Professor Alain Lempereur, Ph.D
Affiliate Faculty & Executive Committee Member
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, USA
Phil. and M. Law from the University of Brussels
S.J.D. from Harvard Law School
Alain Lempereur is a member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School’s Executive Committee and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He is a scholar in negotiation research and studies, the Alan B. Slifka Professor at Brandeis University, and the director of the Masters’ Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. One of his books The First Move. A Negotiator’s Companion has been published in several languages. Recently, the Financial Times designated him “Professor of the Week” for his academic contribution. His current research is devoted to responsible negotiation.
As a mediator in conflicts and as a negotiation expert, Professor Lempereur develops worldwide programs of research, consulting, and executive education on responsible leadership and negotiation. He advises international organizations, such as the EU, NATO, OECD, UNDP, UNITAR, and WHO. As a negotiation pioneer in Europe, he founded the academic institute ESSEC IRENE in France, which he led as its first director (1995-2008); he then became the ESSEC IRENE Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor. He has designed and led training programs for many universities and graduate schools (CIIM, Centrale Paris, ENA, ENPC, ESSEC Executive Education, EuroMed, Lebanese University, Lotus University at Ho Chi Minh City, and the Universities of Brussels, Corsica, Mannheim, Mons, and Paris). He also advises consulting firms, such as the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, as well as international corporations.
Through the Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, Professor Lempereur facilitated reconciliation and leadership programs in Africa, including in Burundi (2003-2007) and in the D.R. Congo (2006-2009). In 2003, he initiated the Negotiators of the World programs, and in 2004, developed the negotiation curriculum for the European Commission. He belongs to the UN mediators’ network, and has moderated local and global meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2009-2011).
Professor Lempereur received his M.Phil. and his M.Law from the University of Brussels and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was a Frank Boas Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow from the 21st Century Trust.