Pakistan-born Dr. Kamal Munir appointed as VC at Cambridge

Dr. Munir is a Reader in Strategy and Policy at the Judge Business School and Academic Director at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. He is also a University Race and Inclusion Champion.

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Dr. Kamal Munir, a Pakistan-born professor has been appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, UK.

National media reports suggest that Dr. Munir was appointed for a tenure of three years, starting from October 1st, 2021. The professor has been associated with the varsity’s Judge Business School for two decades now.

Dr. Munir is a Reader in Strategy and Policy at the Judge Business School, and Academic Director at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. He is also a University Race and Inclusion Champion.

He will be one of the five Pro-Vice-Chancellors who support the Vice-Chancellor and provide academic leadership to the university.

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According to Pakobserver, Dr. Munir would be responsible for the development and implementation of strategy and policy relating to all staff, with a particular focus on equality and diversity as a Pro-VC at Cambridge.

Additionally, he will also work with the university museums, developing their collections as an aid in research and teaching, and in public engagement with those outside the University community: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

“The role has been restructured with a greater emphasis on diversity, which is quite exciting,” says Kamal.

“We started doing some work on this a few years ago, but it’s really intensified over the past year. We really want Cambridge to be a leader in terms of how diverse, forward-thinking, and progressive it is.”

As a result of the Legacies of Enslavement project, the University museum collections are under new scrutiny, but also have a new opportunity to reach out to the wider world.

Research and Professional Experience

Dr. Kamal Munir’s research interests according to Cambridge’s faculty page include Strategy in highly turbulent and disruptive competitive environments; positioning in ecosystems; platform-based strategy; business models; economic development and national competitiveness.

According to the website, Dr. Munir has published several articles in leading organizational and technology journals, including the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Annals of the Academy of Management, Organization Studies, Research Policy and Cambridge Journal of Economics, and presented his work at numerous international conferences.

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At the same time, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Dawn, and Economic and Political Weekly.

 

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