Marleen Dieleman, Professor and Author on The Leaderonomics Show Part I of III


National University of Singapore

Marleen Dieleman is an expert on strategy and governance in Asian family business groups. She published widely on this and her work is regularly quoted in international media. She won various teaching awards and is a regular speaker. She also worked with various Asian family firms as a consultant and board member.

Marleen's research focuses on corporate strategy, in particular of Asian family business groups. She has published various academic articles, books and cases on this topic. She is interested in how family business groups are governed, how they operate in emerging market environments characterised by weak institutions, and how they diversify, innovate, professionalize and internationalize over time.

Her work on Asian family businesses has been widely recognized and mentioned in global media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and local media in Asia. She also leads the Asian Family Business program at NUS Business School.

Marleen has a special interest in Indonesian business and often travels there and publishes academic articles on strategy in Indonesian companies. She also leads the School's joint program with Astra International, one of Indonesia's largest diversified groups. Aside from this she has led workshops for many other Indonesian firms, including Indofood, Kalbe Farma, SMART, and Modern Group. She also works with Asian families from other countries.

Marleen won the "outstanding educator award" from NUS Business School as well as the "annual teaching excellence award" from the National University of Singapore for the past 3 years. She teaches corporate strategy and family business across all levels, including BBA, MBA and executive programs. In particular, she enjoys working with family firm boards on issues around strategy and governance.

Marleen has worked as a consultant for various Asian business families on improving the governance of the family and the business. She was an independent director of Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd from 2014-2016.

She has also published several reports on gender diversity in listed company boards in Asia. She has given numerous talks and media interviews on this topic and, as such, she contributed to greater awareness among corporates and the government of the low levels of gender diversity in Asian boards, in particular in Singapore.

Marleen is married to Thorvald Kleve, and has two daughters: Maya and Vera.

NUS Institute of Systems Science
Assoc Professor

Education Qualifications

  • PhD, Leiden University, Netherlands, 2007
  • Master of Business Science, Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands, 1997

Research Interest

  • Asian Family Business
  • Emerging Market Strategy
  • Indonesia
  • Business Groups
  • Institutional Entrepreneurship

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor , National University of Singapore, 2013 - current
  • Associate Director, CGIO, National University of Singapore, 2010 - current
  • Senior Researcher, National University of Singapore, 2010 - 2013
  • Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore, 2007 - 2010
  • Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean (LUSM), Leiden University, 2000 - 2007

Corporate Experience

  • Independent Director, Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd, 2014 - 2016
  • Consultant, Various Asian family firms


  • BSP3513, Family Business
  • BSP3001, Business Policy and Strategy
  • BMA5901, Management Practicum
  • BMA5119, Strategy in Asian Family Firms
  • BMA5013, Corporate Strategy
  • BCP4002, Consulting Practicum

Societal Impact

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