Annual Conference Speaker

Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business & Law at Coventry University

Kai Peters is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business & Law at Coventry University and a member of the Coventry University Group Leadership Team.

Previously, he was Dean/Director of Ashridge, the business school located in Berkhamsted, near London from 2003 to 2015. Following the 2015 strategic alliance of Ashridge with Hult International Business School, Peters was appointed Chief Academic Officer of the combined institution.

Prior to joining Ashridge, Peters was Dean, and previously director of MBA programs, of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of Erasmus University in the Netherlands from 1993 to 2003.

Peters serves on supervisory and advisory boards for the Amsterdam-based artificial intelligence company Newsconsole, and for the Hamburg-based e-Health company GAIA. He was a board member of Centrepoint, a London-based charity for homeless youth. He also serves in various capacities for educational associations including AACSB, EFMD, EFMD, GMAC and CABS. He is owner and was managing director (89-93) of a company in the German publishing sector and has worked for both IBM and Volkswagen in organisational development.

Peters has written or co-written 10+ books and chapters and 50+ academic and practitioner articles on leadership and management education including Steward Leadership: A Maturational Perspective in 2013 and Rethinking Business Schools in 2018. He has been twice selected in the UK for HR magazine’s top 100 HR professionals.

He holds degrees from York University, Toronto and University of Quebec in Chicoutimi; (Canada) and Erasmus University (Netherlands).

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