In IIBG, six external academic experts are appointed as Distinguished Professors to nurture and lead the research teams. The Distinguished Professors serve as mentors in the attachment programme, lead research workshops, support research activities of academics and facilitate the Institute to organize conferences.
Professor Yochanan Altman
Visiting Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Research areas: ethics in management (with an emphasis on spirituality and management), microorganizational behaviour (with an emphasis on materiality and lived experiences) and institutional xenophobia
Professor Altman is an outstanding researcher with over 150 publications in learned journals and books. With extensive research and editorial experience (as editor-in-chief of two scientific journals and editor-at-large of a third), he has been actively engaged in supporting and leading young aspiring researchers by organizing workshops, mentorship programmes and personal coaching.
Professor Joseph Cheng
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Research areas: international business and innovation management
From 2013 to 2016, he served as Professor of Management, the Michael J Crouch Chair in Innovation, and Director of the Australian Innovation & Competitiveness Initiative at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. Professor Cheng is currently studying the changing pattern of foreign R&D investment in the Asia-Pacific and its spillover effects on innovation and entrepreneurship across the region, with a focus on the JACKS countries (Japan, Australia, China, Korea, and Singapore). He has published many edited books and refereed articles in leading US and European academic journals.
Professor Mario Kafouros
Professor of International Business and Innovation, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK
Research areas: international business and strategy, global innovation and foreign direct investment
Professor Kafouros was appointed as the Head of the International Business Department in the University of Leeds (UK) in 2013, and was previously the Director of Research in the International Business Department from 2008 to 2013. He has extensive industrial and academic experience in the field of innovation and international business, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Academy of International Business (UK). 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.
Professor Graham Kendall
Professor of Computer Science, The University of Nottingham, UK
Research areas: operations research, scheduling, logistics, vehicle routing, and evolutionary computation and games
Professor Kendall is the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), and is also a Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham. He has been in Malaysia since August 2011 and was previously the Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange. He is a Director of MyResearch Sdn Bhd, Crops for the Future Sdn Bhd and the Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd. He was awarded a BSc (Hons) First Class in Computation from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in the UK in 1997 and received his PhD from The University of Nottingham (School of Computer Science) in 2000. Professor Kendall is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS). He has published over 90 refereed journal papers (the vast majority in ISI ranked journals) and over 230 peer reviewed papers in total. He has also edited 11 books and authored almost 20 book chapters. He is currently an Associate Editor of ten journals and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. As a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham, he is a member of the Automated Scheduling, Planning and Optimisation Group (ASAP) in the School of Computer Science.
Professor Jeong-Bon Kim
Professor and J. Page R. Wadsworth Chair in Accounting and Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo, Canada
Research areas: financial reporting, corporate governance and capital markets
Professor Kim is a Professor and the J Page R Wadsworth Chair in Accounting and Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, the University of Waterloo. He is an Honoured Professor at Fudan University and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University. Professor Kim has published over 80 refereed journal articles in leading academic journals in accounting and finance, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies and the Journal of International Business Studies. He is known as one of pioneer researchers on the determinants and consequences of stock price crash risk. He has supervised many PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently teaching at business schools in major universities in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Norway. Professor Kim is currently an Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics.
Professor Raphael Nicholas Markellos
Professor of Finance, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK
Research areas: finance and responsible 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.