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Alumnus Conor Grennan, Entrepreneur & Best-selling Author, Joins NYU Stern as Dean of MBA Students

Honored by Dalai Lama for Reconnecting Trafficked Children with their Families in Nepal

Conor Grennan, NYU Stern Alumnus, Joins his Alma Mater as Dean of MBA Students

We are delighted to have one of our own return to Stern in this important administrative capacity to mentor and guide future generations of Stern students.

New York University Stern School of Business today announced the appointment of one of its alumni, Conor Grennan, as Dean of Students for the MBA program, effective April 1. In this role, Conor will act as liaison between the administration and the School’s more than 2,500 full-time and Langone MBA students.

Before earning his MBA, Conor founded Next Generation Nepal, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has rescued and reconnected with their families approximately 500 trafficked children in post-war Nepal. While earning his MBA at Stern, Conor wrote “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal,” a New York Times best- selling book that chronicles his motivations for and experiences with his NGO. A 2010 graduate of Stern’s full-time MBA program, he served as president of the Stern student body during the second year of his MBA studies.

“Conor instantly grasps what we mean when we say we’re in the business of inspiring future leaders to create value in the world because he has transformed our promise into real outcomes in the real world,” said Peter Henry, dean of NYU Stern. “Conor is a bridge builder who successfully discovers unforeseen opportunities to make a meaningful difference where business, society, culture and people intersect. We are delighted to have one of our own return to Stern in this important administrative capacity to mentor and guide future generations of Stern students.”

Conor began his pre-MBA career at the EastWest Institute, an international think tank focusing on resolving international conflict through a variety of means. As a project manager in the Czech Republic, Conor oversaw a network of parliamentarians from eight Balkan countries and the European Parliament to help harmonize legislation between the countries. Subsequently, he moved to the EU headquarters in Belgium as Deputy Director of the Program of Security and Governance to lead policy development for post-conflict democracy building in South Eastern Europe. In 2006, he founded Next Generation Nepal, and served as its president. Conor will continue to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.

In 2014, Conor was named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Huffington Post named Conor one of its “Game Changers of the Year” in 2011. His book, “Little Princes,” is now required reading in numerous colleges and universities around the country.


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