Zeger Degraeve became the Dean of Melbourne Business School in 2011 and Co-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Melbourne in 2013.

After completing his PhD at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Zeger became a Professor of Management Science at the Katholieke Universiteit in his home country of Belgium before joining London Business School in a number of roles over 12 years, including Associate Dean of Executive MBA and Global Programs and, later, Deputy Dean of Programs while serving on the School’s executive management committee and board of governors.

It was here that Zeger was appointed the inaugural Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professor of Innovation in recognition of his innovative work in establishing London Business School’s centre in Dubai for the first time.

Zeger has published more than 50 research papers in leading academic journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research and Harvard Business Review. His research has won several awards, most notably from the Association of the European Operational Research Societies for the best applied paper and the Chairman’s Award for the best applied contributed paper by INFORMS.

Alongside his academic career, Zeger has also worked with businesses, such as Cadbury Schweppes, Rio Tinto, Shell, HSCB and others, on executive education programs and consulted for the European Commission, Andersen Business Consulting, National Economic Research Associates and McKinsey and Co.

Zeger is a frequent media commentator in Australian and International outlets, including the Financial Times, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, Herald Sun, The Conversation and other media titles.


‘A smarter way to buy’, Degraeve, Z & Roodhooft, F, June 2001, Harvard Business Review, vol. 79.

 ‘Valuation of risky projects and illiquid investments using portfolio selection models’, Gustafsson, J, De Reyck, B, Degraeve, Z & Salo, A, June 2011, International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, vol. 162, pp. 79–105.

Milestone payments or royalties? Contract design for R&D licensing’, Crama, P, De Reyck, B & Degraeve, Z, 2008, Operations Research, vol. 56, no. 6, pp. 1539–15.

‘A new Dantzig-Wolfe reformulation and branch-and-price algorithm for the capacitated lot-sizing problem with setup times’, Degraeve, Z & Jans, R, September 2007, Operations Research, vol. 55, no. 5, pp. 909–920.

‘Improved lower bounds for the capacitated lot sizing problem with setup times’, Jans, R & Degraeve, Z, March 2004, Operations Research Letters, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 185–195.

Zeger Degraeve
DEAN, MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL QUALIFICATIONS PHD, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS; MBA, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN; BSC (ENG) GHENT UNIVERSITY AREAS OF EXPERTISE Higher education, MBAs, decision making, optimisation, scenario analysis and risk assessment, leadership. TOPICS Operations management, logistics and supply chain management, environmental planning and purchasing-strategy development INDUSTRIES Education, resources, IT, food and beverage, retail and finance GEOGRAPHIES Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and North America Contact: