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The function of the International Advisory Board is to provide independent, external and commercially orientated advice to the University of Edinburgh Business School.

The principal points of contact between the School and the Advisory Board are via the Dean and the Corporate Engagement Manager, the latter acting as Secretary to the Board.

Members of the Executive Team have a standing invitation to meetings of the Advisory Board, in order to ensure tight linkage between the School's external members and the Team running the School on a daily basis.


External Members

  • Chinelo Anohu-Amazu
    Lawyer and immediate past Director General and CEO of National Pension Commission (PenCom), Nigeria
  • Mark Astaire
    Chairman, Corporate Broking; Vice Chairman of EMEA Investment Banking, Barclays
  • Simon Bray
    Divisional Managing Director, London & East, Retail, Santander
  • John D. Campbell OBE, FRSA (Chair)
    Global Head of Strategic Clients, Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Melanie A. Czarra
    Co-Head, EMEA Corporate Debt, UBS
  • Sandip Ghose
    Head of the Centre of Research and Resolution of Stressed Assets, India. Former Director, NISM, India
  • Emily Jones
    Future trainee solicitor and former Undergraduate Vice-Convenor of the University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Professor Eva Liljeblom
    Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
  • Christopher Montgomery (Honorary Professor)
    CEO InstantEncore Inc. Former senior positions at EMI, Vivendi Universal, and MP3.com
  • John Nicolson
    Chairman, AG Barr Plc; Senior Independent Director at Stock Spirits Plc and PZ Cussons Plc
  • Joanne O'Callaghan
    SVP, Head of Global Services Legal, State Street, Boston
  • David Plekenpol
    Chief Strategy Officer, AAC Technologies Inc., Shenzhen
  • Isobel Sharp CBE (Honorary Professor)
    Non-Executive Director at IMI plc, The Bankers Investment Trust plc and Winton Group Ltd. Formerly at Deloitte LLP
  • Paul Smith
    Non-Executive Director at Scottish Water and Non-Executive Chairman at Capstone Power Company
  • John Waddell
    Chairman of Cortex Worldwide and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Christine Watts
    Communications Director, Waitrose

Functions of the Advisory Board

To advise and assist the Dean and School Executive on areas such as:

  1. Developing the School goals of leadership in research and leadership in learning through deepening corporate engagement for industry related research and to enhance the student experience.
  2. Developing a presence within networks of practice, nationally and internationally.
  3. New ideas and developments, acting as a sounding board and constructively challenging assumptions and the operating routines of the School where appropriate.
  4. Actively promoting the School's research, programmes and student body across a wide range of networks.

The Board meets twice a year with individual members engaged in School activities between meetings. The board's composition aims to be diverse in terms of gender, geographic spread and industry sector/type representation to reflect the breadth of the Business School's teaching and research themes.