About Roland

Roland Xavier is currently the Deputy Dean of Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship at University Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Malaysia. He is also the Programme Director of the Entrepreneurship programmes in collaboration with Babson College, Boston, USA.

Prior to academia he started his career with Andersen Consulting providing consultation services to the local banking industry. His working experience (spanning 20 years) has included senior managerial positions in sales, marketing, production and distribution in a NYSE listed company, Asia Pulp & Paper. He was involved in setting up business development offices throughout Malaysia. He founded and managed a company called Direct 2000 which was later sold. He became a business practitioner as the Country Manager of the Malaysian E-Pulp n Paper country office for 8 years partnering with an international e-commerce group.

Key workshops he has participated in include ‘Entrepreneurship for Educators’ by Babson College, Boston and ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship’ by Stanford Research Institute (SRI) USA. Additionally he is the National Team leader (since 2009) for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and is a member of the National Successful Tran-Generational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) family business research program. He was nominated a Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) since 2011 representing his university. Currently he represents his university for the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Educators (GCEE), the convener for excellence in entrepreneurship education throughout the world by Babson College. He was appointed ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for Entrepreneurship, New Venture Development and Marketing Strategy (since 2007) to the OPEN University Malaysia (OUM) a virtual online distance learning university.

He is a keen researcher and has presented papers at international conferences widely and published in both local and international journals in the field of Entrepreneurship. Among the journals are Malaysian Management Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, International Journal of Business Administration, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship.  His most recently published book is entitled ‘Malaysian Entrepreneurship: A Multi-National Comparison’. He is also an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research (JGER), since 2012 and a Reviewer of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies focusing on SEA. His speaking engagements on entrepreneurship and its education strategy have ranged from the George Washington University, Academy of International Business (AIB) conference, Washington DC, to Higher Education conferences in Malaysia.

Currently he is involved in a research proposal with a grant value USD800,000  i.e. GEM-International Development Research Centre (IDRC) South East Asia entrepreneurship research, and is the Research Project Leader. Additionally he has been appointed the lead author for the GEM Global Entrepreneurship Report 2013.

His consultancy and corporate training include companies like PETRONAS, BioTech Entrepreneurship Special Training (BEST), SME Bank and local universities. He was appointed the Chief Rapporteur for the World Bank Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, 2012.

Roland’s first degree is the LL.B (Hons) from the University of London, U.K. He then completed the MBA specializing in Strategic Marketing with Charles Sturt University, Australia and was nominated valedictorian. He obtained his Doctorate in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Areas that currently encapsulate his research interests include Corporate Entrepreneurship, New Venture Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation Strategies and National Entrepreneurship Development.

His major pastime includes running, hiking and learning about new cultures throughout the world.

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