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Inspiration supervisor awarded Alumnus of the Year 2019

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An inspirational professor has seen off stiff competition to be crowned Brunel University London’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year.

Prof Yogesh Dwivedi, who completed his Master’s and PhD at Brunel in 2002 and 2006, respectively, was recognised by the university’s worldwide community for his outstanding contributions to teaching, research and academia.

“I am truly humbled and delighted to hear this excellent news,” said Prof Dwivedi.

“Thank you Brunel for this recognition and award! I am grateful to all those who supported and voted for me.”

Prof Dwivedi is currently based at the School of Management at Swansea University, where he is Professor of Digital Marketing and Innovation, University Dean of Academic Leadership, Director of the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) and Co-Director of Research.

Throughout his career, Prof Dwivedi has successfully supervised over 20 doctoral students to completion and has examined more than 70 doctoral theses at various institutions. In recognition of his efforts to provide supportive, stimulating and inspirational supervision, he was selected as one of the five finalists for the ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ Award as part of the prestigious annual Times Higher Education Awards 2017, recognising his commitment to supporting scholars at all stages of their careers.

Prof Dwivedi has also published more than 300 highly cited articles in a range of leading academic journals and conferences, in addition to co-editing/co-authoring over 20 books on technology adoption, e-government, information systems theory, e-word of mouth and social media.

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Dr Anabel Gutierrez is one of those that nominated Prof Dwivedi for the award. She recognises that, during his career journey, the professor has “gone on to contribute to the development of future generations at different levels”, commenting that “student feedback has always been outstanding and his supervisory style has been exceptional, contributing to the development of 20 doctoral students.”

Dr Gutierrez also credits Prof Dwivedi’s “constructive and robust style for examination” where he has “mentored and coached new staff and colleagues, making a difference not only to students but to anyone in academia who is looking to improve their research skills”, overall citing his “solidarity to the academic community.”

Dr Dhaval Thakker – who also nominated Prof Dwivedi – explained how the professor is not only “a role model for someone working in academia” but also for “graduates looking to make academia and research leadership their career.”

Further nominations refer to Prof Dwivedi as a “pioneer in the area of e-commerce and management” (Dr Inderjeet Singh) and someone who is well known in both the Brunel Business School and Computer Science Department for his “continuous collaboration with Brunel staff in research, publications and grants” (Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli). He is also known for his “great personality” and for being “very helpful to colleagues and students” (Dr Yousra Asaad).

The Brunel Alumni of the Year award is an annual event which recognises the outstanding professional achievements of our graduates, along with their commitment to their community and ongoing contribution to Brunel through volunteering and advocacy.

For further information on Brunel’s alumni, please visit: brunel.ac.uk/alumni/Brunel-Alumni/meet-our-alumni

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