Biography

Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. George Mason is a modern, innovative university selected as one of the top 200 research universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Mason also has quickly become the largest public university in Virginia.

Ideally located in the National Capital Region, Mason is at the center of a thriving community of business, government, international, and nonprofit organizations, and is within easy reach of the unique cultural resources in and around Washington, D.C. Mason provides its more than 33,000 students from 130 countries the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Known for conducting research of consequence, Mason faculty has been recognized with two Nobel Prizes and numerous other international awards. Mason is one of America’s leading national universities, and one of the best values among public colleges.

Prior to joining Mason, Cabrera led two internationally renowned business schools: Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. As a business educator, he played a key role in advancing professional ethics and corporate social responsibility.

As a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, Cabrera led the creation of “The Principles for Responsible Management Education,” which has been adopted by more than 500 business schools around the world. In partnership with the World Economic Forum and leading Harvard Business School faculty, he co-founded The Oath Project, an international initiative to establish a code of conduct for business leaders.

In 2004, BusinessWeek named Cabrera as one of 25 “Stars of Europe,” and in 2011 the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world.

Cabrera’s expertise in international business and higher education has been recognized by top international organizations. The World Economic Forum named him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002, a “Young Global Leader” in 2005, and, in 2008, the chair of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship. Also in 2008, the Aspen Institute named Cabrera a Henry Crown Fellow. In 2010, Cabrera served as topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Cabrera is a frequent speaker at prestigious international forums, and he has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His most recent book, Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World, was published by Harvard Business Review in 2012. His views on global leadership, higher education, and corporate citizenship have been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, BBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times.

Cabrera serves on the boards of specialty retailer PetSmart and biotech company Inovio Pharmaceuticals. He also serves on the boards of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars Program), the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Madrid, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and several other academic and civic boards. Cabrera is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he is the past chair of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

A native of Spain, Cabrera holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain’s premier engineering university. He earned MS and PhD degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.