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Prof. Dr. Melodena Stephens


Prof. Melodena Stephens’ areas of research and consultancy are in strategy, focusing on crisis management, entrepreneurship and brands. She has over 25 years of experience at senior levels in both industry and academia. Prior to joining MBRSG, she was the first female Indian Dean of a University in Germany. Before that, she spent over a decade in the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UAE), one of the first private universities in the UAE, where she handled the roles of Deputy Dean and MBA Program Director. She has actively been involved in accreditation and accreditation committees (UAE, Germany) and institution outreach. She has lived in USA, India, Taiwan and Germany.


Her didactive approach to teaching has been to facilitate an inter-disciplinary, co-created problem-solving competency with a global mindset.  She has won several teaching and research awards, including two UAE National Research Foundation Grants. She is passionate about emerging markets especially the MENA region, and is frequently invited to panels and discussion forums. She has published extensively - over 130 publications and she is the Series Editor for the Actions & Insights series and author of the forthcoming book, “Business with Purpose”. Before her PhD, she worked in India for the Tata Group. Prof. Stephens is on several advisory boards.

 Prof. Stephens is the founder of the Academy of International Business – Middle East North Africa Chapter (AIBMENA), a nonprofit social initiative founded in 2009, now under MBRSG. It is a self-financing volunteer organization. The purpose of the organization is to act as an ambassador and champion for the MENA region by fostering research and teaching in the field of international business and policy.  AIBMENA was awarded the ‘Dubai Brand Ambassador Status’ by Dubai Conventions & Events Bureau, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in 2012 and jointly won the bid to host the AIB annual conference in 2017.

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