Dr Wenxian (Hetty) Sun PhD, SHEA, CMBE

Associate Head of the Executive Business Centre - Research & Knowledge Exchange

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Dr Wenxian (Hetty) Sun

Dr Wenxian (Hetty) Sun

Associate Head of the Executive Business Centre - Research & Knowledge Exchange

Dr. Hetty (Wenxian) Sun is a Senior Fellow of HEA, CMBE, Interim Head of the Department of Systems Management and Strategy. She is also the Faculty Strategic Development Lead in the Business School and oversees the development of a large programme portfolio. She won the 'Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2018' in recognition of her teaching excellence in the faculty and was nominated for the Greenwich Excellence Award in 2021. Prior to her academic career, she worked at a FinTech firm in UK and had worked in many government-funded projects in China from which she was awarded a government prize in appreciation of her exceptional contributions. ‚Äč

Responsibilities within the university

  • Lead faculty strategic development projects including the development and launch of Hyflex enabled academic programmes;
  • Responsible for the overall design of a group of 27 undergraduate programmes, acting as an academic lead for the team of staff who contribute modules and teaching for the core and optional elements of the programme;
  • Responsible for ongoing programme design, maintenance and improvement, ensuring that the programme is responsive to market need and that appropriate actions are taken in response to all stakeholders;
  • Member of Faculty Research Ethics Committee and Connected CITY Research Group (CCRG)


  • 2021 Nominated for Greenwich Excellence Awards
  • 2019 Nominated for Student Led Teaching Awards
  • 2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Outstanding


  • SFHEA - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • CMBE - Certified Management & Business Educator
  • External Examiner for Business & Management subject
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner

Research / Scholarly interests

Hetty is specialised in critical system thinking, project management and sustainable value creation. By employing various system methodologies such as critical system heuristics and autopoietics, her recent research focuses on exploring how ‘difference’ or diversity has been recognised and sustained in social crisis management, e.g. COVID response and control strategy.

As an academic entrepreneur with extensive experience in experiential learning and team coaching, her passion of creating practical contribution to society through teaching has enabled her to innovate her teaching portfolio with many successful real-life projects.