Published: 12 February 2019

Spotlight on Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

We are delighted to welcome Professor Tazeeb Rajwani, the incoming Head of Department of Strategy and International Business and Chair of International Business at Surrey Business School. 

Professor Rajwani joins us from the University of Essex where he previously held the position of Professor of International Business and Strategy, Director of Executive Education, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, member of the Senior Management team and member of the Advisory Board. He holds or has held visiting faculty positions at London Business School, Kings College London, University of Warwick, ALBA, University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh, among other top universities.  

Professor Rajwani has been a Director of Strategy at a high-tech start-up, where he still holds an advisory board position; as well as recently being appointed a senior advisor to the UK Government’s Accelerator Programme called “Sirius Programme” for leading start-ups. He currently advises several leading organisations and educates future leaders.

As an awarding winning researcher, his own teaching and research are primarily in the area of International Business and Strategy. He has written over 50 academic papers, books, chapters, reports and white papers on topics of non-market strategy, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and business model innovation. His work has also appeared in world leading journals, as well as being reported in the press, including The Times, Irish Times, BBC and Financial Times.  

Born in Kenya and raised in Portugal, Professor Rajwani first studied International Hospitality and Tourism Management at University of Surrey in 1997, before moving to University of Nottingham gaining a Master’s degree in Management and a PhD in Strategic Management at Imperial College London.

Professor Rajwani commented: I am truly excited to join one of the leading interdisciplinary business schools in the UK where innovative thinking is accelerated into action. This School has achieved so much with its blend of academic excellence, real-world relevance and cutting-edge research. Moreover, I think it has the potential to achieve so much more with its highly reputable undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes.

That said, I have always enjoyed keeping in touch with Surrey through the alumni network. More importantly, I could see that Surrey Business School and The University of Surrey had a strong vision, supportive environment, reputation and a rich history, which are important ingredients that attracted me to this fantastic location. That said, I look forward to being the new Head of Department of Strategy and International Business and meeting our students, alumni and faculty soon.”

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