Francisco Veloso

Professor Francisco Veloso is a Portuguese academic and Dean at Imperial College Business School


Professor Francisco Veloso is a Portuguese academic, PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT and Dean at Imperial College Business School. Previously, he was the Dean at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he held the NOS Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Francisco also retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a tenured Full Professor.

Francisco’s main areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and innovation, areas in which he is active as an academic leader, mentor, advisor and investor.

He has several dozen publications in leading academic journals and has won several awards for his contributions. He regularly contributes as a consultant and advisor to a range of start-ups, established firms, universities and governments around the world.



Francisco Veloso started his academic career back in 2002 as as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he became a full professor in 2011. After that, he became professor at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he was appointed the dean. Role that he held from 2012 to August 2017.

In August 2017, he became the dean of the Imperial College Business School.

He has worked with a variety of international firms and organizations, including Alcoa, McKinsey & Co., the Asian Development Bank, or the Portuguese Science Foundation. He is currently a member of the RISE – Research, Innovation and Science Experts High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas

Academic Background

Francisco holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 2001. Prior to that, he has a MSc in Technology Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Physics Engineering, both from the University of Lisbon.


Francisco’s research focuses on high tech innovation and entrepreneurship, more specifically on how firms and regions develop and leverage scientific and technological capabilities for economic growth. He has won several awards for his contributions, including the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, the Stan Hardy award for the outstanding paper published in the field of Operations Management, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation, the Mexican Science Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation.


Francisco has published in journals such as Management Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Operations Management and Research Policy.

· Castellaneta F, Conti R, Veloso FM, et al., 2016, The effect of trade secret legal protection on venture capital investments: Evidence from the inevitable disclosure doctrine, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol:31, ISSN:0883-9026, Pages:524-541

· Gonzalez-Brambila CN, Reyes-Gonzalez L, Veloso F, et al., 2016, The Scientific Impact of Developing Nations, PLOS One, Vol:11, ISSN:1932-6203

· Cheyre C, Kowalski J, Veloso FM, 2015, Spinoffs and the ascension of Silicon Valley, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol:24, ISSN:0960-6491, Pages:837-858

· Cheyre C, Klepper S, Veloso F, 2015, Spinoffs and the Mobility of US Merchant Semiconductor Inventors, Management Science, Vol:61, ISSN:0025-1909, Pages:487-506

· Horta H, Veloso FM, Grediaga R, 2010, Navel Gazing: Academic Inbreeding and Scientific Productivity, Management Science, Vol:56, ISSN:0025-1909, Pages:414-429

· Benner MJ, Veloso FM, 2008, ISO 9000 practices and financial performance: A technology coherence perspective, Journal of Operations Management, Vol:26, ISSN:0272-6963, Pages:611-629