LUMS strengthens its vision of excellence and world class education and research through the new Leadership of its Business and Law Schools.
Dr. Jawad Syed joins LUMS as the Dean and Professor of the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) while Dr. Martin Wilhelm Lau joins as the inaugural Dean and Professor of Law of the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL). Both professors will help to take LUMS further in its goals of internationalisation by becoming a key regional player in global academia.
Dr. Jawad Syed earned his PhD in Business from Macquarie University, Australia and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK. He comes to LUMS from the University of Huddersfield, UK, where he was Professor of Organisational Behavior and Diversity Management.
Dr. Syed currently serves as a member of several editorial boards and has published extensively in scholarly journals such as the Human Resource Management Journal and the British Journal of Management. Dr. Syed has published several books, including most recently Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective (2015). He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK.
Dr. Syed was conferred the Sitara-e-Imtiaz on August 14, 2011 by the President of Pakistan for his contributions and public service in the field of equality and diversity management.
Assuming the Dean’s role at LUMS, Dr. Syed said: “LUMS has already established itself as one of the finest centres of higher education in Pakistan. I am honoured to be a part of this incredible institution.”
Dr. Martin Lau holds a PhD in Law from the University of London. Prior to LUMS, Dr. Lau was a Professor in South Asian law and Deputy Head of Law School at The School of Oriental and African Studies, The University of London (SOAS). Additionally, he served as the Chief Examiner for Islamic Law for the LLB Programme at SOAS. Dr. Lau has held visiting appointments at Harvard Law School and Nagoya University. He has also worked as a consultant in relation to legal assistance projects in Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran.
As a Barrister at Essex Court Chambers, Dr. Lau regularly advises on South Asian, Middle Eastern and Islamic law. He is also the co-editor of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.
Upon joining LUMS, Dr. Lau said: "I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to help educate and train the next generation of Pakistan's legal professionals and look forward to working with the faculty and students to make LUMS a leading centre for legal education and research in Pakistan and internationally.”
Commenting on the new dynamic Leadership, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Vice Chancellor, LUMS, said: “Dr. Jawad Syed brings with him a wealth of experience of working in industry and academia in leadership positions. His superb research record and great energy bodes well for the Suleman Dawood School of Business in its quest to join the elite ranks of the premier business schools in the Region.
As a lawyer, professor, and colleague, Dean Dr. Lau is extraordinarily well suited to be the new Dean of Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law. As an expert in Pakistani constitutional law, having lived and done research in Pakistan, his decision to accept our invitation to join LUMS, is indeed to be celebrated.”