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20 November 1939
MARITAL STATUS: Married - 2 children

Professor Gibb is former Professor of Small Business Management and Chairman of the Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Development at Durham University in the UK. The Foundation, formerly the Small Business Centre, has an international reputation for its work in the field of enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business management development. The original Centre, was set up by Professor Gibb in 1971, and became the largest of its kind in Europe. Its major focus is upon research-based approaches to solving policy and process problems of managing small businesses and the small business stakeholder environment and which translate into practice. These are frequently developed into teaching and consultancy programmes subsequently disseminated nationally and internationally.

Allan Gibb has been responsible for the development of a wide range of innovative approaches to small business management in the UK and internationally. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked very closely with the UK government and business in support of local enterprise development, and particularly small firm counselling and training services. He devised and ran all of the training for the DTI Small Firms Counselling Service for many years and was instrumental in working alongside Business in the Community in the training and development of the directors and key staff of virtually all of the UK Local Enterprise Agencies. He has served on many advisory boards and committees both public and private. He has been consultant on small business to the European Commission, World Bank, UNIDO, ILO, ITC and the UK, Canadian, Nigerian, Malaysian, Russian and Ukraine Governments. He was a member of the small team that wrote the initial Terms of Reference document for the establishment of the European Union Small Firms Directorate - DG XX111. He has worked as adviser, teacher and trainer in countries all over the world.

Since 1989 he has worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe with universities, management schools, governments, local authorities, private foundations and companies in the field of small enterprise development, management teacher training, large company downsizing, local enterprise agency development, institution development, consultant and counsellor training and the management of the regulatory environment for small business. Allan Gibb has published widely in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and has lectured worldwide. He has worked closely with the European Foundation for Management Development, was the first Chairman of the UK Enterprise Management Research Association (now ISBA), has been a Vice-president of the International Council for Small Business and helped to establish the European Council for Small Business. He serves on the Editorial Boards of many of the major journals in the field.

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