It is our sincere pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Olivier Roche as the Dean of School of Business and Economics (SOBE) at WIUT.
Before joining Westminster International University in Tashkent, Dr. Olivier Roche was Associate Dean, Director of Global Programmes, and Professor of Management at Salisbury University, USA. During his tenure as Associate Dean, Dr. Roche was the Chief Academic Officer and Chair of the Assurance of Learning Committee. The Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University is AACSB accredited for general business and holds the separate accreditation in accounting. Under his leadership, the business school was successfully re-accredited in 2019.
In 2016, Dr. Roche was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Business and Management of Technology at the Belarusian State University. During his grant, he taught strategic management and international case analysis in the MBA program and was subsequently voted best instructor of the year. In 2017, as a Fulbright specialist, he supported the institution in its application for initial AACSB accreditation. Additionally, while completing his PhD, he served as Associate Academic Director of the corporate governance programme at McGill University's Executive Institute.
Dr. Roche has over 15 years of industry experience prior to his academic career. He was an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and an investment banker in Tokyo and Hong Kong. As the Head of Regional Research, focused on the energy sector, he was involved in the IPOs of the three largest oil companies in China: Petrochina, Sinopec and CNOOC. He holds a PhD in management from McGill University, a MBA in finance from North Texas University, a LLM from Georgetown Law School, and a LLB from the University of Paris. As a licensed attorney in the State of New York, he is an arbitrator at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA). His research interests include corporate governance, employee-owned companies, senior management teams, and decision-making processes.
We would like to offer our most sincere congratulations to Dr. Roche upon his assumption of new position and responsibilities as Dean of School of Business and Economics!