In memoriam: Nigel Roome

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our former colleague and friend Nigel Roome passed away after a long fight against cancer. Nigel was a Vlerick Partner and Professor from 2010, when he joined us from TIAS and Solvay, until 2014, when he became a part time Research Fellow at the school. At Vlerick Nigel directed the fulltime MBA for two years, but above all he was the person personifying and animating the School’s efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility, including the leadership of major EU funded projects.

Whilst at the school, Nigel was also the Academic Director of ABIS, the Academy of Business and Society, of which Vlerick Business School was a co-founder. He was greatly respected and influential in the CSR community as one of the early leaders in the field, and an advisor to many generations of  doctoral students as well as to the sustainability efforts of leading international firms.

We will always remember Nigel’s wit and humanity. He brought a touch of Oxbridge wisdom and perspective around the Vlerick Partner table. In typical Nigel style he still visited us before Christmas, making light of his health challenge, and above all interested how the school and especially its younger faculty were doing. He had retreated to a country house, and to his books in his native region, but kept writing and coaching doctoral candidates. His passing leaves a void in the European CSR community.

On behalf of the Vlerick community we offer our sincere condolences to his family and significant others, and share in their grief.

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