Our Leadership

“At KBS, our scholars have revolutionized the perspective of management educators by emphasizing the crucial intersection of business and society. We take pride in being a hub of knowledge and innovation, where a diverse and dynamic research community continues to make exceptional contributions and accomplish great things.”

Philip Kotler

Honorary Chairperson

Philip Kotler, serving as the Honorary Chairperson of KBS, brings unparalleled expertise and eminence to the institution. As a highly esteemed marketing expert and academic leader, his exceptional knowledge provides the school with invaluable guidance and visionary direction. The association of KBS with Philip Kotler further reinforces the institution’s dedication to excellence and innovation in business education. Kotler’s revolutionary principles and practices have significantly impacted marketing and business management globally.

Sadia Kibria

President

Since assuming her role, President Sadia has been a driving force in transforming KBS into a top-ranked, prestigious business school. Her efforts to recruit renowned faculty, elevate academic standards, and significantly boost fundraising have been instrumental in this transformation. As a result, KBS has become a leading institution that attracts top talent worldwide. President Sadia’s exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence have set a new standard for academic excellence and inspired all those who have worked with her.

Asghar Zaidi

Global Dean – Management

Asghar Zaidi, Dean of KBS,  attended the Government College University, Lahore (1981 to 1984) from where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics (First Division). He did his Master in Economics (1985–1987) from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. In 1988, he moved to Netherlands from where he obtained his master’s degree in Development Studies (Economic Policy and Planning) with Distinction in Thesis from the International Institute of Social Studies. He obtained his PhD Degree (1997–2004) in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK under the guidance of Tony Atkinson.

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Luiz Moutinho​

Global Dean – Innovation

Luiz Moutinho (BA, MA, PhD, MAE, FCIM), Dean of KBS, is visiting Professor of Marketing at Suffolk Business School, Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science, Univ. of Suffolk, Ipswich, England, UK, and at The Marketing School, Portugal, and Adjunct Professor of Marketing, GSB, FBE, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. In 2020 he was elected as the member of The Academia Europaea. Prof. Moutinho has 39 books published, over 161 articles published in refereed academic journals. He has 17199 academic citations, the h-index of 59 and the i10-index of 165 (Google Scholar, March 3rd, 2024). He has also been honored as a Legend in Marketing Innovation.

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Marc Opresnik

Global Dean – Academics

Marc Opresnik, Dean of KBS, holds a prestigious career that has that has profoundly impacted both academic and professional spheres globally. A global co-author with marketing legend Philip Kotler, his expertise enriches academic and professional realms alike. Dr. Opresnik’s insights have reached over 100 million people worldwide, making him a pivotal figure in shaping future business leaders. Acclaimed and recognized as a Global Digital Marketing Legend, Dr. Opresnik’s leadership at KBS is poised to usher in a new era of excellence in in business education worldwide.

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V. Kumar

Global Dean – Strategy & Research 

V Kumar, serving as the Dean of KBS, brings three decades of global experience in academia, rigorous and relevant research scholarship, and executive leadership. His extensive scholarly publications, teaching and mentoring of scholars worldwide will help KBS students to become transformational business leaders. Dr. Kumar’s leadership of KBS will help the school to launch a variety of certificate and degree programs with collaboration from schools worldwide. He has also been honored as a Legend in Marketing.

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Aung Tun Thet

Dean Sustainability 

Aung Tun Thet, Dean of KBS, is a renowned academic and advisor known for his expertise in sustainable development. With a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from UMIST, UK, he has made significant contributions to economic research and policy. His career includes roles at UNICEF, where he played a key part in promoting the One-UN Initiative and supervising the UN Global Compact. Returning to Myanmar in 2008, he continued his influential work advising the government on economic policies and addressing critical issues like post-disaster response and the Rohingya crisis. Aung Tun Thet’s dedication has earned him honorary professorships and awards. 

Raja Rajamannar

Global Advisor 

Raja Rajamannar is an accomplished global marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience, the last six of which have been in the role of Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Mastercard and President of the company’s healthcare business. Raja is consistently recognized globally as a highly innovative and transformational leader in his field. Some of this recent accolades include: Global Marketer of the Year award by the World Federation of Advertisers, top 5 “World’s Most Influential CMOs” by Forbes, top 10 “World’s Most Innovative CMOs” by Business Insider, and inductee to The CMO Club Hall of Fame.

Academic Advisory Board

Hermann Simon

Founder Simon & Kucher

Hermawan Kartajaya

Founder Markplus Indonesia

Jagdish Sheth

Charles H. Kellstadt Chaired Professor of Marketing

Marshall Goldsmith

Executive Leadership Guru

Martha Rogers

Founder, Don Peppers

Massila Kamalrudin

Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)

Robert Walcott

Founder TWIN

Syed Ferhat Anwar

President, Asia Marketing Federation

Business Advisory Board

Kozoh Takoka

Ex. CEO Nestle Japan

Mauro Porcini

Global Chief Design officer Pepsi Co

Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz

Ex. Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism

Richard Straub

CEO Peter Drucker Forum

Raja Rajamannar

Global CMO Mastercard

Stefania Pertusi

Vice President TetraPak, Italy

Deans' Messages

Asghar Zaidi

Global Dean – Management

Hermann Simon

Advisory Board Member

Hermawan Kartajaya

Advisory Board Member

Kozoh Takoka

Advisory Board Member

Luiz Moutinho

Global Dean – Innovation

Marc Opresnik

Global Dean – Academics 

V. Kumar

Global Dean – Strategy & Research