Michael A. Santoro is a world renowned business ethics teacher, scholar and consultant. He is a Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.B. from Oberlin College.
Prof. Santoro has served as a consultant to the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis, helping in that capacity to design an industry-wide corporate integrity program for companies supplying long lasting anti-malaria bednets. He also worked with Arusha-based A to Z Corporation to design, adopt and implement one of the first business ethics code of conduct in Tanzania. His expert testimony in the Vioxx litigation became the basis for court-ordered corporate governance reforms adopted by Merck.
He has been a visiting Professor at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and the University of Zurich, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he taught ethics and economics courses. As a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, he wrote or co-authored nearly thirty case studies and teaching notes on ethical and legal topics, including a leading case on the introduction of intellectual property into the WTO. He was an invited speaker at the American Bar Association Conference on Professionalism in the 21st Century. He was the recipient of research grant from the Aspen Institute’s Initiative for Social Innovation through Business and he has also served as a GE Teaching Fellow at Rutgers Business School.
He serves on the Editorial Board of Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of Human Rights, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust.
Professor Santoro testified before the United States Senate Finance Committee on the human rights implications of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. He is a frequent featured speaker on human rights and business ethics at numerous venues, including Cornell, Columbia, Oberlin, Princeton, Redlands, Santa Clara, and Tufts , as well as at the Brookings Institution, the World Affairs Council, the Economic Strategy Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Asia Society.
Prof. Santoro was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Hong Kong during the 1993-94 academic year and he travels frequently to Asia. In the summer, he has taught executive MBA courses in Business Strategy and Business Law in Beijing and Shanghai and at the Sinopec Management Institute.
Prior to entering academe, Santoro practiced law. During law school he was a clerk at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. He was summer associate at Shearman & Sterling and an associate at Webster & Sheffield. He has been the General Counsel of BioTechnica International in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the first publicly-held biotechnology companies, and of Finevest (now Interlaken Capital) in Greenwich, Connecticut, a privately held venture firm.