The Academic Advisory Council  provides guidance and oversight to the research and publication activities of the Centre 
Professor Thomas Zellweger
Chair in Family Business & Director, Swiss Institute for Small and Entreprenuership, Centre for Family Business, University of St Gallen Thomas Zellweger holds the Chair in Family Business at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland where he is also the Director of the Swiss Institute for Small and Entrepreneurship and of the Center for Family Business. After two years in investment banking at Derivative in Brussels, he completed his PhD at the University of St. Gallen. He was a research fellow at Babson College, a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, and is a permanent visiting professor at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Thomas serves on several editorial boards of academic journals and his research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal or Organization Science, amongst others. His research has also received several international awards and has been discussed in the international media such in The Economist, Forbes, and the New York Times. Thomas is a member of supervisory boards of family firms and advises family firm owners on governance and strategic questions.
Professor Sougata Ray
Professor of Strategy, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta  Professor Sougata Ray is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Professor Ray’s research interests are in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and governance of firms in high growth economies. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Enginnering, Science and Technology, Shibpur and his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Professor Ray has been extensively researhing on how policy induced changes in institutional environment influence strategic behaviour of emerging economy firms and how differences in quasi institutional environment, heterogeneity of firm characteristics and strategic intent of the top management lead to variations in strategy for growth, internationalization, innovations, entrepreneurship, base of the pyramid and corporate sustainability of firms and business groups. His research has appeared in journals such as Organization Science, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Management International Review. Professor Ray sits on the boards of several listed and unlisted companies, start ups and social enterprises. He serves as a consultant to a number of medium-sized companies and family business groups on strategic and organisational issues. He has also advised national and state governments on attracting investments, forming industry clusters and improving the competitiveness of local industry.
Professor Andrea Calabro
Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship at IPAG Business School Andrea Calabrò is Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship at IPAG Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Management and Governance from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and has been Professor/Chairholder of Business Administration and Family Entrepreneurship at University of Witten/Herdecke (2011-2017). He co-founded the Family Business Research Strategic Interest Group (FBR SIG) at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and is co-founder and organizer of the International Family Business Research Forum (IFBRF). Since 2014 he serves as Associate Editor of Journal of Family Business Strategy. He has published journal articles on family firms, internationalization, and corporate governance in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as: Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Family Business Review, International Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Family Business Strategy.
Professor Kevin AU
Director, CUHK Centre for Family Business Professor Kevin AU graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a B.B.A. and earned his Ph.D. in management/ international business at the University of British Columbia. He co-founded the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as associate director. He also serves as the director of the CUHK Centre for Family Business.  His research interests are international management, entrepreneurship, family business, and social network. He has published many academic articles, cases, and book chapters, and written several books such as <中大創業人> (in Chinese) and “Family Enterprising in Asia: Exploring transgenerational entrepreneurship in family firms.” Apart from serving academic community on the editorial boards of several journals, he has provided consulting and training for the government and business corporations. His clients include Home Affairs Bureau, the Hong Kong Cyberport, Coutts Bank, and a number of business startups and family enterprises in Hong Kong. He also serves as directors to HK Business Angel Network, FFI, STEP, etc.
Professor Kavil Ramachandran
Professor and Executive Director, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise Professor Ramachandran is the Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. He has specialized in family business, entrepreneurship and strategy and has 30 years of combined experience as an academic at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business.
He did his Ph.D. from the Cranfield University, UK. He has done research on family business, entrepreneurship and strategy, and has authored/edited seven books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals. His consulting experience includes areas such as family business governance, professionalization, succession planning, strategic planning, identification of new opportunities for growth, corporate entrepreneurship and turn around strategies in family and non-family environments. His special expertise is in managing the challenges at the interface of governance, professionalization and strategy, particularly in rapidly growing mid size multi generational family businesses.
He has prepared several case studies, interacted with several well known family business leaders and global experts, and have consulted on transformation of family business. He is a frequent speaker to communities of family businesses in India and abroad, and writes for popular media regularly. He has written several management cases, and has conducted training programmes for family businesses on governance, professionalization, strategic management and entrepreneurship. He has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank and Securities and Exchange Board of India. His latest book the “The 10 Commandments for Family Business” has been published by the SAGE in January 2015. He has been a pioneer academic entrepreneur, propagating the message of strengthening family business in India and outside.