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IIMBAS's purpose is to inspire innovation and inclusiveness in leadership development which drives economic value and opportunity for society.



Professor Lester Massingham MA PhD 


Lester is a vastly experienced management consultant and academic leader, having taken global academic leadership of in-house and public MBA and DBA programmes for thousands of executives. He holds and has previously held Adjunct Professorships in European and Asian business schools and universities. He is an examiner for leading professional bodies and has co-authored best-selling textbooks. 

  His career as a management consultant spans Europe, Asia and the Middle East, designing and implementing strategic solutions for governments, multinationals and SMEs. His clients include Commerzbank, NCB Bank, National Westminster Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank Negara Iinceif ), ING, Zuellig Insurance, Gleneagles Hospital, Durdans Hospital, Ministry of Higher Education, Najran State Government, Makkah Development Corporation, Philips, Toyota Distributors, Lotus Cars, Schlumberger, Nippon Oil & Gas, Leica Geosystems, DHL, Stanley Tools, TV3, ICAC, EAC, TYCO. 

  His expertise as a strategist is to influence top management mindsets towards new value creation through impactful strategy determination for financial value capture, culture change and incremental stakeholder value. This formula for leading transformational change is achieved by challenging existing business models for ‘relevance’ to thereby enable organisational strategy realignment for financial sustainability. Not surprisingly, Lester is the originating designer and author of IIMBAS's Certified Transformational Leader award.


Professor Clive Smallman BSc Hons MSc MBA MA PhD CITP FBCS GAICD 

Vice-President (Academic)

Clive is an experienced higher education entrepreneur, executive and advisor with over 30 years of experience in business and executive education, spanning Europe, the West Indies, the Middle East and Australasia. He is presently Dean, ECA College of Health Sciences, formerly Dean, Higher Education Leadership Institute, and President of Asia Pacific International College, Founding Dean of Business and Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University, and Professor of Business Management, Lincoln University, New Zealand. He remains an Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University. Clive also has prior commercial experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning and in large scale project management. His commercial clients include Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Card Services, Coca Cola, Ford, General Motors, Shell, PGG Wrightson, the Bank of England, Philips, ING and the British Safety Council.

  Clive has taught on MBA and DBA programmes worldwide, including Europe's leading programme at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, where he was James Tye/British Safety Council Senior Research Associate (he was also Isaac Newton Trust Teaching Fellow and Director of the Management Studies Tripos, Hughes Hall).

  His professed expertise is in strategy, risk management, and higher education learning and teaching. He has supervised well over 100 MBA projects as well as 16 doctorates. He is a widely published author with over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters to his name, as well as three books. His co-authored article 'Process studies of change in organisation and management: unveiling temporality, activity, and flow' is one of the most widely cited articles in the Academy of Management Journal.

Clive is IIMBAS's main contact. His email is

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Professor James Kirkbride LLB Hons MPhil PhD PGCE 

Vice-President (Business Development)

James is an experienced higher education entrepreneur, executive and advisor with over 30 years experience in legal, business and executive education. In addition to a personal chair in International Business Law, James is an Honorary Professor, University of Salford, Visiting Professorial Fellow, Liverpool Hope University and Visiting Professor, University of Shanghai. He is formerly founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Liverpool John Moores University, Head of the Centre for Board Development, Director of the Law School and Assistant Dean, Business Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University and Head, Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University

  He has an extensive network of contacts at the most senior levels in universities across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the USA and Canada. In the UK, James works with a range of industry and education bodies.

  His professed expertise is in corporate governance, corporations law, law and legal studies, legal cases, legal theory and legal analysis. James has published over 60 papers in journals in law, business and education, and has written and contributed to 8 books on Business and Law issues. His works received the accolade of selected reproduction as one of the highest cited works in the past 10 years from the journal Corporate Governance: an International Review. James was formerly Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies awarded by the European Commission.

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