DeKrey, Steven J.

NameDeKrey, Steven J., PhD 
Former President, Asian Institute of Management

Expertise: Leadership Development, Educational Leadership, and Psycho-Social Assessments and Management


Steven J. DeKrey assumed office as the ninth president of AIM on August 20, 2012.

Prior to joining AIM, he served as the senior associate dean, director of masters program, and adjunct professor of management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) School of Business and Management.

Dr. DeKrey obtained his PhD in School and Sport Psychology from the University of Iowa (1982), his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (1985), his MS in School Psychology (1977) from the University of Wisconsin, and BA degree (1975, cum laude) in Psychology from Bemidji State.

His expertise include: leadership development, educational leadership, psycho-social assessments and management. He has more than 30 years of experience in education and leadership development. Beginning as a school psychologist, he consulted with parents, teachers, and students in Iowa. At Kellogg, he served as dean of admissions and taught MBA classes, and at the University of Florida, he directed MBA programs and taught strategy classes.

For 16 years, he helped build HKUST Business School into one of Asia's leading management education institutions. He helped lead the ascent of HKUST from a new and unknown business school with local enrolment to a school of international prominence and student body, attaining consistently high recognition for the world-class standards he helped establish. As a result, Dr. DeKrey's teams achieved for HKUST's full-time MBA program and the Kellog-HKUST EMBA program a consistent ranking among the world's top 10, according to the Financial Times, with the EMBA at No. 1.

A former American Chamber chairman, he is a frequent speaker, teacher, and writer on leadership topics. He has edited two Asian leadership books (Leadership Experiences in Asia with Kellogg professor David Messick and Learning from Leaders), with two more coming out soon. He is an annual program reviewer for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has reviewed five leadership books for Wiley, pre-publication. Former consulting and training clients include several Asian AmChams, many Rotary Clubs, The Bank of China, ExxonMobil, GMAC, MTR Co, Gammon, PepsiCo, Southern Fund China, UBS, JP Morgan, FedEx, Jardine Matheson, John Clements and Wal-Mart.

Dr. DeKrey is often invited to sit on Asia-wide judging panels for awards selection. He is certified to deliver Hogan Assessments and is a Leadership Architect certified by Korn/Ferry. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Society, and he holds a Master Diving rating from PADI.