Fiona Wilson, D.B.A., is an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Her research focuses on how the power of business can be harnessed to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for people, the planet, and profits.
Dr. Wilson plays an interdisciplinary connecting and catalyzing role across the UNH campus: She currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Research Collaboratory, and as a Faculty Fellow at UNH’s Carsey Institute. She is the Faculty Director for the annual Institute in Corporate Sustainability, a three-day program for managers and executives, organized in partnership between the Paul College of Business and Economics, UNH’s Sustainability Institute, and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. She is also Faculty Advisor to UNH’s student Net Impact organization, a member of the advisory board for the Carsey Institute’s Center on Social Innovation and Finance, and their Master’s in Development Policy and Practice Program, as well as a member of the UNH Sustainability Dual Major steering committee, an advisor to the Responsible Endowment Research project, and a member of the UNH Sustainable Food Systems Task Force.
Dr. Wilson joined the faculty of the Paul College in fall 2011. Previously, she spent nine years on the faculty at the Simmons School of Management in Boston, MA, where she taught MBA and Executive Education courses in business strategy with a special focus on the intersection of strategy and society/sustainability. She also ran experiential study abroad and service learning courses with mission-driven social ventures.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Wilson spent fifteen years in the business world. She was the VP of Marketing for CMGI (the internet investment and development company) and was responsible for corporate marketing, marketing coordination, and consulting for CMGI’s 70-plus internet/technology subsidiaries and investments. She also consulted to venture-funded technology companies and served as Vice Consul Commercial at the British Consulate General in Boston, promoting technology trade between Britain and the United States. Prior to moving to the United States in 1993, Dr. Wilson worked for a decade for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in senior media research, media planning, and international account management roles, serving in London, England and Barcelona, Spain. She was responsible for media strategy, deployment and coordination for international advertisers such as Ford Motor Company, American Express, Guinness Brewing, Reebok, Michelin, Levi Strauss, and Mattel.
Dr. Wilson has undertaken extensive work with mission-driven organizations, including being the volunteer co-founder and director of the social venture the Team with a Vision, an initiative of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, where she also served on the Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Wolfe Neck Farm Foundation (a Maine-based leader in sustainable agriculture), and on the advisory boards of Corey McPherson Nash (a marketing and brand strategy firm), Prosperity Candle (a social venture working to provide sustainable employment for women in conflict zones), Meridian Stories (a non-profit which uses the power of digital media to change educational effectiveness) and Chop Chop (a non-profit cooking magazine for children aimed at combating the obesity epidemic.)
Dr. Wilson graduated with highest honors from the Simmons School of Management MBA program and received her doctorate in strategy and policy from the Boston University School of Management. Her dissertation explored “Socially Conscious Capitalism.”