Gay Haskins

Gay Haskins

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins has worked in the field of management and leadership development for over 40 years.

Recently, she was co-editor, with Mike Thomas and Lalit Johri, of Kindness in Leadership, published in 2018.

Gay was Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School between 2006 and 2010, responsible for a growing portfolio of intellectually rigorous, broadening and relevant programmes. Executive Education grew significantly, obtaining a high ranking in the Financial Times Survey of Executive Education, placing the School among the world’s leaders.

Earlier, Gay was at London Business School as Director of External Relations and Dean of Executive Education. Between 2001 and 2002, she was seconded to establish Executive Education at the newly created Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.

Gay was the first woman Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development, a leading network of businesses, business schools and the public sector involved in the enhancement of management development worldwide. She served in this role from 1990 to 1995. A key achievement was the establishment of the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Earlier, Gay was Director of Conferences for The Economist

Gay has an MBA with distinction from the Schulich School of Business, Canada and a BA (Hons) from McGill University. Her initial career was in teaching, and she is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in drama.

Research and engagement

Always interested in women leaders, Gay was a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network. She is an honorary fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. She has served on the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body and on the Governing Body of London Business School.

Gay has contributed to publications on leadership and management development, social responsibility, and entrepreneurship in the university sector. Her current writing focuses on the contribution of kindness to organisational strength and well-being.