Our Board of Governance

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Prof Gonzalo Jiménez-Seminario

Gonzalo JIMÉNEZ-SEMINARIO is (part-time) Professor of Corporate Governance, Strategic Innovation, and Family Business at the Engineering School University Católica de Chile (UC) since 2017 and Fellow of both the Center of Corporate Governance (CGC-UC) and Angelini-UC Innovation Center. Formerly, he directed the Family Governance Centers and taught Corporate Strategy in MBA programs at two top-ranked business schools of Latin America for 25 years (UAI-MBA, #1; UDD-MBA, #1 in Entrepreneurship & Innovation).

Gonzalo is Founding Partner at PROTEUS, a strategy & governance consulting firm (est. 1995) advising family business groups, large cooperatives, mutual societies and social organizations in Latin America. He leads a 10-member full-time multidisciplinary team including professionals trained in economics, business, finance, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, communication, education and law at postgraduate level in Chile, UK, France, US and Ecuador. He is a non-executive director at three family business groups’ holding companies and advisor to the Chilean Association of Entrepreneurs and Harvard Club-Chile Council of Schools. He serves on three editorial advisory boards including Global Research Foundation for Corporate Governance (India); Corporate Board: Roles, Duties & Composition; and Journal of Family Business Management.

Gonzalo holds a Doctorate in Governance (DBA, University of Liverpool, UK), an MBA from PONTS–ParisTech (France), a MSc. in Finance and Economics degrees from Universidad de Chile. He was the first Chilean Luksic-Rockefeller visiting Scholar at Harvard University (David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies). Since 2020 he has been deepening his studies of Effectuation as well as entrepreneurship and innovation research directly under the guidance of Professor Dr. Saras Sarasvathy as a postdoc fellow both on her doctoral seminar at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore and as an active participant at the Society for Effectual Action, “Shaping Entrepreneurship Research” seminar.

He was nominated among the “10 Superstar MBA Professors” by Capital, a Chilean business magazine, and he has received 16 Best Professor Awards in his 27 years of teaching.

Gonzalo has co-authored/co-edited several books on corporate strategy and family business in Chile, UK and the US. He served as Guest Co-Editor of Corporate Governance: International Review - Special Issue (2018). His doctoral dissertation received two Best Paper Awards by the British Academy of Management (Corporate Governance track, 2018 and Business History track, 2019) and it is the basis of a forthcoming Palgrave book: “Corporate Governance in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis”, an editorial project including 16 international scholars.

As a frequent speaker in global family business, corporate governance and innovation, practitioner-oriented conferences and as a facilitator of highly interactive -mobilizing- workshops in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Gonzalo is considered by some kind-hearted observers as a “global scholar”.

Gonzalo has been married for 30 years to Mónica Chadwick, a clinical psychologist, who has been dedicated to nature activities for the last decade, and they are the loving parents of Samuel (24) and Antonio (22), who are both studying business at UC.

He finds relax and life-long learning practicing Kung Fu, meditating and studying Taoism and Tantra. His hobbies include reading mystery novels, swimming and laughing unashamedly with his best friends. He also expects to begin writing soon and someday re-start drawing “bandes dessinées”, and perhaps even learn a new language, as well as continuing travelling around the world, discovering different cultures and meeting new people.