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Professor Densil Williams
Professor Densil Williams

Densil A. Williams is a renowned academic in the field of Business and Management. He is a Professor of International Business, former Principal of the UWI Five Islands Campus, and also the former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Industry/Academic Partnerships and Planning at the UWI. Before joining the UK in 2007, he served in the private sector as a Business Analyst in Strategy and Transformation at one of Jamaica’s largest multinational corporations. He is the youngest person to be promoted to the rank of Professor at the UWI, Mona Campus, and also the first person in the history of the Business and Management Department to be promoted to Professor.

Professor Williams has led several transformational initiatives in administrative processes, research and innovation, and teaching and learning while at UWI. For example, he spearheaded the establishment of the first Bloomberg Finance Lab in a business school in the Caribbean. The lab went on to win an award for innovation in 2018. In addition, he led a comprehensive revision of the MBA and MSc curricula to make them more applicable to the modern workplace. The various initiatives led to the school achieving great improvements in its financial performance and an increased public profile. He also spearheaded the conceptualization and build-out of a master plan for the expansion of the physical plant at the Five Islands Campus in Antigua and Barbuda and partnered with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to raise US$80million to finance the execution of the master plan.

He has an impressive academic resume. He obtained a BSc degree with first-class honours in Economics and Management Studies and an MSc in International Business from UWI. In 2006, he received a PhD in International Business and Strategy from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He was a Jamaica Government Exhibition Scholar, a Jamaica Flour Mills Scholar, a Lome IV Scholar, and a Commonwealth Scholar. He was also awarded the prize for the most outstanding researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the UWI, Mona Campus in 2013 and 2015. He is the author of five (5) books and over 70 referred research articles in academic journals and conferences.

Professor Williams has built a career in business and academia for over 22 years. He has held a remarkable record of public service, research, and scholarly work while serving on a number of boards of state entities, private sector organizations, and committees, as well as regional and international editorial boards.

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