Kwaku Atuahene-Gima is Founding President & Executive Dean of Nobel International Business School (NIBS) in Accra, Ghana. Prior to founding NIBS in October 2014, he was Professor of Innovation Management & Marketing at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai for nearly 10 years; during which time he was also the Founding Executive Director of CEIBS Africa Campus in Accra, Ghana for five years. He was the Department Chair of Marketing at CEIBS for 4 years and Founding Director of the Centre for Marketing & Innovation funded by Dow Chemical. In June 2006, he was an invited faculty participant in executive education on innovation at the Harvard Business School. He taught at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and at the City University of Hong Kong, where he was Department Chair of Management for 4 years, a role in which he managed the Department in the transition from a Polytechnic to a University, and served as the founding director of the Centre for Innovation Management and Organizational Change.
An award winning international scholar, Kwaku is ranked the Number 2 innovation management scholar in the world. He was appointed a member of the international expert panel for the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) in November 2015. Kwaku is the first, and to date, the only African scholar ever to have served on the Editorial Review Board of the American Journal of Marketing, the world’s leading marketing journal (July 2006 – June 2014). He has received an award as the Best Professor in Marketing and Innovation Management at Asia’s Best Business Schools Awards by CMO in Singapore. He has won several research awards including the 2014 Best paper published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the world’s leading journal in innovation management; multiple Best Paper awards at the American Marketing Association Conferences, and the Best Paper in innovation and technology for his paper published in the American Journal of Marketing in October 2005. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Award of the Journal Marketing in 2007. He is on the Senior Advisory and Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the European Journal of Marketing and on the review panel of several other academic journals. Several of his PhD students are Professors and researchers in leading Universities and companies.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Mannheim Business School and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management both in Germany where he teaches innovation management and entrepreneurship in the EMBA program and company executive programs. He is visiting Professor at University of Bocconi, University of New South Wales, Delft University of Technology, Cardiff Business School, Singapore Management University, Aston Business School, National University of Singapore, University of Newcastle, Halmstad University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jonkoping International Business School, Oulu Business School, and others.
Kwaku has consulted and/or conducted training workshops in innovation, strategy, leadership and marketing for many companies across several industries and countries. He was an invited strategy consultant at Vodafone Foundation Board Retreat at Royal Senchi, December 2015. His clients include Stanbic IBTC Bank, MTN, Sahel- Sahara Bank, Fidelity Bank, UT Bank, China Mobile, Philips, GE, LifeForms Ltd, Lenovo, Trend Micro Inc., WPP, Tianyu Mobile, BARCO, Sanofi-Aventis, Infinitus, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Danaher, DSM, Sony, Eli Lilly, Bayer Technology Services, Ernst & Young, Atlas Copco, Alcatel-Lucent, GSK, Intertek, UBS Financial Services; Guangdong Development Bank, Shanghai General Motors, Yili, and many others. He developed the Enterprise Innovation Management Model (EIMM)) – an innovation capability assessment model – currently used by consultants at the Hong Kong Productivity Council.
A sought-after speaker, Kwaku was a keynote speaker at the Vodafone Africa SME Summit; moderated the inaugural Ghana Economic Forum in Accra in March 2013, given keynote speeches at the Vodafone African Leaders Forum; Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Portugal forum on SME Entrepreneurship, the Economist Ghana Summit, the China Information Industry R&D Forum in Beijing, Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, and several other conferences. Kwaku has been interviewed by, and/or written for, the Financial Times of London, International Herald Tribune, the 21 Century Business Herald, Global Entrepreneur, China Daily, the Economist, BBC, CCTV, El Mundo of Spain, China Business News, Wall Street Journal, Africa Business, New African Magazine, Dragon TV, Joy FM, Citi FM, CNBC, France AITV, STARR FM, and several leading media houses. He is a member of the Speakers Academy, an international body of speakers sought after by companies.
He is a product of Acherensua Secondary School; Saint Stannilas College, Poperinge, Belgium; Mfantsipim School, University of Ghana, University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong, both in Australia.