Jawad Syed, Ph.D., FCPHR, is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (AACSB accredited), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) since 2016. Previously, he worked at the University of Kent as a Reader during 2007-14 and the University of Huddersfield as a Professor during 2014-16. His research and teaching interests include diversity management, human resource management, leadership, strategy, and business ethics.

Professor Syed obtained his Ph.D. in Business from Macquarie University (2008) and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Kent (2008). Prior to that, he received a Master of International Business from Western Sydney University (2001). He has also attended Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (2017), and Global Colloquium for Participant-Centered Learning (2019) at Harvard Business School (HBS). He has also attended Directors Training Program (DTP) at LUMS (2022) which is endorsed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

Prof Syed is a Co-Chair (2022-2025) of the European Academy of Management’s (EURAM) Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organizations (GRDO) Special Interest Group. He is the president of the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM) since 2016. He is a Fellow Certified HR Professional (FCPHR) of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) since 2021 and, prior to that, an Academic Fellow of CIPD during 2014-22. 

In academic leadership roles, Prof Syed has served as Dean of the Suleman Dawood School of Business (LUMS), Head of People, Management and Organizations Group (University of Kent), and Director of Talent, Diversity and Development Research Group (University of Huddersfield).

Professor Syed has edited and authored eight books and written more than 100 journal articles, including his articles in the British Journal of Management Human Relations, Gender, Work & Organization, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Human Resource Management Journal. His books include Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan), Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective (Sage), China’s Belt and Road Initiative in a Global Context (Springer), Employee Motivation in Saudi Arabia: An Investigation into the Higher Education Sector (Palgrave Macmillan), Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Cambridge), Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar), and Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion (Edward Elgar).

Prof Syed was conferred the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (the third-highest civilian award in Pakistan) in 2011 by the President of Pakistan for his contributions and public service in the field of equality and diversity management.
Prof Syed has successfully supervised 11 Ph.D. students to completion and has examined more than 20 Ph.D. theses at high-ranking universities such as the University of Melbourne, University of Bath, University of Cape Town, AUT University, University of Malaya, etc.

As a consultant and executive trainer, Professor Syed has helped several business and public sector organizations and higher education institutions in the areas of strategy, leadership development, human resource management, family business, diversity, ethics, pedagogy, communication, and change management.