Ángel Cabrera (academic)

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Ángel Cabrera
Angel Cabrera - Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012.jpg
Cabrera at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
6th President of George Mason University
Assumed office
July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
Preceded by Alan Merten
11th President of Thunderbird School of Global Management
In office
July 1, 2004 (2004-07-01) – June 30, 2012 (2012-06-30)
Personal details
Born (1967-08-05) August 5, 1967 (age 49)[1]
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spain and the United States
Spouse(s) Beth Cabrera
Children 2
Alma mater Ph.D., MS, Georgia Institute of Technology
MS, BS, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Ángel Cabrera Izquierdo (born August 5, 1967) is the sixth President of George Mason University, the past President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the former dean of IE Business School. His scholarship includes work on learning, management and leadership.[2]


Cabrera received his undergraduate and master's degree in telecommunications engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and earned his MS and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar.[3]

He joined the faculty of IE Business School in 1998 and was dean from 2000 to 2004.[4] He was appointed President of Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2004 and President of George Mason University in 2012.[5] He is the only Spaniard to have served as chief executive of an American institution of higher education.

The World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002,[6] a Young Global Leader in 2005[7] and chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship in 2008.[8] He was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute[9] in 2008. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue[10] and the Council on Foreign Relations.[11]

His paper with his wife, Elizabeth Cabrera, "Knowledge-sharing dilemmas" published in Organization Studies in 2002 has been cited more than 1,000 times.[12] The paper presents a theory of why some people are more inclined than others to volunteer their expertise and ideas in shared repositories. The theory is based on the notion of social dilemmas in the provision of public goods.

He has served on the boards of three public companies: eFunds,[13] PetSmart[14] and Inovio.

Cabrera is married to Elizabeth (Beth) F. Cabrera, an organizational psychologist. Together, they have two children.[15]


  1. ^ "Ángel Cabrera." Marquis Who's Who Biographies. Accessed 2015-04-03 via LexisNexis.
  2. ^ "Ángel Cabrera - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  3. ^ Izquierdo, Angel Cabrera. A functional analysis of categorization (1995). Georgia Institute of Technology. Doctoral dissertation.
  4. ^ "Ofertas de empleo y bolsa de trabajo : Expansionyempleo.com". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Board of Visitors Selects Dr. Ángel Cabrera as the Sixth President of George Mason University, Effective July 1, 2012 | University News | George Mason University". news.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  6. ^ "The Global Leaders of Tomorrow (GLT) Community". The Global Leaders of Tomorrow (GLT) Community | World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  7. ^ "YGL Alumni Community". YGL Alumni Community | World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  8. ^ "The Global Agenda 2009" (PDF). World Economic Forum. 
  9. ^ "2008 Twelfth Knights Class". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  10. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: 10 Members Join the Inter-American Dialogue". us10.campaign-archive1.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  11. ^ "Membership Roster". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  12. ^ Cabrera, Angel; Cabrera, Elizabeth F. (2002-01-01). "Knowledge-sharing dilemmas". Organization studies. 23 (5): 687–710. 
  13. ^ "eFunds Names Dr. Ángel Cabrera to Board of Directors". Marketwire. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  14. ^ "PetSmart Appoints Dr. Angel Cabrera to Board of Directors | Business Wire". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Mason Welcomes Its Sixth President, Ángel Cabrera | George Mason University". Retrieved 2016-04-04.