Prof. Dr. Vita Akstinaitė

Vice-President for Research and Faculty, Professor

Dr. Vita Akstinaite is Vice-President for Research and Faculty, Head of the master’s program in Global Leadership and Strategy, Head of the Executive Rhetoric and Communication module and Professor at ISM University of Management and Economics. Besides her position at ISM, she is also a Visiting Professor at Murdoch University in Australia, at KEDGE Business school in France, and a Visiting scholar at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her previous experience includes working in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Queen Mary University. Vita is also a business consultant with many years’ experience working on business analytics programmes in the information technology industry.

Prof. Dr. Akstinaitė holds a master’s degree in Organisational Psychology from King’s College London (UK) and a PhD in Business from the University of Surrey (UK), where she was working on identifying linguistic markers of leader hubris. Currently, her research uses at-a-distance analysis methods, including artificial intelligence, to assess specific aspects of one’s leadership behaviour or verbal patterns. Other research areas include leadership, ego, linguistic markers and the use of AI in management.

Prof. Dr. Akstinaitė is also a co-founder of research initiatives ‘The Hubris Hub’ and ‘Knowledge4Hubris’, which raise awareness on leadership hubris and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. She has worked in and presented her research internationally, including in the UK, Australia, Portugal, the US and other countries.


  • 2022 – ISM Researcher of the Year Award and Research Communicator of the Year Awards (Lithuania)
  • 2021 – European Union funding for the research programme on using deep neural networks to identify leadership ability at a distance (Lithuania/Switzerland)
  • 2021 – Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Australia)
  • 2020 – The Leverhulme Trust Collaborative Research Project Grant (UK)
  • 2019 – won the Aspire award, which is awarded for a world-class standard of research conducted in Western Australia (Australia)
  • 2017 – became Set Squared Fellow (UK) and the Higher Education Academy Fellow (UK)
  • 2014 – Economic and Social Sciences Research Council Funding Award (UK)

Research areas

  • Leadership
  • Hubris
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Linguistic markers

Teaching areas

  • Global Leadership
  • Leadership Skill Development
  • Executive Communication