Maria Ilieva

Maria Ilieva


Maria V. Ilieva is a Lecturer in International Business at LUBS, The University of Leeds. She joined the International Business department on 1st September.
Maria worked as a Specially appointed lecturer at Osaka City (now Metropolitan) University, Japan and as a part-time Lecturer at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan until the end of August 2022.
She holds several external engagement roles. Maria is a Communications officer at AIB Sustainability SIG, where she is responsible for the website and the LinkedIn page. She will be one of the four organisers of the first Sustainability SIG’s conference in March 2023.
She was nominated and chosen as an Executive Board ordinary member of the AIB Oceania Chapter, where she serves as a liaison for the other AIB Chapters and SIGs in recognition of how active she already is in these domains.
Maria is a Social media editor at Critical Perspectives on International Business (CPoIB) journal where she is responsible for the LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages. She is also a Guest editor of a Special issue at AD-Minister journal. Maria was nominated for an external examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University for 2022/23.
Maria presented her research at international conferences, PDWs, Doctoral consortiums, and Early career development workshops at AIB, AIB Oceania Chapter, AIB LAC Chapter, AJBS, ICGS, EGOS, SASE, IFSAM, AAOS, JABA among others. She has been a reviewer at the same international conferences, and at CPoIB, Management decision, and AD-Minister journals.
Maria won a Best reviewer award at AIB 2020 conference. She is a track chair at AIB Oceania 2022 “Ethical Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Perspectives” track and served as a session chair at AIB 2019, AIB LAC 2021, ICGS 2020 conferences.
She presented her course for teaching sustainability at a webinar in April 2021 organized jointly by GSU CIBER and AIB Teaching & Education SIG, and a panel at AIB 2021 organized by AIB Teaching & Education SIG and AIB Sustainability SIG. She was a guest lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Peru in August 2022 with the same course and accepted an invitation for a guest lecture at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, which is going to be held in October 2022. This teaching course is also published as a book chapter at a Handbook Shaping a sustainable future: Innovative teaching practices for educating responsible leaders, Nomos (forthcoming). She was a panellist at AIB 2022 and a webinar speaker at the International Meeting of Management 2020.
Maria holds a PhD in Business Administration from Osaka City University, Japan and received the 8th Okamura Award 2021 for Female researcher from the same university. Her research and teaching interests are in sustainability and CSR in the interconnection between international business and corporate governance. Before joining academia Maria Ilieva worked as a trainer in an insurance company and was a project manager for sales animation and e-learning projects for nearly 700 bank employees in 150 offices in Bulgaria.

Research interests

My research interests are in sustainability and CSR in the interconnection between international business and corporate governance.


  • Ph.D in Business Administration, Osaka City University, Japan
  • Master's degree in Human Resource Management, UNWE, Bulgaria
  • Master's degree in Insurance and Social Protection, UNWE, Bulgaria
  • Bachelor's degree in Insurance and Social Protection, UNWE, Bulgaria

Professional memberships

  • Academy of International Business
  • Association of Japanese Business Studies
  • International Corporate Governance Society

Student education

I teach lectures and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds