Ailson J. De Moraes

Ailson J. De Moraes

Mr, Lecturer in Strategy and International Business

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Ailson holds a Full time academic position at Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Andrews University, Michigan, USA and an MA in Business and Culture Studies from City University, London; a Postgraduate Certificate from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, and University of California, Irvine. Ailson has also a Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (Accredited programme by the Higher Education Academy) from Royal Holloway Educational Department. Ailson has attended a number of executive and non-executive programs along his career as an academic and professional in management and business. He has extensive management and business experience, having been worked in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors in international organisations in Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK.

With a profound interest in globalisation and cultures, Ailson travels extensive around the world teaching and attending/presenting in international conferences and seminars; and he speaks fluent three main international languages – Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Ailosn is a guest lecturer at the MBA programme of UCL (Universty College London) and the Peking University and he lectures in the RHUL and Kaplan Singapore programme. Henis a guest lecturer at the Maringa Univeristy, Brazil.  He was a Guest Lecturer at the SPACE/University of Hong Kong and RHUL MBA programme between 2012 - 2018 and at St Martins Institute, Malta, in the executive programme between 2009 - 2017. 

Ailson is a Fellow of three prestigious British institutes, The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Institute of Administrative Management (FInstAM). He is also a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM). 

In 2017 and 2018 Ailson was nominated and awarded the 'Excellence Teaching Award', Royal Holloway College Award.  

In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ailson was nominated and awarded the ‘Apple for the Teacher' award which specifically celebrates members of staff (teaching) who have gone the extra mile to enhance the experience of Royal Holloway, University of London’s students.

In 2017, 2018, 2014 and 2013,  Ailson was awarded the Most Popular and the Most Interesting Academic in the School of Business and Management.

In 2013, Ailson was Nominated for the Faculty Teaching Prize, Royal Holloway School of Management.

Ailson’s research interests lie in the areas of strategy and leadership. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Strategic Management, Clusters, SMEs and Entrepreneurhsip, New Venture Creation, International Business and Global Leadership.


What students say about Ailson:

 “There should be more lecturers like Ailson. He motivates his class with his enthusiasm and makes us to analyse the topics presented in class.”

“Best I have had ever. Very good at explaining things; Very helpful. Willing to meet up to discuss difficult subjects. Very friendly, concerned about each individual.”

“Ailson taught me during my time at Royal Holloway. As a teacher he is insightful, inspiring and always made the lectures a good experience. He is an excellent communicator to his students and I am delighted to have been taught by him.”

As a Royal Holloway management student, I had the pleasure of having Ailson as a lecturer. Ailson is a brilliant communicator, who delivered thorough and extensive knowledge clearly and in an intellectually stimulating manner. I also found his approach to be refreshing, as the feedback he delivered on presentations was constructive and highly motivating. His guidance was highly useful and made a difference during my studies. The good atmosphere he creates around him is highly beneficial, as students know they have an approachable mentor in Ailson.”


Support statements from colleagues:

“During the years that I have been at Royal Holloway Ailson has taken a strong leadership in improving students' experience, for example coordinating several activities for the Welcome week. He is one of the favourite teaching fellows amongst undergraduate students, who always express positive remarks about him. Working with him has been a pleasure. The College needs more people like Ailson in order to improve its teaching performance: people who are willing to go the extra mile to support students, and who see teaching as an essential element of our School.”

 Dr Luciano Ciravegna , Kings College,

“Ailson is an excellent team player, a brilliant communicator and a knowledgeable and inspirational teacher. In his lectures in international business, he always engages his students with the topic in discussion and makes them aware of practical implication for business no matter how challenging or theoretical the subject might seem.”

Professor Diego Vazquez-Brust, Senior Lecturer/Royal Holloway, University of London

 "Ailson has a natural ability to care for his students and in doing so he designs and delivers learning experiences that are innovative and relevant for the future workplace.  He is knowledgeable of combining different teaching styles to suit different audiences.  Students always find in him someone to talk to and seek guidance in both a particular subject but also about their career prospects or entrepreneurship ideas.  He has shown to be very open to engage with students from different levels in undergraduate education.  He also provides continues support and challenge with his thoughts and his continuous interest to put the student first". 

Dr José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón, Senior Lecturer in Technology and Information Management, Director, MSc Sustainability and Management, Royal Holloway.

“When education and experience are self explicit, personality becomes the remaining element which defines a person. Ailson, in several occasions, has proven to be a person of high standards when it comes to integrity and respect. Furthermore, he is influential and a true professional.”

 Mr Fabio Antonello, CEO at FA Consulting, Switzerland.

 “I have worked closely with Ailson De Moraes in delivering the MN3301 Modern Business in Comparative Perspective., the core course for all final year undergraduates. Ailson is an excellent colleague for a number of reasons. He is cooperative, helpful, and a contributor to ideas on content and delivery, and he always meets the deadline set by the team for marking and other processes. Moreover, he is able to explain a range of complex topics in a coherent and enlightening manner to students, both in lectures and workshops. Finally, he works beyond his formal work hours, continuously willing to meet and talk to students, and the response from the student body to his teaching and personal attention has been wholly positive. He has maintained this contribution while recently taking on the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies, in which, amongst other activities, he is making a valuable contribution to creating a sense of student belonging to the department. I should add a personal note: Ailson has a deep personal commitment, or passion, for teaching and its pastoral aspects, for its own reward, and because he can make a difference to the development of students, intellectually, socially, and professionally, while they are at university.”

Professor Robert Fitzgerald, Reader in International Business, Royal Holloway.





Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • International business

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