Professor Jean Chen brings almost 30 years’ experience of working in British higher education to her new position, having worked across a number of roles throughout her career. Prior to joining XJTLU in January 2016, Professor Chen was head of Southampton Business School, a world top 100 university, and chair professor in accounting and finance at the University of Southampton. She also worked as associate dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, vice president and chief executive of the Surrey International Institute and chair professor in financial management at the University of Surrey. During 2014 and 2015, she was elected by UK business schools to hold two senior roles in the Chartered Association of Business Schools, as a council member and chair of the council's international committee.
In addition to her role as the dean of IBSS, Professor Chen is the director of XJTLU Gold Finance Research Centre, which was launched in March 2016. Originally from China, Professor Chen was attracted to return to the country to work at XJTLU because of its “unique vision” that combines the best of east and west. Of IBSS she said: “International Business School Suzhou is a unique place, it is international, it combines the culture of both east and west, in particular British and Chinese culture and education system … it is a very dynamic place, rapid growth and full of opportunities and potential.”