Gay Haskins

Gay Haskins

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

She has worked for over thirty years in the field of management & leadership development and has been Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School, the Indian School of Business and London Business School. Highly international, she has also served as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Gay was Dean of Executive Education and CEO of Oxford Saïd Business School Ltd between 2006 and 2010. She was responsible for a growing portfolio of intellectually rigorous, broadening & relevant programmes, aimed at really make a difference to the individuals who participated and to the performance of private and public sector organisations around the world. Under her leadership, Executive Education at Oxford grew significantly and obtained a high ranking in the annual Financial Times Survey of Executive Education, placing the School among the world’s leading business schools. The School’s customised programme (for MAN AG in Germany) received the annual excellence award of the European Foundation for Management Development. Growth was particularly through internalisation with an increasing number of clients from Africa, the Middle East, India, China and S.E. Asia.  

Earlier, Gay was at London Business School as Director of External Relations (2003 to 2006) and Associate Dean of Executive Education (1995 to 2001). Between 2001 and 2002, she was seconded to establish Executive Education at the Indian School of Business (ISB), established in partnership with London Business School, Kellogg and Wharton.

Gay was the first woman to be appointed as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels, and served for five years between 1990 and 1995. EFMD is Europe’s leading network of worldwide organisations from business, business schools and the public sector involved in the continuous enhancement of management development worldwide and has also coordinated a range of projects on behalf of the European Union. A key achievement during her tenure was the establishment of the now highly regarded China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Earlier, Gay was Director of Conferences for The Economist, running high profile events worldwide on current social and economic issues. 

Gay has an MBA with distinction from, the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and a BA Hons. from McGill University in Canada. Her early career was in teaching, particularly drama and she is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in drama. She believes strongly that Leadership is an Art and has been interested in the application of the arts to management development throughout her career.

Always interested in the enhancement of women in leadership, Gay was a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network (EWMD). She was awarded the 1995 prize of the Sven Ake Nilsson Memorial Fund in Sweden in recognition of her contribution to management development. She is an Honorary Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). She has served on the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body and on the Governing Body of London Business School. She has co-authored numerous papers and reports on leadership and management development, global social responsibility and entrepreneurship and innovation in the University sector. She is co-editor, with Mike Thomas and Lalit Johri of Kindness in Leadership, published by Routledge in 1995 and is committed to the enhanced awareness of the importance of kindness to organisational strength and well-being.