Asia Pacific Advisory Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council (APAC) is to: (1) advise the AACSB Board of Directors and staff on key issues and challenges, and assist in setting priorities related to business education and AACSB’s activities and engagement in the Asia Pacific context; (2) enhance AACSB’s ability to understand and serve the quality improvement needs of business schools in Asia Pacific; (3) provide guidance to the Board of Directors and staff in designing and implementing a strategic plan for AACSB’s mission in the region, and in creating metrics to evaluate progress; (4) assist the staff in identification and planning of AACSB programming, and new service development to meet the needs of Asia Pacific business schools; and (5) recommend candidates for AACSB governance roles thereby increasing representation and engagement of schools from Asia Pacific.

APAC’s work is driven by the five opportunities of the Collective Vision for Business Education:

  • Catalysts for Innovation: Powering business creation and economic development through entrepreneurship and management innovation
  • Co-creators of Knowledge: Convening and partnering at the intersection of academe and practice to reveal new insights
  • Hubs of Lifelong Learning: Connecting expertise and experiences to create opportunities across career life cycles
  • Leaders on Leadership: Discovering new insights into effective leadership, and creating environments that train and nurture leaders
  • Enablers of Global Prosperity: Driving positive impact and encouraging students to use management skills for the greater good

Council members are invited to bring their perspectives, expertise and insights to discussions as the Council seeks to improve business education worldwide and to engage with the AACSB network in matters of mutual interest for mutual advantage.

Structure

No later than May 1, the Vice Chair-Chair Elect (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made), or his or her designated representative, invites suggestions for the members of the APAC for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Members of the Board of Directors, current APAC members, and AACSB staff are encouraged to submit names of possible candidates. Recommendations are due to the Vice Chair-Chair Elect of the Board of Directors within 14 days of the request.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect, in consultation with the current APAC Chair and the AACSB staff liaison, as appropriate, appoints members of APAC no later than June 1 with council members taking office July 1.

APAC is composed of a Chair and up to eleven members appointed by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect. Of the twelve members, at least five are deans or those holding similar roles representing AACSB accredited Organizations located in the Asia Pacific region. The remainder may be deans or those holding senior leadership roles representing Asia Pacific institutions that, at the time of appointment, are either member Organizations, member Organizations formally accepted into the AACSB initial accreditation process, or representatives from business Organizations or business practice. APAC may, on occasion, include members from outside the region who possess expertise on, or have experience in, the Asia Pacific region.

Each APAC member serves a one-year term and may be reappointed, subject to the approval of the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect and current APAC Chair. APAC members may not serve more than a total of three consecutive years on the Council, although the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect may extend terms as deemed necessary to fulfill the charge of the Council. Service as the APAC Chair may extend the total service beyond three years while occupying the Chair position.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect appoints an APAC Chair who represents an AACSB accredited Organization. The APAC Chair serves a one-year term and may be reappointed as Chair for a second year by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect.

The composition of APAC reflects AACSB’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The APAC Chair and the APAC staff liaison ensure that APAC membership includes diversity in gender, country representation, job functions/roles, etc. as represented within Asia Pacific business schools and the communities they serve.

Chair

Lin Zhou, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Members

Uree Cheasakul, Assumption University of Thailand 
Youngho Eom, Yonsei University
Ruey-Shan Guo, National Taiwan University
Vikas Gupta, Deloitte LLP 
Kazuo Ichijo, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University 
Michelle Lee, Singapore Management University 
Arfah Salleh, Unitar International University
Eko Suwardi, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Kar Yan Tam, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
Fan Wang, Sun Yat-sen University
Gregory Whitwell, The University of Sydney

Staff Liaison

Annie Lo, Senior Vice President and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB International