework to promote global corporate citizenship subscribed to by more than 200 business schools worldwide, including Thunderbird. In 2008, he was named a Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.
An outspoken advocate of corporate social responsibility and managerial professionalism, in 2005 Ángel inspired a student-led initiative that resulted in Thunderbird becoming the first business school in the world to formally adopt a Professional Oath of Honor - a commitment to social responsibility and professional ethics taken by all graduating students. Also in 2005, the school established Thunderbird for Good, a philanthropic effort to provide business education to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Since then, more than 100 women entrepreneurs have been trained in Afghanistan and Jordan, and new programs are under development in Africa and Latin America.
Ángel is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and his views about global leadership, business education, and corporate citizenship are often quoted by the leading media in the world, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Economist, TIME, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times. In 2004, he was showcased by BusinessWeek as one of 25 "Stars of Europe."
Ángel serves on the boards of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright scholars program), the Georgia Institute of Technology, ESSEC Business School, the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the Greater Phoenix Leadership, and the Future Trends Forum in Madrid. Before Thunderbird, Ángel was a professor and dean at Madrid's IE Business School, one of Europe's leading business schools.
A native of Spain, Ángel earned his Ph.D. and MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BS and MS in Engineering from Madrid Polytechnical University, Spain's premier engineering school. He has authored numerous papers in leading academic journals and conferences.