On behalf of the Board of EFMD, the members and staff we were deeply saddened to hear of Ali’s death.
Prof. Ali Dastmalchian, the dean of Beedie School of Business at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, and past chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans dedicated his career to promoting excellence in management education globally.
Ali has actively contributed to numerous collaborative efforts in the development of business education with enthusiasm and conviction. Over the past 15 years, Ali was a dedicated EQUIS Accreditation Board member and participated in nearly 20 EQUIS peer review visits, having taken the responsibility of chairing 11 of them.
Apart from his excellent leadership, research record and industry insights, which helped schools around the world climb the quality improvement ladder, Ali was a wonderful man, full of energy, kindness and humanity.
The management education community has lost an outstanding leader and a genuine and beautiful person. Ali has been a long-standing, and great friend of EFMD and words can’t express our grief. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and the whole academic community. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Prof. Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD Global