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Professor Justin O'Brien

Executive Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Surrey Business School, Royal Holloway University of London

Justin is a mid-career industry practitioner who transitioned into a teaching focussed academic pathway after 16 years in international sales and marketing at British Airways. He specialises in teaching marketing, entrepreneurship and management at Surrey University Business School.

Justin has sought to ‘just say yes’ to nearly every opening that has presented itself, for embedding real world engagement into the heart of his pedagogy through journalism, teaching case writing and creative, experiential learning.


  • –present
    MBA Programme Director, Royal Holloway
  • 2015–present
    Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Marketing, Royal Holloway
  • 2009–2015
    Lecturer in Strategy and Marketing, Royal Holloway


National Teaching Fellow