Dr. James Abdey is the LSE Fellow in Statistics having completed his doctorate there specializing in a methodological unification of statistical “schools” in quantifying the true evidential value of data. In 2010 he began teaching the MBA Quantitative Methods course at Hult's London campus, focusing on managerial decision making. From 2012, he is also responsible for delivering a range of quantitative courses across Hult’s suite of postgraduate programs, including Managerial Economics. Dr. Abdey has extensive experience developing learning resources for LSE’s distance learning and summer school programs in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, including lecturing spells in Central Asia and the Far East. Outside of academia, he has also undertaken various quantitative-based consultancy projects ranging from the hedge fund industry to the UK parliament, while his research interests include forensic statistics and market research techniques.
In 2008, Bill left investment banking and has been teaching Corporate Finance in the Executive MBA Program at San Francisco State University and Financial Decision Making at the University of San Francisco. Both courses focused on financial analysis, capital budgeting, capital markets, valuation, and financing strategies. He spent half of his career in investment banking and half in commercial banking. As an investment banker, he advised privately held and small cap companies in mergers and acquisitions and in raising equity and mezzanine capital. He received a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis in finance and marketing. His banking experience gives him a very strong background in corporate finance with particular emphasis on capital structure, corporate valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy. As an investment banker, he has completed transactions in numerous industry sectors including retail, internet, clean-tech, education, service, catalog, manufacturing, subcontractors, software, and distribution as well as advised companies in all stages of growth: startup, expansion, and mature firms. As a commercial banker, he has experience as a commercial lender, cash manager, and managed Union Bank’s commercial banking activities in Northern California. Bill is currently doing transactions as a sole practitioner and through the Taproot Foundation providing pro bono consulting to non-profits on developing their strategic plans.
Professor Dalko has served on the faculties of Harvard and CUNY Baruch College. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Munich and a visiting professor at Thunderbird, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Corvinus University Budapest, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Dalko has also served as Advisor to the President of the National Bank of Hungary and Chief of Staff of the Budget, Tax, and Finance Committee of the Hungarian Parliament.
As Professor of Finance at Hult, Viktoria Dalko
is a well-respected teacher, and, like most
Hult faculty, she has a wealth of real business
experience and expertise to support her
teaching. Teaching since completing her Ph.D.
at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor
Dalko has also served on the faculties of
Harvard, CUNY, and Baruch College. A former
international management consultant and
researcher, with experience covering such
diverse areas of finance as M&A, valuation,
and financial markets and including working
in Parliament and advising the president of
the Central Bank, Professor Dalko’s valuable
insider knowledge provides students with an
integrated and practical financial education.
Professor Dalko says there is no corporate
finance without financial markets, and
no financial market expertise without
understanding corporate finance. Having
worked around the world in China, the EU,
Southeast Asia, the U.S., the Middle East, and
Africa, she is well positioned to appreciate
the unique issues faced by our international
students and alumni. Her latest book,
Regulating Competition in Stock Markets,
was co-edited and co-authored with Nobel
Laureate Professor Lawrence Klein and other
Professor Dalko has received a slew of
teaching awards and accolades during her
*A perfect score from EMBA program
students at Baruch College, CUNY in New
York, for the M&A course, and a perfect
score from Master students at Harvard
Extension School, also for an M&A course.
*The Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teaching
Award at Harvard University in 2009.
Management students at Harvard Extension
School selected one from over 70 Harvard
faculty and noted Viktoria’s ability to “inspire
students to excel” and “encourage them to
give more than what is expected.
Dr. Ian Dougal earned his undergraduate degree from Swansea University, his Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his PhD (in International Relations) from the University of Birmingham. His research is focused on the role of the United States in the world order. He joined Hult in 2000, as a professor of International Relations, teaching classes in Diplomacy & Negotiation, International Security, and American Foreign Policy. Dr. Dougal was appointed Dean of the London campus in 2007, and from this post has overseen the development of both undergraduate and master's programs. In August 2011 Dr. Dougal took on the role of Dean of Programs and was responsible for global curriculum and policy, and the maintenance of academic quality across all Hult's campuses. In October 2013, Dr. Dougal left his position as Dean of Programs to take on his current post of Global Dean, Undergraduate.
Professor Gregoriou joined HULT in September 2012, as an Adjunct Professor of Finance. Professor Gregoriou has held senior management positions in various academic institutions throughout his career including Hull University, Brunel University and the University of East Anglia. A leading authority of finance, he has published over one hundred research papers in internationally recognized journals and generated over £5 million in research funding. He is a regular consultant for the CFA and the London Stock Exchange.
Professor Gregoriou has extensive teaching experience on undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and short course programs throughout the world. He has taught on most aspects of finance including financial management, corporate finance, carbon trading, international finance and risk management.
Christopher (Chris) Kummer is a Professor of Business and Director of MBA and Executive Education at Webster University in Vienna, Austria, President of the Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) in Zurich, Switzerland, and an Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France. He teaches strategy and finance related courses and trainings in bachelor, graduate, doctoral and executive education programs in Europe and Asia. As an Advisor, Chris Kummer supports companies on their strategy formulation and execution and the acquisition and sale of companies. He has been involved in transactions and alliances in every stage (from strategy to integration and post acquisition review) and every size (from small to large) with a total known transaction value of more than 12 bil. EUR. He supports governments as well as intergovernmental organizations explore the opportunities of M&A. He is the founder of Kummer Investment & Advisory with offices in Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano and Vienna. Before that he has led an M&A practice at the world's largest professional services firm and recruited non-executive and executive board members for listed and privately held companies in Europe and the United States. His articles have been published in several languages. He is often invited as a speaker to conferences and a frequently sought after commentator with national and international media, e.g. Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones, Financial Times, and Reuters.
Francesco holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from University of Bologna (Italy) and a Master in from Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) with studies also in France and the US. He has over 25 years of professional experience in industry and academia acquired in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Based in Shanghai since 2006, he was VP Technology, Strategy & Marketing for Alcatel-Lucent in Asia-Pacific and recently VP of NewBridge Partners Asia, an operational consulting firm. Previously he has been Chief Technical Officer of Alcatel in Italy and Head of Research and Innovation of Alcatel in the US. He has lectured at University of Bologna, Polytechnic of Milan, Chalmers University and Skema Business School. He is passionate of sports, still involved in various start-ups and university boards and has authored >100 articles and 10 international patents.
Herb Meiberger was first elected to a five-year term on the Retirement Board in 1992, and has served for 20 years in that capacity. The Retirement Board oversees the $15.4 billion (6/31/2011) Defined Benefit pension fund and the voluntary $2.0 billion Defined Contribution fund. Mr. Meiberger was hired by the Retirement System in 1986 as a security analyst and has worked in several capacities, including directly managing and overseeing the fixed income portfolios, monitoring compliance of the asset managers and working on the alternative investment portfolio. He retired in 2006 after twenty years of service. He earned a B.A. in mathematics and chemistry from the University of South Dakota and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1987, and has taught CFA® review courses for the Stalla/Becker Educational program. In addition, he teaches corporate finance and investments at San Francisco State University. Mr. Meiberger serves on the advisory board of the Pacific Pension Institute, and the Institutional Real Estate Letter.
Prior to becoming Assistant Dean, Karen worked for Hult as an Associate Director of Recruitment in Dubai and London. She has an additional six years of experience working in international education, most notably for the United States Embassy in Beijing, Berlitz in Abu Dhabi, and Princeton-in-Asia in Guangzhou. Karen earned her MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated cum laude with a BA in History from Bryn Mawr College. Her Master thesis was a comparative analysis of media policy in China and the United Arab Emirates.
John received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. John became a CFA charterholder in 1990. In 2010 he earned the CIPM (Certificate in Performance Measurement) designation, also administered by the CFA Institute. From 1999 until 2006, John participated as a grader and senior grader at the CFA Institute. He also has been a member of the working body of the CFA Institute’s candidate core curriculum review committee. John began his career as an accountant and financial analyst for Levi Strauss. He later served as manager of treasury and risk, and pension officer, for Placer Dome US, Inc. Since 1998, John has been a consultant, with engagements at such firms as Chiron (Novartis) and Wells Fargo Bank. John also teaches preparatory classes for the CFA exam.
Dr. Patel chairs Hult's Innovation and Growth Action Learning Program in conjunction with the IXL Center. Prior to Hult, Dr. Patel was a senior leader and co-founder of the Monitor Group’s Innovation Practice responsible for Asia and Latin America. Dr. Patel has worked at Motorola in the portable energy space and is the owner of six patents. He is also a founder of various venture-backed companies. Dr. Patel is the co-author of 101 Innovation Breakthroughs and The State of Innovation at the Firm Level in Singapore and Greenovate! Companies Innovating to Create a More Sustainable World.
Co-author of '101 Innovation Breakthroughs' and 'The State of Innovation at the Firm Level in Singapore' and in the process of writing a third book on 'Thinking and Acting Differently to Make Innovation Real'; author 'Greenovate'
Sharon joined Hult in May, 2012 and is currently Associate Dean for post-graduate programs in London. Prior to joining Hult, she was Executive Director of Executive Education and Director of Professionally Certificated Programs at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School; at Cambridge she led the development and launch of a number of new programs including the Post-graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. Sharon brings over 20 years’ experience in higher education administration in the UK and Canada, including 8 years as Director of Continuing Studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. While at the University of Western Ontario, she identified, developed, and launched innovative new programs in a wide variety of subject areas using creative online and classroom teaching and delivery methods. Sharon serves on several boards, lives in Cambridge, and is trying valiantly to learn the game of golf.