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Simon Mercado is Executive Vice President (Business & External Relations) at ESCP Business School and serves simultaneously as Group Dean for Executive Education and Business Solutions.

Professor Mercado leads the School's relations with the business community with charge of the School's corporate partnerships & activities across its six European locations.  This includes responsibility for its EMBA, EPHD, EMS awards and custom solutions. He chairs the School’s inter-campus CODIR for executive education and is responsible for client relations and partnerships globally. Professor Mercado is also responsible for the School’s external engagement in and recognition by international HE networks including key international accreditors such as AACSB and EFMD.  He has charge of the School’s accreditation service. 

As the former Dean of ESCP London (2015-2021) and Deputy Dean of Nottingham Business School (2011-2015), Simon has worked in a senior capacity in both the UK and French HE systems in senior executive roles.  His experience includes that in strategic planning, resource management, internationalisation, business and corporate engagement. 

Simon is an active member of the EFMD, CABS and AACSB international education networks and is an experienced peer reviewer. He serves as an advisory board member/chair for accredited business schools in France, India, Italy and Finland.  Since 2021, he has been Chair of the International Committee of CABS and an advisory board member for the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. 

Simon commentates and consults widely on HE internationalization, management education, leadership, and executive education. Through consultancy, knowledge-sharing and media publication, he offers a voice on HE management and development, rooted in knowledge of competing HE frameworks and HE-Industry partnership. In addition to his management and consultancy experience, he has approaching two decades of teaching and research history in the UK, France, Greece and Poland.

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ESCP Impact Papers

2020

MERCADO, S

Covid-19 and the future of international student mobility

ESCP Impact Papers, 2020-73-EN

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Media

2016

MERCADO, S

What BREXIT Would Do To Britain's B-Schools

Poets and Quants @poetsandquants.com/

Other Intellectual Contributions

2016

MERCADO, S.

What Does BREXIT Mean for UK Higher Education?

EFMD NEWS, Online Interview

Other Intellectual Contributions

2016

MERCADO, S.

How BREXIT could hurt British education

THE WASHINGTON POST

Conference Presentations

2015

MERCADO, S.

The Deadly Sins and Virtues of Business School Internationalisation

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Conference Presentations

2014

MERCADO, S.

Strategies for internationalisation of Higher Education and Collaboration among Western and Asian Universities

Asian-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)

Conference Presentations

2014

MERCADO, S.

Understanding How Multiple Stakeholder Attitudes Impact Transnational Education within the Global Education Context

Asian-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)

Conference Presentations

2014

MERCADO, S.

Practical Aspects of Transnational Education: UKHE approaches

SKVC - Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

Conference Presentations

2014

MERCADO, S., M.-J. ALBERT-BATT, M. FALKENSTEIN

Internationalisation Through International Networks

European Association for International Education (EAIE)

Other Intellectual Contributions

2014

MERCADO, S.

Business Matters: The Value of Accreditation

INSIDER MEDIA, On-line article