Eugene Sadler-Smith BSc PhD FCIPD, FRSA, FAcSS is Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK.  His current research interests are intuition (in organizational decision making) and hubris (in business and political leadership).  He is the author of a number of books including Inside Intuition (Routledge, 2008) and The Intuitive Mind (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).  His latest book, Hubristic Leadership (with a Foreword by Lord David Owen) was published by SAGE in November 2018.  He has delivered hubris workshops to organizations including the CIPD, ICSA, AcademiWales, the Home Office, and Forbes Korea.


Graham Robinson, BA, PhD, FRSA is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Surrey Business School. He has been a business school faculty member in the UK and the Netherlands; a senior manager and director in two, multinational IT companies and director of a business development consultancy.  With Peter Garrard, he is co-editor of The Intoxication of Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), an inter-disciplinary collection of chapters on hubristic leadership.


Vita Akstinaite is a Management lecturer at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Her previous experience includes working for Queen Mary University of London and teaching at London School of Economics. Vita has completed PhD at University of Surrey, working on the identification of linguistic markers of the CEO (executive) hubris.

Vita is a co-founder of The Hubris Project at Surrey Business School that focuses on helping businesses to understand hubris and encourages inter-disciplinary collaboration. In addition, Vita is a business consultant with many years’ experience in working on business intelligence programmes in information technology industry.

Vita is a member of BAM (British Academy of Management), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds British Psychological Society’s accreditation in Psychometric testing.


Tim Wray BSc MBA is a teaching fellow at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey.  His doctoral research is grounded in pragmatism and process philosophy and it seeks to understand leadership as a process that takes time, changes direction, and in the case of hubris, can ultimately become a tragedy.