Michael Barnes, DM '99

Posted 8.3.2016

Michael Barnes, DM '99

Dr. Michael J. Barnes, DM '99, has been appointed Principal and Chief Academic Officer of The British College in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Previously, Barnes served as Chair of the Accounting & Finance department within the Faculty of Economics & Commerce at Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He also has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as a visiting overseas professor in Vietnam at Ton Duc Thang University, RMIT University, Paris Graduate School of Management, the University of Economics (UEH) and the University of Technology (HUTECH). For three years (2012-15) he was the founding Dean and Professor of the School of Business & Economics at Tan Tao University in Long An Province, Vietnam.

Barnes served as assistant dean at Weatherhead in 2000 and later as MBA director for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He was the inaugural John F. Fiedler/BorgWarner Endowed Chair in Global Business Studies at Kent State University, Ohio, USA from 2003-07 teaching finance, economics, strategy, and marketing courses. Thereafter he founded US-style graduate schools of business in Dubai, UAE (as academic dean, Hult International Business School), in India (founding dean of JGBS at O.P. Jindal Global University), and was academic dean of the twin-campus (Dubai & Singapore) Global MBA programme at S. P. Jain School of Global Management.

In addition to his Doctor of Management degree from Weatherhead, Barnes holds a BSc (Econ) Honours degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and his MBA ‘74 is from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His research interests include global business strategy and corporate finance, global portfolio investment, and global regime formation around public goods issues (like Climate Change) which was the focus of his doctoral dissertation.

Before entering full-time academia in 2000, Michael worked 25 years in international banking - first at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York, then with J Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. Limited in London, England, and later as executive director of Lazard Asset Management, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Fuji International Finance, and The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), following his time as Investment Officer with The World Bank in Washington DC.

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