Resilience I Inclusion I Sustainability I Innovation

The Chartered ABS Annual Conference is the yearly gathering of the deans and leaders of UK business schools. This year's event will be an opportunity for members of the Chartered ABS to reflect on what has gone well, or otherwise, since the Covid-19 crisis started; plan for the immediate future; and explore, through conversation with business and government, what it means to be a business school in the new social and economic environment.

Running the conference as an online event presents many opportunities. The programme is in development and alongside the high-level keynote sessions, the interactive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that are a hallmark of the event; there will be a greater range of international speakers, valuable asynchronous content and a wider variety of discussion formats.

Confirmed speakers include:

Lord David Blunkett
Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

Professor Gloria Agyemang
Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

Buge Apampa
Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University

Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Professor George Boyne
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Dr Dana Brown
Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Professor Julia Clarke
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Zahir Irani
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford; Chair, Bradford Economic Recovery Board

Professor Deborah Johnston
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Mark Lomas
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Professor Serguei Netessine
Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School

Professor Enase Okonedo
Dean, Lagos Business School

Hanna-Leena Pesonen
Head of Corporate Environmental Management and Dean, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University

David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts
Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

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Chartered ABS Annual Conference Programme - Day One

COVID-19 has reshaped our economic prospects and the fabric of society. This year’s programme explores the role of business schools in this new world; and how we can best serve our students, parent institutions, business partners and society at large.

09:00-10:00

Main stage session

Operating in an uncertain higher education ecosystem

Exploring how the UK’s higher education landscape has been impacted by Covid-19, how business schools have responded to unprecedented challenges, and the immediate and longer-term implications for the sector.

Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

Further speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

10:30-11:30

Breakout session: Resilience

Leading UK business schools through the Covid Crisis

How Deans and senior managers of UK business schools can offer effective, impactful leadership that helps to create resilient and agile teams.

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Breakout session: Inclusion

Facilitating frank discussions among staff and students about race

Exploring the modes and fora that business schools can use to create safe-spaces for discussions around racial inequality, and how such discussions can be normalised.

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

Ratula Chakraborty, Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Internationalisation Coordinator, Norwich Business School

Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire

Chair: Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

Breakout session: Innovation

International student recruitment during a pandemic

Exploring how Covid-19 has impacted international student numbers; the immediate and longer-term implications for international recruitment; and what can be done by universities and the government to maintain the UK’s position as an attractive destination for international students.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director, Education, British Council

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Chair: Professor Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Business School London

12:00-13:00

Main Stage Session

The changing relationship between business schools and parent universities

Exploring how the relationship between business schools and their parent universities is being altered by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Professor Julia Clark, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Chair: Professor Martin Broad, Dean, Faculty of Business Law and Digital Technologies, University of Winchester

13:30-14:30

Breakout session: Resilience 

Boosting local economic growth through research, innovation and knowledge exchange

Exploring the contribution that business schools can make to local communities through research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Professor Zahir Irani, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford; Chair, Bradford Economic Recovery Board

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Birmingham

Breakout session: Inclusion

Making a difference for disabled students

Exploring how Covid-19 has affected students with disabilities; and the way in which business schools, and their parent universities, are supporting students.

Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Tab Ahmad, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EmployAbility

Chair: Professor Jerry Forrester, Hertfordshire Business School and Fellow, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Breakout session: Innovation

Blended learning: how far have we come and how far have we got to go?

Reviewing the impact on staff and students of the sector-wide pivot to online learning, and how to address the challenges that still remain in creating and embedding programmes that blend learning in meaningful ways.

Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin

Professor Connson Locke, Professorial Lecturer in Management, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Professor Neil Morris, Dean of Digital Education, Chair in Educational Technology, University of Leeds

Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor Community & Civic Engagement; Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montford University

15:00-16:00

Main Stage Session

The value-proposition of business schools in 2021 and beyond

An international panel that explores how Covid-19 has influenced the strategic direction of business and management education, research activity and business engagement; and what business schools might look like in the years ahead.

Dr Dana Brown, Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Professor Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School

Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School

Chair: Professor Steven McGuire, Dean and Head of School, University of Sussex Business School

16:30-17:30

Breakout session. Resilience 

Upskilling and reskilling the UK workforce through lifelong, flexible learning

How the demand for postgraduate programmes and executive education has been influenced by the Covid-19 crisis; and how business schools need to review pedagogy and mode to ensure ongoing relevance.

Scott Anderberg, Vice President, University Partnerships, Pearson

Dr Eliza Morgan, Director, Leadership Hub, University of Central Lancashire

Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School

Chair: Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education and External Relations, Cardiff Business School

Breakout session. Inclusion

Supporting small businesses from migrant and ethnic minority communities

Exploring how business schools through teaching, research and business engagement can support ethnic communities across the UK.

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston Business School

Breakout session. Resilience 

Recruitment strategies: Finding and landing talent during a pandemic

Exploring the challenges, and opportunities, of recruiting academic and professional services staff in uncertain times.

Alex Acland, Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Kiersten Avery, Executive Search Consultant, Dixon Walter

Christopher Lake, Founder, Syllogism

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Breakout session. Sustainability

Rethinking transnational education in a low travel environment

Exploring how UK business schools can deliver transnational education in sustainable ways.

Professor Agnes Nairn, Faculty International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, University of Bath

Chair: Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International Affairs, Nottingham Business School

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Programme - Day Two

COVID-19 has reshaped our economic prospects and the fabric of society. This year’s programme explores the role of business schools in this new world; and how we can best serve our students, parent institutions, business partners and society at large.

9:00-10:00

Main Stage Session

Creating a culture of inclusion

Exploring the challenges facing underrepresented and disadvantaged groups among students and staff and the ways in which business schools through individual and institutional action can become more culturally nuanced and diverse.

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Mark Lomas, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna, Professor of Management and Organisation, Cardiff Business School

Chair: Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

10:30-11:30

Breakout session. Resilience

Nurturing resilience in our teams

Exploring how the Covid-19 crisis, the return to campus, and the first months of the new academic year has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of staff and the steps that can be taken to support the resilience of business school teams.

Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, Bournemouth University Business School

Dr Emm Barnes Johnstone, Strategic Project Manager, School of Business and Management. Queen Mary University of London

Professor Kamil Omoteso, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Chair: To be announced

Breakout session. Inclusion

Closing attainment gaps between white students and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Exploring how Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the progression and attainment of students from ethnic minority communities and the ways in which business schools can offer particular support to students from these communities.

Buge Apampa, Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University

Chiko Bwalya, VP Education, Students Union Bournemouth University

Rachael Carden, Principal Lecturer, Brighton Business School

Amy Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Students

Chair: Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London

Breakout session. Resilience 

Making the most of your Advisory Board

Exploring the opportunities and challenges facing business school advisory boards in uncertain times.

 Naomi Timperley, Founder, Tech North Advocates; Chair, Salford Business School Advisory Board

Additional and Chair to be announced

Breakout session. Innovation

Business schools and the public good

A report from the Chartered ABS’s Taskforce exploring how business schools are delivering public good.

Professor Martin Kitchener, former Dean, Cardiff Business School

Tom Levitt, Founder, Sector 4 Focus

12:00-13:00

Main Stage Session

Planning for September 2021

Reflecting on the lessons learned from this year’s recruitment cycle and looking ahead to student recruitment (domestic/international) for next year.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

13:30-14:30

Breakout session. Resilience

Managing risk in business school strategy

Exploring how Covid-19 has exacerbated existing operational and financial risks, and created new risk, and the ways in which business schools can take an active approach to identifying, measuring and managing risk.

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, College of Social Sciences, Adam Smith Business School

Breakout session. Innovation

Innovative approaches to enhancing student employability

Reflecting on how Covid-19 and the low growth environment has impacted the graduate employment market, and how business schools can support student employability through work experience, placements and in other ways.

Marc Lintern, Director of Student Experience, Newcastle University

Dr Janice Allan, Dean, Salford Business School

Chair: Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

Breakout session. Inclusion

Creating a diverse faculty

How business school can improve gender diversity; recruit more black, Asian and ethnic minority staff; and support underrepresented and disadvantaged staff (academic/professional services) into leadership positions

Dr Cynthia Akwei, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School

Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Essex Business School

Ruchi M. Watson, Managing Director, Goff Strategic Leadership Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Head, Brighton Business School

Breakout session. Innovation

Creating relevant and impactful research that responds to the needs of the changing world

Exploring how Covid-19 and Brexit are shaping the research and innovation ecosystem and how business schools can create pure and applied research that has societal and economic impact.

Professor Serguei Netessine, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Professor Herman Aguinis, Professor of Management, & Chairperson, Department of Management, The George Washington University School of Business; President Elect, Academy of Management

Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead, Middlesex University Business School

Chair: Professor Penelope Tuck, Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy and Director of Research, Birmingham Business School

15:00-16:00

Main Stage Session

The direction of UK higher education policy in uncertain times

Exploring the latest news from Westminster and the devolved nations about higher education policy.

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Additional speakers to be announced

16:30-17:30

Breakout session. Sustainability

Creating responsible leaders through sustainable business & management education

How business schools are delivering postgraduate programmes that teach students about the science and policy of climate change and equip students with the ‘sustainability’ skills that are increasingly valued by employers.

Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Head of Corporate Environmental Management and Dean, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University

Breakout session. Innovation

Responsible use of journal guides and metrics

Exploring the responsible usage of journal rankings and metrics; and the future direction of the Academic Journal Guide.

Discussion facilitated by members of the Academic Journal Guide Editorial Board

Breakout session. Resilience

Digital literacy for staff and students

Exploring the ways in which business schools can equip students with the skills to be remote learners; and staff with the skills to deliver fully online and blended programmes.

Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer, Skilled

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Dr Alison Truelove, Lead Academic Tutor, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Herman Aguinis, Professor of Management, & Chairperson, Department of Management, The George Washington University School of Business; President Elect, Academy of Management

Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Chair of the Department of Management at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, USA. His research addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent in organizations and organizational research methods. He served as Program Chair for the 2020 Academy of Management (AOM) virtual conference and now serves as AOM President-Elect. He published 170 refereed journal articles and nine books. The 2020, 2019, and 2018 Web of Science Highly-Cited Researchers Reports ranked him among the world’s 100 most impactful researchers in Economics and Business and his work has received more than 33,000 Google Scholar citations (h-index = 85). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and received the Losey Award by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation for lifetime achievement and the AOM Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime contributions.

Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

Gloria Agyemang is a Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has several years’ management and teaching experience in universities in the UK and Africa. Her research interests are varied and include NGO Accountability and Performance Management issues, Management Control in Public Sector Organisations; Funding Issues in Public Sector Organisations; the management of educational institutions; culture and control issues, and Accounting in Less Developed and Emerging Economies. Gloria’s research is mainly qualitative. She has published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Advances in Public Interest Accounting and in the Social and Environmental Accountability Journal. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of London.

Tab Ahmad, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EmployAbility. 

Tab Ahmad is the founder & CEO of EmployAbility.  Set up in 2006, EmployAbility advocates on behalf of and supports talented disabled students and graduates to enable them to compete on a level playing field to get the careers they deserve; whilst providing knowledge and expertise to companies to guide them towards becoming more inclusive and valued employers.

 

Having spent the last 18 years of her career specialising in disability and employment, Tab is an unapologetic and passionate advocate of disability, equality and inclusion. Tab has been the winner of the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award in recognition of her work, and has led EmployAbility to win many other diversity awards. In 2020, she won the Genius of the Year Award for her innovation in supporting neurodiverse students. EmployAbility was the 2019 People’s Choice Disability Smart Award winner. Tab was on the DWP’s sounding board for the government’s Disability Confident campaign, and has also appeared on and been interviewed for BBC2’s Daily Politics, Working Lunch, BBC radio, and on BBC2’s Employable Me Series.

Prior to founding EmployAbility, Tab set up a search firm specialising in financial services and investment banking. She has more than twenty-five years experience in recruitment and selection. She previously trained as a chartered accountant, and has a degree in Economics and Accounting.

Dr Cynthia Akwei, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School

Maddalaine Ansell, Director, Education, British Council

Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  She began her career as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining the civil service on the fast stream.  Her civil service appointments included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office, DIUS and BIS, and she has worked on a range of policy areas including higher and further education. Maddalaine then acted as Chief Executive of University Alliance for four years.  Since November 2018, Maddalaine has been Director Education at the British Council.

Buge Apampa, Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University

Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin

Nick is currently in Associate Dean for Degree Programs at ESMT, the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. He is also the Founding Director of the school’s EdTech Lab. Nick is responsible for the management and development of the school’s on-campus degree programs, as well as developing blended and online programs. He is also responsible for internationalization and partnership activities, most notably through FOME, the Future of Management Education alliance and GNAM, the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Before moving to Berlin in 2010, Nick spent five years at INSEAD in France and Singapore, lastly as Director of Communications, and four years at the UCD Smurfit School in Dublin, his home town.

Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Nic joined Middlesex University as Vice-Chancellor in February 2020 having previously been a Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is a professor of management and is President of the British Academy of Management. His work has focused on identity and change in the creative industries and health sectors and he has held visiting chairs in business schools in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia. Nic is co-director of InGAME, the AHRC centre for innovation in games and media enterprise and is a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences. Nic holds several fellowships including the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

David Blunkett was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield.  David was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 1987-2015, and a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet for eight years from 1997.  He served as Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

He is currently a Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield, Chair of the Board of the University of Law, Chair of the Heathrow Implementation Steering Group and involved in a range of voluntary and charitable organisations locally and nationally.

He is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

Married, with four sons and three step daughters, he enjoys the countryside, reading and good food.

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Professor George Boyne joined the University of Aberdeen as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in August 2018. Under Professor Boyne’s leadership, the University of Aberdeen is committed to reaffirming and re-energising its 1495 foundational purpose to be open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.

Originally from Aberdeen, Professor Boyne spent the majority of his academic career at Cardiff University where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was responsible for student recruitment across the University.  He was previously Dean of Cardiff University's business school.

During his academic career Professor Boyne has published eight books and more than 140 articles in academic journals.  He has also obtained research funding from bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Welsh and UK governments.  His main research interest is the explanation and evaluation of organisational performance in the public sector; he has acted as an advisor and consultant on these topics to government departments, the National Audit Office and the United Nations.  Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.

Dr Dana Brown, Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Dr. Dana Brown was appointed as Carleton University’s Dean of the Sprott School of Business for a five-year term commencing on July 1, 2019.

Dr. Brown joined Carleton University from De Montfort University in Leicester, England, where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise. Prior to this, she was the Director of the MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School (2013-2016), Professor of Strategic Management and Academic Director of the joint DBA with Sun Yat Sen University at EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France (2010-2013) and University Lecturer in International Business and Management Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University (2005-2010).

In addition to experience working in academic institutions, Dr. Brown has also worked in business and with a number of new start-ups, including Amazon.com in its early years. She has helped to establish a number of active learning initiatives for entrepreneurs, and has a particular interest in social entrepreneurship and its impact on local economic development. Dr. Brown is President of Warm Heart Worldwide, a non-profit community development organization based in Phrao, Thailand. She is also a member of the Governing Body of the Vedica Scholars Program for Women in New Delhi, India. From 2007-2019, Dana worked as an adviser and member of the Selection Committee for the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia. She was founding Board member of the Leicester Business Festival Community Interest Company.

Dr. Brown holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford in 1994. Dana has trained as an Executive Coach with Meyler Campbell in London and has incorporated coaching into her role as a manager and into MBA and executive education curricula.

Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International Affairs, Nottingham Business School

Yvonne is Head of Department, Human Resource Management, and has a School wide role as Head of International Affairs at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Yvonne completed her PhD at Loughborough University prior to joining Nottingham Business School. With more than twenty years experience of working in the UK Higher Education system Yvonne has held a Senior Executive position at the School for ten years. She has worked extensively in the field of transnational education through course design, international projects, student and faculty mobility, managing international portfolios, and accreditation processes. Yvonne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Yvonne is a mentor for both the EFMD Executive Academy and the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ mentorship scheme. Yvonne is Vice Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ International Committee, and is an appointed member of the EFMD Executive Academy Alumni Board. Yvonne has worked as a Visiting Professor at a number of overseas institutions, including the University of Valencia, KEDGE Business School and the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

Professor Catherine Cassell is Dean of Birmingham Business School. Catherine is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of organisational psychology with a particular interest in qualitative research methodologies. She also researches in the area of diversity and organisational change. Her recent projects include a £659k ESRC funded grant looking at diversity and inclusion within a major high street retailer. A keen mentor of others, she has supervised 23 doctoral students to completion.

Catherine is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management; a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has held a number of journal editorial roles including 9 years as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management and 10 years as Inaugural Co-Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: an international journal. She is on a number of other journal editorial advisory boards including the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Catherine has published in a range of different journals including Organization Studies; British Journal of Management; International Journal of Management Reviews; Human Relations; Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Gender, Work and Organization and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She has also published 7 books on research methods included four on qualitative research methods co-edited with Gillian Symon and published with Sage. Her most recent edited collection is the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods, edited together with Ann Cunliffe and Gina Grandy.

Ratula Chakraborty, Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Internationalisation Coordinator, Norwich Business School

Ratula is Professor of Business Management in Norwich Business School (NBS) at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She has been a member of the Business School’s executive for the past 10 years, having held a variety of director and associate direct roles, and previously served as Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for UEA’s Social Sciences Faculty. She currently serves as the Senate appointed representative on the University’s Council. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Role Model for Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Aurora Programme (developing future women leaders for higher education). She has completed the Executive Leaders programme of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the CABS Deans and Directors Development Programme. She has been a member of the CABS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2018.

Professor Julia Clark, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Appointed in January 2020, Julia is putting students first to maximise opportunity; driving economic and social transformation in the Wolverhampton region and beyond.

Julia has taught financial accounting, corporate governance and business ethics across a range of programmes and levels. She was a founding member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied.  At Leeds, she established the sector-leading Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme, based on her research into mentoring and social capital. She has overseen the development of both student and staff mentoring programmes in higher education.

Julia is an active participant in the business education community and served as the Chair of Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools in 2018-19. She chaired the Business and Law Panel for the national Teaching Excellence Framework subject pilot.

Julia holds a degree in History and French from the University of Manchester, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Leeds and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Liverpool. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Birmingham

Simon is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC) leading on Regional Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) and at Birmingham Business School, where he was Dean 2012-2016. He is also the Director of the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI) which launched in February 2020. He has held various roles, including: Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, member of the ESRC Council and the GBS Chamber of Commerce Council.

In his DPVC role, Simon leads on regional and civic engagement at the University, including its contribution in a ‘place-based’ industrial strategy. His research and consulting focuses on multinational firms, productivity, innovation, competitiveness and regional economic growth. As well as publishing in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Organisation Studies and Business History his research has featured in the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, and the New Statesman.

Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, Bournemouth University Business School

Dr Lois Farquharson is the Executive Dean of Bournemouth University Business School.  Having undertaken various academic leadership roles, Lois is no stranger to the challenges of organisational change and development in an increasingly complex HE environment.  Leading with a strong commitment to the humanisation of work, she values inclusivity and wellbeing, using tools such as appreciative inquiry, the SDi and EQi to support developments that enhance the employee and student experience.  Her most recent outputs emphasise the importance of leading with a kind heart, positive psychology and socio-emotional intelligence.

Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, College of Social Sciences, Adam Smith Business School  

Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith is Research Professor of Risk and Resilience at the University of Glasgow where he is also Deputy Head of the Business School. He is a graduate of the Universities of Manchester, Glasgow, St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian, Derby, the CNAA, and the Open University. He holds Batchelor’s degrees in Geography/Environmental Science (BEd) (Manchester) and Science (BSc) (Open), Masters degrees in Pollution Control (MSc), Applied Psychology (MSc), Public Health (MPH) (Manchester) Psychology in Forensic Settings (MSc) (GCU), Management (MBA) (CNAA), Ergonomics (MSc) (Derby), Terrorism Studies (MLitt) (St Andrews) and War Studies (MLitt) (Glasgow). He holds a DLitt in Crisis Management (Glasgow) and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (Manchester).

He has held professorial appointments at the Liverpool John Moores, Durham, Sheffield, and Liverpool Universities prior to his appointment at Glasgow. He has also been a visiting professor at the Universities of Kobe (Japan), Innsbruck (Austria), San Diego State (USA), Edge Hill (UK) and at the Crichton Institute. He was the Director of Liverpool Business School (LJMU) and the founding director of the University of Liverpool Management School.

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Anne Marie joined UKCISA in 2019 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, where she was Director of Chevening, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship scheme.

Prior to that, Anne Marie has led on a range of educational programmes and projects promoting international mobility and intercultural exchange. At Universities UK International, she developed the first government-funded UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, and established the Go International programme to build capacity and influence institutional change in UK universities to increase the proportion of UK-domiciled students with international experience.

Before moving into the education sector, Anne Marie spent several years in the language services industry managing high profile accounts with multinational engineering and pharmaceutical companies.

Anne Marie is a linguist, with a first degree in Modern Languages from Anglia Ruskin University and a postgraduate translation qualification from University of Westminster.

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead, Middlesex University Business School

Anne-Wil HARZING is Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead at Middlesex University London, and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. Her research interests include international HRM, expatriate management, HQ–subsidiary relationships, and the role of language in international business. She has published more than 100 journal articles and books and book chapters on these topics and has been listed on the Web of Knowledge Essential Science Indicators top 1% most cited academics in Economics & Business worldwide since 2007. She has also published more than a dozen highly-cited articles in the field of bibliometrics, dealing with the role of bibliometrics and research evaluation in the Social Sciences. Anne-Wil blogs regularly about all things academia [see e.g. positive academia, academia behind the scenes, publish or perish tips, academic etiquette] and runs CYGNA, a network for female academics.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15). In 2018, Sir Chris was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

In 2016, Sir Chris was appointed by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) heading up the assessment panel that will make decisions on awards he was subsequently re-appointed as Chair until August 2021. The TEF has been introduced to ensure excellent teaching and student job prospects are at the heart of Higher Education and will, for the first time, place the significance of teaching on a par with research.

Professor Husbands' external positions include: Member, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) Advisory Board (2016-); Member, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board (2016-); Member, University Alliance (2016-); Member, Universities UK (UUK); Member, UUK Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG); Member, UUK Student Policy Network (SPN) (2016-); Member, International Council of Confucius Institutes, Beijing (2013-).  He is also an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how the broader investment community perceives, evaluates and reacts to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple and multilevel factors that may affect the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. To date, his work is widely cited and he consistently ranks in the top 10% authors on the social science research network (SSRN).

He is currently an Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 and 2019 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He also served a Senior Editor for Organization & Environment (2016-2020)

Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Prof Deborah Johnston is a member of the Disabled Students Commission.  In April 2020, she became PVC (Education) at London South Bank University. She was previously the Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching), SOAS University of London. She is an economist and has split her career across academia, charities and government. She looks forward to supporting the DSC’s agenda, helping to create an environment where all students are supported to flourish.  The DSC provides the opportunity to look at the breadth of advice and challenge, ensuring that we think across the range of students that identify as disabled and consider how to support success for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Professor Zahir Irani, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford; Chair, Bradford Economic Recovery Board

Professor Zahir Irani is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and, former Dean of Management, Law and Social Sciences in the Triple Accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Faculty at the University of Bradford, (UK). He is also the appointed Chair of the Bradford and District Council Covid-19 Economic Recovery Board. He as worked across academe in senior management roles and previously worked for the UK Government as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and has attracted research funds from the EU (FP7, H2020), EPSRC, ESRC, QNRF and various industry sources. He tweets at: @ZahirIrani1

Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Essex Business School

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership and Organisation at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity, inclusion and belonging. Elisabeth Kelan currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to explore the future of work, digitalisation, and gender. She has published three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading journals. She was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and a Dahlem International Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She is part of the United Nations Global Compact Target Gender Equality Global Coalition. She has won various academic and practitioner awards for her research. Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at London Business School, King's College London, Cranfield School of Management, Zurich University and the London School of Economics and Political Science where she also earned her PhD.

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Sandra is Business in the Community’s Race Equality Director. Before joining Business in the Community, Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and inclusion.  In January 2012, Sandra was awarded an OBE for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People.

In 2015 Sandra spearheaded the largest ever survey on race in the workplace with 24,457 responses. In January 2016 she was invited to join the Royal Society Diversity Committee.   The Race at Work 2018 Scorecard report, one year from the government review into Race in the Workplace, provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter and Ethnicity and Pay consultation announced by the Prime Minister in October 2018.

In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity.

Professor Martin Kitchener, former Dean, Cardiff Business School

I  served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School from October 2012 until August 2018. While at the helm, I designed and implemented a unique public value strategy for the School, working closely with colleagues across the University, and also with a wide range of external stakeholders including employers and politicians. Having successfully completed my six-year tenure as Dean of Cardiff Business School, I was appointed 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow at Said Business School and Harris Manchester College, Oxford University where I collaborated on a major European Union Horizon 2020 research study of public service innovation in nine countries.

I am currently the Academic Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Taskforce on Business Schools for the Public Good.

Professor Connson Locke, Professorial Lecturer in Management, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Professor Connson Locke joined the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008 where she teaches leadership and organisational behaviour.  Connson has over 30 years’ experience as an educator, coach, and consultant working in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Australia. Prior to entering academia, she served as Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group where she was responsible for the learning and development of consulting staff in 10 offices across Asia Pacific. Connson holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Business Administration (Organisational Behaviour) from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours. Her new book, Making Your Voice Heard (out in March 2021), uses the research on power and influence to help people speak up to those who have more power than they do. https://connsonlocke.com/

Mark Lomas, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2 (High Speed Rail 2), Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects in the UK and internationally for organisations ranging from The Financial Reporting Council and Sheffield University to Bermuda Hospital Board and the BBC. He has extensive experience across all areas of EDI practice including strategy development and managing sector wide D&I initiatives. Mark created the multi-award winning HS2 Inclusive procurement model, managing supply chain EDI performance. Mark set out a vision for how HS2 would improve standards of EDI across the infrastructure sector, developing new tools, programmes and delivering impact. Last year, HS2 was named the VERCIDA No.1 Gender Inclusive Employer in the UK and is the first organisation in the UK to achieve GOLD level against the Clear Assured accreditation framework. Mark’s strategy is certainly influencing the sector to improve practices.

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

Prior to joining the National Centre, Dr Marshall has held a number of positions across government and university organisations. As an academic specialising in government education policy and practice he worked with a number of international agencies including UNESCO, WHO and the European Parliament.

A researcher at the University of Manchester, he went onto hold senior lectureship positions at Liverpool Hope University and University of Worcester before working for UK Sport (the government agency for elite sport) and then the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Professor Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Business School London

Professor Simon Mercado is Campus Dean for ESCP Business School, London (UK). A member of ESCP’s European Executive Committee, Professor Mercado is responsible for the strategic development of ESCP’s London School and directs its senior management team. He also acts as Managing Director of the School’s Corporate Services Board, responsible for executive education provision to high recognition clients including LVMH and leading multinational business firms. ESCP is Europe’s No. 12 ranked business school (FT, 2019) and was voted U.K. Business School of the Year in 2018 by The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

Simon has extensive experience of HE leadership and governance across European markets and within complex matrix structures. Over the last decade in executive and management level roles he has held senior level responsibilities in such areas as: strategy and finance, faculty management, external relations, quality assurance, accreditation, internationalisation, student experience, and academic programmes.

He currently serves at Steering Committee level for the EFMD (and as a Peer Review Team member); as External Examiner for joint/dual international degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire; and as an Advisory Board Chair/member to international business schools in India, France and Finland.

Simon holds a PhD in International Political Economy (IPE) and a Masters’ in International Relations (IR) from the University of Nottingham. His primary research interest is in the internationalisation of higher education and commercial services. He has published on issues related to international management and education, including a widely adopted textbook on European Business and Culture.

Professor Neil Morris, Dean of Digital Education, Chair in Educational Technology, University of Leeds

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Dean of Digital Education at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. Neil has led a large number of strategic technology projects at Leeds and he has oversight of the University’s Digital Education Service. Neil has given a number of keynote talks at UK and international events, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Professor Agnes Nairn, Faculty International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, University of Bath

Professor Agnes Nairn is Chair of Marketing, School of Management and International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, at the University of Bristol. Previous to that she was Dean of Hult International Business School in London and Professor of Marketing at EMLyon Business School in France.  She was recently appointed Distinguished International Visiting Faculty at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.  Her research on the ethics and regulation of marketing to children has led to invitations to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects with public, private and third sector organisations ranging from UNICEF, UN, EU and the Brazilian Justice Ministry to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Public Health England.

Professor Serguei Netessine, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Serguei Netessine is Vice Dean for Global Initiatives and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France and Singapore.

Prof. Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester.  His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB, US Air Force, Amazon and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He is an active angel-investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world.  Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos).  He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of Singapore government and he is a Founding Member of Responsible Research in Business & Management Network (http://rrbm.network).

Professor Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School

Professor Enase Okonedo, FCA, became dean of Lagos Business school in 2009. Trained as an accountant with a doctorate from the International School of Management (ISM), Paris, she has over 30 years' experience in the financial services and management education sectors.

Before she was appointed Dean, Professor Okonedo was a full-time member of faculty at Lagos Business School where she held several leadership positions at various times.

A seasoned educator and leading expert in problem-solving and decision-making in Africa, she has developed and taught courses in this area, as well as incorporate financial management.

Professor Okonedo has been instrumental in the development of Lagos Business School as under her governance; the school has attained exceptional milestones such as attaining two global accreditations as well as sustaining the Financial Times of London ranking of the school in open-enrolment courses over the last thirteen years and ranking as the best custom Executive Education provider in Africa in 2020. Furthermore, The Economist magazine ranking of MBAs in 2020 has Lagos Business School Executive MBA as the only African Business School to feature amongst top global schools.

Professor Okonedo serves on several boards in the management education, banking and telecommunications sectors including the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the academic advisory board of the Blatnavik School of Government, University of Oxford. She has also served on the boards of AACSB International as well as the Association of African Business Schools where she was Chairperson.

She is the President of AIFA Reading Society, Nigeria, which is committed to achieving sustainable education in Africa by promoting and supporting a reading culture.

Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire

Pradeep is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Lancashire, where he is responsible for working with colleagues to ensure that a strategic, coherent and focussed approach is taken to embedding EDI principles across the institution. Prior to this he has held a number of senior level academic roles, where his teaching and research interests have been in the field of EDI with a particular focus on the award gaps that are prevalent in higher education. Prior to joining UCLan Pradeep worked extensively across the public sector providing advice and guidance in relation to equality and human rights.’

Amy Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Students   

Amy Norton is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office for Students.  As well as overseeing the implementation of OfS’s Public Sector Equality Duty objectives and action plan, Amy leads on work to tackle sexual harassment, violence and hate crime affecting students and OfS’s work to enhance support for students experiencing mental health difficulties. She works within the Directorate for Access, Inclusion and Skills, aiming to identify and promote effective practice in E,D&I in the context of the new higher education regulatory framework. Outside of work, Amy is a Trustee Board member of Gloucestershire Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre.

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Head of Corporate Environmental Management and Dean, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University

In addition to responsibilities in the role of Dean in developing sustainable research and education at JSBE, Pesonen is chairing sustainability work of the University, and is member of a working group developing sustainability agenda of the whole Finnish University sector. She also works actively in the Deans & Directors Cohort of GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative) supporting sustainable business education. Pesonen works with sustainability challenges of business through executive education, consulting, and in her positions of trust in business.

In research, Pesonen has focused on developing sustainable business and bioeconomy. She has participated in international research groups, published articles in several international journals, and is editorial board member of International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Pesonen is member of EASAC’s (European Academies Science Advisory Council) Energy Steering Panel.

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston Business School

Professor Monder Ram OBE is the Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject, and has extensive experience of working in and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. Monder is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences, and advises the government on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses through his position on the APPG for BAME Business Owners. He also holds visiting positions at Warwick University and the University of Turku.

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

After studying Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician. David was a Director at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal in 2004.

He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.

In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England which is one of the nine research councils that forms UK Research and Innovation. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.

David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Professor Penelope Tuck, Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy and Director of Research, Birmingham Business School

Penelope Tuck is Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy at Birmingham Business School. Prior to joining Birmingham Business School, she has held academic positions at Warwick Business School and at the Universities of Southampton and Buckingham. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Chartered Tax Advisor. She was formerly a Senior Tax Manager with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Penelope’s research areas are accounting in a public policy context, and taxation policy and practice from a social and institutional perspective. Penelope is currently Director of Research at Birmingham Business School. Previously she was Head of the Department of Accounting.

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a Board member of Surrey Satellites and of the Biotech Growth Trust. Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book “A University Education” is published by Oxford University Press. A second edition of his book on the Boomers and the young generation “The Pinch” was published in November 2019.

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