Belén  Villalonga

Belén Villalonga

Associate Scholar

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Belén Villalonga is a Professor of Management and Organizations, a Yamaichi Faculty Fellow, and a Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Between 2001 and 2012 she was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School. During 2018-2019 she was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Said Business School, and continues to be part of the Ownership Project at Oxford Said’s research team.

Professor Villalonga’s research, teaching, and advisory work focuses on family business, corporate strategy and corporate governance. She has written several articles about how family ownership and control influence firms’ governance and strategy and, ultimately, their performance. She has also studied extensively the area of corporate diversification. Her award-winning research has been published in leading academic journals, has been cited over 10,000 times in scholarly articles, and has been featured in the leading international media outlets.

Professor Villalonga serves or has served as an independent director at three companies that are global leaders in their industries: Grifols (hemoderivatives) where she chaired the Audit Committee, Acciona (renewable energy and infrastructure) and Talgo (high-speed trains) where she chaired the Strategy Committee.

She holds a Ph.D. in Management and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She also holds a second Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid.