Distinguished Professors

李兆基商業管理學院 研究 Institute of International Business and Governance Distinguished Professors

In IIBG, four external academic experts are appointed as Distinguished Professors to nurture and lead the research teams. The Distinguished Professors lead research workshops, support research activities of academics and facilitate the Institute to organize conferences.

Prof Mario Kafouros

Professor Mario Kafouros

Professor of International Business and Innovation, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Research areas: international business and strategy, global innovation and foreign direct investment

Professor Kafouros serves as the Chair of International Business and Innovation, and Associated Head of Research in Alliance Manchester Business School (UK). He is also Associate Editor of the journal of International Business Review (IBR), and is appointed adviser to the Commonwealth, and elected Secretary of the Academy of International Business (AIB UKI). Previously, he was member of the Faculty Executive Group (FEG), leader for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and he also served as Research Director and Head of Department (IB) in the University of Leeds (UK). He has extensive industrial and academic experience in the fields of innovation and international business & strategy. His research has received strong recognition in the form of (1) Best Paper Awards (e.g. European International Business Academy 2013, Academy of International Business 2010, and the British Academy of Management 2008); (2) funding from research councils, government organizations and multinational companies; and (3) publications in leading international journals such as the Journal of Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Technovation, the Journal of World Business, the British Journal of Management and the Journal of Business Research.

Prof Graham Kendall

Professor Graham Kendall

Emeritus Professor, The University of Nottingham, UK

Research areas: operations research, evolutionary computation, artificial intelligence, heuristics, meta-heuristics, hyper-heuristics and addressing real world applications

Professor Kendall served as the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM), and also a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University from 2016 to early 2021. Before becoming an academic, he worked in the IT industry for 20 years, starting his career as a computer operator, and progressing to a senior manager. In 1994, he took a break from his industrial career and went to The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) to study Computation, obtaining a First Class Honours degree. Professor Kendall then decided to undertake a PhD from The University of Nottingham (School of Computer Science), which he completed in 2000. He was offered an academic position at the University of Nottingham in 1999, and was made a full Professor in 2007. He moved to Malaysia in August 2011, where he took up the role of Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange). In August 2016, he became the Provost/CEO of UNM and also was appointed a PVC of the University.

He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and the Operational Research Society (FORS). He is a Director of two companies (Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd and Nottingham MyResearch Sdn Bhd) and a former Director of Crops for the Future Sdn Bhd. He is an Associate Editor of 10 journals and a former Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. He has published over 250 peer reviewed scientific papers, with over 100 of those in ISI ranked journals.

Prof Raphael Markellos

Professor Raphael Nicholas Markellos

Professor of Finance, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK

Research areas: international business and strategy, global innovation and foreign direct investment

Professor Markellos is currently a Professor of Finance and the Director of Research and Enterprise at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. His research has been published and cited widely in some of the most prestigious academic journals. With Terry Mills, he has published the third edition of the bestselling book The Econometric Modelling of Financial Time Series (by Cambridge University Press). This book is widely used for teaching at leading universities in the USA, UK and Asia. His work has often received much attention from the media.

Prof Bala Ramasamy

Professor Bala Ramasamy

Associate Dean and Professor of Economics at China Europe International Business School, China

Research areas: asian economies, foreign direct investment, corporate social responsibility and international business strategy

Professor Bala Ramasamy is Associate Dean and Professor of Economics at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) since 2006. Before joining CEIBS, he was Professor of International Economics and Business at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. Previously, he served on the Faculties at Massey University in New Zealand and University of Macau. He has been teaching at higher institutes of learning since 1988. He has had wide experience in teaching students of different backgrounds and culture in Mainland China, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and the UK. Professor Ramasamy received his PhD degree from University of Leicester, UK and his Master of Social Sciences from the University of Macau, both in Economics. His research has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, World Economy, Journal of World Business, Journal of World Investment and Trade, Journal of Business Research, among others. His views are regularly sought by the media. He has been interviewed by CCTV, Bloomberg, AP News, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia etc. His comments have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, China Daily, Global Times and other newspaper around the world. Outside academia, Professor Ramasamy runs leadership and moral empowerment programmes for young teenagers.