Prof. Bertrand Venard is Rector of the French University of Armenia (@UFAR) and Associate Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford). He has developed several research projects about cybersecurity and corruption as Professor and Anti-Fraud and Cybersecurity Chair Holder at Audencia Business School (France). Thus, at the present, he is involved in a working group of the United Nations (Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education, PRME) aiming at reducing corruption though curriculum development for Higher Education. Bertrand Venard is also Research Director of a project to help the government of Bhutan to reduce corruption. Leading the cybersecurity project at OII, he has been managing a research team that investigates the cybersecurity behaviours in the UK, France and Armenia.
His research interests concern fraud, corruption, and cybersecurity. He has published more than 50 academic articles.
He received a Doctorate in Management from the University of Paris (9) doing his research at the Management Research Centre of the Ecole Polytechnique (France). As a tenured professor, he holds a Certification of Research Direction (“Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”) from the University of Paris (12) (Post-Doctorate diploma for Research Director and Professor). He also received a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Oxford.
Before starting an academic career, he worked in the financial industry and in consulting for PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). He has had various administrative positions in Higher Education such as Vice-Dean for Research and Dean of a Business School. Thus, he created the CFVG in Ho Chi Minh City in the early 90’s, now the leading business school in Vietnam. He has been a Visiting Professor at Wharton Business School (Financial Institutions Centre), IESE (Spain), Audencia (France), London Business School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. He has received numerous recognitions for his research such as the Sloan Fellowship (USA), Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK) or the Marie Curie Fellowship (European Union). Since 2002, Professor Bertrand Venard has been listed in the Who’sWho in the World, listing the most influential individuals in the world. In 2008, he was made Knight of the Academic Palms, Order of Chivalry of France to academics, distinction given by the French Ministry of Education. He is a member of numerous academic and professional associations such as the Academy of Management (AOM), Society for Business Ethics (SBE), EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), AIB (Association of International Business), AIMS (International Association for research in Strategic Management), SMS (Strategic Management Society).

Research Interests:

Fraud, corruption, cybersecurity.

Position held at the OII:

  • Research Associate, August 2020 –
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, August 2018 – August 2020


Past projects

  • Cyber Security Behaviours (CYBERSECURITY)

    Participants: Professor Bertrand Venard, Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    Through empirical research, this project seeks to understand the determinants of individual cyber security behaviours of students in France and the UK.


  • Airbus: flying high on the wings of corruption

    17 June 2020 The Conversation

    European authorities have finally decided to make credible justice decisions against firms that use bribery and other forms of corruption to maintain and develop their business.

  • ‘The lockdown will never be for me’: investigating cognitive and emotional behaviours around social distancing

    4 May 2020 Association of MBAs

    Despite stricter policing methods, warnings, fines and in some cases arrests, there is a systematic rejection of the lockdown among some people. How can we explain this phenomenon? Bertrand Venard investigates

  • Containment? Very little for them!

    14 April 2020 Les Echos

    Containment is not always respected in France as elsewhere. Its refusal is sometimes systematic among certain citizens. How can we explain it?

  • Welcome to the corrupt!

    4 February 2020 Ouest France

    Despite the millions invested in the fight against corruption, a recent study by Transparency International shows that this scourge is progressing. How to explain the endemic corruption in certain nations?

  • The Cold War 2.0 between China and the US is already a virtual reality

    16 October 2019 The Conversation

    As President Xi Jinping celebrated the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China with a massive military parade, the United States president threatened to raise taxes on Chinese products.

  • Video: Cybersecurity, the human factor remains the weak link

    20 June 2019 The Conversation

    Faced with cyber risks, the first displays were technical at first. Specialists quickly proposed strategies and technical tools to deal with it.

  • Marriott data breach: 500 million times concerned

    1 January 2019 The Conversation

    On November 30, 2018, Marriott International announced an enormous data breach concerning 500 million clients, the second biggest ever. With new data breaches being announced almost daily, you have to ask yourself, how is this possible?

  • Marriott at the heart of a new data breach scandal

    13 December 2018 Les Echos

    Every day, an organization reports a massive data leak or a successful cyber attack. Latest: Marriott has just announced the theft of personal and bank data for 500 million customers. What should we learn from this new affair?

Integrity Statement

In the past five years, my work has been financially supported by the European Union (Cybersecurity Project, N° 792137), the United Nations (Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education, PRME), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Government of Bhutan (Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan), and the Audencia Foundation (France). As part of my science communication and policy outreach, I have served on the boards of Crédit Mutuel (bank), Institut Kervegan (think tank), Audencia Business School, MACIF (insurance) in an unpaid advisory capacity.
An Integrity statement is a means to declare my scientific sponsorship. It is also an opportunity to explain that my research projects have substantial ethical components. With a predominant interest in the fight against economic crimes, I consider my work as the creation and distribution of knowledge to help in the moralization of our economies. Advising a government to reduce corruption is clearly a scientific project that brings ethical values. In the same line, the cybersecurity project aims at understanding the determinants of cybersecurity behaviours, alongside helping combat cybercrime through ad-hoc prevention strategy development.