Professor Lawrence Abeln has been appointed recently as the President and Vice-Chancellor of Richmond, The American International University in London.

Professor Abeln received a Ph.D. in Management and M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar and member of Pembroke. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honours.

Having begun his academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor Abeln was appointed Director of the MBA Programme at MIT Sloan School of Management in 1995. At the age of 26, he was the youngest director of any internationally ranked MBA in the world at the time.

From 2007 to 2011, Professor Abeln was a member of the Faculty of Management at the University of Cambridge, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge which partners in the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary education for private and public sector organizations and professionals.

During his four years at Cambridge he was responsible for initiating and implementing over 100 partnerships with public and private sector organisations.

Previously, Professor Abeln was Associate Dean at Georgetown University in Washington DC and at The University of Texas at Austin School of Business. He was Dean and full Professor of the Business School at the University of Adelaide, one of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ institutions, and at the Asian Institute of Technology.

With extensive experience in international media as an economic and financial commentator, Professor Abeln has written on the trends in graduate management education.