Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International), and leads the University's international strategy and engagement. She is a member of the University Executive. Her key responsibilities at the University include providing strategic leadership and vision in the design, development and delivery of the University’s internationalisation strategy. She plays a key role in leading Dundee’s international partnerships and developing effective collaborations with key international partners. She links, the work of academic schools and relevant professional service directorates to deliver the University’s strategic priorities for internationalisation and ensure an outstanding student experience for all international students. She also represents the University at the highest levels of Government, industry, Higher Education and with alumni, both within the UK and overseas. She is a member of Universities Scotland’s International Committee.
Previously at London Business School (LBS), she managed all global degree programmes and was also a member of the LBS Executive. She has been appointed a Scottish Government Trade Envoy and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills. Wendy also spent over a decade in government and politics. She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, including as Minister with responsibility for Further and Higher Education, holding the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Transport and Communities portfolios and also served as Scottish Labour Leader in the Scottish Parliament.
Prior to that she worked in international strategy consultancy with Booz & Co. in US, Europe and Asia before joining UK Government in 1997, as Special Adviser.
She is a member of the Investment Advisory Board of Scottish Equity Partners LLP, Leadership Foundation, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of RSE's Business Innovation Forum and a Patron of Social Investment Scotland. She has sat on the policy advisory boards of the Social Market Foundation and Reform Scotland and holds Honorary Doctorates from Strathclyde University and UWS.
Educated in Canada, US and France, Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from Insead, France. She has published on devolution and public policy, including as a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde, where she led the Allander Series bringing Nobel Laureates to Scotland and co-editing New Wealth for Old Nations: Scotland's Economic Prospects (Princeton University Press, 2005).