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Professor Dana Brown

Principal of Leicester Castle Business School

Professor Dana Brown joined De Montfort University (DMU) in March 2016 as the founding Principal of Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS).

Raised by her mother in America with her father in England, Dana’s life and career has spanned the two countries and beyond. While completing her BA in Political Science and Slavic Languages at Rutgers University in New Jersey, she spent a year at Exeter University and a further year on Exeter’s Russian language programme in Moscow. After completing her BA, Dana was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study for the MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She later earned her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completing a dissertation on the intersection of market and social reform in former Soviet countries.

Dana has worked in and closely with business, starting in high school when she had the opportunity work alongside a former chief executive of F.W. Woolworth during the launch a new start-up retail venture. She was also amongst the first employees of Amazon.com, where she worked as Senior Manager of Operations in the period leading up to the company’s IPO. At MIT, she was part of an initiative of Sloan School of Management that invited executives from the global clothing and footwear industries to participate in emerging discussions about labour issues in global supply chains. She has worked with several companies in executive education and has supervised a number of student entrepreneurship projects, many of which have been launched into successful businesses.

In higher education, Dana served as Director of the Trenton Academic Centre at Rutgers University, facilitating early experiments in distance learning. After her Ph.D. she was appointed as University Lecturer in International Business at Said Business School and Clore Fellow of Management at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. At Oxford, Dana sat on the LMH Governing Body, Development and Strategic Planning Committees, and led the college’s student exchange programme. At Said Business School, she co-directed an interdisciplinary forum on Corporate Social Responsibility, the Oxford-Achilles Working Group on CSR. She moved to France in 2010 to take up a Professorship of Strategy at EM-LYON Business School, where she was also the Academic Director of the Doctorate in Business Administration run jointly with Sun-Yat sen University. In 2013, she returned to Oxford as the Director of the MBA at Said Business School and oversaw a curricular reform and significant growth and internationalisation of the programme. Dana has also taught executive education and MBA courses at Oxford, EMLYON, IE Business School and the American University in Cairo.  

In 2014, Dana completed certification as an Executive Coach with Meyler-Campbell in London and practices informally. She has worked for eight years as a selector for the Alfa Fellowship Programme, which sends young professionals from America, the UK and Germany on a ten month professional development programme in Moscow. Dana is also involved with Warm Heart, a social enterprise providing opportunities for children and their communities in the Phrao region of Thailand.

Dana is married to Nils and has three young daughters, Petra, Greta and Annika. Her family provides her with inspiration and support in everything she does.

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