Nicolas Graf
Nicolas Graf

Nicolas Graf

Associate Dean, NYU Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

Over the past 20 years, Graf has delivered executive education courses for companies in Asia, North and South America, and Europe, and has served as a consultant in the fields of asset management, strategic planning, and business development. Most recently, he served as chief academic officer of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, a top-ranked hospitality and tourism management school, where he oversaw all faculty, academic programs, and admissions for the school’s five campuses.
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Over the past 20 years, Graf has delivered executive education courses for companies in Asia, North and South America, and Europe, and has served as a consultant in the fields of asset management, strategic planning, and business development. Most recently, he served as chief academic officer of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, a top-ranked hospitality and tourism management school, where he oversaw all faculty, academic programs, and admissions for the school’s five campuses. Prior to this role, Graf served as managing director of Alain Ducasse Education & Consulting, and professor and director of the IMHI Center of Excellence in Hospitality, Food & Travel at ESSEC Business School in Paris. Before joining ESSEC, he was a professor at the University of Houston, a professor at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, and a visiting professor at NEOMA Business School. Graf’s research as a scholar focuses on strategy and corporate finance. He has published in numerous academic journals, including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, the Real Estate Finance Journal, and the Journal of Retail and Leisure Property. He also has published a number of applied articles in industry journals and newsletters such as the HVS newsletter, hospitalitynet.org, ehotelier.com, tourismroi.com, and EHLITE Magazine. In his new role as associate dean of the Tisch Center, Graf will lead the Center in creating innovative curricula, engaging industry partners, and attracting high-quality students from around the world.
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NYU's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, part of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, offers undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs that develop professionals with in-depth industry knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary for leadership roles in the fields of hospitality, tourism and sports management. The Center's full-time and adjunct faculty is composed of leading practitioners and researchers. Its board of advisors includes senior executives who advise on curricula development and help ensure that coursework reflects the latest industry trends and needs. The Tisch Center's location in the heart of New York City - one of the world's premier tourist and sports destinations - provides its students with multiple internship and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to study at several on-site "industry classrooms" at such venues as The New York Marriott Marquis, The Waldorf=Astoria, Chelsea Piers, and the NBA Store.
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