Key Speakers at the IMRA-ABRM International Conference, Cambridge, UK

Caroline PrestonCaroline Preston
Founder and Global Sales & Marketing Director for MOJO Maker mobile phones

Caroline studied fine art, which isn’t the most obvious route into the mobile phone business. But then again Caroline’s life has never been obvious. After heading up the sales and marketing divisions of many the UK’s largest mobile phone distributers she became one of the first female associate board directors of the John Caudwell telecoms empire. However, the most impressive things she has seen have not been in the boardrooms of listed companies but on the streets and remote villages in place like Brazil, China and Iraq.  In 2008 she decided that she would create her own mobile phone handset company. MOJO Maker launched and was an instant hit across Tesco stores so she started to explore sales around the globe. How difficult could it be?

Well after being shot at in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, talking global politics with her armed guard in Iraq and being charmed by pig farmers (or something similar) in China she is discovering that it’s slightly more complicated than she first though.

However, throughout her travels the one thing Caroline has noticed is just how empowering mobile phones are and she is convinced that the more mobiles there are the more opportunities disadvantaged people will have. She has seen how mobile phones can empower the poor in these disadvantaged areas. They create jobs wealth and opportunities. Caroline is a respected industry figure and has had opinion pieces published in trade magazines around the world.

Frank VandallProf. Frank Vandall
Emory University School of Law, USA

Professor Frank J. Vandall is one of the most senior faculty members at Emory University School of Law, where he has taught for over 40 years.  He teaches Torts and Products Liability and has a casebook in each subject.  His areas of emphasis are public policy, tobacco and gun litigation.  He has written seven books dealing with diverse subjects, such as strict liability and police training, and he has authored over thirty-five civil litigation articles on topics such as the Ford Pinto, the social costs of tobacco, casino gambling, city suits against gun manufacturers and internet gambling.  He was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the Roger Traynor Research Scholar at Hastings College of the Law.

Professor Vandall recently testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the question of whether corporations should be criminally prosecuted for manufacturing a product that is knowingly defective and takes lives.  He taught in Ohio and Georgia and has presented papers in England, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.  His B.A. was earned at Washington and Jefferson College, his J.D. at Vanderbilt and his L.L.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Wisconsin.

His most recent book is “A History of Civil Litigation:  Political and Economic Perspectives” was published by Oxford University Press (2011)

Paurav ShuklaProf. Paurav Shukla
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Paurav Shukla is a Professor of Luxury Brand Marketing at GCU. His research interests include cross-cultural consumer behaviour, luxury marketing and branding, and marketing in emerging markets. Paurav’s career began in industry, and he continues to work hand in hand with industry as a researcher, practitioner and advisor.

He has published many articles in top-tier academic journals, chapters to edited books, and popular accounts of his work have appeared in the Woman’s Wear Daily, Luxury Society, Business Week, National Post of Canada and LiveMint Wall Street Journal, among others. He has also delivered corporate training, teaching and consulting assignments for organisations in Europe, Asia and North Africa, and has been actively involved in funded research projects.  For more info visit: www.pauravshukla.com

Jatin PancholiDr. Jatin Pancholi
Middlesex University, London, UK

Dr. Jatin Sureshchandra Pancholi teaches Accounting & Finance for MBA Programme at the Middlesex University, London. He has been associated with the Standard & Poor’s USA, Staffordshire University UK, Cheng Du University of Technology China, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) India, SVKM’s NMIMS University India, to name a few. He possesses wide range of experience in the area of steel, real estate, banking, insurance, Information Technology, TV serial production and management consulting and training.  He has rich experience of consulting and corporate training assignments in the area of cost management, measuring business performance, Balanced Scorecard, Activity Based Costing Management, Financial Management, Leadership and Strategic Management.

Dr. Pancholi has to his credit articles and research papers, published and presented at national and international conferences and seminars. He has successfully completed an international research project of European Union-India Cross Cultural Innovation Network, UK. He was invited as the Guest Editor of an internationally refereed journal published by Springer Publication, UK. His one of the papers is also published in the Journal of American Academy of Business, USA and also presented at the Global Business & Finance Research Conference, London, UK where he was awarded ‘Best Paper Award’. The largest funding body of the UK: the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), has recently awarded him a research grant for his work. He has been a part of several other research project grants. He has provided his editorial and reviewer services to various reputed international refereed journals. Further details about his activites can be found on his personal website www.jatinpancholi.com

mark-t-jonesMark T Jones
Director, Centre for Innovative Leadership Navigation, UK

Mark is a fervent internationalist, who is widely travelled. In the year 2000 he initiated and oversaw a major humanitarian venture into war-torn Sierra Leone, and then spent two years in the Middle East where he worked in Jordan (2002 – 2004). An orator of distinction, he is the author of several books and numerous articles, and in 2009 produced a forward strategy for the sericulture sector in Bangladesh entitled: Rajshahi – the Silk Sensation. He is the co-author of Developing the Ministerial Mindset – A Global View (2013). Mark trains Executives and Legislative Leaders as well as being an advisor on trade and investment in frontier markets. Having formulated Jones’ Octagon of Success (JOOS) he is in considerable demand internationally advising and training corporate and institutional executives. Mark believes that many of the current economic and geopolitical difficulties in the world are the result of a combination of a poverty of leadership, poor regional/market knowledge and a lack of strategic vision.

He sits on the Board of the Kitenge Africa Foundation, a Ugandan charity that works assiduously to assist vulnerable children on the streets of Kampala, as well as being a trustee of Tear Drop Love, a UK based charity that supports the arts as a means of fostering communal harmony within post civil conflict Sri Lanka.  Mark also serves as the Executive Director of the Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA).
As part of Mark’s active commitment to scholarly endeavour he sits on the Advisory Board of the Gumbad Business Review (India) and the Advisory Committee of the International Journal of Contemporary Research in Management & Social Sciences (India), and also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Business & Retail Management Research (UK) and the International Journal of Business & Economic Development (UK). Mark is am Vice-President of the Expertise Forum – A Think Tank society focusing on the Sustainable Development of South Asian countries. In 1994 Mark was elected a Freeman of the City of London.