Prof Jawad Syed, PhD, Academic FCIPD, is co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights.

He is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (Lahore University of Management Sciences). His main academic interests include gender, race and diversity in organisations, international human resource management, business ethics, and organisational knowledge.

Previously, he served as Reader in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at University of Kent (2007-2014) and Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management at University of Huddersfield (2014-2016).

Prof Syed received his PhD in business from Macquarie University, Australia, and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK. In addition, he received Masters of International Business from the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He also attended Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Prof Syed is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

With a professional and academic career that spans over 25 years in academic institutions and business organisations in the United Kingdom, Australia and Pakistan, Prof Syed examines diversity and human resource management from relational, contextual and interdisciplinary perspectives, and focuses on critical integration of theory with practice.

He has widely written on these issues including his articles in the British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, Management Learning, and Gender, Work and Organization.

He is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of British Journal of Management, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Gender in Management.

In August 2010, Prof Syed co-founded and became a member of the first Working Group of the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM), a professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations in South Asia. http://southasianaom.org

Prof Syed has edited and authored several books, including Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective (Sage, 2015), Faith Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar, 2010), and, Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar, 2010)

Prof Syed has presented his research at various international conferences including Academy of Management (USA), European Academy of Management, ANZAM, BAM and CMS.

On Pakistan’s 65th Independence Day (14 August 2011), President Asif Zardari conferred the honour of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) on Prof Syed. He was awarded the civil decoration for his contributions and public service in the field of equality and diversity management in Pakistan. This is one of the nation’s highest awards.


Prof Edwina Pio, PhD is co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights. She is Professor of Diversity at the Business and Law School of Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Embodying her passion for interdisciplinary scholarship, her research interests encompass the intersections of work, ethnicity, religion and pedagogy. Prof Pio has a PhD in Buddhist Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a double Bachelor’s degree – one in Psychology and the other in Education. She has a certificate in Personal and Institutional Transformation and is a registered Counsellor with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. In leading people to the thresholds of their minds, she travels extensively to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and interacts with diverse audiences in the academic, business and social sector. She has been Visiting Professor at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA, and Visiting Academic at Cambridge University, UK.

Her accolades include a Fulbright award the Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship.and research fellowship at Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden. Prof Pio is the leader of the research group Immigration & Inclusion under the auspices of the New Zealand Work Research Institute. She chairs the Business Post Graduate Board of Studies and is a member of her University’s Post graduate Board and the Spirituality Steering Committee. She is an Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute, and a member of the Migration Integration Group, the Gender and Diversity Research Group. She has been on the Board of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and Chair of the Education committee, and also served as a Board member of Home & Family Counselling, Auckland. She works with women and children of domestic violence on a voluntary basis and is registered with the NZ Association of Counsellors.

She has received media attention for her research and her role as an ethnic minority educator and writer, and has been interviewed and featured on New Zealand TV, Maori TV, BBC radio, RadioNZ, the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Management.. She has won awards at the Academy of Management and the Society for Global Business and Economic Development. In 2008 her book “Sari: Indian women at work in New Zealand” was released by John Key, the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 2010 her book “Longing & Belonging” was released at Te Papa Wellington on Race Relations Day by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Human Rights Commission. In 2014 her book “Work & Worship” was released by the Race Relations Commissioner.


Dr Faiza Ali, PhD, is a co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights. She is Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to that she was a lecturer at the University of Kent, UK. Dr Ali has teaching experience in higher education for over ten years in UK, Australia and Pakistan.

Dr Ali completed her PhD in management from Macquarie university, Australia. In addition to this, she holds an MBA and masters degree in Economics. She has also successfully completed Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from University of Kent.

In terms of research, Dr Ali has published in high quality international journals on issues of gender, sexual harassment and Islam. She has written widely on equality and human resource management in a wide range of publications including: Gender, Work and Organization; Asia Pacific Journal of Management; Gender in Management: an International Journal; Women’s Studies International Forum; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and International Journal of Employment Studies.

Dr Ali has also presented her research at number of prestigious management conferences such as Academy of Management (AOM), European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).

Prof Peter A. Murray, PhD is a co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights. He is an experienced academic and researcher in the areas of diversity management and organisational learning with publications in high ranking journals. He has also published many books and book chapters.

Prof Murray is Associate Editor for the International Journal of Learning and Change and editorial Board member of many high ranking journals.

In recent years, Professor Murray has been focused on applied research in diversity and inclusion. Recent studies have examined how ethnic gendered minorities are able to cope with different inequality regimes in organisation and society. The latter study of professional gendered ethnic minorities in the UK and Australia (with Dr Ali) found that the coping strategies employed by these women varied depending on the context-specific circumstances experienced. The study was one of the first of its kind to explore how ethnic gendered minorities cope with workplace stressors in the form of problem-solving coping and emotion-focused coping. This study could easily be extended to race-relations studies. In what seems a natural progression, Professor Murray’s earlier research on women in management (with Professor Syed) articulates a ‘human rights’ stream by virtue of promoting equitable practices for working women managers in work environments that have not clearly favoured individual agency. This earlier work complements the latter focus on equity and diversity for ethnic minorities. Professor Murray’s focus here picks up on most well-known cases of business diversity that everyone is equal irrespective of race, religion, sex, ethnicity, age and occupation; yet, by placing ethnic minorities and/or women as minorities in occupational settings front and centre enables scholars and practitioners to use a different lens by which to study these groups.

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