John Mark WIlliams




John Williams has held CEO and Director positions in the UK, Middle East and Far East. He is a former UK International Trade Director and was the UK’s Export Promoter to the Arabian Gulf.  He has owned his own business in Hong Kong, and before focusing on leadership development, spent time in oil and gas, higher education, and corporate banking.  John has lectured on Strategy and International Trade at universities across Europe, and occasionally writes about business for online publications. He gained his MBA from Northumbria, which was 2022 ‘Times Higher Education University of the Year’.










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