Dr Vishwajeet Rana completed an MBA from Ohio University and gained an MS and PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr Rana has executed a number of complex cross-border equity-/debt-structured investments and financing transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong while working at HSBC’s New York office. He enjoys evaluating different global education models and applying them to unlock the potential of students through higher education.
Professor Ray Lloyd joined GBS as CEO in September 2020. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and a Head of Department and then a Dean at Abertay University.
Professor Lloyd’s first degree was in mathematics, a subject he taught for several years both in London and then Botswana, where he held several positions with Botswana Athletics, including Director of Coaching.
He returned to the UK in 1996 to undertake a Master’s degree in Sports Science, later gaining a PhD in the same discipline. He has worked widely as a sports consultant with several sporting institutions including the English Premier League, First Class Cricket, Tennis, and Squash.
His current portfolio spans the academic life of the University including Research, Academic Partnerships, and Student Support. Professor Lloyd is a trustee of the Zimbabwe Educational Trust charity and has chaired the board of two Multi-Academy Trusts in West Yorkshire.
Professor Donald Pennington has spent over thirty years working in the UK Higher Education sector. His extensive experience includes quality assurance, quality enhancement, and partnership working. He is currently a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
Before joining GBS in 2017 as Director of Quality Enhancement, Professor Pennington held senior roles at Coventry University (as Pro Vice Chancellor) and the Institute of Education, University College London (as Director of Quality and Academic Standards).
Dr Melissa Willby brings with her 30 years of experience in both the American Study Abroad and UK Higher Education sectors. She is accomplished at developing quality programmes that bring businesses and NGOs into the classroom to enhance learning.
Dr Willby was formerly Academic Director of the Mountbatten Program in London, Dean at Hult International Business School, and former Internship Director at Syracuse University’s London campus. Before this she was a lecturer at Richmond, the American International University in London. Her passion for education also manifested in her role as Director of the educational charity, the Rudolf Steiner Book Trust, a role which spanned two decades.
In her current capacity as Dean at GBS, Dr Willby is responsible for the School’s academic administration and external relations. She supports and promotes the highest quality educational programmes, research, and public service.
Liudmila Umarbaeva is GBS’s Academic Registrar. Liudmila joined GBS in 2014 and has spent over six years working in the UK Higher Education sector. Her experience includes managing GBS’s quality assurance systems, Home Office and UKVI compliance, as well as governance and HR.
Before joining GBS Liudmila was a Quality Officer and lecturer at the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University Law faculty’s UNESCO Department for Constitutional Law and Gender Policy. She also completed internships at the legal departments of the Executive Office of the President and Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Liudmila holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University, and has undertaken postgraduate research on the constitutional and legal integration of human rights policies into the healthcare sector. She has taught classes and published numerous scholarly articles related to her research interests. Liudmila also holds an MBA from the University of Gloucestershire.
Stanley Johnson is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for animal welfare. He is an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and a recipient of the Greenpeace Award for Services to the Environment.
He previously served on the staff of the World Bank, worked with the European Commission during 1973-1979 as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division, and served as MEP for Wight and Hampshire until 1982. Mr. Johnson is also an accomplished novelist and prize-winning poet.
After studying Economics at Cambridge and Yale, Sir Tim Lankester joined the British Civil Service in 1973. He held several senior positions at the Treasury (including roles as Britain’s Director on the boards of the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Investment Bank), as well as prominent roles at the Department for International Development and the Department for Education.
During 1978-1981 he was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. From 1981-1983 he was seconded from the Civil Service to investment bank S. G. Warburg. He was knighted for public service in 1994.
Lady Gabriella Kingston is a prominent author and philanthropist. She advises Latin American companies expanding into the UK (and vice-versa), drawing from her experience living in the region and from her work with Latin America’s public and private sectors over the past twelve years.
Lady Gabriella is an accomplished writer, having featured in several prominent UK media outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life, The Spectator, and The London Magazine. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Linacre College, Oxford.