Rentrée 2023: ESSEC welcomes new professors

Rentrée 2023: ESSEC welcomes new professors

ESSEC is happy to welcome a dozen new faculty members this September, joining the departments of Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics, Marketing, Management, Economics, Finance, and Accounting and Management Control. Learn more about our new professors: 

Kamélia Daudel, Assistant Professor, Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics

Dr. Daudel is a newly appointed Assistant Professor of Statistics at ESSEC Business School. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford working with Arnaud Doucet. Her research lies in the field of Approximate Inference. In particular, she is interested in Variational Inference methods which go beyond the commonly-used parametric variational distribution framework and which involve flexible variational bounds. Kamélia received the first prize of IP Paris Best Thesis Award 2022 for her thesis.

Hunter Jones, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Before starting at ESSEC, Hunter Jones was a doctoral researcher in marketing at Aalto University in Finland. He specializes in Consumer Culture Theory research, an interdisciplinary sub-discipline of consumer behavior that draws from anthropology and sociology to study consumption. His research interests include consumer resistance movements, consumer activism, the politics of consumption, sustainability, and consumers' risk perceptions. He is on the editorial review board for Consumption, Markets, and Culture and was awarded the Franco Nicosia award in 2021 by the Association of Consumer Research. Prior to moving to Europe, he grew up in Utah, Texas, and Kansas. 

Anil Kshatriya, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Management Control 

Professor Kshatriya pursued his Ph.D. in Accounting at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on knowledge-sharing, reward systems, and transparency. He uses experimental research methods and is interested in research questions at the intersection of accounting, economics, and psychology. He is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) and his teaching and research is driven by ideas that stem from practice. Prior to starting his doctoral studies, he worked as a lecturer with business schools in India where he taught courses in accounting and management control to MBA students and corporate executives. He is committed to offering friendly guidance and helpful support to curious young minds, both in and out of the classroom.

Jan Lampe, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Management Control 

Dr. Lampe is joining the department of Accounting and Management Control as Assistant Professor. He holds a doctorate in management accounting from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and previously spent several years working in practice, ultimately leading the venture management accounting team at trivago before embarking on his academic journey. His research focuses on people analytics, the analysis of employee data to enable firm decisions. As a quantitative scholar, he uses proprietary data from large companies, such as Global Fortune 500 companies, to empirically address questions regarding employee development, performance measurement, and performance management.

Mary Lee, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Management Control

Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D. from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and joins ESSEC Business School as Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Control. Dr. Lee’s primary research interest lies in understanding how information affects firms’ decision-making. She explores this through two related research streams. First, she explores the real effects of disclosure, such as how reporting regulations affect firms’ economic decisions including operational and organizational choices. Second, she studies how alternative sources of information (e.g., non-financial information, macroeconomic information, and big data) affect firms’ economic decisions.

Gosia Majewska, Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Majewska is a health and industrial organization economist. She received her PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics and is an Assistant Professor at ESSEC. She also holds degrees from SGH Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Her research agenda covers topics surrounding various aspects of pharmaceutical markets, from innovation and bringing new products to the market, the effects of changes in market structure on prices and advertising, and the interaction of regulated prices and the incidence of shortages, with a special interest in the challenges surrounding antibiotics.

Maren Mickeler, Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Mickeler’s background is in business administration. She holds a PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, an MA from the University of Hamburg, and a BSc from the University of Hohenheim. After graduating, she worked at two multinational media corporations for more than two years. Her research focuses on employee collaboration and decision making. She is a quantitative researcher relying mainly on experiments - field, lab and online - and large scale datasets to study her research questions.

Alain Naef, Assistant Professor, Economics 

Dr. Naef is an economist focusing on climate finance, international macroeconomics and economic history. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge followed by a postdoc at UC Berkeley. He has taught at Sciences Po, LSE, Warwick, Berkeley and Cambridge. At ESSEC, his teaching will focus on macroeconomics and environment economics. Previously, he was a Senior Economist at the Banque de France and a member of the G20 sustainable finance working group. He is also the co-founder of sustainable macro. His current research interests revolve around fossil fuel companies and their financing.

Luciano Somoza, Assistant Professor, Finance 

Dr. Somoza’s research interests include digital money, FinTech, banking, and monetary policy. In 2023, he obtained a PhD in finance from the Swiss Finance Institute and HEC Lausanne. Prior to that, he graduated from Bocconi University and the University of Rochester. In 2022, he was a visiting scholar at NYU Stern and the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. For more information, visit his website:

Judy Qiu, Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Qiu completed her PhD in Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Her research examines interpersonal dynamics in the workplace, and aims to help individuals and organizations cultivate more thriving relationships. In one stream of research, she examines how gender differences in relational norms and attitudes shape women and men's outcomes such as trust and help-seeking. In a second research stream, she explores how narcissistic people navigate their professional relationships with leaders. 

Lauren Waardenburg, Assistant Professor, Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics

Dr. Waardenburg obtained a PhD in Management (cum laude) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In her research, she is mainly interested in the role of technology in occupational emergence and change, the reconfiguration of work and organizing due to intelligent technologies, and the duality of the physical and the digital. She has a specific interest in using ethnography as a research method for studying technology in practice. Her work has been published in leading organizational and information systems journals, such as Organization Science, Information and Organization, and MISQ Executive, and she is the author of a management book on implementing AI in practice. In addition, she is an editor at Information and Organization.

Camilla Zallot, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Professor Zallot joined the Marketing Department as an Assistant Professor specialised in Consumer Behavior. Her research focuses on the social and moral dimensions of the marketplace. She investigates, for example, how the human drive for fairness affects perceptions of pricing decisions, and how our desire to uphold our moral values influences behavior within market exchanges. She is completing her Ph.D. in Consumer Behavior from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and has industry experience in the Marketing research field. 

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