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UNM Honorary Professor of Sustainable Business Awarded with OBE

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University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) Honorary Professor of Sustainable Business Timothy Edward Gocher has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to British investment and economic development in Nepal.

Professor Gocher is also the founder of Dolma Impact Fund, a private equity and impact fund manager investing in renewable energy, healthcare and technology companies in Nepal. Currently, Dolma Impact Fund has two active funds managing a total of RM 382.28 m ($87m), providing sustainable, quality employment for almost 10,000 people in Nepal through their investments.

As a UNM honorary professor at Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) Malaysia, Professor Gocher is an active researcher in the area of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments and their impact on anti-corruption measures and institutional reform in least-developed countries. He also presents guest lectures to students, particularly on the MBA programme, as well as seminars in collaboration with UNM’s collaborative partners including UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB), watch the lecture here.

“My association with NUBS Malaysia since my appointment in 2014 was always a natural fit. NUBS was among the first UK business schools to champion the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) with NUBS Malaysia being the only school in Southeast Asia/ASEAN to have UN PRME Champion status. Meanwhile, I was building a sustainable impact investment fund manager focused on Nepal. This has enabled me to bring back an investor’s perspective to my lectures and research at NUBS Malaysia as well as with the School's collaborative partners,” Professor Gocher said.

“Receiving the OBE feels like recognition not only for my work, but also of our shared belief that building sustainability and impact into the heart of businesses is essential if we are to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges. It is certainly something I could not have achieved with the support of my wife Pooja,” Professor Gocher added.

Professor Gocher received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham in 2019. In 2020, he was elected a Governor of the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. He is also the founder and Chairman of Dolma Foundation, a UK charity funding education for the poorest and most marginalised children in Nepal.

According to UNM Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean and NUBS Malaysia Interim Dean Dr Jason Pandya-Wood: “We're delighted that Tim Gocher has received this esteemed recognition of his work that has contributed to economic development in Nepal. Tim's commitment to sustainable business is evident through his company's choice of investments and in his work with our students and staff. We are very proud to count him amongst our Honorary academics and look forward to our continuing relationship with him. Congratulations, Tim!”

About Nottingham University Business School Malaysia

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) is proud to be among an elite group of business schools worldwide to gain 'triple crown' accreditation from the three most influential accrediting organisations - AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. The School’s vision is to shape the future of responsible business and management in an increasingly interconnected world.

NUBS has unrivalled global reach through tri-campus locations in the UK, China and Malaysia, offering unique perspectives and connections to changing business ideas. Established in 2000, NUBS Malaysia has had over 20 years of experience in teaching and scholarship in various areas of business, management and finance, providing students with insights into Asian business growth and development whilst reading towards a British degree.



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Posted on 10th June 2022

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