Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

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Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Education École Normale Supérieure, Paris Dauphine University
Occupation Dean and Professor of Finance, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University September 2015- Present
Home town Paris, France.

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou is Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University as of September 2015.[1] Since joining Desautels, she has implemented a new strategic plan to guide recent and forthcoming initiatives, such as the launch of a Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) program,[2] and a series of interdisciplinary minors in Entrepreneurship for undergraduate students.[3]

Prior to joining Desautels, Professor Bajeux-Besnainou spent 21 years at George Washington University School of Business working as a Professor of Finance and in administrative capacities, such as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for three years and the Chair of the Finance Department.[4] As a firm believer in the value of interdisciplinary studies, she developed a new Bachelor of Science degree program and redesigned the Bachelor of Business Administration curriculum to respectively mandate the selection of a double major and a minor outside of the Business School.[5][6]

Born and raised in Paris, France, Professor Bajeux-Besnainou is an alumna of the École Normale Supérieure in Mathematics and earned a doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Finance in 1989 from fr:Université Paris-Dauphine.[5] As a Professor of Finance, she has taught extensively at several universities, including Essec Business School in France from 1989-1993.[5] Her research interests relate to asset pricing, portfolio management, and credit risk, among other topics. Her work has been published in academic journals, such as: Management Science, Mathematical Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, American Economic Review, and The Journal of Business.


  1. ^ "First female dean appointed at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management | Education Dive". (Press release). Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Daily Exchange - Posting". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Lewington, Jennifer. "Entrepreneurial courses for those who could use them the most". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Women in Business — Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Moules, Jonathan. "Meet the dean: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou of Desautels". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Clarke, Charlotte. "Women in Business — Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
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