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Saul Klein was a Professor of International Business in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (Canada), where he served as Dean from 2012 to 2023.

Born in Zimbabwe, Saul has had a broad-ranging career spanning developing, developed and transition countries. He holds a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto (Canada). From 1996 to 2001, before joining the Gustavson School, he was the SA Breweries Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Wits Business School (South Africa).  Previously, he was a Senior Fellow in Marketing at the National University of Singapore.  He has also held full-time appointments at Wake Forest University and Northeastern University in the United States, and has been a visiting professor at Melbourne Business School (Australia).

Before taking on the role of Dean, he was Head of International Business, and Director of Executive Programs at the Gustavson School. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Saul specializes in the areas of Marketing Strategy, Global Business and International Marketing.  He has provided consulting assistance to over 60 different organizations, in these areas, in Canada, the USA, Singapore and South Africa.  He has also led strategic planning workshops for a wide variety of organizations in different sectors.

As Dean, Saul launched the Gustavson School’s Brand Trust Index, to measure the extent to which Canadians trust over 400 different brands, and he drove the business school’s commitment to responsible management education.

He currently serves on the Board of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). He was previously a member of the Boards of Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (Tunisia), and Primeserv Group Ltd (South Africa). the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (Canada), the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (Canada), and on the international business school advisory committees of UIBE (China), Beijing Jiaotong University (China), NSYSU (Taiwan) and the University of Pecs (Hungary).

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