Nicolas Graf

Clinical Professor

Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

  • BS, University in Lausanne
  • MBA, University in Lausanne
  • PHD, Virginia Tech
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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,,,, and EHLITE Magazine. In his role as associate dean of the Tisch Center, Graf leads the Center in creating innovative curricula, engaging industry partners, and attracting high-quality students from around the world.