Hans Wahl

Hans Wahl

Director, INSEAD Social Impact Initiative

Hans is an educator, facilitator, and human rights activist, based in Paris.


Hans joined INSEAD in 2007. He has more than 35 years of experience in education, management, and economic and political development in over 40 countries. In addition to directing the overall Social Impact Initiative, Hans also directs INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme (ISEP) from the school’s campus in Fontainebleau, France, one of the most highly respected programmes in the field, housed at one of the world’s leading business schools.

Specifically, his work focuses on educational design, programme development, and collaborative impact ecosystems. Hans is also a member of The Value Web, which facilitates complex, multi-stakeholder discussions to advance social change and is a founding director of the Governance and Justice Group, a multi-disciplinary group that carries out research and advises on issues of access to justice, rule of law and human rights.

He established UNESCO's Poverty and Human Rights Programme and held senior positions at Amnesty International, Penal Reform International, and numerous community development organizations. Hans has launched several social ventures including a sustainable tourism organisation in the high Caucuses of Georgia.

He has studied, written and consults on issues of civil society development, human rights, and capacity building worldwide. He is Austrian-American, has two daugthers and two grandsons, and holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.