University Presidents

Isabelle HUAULT - Since 2016

Born June 18th 1967, Isabelle Huault graduated from EM Lyon, holds a PhD in Management and an Agrégation (teaching doctorate).

Isabelle Huault has been a Professor at Université Paris-Dauphine since 2005; she served as Vice President of Université Paris Dauphine from 2015 until her election as President, on December 9th, 2016.

At Dauphine, Professor Huault taught Organizational Theory and Strategy. Her research has focused principally on the social construction of financial markets, the financialization of the economy, and financial regulation.

Director of the Dauphine Center for Management Research (DRM-UMR CNRS 7088) from 2009 to 2015, she was also Vice President (management section) of the French Conseil National des Universités from 2011 to 2015.

Isabelle Huault is a member of several international scholarly associations:

  • European Group for Organization Studies (Egos)
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SaSE)

She was President of the Association Internationale de Management Stratégique (AIMS) from 2006 to 2008 and is a member of several editorial review boards for international journals, amongst which Organization Studies and Organization.

Isabelle Huault has sat on two juries for the French national Agrégation qualifying exam for University Professors in management (2002-2003) and in economics (2013-2014).

She is Knight in the French Order of the Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques).

Isabelle Huault is author of numerous publications amongst which:

  • Critical Management Studies : Global Voices, Local Accents, Routledge, (avec C.Grey, V.Perret et L.Taskin), 2016 Finance.
  • The Discreet Regulator. How Financial Activities Shape and Transform the World, Palgrave MacMillan (avec C. Richard), 2012

Laurent BATSCH - 2007 to 2016

Graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Laurent Batsch joined the Université Paris-Dauphine faculty in 1999; he teaches Corporate Finance. In 2001, he created the RICS-accredited Masters 246 in Real Estate Management.

Elected President of Université Paris-Dauphine on June 8th 2007 and re-elected on May 26th 2011, Laurent Batsch has been the driving force behind Dauphine's dynamic, forward-looking strategy and increasingly global perspective:

  • obtaining EQUIS accreditation
  • creating the Fondation Dauphine
  • establishing new academic chairs
  • developing Dauphine's international presence with the Institut Tunis-Dauphine
  • opening a second Parisian campus in the La Défense financial district
  • integrating IPJ as Dauphine's school of Journalism
  • building strategic academic and research partnerships with prestigious French institutions notably under the PSL initiative for excellence.

Laurent Batsch has been instrumental in preparing Dauphine for institutional autonomy in 2011 by modernizing management, decision-making and finances: budget and planning, human resources, buildings and grounds, long-term resources…. 

This clear and ambitious strategy has one objective :

Make Dauphine one of the world's top-ranking academic and research institutions in the organization and decision sciences.

Career path

  • 1980-1989: Professor of economics and management at the high school level
  • 1989-1992: Lecturer at Université de Paris XII Val de Marne
  • 1992: PhD in Management Sciences from Université Paris-Dauphine. Thesis subject: "The Strategic and Financial aspects of Industrial  restructuring in France"; thesis director – Élie Cohen.
  • 1993-1997: Lecturer in management at Université Paris-Dauphine
  • 1997: Aggregation in management (highest possible teaching rank and title obtained through a national competitive exam)
  • 1997-1999: Professor of management at University of Cergy-Pontoise
  • 1999-2007: Professor of Management at Université Paris-Dauphine
  • 2007-2016: President of Université Paris-Dauphine 

Bernard DE MONTMORILLON - 1999 to 2007

Born in Autun, France in 1950, Bernard de Montmorillon is professor of management.
He holds a degree from HEC (1973) a Bachelor of History (1973), a DEA 101 from Université Paris-Dauphine, a PhD in Management Sciences (1980) and a Teaching Doctorate (agrégation) in Management Sciences (1982).

Before joining the Université Paris-Dauphine faculty in 1990, Professor Morillon taught at the Université de Nancy (1982) and the Université de Bourgogne (1984) where he was director of the Business Management School (IAE).

He currently teaches in the Paris-Dauphine Executive MBA program.

Bernard de Montmorillon was president of Université Paris-Dauphine from 1999 to 2007.

Elie COHEN - 1994 to 1999

Born in 1946, Élie Cohen was a respected French economist.

After a PhD in management, he joined the Université Paris-Dauphine faculty where he co-directed the Master 224 degree program in Banking and Finance and was head of the Executive & Continuing Education and PhD departments.

From 1992 to 1995 he was Director of the CNRS-based Center for Research in Management (CER) and Doctoral School for Management, Accounting and Finance.

Élie Cohen worked for the French Ministry of Education and Research, notably as president of the National Council for the Advancement of International Academic Mobility; working with foreign students in France and encouraging French students to study abroad.

From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Société Générale bank.
He was an active member of the Cercle des Économistes and the Fondation Concorde think tank for university reform.

Élie Cohen was President of Université Paris-Dauphine from 1994 to 1999.

Ivar EKELAND - 1989 to 1994

Born in Paris in 1944, Ivar Ekeland is a French mathematician of Norwegian extraction.
Graduate of the prestigious École Normale Supérieure in 1967, he earned a PhD in Science in 1970 and was a research fellow at the CNRS.

Professor Ekeland teaches mathematics and economics at Université Paris-Dauphine, the École Polytechnique, the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Vice-Chairman of the French Mathematics Society from 1975 to 1981, winner of the Alembert and Jean Rostand prizes in mathematics, Ivar Ekeland is also a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.

He was President of Université Paris-Dauphine from 1989 to 1994.

Brigitte BERLIOZ-HOUIN - 1984 to 1989

Professor of private law, graduate of l'Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and of the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Brigitte Berlioz-Houin also has a Teaching doctorate (aggrégation) in Law.

She joined the Dauphine faculty in 1979 and since that time has played an essential role in developing academic programs in the field of business & law and international affaires. Professor Berlioz-Houin created the multidisciplinary Law-Business Management Bachelor and two specialized DESS graduate degrees in International Affaires.

Brigitte Berlioz-Houin was interim administrator of Université Paris-Daupine from 1984 to 1989.

Henri TEZENAS DU MONTCEL - 1980 to 1984

Born in Blois in 1943, Henri Tezenas du Montcel earned a PhD in Economics in 1970 and a Teaching Doctorate (aggrégation) in economics and management in 1973.
As a member of the Dauphine faculty, he was professor of human resource management and of micro-economics.

During his tenure at Dauphine, Professor du Montcel founded the GRES economic and social research group and the DESS 212 degree program in International Affaires (currently known as Master 212) which he also coordinated from 1980 to1984.
Henri Tezenas du Montcel was President of Université Paris-Dauphine from 1980 to 1984, President of Radio France International from 1986 to 1989 and President of Groupe HEC from 1992 until his untimely death in 1994.
He is the author of 4 books as well as numerous articles and other publications.

The Dauphine-Henri Tezenas du Montcel prize is awarded annually to selected members of the Press for their articles and reports in the field of economics. A class room on the HEC Jouy-en-Josas campus and an amphitheater at Université Paris-Dauphine are named after him.

Jean-Paul GILLI - 1975 to 1980

Born in Nice in 1930, Jean-Paul Gilli is a lawyer and professor of public law.
He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1953.
Specialist in urban planning law, he is the author of Redéfinir le Droit de Propriété (Redefining Property Law) and co-author, along side Jacques de Laversin, of du Droit de l'urbanisme (Urban Planning Law).
He has a PhD and a Teaching doctorate (aggrégation) in Law and was president of Université Paris-Dauphine from 1975 to 1980.

Paul DIDIER - 1970 to 1975

Biography: coming soon