Louis T. Wells
Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Emeritus, Harvard Business School


Academic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Business Administration (international business), Harvard University
  • M.B.A., Harvard University
  • B.S. (highest honors) in physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, Germany (one year, exchange student)


Languages: English, German, reading knowledge of Spanish and French, lapsed Indonesian

Professional Background

  • Dr. Wells was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at Harvard Business School, Harvard University, where he taught courses in management in developing countries, management of multinational enterprises, and the economic and political environment of business in the MBA and DBA programs and in executive courses.
  • Dr. Wells was director of the resident advisory group of Harvard Institute for International Development in the Ministry of Finance, Jakarta, Indonesia, for 1 ½ years, where he was responsible for a team of advisors on macro-economic policy, trade policy, agricultural policy, industrial policy, and regulation of financial institutions.
  • Dr. Wells has published widely, including books or articles on joint ventures, mining negotiations, foreign investment policy, investment promotion, arbitration of disputes between foreign investors and host governments. (See attached publications list.)
  • Dr. Wells has served as consultant to the governments of a large number of countries (see below) and as an expert for law firms in cases involving disputes between investors and their host governments.
  • Dr. Wells is a Fellow of the Academy for International Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Samples of Advisory Experience

  • Served as advisor to host governments in negotiations for mining and plantation investments in West African, Latin American, and Southeast and South Asian countries.
  • Advised governments on mining taxation policies in South American, West African, and Southeast Asian countries.
  • Conducted extensive advisory work in Indonesia, over a 30-year period, on mining, general tax reform, negotiations with foreign investors, and industrial policy.
  • Participated in the establishment of, and policies for, investment promotion agencies in Southeast Europe, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
  • Provided advice on investment laws of several countries.
  • Supported the establishment of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Served as expert for host countries in valuing investments in arbitrations
  • Countries of work experience: Switzerland, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Liberia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China.

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