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The Dunning Africa Centre

Members and associate members

Rajneesh Narula OBE, is the director of both the Dunning Africa Centre and the John Dunning Centre for international business. He is Professor of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School. He has published over 100 articles and chapters, and is considered be one of the world’s leading experts in international Business. Raised and educated in Nigeria, he is passionate about improving the development outcomes from foreign investment across Africa, and is currently an advisor to the Nigerian government in this area. He also regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, governments, and consulting firms. 

He holds honorary appointments at United Nations University-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business, Oxford University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Urbino. In 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his Services to Business Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) in 2015.  He is a regular commentator on business and economics issues on BBC World News, Sky News, TRT World, CGTN, as well as a variety of print and online publications.  

Professor Danie Petzer is the Head of Research at Henley Business School Africa.  He has experience lecturing at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels, mainly in the field of marketing with a focus on marketing research, B2B marketing, customer centricity, international marketing, international business, consumer behaviour and services marketing. He lectures Research Skills at Henley Business School Africa. He regularly presents SPSS training courses he has developed to academics, post graduate students and industry. He holds a PhD (Marketing Management) specialising in services marketing. His research focus area is ‘uncovering consumer responses to organisational efforts to build, maintain and restore relationships with customers in a services context’. 

Danie has authored and co-authored several journal articles in his fields of specialisation, most notably published in the Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, The Service Industries Journal, European Business Review, International Journal of Bank Marketing, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Journal of Internet Commerce as well as local journals like the South African Journal of Business Management, Southern African Business Review, The Retail and Marketing Review and Management Dynamics. He has also made numerous contributions to textbooks and regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. He is an associate editor for the European Business Review (EBR) and editorial board member of the Southern African Business Review (SABR). He has supervised several masters and doctoral students in the field of marketing to completion.

Elena Beleska-Spasova is the Pro-Dean for Education and Innovation at Henley Business School and Professor of International Business.

She joined Henley in 2009 with over ten years of corporate strategy consulting experience working with organisations across Europe and North America. Elena has held a number of T&L leadership positions over the years and led the instituting and growth of a number of work-based and executive programmes both nationally and internationally. In her leadership capacity Elena has also headed major change management and education innovation projects.

Her research interests include strategic issues and challenges faced by organisations on an international scale, drivers of international competitiveness and performance, with particular focus on exports and SMEs.

Professor Davide Castellani has been doing research at the intersection of International Business, International Trade and Economic Geography for over fifteen years.

He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Ancona (Italy).

His research focuses on the determinants of the firms’ internationalisation choices, and their impact on innovation, technology and economic performances of firms, regions and countries.

Davide’s publications have appeared in leading journals such as:

  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of International Economics
  • Oxford Economic Papers
  • Regional Studies
  • Research Policy
  • Small Business Economics
  • The Review of World Economics

He has been involved in a number of international collaborative research projects and acted as an advisor to the European Commission and other international organisations.

Lucia Piscitello is Visiting Professor at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Professor of International Management at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

She is co-director of the Observatory on Digital Export, at Politecnico di Milano.

Her research interests cover:

  • the economics and management of MNEs
  • the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation.

Her recent studies focus on:

  • agglomeration and MNEs’ location strategies
  • globalization of R&D
  • technology development in the global network of MNEs, digital technologies, global sourcing and reshoring,   
  • MNEs from emerging countries.

She has published over 80 refereed journal articles. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, among others.

She is Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal, Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Industrial Business Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She acts as an external expert for the Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics, UK. She is a Fellow, Past President, and Chair of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

Associate members

Andrew Mold is the Acting Director of the Subregional Office for Eastern Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based out of Kigali. He has previously worked for the UN Secretariat in Chile and in Addis Ababa, and also for UNICEF in Costa Rica. He worked from 2008-2011 at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he was a Senior Economist and in charge of their flagship publication ‘Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth’. He has published widely, including the CEPAL Review, the African Development Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Charles E. Stevens is Associate Professor of Management and holder of the Thomas J. Campbell ’80 endowed professorship at Lehigh University. Stevens received his Ph.D. in international business from the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of international business and strategic management, with a particular interest in how institutions and social judgments such as reputation and legitimacy affect multinational firms’ strategy and performance. Stevens is especially interested in these issues in the context of emerging markets—understanding the strategies and unique challenges faced by MNEs emerging from or entering developing countries and regions such as Africa and China. Stevens’ research has appeared in numerous outlets including Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Management. Stevens also serves on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of World Business.

Matilde D’Amelio is Lecturer and Programme Leader at BPP School of Business in the United Kingdom. She received her PhD degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Before joining BPP School of Business, she worked for Politecnico di Milano and several multinational enterprises. 

Her PhD research addressed questions that intersect the fields of development economics and international business, focusing primarily on understanding how multinational enterprises could impact the access to electricity in developing countries. In the near future she is interested in investigating the relation between the adoption of digital technologies, productivity, and companies’ international competitiveness and growth.

Her publications have appeared in journals such as World Development and Journal of International Management.

Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi is a Canada Research Chair in International Sustainable Development and an Associate Professor of International Business at the Gustavson Business School, University of Victoria in Canada. He was born in Tanzania and educated in Kenya, in East Africa. He conducts research on International Business (IB) and Strategy of multinational firms. His works has appeared in the Journal of international Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of World Business and elsewhere. His long-term research aspiration is conduct good IB research focused in Africa. As far as IB research is concerned, Aloysius sees Africa as distinct and interesting from other continents. Its political and institutional borders, the informal economy, market relationships, its vibrant entrepreneurial growth, cultural diversity, languages and several other attributes are fertile scholarly context to develop new insights that go beyond some commonly held assumptions in international business theories. Good research in Africa has also the potential to effect change and impact for international business theory and practice. 

Helena Barnard is Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  She was the Dunning Fellow, 2018-2019. Her research interests are in how knowledge (and with it technology, organisational practices, and innovation) moves between more and less developed countries, particularly in Africa. She researches both organisational mechanisms (notably emerging multinationals and internet-enabled businesses) and individual mechanisms such as scientific collaborations, doctoral training, and the diaspora. Her research has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Journal of World Business and other journals.

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi is the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in Kaduna State, Nigeria with an estimated population of over 10 million residents. In that role, he is responsible for the State’s fiscal and development policy, and also chairs the State Economic Planning Board. He was most recently Chairman of the State Infrastructure Council and also Institutional Development Council.

A Development Economist, Muhammad was in 2018 appointed a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Committee on Citizen Engagement, a role he holds to date. He was also a Policy Adviser at the Office of the United Nations Secretary General and a member of the SG’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals

Ebun Jackson-Adekola started her career at Munich Reinsurance Company (U.K.), holding several roles across Financial Reporting, New Business Solutions and Client Business Management. She subsequently held leadership roles in several local and international insurance companies, including Liberty Holdco, Nigeria, where she served as the Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining the Marsh team, Ebun was the Executive Director (Technical & Operations) at Tangerine Africa, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of technical and operational strategy for the start-up Financial Services group.

Ebun was appointed as CEO, Anglophone West Africa for Marsh in April 2021

Rebecca Namatovu is a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining CBS, she was a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School in Uganda. Her research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and development studies. She researches entrepreneurship mechanisms associated with informality, poverty, inequality, post-conflict and sustainability in Africa. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She serves as an associate editor of the Africa Journal of Management.

Rebecca Yusuf is a PhD Research Student and Teaching Fellow at Henley Business School, University of Reading in United Kingdom. Her current research interests include managing diverse workforces international workforces through time. She focuses on different perceptions of these groups of workers on HR practices enactment and influences on their interaction with one another as well as how they perceive their careers and follow certain career paths before  and during crises. At the meso level, she researches on mechanisms utilised by IDOs in the allocation of human resources pre and post pandemic to impact governance and international business practice. She also teaches on a wide range of modules offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Members and associate members

Rajneesh Narula OBE, is the director of both the Dunning Africa Centre and the John Dunning Centre for international business. He is Professor of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School. He has published over 100 articles and chapters, and is considered be one of the world’s leading experts in international Business. Raised and educated in Nigeria, he is passionate about improving the development outcomes from foreign investment across Africa, and is currently an advisor to the Nigerian government in this area. He also regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, governments, and consulting firms. 

He holds honorary appointments at United Nations University-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business, Oxford University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Urbino. In 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his Services to Business Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) in 2015.  He is a regular commentator on business and economics issues on BBC World News, Sky News, TRT World, CGTN, as well as a variety of print and online publications.  

Professor Danie Petzer is the Head of Research at Henley Business School Africa.  He has experience lecturing at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels, mainly in the field of marketing with a focus on marketing research, B2B marketing, customer centricity, international marketing, international business, consumer behaviour and services marketing. He lectures Research Skills at Henley Business School Africa. He regularly presents SPSS training courses he has developed to academics, post graduate students and industry. He holds a PhD (Marketing Management) specialising in services marketing. His research focus area is ‘uncovering consumer responses to organisational efforts to build, maintain and restore relationships with customers in a services context’. 

Danie has authored and co-authored several journal articles in his fields of specialisation, most notably published in the Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, The Service Industries Journal, European Business Review, International Journal of Bank Marketing, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Journal of Internet Commerce as well as local journals like the South African Journal of Business Management, Southern African Business Review, The Retail and Marketing Review and Management Dynamics. He has also made numerous contributions to textbooks and regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. He is an associate editor for the European Business Review (EBR) and editorial board member of the Southern African Business Review (SABR). He has supervised several masters and doctoral students in the field of marketing to completion.

Elena Beleska-Spasova is the Pro-Dean for Education and Innovation at Henley Business School and Professor of International Business.

She joined Henley in 2009 with over ten years of corporate strategy consulting experience working with organisations across Europe and North America. Elena has held a number of T&L leadership positions over the years and led the instituting and growth of a number of work-based and executive programmes both nationally and internationally. In her leadership capacity Elena has also headed major change management and education innovation projects.

Her research interests include strategic issues and challenges faced by organisations on an international scale, drivers of international competitiveness and performance, with particular focus on exports and SMEs.

Professor Davide Castellani has been doing research at the intersection of International Business, International Trade and Economic Geography for over fifteen years.

He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Ancona (Italy).

His research focuses on the determinants of the firms’ internationalisation choices, and their impact on innovation, technology and economic performances of firms, regions and countries.

Davide’s publications have appeared in leading journals such as:

  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of International Economics
  • Oxford Economic Papers
  • Regional Studies
  • Research Policy
  • Small Business Economics
  • The Review of World Economics

He has been involved in a number of international collaborative research projects and acted as an advisor to the European Commission and other international organisations.

Lucia Piscitello is Visiting Professor at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Professor of International Management at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

She is co-director of the Observatory on Digital Export, at Politecnico di Milano.

Her research interests cover:

  • the economics and management of MNEs
  • the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation.

Her recent studies focus on:

  • agglomeration and MNEs’ location strategies
  • globalization of R&D
  • technology development in the global network of MNEs, digital technologies, global sourcing and reshoring,   
  • MNEs from emerging countries.

She has published over 80 refereed journal articles. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, among others.

She is Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal, Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Industrial Business Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She acts as an external expert for the Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics, UK. She is a Fellow, Past President, and Chair of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

Associate members

Andrew Mold is the Acting Director of the Subregional Office for Eastern Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based out of Kigali. He has previously worked for the UN Secretariat in Chile and in Addis Ababa, and also for UNICEF in Costa Rica. He worked from 2008-2011 at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he was a Senior Economist and in charge of their flagship publication ‘Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth’. He has published widely, including the CEPAL Review, the African Development Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Charles E. Stevens is Associate Professor of Management and holder of the Thomas J. Campbell ’80 endowed professorship at Lehigh University. Stevens received his Ph.D. in international business from the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of international business and strategic management, with a particular interest in how institutions and social judgments such as reputation and legitimacy affect multinational firms’ strategy and performance. Stevens is especially interested in these issues in the context of emerging markets—understanding the strategies and unique challenges faced by MNEs emerging from or entering developing countries and regions such as Africa and China. Stevens’ research has appeared in numerous outlets including Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Management. Stevens also serves on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of World Business.

Matilde D’Amelio is Lecturer and Programme Leader at BPP School of Business in the United Kingdom. She received her PhD degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Before joining BPP School of Business, she worked for Politecnico di Milano and several multinational enterprises. 

Her PhD research addressed questions that intersect the fields of development economics and international business, focusing primarily on understanding how multinational enterprises could impact the access to electricity in developing countries. In the near future she is interested in investigating the relation between the adoption of digital technologies, productivity, and companies’ international competitiveness and growth.

Her publications have appeared in journals such as World Development and Journal of International Management.

Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi is a Canada Research Chair in International Sustainable Development and an Associate Professor of International Business at the Gustavson Business School, University of Victoria in Canada. He was born in Tanzania and educated in Kenya, in East Africa. He conducts research on International Business (IB) and Strategy of multinational firms. His works has appeared in the Journal of international Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of World Business and elsewhere. His long-term research aspiration is conduct good IB research focused in Africa. As far as IB research is concerned, Aloysius sees Africa as distinct and interesting from other continents. Its political and institutional borders, the informal economy, market relationships, its vibrant entrepreneurial growth, cultural diversity, languages and several other attributes are fertile scholarly context to develop new insights that go beyond some commonly held assumptions in international business theories. Good research in Africa has also the potential to effect change and impact for international business theory and practice. 

Helena Barnard is Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  She was the Dunning Fellow, 2018-2019. Her research interests are in how knowledge (and with it technology, organisational practices, and innovation) moves between more and less developed countries, particularly in Africa. She researches both organisational mechanisms (notably emerging multinationals and internet-enabled businesses) and individual mechanisms such as scientific collaborations, doctoral training, and the diaspora. Her research has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Journal of World Business and other journals.

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi is the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in Kaduna State, Nigeria with an estimated population of over 10 million residents. In that role, he is responsible for the State’s fiscal and development policy, and also chairs the State Economic Planning Board. He was most recently Chairman of the State Infrastructure Council and also Institutional Development Council.

A Development Economist, Muhammad was in 2018 appointed a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Committee on Citizen Engagement, a role he holds to date. He was also a Policy Adviser at the Office of the United Nations Secretary General and a member of the SG’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals

Ebun Jackson-Adekola started her career at Munich Reinsurance Company (U.K.), holding several roles across Financial Reporting, New Business Solutions and Client Business Management. She subsequently held leadership roles in several local and international insurance companies, including Liberty Holdco, Nigeria, where she served as the Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining the Marsh team, Ebun was the Executive Director (Technical & Operations) at Tangerine Africa, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of technical and operational strategy for the start-up Financial Services group.

Ebun was appointed as CEO, Anglophone West Africa for Marsh in April 2021

Rebecca Namatovu is a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining CBS, she was a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School in Uganda. Her research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and development studies. She researches entrepreneurship mechanisms associated with informality, poverty, inequality, post-conflict and sustainability in Africa. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She serves as an associate editor of the Africa Journal of Management.

Rebecca Yusuf is a PhD Research Student and Teaching Fellow at Henley Business School, University of Reading in United Kingdom. Her current research interests include managing diverse workforces international workforces through time. She focuses on different perceptions of these groups of workers on HR practices enactment and influences on their interaction with one another as well as how they perceive their careers and follow certain career paths before  and during crises. At the meso level, she researches on mechanisms utilised by IDOs in the allocation of human resources pre and post pandemic to impact governance and international business practice. She also teaches on a wide range of modules offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students.