François Ortalo-Magné is the ninth dean of London Business School. Previously, he was the Albert O. Nicholas Dean and Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. His first academic appointment was at the London School of Economics where he gained tenure following his PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. His research on the economics of housing and land markets has been published in leading academic journals. He has advised governments and private organisations on agricultural and housing policy issues. Since becoming dean, his engagements with policy, business and education leaders has shifted more toward issues and opportunities related to collaboration, creativity, and life-long learning.