Ewan Simpson, PhD, a native of Scotland, became the Dean of the School of Economics and Social Sciences at Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan in August 2018. Prior to this, he held various faculty and senior executive positions at KIMEP University (2004-2014) and was the Dean of Business at the Kazakh-British Technical University (2014-2018). In his fourteen years in higher education in Kazakhstan he has developed a deep understanding of the functioning of the economy and society and the key role of quality higher education for the future of the country.
All of this builds on his formative experiences at the University of Glasgow 1993-2004 as a researcher into economic and urban development and regeneration. Ewan completed his PhD in 1999 on the management of public-private partnerships for urban regeneration. In addition, his research and consulting focus was on entrepreneurship, the knowledge-based economy and the creative economy, in addition to various cluster mapping activities focused on aerospace, metallurgy, IT, the computer games industry and tourism.
Ewan is also an experienced teacher and trainer and is well versed in tailoring programs for various audiences. He continues to teach from undergraduate level to senior executive level and has delivered executive training in Central Asia, Africa, Asia and the UK.