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
Professor Anthony has pursued a dual career as a general management consultant and an educator. As a consultant, he has a broad practice in assisting global corporate clients in the areas of change management, strategy innovation, and leadership development. His experience includes working with groups and teams across levels, functions, industries, and geographies to develop competitive visions, solve problems, implement strategies, and build capabilities. Rob holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an AB, magna cum laude, from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is currently a PhD candidate at Bentley College and lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Thea Bellos is the principal of The Bellos Group, a global marketing and management consulting firm, which was founded in 1991. Prior to establishing the Bellos Group, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications of EIP Associates, an environmental consulting firm; and, Director of Development of the Oakland Ballet, a national dance touring company. Ms. Bellos has taught international marketing, market research and strategic marketing courses at Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business and she was the recipient of the University’s Stanley Price Adjunct Faculty Award for distinguished service. Bellos has led training/seminars on cross-cultural communication and negotiations, and she has taught strategic marketing and international management courses at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Dominican University of California, St. Mary’s College of California and Macquarie University’s study abroad program on The Scholar Ship. At Hult she will be teaching international marketing in the Master of Digital Marketing program. She is also currently working with an international team in the development of The Global Stewards Institute, a non-profit organization, and serving as the President of the Board of Directors. An avid traveler and photographer, Ms. Bellos exhibits her photographs throughout the Bay Area and she participates in the EBOS Pro Arts Open Studio and the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studio annually.
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.
Adam Carstens is Director of Research for Hult International Business School and a member of the team at Hult Labs, the newly created global research initiative based out of Hult’s San Francisco campus. In addition to teaching, Adam is also helping the Hult Labs team conduct original research on what's needed in business education, and will help design new learning approaches in the classroom based on this research.
Before coming to Hult, Adam led consulting engagements for Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter's consulting firm, Kotter International. Prior to that, he was the first non-Japanese full-time faculty member at Globis, Japan’s largest business school in Tokyo, Japan and helped design their International MBA program. He has also helped teach classes at the Annenberg School for Communications at USC and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also served as a political aide for a U.S. Senator and Congressman in Washington, DC.
He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and lives in Belmont, California with his wife, son and daughter.
Julie Yao Cooper is on the faculty of Hult International Business School, where she has taught courses in marketing, business case methodology, consulting, and quantitative methods since 2004.
Professor Cooper has over two decades of consulting experience in business strategy, corporate education and market research. Her current work focuses on ways to accelerate development of critical thinking and communications skills needed by future business leaders working in multicultural environments. In market research, Professor Cooper’s engagements integrate state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative research techniques to transform abstract data into actionable insights. Past organizations that have benefited from Ms. Cooper’s expertise include American Express, BBDO, Merck and Planned Parenthood.
Professor Cooper has lead consulting engagements with the Monitor Group, a global strategy-consulting firm. She was a founding principal with Mavens & Moguls, LLC, a marketing consultancy. Her corporate background includes in-house positions with Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Procter & Gamble. As a researcher and doctoral candidate in marketing at Harvard Business School, Professor Cooper published papers on customer loyalty, consumer behavior and marketing strategy.
Professor Cooper holds an A.B. in Economics with honors from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. Professor Cooper currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two young children.
Dr. Courtin has extensive experience as the CEO for a series of successful high-tech, Boston-based companies. As CEO, he negotiated alliances, joint ventures, and partnership agreements in more than 30 countries. Dr. Courtin currently serves on the boards of directors of Kashya Inc. and OpenNetwork.
Prof. Escamilla has extensive work experience with Procter & Gamble in the Finance and Accounting department. He developed and implemented a cost forecasting system adopted in all Latin America production plants earning him the “P&G Stewardship Manager of the Year Award 2005”. He also developed an automated tool to read SAP data and build custom financial reports for top management decision making. He conducted competitive intelligence analyses to forecast competitor’s pricing and new product launches.
Prior to P&G, he developed an inventory control system for the largest Spanish-language book publisher as well as a Pedagogic System to teach Accounting to college students. Prof. Escamilla has extensive experience in C, C++, Visual Basic and VBA, PowerBuilder, Spreadsheets and Databases. He has participated in SAP implementations. Prof. Escamilla has designed and led several market research studies for launching new products and ventures in the Middle East. He has implemented databases, programmed systems and participated in census for The National Institute of Statistic and Geography in Mexico and the Foreign Affairs Ministry through the Mexican Consulate in Dubai.
He has taught Integral and Differential Calculus in the largest private university in Mexico and currently teaches Quantitative Analysis for Hult International Business School.
A web strategy pioneer, Philippa Gamse has been working with Internet applications since 1991. She currently teaches digital marketing at Hult in San Francisco.
Originally from the UK, Philippa obtained a post-graduate qualification in Library Science from University College, London. She has 10 years of corporate experience in Europe, including several years as a consultant for Deloitte, before founding her own US-based consulting and speaking practice in 1995.
Since then, Philippa has reviewed over 5,000 web presences. Her clients report that within 30 days of implementing her recommendations they achieve significant improvements in the levels of quality traffic, visitor engagement, customer loyalty and qualified sales leads.
Philippa was the sole featured expert for the cover story on effective web strategies for UPS "Compass" Magazine Fall 2009, distributed to more than 1million businesses. She is a Certified Management Consultant – an ISO-accredited designation recognized in over 60 countries. The second edition of her critically-acclaimed book 42 Rules for a Web Presence That Wins was recently published.
Professor Grandinetti is Global Discipline Lead for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Hult and also teaches courses on Management and Marketing. He has been named Professor of the Week by the Financial Times and has been named Professor of the Year 2012-13 and is the recipient of four Global Teaching Excellence Award during his three years at Hult. He serves as lead Faculty Advisor to the Hult VC and Social Business Clubs and chairs the Hult SF Operations Committee. He was also named the Hult SF Professor most engaged with students outside of the classroom and won a Faculty Peer Award Recognition Award for his exemplary efforts. He has a special interest in Disruptive Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, Raising Early Stage Capital, Digital Marketing, Advanced Technology Commercialization, Corporate Venturing and Social Entrepreneurship.
He taught Entrepreneurship at MIT for over ten years and has been teaching Corporate Venturing at Denmark Technical University for seven years. He served as judge for ten years in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and is active in mentor capital programs such as TechStars and IBM SmartCamp. He also mentored the winning team in this year’s Hult Prize SF Regional Competition. Professor Grandinetti keynotes many Innovation and Venture Capital events and is active on the TEDx circuit.
Professor Grandinetti worked at McKinsey & Company and currently serves as Senior Adviser to businesses, universities, and governments on a broad range of strategic, innovation, marketing and commercialization issues. He is a mentor and Board Member to many US tech start-ups and social ventures.
He was named the annual Jess Morrow Johns Memorial Scholar at Yale and was the first ever recipient of the Procter & Gamble Marketing Leadership award. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering magna cum laude from Rutgers where he was named to the National Engineering Honor Society. He serves on the School’s board and was awarded the Engineering Medal of Excellence for career achievement as well as Alumni of the Year.
He has served on the Corporate Executive Board of WGBH Public TV and Radio, the flagship operation within the US Public Broadcasting System, for over a decade and has co-chaired the business development and nominating committees.
Dr. Green is an American economist who, until recently lived in Asia since the mid-1980s. He received his undergraduate education at the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has served as an economist on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and as a tenured professor of economics at Hosei University, Tokyo. For most of the last two decades he worked at the Asian Development Bank. In both Southeast Asia and in Central Asia he drafted country strategies and conducted research on a wide variety of economic topics. He served as the Country Director for ADB in Indonesia. He was instrumental in ADB’s regional cooperation efforts: initiating the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program and, as Director for the Southeast Asian regional cooperation unit, coordinating the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) initiative. He was a Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila from 2009-2012, until moving to San Francisco’s Bay Area to teach Global Economics at Hult. He has published extensively in academic journals, for the Asian Development Bank, and op-ed pieces both in Asia and in the United States.
Olaf Groth is a Professor for Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability at HULT International Business School, as well as the Founder and CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC, which advises senior executives internationally on global innovation trends, strategy and commercial diplomacy. He has 20 years of experience in executive and advisory roles with Monitor Group, Qualcomm, Boeing, Vodafone, AirTouch, and a transportation startup.
Prof. Groth is a Sr.Fellow for Innovation at the Center for Emerging Markets Enterprise at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, a judge for GE Ecomagination, adviser at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative, and co-chair of the Pacific Council Energy & Environment Committee. He is a member of the Bay Area Economics Institute Research Council, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Prof. Groth holds Ph.D., M.A.L.D., M.A.I.P.S. and B.A. degrees in International Affairs with concentrations in business, economics, technology and negotiation from the Fletcher School and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also studied negotiation at Harvard, trade economics at Georgetown University and finance at UC Berkeley.
Ronan is Associate Dean at Hult International Business School in London with responsibility for the Executive MBA, Masters in International Marketing and Masters in Social Entrepreneurship programmes.
Prior to this role, Ronan was Associate Professor teaching marketing and technology courses on the Masters, MBA and Executive MBA programmes, was the Discipline Lead for Marketing and was voted Professor of the Year three times in 2012.
Ronan joined Hult from Ashridge Business School where he designed, developed and delivered its digital strategy for online communications, digital marketing, social media, communities and the user-experience for online learning.
Ronan has presented at international conferences for the AACSB, EFMD, CEEMAN and ABS and the Future of Learning Conference in 2009. He has written articles and a book chapter on how new technology is changing education and was a member of the EFMD External Relations Meeting Steering Committee.
Before joining Ashridge, Ronan lived in Barcelona for twelve years, spending five years as the Director of E-Commerce and Content for the first music e-commerce website in Spain with responsibility for marketing and technology strategies, building the start-up to have the largest offering in Europe, sites for six language areas and five different brands including B2B and B2C offerings.
Prior to that, Ronan's first career was focused on music, voice and entertainment, with a variety of overlapping roles, which included managing groups for an independent record company; creating and managing websites; producing and presenting an English language programme on local radio; recording voiceovers for productions such as industrial training and children's cartoons; and also translating and teaching English.
Ronan has an honours degree in Computational Science and Economics from the University of Leeds; a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Westminster; and an Executive MBA from Ashridge. Ronan is also fluent in Spanish.
Cari E. Guittard specializes in Corporate Diplomacy & Geopolitical Risk and has spent an extensive amount of time working globally, primarily in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, managing portfolios that have included Global Engagement, Strategic & Crisis Communications, Public Affairs & Public Diplomacy, Women's Leadership, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets, Political Military Affairs, Diplomatic Security, and Counter-terrorism. She began her career with the US Department of State as a Presidential Management Fellow working in cyber security efforts and then served as founding Executive Director of Business for Diplomatic Action, the first business-led non-profit to enlist the U.S. business community in public diplomacy and tri-sector engagement efforts. Guittard serves in an Adjunct Faculty capacity for the University of Southern California Masters of Public Diplomacy Program and the University of San Francisco’s MBA program. She is a regular contributor to various media outlets to include Public Diplomacy Magazine, the Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) Blog, Periscope Post, and Reuters. Additionally, Guittard is a certified Global Mindset Instructor by the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a senior advisor to the Entrepreneurs Organization and an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Public Diplomacy Council, the National Council on International Visitors and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
Bill Hancock is Hult Global Professor of Accounting and Finance. Previously Bill served as Acting Dean of Hult Boston. He was elected Hult “Professor of the Year” in 2012.
Prior to joining Hult, Bill spent over twenty years as a management consultant with IBM Global Systems, Ernst & Young, and Keane. He also was a divisional marketing manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, a position that led him to build and manage the world’s first business-to-business eCommerce site. This business had online sales over $1.3 billion and was profitable from the first year of operation.
Bill has served as an adjunct professor at Babson College and Northeastern University where he taught accounting, finance, entrepreneurial studies, information technology, eBusiness and management courses. He was elected “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” at Northeastern University.
He was also appointed Visiting Professor, Juian University, Peoples’ Republic of China, where he led a MBA program for senior Chinese government officials.
Bill has a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in accounting from the University of Iowa.
His professional degrees include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Certificate in Data Processing (CDP).
Bill is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders In America, and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, e-Commerce, business strategy, entrepreneurship, and the use of computer technology in business.
Bill enjoys photography and foreign travel.
Steve has over 25 years of management consulting and training experience in areas such as development economics, education and training, strategic planning, and marketing. He was a Director in the Development Economics and Finance group at Arthur D. Little for 10 years, and spent the last three years with the company as the global head of its internal learning and training activities.
For the past 10 years, Steve has been one of three partners in ITSMA, an industry association that focuses on helping high technology companies with their services and solutions marketing. Steve has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Massachusetts, the University of Bordeaux, the University of the West Indies, and Arizona State University.
Dr. Farzad Rafi Khan graduated with a PhD in Strategy and Organization from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2005. Dr. Khan’s PhD dissertation was co-supervised by Professor Henry Mintzberg rated by the Financial Times of London as one of the top ten most important management thinkers alive today. He also has a Masters in Economics of Developing Countries from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor with Great Distinction from McGill University in Accounting and Finance. Dr. Khan has 15 years of international teaching experience at universities in Canada, China, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. While at McGill University, Dr. Khan received the “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2000. He has also been involved in executive development programs with organizations such as Nestle, Siemens, Telenor, and Teradata. In terms of research, Dr. Khan has published in academic journals in the business and management field (e.g., Human Relations, Organization, Organization Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics). His research interests center on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, critical approaches in management, and organization theory. Dr. Khan is a consultant to the Karachi School for Business and Leadership (KSBL) and will be joining it as an Associate Professor in January 2013.
Tony Kilbourn combines a career in marketing consulting and executive teaching. He brings nearly thirty years sales and marketing experience in consumer-facing organizations. He has worked for GSK and Mars in the food, personal care and pharmaceutical sectors. His work has always been international in scope having worked in Italy and France, and holding responsibilities in Asia Pacific, Europe and US. As a consultant, Tony has worked for several multinational companies developing strategies for growth. He is also associate of Ashridge Business School working on both tailored and qualification programs. He has a particular interest in competitive strategy: how to differentiate one’s product or service through clearer positioning, new features and benefits, or new claims. Tony read Psychology as part of the Natural Sciences tripos at Cambridge University, and has an MBA at INSEAD.
Chris brings a wide variety of experiences to his academic life; as a British army officer, he led a Mobile News Team in the Former Yugoslavia in the last months of the civil war, providing images and reports seen by millions around the world, returning as the NATO Spokesman in Bosnia a short time later. As the Managing Director of C3i Strategic Solutions, he has taught several world leaders how to get their messages across to their audiences and how to create strategic messages for their country or organisation. He has been published in many professional journals for his insights on Crisis Communication & Crisis Management and is currently the EU-appointed Strategic Communications advisor to the National Transitional Council in Libya.
Before joining Hult in Dubai as Associate Dean and Professor of Management Communication, Dr. Kuzniarski taught at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, where she also engaged in curriculum development and research on intercultural aspects of professional communication.
Damiao Lo, Partner, Schroeder Lo Associates, is a business solutions consultant whose holistic approach and advanced solutions to client problems stem from broad expertise in business, IT and system architecture strategy. Clients count on his systematic and thorough approach to business consulting, and his superior command of technology, to deliver consistent and additional value by not only anticipating their issues, and developing user-friendly leading-edge total solutions, which empower them to work more efficiently and effectively, but by designing and generating new business possibilities for them.
Damiao’s 17 year international track record of innovation encompasses implementing Internet web portal infrastructure, integrating legacy systems with Internet portals and providing business process solutions to internal and external clients. In SchroederLo Associates, progressive solutions include business restructure, executive coaching, facilitation, business set-up, asset management and protection and optimized business practice for China. His methodical approach, deep experience in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Canada, and creative-solutioning, helps his clients achieve seamless operations in complex markets and ensures their competitive edge.
Damiao’s exemplary IT, business consulting and executive coaching skills arm his clients with the tools and confidence they need to propel their businesses, and his trademark passion for problem solving and long term strategic approach differentiates him. Known for quickly building rapport and trust, Damiao always exceeds the project scope, proactively developing cost-effective, quality systems and processes that facilitate transparent and actionable solutions and allow his clients to explore new horizons.
Fluent in English and Cantonese and proficient in Mandarin, Damiao Lo is a champion of advanced technologies that optimize workflow and also develops software and cutting edge applications for clients in his spare time.
As the founder Alibris, Lawrence transformed it from a start-up to a highly-successful online retailer. Professor Louie went on to become a faculty advisor at the University of San Francisco's School of Business' Incubator and direct the business school's New Venture Center. He has also directed the MBA program and University of San Francisco and helped pioneer the school's Career Services. He has won many awards as an educator.
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.
Donelda is an Associate Professor of Marketing who has taught in the United Arab Emirates (AUS and UOWD), Hong Kong (HKUST), Canada (McMaster and Ryerson), England (Bradford and Leeds Business School) and she was inaugural faculty onboard the ocean-going university, The Scholar Ship. She has taught EMBA, MBA, Masters, Undergraduate and Adult Education classes across a range of marketing subjects. Her research agenda includes her interest in service encounters from her PhD studies as well as business and marketing topics relevant to emerging markets. Prior to academia, Donelda held senior positions in companies in the manufacturing, service and distribution industry sectors in Toronto, Canada area. In addition to Hult, Donelda is coaching faculty with Athabasca University (Canada) online Executive MBA. She has lived international for many years but still connects with her Canadian roots.
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.
Professor Merron is the founder and Managing Partner of Avista Consulting Group, an organizational consulting and leadership development firm dedicated to helping organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership. With over 25 years of experience assisting executives in business, government, and education, he has also successfully conducted over twenty-five large-system strategic, cultural, and technical change efforts.
Professor Merron has authored multiple books, including Riding the Wave: Designing Your Organization for Enduring Success and The Golden Flame: The Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership.
Riding the Wave: Designing Your Organization for Enduring Success
Consulting Mastery: How the Best Make the Biggest Difference
The Golden Flame: The Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership
Atul Minocha brings a blend of large corporate and entrepreneurship experience to the classroom and brings academic and experiential expertise in marketing, finance, strategy and entrepreneurship.
In addition to teaching, he serves as a “fractional” Chief Marketing Officer to small-to-medium sized companies (www.ChiefOutsiders.com). He also co-founded a series of hedge funds based on his analytical model (www.vixek.com) and is partner at an investment firm. Besides his deep & direct interests in marketing and finance, he is also engaged in current macroeconomic issues and is authoring a book on implications of and solutions for the recent global crisis (www.CrazEconomics.com). He is a member of Sierra Angels investment group at Lake Tahoe where he co-chairs their Elite Mentoring Corps focused on providing coaching and mentoring to a select group of startups in Northern California and Nevada.
Atul started his career with Toyota and was one of the first employees at their India operation. He moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his marketing career with Cummins Engine Company and Honeywell followed by Kodak where he was Chief Marketing Officer for their health imaging division. He has also worked at Smith & Nephew as their marketing head and at Covance as General Manager for their Cardiac Safety Services business. Atul followed his large-corporate career with entrepreneurial ventures in clean energy, hospitality & alternative-investments. He was Associate Professor at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada where he was also Marketing Program Chair and taught courses in marketing, finance, investments, business strategy, business planning and entrepreneurship.
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.
Professor Newman has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and small businesses. The founder of companies in the real estate, computer, and investment fields, he transitioned into academia to design and direct the entrepreneurship program at Boston University, which grew to be among the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the country, at the time.
In 1990, he was asked to join Babson College, consistently ranked the top school in entrepreneurship education globally, where he taught entrepreneurship and management for over a decade. While at Babson, Professor Newman was named Professor of the Year, worked on major curriculum reform, and co-developed Babson’s Foundation Management Experience (FME), an experiential management principles course. The course received the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh outstanding curriculum award and was voted the most “innovative entrepreneurship education course” in the U.S. by the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Professor Newman has also served as a consultant to both large and small businesses, as a board member and advisor to a number of for-profit and not-for-profit companies, and as a frequent speaker at entrepreneurship functions. Over his nearly thirty-year academic career, he has worked on projects on six continents including Africa (Egypt), Asia (China and the Middle East), Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
In 1999, Professor Newman was identified by Business Week as one of the people who had fostered the development of small business in the 1990’s, the only academic on the list.
Professor Newman joined Hult International Business School as the Associate Dean responsible for curriculum design. While at Hult, he has received numerous honors including co-recipient of the Dean’s Award for Educational Improvement, Honor Roll for Outstanding Service, and was named Hult’s Professor of the Year twice. Currently, he serves as a Global Professor of Entrepreneurship, a Discipline Lead for Hult’s Entrepreneurship program, and as the Global Chair of Hult’s Academic Standards Committee.
Dr. Amanda Nimon Peters is a business psychologist. Dr. Amanda graduated at 19 from the University of Adelaide with a first class Honours Degree in Psychology and the Australian Psychological Society Prize. After taking a position as a lecturer in Psychology at the Flinders University of South Australia, she moved to the University of Cambridge where she gained a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Behavioural Science, and completed post-doctoral research. She moved from Cambridge to spend ten years in Procter & Gamble, working throughout Europe and the Middle East to train brand teams in applying psychological research findings to build sales and improve consumer communications. A new assignment in 2004 brought her to Dubai, where she has lived ever since. Following P&G, Dr. Amanda ran a training consultancy company, and taught as adjunct faculty at Hult. In early 2013 she was appointed Dean of Dubai campus.
Professor O' Donnell is an engineer-turned-industry analyst for the telecommunication and media industries. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, and economics in the development of new markets. He has studied consumer and market reactions to new communications technologies for the MIT Media Laboratory and corporate and NGO clients. He also teaches international communications courses at Tufts University's Fletcher School.
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'
An experienced business professional with over 25 years in the high tech and software industry, Marty Patton is a project manager in the non-profit arena, and is an Adjunct Faculty member at University of San Francisco and Hult International School of Business. Her professional experience ranges from selling & supporting customers on timesharing in the 1970's, to marketing IBM hardware & software solutions as a key business partner in the 80's & 90's, to leading & managing at staff and executive levels for Fortune 500 and small startup companies, covering all aspects of the Information Systems knowledge base in the 90’s up to today. She has taught technical courses to adults in a corporate education environment and communications, leadership, and group dynamics courses in the non-profit world. Her special interests in graduate technology and business topics include Project Management, Effective Decision Making/IT Investment Decisions, Team Dynamics & Leadership, and Marketing in the Ecommerce world. Responsible for a 5 month project management contract each year with The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Marty works with many local non-profits, serving on boards, providing business consulting services, and tutoring math in Sonoma County Schools. She is currently on the Curriculum Design Committee for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative, a startup focusing on leadership training programs for women and Treasurer for the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church. One of her small business activities is designing and guiding custom escorted tours for visitors to the wine county.
Jim currently teaches at Hult International Business School, the University of San Francisco and U.C. Berkeley Extension where he has been honored twice as “Instructor of the Year”. He has also taught at the Haas Business School at the University of California Berkeley, the Graham School of Business at the University of Chicago, and Stanford University. His courses include Strategic Marketing, Introduction to Marketing, Marketing Management, Sales Management, Retail Management, Management Communication, and Presentation Skills. Jim has co-authored with David Aaker Ph.D. the Instructor’s Manual for David Aaker’s Strategic Market Management (6-9 Editions) published by John Wiley & Sons. Jim was Director of Marketing and Sales for the Technology Products Group at Dataquest (a high-technology marketing research company) and Vice President of Sales for Power Up Software Corporation (a consumer software products manufacturer). He held management positions with several high-tech companies. Jim is former president of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association and is a former Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He served on the committee for the AMA International Business-to-Business Marketing Conference held in San Francisco.
27 year proven management track record building brand equity-driven businesses within Fortune 500 including First National Bank of Boston, RJR Nabisco, Bristol Meyers Squibb. For private clients, he has advised on the building and managing of brands as well as the solving of complex marketing challenges across multiple sectors including high tech, health care, eCommerce and luxury goods. Entrepreneurially, Marco also co-conceived, co-launched, grew and later sold two ventures in eCommerce and FMCG.
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR 2012, 2011 & 2007. 25 years experience training and developing executives, MBAs as well as undergraduate students on five continents. Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Hult International, Cambridge, USA; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; AALTO, Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; EHTP Casablanca, Morocco and ENPC Paris, France. Consistently achieved high student and peer reviews.
Graduated with BS in Business Administration (1985) from Northeastern University Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies. Also, graduated with MBA (1994) from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Received the Dean’s & Faculty Award for academic excellence as well as the Sheppard Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.
Jeff Schiebe is founder of J & F Associates, a management advisory & consulting company, providing international business development to emerging companies. A seasoned global entrepreneur and executive, with more than 30 years of international sales & marketing experience, his focus is on developing global partners, channel development and strategic selling—primarily in telecom, software and Internet markets. Traveling to more than 50 countries, Jeff has worked in all established markets as well as emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. Prior to launching J & F Associates, Jeff was a founding executive at OnePIN, a mobile applications company. His entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial experience ranges from start-ups (CxO Management, PixelVision, Acunet) to emerging companies (PictureTel) to established companies (Compaq).
Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College and a BS Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has been a frequent speaker at international industry conferences and seminars. Currently he teaches at Clark University (Entrepreneur-in-Residence), the Hult International School of Business (Adjunct Professor) and Babson College (Executive Mentor, Summer Venture Program).
He brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial experience, technical knowledge, global marketing expertise and cross-cultural perspectives to his role as an international advisor, consultant, educator and author.
A native San Franciscan and avid chess player, Dan Sevall teaches the MIB accounting and finance toolboxes, as well as the MIB Accounting class. After earning his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point), Dan served as an Army officer in Europe in the early 1990's, and also earned a master's degrees from Troy University (International Relations) in its European campus. Following his service commitment, Dan received a fellowship to Duke University, completing his MBA in 1999. His post-MBA professional career includes tours of duty at IBM, Agilent Technologies and Google. His current full-time position is as the Division CFO for Military.com, Fastweb, Education.Org and Monster Communities. Truth be told, Dan very much enjoys teaching in the classroom and is thrilled to be a part of Hult's growing stature.
Eliot H. Sherman, CPA, is Professor of Finance at the Hult International Business School and a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Northeastern University, teaching classes to undergraduates, MBA, EMBA, and MSF students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Prior to joining Northeastern’s full-time faculty, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Director of Gloucester Co. Inc., a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, and caulking materials, and as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Venture Builders, an advisory firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses, established in 1999. Earlier, he was principal of his own consulting firm providing strategic and operational planning assistance and financial management guidance to smaller, growing businesses. Among the firms he served were a developer of electronic commerce software products, a developer of specialized voice recognition and report generation software, a consulting firm focused on repetitive manufacturing practices, and a security consulting and investigative services firm.
Earlier in his career, he was Chief Financial Officer of a medium-sized shoe parts manufacturing company and controller of two successful textile manufacturers. He has more than twenty-five years of financial management experience in several manufacturing and service companies, holding titles from Administrative Manager and Divisional Controller to Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer. During his career, he has worked for businesses from the very small to the Fortune 50, from private to publicly held, from domestic to multi-national to foreign-owned. For twenty-five years, until 1997, he served on the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ-listed foam plastics fabricator, and he has served as a director or advisor to several corporations and non-profit organizations in the Boston area.
Mr. Sherman was educated at Harvard College and earned masters degrees from The Amos Tuck School and from Bentley College. He has taught regularly for several state societies of CPAs and for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for the past 25 years. Mr. Sherman has authored programs on Controllership and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager, which have been presented a number of times to the Smaller Business Association of New England and programs on Planning and Budgeting, Negotiating Debt and Equity Financing, and The Business Plan for AICPA. He has also written Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager published by the Amacom Division of the American Management Association (published in 2001, 2006, 2011). He also wrote The Business of Project and Program Management (Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall-Hunt Publishing; 2009) which has been used as a text in a course that is part of a Master Degree in Project Management program at Brandeis University.
Jim has been serving as an adjunct faculty member at Hult for the last three years teaching the “IT for Managers” course. He has also taught several courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Northeastern University and Boston University. Jim’s business background includes independent consulting as well as senior management consulting at Ernst & Young and office director of IT consulting for a division of Deloitte. His experience also includes Chief Information Officer of four companies across pharmaceutical, manufacturing and services industries. As a Vice President of IT at Houghton Mifflin, Jim had responsibility for the Program Management Office and led the IT Infrastructure support function of that company. As Vice president and CIO of the Shipley Company he led global IT initiatives in the U.S., Europe and Asia. With this breadth of experience, Jim brings to Hult a business focused and pragmatic application of IT best practices which he thoroughly enjoys sharing through the framework of Hult’s education platform.
Dr. Merwyn Strate is currently a professor of Operations Management with Hult International School of Business in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to his appointment to the Hult faculty he was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Management Department in the School of Business at the American University in Dubai. Previous academic experience includes being appointed Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Purdue University in Indiana and time spent at the University of Nebraska as both a graduate teaching/research assistant. Professor Strate earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development at the University of Nebraska. He also holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College in business administration and economics. While studying for his doctorate, Professor Strate participated in research activities focusing on Leadership and Organization Development. Previous experience includes over 20 years working with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in a variety of leadership and management capacities in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, sales, customer service, and operations management. Dr. Strate has also served as President and CEO of a successful franchise development company in addition to being involved with several family owned businesses. His personal interests include golf, fly fishing, hiking, diving and reading.
Professor Vannoni has more than 15 years international experience in media, corporate communications, digital marketing, and social media. He holds a MBA from Boston University and began his career at CNN International's Business-Today show. Dr. Vannoni's current clients include a USD4 billion market-cap company as well as the Italian energy regulator. In 2005, he was Elected Member of the Board at the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.
Dr. Wagemans is Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Public Services Advisory Practice. Prior to PwC, he was a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He was the recipient of the Hoover Foundation Fellowship while at Brown University and has been Visiting Fellow at Oslo University.
Cathy Wellings is an experienced training professional with over 20 years’ experience working in France, Spain and the UK. As Culture and Communication Manager, and now Head of Communication Skills, at Communicaid, a City based-training consultancy she specialises in intercultural and communication skills training and coaching and has managed numerous global projects. She has worked with many major corporate and public sector clients including Barclays Bank, HSBC, Schlumberger, SriLankan Airlines, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID. She has a BA in French, a Masters in Applied Linguistics and is an accredited coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching.
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.
As president and founder of Enterprise Systems, Sharon Wulf provides organizational and business development services. With a management background largely formed as the Director and Group Manager of Strategic Business Programs for the Semiconductor and Technologies Division at Digital Equipment Corporation and as a Senior Finance Manager for Engineering Technologies at The Polaroid Corporation, Sharon formed Enterprise Systems in 1992. Sharon has over three decades of teaching experience at the MBA level and currently serves on several MBA faculties. As a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Business, Sharon instructs graduate level courses at WPI and EMC, UMASS Memorial, National Grid, Natick Labs, and United Technologies. Named MBA Faculty of the Year 2011 at Framingham State University, she instructs MBA courses in MBA Professional Capstone and Strategy Management, Human Resources Management, and Global Business Management. Recipient of the Northeastern University Teaching Excellence Award, Sharon taught Business Strategy and Management to graduate and undergraduate students. Sharon authored three books Customer Service Action Plans, Leadership in Action, and Building Performance Values that were published by HRD Press and honored at the NU Major Works Reception. Sharon currently serves on several non-profit boards including the National Board of the English Speaking Union of the United States of America.
Author of three books, Customer Service Action Plans, Leadership in Action, and Building Performance Values ( published by HRD Press).
Mario Yanez, Jr. has been a full-time member of the Faculty at the Computer Information Systems Department of the School of Business Administration, University of Miami since 1998. His areas of expertise include Management Information Systems, Project Management of Information Technology, and Management of Technology. He teaches Management Information Systems and Project Management in the regular and Executive MBA programs, in the Master of Science in Professional Management program offered in Spanish to Latin American executives, and at the undergraduate level. He also teaches Management of Technology in the Industrial Engineering Department.
Prior to his academic career, he was an information systems/technology senior manager and consultant in the private sector. A former Director of Telecommunications and Networks at the University of Miami, and the University’s NGJ Information Systems Institute, his extensive industry experience also includes assignments in corporate MIS and Project Management with Ryder System, Inc., Bell South, GTE, General Electric and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Mario holds a PhD Degree in Business Information Systems and Technology Management from the University of Miami, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Miami. He is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and Secretary of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Education Committee of the International Association for the Management of Technology (IAMOT); he is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a member of the PMI’s Global Accreditation Center Academic Network. He has been recently selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Strategic Project Management.