University of Southern California

Richard Drobnick
Director Center for Global Business Excellence & CIBEAR
University of Southern California

Richard Drobnick has a joint appointment with the University of Southern California and the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which maintains its Secretariat at NUS.

At USC, Drobnick is the founding director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Marshall School of Business, which has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 31 national resource centers on international business. From 1994-2005, Drobnick served as USC’s Vice Provost for International Affairs.

At NUS, Drobnick is the Managing Director of the APRU World Institute, an institute founded in 2006 to produce interdisciplinary research on issues of critical importance to Pacific Rim policy makers and he is a Visiting Professor of Global Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( . Drobnick is also the Secretary General Emeritus and a member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the association of presidents of 42 leading Pacific Rim research universities (

Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is the author of numerous articles regarding international economics and business, as well as the co-author of Neither Feast nor Famine: Food Conditions to the Year 2000 (D.C. Heath, 1978) and co-editor of Small Firms in Global Competition (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Drobnick is a member of the United States Asia Pacific Council, which is the organizing institution for the United States National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, a director of the Japan-America Society of Southern California, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Asia Society’s Southern California Center. From 1967-69, Drobnick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, as a management advisor to the Farmers Associations Movement that was being launched by the Malaysian Department of Agriculture.