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Lorna Wright
Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Global Enterprise, Schulich School of Business

PhD, University of Western Ontario

MIM, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, U.S.

MA, University of Essex, UK

PGCE, University of London, UK

BA, Wilfrid Laurier University


Dr. Lorna Wright is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise and EDC Professor of International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University. She was Associate Vice President International of York from 2009 to 2012. She is an academic entrepreneur, being the founding director (1992-2000) of the Centre for Canada-Asia Business Relations at Queen's University, the co-founder (1997) of the Asian Business Consortium, which included four universities, and the inaugural director of the Centre for Global Enterprise at York University (2013). She spent fifteen years as an independent contractor working for various organizations in Thailand, Indonesia and Japan, and has done projects throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe as well.  She speaks Thai and Indonesian fluently and has a working knowledge of Japanese and Spanish.

Dr. Wright has a PhD from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University); an MIM from Thunderbird, Arizona; an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex, UK, a PGCE in Education in Developing Countries from the University of London, UK; and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests are in the areas of cross-cultural management, international negotiations, women-owned businesses and conditions for SME business success internationally. Her geographic area of interest is the Pacific Basin region. Her publications include “The E-Business Capability of Small and Medium Sized Firms in International Supply Chains”; “Outsourcing: Will Women-owned SMEs in APEC be Left Behind?”; “Growing and Sustaining Your Business in Asia”; and Women-Owned SMEs and e-Business in Twelve APEC Economies (Sookmyung Women’s University Press).