Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Association of MBAs. They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review AMBA’s strategies and policies, and to receive board updates from the CEO.

Trustees are drawn from our professional members and serve up to a maximum of six years in a voluntary capacity. Trustee positions are reserved for Deans or other representatives of our accredited business schools, and for the Chair of AMBA’s accreditation board. The Board delegates to three committees oversight responsibility for Human Resources and Nominations, Finance and Risk, and Membership, respectively. Professional members are invited to nominate Trustees and propose resolutions for Board consideration.

Bodo Schlegelmilch

Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Chair

Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch heads the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and is Chair of the Association of MBAs [AMBA]. For more than 10 years, he served as founding Dean of the WU Executive Academy.

Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates (a Ph.D. in International Marketing and a D.Litt. in Corporate Social Responsibility) from the University of Manchester (UK) and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University (Thailand). Starting at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble in Germany, he continued his career at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Berkeley. Appointments as British Rail Chair of Marketing at the University of Wales (UK) and Professor of International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA) followed.

Bodo serves on several business school advisory boards in Europe and Asia and is member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He holds/held visiting appointments, for example at the Universities of Minnesota (USA), Keio (Japan), Leeds (UK), Sun Yat-Sen (China), Cologne (Germany) and the Indian School of Business (India), and has taught in over 30 countries.

Bodo received numerous teaching and research awards as well as Fellowships from the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Marketing Science and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His research interests span from international marketing strategy to CSR, and his work has been published in a wide range of books and journals, such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of World Business. He has also been the first European Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing, published by the American Marketing Association.

Saibal Chattopadhyay

Professor Saibal Chattopadhyay

Professor Saibal Chattopadhyay did his M.Sc. in Statistics from University of Calcutta, India and M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA. Prior to joining IIM Calcutta in 1997 as a faculty in the Operations Management Group, he has over 13 years of teaching and research experience in Presidency College, Calcutta, and at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. He has also held visiting appointments in the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has also been involved in offering workshops on his research area, Sequential Analysis, to students of the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2001 he has been working as a Professor in IIM Calcutta, and has taken up the position of the Director, IIM Calcutta in April 2013. Prior to this, he had also served as the Dean (Programme Initiatives) of the Institute, twice as a Faculty Representative in the Board of Governors, and was also involved in several other committees. On behalf of the Institute, he has also served as a consultant for several government and corporate bodies such as MHRD, Min of Agriculture, Min of Commerce and Industry, Tea Board, etc.

His research interest includes Multi-stage and Sequential Analysis and Survey Sampling. He is an Associate Editor of the journals Sequential Analysis, Taylor & Francis, USA and of International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management, World Academic Union, UK. He also serves in the editorial boards of International Journal of Information and Management Sciences, Tamkang University Press, Taiwan and the Journal of Indian Business Research, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK.

Peter Mozier

Peter Moizer

Professor Peter Moizer has been the Dean of Leeds University Business School since 2008.

Peter graduated with a chemistry degree from the University of Oxford and trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse before joining the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester in 1979 and then moving to the University of Leeds in 1989 as its Professor of Accounting. He has been a chair and member of many EQUIS and AACSB peer review teams

He was an editor of Accounting and Business Research for 13 years and a co-founder of the European Auditing Research Network. He has been a member of the Council and other committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, for whom he is one of two senior moderators for its professional stage examination. For eight years, he was a reporting member of the UK Competition Commission and contributed to the judgements on the economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, the merger to produce ITV, the market inquiries into home credit and into BAA. He is a strategic advisor to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (assets of some €24 billion). He has also produced reports to the DTI on issues relating to auditing, including an assessment of the audit monitoring regimes employed by UK accountancy bodies. He is a trustee of EFMD and a member of the EQUIS committee and the Deans and Directors General Steering Committee. His research interests are primarily in the area of auditing and he has published extensively in books and journal articles

Gary Narunsky

Gary Narunsky

Gary Narunsky is the CFO and a partner of Grovepoint, an investment firm which operates as principal investor and investment manager.

Gary also currently serves as a non-executive director of Payzone UK, a payments business which provides card acceptance services to SMEs as well as a range of products to attract footfall to their premises.

Gary is also a Board Observer of Arden University and serves on its Audit Committee.

Prior to joining Grovepoint, Gary spent 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of education group, Cognita, having been part of the founding executive management team. There he led over 40 successful UK and cross-border acquisitions to build the group from a business plan to one which operated 65 schools in seven countries and was generating $500m of revenue and $80m of EBITDA on departure. Before joining Cognita, Gary was the Chief Financial Officer of GEMS Education UK, where he helped establish a UK presence for the organisation.

Gary obtained his MBA from London Business School after which he became a Vice President of Merrill Lynch's investment banking division in London where he focussed in its Corporate Finance and M&A divisions.

Prior to coming to London in 1996 Gary was the Finance Director of CQS, a software company, of which he was a co-founder.

Gary holds an Honours degree in Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant CA(SA) having trained with Arthur Andersen in South Africa.

Andrew Lock

Andrew Lock, Chair, International Accreditation Advisory Board

Andrew Lock was Dean of the Business School at the University of Leeds from 2000 to 2008 and is currently a visiting professor at Zhejiang University in China in the Global Entrepreneurship Center. He was previously Chairman of the Association of Business Schools in the UK and Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Earlier in his career, he also taught in Canada and France. His Masters and PhD are from London Business School.

He has undertaken AMBA accreditations since 1998. Through his work with AMBA and other bodies and national governments, he has reviewed business schools and MBA programmes across 6 continents

He was a member of the panel which advised the British government in 1992 on the granting of research degree awarding powers to institutions seeking university status in that year. Andrew is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and the Association of Business Schools, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Direct Marketing, and the Royal Society of Arts, a chartered member of the British Computer Society and a Freeman of the City of London. He was a member of the Steering Group of the Leeds Financial Services Initiative and was also involved in promoting UK financial services and financial education overseas. His work has been published, inter alia, in the Journal of Marketing Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of the OR Society, and Management Learning.

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson

Chris has been working in the People / Organisational Development area for over 20 years. He has worked at a range of blue chip organisations including Barclays Bank, Deloitte Consulting and American Express. His current role is at TSB Bank where he is responsible for Learning, Development and Engagement.
Outside of the commercial world Chris has also been heavily involved in the delivery of two major sporting events, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the 2012 Games Chris led the Workforce Training team that was responsible for training the 200,000 strong workforce. This involved delivering over 1 million hours’ worth of training during the first half of 2012.

Chris has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and has guest-lectured at many of our accredited schools.

Tim Randall

Tim Randall

Tim works for NATS, the international air traffic management and consultancy organisation, where he is a Service Owner currently leading the transition from an asset to a service orientated way of working for air traffic management IT services.

Tim has spent his entire career working in the technology and hi-tech sectors as a line manager and management consultant. He worked for organisations such as Compass Management Consulting (now ISG), Gartner, LCP, Applied Materials, General Motors, Motorola and Lloyd's Register. His areas of expertise include Business Transformation, Business Process Management & Improvement and IT Service Management. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Chartered Manager, Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Royal Society of Arts. Tim has an MBA with a Technology Management focus from the Open University Business School, OUBS.

Saba Shaukat

Saba Shaukat

Saba Shaukat is Managing Director and Founder of Sentient Design Lab, a creative digital design and innovation agency helping companies to design new digital products and services.

Her specialist areas are in Fintech, working with FTSE 250 companies, challenger banks, launching new digital currencies and sharing economy solutions. In 2017, Saba was named by Innovate Finance on the Women in Fintech Powerlist.

Prior to this, Saba has spent the past two decades in the mobile telecoms and technology industries with BT, Vodafone, BBC and Deloitte Consulting in Global Marketing, Brand Extension and joint ventures and partnering across the EMEA and emerging economies

Saba has extensive experience in leading global teams to create new commercial ventures and take to market new data and digital products and services.

Saba obtained an MBA from London Business School. She is advisor and associate at Ashridge Executive Management and Silicon Valley based Hult International Business School, working with Boards and Government on innovation and disruptive technology. She is a commentator on technology for the BBC.

Saba was on the regional Board of one the Prince’s Trust charities. She mentors young people on entrepreneurship and business skills.

Steef van de Velde

Steef van de Velde is a professor of operations management and technology and the dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
His research interests lie in the areas of operations excellence, service operations, and supply chain management.

He has published in the leading academic journals including, among others, the Management Science, the California Management Review, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, the INFORMS Journal on Computing, IIE Transactions, and the Journal of Scheduling.

Professor van de Velde holds an MSc in econometrics from the Erasmus School of Economics and a PhD in mathematics and computer science from the Eindhoven University of Technology.