Andrew Main Wilson
CEO, AMBA & GBA
Andrew joined AMBA as Chief Executive during the Summer of 2013, with a brief to build brand awareness and reputation, significantly expand membership worldwide and grow the global AMBA portfolio of accredited Business Schools. Membership has since increased by over 400% and the Schools portfolio 25%. Andrew also accepted the role as Chairman of United Nations PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) in January 2016, reflecting his belief that the world’s leading Business Schools and MBAs can play a pioneering role in solving the world’s escalating Sustainability challenges.
Prior to joining AMBA, Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Directors (IoD), one of the world’s most respected membership and management education Organisations for Business Leaders. Andrew was formerly the Marketing Director and Commercial Director of Thomas Cook, and Sales and Marketing Director of Citibank Diners Club.
He is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having served as an NXD on AIM-listed and Entrepreneurial start-up boards, in the Commercial Real Estate and Luxury Brands sectors.
Andrew also has a strong interest in Global Leadership excellence. As an interviewer and presenter, he has interviewed over 100 of the world’s most influential Leaders, including Bill Gates, Lady Thatcher, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jack Welch and Sir Richard Branson.
In his personal life, he has visited 166 of the world’s 200 countries, on a journey to become the first person to visit every country and tell the story, in images and words, of the 1000 greatest travel experiences on Earth, which is currently being featured as a series in ‘Nikon Owner’ magazine.
Andrew was educated at Dulwich College and the University of Birmingham in England and the Harvard Business School in the USA.