External appointments to Academy of International Business & Global Entrepreneurship Network

Friday 30th July 2021

As we continue to collaborate with like-minded organisations across the higher education sector and beyond, our academic staff are also forming exciting links with networks in their fields of expertise.

This year, Arif Zaman, Business Management Senior Lecturer and Module Leader, joined the team of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN-UK):

Academy of International Business (AIB)

In July, Arif joined the leadership team for the Middle East and North Africa division of the Academy of International Business (AIB).

The AIB is the premier global community of international business scholars founded in 1959 by a close-knit group of like-minded scholars. They are a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting impactful research, improving business education and practice, and collaborating with leaders in policy and interdisciplinary research.

Earlier on in the year in April, Arif was also appointed by Professor Jeremy Clegg, President of AIB, to their International Business Uniqueness Taskforce.

The purpose of the taskforce is to develop and disseminate a toolkit to describe what makes International Business unique as an academic field. This toolkit will be made available to AIB members so they can promote international business in their schools and to other relevant constituencies, to encourage programmes and activities.

Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN-UK)

GEN UK is a non-profit organisation that supports and represents the entrepreneurial ecosystem across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, working with entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, public bodies and support organisations.

As Education Advisor to the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN-UK), Arif will be bringing the experiences of entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and different parts of the world and sectors into enterprise education.

Arif aims to do this through teaching, research and co-curricular activities such as hackathons. As we build back better from covid-19, this will also include social entrepreneurship, emerging tech and with under-represented entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities and women.