Lee H Igel

Clinical Professor

Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport

  • BS, Boston University
  • M.Ed., Boston University
  • PHD, Capella University
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Lee H. Igel is a clinical professor in the NYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport. His work focuses on the decisions that shape organizations across business and society.

For the past decade, Igel has been heading an NYU initiative with the United States Conference of Mayors that centers on sports-led development and related tourism, arts, parks, and entertainment businesses in cities throughout the country. The partnership has produced more than 200 research and consulting projects, and regularly shares new knowledge gained from them with the leaderships of municipalities, major professional sports leagues, and business and non-profit organizations.

Since joining the NYU faculty in 2004, Igel has designed and taught more than thirty different courses in graduate and undergraduate programs. His teaching includes courses in organizational behavior, consumer behavior, research, consulting, and business strategies. He has also delivered global field intensives based at NYU sites in London and Berlin.

In addition to teaching, Igel has taken a lead role in collaborating on special projects at NYU campuses in New York and Abu Dhabi. These projects feature forums that engage top decision-makers, thought leaders, and the general public in discussions on matters of both national and international interest. As an NYU Global Research Institute fellow in Tel Aviv, he has explored ways that the city's startup ecosystem can promote broader economic growth, social impact, and regional cooperation.

Igel also serves as an associate in the Medical Ethics division at NYU Langone Health, bringing his background and experience to an interdisciplinary team that studies and provides policy guidance on organizational, cultural, and moral issues across healthcare.

Before coming to NYU, Igel oversaw integrated health change programs for senior corporate executives, elite athletes, and celebrity entertainers who were members at La Palestra in New York City. His career started out in sports medicine and player development in major league professional and top-level amateur sports, building on a bachelor's degree in physiology and a master's degree in counseling. He received a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology.

Igel is regularly called on by global media outlets to provide analysis on breaking news about business and social issues running through sport. His insights appear in writing as a contributor to Forbes and in articles for major news, industry, and scientific publications. He also writes longer profiles, based on original research and first-hand interviews, about the strategic decisions that major sports leagues, teams, and executives make in supporting fans, employees, partners, and wider communities.