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
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.
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.
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.
Hunter Hastings has spent his career in marketing. He was grounded as a brand manager at Procter and Gamble in consumer packaged goods. He was Vice President of Brand Management at SBC, the #3 brewer in the US (now part of SAB-Miller) with category leading brands such as Stroh’s, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz Malt Liquor. He was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at JBS, the Brazil-based global fresh food company and global brandowner of the Swift brand. In business services, he served as CEO of Emmperative, the P&G-funded marketing software venture, and Chairman of the EMM Group. He also founded and led the strategy consulting group at Ryan Partnership. Hunter’s clients have included Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, Clorox, Philip Morris International, MillerCoors, Pepsico, and Brown Forman, among many others. He developed and taught the Marketing and Brand Building course at the Center For Marketing Excellence, the professional training arm of the Association of National Advertisers, and has authored 3 books on marketing process and brand management. He has served on the boards of Emmperative and Pete’s Brewing Company. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from Cambridge University.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.
A.C. has worked in Silicon Valley for 32 years in corporate strategy, technology marketing, and business development. He teaches entrepreneurship and quantitative analysis courses at Hult. He co-founded and is a principal at Indigo Partners, a marketing strategy consulting partnership based in the Bay Area. He also founded or was a key early employee at three high-tech startups, worked as vice president of marketing at two other venture-backed startups, and occasionally works for clients as an interim marketing executive. He was a business unit manager "intrapreneur" and director of marketing at Sun Microsystems, a venture capital associate at U.S. Venture Partners, and a management consultant at Bain & Company. He teaches and coaches foreign executives and MBA students on business planning and pitching skills as a member of the University of San Francisco's International Executive Programs. He will publish his book Perfect Pitch: How to Present Your Business to Venture Capitalists and start a related blog in 2014. A.C. earned an SM in Management from MIT's Sloan School and an SM in Chemical Engineering and an SB in Chemistry from MIT. He served four years as an Armor officer in the U.S. Army.
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.
Dr. Mark Spokes teaches primarily on the social entrepreneurship concentration with a specific focus on human security and rights. His classes reflect a current research interest in critical theories of social change and global ethics. Dr. Spokes also teaches in his specialist area of American national identity and foreign policy. He has been with Hult InternationalBusiness School since it opened its London campus. Prior to this, Dr. Spokes taught at Queen Mary University of London and worked for several think tanks and NGOs in London. In his spare time, he moves his struggle for animal liberation into the kitchen and attempts to improve hisvegan cooking skills.
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.
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.