Gay Haskins is a member of the International Advisory Board of Innovation Academy UCD.

“I joined the Innovation Academy because I  was very impressed with the vision that Professor Suzi Jarvis had presented to me of providing truly learner/student focussed leadership development. I have had the good fortune to take part in a number of the Academy’s programmes. I have consistently been highly impressed by the commitment and energy that the  team demonstrate when putting programmes together and by their desire to provide a learning experience that will really change lives for the better. The programmes are truly innovative: both in the way they are delivered and in their ability to  stimulate collaborative learning, creativity and innovation. The Innovation Academy is a real asset to UCD and it is an  honour to be involved.” 


Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and co-Director of the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme (EULP), a programme developed specifically for University Leaders, focussing on entrepreneurship, innovation and change in the Higher Education sector. She has worked for over thirty years in the field of management and leadership development and has been Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School, the Indian School of Business and London Business School. Highly international, she has also served as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development in Brussels.

Gay was Dean of Executive Education and CEO of Oxford Saïd Business School Ltd between 2006 and 2010. She was responsible for a growing portfolio of intellectually rigorous, broadening and relevant programmes, aimed at really make a difference to the individuals who participated and to the performance of private and public sector, for profit and not-for-profit organisations around the world. Under her leadership, Executive Education at Oxford grew significantly and obtained a high ranking in the annual Financial Times Survey of Executive Education, placing the School among the world’s leading business schools. The School’s customised programmes (for MAN AG in Germany) also received the annual excellence award of the European Foundation for Management Development. Growth was particularly through internalisation with an increasing number of clients and participants from Africa, the Middle East, India, China and South East Asia.

Earlier, Gay was at London Business School as Director of External Relations (2003 to 2006) and Associate Dean of Executive Education (1995 to 2001). Between 2001 and 2002, she was seconded to establish Executive Education at the Indian School of Business (ISB), established in partnership with London Business School, Kellogg and Wharton.
Gay was the first woman to be appointed as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels, and served for five years between 1990 and 1995. EFMD is Europe’s leading network of worldwide organisations from business, business schools and the public sector involved in the continuous enhancement of management development worldwide and has also coordinated a range of projects on behalf of the European Union. A key achievement during her tenure was the establishment of the now highly regarded China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Earlier, Gay was Director of Conferences for The Economist, running high profile events worldwide on current social and economic issues.

Gay has an MBA with distinction from, the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and a BA Hons.from McGill University in Canada. Her early career was in teaching, particularly drama and she is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in drama. She believes strongly that Leadership is an Art and has been interested in the application of the arts to management development throughout her career.
Gay has co-authored various papers and reports on management development and global social responsibility and was a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network. She was awarded the 1995 prize of the Sven Ake Nilsson Memorial Fund in Sweden in recognition of her contribution to management development. She is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and the Advisory Board to EADA Business School in Spain. She has also served on the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body at the invitation of the Prime Minister; on the Governing Body of London Business School and is an active volunteer for Save the Children.

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