Mary Johnstone-Louis

Senior Fellow in Management Practice

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Mary is Senior Fellow in Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where she designs research-based education for senior leaders across the globe. 

At Oxford, she is also a Skoll Centre Fellow, Senior Associate of Oxford Net Zero, and Co-Director of the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations programme. Her research explores how business is affecting our world, and how leaders build strategy around the public good. She has a longstanding interest in women in business and she serves as an advisor to several impact-focused businesses in the UK and Europe. She has worked on five continents including fieldwork in Bangladesh, South Africa and Latin America.

Mary has also served as a World Economic Forum Global Futures Council Fellow, a jury member of the IMD-Pictet Sustainability in Family Business Award, and as Founding Programme Director of The Ownership Project. She is a board member of Blueprint for Better Business and Chair of B Lab UK

Mary is a regular speaker, moderator, and panellist. Her written contributions have been featured in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business Ethics Quarterly, and in the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education series as well as via Oxford Answers and the British Academy.

Mary holds an MPhil from the University of Oxford, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She received her doctorate from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar. 


  • Responsible business
  • Stakeholder governance
  • Leadership and business ethics


Debates, Metrics, and the Competitive Advantage of ESG

  • Chapter
  • ESG: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review (HBR Insights Series)

The myth of the CEO hero(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Charmian Love
  • Robert Eccles,
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith C Stroehle

Business in times of crisis(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith Stroehle,
  • Boya Wang
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Colin Mayer
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