09 Sep 2020
Dr. John Millar recently joined Sasin School of Management as Chief Commercial Activities Officer, where he will support and expand existing and new revenue streams beyond the school’s core degree programs, especially in online education. This is part of Sasin’s ongoing strategy to strengthen connections with experienced business professionals and develop new, innovative programs and platforms. Prior to joining Sasin, Dr. Millar was Chief Strategic Development Officer for Ananda Development and his areas of responsibilities included new lines of business outside of residential real estate development and strategic level changes to optimize the core business of residential development. As part of this, he developed the company’s innovation strategy and ran the UrbanTech strategy of promoting links between Thailand and the world. He and his team ran and supported around 70 events a year including the first-ever Singularity University Summit in SE Asia, and brought Cambridge University, Stanford University, and University of Berkeley technology transfer offices together for the first time ever in an event to share best practices with Thai universities. “We’re happy to welcome Dr. Millar to the Sasin team,” said Sasin’s Director, Professor Ian Fenwick. “He brings a wealth of experience in strategic development and innovation to help Sasin create new opportunities for growth, especially in the online education space.” Dr. Millar noted how pleased he is to be joining Sasin: “It’s a huge challenge, but also an enormous opportunity because of the many changes happening within the education sector – in particular, that the education sector is going from an analog business to a digital business, so what we do here at Sasin will have a tremendous impact on Thailand and the region.” Before joining Ananda, Dr. Millar co-founded Enterprise Accelerator in Cambridge UK, an early ‘virtual accelerator’, which the UK government funded to deploy across the UK via the Department of Trade and Industry. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts bought a quarter of the company. During this time, Dr. Millar advised the UK government on innovation policy and entrepreneurship through various bodies, was a speaker on entrepreneurship at several universities including Cambridge University and at organizations such as the National Physical Laboratory. His consulting -mentoring time was also part of a prize in Running The Gauntlet, Britain’s biggest business plan competition.