United Kingdom

Dr Syed K.I. Bakht

Since 2015 he has been the Director of Academic Affairs at Paris Graduate School. His role is to advise, recommend and influence the senior managers and academic faculty on academic policy issues, both proactively for future developments and responsively on specific/current issues. 

Syed has been instrumental in developing global Higher Education for the past 30 years. He has taught and held teaching and academic roles in many well known global institutions. This has included Bradford University, Cumbria University, University of Wales Cardiff, The London School of Commerce, North South University, American International University. His teaching abilities and knowledge has been greatly enhanced over the past two decades. He regularly received “Excellent” Teaching evaluations from students, peers and management

 In 2005 Syed also set Up Progemini Consulting Group as it Founder Director Progemini is an Executive Training and Higher Education Specialists Consulting agency based in Manchester and London. Syed was also appointed as a UNDP Consultant between 1999 – 2001. 

He gained his BA (Hons) in Business & Management from Liverpool University. MBA at Bradford University Management Centre PhD from the American University and his area of specialism was in Cross Cultural Management and HRM. He is also a member of Institute for Learning (IFL) and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy HEA).

Professor Dr David Weir

David is one of the top academics in Britain. He has been Director of the Management and Business Schools at the Universities of Glasgow, Bradford, Northumbria (from which he is an Emeritus), University Campus Suffolk and Liverpool Hope. He has held Chairs at several other Universities including CERAM (now SKEMA) in France and as Visiting Professor or Affiliate Professor at the Universities of Lancaster, Lincoln, West of England, ESC Rennes, York St. John and has taught at many other senior business schools and Universities, worldwide. 

He has worked with many international institutions including University of Botswana, University of Mauritius, ISCAE (Morocco), National Graduate University (Libya), ESAN (Peru) and the African Association of University Vice Chancellors, UNESCO, UNIDO, the World Bank, EURECNA, The Government of the Netherlands and the Islamic Development Bank. He has supervised more than sixty PhD theses on aspects of international management. 

He is active in research and scholarly publication and has published extensively on management in the Arab world and expatriate managers and most recently co-authored The New Post-oil Arab Gulf: Managing People and Wealth  published by Al-Saqi and From Critique to Action: The Practical Ethics of the Organizational World (New Insights) published by Cambridge Scholars. He was the first elected Chair of the Association of Business Schools and has been a Chair and member of committees of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Science and Engineering Research Council and of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA). David has also presented and led tracks at the Academy of Management, the European Academy of Management, the European Group for Organisational Studies, the British Academy of Management. He chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars and has been a strategic advisor to Emerald publishers for many years. 

He is a Foundation Fellow of the Leadership Trust, a Burgess (Freeman) of the City of Glasgow, a  member of the advisory board of BRAIS (British Association of Islamic Scholars) and a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Lebanon

Dr Mehiddine El-Chhimi

Dr Mehiddine gained his PhD in public law / international public law  from the University of Paris. He is also holding a number of Academic and Visiting Professorships at a number of Institutions in Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Istanbul. 

He is also a Legal and strategic consultant for a number of international and national organizations such as  Dpoint Group and McKinsey as well as a number of Lebanese and French official institutions and public departments. He is a certified expert and analyst in international law and strategic governance. 

Mehiddine is also a Member  and legal consultant at the prestigious  London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is also a Freelancer Researcher in law, strategic studies and corporate governance. He has also appeared in a number of TV channels and media organizations such as FRANCE 24, TELE LIBAN, AL JAZEERA who have sought his expert advice and opinions on topical legal and consulting issues.  He is also legal consulting advisor and certified trainer within the trainers base at the International Accredited of Trainers society ( IATSO ) .

Bangladesh

Professor Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Majid

Professor Saiful Majid is considered by many in the academic field in Bangladesh as one of the most senior and premier academic of the country.  Has recently successfully completed his Directorship of The Insitute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka.Currently working as a Selection Grade Professor (senior most level of Professorship at the public universities in Bangladesh). He has held a number of senior management and academic positions that include Chairperson, Executive MBA and BBA Programs spanned over 10 years, and also as Chairperson, Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. 

Saiful received the Senior Fulbright Fellowship Award from the Department of State, USA in 2009, and successfully completed the same in 2010. Also worked as the Wells-Ghani Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA in 2015. Received Leadership Education Award in 7th Asia’s Academic Excellence Award Ceremony in Singapore, sponsored by World Education Congress and CMO Council Asia in August 2016. Also received Bangladesh Education Leadership Award in2018. Worked as the Vice Chancellor of Eastern University, Dhaka in 2010-2011. Also worked as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Eastern University from 2003- 2009. Currently working as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eastern University. Has a multi-dimensional professional career having been involved in teaching, consultancy and research works since 1980. 

He attained his Ph.D. (Business Administration) from the University of Dortmund, Federal Republic of Germany in July 1987, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and International Development from the University of Kassel, Federal Republic of Germany in October 1987, and an MBA from the University of Dortmund, Federal Republic of Germany in 1983. Also has an M.Sc. in Economics (with Distinction) from the Astrakhan Technical University, Russian Federation in 1979. 2 Received a Gold Medal for securing the highest marks among 33,000 candidates, Humanities Group, of the School Secondary Certificate Examination, Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in 1969. 

He has gained extensive research and consultancy work experiences as Capacity Development, Training and Testing, Business Development, Monitoring and Evaluation and SME Sector in Bangladesh. Other areas of specialization include Social Sector Development (particularly in the areas of education, poverty, socio-economic condition analysis etc.). Has worked as Team Leader in various WB, UNDP, UNICEF, Government of Bangladesh, FRG, UK Government sponsored projects. Has a good number of research publications in reputed national and international research journals. Moreover, has also excellent proficiency (writing and reading) in Bangla, English, German and Russian languages. As the Team Leader successfully completed the project on Development of a Sustainable Business Model for Union Digital Centres (UDCs) in Bangladesh, sponsored by the a2i Project of the  Prime Minister’s Office, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh (GoB) in 2017. Has been working as a Member, National Steering Board (NSB), Water Resources Group (WRG) for Bangladesh (Gazetted by the Honourable Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh) since 2016. 

Malaysia

Dr. Chua Chong Keow, William.

Dr William Chua is a renowned academic of Malaysia. He is currently Managing/ Academic Director, Principal at Mantissa College/PACE in Kuala Lumpur. He has also held several senior academic positions such as Director, Department of American Degree Program &  International marketing at Stamford College Group, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer, Department of American Degree Program, Higher Education Learning Programme (HELP) University College in Kuala Lumpur, Head of Maths. Department and Lecturer, Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar, Mantin and Sultan Ismail College. 

He also currently olds the post of Professor at VU School of Management, Neuchatel, Switzerland, Adjunct Professor, IPE Management School, Paris,  and Examiner at IPE Management School. 

Dr William Chua earned a PhD in Multimedia Univerity, Cyberjaya and his thesis area was Intellectual Capital & Knowledge Management:  A Comparative Study in Malaysia. He earned two  MBAs, one from Central Pacific College, Australia and the second from Henley Management College/ BruneI University UK.