• Toto Wolff appointed Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School

Toto will educate the business leaders of tomorrow

The prestigious Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford has appointed Toto Wolff as Associate Fellow, where he will help guide future business leaders with his insights from one of the world's most competitive industries.

Toto will bring his unique understanding of high-performance culture, team leadership and personal effectiveness from the Formula 1 racetracks into the classroom.

As Team Principal, CEO and co-owner, Toto has led the Mercedes-AMG F1 team to an unprecedented seven consecutive World Championship doubles and is currently in contention for an eighth double. Alongside his sporting accomplishments, Toto enjoys a long history as a successful investor and entrepreneur, including founding one of the earliest tech-focused venture capital firms in Europe. 

Toto Wolff said:

'To become an Associate Fellow at an institution as prestigious as Oxford Saïd is a proud moment for me. Sharing my experience with students, full of energy and motivation, is richly rewarding and I'm grateful for the opportunity to combine my passions for entrepreneurship, leadership and high-performance culture in the classroom at Saïd.'

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Having worked closely with Michael Smets, Professor of Management at Oxford Saïd, over the past year, Toto has contributed significant insights into the importance of mental health, the dynamics of managing high-powered talent, and the challenges of re-inventing organizations and industries for the future. 

Professor Michael Smets, commented:

'Toto is obviously best known for his winning streak as a team principal in Formula 1, but let's not forget his track record as an investor and entrepreneur as well. There are few people who can translate insights between the worlds of sport and business in the way he can. We are tremendously looking forward to this partnership to enrich our research, teaching and student experience.'

Sue Dopson, interim dean at Oxford Saïd, added:

'We welcome Toto to our school's community. We look forward to partnering with him on many of the issues that are close to his heart and central to the school's mission, such as the drive for greater diversity, advocacy for well-being and mental health, and broadening access to higher education.' 

Toto has previously shared insights as part of the School's Leadership in Extraordinary Times series: Driven: How to fuel success through adversity. With the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, he highlighted key lessons which could be applied to any sector, about how to lead through adversity. 

Toto's appointment will run until October 2023.