Dear AIB colleagues,


Pushed by the current context, Migration, Business & Society, in collaboration with the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), will host a webinar titled:


Migration, Humanitarian Action, and Business: Where do we stand and where should we be heading?



April 6 at 18:00-19:30 CET


You are cordially invited to join us!


Event summary:


As geopolitical crises unfold and the world turns its attention to the movement of people across borders, management scholars endeavoring to inform business and policy must open new lines of inquiry if they are to maximize impact. In this webinar, Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, and the lead-guest editors of three forthcoming special issues on migration and business Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury (Harvard University), Stacey Fitzsimmons (University of Victoria), and Betina Szkudlarek (University of Sydney) will discuss where we currently stand and where we should be heading. Peter Buckley, Distinguished Professor of International Business at the University of Leeds, will join the conversation and share his views on how the multitude of skills and experiences that business scholars bring on board could be leveraged for positive change. This event will be co-hosted by Migration, Business & Society and the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL).


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Speakers’ biographies are listed below:


Peter Buckley: Peter is Professor of International Business, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds, Professor of International Business, University of Queensland and Visiting Professor at the Open University of Hong Kong. Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), Fellow of the British Academy of Management (BAM), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), Fellow of the Japan Academy of International Business Studies. President of the Academy of International Business (2002-04). Chair of the European International Business Academy (2009-2012). Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 2012 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), 2014.


Alexander Betts: Alexander is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, and Associate Head (Doctoral and Research Training) of the Social Science Division, at the University of Oxford. He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017, and he currently leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme, which undertakes participatory research on the economic lives of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Alexander’s recent books include Transforming a Broken Refugee System (2017), Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (2016), Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (2016). His TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people.


Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury: Raj is the Lumry Family Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor at Wharton prior to joining Harvard. His research is focused on studying the Future of Work, especially the changing Geography of Work. In particular, he studies the productivity effects of geographic mobility of workers, causes of geographic immobility and productivity effects of remote work practices such as ‘work from anywhere’ and ‘all-remote’. His research has been published (or is forthcoming) in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Annals, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, Harvard Business Review, and has been cited in BBC, Bloomberg News, CNBC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, among other outlets. He earned his Doctorate from Harvard, has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Prior to academia, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Microsoft and IBM. 


Stacey Fitzsimmons: Stacey is an Associate Professor of International Management at University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Her research objective is to improve the way people work with others across cultures. She does this by examining how multicultural, immigrant and refugee employees contribute to their global teams and organizations. Stacey's research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Review, and Organization Studies. She received the AOM’s International Human Resources Scholarly Research award and WAIB’s emerging scholar award. She is currently editing two special issues; one on global mobility in the Journal of International Business Studies, and one on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Journal of World Business.


Betina Szkudlarek: Betina is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. Betina’s core research interests lie at the intersection of cross-cultural management, international HRM, and management of diversity. Her work on refugee workforce integration has been published in top-tier international journals, featured in international press and informed policymakers worldwide. She is the lead editor of the SAGE Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management. Betina has worked with numerous multinational corporations and not-for-profits on fostering global leadership excellence. Beyond her academic commitments, Betina holds the post of Strategic Sustainability and Growth Consultant with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).


Best wishes,





Aida Hajro

Professor of International Business

Director of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds

Co-founder: Migration, Business & Society  

University of Leeds | 14 Cromer Terrace | Leeds | LS2 9JR

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