Meet the Leaders of AIB
As AIB’s main governing body, the Executive Board is responsible for setting the overall direction of our association and developing specific policies to achieve that vision. Each member is appointed to the board through a rigorous nomination and election process, as detailed in our organization’s bylaws.
Information on our current board members can be found below. For information on past Executive Board members, please visit the AIB History Project.
Dr. Marjorie Lyles is the OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration and Professor of International Strategic Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington-Indianapolis. In 2011, she was awarded the John Ryan Award by the President of Indiana University for excellence in international development activities, teaching and research. She has received an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen Business School in 2017 and she is currently past president of the Strategy Management Society.
Her teaching and research have focused on emerging economies since the mid-1980s. She has been doing projects and work in China since 1985 when she was a consultant with the U. S. Department of Commerce in the Dalian programs. She has regularly returned to China and has been teaching a course on China to the Indiana University Kelley School MBAs since 1998.
She also teaches an MBA course on emerging economies which includes a consulting project with micro-enterprises. In 2018, the country is South Africa and the MBAs will be working with businesses in the township of Diepsloot.
Dr. Lyles brings more than 30 years of international business research, teaching, and consulting experience to the Kelley School. She was the founding director of the Indiana University Center on Southeast Asia and serves on the International Advisory Board of the American Management Association. Lyles has also been Visiting Professor and scholar at Cambridge University (England), St. Gallen University’s Institute of Management (Switzerland), Universiti Sains Malaysia, the National Institute of Development Administration (Bangkok), Copenhagen Business School, and the Imagination Lab (Switzerland). At Kelley, Lyles teaches a course that allows students to travel to China to consult with Chinese companies.
In addition to her academic work, Lyles has also worked with governmental, non-profit, and corporate entities across the globe. She has consulted with USIS, World Bank, USAID, UNDP, and private firms in Malaysia, Hungry, Vietnam, Poland, People’s Republic of China, and Indonesia on international strategies, education development projects, infrastructure projects, the development of the private sector, and needs assessment for management training. She also serves as a consultant to domestic firms pursuing international strategies.
The President presides at all meetings of the Academy and of the Executive Board, appoints and instructs all committees and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Academy and for supervising the functions of the other officers and of the Executive Director.
The President-Elect shall act for the President in case of the President’s absence or disability and shall perform other duties as the Executive Board may prescribe. The President-Elect shall succeed the current President at the termination of the President’s year in office.
Jeremy Clegg is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He was Head of the Division of International Business, Leeds University Business School, from 2000 to 2008, Director of the Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL) from 2009-15 and has been an AIB member since the mid-1980s. His PhD in Economics, awarded by the University of Reading, UK, jointly won the 1985 AIB International Competition for Best PhD Thesis in International Business (now the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award). In 2007 he received the AIB President’s Award (now the John H. Dunning President’s Award) for his work with the UK & Ireland Chapter.
He is an area editor of the Journal of International Business Policy and has served as a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies. Within the academic community of the UK he co-founded and co-chaired the special interest group in International Business & International Management within the British Academy of Management (BAM) and is currently a member of BAM Council. Since 1997, he has been a Jean Monnet chairholder (awarded by the European Commission) and has received research funding from the European Union. His research, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, encompasses the determinants of foreign direct investment, FDI and regional integration, outward FDI by emerging economies, particularly China, and also human factors within international business. His research has been published in all of the major journals in International Business.
Professor Clegg was elected UK chapter chair in 2001, and re-elected in 2004. His strategy for expanding the membership of AIB within the UK, by offering greater value and improving membership communication, raised the Chapter’s profile and performance. In 2006 he extended these improvements by leading the national chapter into a union with AIB colleagues in the Republic of Ireland, forming the AIB UK & Ireland Chapter. The Chapter’s annual conference came to be regarded as international caliber, attracting as many participants from outside the region as within, while remaining welcoming and accessible to all new researchers. He served as Vice-President Administration on the AIB Board from 2013-16. Jeremy sees the expansion of AIB’s regional activities to develop research and scholarship – particularly of new academics – as central to its mission, and as the guarantor of the Academy’s ability to flourish throughout the world.
Immediate Past President
The Immediate Past President remains a member of the Executive Board for one (1) year immediately following his or her term of office as President. The Immediate Past President perform various duties as the Executive Board may prescribe.
Chuck C.Y. Kwok
Professor Kwok is Distinguished Business Partnership Foundation Fellow and Professor of International Business at the University of South Carolina. He received a Ph.D. degree with a major in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. His research concentrates on international finance and international business education.
He is one of the pioneers conducting interdisciplinary research on how national culture influences various financial practices around the world. He has published over seventy refereed journal articles as well as five books and monographs. His articles appear in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Review of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Ethics and so forth. He contributes frequently to the Journal of International Business Studies, having published 17 articles in this flagship journal of the Academy of International Business. His academic papers have received a number of awards, including the prestigious Moskowitz Prize, given by the Center for Responsible Business, University of California at Berkeley.
He has served on eight journal editorial boards, being a member of the editorial board of Journal of International Business Studiesunder different editors-in-chief. He was the AIB Vice President-Administration in 1995-1996. Together with his colleagues at the University of South Carolina, he conducted two rounds of Global Survey of International Business Education for the Academy of International Business (1990s and 2000). He served as a chairman and member of the AIB Best Paper Award Committee as well as a mentor of AIB Junior Faculty Consortium.
Besides teaching at the University of South Carolina, he has been consistently invited as a visiting professor at universities around the world, including the Peking University (Beijing University, PRC), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, PRC), Jiaotong University (Shanghai, PRC), Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien (Austria), and the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM, Mexico).
Through the years, he has received numerous teaching awards from different universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The doctoral students he supervised have received the best AIB dissertation award and the best dissertation proposal award at the Financial Management Association.
Besides teaching regular full-time business students, he also conducts seminars for multinational corporations such as Verizon, Westinghouse, International Paper Corporation, Sonoco, Milliken, Flour and so forth. He was interviewed by the National Public Radio (“All Things Considered” program), China’s CCTV (national TV channel of China), and WIS-TV on Newswatch program.
Rebecca Piekkari is Professor of International Business at the Aalto University School of Business, Finland. She received her PhD from the Helsinki School of Economics and has held prior positions at Copenhagen Business School, Sheffield University and University of Bath. Rebecca has served as Vice Dean for Research and International Relations and is currently the Head of the International Business group at Aalto University School of Business.
Her research focuses on control, coordination, communication and organizational design issues in multinational corporations, with a special focus on the challenges posed by multiple languages. She has also worked extensively on the use of qualitative methods, particularly the case study, in international business research (with Catherine Welch). In 2014, Rebecca co-edited a special issue of the Journal of International Business Studies on the multifaceted role of language in international business (with Mary Yoko Brannen and Susanne Tietze).
Rebecca is an active member of the Academy of International Business (AIB). She has served as member and chair on the selection committee of the Peter Buckley and Mark Casson Doctoral Award and as faculty member in various paper development workshops. She has also contributed to the AIB UKI chapter conference by offering workshops on qualitative research methods for PhD students and junior faculty and acting as a panellist in the doctoral colloquium. She finds mentoring, supervising and training doctoral students and junior faculty particularly important and rewarding.
Rebecca has published over forty refereed journal articles, almost thirty book chapters as well as four books and has been a co-editor on five special issues focused on language in international business, qualitative research methods, international strategy and cross-cultural management. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Academy of Management Review as well as in several handbooks in the area. She also serves on the editorial boards for such journals as Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of World Business, Organization Studies and Critical Perspectives on International Business.
She is an elected Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).
Vice President Program-Elect
The Vice President Program-Elect assists in the development of the pre-conference activities of the Annual Meeting and performs other duties as the Executive Board may prescribe. The Vice President Program-Elect succeeds the Vice President Program at the termination of the Vice President Program’s year in office.
Gary Knight is Professor of Global Management and the Helen Jackson Chair in International Management at Willamette University in Salem and Portland, Oregon, USA. He has co-authored seven books, including two textbooks on international business. He has won awards for teaching at Willamette University and at Florida State University (FSU). He directed FSU’s International Business Program for 15 years. He created and has been lead instructor of 18 study abroad programs in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has been a keynote speaker or invited speaker at 28 conferences or universities worldwide.
Gary has provided significant service to the AIB, which he joined in 1997. He is currently Chair of the AIB US-West (the AIB’s Western United States Chapter). He was the inaugural chair of the ‘SMEs, Entrepreneurship, and Born Global’ track of the AIB Annual Conference in 2010 and again in 2011. He chaired the AIB’s Farmer Dissertation Award Selection Committee (now the Buckley Casson Award) in 2008. He has served in other roles for the AIB, including editor, invited speaker, session chair, and panel organizer. He has presented and published more than 30 papers, and made 17 panel presentations, at AIB conferences. He won the Eldridge Haynes Prize for Best Paper at the 2000 AIB Annual Conference.
Gary’s research emphasizes ‘born globals’, international entrepreneurship, internationalization, international marketing, and technology’s role in international business. He has authored more than 100 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings, including JIBS, IBR, JWB, and JIM, among numerous others. He and co-author S. Tamer Cavusgil won the 2014 JIBS Decade Award for their article on born global firms. Gary is ranked one of the top 15 most cited scholars in International Business at Google Scholar (more than 17,500 citations), and one of the most cited scholars in International Marketing. He was the lead co-editor of a Special Issue in JIBS on International Entrepreneurship in 2018. He has been on the JIBS Editorial Review Board since 2004.
Prior to joining academia, Gary was an executive in international business for several years, focusing on Europe, Japan, and Mexico. The U.S. House of Representatives invited him to provide expert testimony on international business. Gary earned his MBA at the University of Washington and PhD at Michigan State University. He also attended the University of Paris in France and Sophia University in Japan.
Vice President Program-Past
The Vice President Program remains a member of the Executive board, as Vice President Program-Past, for one (1) year immediately following his or her term of office as Vice President Program. The Vice President Program-Past provides guidance to the Vice President Program and performs other duties as the Executive Board may prescribe. The Vice President Program-Past acts for the President in the absence of the President and the President-Elect.
Jiatao Li is Lee Quo Wei Professor of Business, Head and Chair Professor of Management, and Senior Associate Dean of the HKUST Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His current research interests are in the areas of organizational learning, strategic alliances, corporate governance, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on issues related to global firms and those from emerging economies. His work has appeared in top academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. JT received his Ph.D. in strategy and international management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and was previously with McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong, a leading global management consulting firm.
JT has been serving as an Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal since 2009, with a focus on global strategy and firms from emerging economies. He is also serving on the editorial boards for such publications as the Academy of Management Journal, Cross Cultural Management, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Management, Journal of Management, and Long Range Planning; and previously for Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and Management and Organization Review.
An active member of the Academy of International Business (AIB) since 1990, JT has served the AIB in many dimensions. JT is an incoming Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) for 2016-2019, responsible for research related to strategy and policy in emerging economies. JT also serves as Co-Chair of the Junior Faculty Consortium at the 2016 Academy of International Business meeting in New Orleans, after having served on the faculty panels for multiple years.
JT has been a champion for promoting international business scholarship, particularly in Asia. Under his leadership, HKUST now sponsors the “IM Division HKUST Best Paper in Global Strategy” award at the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. JT is Program Chair for the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Special Conference in Hong Kong in December 2016, on the theme of “Contextualizing Strategic Management in Asia: Institutions, Innovation and Internationalization”. He looks forward to an opportunity to serving the Academy of International Business with a perspective from the dynamic Asian region.
Helena Barnard is a full professor at GIBS and is the director of the GIBS doctoral programme. Her research interests are in how knowledge (and with it technology, organisational practices and innovation) moves between more and less developed countries, particularly in Africa. She researches how this takes place both through organisational mechanisms (notably emerging multinationals and internet-enabled businesses) and individual mechanisms such as scientific collaborations, doctoral training and the diaspora.
Helena has been an invited speaker on emerging market multinationals at inter alia Aalborg University in Denmark (February 2006), Northeastern University in Boston (August 2012), the COST Action Group at the European International Business Academy in Sussex, UK (December 2012) and at NYU at a conference organised by Ghemawat (September 2016).
From 2008 to 2010 she, together with the University of Lund (Sweden) conducted a cross-national project on innovation in the automotive and ICT industries in South Africa, India and China. Helena served on the executive and scientific committee of an EU-funded FP7 project on global innovation networks (2009 – 2011). She also developed the proposal leading to Academy of Management, the leading professional organisation for management scholars, conducting its first-ever conference outside of North America at GIBS in Johannesburg in January 2013. She was on the organising committee for that conference, the Academy of Management Africa conference at GIBS in 2013.
Helena currently serves on the editorial board of the Global Strategy Journal.She has published in among others JIBS, Research Policy and the Journal of International Management. She is involved with an ongoing project with the University of Strasbourg (France) on global academic collaborations and with the Oxford Internet Institute on how online markets are changing business across borders. She is a fellow at the CEIBS Center for Emerging Market Studies and has been invited to join the DIODE network (Development Impacts Of Digital Economies) at Manchester University.
Vice President for Administration
The Vice President Administration has oversight responsibility for finances, membership and chapter relations and performs other duties as the Executive Board may prescribe. He or she supervises the work of the Executive Director, including reviewing all financial statements and approving major expenditure requests. In the event that more than one officer serves as Vice President Administration on the Board, the President determines the type and sequencing of those responsibilities between the officers.
Luis Alfonso Dau is an associate professor of International Business and Strategy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. He obtained his doctorate in International Business and Strategy at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina (Promising Researcher Award); and his Global MBA from Thunderbird and ITESM (Valedictorian). He is also a John H. Dunning Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he was a successful manager and entrepreneur in Guadalajara, Mexico.
His research focuses on the effects of globalization and institutional changes on the international strategy and performance of emerging market firms. His work has received numerous awards and has been published in the leading academic journals in the field, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing. He has also conducted field research in several Latin American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.
Dr. Dau is also an accomplished instructor and communicator; whose teaching interests are primarily in international business and global corporate social responsibility. He has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses for which he has consistently received exceptional teaching evaluations. He has taught or given presentations at top schools in several emerging markets, including IPADE and ITESM in Mexico, UDD in Chile, PUC in Brazil, and IIM Calcutta in India. He is an impassioned and energetic communicator, having won various public-speaking awards from Toastmasters and other organizations. Moreover, he speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently, has a working knowledge of Italian, and has extensive international experience, having visited over 50 countries.
In addition, he has been actively involved over the years in a number of service roles for the Academy of International Business and other academic organizations in the field. For instance, for the Academy of International Business he has served as conference track chair, doctoral student consortium chair, outreach development committee member, strategic planning committee member, paper track scientific committee member, and volunteer. Moreover, he was recently elected as a Representative-at-Large for the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. In addition, he is on the editorial review boards of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Global Strategy Journal.
Becky Reuber is Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada. She received her PhD from Queen’s University (Canada) and has held visiting positions at University of Glasgow, Dartmouth College (US), University of Adelaide, Australian National University, and University of Victoria (Canada).
Her research examines firm-level internationalization with an entrepreneurship lens, and pays attention to the entrepreneurial behaviors underlying internationalization. Her work has been published in the form of book chapters, policy reports and papers in journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Journal of Small Business Economics. She recently edited a collection of international entrepreneurship research, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Becky is area editor for international entrepreneurship at the Journal of International Business Studies. She co-edited the 2018 special issue of that journal on international entrepreneurship (with Gary Knight, Peter Liesch and Lianxi Zhou). She also sits on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Family Business Review. She regularly participates in international selection committees for research grants, best paper awards, and dissertation awards.
Becky has been actively involved for many years in academic and policy organizations. She has organized Journal of International Business Studies paper development workshops for EIBA, and set up the first JIBS paper development workshops for the AIB-MENA and AIB-UKI chapters. She has organized doctoral and junior faculty consortia at Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management conferences, and often participates in such consortia at AIB meetings. She co-founded ie-scholars, a community of international entrepreneurship researchers, and led the development of its international entrepreneurship teaching material.
She has chaired the Awards Task Force and the International Committee for the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (UK), and has been a member of the CGA-Canada’s SME Trade Advisory Panel, The Toronto Board of Trade’s Access to Capital Task Force, The Institute of Internal Auditor’s Board of Regents, as well as VP (Programs) of the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
The Executive Director is responsible for the administration and supervision of the Secretariat under the overall strategic direction of the Executive Board and reports to the President on a regular basis.
Dr. Tomas Hult is Professor, Byington Endowed Chair, and Director of the International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He is also Executive Director of the Academy of International Business (AIB), President of the Sheth Foundation, and serves on the U.S. District Export Council. Tomas Hult hosts the radio show globalEDGE Business Beat on the Michigan Business Network.
Hult is one of the world’s leading academic authorities (citations, publications) on international business, international marketing, strategic management, global supply chains, and complex multinational corporations. He is one of only about 80 Elected Fellows of the Academy of International Business, an accolade achieved by only the elite international business scholars. He was also selected the 2016 Academy of Marketing Science / CUTCO-Vector Distinguished Marketing Educator as the 2016 top marketing professor in the world for scholarly career achievements.
Professor Hult is coauthor with Charles W. L. Hill of the market-share leading textbooks in international business: Global Business Today 9e (2016) and International Business 11e (2017). He has also done popular business trade books titled Second Shift (2016), Global Supply Chain Management (2014), Total Global Strategy (2012), and Extending the Supply Chain (2004), and had op-ed works published in Time, Fortune, World Economic Forum, Lansing State Journal, and The Conversation, among others.
More information about Dr. Hult can be found on his MSU faculty page.