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EHL Academic Governance

Structure of the Deanship

Academic Governance - Deanship members
From left to right on the picture:

Dr Hilary Murphy, Associate Dean for Innovation and Research
Dr Ana-Maria Nogareda, Director of Academic and Student Affairs
Dr Stefano Borzillo, Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs
Dr Inès Blal, Executive Dean
Mr Patrick Ogheard, Associate Dean of Practical Arts Programs
Dr Achim Schmitt, Associate Dean Graduate Programs


    Dr Inès Blal

    Executive Dean

      Dr Inès Blal - Executive Dean EHL>

      The first woman and youngest person to hold the position since the creation of the school in 1893, Dr Inès Blal assumed the deanship in August 2017. Inès holds a PhD in Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an MBA in Hospitality Administration from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the INSEEC Group.

      Dr Inès Blal joined EHL in 2006, as a lecturer, while she was completing her doctoral dissertation. She designed and taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses and managed multiple applied research and consulting projects for the hotel industry. During her eleven years of experience in research and teaching strategic management for the hospitality industry, Dr Inès Blal served as the co-director of Graduate Studies and held an active role in the steering committees overseeing EHL programs. She gained expertise in curriculum development, implementation of innovative teaching practices, academic governance, and program accreditation in Europe, North Africa, and the United States.

      Her research and consulting works focus on the asset light model, the execution of expansion strategies, the financing possibilities for small and medium hotels, and the effect of distribution choices on sales performance. Inès publishes in the leading hospitality journals, collaborates with executives and presents at industry conferences. Prior to her academic career, Inès worked in the catering business and joined the board of a hotel group in 2004.


        Dr Stefano Borzillo

        Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs

          EHL Governance - Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs - Dr. Stefano Borzillo

          Dr Stefano Borzillo is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. He obtained his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Geneva and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Stern School of Business (New York University). His main fields of research are communities of practice, processes of knowledge creation, and best practice transfers in organizations. Dr Stefano Borzillo has also published in peer-reviewed journals such as European Management Journal, Journal of Business Strategy, Management Learning, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, and Journal of Knowledge Management. Stefano has multiple experiences in Executive Education, and in consulting for SMEs and large organizations.

            Dr Hilary Murphy

            Associate Dean of Innovation and Research

              Dr Hilary Murphy - Associate dean professor of Innovation and Research at EHL>

              Dr Hilary Murphy is a Full Professor and Associate Dean - Innovation and Research (ad interim) at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and an Honorary Research fellow in the Marketing Faculty at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. She has published many technical articles in academic journals e.g. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management and is a frequent presenter at key industry and academic conferences worldwide (ICHRIE, EuroCHRIE, Frontiers in Services Marketing). She is an external examiner for the Universities of Surrey, Glasgow, Malta, QMU and Malta and is an external expert for accreditations in the field of hospitality and is on the editorial review panel of several hospitality-related journals and conferences.

                Dr Ana-Maria Nogareda

                Director of Academic and Student Affairs

                  EHL Governance - Director of Academic and Student Affairs - Dr. Ana-Maria Nogareda

                  Dr Ana-Maria Nogareda joined Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 2013 as a lecturer and in 2016 was appointed Director of Academic and Student Affairs, leading a team of around 40 people. Prior to this she was involved in the creation of a start-up in Madrid, where she worked for almost seven years. She started her career as a freelance specializing in simulation and process optimization, resource planning and operations. Dr Ana-Maria Nogareda holds a degree in Mathematics from EPFL and completed a PhD in Computer Science at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

                    Mr Patrick Ogheard

                    Associate Dean of Practical Arts Programs

                      Mr Patrick Ogheard - Associate Dean of Practical Arts Programs>

                      Mr Patrick Ogheard has a dual path combining industry experience and academia. A trained chef with a Master’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Patrick has worked for over 20 years in France and abroad, with renowned chefs such as Jacques Maximin or Alain Ducasse for whom he wrote “Les Grand Livre d’Alain Ducasse”; a reference work. Naturally attracted by the transmission of knowledge, Mr Patrick Ogheard then turns to academic activities. In 1990, he opened the Training Center Alain Ducasse and in 1990, he set up the operational part at the opening of the Paul Bocuse Institute Research Center.

                      Mr Patrick Ogheard has been working at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne since 2012, and was part of various projects such as the revision of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) ES program. He also took over the responsibility of the DHR program for two years and is now a member of the Deanship as Associate Dean of Practical Arts. Patrick is also passionate about applied research, and regularly collaborates on several projects in this field with stakeholders in the agri-food industry.

                        Dr Achim Schmitt

                        Associate Dean Graduate Programs

                          EHL Governance - Associate Dean Graduate Programs - Dr. Achim Schmitt

                          Dr Achim Schmitt is a Full Professor at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. He led the creation of three new Graduate Programs; the MSc Global Hospitality Business, the blended MBA in Hospitality, and the Hospitality EMBA. Dr Achim Schmitt holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, obtained his Habilitation at the University of Paris-Dauphine in France, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva as well as an Associate Researcher at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before joining the academic world, Dr Achim Schmitt was a strategy consultant for 4 years in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has gained academic experience at Audencia Business School in Nantes (France), Columbia Business School (USA), HEC University of Geneva (Switzerland), Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota (Colombia) and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS, China).

                          Dr Achim Schmitt’s research focuses on organization theory and strategic management, with particular interest in organizational ambidexterity, organizational decline, corporate turnarounds and strategic renewal. His articles and papers have been published in diverse outlets including the International Journal of Management Research, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, and Management Learning. He currently serves on the scientific board of the International Association of Strategic Management (France) and the Editorial Board at Long Range Planning.