Biography


Formal Education

Ph.D. University of Vienna

M.Sc. University of Vienna

M.B.A. University of Chicago



Christian Seelos is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab (GIIL) at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Previously he codirected the Social Innovation for Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, served as the Leo Tindemans Chair for Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven and was the director of the IESE Business School Platform for Strategy and Sustainability.


His research on innovative business models in the context of deep poverty was recognized by the Strategic Management Society (Best Paper Award for Practice Implications, 2007) and also won him the gold price, 2008 of the IFC-FT research competition on private sector development.


Together with Johanna Mair, he published his research on the link between innovation and social impact in a recent book "Innovation and Scaling for Impact" by Stanford University Publishing that won the Terry McAdam Book Award 2017 for “the most inspirational and useful new book contributing to nonprofit management“, the   2018 Academy of Management ONE award for “best organizations book 2015-2017" and was nominated for the thinkers50 award 2017 in the category of innovation.



Private Sector and International Organizations

In 2006 he was a Director at FSG Social Impact Advisors in Geneva, a firm co-founded by Prof. Michael Porter from Harvard University which carries out CSR and sustainability consulting with for-profit, public and NGO sectors.


In early 2000 he was a Senior Contract Director at British Telecom Global Services and also held the position of BT Ignite Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to that, he was Senior Strategy Consultant at Siemens and Vice President for Portfolio Strategy and Product Development at Transclick Inc. (New York).


In the 1990s he was a Senior Adviser to the Chairman at the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and led inspection and disarmament efforts on biological weapons in Iraq. From 1994 to 1999 he co-led the inspection and disarmament efforts on biological weapons in Iraq.