Dipak Jain, a renowned Indian professor in the US, has been appointed as the new head of the Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
Jain, 61, will take over as the European president of the premier global business school in China replacing Pedro Nueno who held the position for 28 years.
In his previous job roles, Jain worked as a dean of two of the world’s leading business schools – the Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD. He will work alongside his Chinese counterpart Li Mingjun.
“We are targeting any individual who has an interest in China. Someone who might want to work here and perhaps try and create something here; an individual who is trying to build a bridge between this part of the world and anywhere else,” Jain said.
“This to me is the real CEIBS thing-leaders who have an interest in China or the region,” he stated.
Exuding confidence that the new role will grant him the opportunity to study a country that he has seen mainly from outside, Jain said he put forth the importance of business education to “put structure on unstructured problems”.
Brought up in Assam, Jain, who lives in Chicago and works in Shanghai for 10 to 15 days each month, has been teaching marketing at CEIBS since September last year when he took on the president-designate role.