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Modupe Akinola

Modupe Akinola is an experienced educator and business professional who has spent her career leading and advising global organizations on their strategic direction and leadership effectiveness. Modupe currently holds the position of Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and Director of the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.

Modupe is an expert on workforce diversity and how stress influences employee success. Modupe’s award-winning research has been published in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets and covered widely in the media. Modupe is one of the most highly rated professors at Columbia Business School and has received several teaching and research awards.

Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Modupe worked in professional services as a consultant and as an investment banker. Modupe received her B.A., M.B.A., M.A. in Social Psychology, and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. She resides in New York City and is a first-generation New Yorker whose parents were born and raised in West Africa.

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