Jikyeong became the tenth and first female President of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) on October 6, 2015, only nine months after joining AIM as Dean and MVP Chair in Marketing. In July 2019, in recognition of her numerous and significant contributions, the AIM Board of Trustees extended her appointment as its concurrent President and Dean through 2025.
Since joining AIM, Jikyeong has introduced many new initiatives and four new Masteral programs, and established a new School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship to house three of those four new programs (i.e., the Master in Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Innnovation and Business, and Master of Science in Data Science). The new School, along with the Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Laboratory, with the fastest super-computing facility in the Philippines, gained immediate traction and endorsement from industry, government, and potential students. Last year, shortly after launching the new School, she successfully brought in the single largest cash donation in the history of Philippine education, thereby increasing AIM’s endowment by 50%. To honor the donor as well as the intent of the endowment, the new School was named the Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (ASITE).
Prior to assuming her post at AIM, Jikyeong was Director of the DBA Programme at Manchester Business School (MBS) in the UK from 2010 to 2014. At MBS, she also served as Director of the Postgraduate Centre and Director of MBA Programmes where she was instrumental in propelling the full-time MBA Programme’s Financial Times ranking from 47th place in 2002 to 22nd in 2007, the highest ranking the Programme has ever achieved. Whilst she was in charge of the MBA Programmes, MBS became one of the first schools in the world to earn triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.
Jikyeong also taught at top business schools around the world as a Visiting Professor, including IE in Madrid; the RSM in Rotterdam; ESSEC in Paris; HEC in Montreal; CEIBS in Shanghai; and Sogang Graduate School of Business in Seoul.
Jikyeong has been the recipient of various research grants and has delivered consultancy work for many global organizations. She has also won several national and international awards for her research and leadership roles.
In 2005, Jikyeong was highly commended with the Public Sector for Asian Women of Achievement Award in the UK. In 2017, she received The Asia HRD Award for Contribution to Organization, which is bestowed upon individuals who have built their success on innovative systems, processes, and practices which have impacted overall employee development and productivity with an accompanying effect on the bottomline. In 2018, Jikyeong received the Brand Laureate Best Brands’ International Brand Personality Award. In 2019, her leadership and management acumen were again acknowledged with the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award for Corporate Excellence in Education and Training, for demonstrating sustainable growth, responsible leadership, and operational excellence.
Most recently, Jikyeong became a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, which is the oldest management association in the world, and in being faithful to its roots, constitutes an exclusive, by-invitation-only forum of world-class global thought and business leaders committed to co-create a leadership agenda to address critical opportunities brought about by global challenges.
In addition to serving on the International Board of AACSB, Jikyeong is a Board member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). She is also a Council member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS), providing opportunities for the advancement and development of business and management education in the Asia-Pacific region.
She is also an Independent Director of Security Bank, one of the Philippines' leading universal banks, and of Kesoram Industries, which is part of the B K Birla Group of Companies in India. She also serves on the international advisory boards of several premier international business schools.
Jikyeong earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota, her master’s degree from Colorado State University, and her bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.