Developing Global Leaders and Economies


Dr. Rizwan Amin Sheikh

Dr Rizwan Amin Sheikh - Blue Background(2)Dean and Professor, GBS
Adjunct Faculty, JBS-Executive Education, University of Cambridge, UK
Visiting Professor of Global Strategy, Hult International Business School, USA
Former Associate Dean and Professor of Practice, KSBL
Former Assistant Professor & Director MBA Program, LUMS
Ph.D., SKEMA Business School, France
MBA, Cleveland State University (USA)
B.Sc., The Ohio State University (USA)

Dr. Rizwan Amin Sheikh is a Dean and Professor at the Global Business School (GBS), Jeddah. He is a former Founding Associate Dean, Professor of Practice, and Director MBA Program at Karachi School for Business & Leadership (KSBL). He is a visiting faculty at Judge Business School-Executive Education (University of Cambridge, UK), Hult International Business School (USA), University of Sharjah (UAE), and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT, Australia). Dr. Sheikh holds a Ph.D. from SKEMA Business School (France), MBA from Cleveland State University (USA), and B.Sc. from the Ohio State University (USA). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI (USA). Dr. Sheikh is also a visiting faculty at Etisalat Academy, UAE. He is President of Project Management Institute (USA) Lahore Chapter.

Dr. Sheikh also served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the MBA Program at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is the former Chairman and CEO of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Government of Punjab. Dr. Sheikh is a former Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting (USA).

He has over 24 years of management consulting (Deloitte Consulting, USA), strategy formulation, change management, international program/project management, teaching, and business transformation experience in the public as well as private sector. Dr. Sheikh has led several business transformations, global projects, and change management initiatives in various countries including the United States, UK, Canada, Mexico, UAE, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

His research interests focus on national culture, strategy, leadership, change management, and project management. Dr. Sheikh has published case studies and presented papers at international peer-reviewed conferences. He is a dynamic public speaker and has been given awards like “Innovative Vision & Dynamic Leadership” by Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft and Intel.

Key Global Clients and Engagements
Dr. Sheikh has been a consultant, advisor, and trainer for following key international organizations:

  • Deloitte Consulting (USA)
  • AT&T (USA)
  • Pepsico (USA)
  • United Energy Pakistan (Formerly British Petroleum)
  • Pak Arab Refinery Company Ltd.
  • K-Electric (formerly known as Karachi Electric Supply Company – KESC)
  • Merill Lynch (USA)
  • Eaton Corporation (USA)
  • The United States Postal Service
  • University of Sharjah (UAE)
  • Etisalat (UAE)
  • Saudi-German Hospitals (SGH) Group

Prof. Alek Grzeszczak

Lecturer in Finance, University of Cambridge (UK)
Adjunt Faculty, Ashridge Exec Ec, Hult International Business School (UK)
MBA, Columbia Business School (USA)



Prof. Alek is a finance faculty member at Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He also teaches finance and accounting at Hult International Business School across Hult’s London, Dubai, Shanghai, and New York City campuses. He was the recipient of the 2017 Professor of the Year Award for the Global One- Year MBA program at Hult.

For the past 15 years, Aleksander Grzeszczak had been working on behalf of Value Discovery Partners, a mid-size private equity investment fund focused on emerging markets, and particularly on South Eastern Europe. Alek headed the transaction execution team at VDP and as such had executed a number of acquisitions in the region, had conducted all exit preparations and disposals of VDP portfolio companies.

Prior to VDP, Alek was a VP in the Telecom Investment Banking group of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, where he worked 5 years, first in the New York office and later in London. At SSB, he executed a number of advisory, M&A, equity and debt financing transactions for SSB’s American and European clients.

Alek is a graduate of Columbia Business School, where he received a joint MBA (Finance) /MIA (International Business) degree. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in Telecom and Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Nelson Phillips

Dean & Professor of Strategy & Organization, Imperial College London Business School, UK
Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada



Dr. Nelson Phillips is the Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean of Faculty and Research at Imperial College Business School in London. Prior to joining Imperial, Professor Phillips was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School from 2002 to 2005 and was an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002.

Professor Phillips teaches courses in strategy, organisational behaviour, innovation, and leadership on the MBA and M.Sc. programmes. In addition, he is active in executive education, having worked on program design and delivery for a wide range of clients including J&J, ASDA, the Royal Society, Telefonica, BT, Atkins, Shell, SABMiller, and Laing O’Rourke.

He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters including articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Organization Studies.

Professor Phillips has written four books: Discourse Analysis with Cynthia Hardy published in 2002, Power and Organizations with Stewart Clegg and David Courpasson published in 2006, and Technology and Organization with Graham Sewell and Dorothy Griffiths published in 2010. He is also co-editor of the new Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management with David Gann and Mark Dodgson. He is currently working on a new book on linguistic methods and is editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry.

Previous Appointments
Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, he was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Institute of Management, the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2005 and an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002. Professor Phillips spent six months in 2000/2001, as the Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellow at Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia and six months as a Visiting Professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Professor Phillips completed his Ph.D. in Organisational Analysis from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1995.

Prof. Wolfram Wiesemann

Associate Professor, Management Science and Operations
Imperial College Business School, London, UK

Fellow, KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics
PhD in Operations Research, Imperial College London, UK

Masters in Management and Computing, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany


Dr. Wiesemann obtained a Joint Masters Degree in Management and Computing at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, in 2006, and a PhD in Operations Research at Imperial College London, UK, in 2010. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute of Statistics and Mathematics at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, in 2010, the Computer-Aided Systems Laboratory at Princeton University, USA, in 2011, and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department at Columbia University, USA, in 2012. He has also visited the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011.

Dr. Wiesemann’s research focuses on the theory and practice of decision-making, with applications in operations management, finance and energy.

Prof. Andreas Eisingerich

Professor of Marketing
Program Director of the Full-Time MBA, Imperial College Business School
Masters & PhD, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
BSc., London School of Economics (UK)


Dr Andreas B. Eisingerich is Professor of Marketing at Imperial College Business School and Programme Director of the Full-Time MBA. He holds a BSc degree from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, where he also earned his master degree. Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, Dr Eisingerich managed the Center for Global Innovation at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.

Dr Eisingerich is best known for his work on brand management, consumer engagement, and service innovation strategies. Current research projects are on the gamification of mHealth apps in the context of smoking cessation, reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products, and consumer relationships with brands in different business and industry contexts. Recently Dr Eisingerich published a book together with Professor C. Whan Park and Deborah J. MacInnis called Brand Admiration: Building a Business People Love (Wiley; 2016), exploring how brand admiration can be built, strengthened, and leveraged over time.

Dr Eisingerich’s research work has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Harvard Business Review, European Journal of Marketing, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Services Marketing, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He served on the editorial board of Ernst & Young’s Performance magazine. Dr Eisingerich co-developed a novel index of innovative firms published by the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation and manages a Bill & Melinda Gates foundation sponsored global pre-marketing research project together with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the World Wildlife Fund. His work was translated into several languages worldwide, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Polish, and Japanese. Professor Eisingerich acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Research Policy, and Journal of Services Marketing, among others. He taught as visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Dr. Markus Perkmann

Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management
Imperial College London Business School, UK
Ph.D. Lancaster University, UK



He is currently working on university industry centres, open data public-private partnerships, and how firms innovate by collaborating with universities. He has also written about university-industry alliances, academic consulting and management practices.

Professor Perkmann’s specialties including Innovation & Technology Management, University-Industry Relationships, Technology Transfer, Knowledge Management, Management Research, Cross-border regions and cross-border co-operation.


Dr. Perkmann has published many journal articles, book chapters, and videos such as Open Data Partnerships Between Firms and Universities: The Role of Boundary Organizations (2015), How Emerging Organizations Take Form: The Role of Imprinting and Values in Organizational Bricolage (2014), Academic Engagement and Commercialisation: A Review of the Literature on University-Industry Relations (2013), How to Create Productive Partnerships with Universities (2012), IPGC: Making University-Industry Collaboration Work.

Previous Appointments
Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, Dr. Perkmann was a Research Fellow at Loughborough University, UK, from 2006 to 2008, and a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK, from 2002 to 2005 where he worked on networked innovation within biomedical sectors such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He was also responsible for developing and facilitating the Knowledge and Innovation Network, which is a practitioner forum for Knowledge Management at Warwick Business School. Dr. Perkmann was also the Head of Innovation and Strategy at Greychip, UK from 2000 to 2002.

Dr. Rodney Turner

Professor SKEMA Business School, France
Ph.D., Oxford University




Dr. Rodney Turner is Professor of Project Management at the SKEMA Business School, in Lille, France, where he is director of the Ph.D. in Strategy, Programme and Project Management. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, the Kemmy Business School, Limerick, and Drexel University, Philadelphia, and Visiting Professor at Henley Business School.

He was introduced to project management working in the process plant industry, working for ICI as a mechanical engineer and project manager in the petrochemical industry. He then worked for Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant, working in shipbuilding, manufacturing, telecommunications, computing, finance, government, and other areas.

He is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK’s Association for Project Management, and former President and Chairman of the International Project Management Association.

Previous Appointments
From 1997 to 2005, he returned to the process plant industry as Foundation Operations Director of the Benelux Region of the European Construction Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Turner is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Handbook of Project-based Management, the best-selling book published by McGraw-Hill, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management. He is editor of The International Journal of Project Management. He lectures on project management worldwide.

Dr. Khalid Ahmad Khan

Customized ProgramCEO, Expert Systems (Pvt) Ltd.
World Bank Consultant
Adjunct Faculty, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Ph.D., SKEMA Business School, France
M.Sc., Northwestern University, USA
B.Sc., King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals  (KFUPM), KSA


Dr. Khalid Ahmad Khan has over 25 years of experience in project management in a diverse range of projects both in the public and private sectors. In the last eight years, Dr. Khan has been involved in deploying modern project management in several public sector mega projects. This work includes planning, monitoring, evaluation and well as developing rules/regulations and standards for public governance.

Dr. Khan has been actively involved in the promotion of Project Management as a profession in Pakistan. He is a founding member and President of the PMI (USA) Lahore Chapter. He was a member of the project team for the PMI PMBOK Government Extension Third Edition. Dr. Khan has read papers and lectured on the need for the use of Earned Value Approach on Public Sector projects.

Strategy, Change Management, Project Management, Project Leadership, Governance, Program Management, Engineering Economics, Project Organizational Design

Some Key Clients:
Below are some key clients of Dr. Khan.

  • World Bank
  • GIZ – German Aid Agency
  • LUMS
  • ICI
  • Government of Punjab

Dr. Tayyab Maqsood

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School of Property, Construction, and Project Management
RMIT University, Australia
Ph.D., RMIT, Australia



Dr. Tayyab Maqsood earned his Ph.D. in the area of Project Management from RMIT University specializing in Knowledge Management, Organizational Learning, and Innovation. He is a recognized expert in this area and has widely published and presented internationally. He has authored and co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications (Conference papers, Journal papers and Book Chapters). He has successfully supervised four Ph.D. students for their doctoral degrees and is a first supervisor for another four Ph.D. students who are currently undertaking their doctoral studies. He is currently carrying out research in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Management and Information Communication Technologies
  • Building Supply Chain capital through knowledge transfer and sharing in supply chains
  • Using BIM as a tool to manage knowledge and integrate supply chains
  • Post Disaster Project Management
  • Project Management techniques/issues in developing countries
  • Integration of Qualitative/Quantitative Risk Management.

Research Supervision
Dr. Maqsood is a registered research supervisor in the areas of:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement/Alliances
  • Risk Management
  • ICT
  • Post Disaster Project Management
  • Project Management in Developing Countries

Dr. Merwyn Strate

Professor, Hult International Business School
Ph.D., University of Nebraska (USA)
MBA, University of Nebraska (USA)



Dr. Merwyn Strate is currently a Global Curriculum Leader and Professor with Hult International Business School.  Dr. Merwyn Strate joined Hult as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the Dubai Campus in 2009 before being named Campus Dean in June 2012, a position he held until taking his current position on the Global Academic Team.

Dr. Strate’s leadership and administrative positions include those of Chief Financial Officer, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Exchange Programs/Australia and Department Chair of Business Faculties.  Prior to Hult, Dr. Strate held positions with the University of Nebraska (USA), Purdue University (USA) and the American University of Dubai (UAE).

Before entering academics, Dr. Strate worked for over 20 years for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in a variety of management assignments that included operations, marketing, global sales and accounting/finance. With a PhD in Human, Organization and Leadership Development, his appointments have included leadership roles in education and global manufacturing. He also held board level positions in global professional organizations in the areas of Leadership and Human Resource Development (HRD).

Dr. Strate holds a Ph.D. and an MBA from the University of Nebraska (USA). He also holds a BS in Accounting, Finance and Economics from Wayne State College (USA). His research interests focus on complex adaptive systems and leadership. Dr. Strate’s other interests include agriculture, golf, and trekking around the world.

  • Agriculture
  • Golf
  • Trekking around the world
Leadership & Administration
Chief Financial Officer, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Exchange Programs/Australia and Department Chair of Business Faculties.  Prior to Hult, Dr. Strate held positions with the University of Nebraska (USA), Purdue University (USA) and the American University of Dubai (UAE).

Marc Kitten

Partner and co-founder, CANDESIC
Visiting Professor in Finance, Imperial College Business School, UK
MBA, The University of Chicago, USA



Professional experiences : CANDESIC, McKINSEY & COMPANY, DEUTSCHE BANK
Education : EDHEC, INSEAD, University of Chicago
Language : French, English, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese

Marc is a Partner and co-founder of CANDESIC Strategy Consultants, based in London, with 25 years of experience advising senior executives and investors globally. He is also a member of the boards of several international growth companies and a visiting professor in finance at Imperial College. He also lectures at ESCP Europe, EDHEC, Cass Business School, ENPC ParisTech and previously within the MBA Programme of Sciences Po.

Prior to co-founding CANDESIC, Marc was a senior consultant with McKINSEY & COMPANY and a Vice-President with DEUTSCHE BANK Global Markets.

Marc graduated from EDHEC, holds an MBA from CHICAGO BOOTH, and attended the Young Managers Programme from INSEAD.

Sohail Ausaf

Chief Financial Officer
ServeU LLC & FitOut LLC (Subs of Union Properties)
IFRS Certification – ICAEW, UK
Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) – ICAEW, UK
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance – University of Wales, UK


Professor Ausaf is a professionally qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW, UK) with “Big Four” and a Corporate Treasurer (UK). With more than 20 years post qualification experience in the UK and UAE, working in Audit & Consultancy, Real Estate (Commercial, Residential and Retail), Interior fit outs, Telecom, IT and Facilities Management. Proven track record in enhancing effectiveness of finance function, providing platform to partnering with Operations and support functions resulting in margin improvements and work efficiencies. He has hands on experience in Financial Planning and Risk Assurance executed with Change Management exposure to deliver excellent Performance.

Professor Ausaf’s specialties include: Financial & Management Reporting, Change Management & Business Transformation, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Setting up Shares Service Centres, Corporate Strategic and Organizational issues, Cash-flow Forecasting, ERP Selection & Implementation, Project Appraisals, Due Diligence, Working Capital Management, Valuation and Feasibility, IFRS implementation Project, Financial & Commercial Policies & procedures, Debt & equity Financing.