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Professor Zahir Irani

Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences

Professor Zahir Irani joined the University of Bradford as Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law in December 2016, and became Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences in August 2018.

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Jabbar Sardar

Chair - International Advisory Board; HR Director - BBC Studios

Jabbar Sardar is HR Director for BBC Studios.  Having joined in January 2016, he oversees all HR activity for production and reports to BBC group HR director Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, For the past four years Jabbar has been nominated one of the most influential HR directors in the UK by HR Magazine.

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Chris Butt

Director - KPMG LLP

Chris Butt has been with KPMG for 13 years, and has been a Director for 2 years, primarily working within the Middle Market Audit function of the KPMG Leeds office. He also leads the company's offering within Bradford.

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Dr. Cordula Barzantny

Professor of Human Resource Management - Toulouse Business School

Dr. Cordula Barzantny is Professor of Human Resource Management with a particular focus on International and Intercultural Management at Toulouse Business School. She is also strongly involved in AeroSpace business and management education development.

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Christophe Germain

Dean of Shenzhen Audencia Business School

Christophe Germain is currently Dean of Audencia Business School and Dean of Shenzhen Audencia Business School. Previously he served as Acting Dean (2016) and Associate Dean for the faculty (2007-2015) at Audencia Business School.

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Ravi Dixit

Advertising Research Manager - Google Inc

With a career spanning 22 years in media that reflects continual advancement in roles and responsibilities. Ravi’s current role as Advertising Research Manager for Google Inc in New York involves heading up research for key clients of Google Inc. 

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Paula Vennells

Group Chief Executive - Post Office Ltd

Paula Vennells is Group Chief Executive of the Post Office. Joining in 2007, appointed Managing Director in 2010 and Chief Executive in 2012, she led its separation from Royal Mail Group in 2012 to establish an independent retail network of 11,600 branches, the largest in Europe.

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Louise O’Brien

Finance Director, Reporting and Systems - UCL

Louise is currently Finance Director Reporting and Systems at University College London (UCL). Previously Louise was Vice Principal – Operations for Brooklands College responsible for the strategy and delivery of the professional services teams of the College.

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Dr Philip A Dervan

Vice President - SAP Global Design

Phil Dervan is a vice president within the SAP Global Design team, responsible for UX outbound Product Management and Partner Management. In this role, Phil is responsible for developing and executing programs that leverage the Partner ecosystem to drive SAP market share gains, accelerate customer success and expand ecosystem readiness. 

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Stephen A. Greyser

Richard P. Chapman Professor (Marketing/Communications) Emeritus - Harvard Business School

Stephen A. Greyser is Richard P. Chapman Professor (Marketing/Communications) Emeritus, of the Harvard Business School, where he specializes in brand marketing, advertising, corporate communications, the business of sports, and nonprofit management. 

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Professor Shirley Congdon

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - University of Bradford

Professor Congdon's portfolio carries responsibility for the strategic development and oversight of the standard and quality of learning and teaching and the student experience.

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Professor Amir Sharif

Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Circular Economy

Amir joined the University in his new role as Associate Dean (International) in August 2017 coming from Brunel University London, where he was Professor of Operations Management and the Founding Director of the Operations and Supply Chain Systems (OASIS) research group within Brunel Business School.

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Dr Roger Beach

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Roger has commercial experience in a variety of manufacturing and service environments with specialist skills and knowledge in the design, development and implementation of information technology, quality assurance and management information systems.

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Professor Vishanth Weerakkody

Professor of Information Systems Management and Governance

Professor Vishanth Weerakkody joined the School of Management at University of Bradford in March 2017 as Professor in Management Information Systems and Governance.

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Lorraine Lucas

Head of Business Engagement and Corporate Programmes

Lorraine joined the University of Bradford, School of Management in 2000. She initially set up and led the delivery of careers and alumni services within the school; this then led to a focus on employability and business engagement in terms of student facing activities.

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Chris Kaushal-Bolland

Head of Operations

Chris joined the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences as the Head of Faculty Operations in August 2017 after completing assignments within Professional Services functions across the University as a Change Manager and Programme Manager respectively.

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