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Chief Executive, The Association of Business Schools

Anne Kiem has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools.  Anne joins the Association from her position as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Financial Services, where she has led on strategic development, implementation, and the establishment of the Institute's relationships with government and business.

Anne also brings to the ABS her experience of working in a large multi-national, financial services company, and a background in developing education programmes and teaching.  She starts in post in the week commencing 3 November.

Commenting on her appointment, Anne Kiem said: "I am delighted to be joining the Association of Business Schools at what is an exciting time, especially with the prospect of the Royal Charter ahead. Business schools are pivotal in producing the business managers of the future, not just in large organisations but also in the hugely important small and medium-sized businesses.

I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues, the Executive Committe, and members to build on the firm foundations, develop new and innovative ways to deliver the aims of the ABS, and deliver value for the membership."

Professor Angus Laing, Chairman of the Association of Business Schools, said: "Anne brings extensive experience of business, educational and non-profit sectors.  Under her leadership we aim to maintain our excellent recent track record of advocacy and lobbying government, and build additional value to our members through engagement with business and the provision of services and insights, which are responsive to the needs of UK business schools.  We are delighted to welcome her to the ABS."


Head of the School of Chemistry, Newcastle University

Professor Ulrich Stimming has been appointed Head of the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University. He was Chair of Technical Physics at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and Scientific Advisor and Principal Investigator at TUM CREATE in Singapore and CEO of TUM CREATE, the Centre for Electromobility.

He has more than 300 publications in scientific journals, 12 patents and was made a fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and awarded the Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal by the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2010.

Founder and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Fuel Cells - From Fundamentals to Systems, Professor Stimming is a member of various national and international academicadvisory committees, serving on evaluation panels of the European Research Council.

He also co-ordinated a research network in electromobility between Germany and China for the Association of Leading Technical Universities in Germany (TU9), and was co-director of the Joint Institute for Advanced Power Sources of TUM and Tsinghua University from 2010 to 2014.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation), Newcastle University

Professor Richard Davies has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation) at Newcastle University.  Richard is currently Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Durham University.  An internationally-recognised geoscientist, he spent the first half of his career working in the oil and gas sector around the world.  This involved him working extensively with a wide range of stakeholders including industry, national governments, and NGOs. 

He began his academic career at Cardif University in 2003 and joined Durham in 2006.  For the past eight years he has held a number of pan-university leadership roles, including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute - establishing it as one of Durham's most successful Institutes.

Richard joins the University on 11 August, 2014.