Faculty of Management, Director's Profile

Dr. Michael J. Barnes

Dr. Michael J. Barnes was appointed Director of the Faculty of Management and Faculty of Law effective February, 2019. Previously he was Professor of Jindal Global Law School teaching Finance & Management in 2017, and was Director of the University Office of Alumni & Development. Later, he was named as the founding Dean of Jindal School of Banking & Finance (JSBF) commencing operations in 2018 with the launch of the B.Com. (Hons.) Programme, and Director of the JGLS Master of Business Laws Programme - also planned to commence in 2018. 

Previously, he was Principal and Chief Academic Officer of The British College in Kathmandu, Nepal which directly delivers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees awarded by two U.K. universities. Prior to that, Michael was Chair of the Accounting & Finance department within the Faculty of Economics & Commerce at Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He also taught undergraduate and graduate courses as a visiting overseas professor in Vietnam at Ton Duc Thang University, RMIT University, Paris Graduate School of Management, the University of Economics (UEH) and the University of Technology (HUTECH). For three years (2012-15) he was the founding Dean and Professor of the School of Business & Economics at Tan Tao University in Long An Province, Vietnam, close to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Professor Barnes first came to India and JGU in 2010 - as founding Dean and Professor of Management of Jindal Global Business School, graduating the first MBA cohort in 2012. Immediately before coming to India he had served as Academic Dean for S.P. Jain School of Global Management’s Global MBA Programme in the twin campuses of Dubai /Singapore, having previously founded as Academic Dean, Hult International Business School’s first ever ‘satellite campus’ in Dubai, UAE in 2007-08. From 2000 he was Assistant Dean for Action Learning & Corporate Liaison at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), and later MBA Director for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He was named inaugural John F. Fiedler/BorgWarner Endowed Chair in Global Business Studies at Kent State University, Ohio, USA (2003-07) teaching finance, economics, global strategy, and international business courses before taking up his decanal duties 2007-2017. 

Michael holds a BSc (Hons.) in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, his MBA is from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and his Doctor of Management degree was awarded by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA in 1999. His research interests include global business strategy, law in business, global portfolio investment, and global regime formation around public goods issues (like Climate Change) which was the focus of his doctoral dissertation. 

Before entering full-time academia in 2000, Michael worked for 25 years in international banking - first at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York, then with J Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. Limited in London, England, and later as executive director of Lazard Asset Management, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Fuji International Finance, and The Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), following his time as Investment Officer with The World Bank in Washington DC.