Our Faculty

Meet our Faculty

Professors in the spotlight

Michael Grandinetti

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management, and Marketing

Olaf Groth

Professor for Global Management, Strategy, Innovation & Economics

The Team

Rob Anthony
Global Dean of Graduate Programs
MBA, Harvard Business School; AB, Occidental College

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 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.

Position at Hult: Global Dean of Postgraduate Programs (Full-time)

Carlos Baradello
Professor of Social Innovation & Global Entrepreneurship
PhD, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy

Name: Dr Carlos S. Baradello

Qualifications & Institution: PhD Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (USA); MSc., Electronic Engineering, Eindhoven Technical University (The Netherlands), Electrical Electronic Engineering summa cum laude, Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina).

Position at Hult: Professor of Social Innovation & Global Entrepreneurship (Part-time)

Work experience:

Carlos was in the telecommunications and computer industry with progressively senior executive roles at ITT, NYNEX, Digital Equipment Corporation, Advanced Fibre Communications (IPO 1996) and Motorola, where he was the company’s Corporate Vice President for the Latin America and Caribbean region. Currently he is the General partner of Alaya Capital Partners (based in Argentina) and Managing Director of Sausalito Ventures (based in Northern California, USA)

Awards and significant projects:

• Best Professor Award selected by the Graduate Business Association of USF MBA students (May 2012)
• Keynote Speaker for Endeavor; San Francisco, Mexico, Argentina (2010 – Present)
• Member, Hispanic Advisory Council, Clorox Corp.; Oakland, California (2006 - 2010)
• Member of the Advisory Board, Progress Financial; Mountain View, California (2005 – 2008)
• Member of the Advisory Board, Apoyo Financiero Inc.; San Francisco, California (2008 – 2011)
• Commencement Speaker, Graduating Executive MBA Class at Saint Mary’s College of California (2003)
• Professional Distinction Award, Córdoba Technology Cluster; Córdoba, Argentina (2001)
• Member of Board of Advisors, Hispanic-Net, an organization that supports Hispanic entrepreneurs (2001 - 2010)
• Executive Sponsor of the team recipient of Motorola’s CEO Volunteerism Team Award, delivering educational and financial support to the Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia orphanage. The program has expanded to over forty schools in the greater Lima region, Perú (2000 - Present) and México (1998 - 2001)
• Distinguished Nominee, HENAAC Executive Excellence Award. San Antonio, Texas (1999)
• Invited speaker at numerous U.S., Latin American, Asian, and European Universities and other international and governmental agencies and NGO, representing various employers. (1980 - Present)
• Corporate Liaison Officer with MIT Media Lab. Brown University, Syracuse University, and others. (1982 - 2002)
• Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors, Carnegie-Mellon Research Institute (1991 - 2000)
• Chair of Computer Science/Information Systems Advisory Board, Fairfield University (1982-1983)

Teaching experience:

Visiting faculty of the Danish Technical University (Denmark), the Federico Santa Maria Technical University (Chile), and the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing, China), Universidad Catolica de Concepcion (Chile), etc. Public speaker and corporate advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Economic Development Agencies and NGOs across the world.


He has authored over 50 technical and management papers and has received USA/EU patents for six of his inventions. You can read more about Carlos via his regularly updated blog. These writings are the foundation of his future book titled Soft Landing in Silicon ValleyTM. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

Website/ social media links

Twitter   Website    Blog

Thea Bellos
Professor of Strategic Marketing and International Management
MBA, St. Mary's College of California

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.
(Part Time)

Martin Brook
Professor of Finance
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business; BSc (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Name: Martin Brook

Qualifications & Institution: MBA Stanford Graduate School of Business; BSc (Hons) University of Edinburgh; Certified Financial Planner

Position at Hult: Professor of Finance (Part-time)

Work experience:

Martin Brook is the founder of Martin Brook Associates, a financial services firm providing advice to businesses and high net worth individuals. Martin was formerly Vice President of Strategic Planning for McKesson Corporation where he was a key player in McKesson’s transformation from a diversified distribution business to a leading health care company. Martin’s career with McKesson also included positions as General Manager, Divisional CFO and Assistant Corporate Controller. Before joining McKesson, he held senior positions with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in San Francisco, Cargolux Airlines in Luxembourg and British Airways in London.

Martin received University of California, Berkeley’s “Honored Instructor” award in 2010 for dedication to excellence in teaching. Martin receives consistently high student evaluations and is known for his ability to explain complex ideas in easily understood terms.

Teaching experience:

In addition to his teaching responsibilities as Hult, Martin also teaches finance at the University of California Berkeley and Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Martin also develops and delivers financial training programs for corporate clients where his combination of practical experience and theoretical knowledge is in much demand.

Christian Buss
Professor of International Marketing and Global Strategy
PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Name: W. Christian Buss, Ph.D.

Qualifications & Institution: Ph.D., M.A. – Marketing Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Quantitative Business Analysis, Smeal School, Pennsylvania State University

Position at Hult: Professor of International Marketing and Global Strategy (Part-time)

Work experience:

W. Christian Buss, Ph.D. is a professor at the Hult International Business School. In 2004, he left the School of Business at the State University of New York/University at Albany to concentrate full-time on executive education. Prior to his departure, the UAlbany President named him to the rank of Professor Emeritus.

Awards and significant projects:

Dr. Buss has received sixteen teaching awards from different schools for his teaching excellence. He received the 2004 Special Recognition Award from the Capital Region World Trade Center for his support of international business initiatives in the Capital Region of New York. His Ph.D. dissertation won first-place as the best Marketing dissertation from the American Marketing Association in 1980.

Teaching experience:

Dr. Buss was a Teaching Professor of Global Strategy in the Fox School of Temple University in from 2012 through June of 2014. His recent executive education clients include the Rotterdam School of Management, Leiden University, the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich, Smith School at University of Maryland, the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina and private companies.


W. Christian Buss (2011), “Smithwell Machine Tools, Incorporated: Ethical Dilemmas in International Business.” Journal of Business Cases and Applications. Volume 3. pp. 60-67

W. Christian Buss and Rosalie Kuyvenhoven (2011) “Perceptions of European Middle Managers in Strategic Change.” Global Journal of Management Research, V5.5, pp. 109-119.

Kuyvenhoven, Rosalie and W. Christian Buss (2011)“A Normative View of the Role of Middle Management in the Implementation of Strategic Change.” Journal of Management and Marketing Research.

Ralph Winkemoelen and W. Christian Buss (2013, “Development of Strategic Parenting Models in Small Holding Companies: a Research Agenda,” Winter Conference Proceedings – Global Conference on Business and Finance, Vol 8.1, pp. 231-241.

W. Christian Buss and Rosalie Kuyvenhoven (2011), “A Typology of the Roles of Middle Management in the Implementation of Strategic Change: An Exploratory Study.” Winter Conference Proceedings – Global Conference on Business and Finance, Vol 6.1, pp.890-902.. (Recipient – Outstanding Research Award).

Christian Buss and Andreas Faerber (2010) “Use of a Value-Balance Model to Guide Employees Behavior to Meet Customer Needs: An Exploratory Application.” In R. Berndt (ed.), Erfolgreiches Management: Herausfortderungen on das Management.” (Springer- Verlag: Berlin). pp. 11-37.

Website/ social media links:


Bill Carlie
Professor of Finance
MBA, University of California (Berkeley)

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.

Martin Doettling
Professor of Digital Marketing
ABD, University of Michigan; MA Michigan State University

Name: Martin Doettling

Qualifications & Institution:
ABD (PhD Candidate), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
MA, Michigan State University (East Lansing)
BA, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany), and a recipient of Germany's prestigious DAAD Study Abroad Fellowship

Position at Hult: Professor of Digital Marketing (Part-time)

Work experience:

Martin Doettling is a professor of digital marketing at Hult International Business School in San Francisco.

Mr. Doettling's distinguished career spans more than 20 years in both academia and international business, working with innovative venture-funded start-ups and some of most recognized multinational companies of Silicon Valley. ​

Awards and significant projects:

Mr. Doettling held executive marketing, product and business leadership roles in some of Silicon Valley's most successful technology companies such as Adobe, Remedy, Vitria, and Kana.

In the past six years, Mr. Doettling served as the chief marketing executive for two of the most influential and innovative software companies that forever transformed digital marketing and online customer engagement, Coremetrics (acquired by IBM) and Webtrends.

As CMO of Webtrends, Mr. Doettling brought to market the industry's first streaming analytics solution that empowers digital marketing and e-commerce teams to personalize the online customer experience in real time via unified digital intelligence across mobile, social, and web. In 2010, IBM acquired Coremetrics and its game-changing customer intelligence and digital marketing platform as the foundation for IBM Software Group's newly created Enterprise Marketing Management business.

Mr. Doettling is also actively engaged in Silicon Valley's vibrant start-up and technology scene. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Hult International Business School in San Francisco and a noted speaker and panelist at international conferences and digital marketing events.

Teaching experience:

In addition to his business leadership credentials, Mr. Doettling was a program head and professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College, where he taught international business and policy.

For eight years, Mr. Doettling also served on the Board of Directors of the German American International School, an innovative K-8 school in Menlo Park that achieved accreditation as the first international IB School in the Bay Area.

Website & social media links:

Twitter     Email

Mike Edwards
Professor of Global Crisis
PhD, Macquarie University (Sydney)

Dr Mike Edwards teaches the course 'Global Crises' at HULT.  He has a doctorate in the security implications of climate change from Macquarie University (Sydney), an MSc in Environmental Policy from Wye College (now Imperial College, London) and a degree in Geography from University College London (UCL).  Before joining HULT, Mike worked as Climate Change Advisor for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which worked to alleviate poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and a member of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation (BCI).  He is a renowned public speaker having given lectures and talks on climate change and other environmental issues around the world.  Mike is also a professional musician and founder of the highly acclaimed band: Didjitalis. 
(Part Time)

David Flood
Professor of Global Management, and; Sustainability
MA, University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Flood has a B.A. in History from the University of Delaware (1978) and a M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (1980).  Starting with Strategic Planning Associates in 1980 his work as a management consultant has spanned the full range of manufacturing and service industries, public and parastatal entities, trade associations, development banks and related international and bilateral aid agencies.  After working as a commodities broker on Wall St., Flood was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations on secondment to the World Bank, a research fellow at the World Resources Institute, the manager of a UN trade publishing  group, and an independent consultant to government, industry and civic bodies.  He consults actively and in recent years has taught a range of management and strategic marketing classes.

Philippa Gamse
Professor of Digital Marketing and Social Media
MA: University College London

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.
(Part time)

Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue
Professor of Global Context of Business
PhD, Fisher College of Business Ohio State University; MBA, IAE Business School Buenos Aires

Name: Sebastián García-Dastugue

Qualifications & Institution: Ph.D. Business Administration, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA; MBA, IAE Business School, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Position at Hult: Professor of Global Context of Business (Part time)

Work experience:

Sebastián García-Dastugue is a Professor of Global Business at Hult International Business School and is Research Associate at The Global Supply Chain Forum, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He was Associate Professor at Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina); were he has been Dean of the School of Business. Prior to starting his doctoral program, Sebastián has worked for more than 10 years in companies in different industries including consulting, IT, manufacturing, and publishing. His publications are based on applied research, which shows his commitment to bridging academia and practice through his teaching and research.

Awards and significant projects:

While Sebastián was Dean of the School of Business at Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina), he started a number of teaching+research projects, including the Family Entrepreneurship Program and Practicum. His research is centered on developing high-performance business-to-business relationships and cross-functional integration. Now, he is linking these two areas with innovation and leadership for sustainability. Sebastián’s awards include the Pace Setters Award (Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, 2003) and the Third SCMRC Dissertation Proposal Award (Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, 2002).

Teaching experience:

Sebastián García-Dastugue has taught as faculty or as a guest lecture in a number of universities including Cranfield University (England), Deusto School of Business (Spain), Guelph University (Canada), ORT (Uruguay), Tech of Monterrey (Mexico), The Ohio State University (USA), The University of Wollongong (Australia), University of Auckland (New Zealand), and Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). Sebastián has taught family entrepreneurship, intro to business, marketing channels, business-to-business customer relationship management, strategic logistics management, and supply chain management.

Sebastián’s commitment to contribute to management education moved him to initiate programs to involve students in real-life learning opportunities by facilitating projects between students, and entrepreneurs, executives or business owners.


Sebastián’s research has been published as academic journal articles and as book chapters. Sebastián published eight articles (four articles with 100+ cites, four with between 20 and 99 cites). He also contributed to chapters in two books: “Supply Chain Management: processes, partnerships, performance”; and, “ The Service Dominant Logic of Marketing: Dialog, Debate, and Directions”. He also wrote teaching cases, trade magazine articles and LinkedIn posts.

Website & social media links:

LinkedIn   Twitter

Elisabetta Ghisini
Professor of Management Communications
MA, Universita' degli Studi di Milano

Name: Elisabetta Ghisini

Qualifications: Laurea, German Literature, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano. (MA equivalent)

Courses on Web Marketing, Negotiations Skills, Authentic Leadership at the Continuing Studies Program, Stanford University.

Position at Hult: Professor of Management Communications (Part-time)

Work experience:

Elisabetta Ghisini is a marketing communications consultant with over 20 years of experience worldwide.

As the founder of the boutique consulting firm Verba, she helps foreign companies shape their brand and reputation in the US market, focusing on messaging, positioning, and content strategy for high tech companies.

In her corporate career, Elisabetta served as CMO of M31 USA, an Italian venture incubator in Silicon Valley. Previously she was Director of the Technology Practice of Burson-Marsteller, and Manager of the Communications Department at McKinsey & Co. (Milan and San Francisco offices).

Teaching experience:

At Hult, Elisabetta teaches Toolbox courses on Managerial Skills and Individual Skills, as well as Management Communications during Mod A and Mod E.

Previously, Elisabetta taught Management Communication courses at the University of San Francisco, Graduate School of Management, where she also designed a new Inter-Cultural Component for international students.

Her teaching experience includes eight years as an Instructor at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, where she led workshops on Public Speaking, Media Training, and Interviewing Skills; she also coached MBA student teams pitching business plans to Venture Capitalists.

She taught courses on Interviewing Skills and Cross-Cultural Communications to adult professionals at the Continuing Studies Program, Stanford University.


Co-author. Ghisini, E. and Blendstrup, A. (2008). Communicating the American Way. Happy About Press.

Executive Editor. Sapp, D. (2207). The Homerun Hitter’s Guide to Fundraising. Happy About Press.

Professional Service

Elisabetta is a Board Member and former Executive Director of the Business Association Italy America, and served on the Board of the International Association of Business Communicators, SF Chapter.


Verba International

Michael Grandinetti
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management, and Marketing
MBA, Yale School of Management

Name: Mike Grandinetti

Qualifications & Institution:  MBA-Yale School of Management, BS Engineering - Rutgers University

Position at Hult: Global Discipline Lead, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Global Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation Marketing and Management and Leadership (Full time)

Work experience

Mike has been continuously active in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship since earning his BS Engineering and beginning his career in Silicon Valley, as an entrepreneur, consultant, professor, board member and mentor. He was an early team member and CXO of five VC-backed startups. Two went public on the NASDAQ and five were acquired by large strategics including ATT, Iron Mountain, Oracle, Symantec and Synopsys.

He serves on the Board of Directors of numerous US and international startups in fields as diverse as medical devices and equipment, health IT, big data, enterprise software, financial technology and music festival management software. He is an active and top-rated mentor in top rated accelerator programs such as TechStars (ranked #2 in the US), BetaSpring (ranked #11 in the US), the Founders Institute and the MassChallenge as well as IBM SmartCamp and startupbootcamp internationally.  Mike He served as a judge for 10 years in the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition.

He is also very engaged in the field of Social Entrepreneurship. He mentored the winning team in the 2013 Hult Prize SF Regional Competition as they won against Stanford, U Cal Berkeley, and MIT and helped lead them to the Finals at the Clinton Global initiative Annual Meeting where they presented to luminaries including Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. He has served as an advisor to Engineers Without Borders as well as numerous social startup ventures. Mike has served as Co- Chairman of both the Business Development and the Nominating Committees of WGBH Public TV & Radio, the flagship operation within the US Public Broadcasting System while serving on the corporate executive board for the past 14 years.

Professor Grandinetti keynotes, lectures, moderates panels and facilitates workshops at many startup, entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital and social impact events and is active on the TEDx circuit.

Professor Grandinetti has also worked as a strategy consultant, beginning with a stint at McKinsey & Company after earning his MBA with distinction at Yale, and continues to serve as a Senior Adviser to businesses, venture capital firms, accelerators, universities, and national and regional governments on a broad range of strategic, innovation policy, entrepreneurship cluster formation, technology commercialization and tech transfer issues.  

Awards and significant projects

Mike was awarded a Hult Professor of the Year Award, four Global Teaching Excellence Awards and two Peer Recognition Awards, including being named the Professor most engaged with students. He was named Financial Times Global Professor of the Week.

In addition to serving as Discipline Lead, he served a core member of Hult’s global MBA Redesign team and serves on Hult’s Global Operating Committee.  He is active in sharing his knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation with the broader global Hult community through an on-going series of webinars, workshops, tweet-ups, and self-authored case studies.

Mike received the Engineering Medal of Excellence for Career Achievement from Rutgers University and was named Alumni of the Year in 2012. In addition, he holds an appointment with the National Engineering Honor Society and serves on the Rutgers College of Engineering Corporate Advisory Board.

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 was also awarded a Yale Teaching Fellowship.

Teaching experience

Prior to joining Hult, Mike served as Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management for over a decade, where he taught at both the MBA and Exec Ed levels, and served as an adjunct lecturer for the i-Teams course in the MIT Deshpande Center. During this time, he simultaneously served as a judge in the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition. He’s currently a faculty member of the MIT Enterprise Forum Smart Start program for Founders. He also holds a long-standing appointment at the Technical University of Denmark where he teaches Corporate Venturing at the Executive Education level.  He has guest lectured at institutions including Harvard Business School, U California Berkeley, Cambridge University (UK), Aalto University (Finland), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Boston College, Rutgers and Udemy.

He has a special interest in disruptive business model innovation, design thinking, raising early stage capital, digital marketing, advanced technology commercialization, corporate venturing, social entrepreneurship and innovation cluster formation.

Keynote Speeches/ Workshops/ panel Sessions/ Publications/Research/Articles/Blogs/Media Interviews/ Webinars/ TweetUps

The Entrepreneurial Renaissance

TEDx Montreal Talk: The Entrepreneurial Renaissance and Crowd-Funding


TEDx Halifax Talk:  The Entrepreneurial Renaissance


Interview: IBM Smarter Planet: The Entrepreneurial Renaissance


Global Entrepreneurship

Keynote: Accelerated Growth Bootcamp at MaRS Discovery District


Webinar : Global Entrepreneurship


Video: MasterClass – Silicon Valley Style Entrepreneurship


Video: MasterClass: Entrepreneurship  


Video: Lecture: Become a Start Up Founder via the Udemy Start-Up MBA


TweetUp: Global Entrepreneurship

IBM MasterClass: on Strategic Marketing for StartUps


Interview: Entrepreneurship at Hult


Webinar: How to Succeed as a Global Entrepreneur


TweetUp: Why Has Global Entrepreneurship become a Global Phenomena


TweetUp: Entrepreneurship in Asia


Media Coverage: Hult’s Conference on Global Entrepreneruship Featuring Professor Mike Grandinetti’s Fireside Chats with IBM, Intuit and EMC



Keynote: Lean Startup and Product / Market Fit


Media Interview: The Lean Startup Methodology—A Movement Transforming Business




Blog Post: with Hult Labs on lean StartUp Mindset


Venture Capital, Angel Capital and Financing Your StartUp

Media Interview: Financial Times- Defining the Super Angel in the early stage capital ecosystem


Byline Article: Boston Innovation: Living the Entrepreneurial Dream and raising $500K at the Launch Conference


Interview with Boston Super Angel and Avid Technology Founder Bill Warner


Keynote: Best Practices in Financing Your Early Stage Start-Up


Podcast Media Interview: The Frank Peters Show on Angel Investing from Silicon Valley with Angel Investor Mike Grandinetti


Interview with Mike Grandinetti and Boston Super Angel and Avid Technology Founder Bill Warner


Media Interview “Ready to Invest”


Media Interview ZD Net:Tech Acquisitions Can Pay Off


Blog Post: Relations Between Accelerators and VCs


Media Interview: Entrepreneur Magazine: Raising Corporate Venture Capital


Panel Discussion and Media Interview: In Search for Big ideas, Big Companies Mimic StartUps


Panel Discussion: Canadian Start Ups Raising US Venture Capital


Disruptive Innovation

TweetUp: Disruptive Business Models


Video: Overview on Disruptive Innovation


Case Study: Uber


Case Study: Airbnb


Blog Post: Waging War on the Traditional Business Model


Video: Workshop: Monetizing Your Business Model


Corporate Venturing

Panel Moderation: Corporate Venturing and Innovation with Biogen, EMC, Fidelity, Intuit


Fireside Chat: w/ Wendy Leung, VP and Partner IBM Venture Capital Group


Fireside Chat: w/ Hugh Molotsi , VP Global Innovation Intuit


Fireside Chat: w/ Stephen Manley, CTO, EMC


Media Interview: “Looking for new ideas? Get yourself to the developing world”


Blog Post: Disruption in the Education Sector


Kick Off Presentation: Best Practices in Global Innovation


Media Interview: Will Obama and Romney save wind power from foreign threats?


Keynote: New Brunswick innovation Forum-

Design Thinking / Human Centric Design

Keynote: Design Thinking


Video: Teaching MBAs to Do Digital Prototyping on iPads


Facilitated Q&A: with Design4America and Sproutel Co-Founder Hannah Chung


Keynote: InnoV8 Conference: Design Thinking and Customer Experience Mapping


Maker Movement and 3D Printing

Tweet Up: Maker Movement Part 1


Tweet Up: Maker Movement Part 2


Blog Post: An Overview of the Maker Movement


Managing Emerging Technology

Cloud Computing

Guest Blog Post on IBM Blog: Start Me Up on the Open Cloud


Keynote: New Brunswick Innovation Forum :” Ahead of the Cloud: The Importance of an Innovation Strategy”


Byline articles and interviews on Cloud Computing


Business Plan Competitions

Video: Keynote on How to effectively Pitch at the MIT $100K Global Entrepreneurship Competition


Blog Post and Media Interview with Entrepreneur Magazine: Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions




Video: IBM MasterClass on Strategic Marketing for StartUps


Panel: Social Media Summit at MIT Graduation Alumni Event

Lecture: Become a Start Up Founder via Udemy Start-Up MBA: Professor Mike Grandinetti on StartUp sales and Marketing

Media Interview: Hearst Digital Media and Social Commerce



Panel Moderation: Professional Marketing Opportunities for MBAs


Social Entrepreneurship

Media Interview: Huffington Post on Winning Hult Prize Regional Competition


Video: Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship for Engineers Without Borders at Rutgers University


TweetUp: Social Entrepreneurship


Video: Filling the Funding Gap: Introduction to the Social Venture Exchange and Direct Public Offerings



Media Interview: Latitude News: “From Silicon Valley to Rift Valley- Entrepreneurship in Africa…”


Video: Panel Discussion with Principals of the Social Venture Exchange and Cutting Edge Capital 


Media Interview: Social Commerce for a Worthy Cause


Careers and Employment

Media Interview: Knowledge at Wharton “The Complex Economics of America's Minimum Wage”


Video: International Career Advice


Website/ Social Media Links

Twitter: @mikegrand

Linked In:  linkedin.com/in/mikegrandinetti

Blog:  http://thoughtleaders.ca/our-thought-leaders/mike-grandinetti/

Angel List Profile:  angel.co/mike-grandinetti

Website: www.miketheprofessor.com

David Green
Professor of Global Economics
PhD, Columbia University; MA, Columbia University

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
Professor for Global Management, Strategy, Innovation & Economics
PhD, MALD, Fletcher School at Tufts University; MAIPS, BA, Monterey Institute of Int'l Studies of Middlebury College

Olaf Groth is a Global Professor of Management, Strategy, Innovation & Economics and the Discipline Lead of Organization & Economy at Hult International Business School. In his webinar, "How innovative business models can reshape an industry", Professor Groth explored how new business models are emerging which are redefining roles and activating new players.

Professor Groth is also 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 start-up. Additionally, he 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.
(Full Time)

Chris Haroun
Professor of Finance and Management
MBA, Columbia University

Name: Chris Haroun

Qualifications & Institution: MBA (Major in Finance) from Columbia University; Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Management Information Systems and International Business) from McGill University.

Position at Hult: Professor of Finance and Management (Part-time)

Work experience:

Chris Haroun is a Professor of Finance and Management at Hult International Business School and he is also a Partner at San Francisco based technology venture capital firm Artis Ventures. With extensive finance, entrepreneurship and consulting experience, he has worked at Goldman Sachs, Citadel Investment Group, Accenture and founded Haroun Capital Management (HCM).

Awards and significant projects:

Chris is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (granted for contribution to the University’s students and alumni associations for venture capital / business model advice). He is also on the boards of several companies, including Bracket Computing and Stateless Networks. Chris has been actively involved in several charities, including the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Canadian Internet Charity Consulting, which he founded in 1997.

Teaching experience:

Chris Haroun has been a frequent guest lecturer at McGill University and San Francisco State University. He also teaches several courses at Hult International Business School, including Finance in a Global Business Context and Managerial Skills. He also taught the Action Project course recently where he had students analyze 3 companies that participated in 3 lectures each from Salesforce.com, LinkedIn and Electronic Arts. In addition, he has frequent guest speakers participate in his classes from Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Capital and many other Bay Area technology and finance companies.


Author of Innovation Insights Columnist: Why the Public Cloud Will Win in the Enterprise Cloud Wars (Wired Magazine, 2014).

Author of Innovation Insight Columnist: Fighting the Big Fight: What the Cloud Wars Mean for Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb (Wired Magazine, 2014).

Other articles include:

Lessons from a Venture Capitalist (McGill University, 2013)

Former CIA CTO Gus Hunt Joins Venture Capital Firm Artis Venture’s Board of Advisors

Website/ social media links:

Twitter   Website 

Omar Hernandez
Professor of Operations Management and Corporate Responsibility
PhD, Imperial College England; Graduate Studies, INAP

Name: Dr Omar Romero Hernandez

Qualifications & Institution: PhD Process Economics and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, England; Graduate Studies in Economic Policy and Public Administration, INAP; BSc Chemical Engineering, UNAM.

Position at Hult: Professor of Operations Management and Business and Sustainability (Full-time)

Work experience:

Omar has worked for a diverse range of public and private organizations such as Procter & Gamble, PEMEX (Oil & Gas), Accenture, and the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. In 2001, he was appointed as Professor at ITAM, UC Berkeley Fulbright Professor in Haas (2009) and Energy Biosciences Institute Researcher in 2010.

Currently, he is a National Researcher, and author of four books and several international publications on engineering, business and sustainable development. He has led various internationally awarded projects in the field of renewable energy, sustainable business strategies and business processes – sponsors include the United Nations, Ministry of the Environment, Industry consortiums, the Stock Exchange and NGOs. In 2010 he was appointed leader of Mexico’s Business Summit task force on Economic Growth and Low Carbon Emissions, which delivers recommendations to the President.

Awards and significant projects:

Individual of Exceptional Ability / Achievement, 2014. US Department of State. USA.

Franz Edelman Award 2010. First place Laureate in the World’s most prestigious award on Operations Research and Management Science applications. Team Project: INDEVAL.

Fulbright Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. US Department of State. 2009-2010.

National Leader at Mexico Business Summit. Task Force National Head: Economic Growth and Low Carbon Emissions. I was appointed by former Mexico’s President, in 2009 to lead a national effort to devise national recommendations to foster economic developing while lowering the national carbon footprint.

Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership Award. University of California, Berkeley, School of Engineering (2012). Winning proposal to modernize or develop the proposed Masters level curriculum at the University.

National Researcher. National Research Council, CONACyT, 2007.

Royal Society (United Kingdom). Distinguished Visiting Professor, England, 2004. Selected by a UK National Research Body and the Center for Environmental Strategy.

First National Research Prize. Engineering contest in México (Merida, 2008) - technical essay. Project: Corn Ethanol in Mexico (details in further section). This national contest includes research work presented at the national industrial engineering conference. My role was as Principal Investigator (project leader)

Second International Research Prize . LCA International Conference in Costa Rica (details in further section). This is the world’s most important conference in the Life Cycle Assessment.

Second International Research Prize . International Engineering Conference in Panama, CLEIN 2004.

Excellence in Teaching Awards and distinctions from Hult, UC Berkeley, ITAM.

Teaching experience:

Hult International Business School: Operations Management & Business and Sustainability
University of California, Berkeley: Faculty and Project Scientist
• Haas School of Business:
Corporate Sustainability and Advanced Engagement Projects, Project Management – Case Studies, Business and Sustainability: Strategies and Tools
• School of Engineering: Project Management and Hix-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing, Lean Processes

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México: Operations Management, Decision Modelling, and Energy and the Environment.



  1. Romero-Hernandez, S.; Romero-Hernandez, O Wood, D. and Romero, S. (2014) Renewable Energy in Mexico. US AID, Woodrow Wilson Center, ITAM, University of California, Berkeley.
  1. Romero-Hernandez, S.; Romero-Hernandez, O.; and Wood, D. (2011). Renewable Energies: Technology and Policy Drivers for a Sustainable Mexico. US AID and ITAM.
  1. Romo Murillo, D., Romero Hernandez, O. y Samaniego Breach, R. (2005). “Industry and the Environment in Mexico -” (in Spanish) Porrúa Ed. México.
  1. Romero-Hernandez, O ., Muñoz Negrón, D. y Romero-Hernandez, S. (2005). Introduction to Engineering – An Industrial Approach (in Spanish). Cengage Ed.


1. Romero-Hernandez, O., David Hirsch, Sergio Romero, Sara Beckman (2014) Chapter 16 - Business Models and Organizational Strategies- Book: Energy Efficient Manufacturing with Applications, Editors: J. Sutherland, D. Dornfeld & B. Linke. University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis.

  1. Romero-Hernandez, O . and Masera, O. (2010). Chapter 6 – Bioenergy in México – Part II – Biofuels. Book: Renewable Energy in Mexico.
  1. Romero-Hernandez, O . and Torres, R. (2010). Chapter 2 – Economic Growth and Sustainable Development. Book: Renewable Energy in Mexico.
  1. Romero, S.; Romero-Hernandez, O. (2008) Product Design Optimization: A multidisciplinary Approach. Product Realization. A comprehensive approach. Editors: Tomovic, Mileta M.; Wang, Shaoping. Springer-Verlag, England.
  1. Azapagic, A. Kirkby, N. y Romero-Hernandez, O. (2004). Chapter 5. Municipal Solid Waste Management: Can thermodynamics Influence Peoples Opinion about Incineration. Pp 117-200. Libro: Azapagic, A., Perdan, S. y Clift, R. (2004). “Sustainable Development in Practice. Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists”. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 0470856092. England, U.K.


1. Romero, Sergio; Duarte, Bernardo; Romero-Hernandez, Omar, Wood, Duncan; “Solar Energy Potential in Mexico’s Northern Border States” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, Working Paper No. EEMI-00-07-0004-04, July 2012.

2. Wood, Duncan; Lozano, Samatha; Romero-Hernandez, Omar; and Sergio Romero. “Wind energy on the border — a model for maximum benefit.” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, Working Paper No. EEMI-00-07-0004-03, July 2012.

3. Romero-Hernandez, Omar; Romero, Sergio; Wood, Duncan “Bioenergy Potential in Northern Mexico An Exploration of the Potential Represented by Municipal Solid Waste” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, Working Paper No. EEMI-00-07-0004-01, July 2012.

  1. Romero-Hernandez ; Kingsbury, T.; Dornfeld, D. and Lindsay, C. (2012) Supply Chain Life Cycle Implications of Shipping Goods from Mexico – A case on PV Solar Panels. Includes a business case publication.

5. Romero-Hernández, Omar, Omar Masera, Sergio Romero, and M. Grunstein. Legal and institutional frameworks at national and subnational levels for biofuel promotion in Mexico. Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR, 2011.

  1. de Lascurain, D. F. Munoz, A. Palacios-Brun, O. Romero-Hernandez, M., L. de los Santos, F. J. Herrerıa, F. Solıs. 2011. INDEVAL develops a new operating and settlement system using operations research. INFORMS Interfaces. January/February 2011. The quality of this project / paper was awarded with the Franz Edelman Award 2010. First place in the World’s most prestigious award on Operations Research and Management Science
  1. Romero-Hernández O., A. Ponsich, S. Romero-Hernández, M. De Lascurain, J. Aquino 2010. A multi-objective mathematical programming framework for a sustainability analysis of wastewater treatment processes, Int. J. Environmental Policy and Decision Making, 1 (1), 17-39.
  1. Omar Romero-Hernandez , Dr. Miguel de Lascurain, Dr. David Muñoz, Dr. Sergio Romero et al. (2008), “Business Process Modeling for a Central Securities Depository”, Business Process Management Journal, 14-3, 419-431.
  1. Omar Romero-Hernandez , Sergio Romero, David Muñoz, Emiliano Detta, Arturo Palacios, Adriana Laguna (2009) “Environmental implications and market analysis of soft drink packaging systems in Mexico. A waste management approach”, Int J of Life Cycle Assessment, ISSN 0948-3349 (Print) 1614-7502 (Online), Vol. 14, Num 2, pp 107-113.

  1. Omar Romero-Hernandez , Sergio Romero, Antonin Ponsich, Miguel de Lascurain (2008). “Comprehensive Evaluation of Wastewater Treatment Processes: Activated Carbon Adsorption as a Case Study”, International Journal of Process Wastes Treatment” - ISSN 0975-4571, Vol. 1, pp 11-21.
  1. Muñoz D. F., O. Romero-Hernández, D. G. Muñoz, J. E. Detta-Silveira 2010. Forecasting demand for educational material for adult learners in Mexico, International Transactions in Operational Research, ITOR 17 (1), 71-84.

12. Dr. Omar Romero-Hernández, Dr. Sergio Romero-Hernández, Dr. Miguel de Lascurain, Emiliano Díaz, Mariana Icaza “Panorama of the Social, Environmental, and Economic Conditions of Corn Ethanol in Mexico” Institute of Industrial Engineering.

  1. Dr. Omar Romero-Hernandez *, Dr. David Muñoz, Dra. Adiza Azapagic, Dr. Sergio Romero-Hernandez, Emiliano Detta-Silveira, Arturo Palacios-Brun. (2005). “Environmental Implications and Market Analysis of Soft Drink Packaging Systems in Mexico. A Waste Management Approach.” 2nd best research paper presented at the International LCA Conference, CILCA 2005. Int J of LCA..
  1. Romero-Hernández S., O. Romero-Hernández, K. Pullen 2008. Developing an experimental device to measure aerodinamic losses in high speed devices. Diseño de un dispositivo experimental para medición de pérdidas aerodinámicas en discos girando a Alta Velocidad, Ingeniería Mecánica Tecnología y Desarrollo, 2 (6), 185-192.
  1. Romero-Hernandez, O . (2005). Applying Life Cycle Tools and Process Engineering to Determine the Most Adequate Treatment Process Conditions. A Tool in Environmental Policy. Int J of Life Cycle Assessment. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1065/lca2004.09.180.11. Ecomed Publishers.
  1. Romero-Hernandez, O . (2004). To treat or not to treat? Applying chemical engineering tools and a life cycle approach to assessing the level of sustainability of a clean-up technology. Green Chemistry. Vol. 6 , pp. 395–400.

  1. Romero-Hernandez, O., Livingston, A. y Pistokopoulos, E. (1999). Waste Treatment and Optimal Degree of Pollution Abatement. Environmental Progress, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Vol. 17, No. 4, pp270-277.
Stephen Hurley
Professor of Marketing
MSc, ADL School of Management

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.
(Full Time)

Larry Kamer
Professor of Corporate Communications
MA, Northwestern University

Larry Kamer teaches PR and Corporate Communications at Hult.  He is a veteran communications and public affairs strategist and an expert in the management of issues and crises. Called one of “America’s Top 10 Crisis Busters” (PR Week), “Larry Kamer can stop any rumor,” according to Corporate Legal Times. His skills come from more than 30 years as a communications consultant, in senior executive roles at international marketing and communications firms, and as a political consultant. 

He works with boards of directors, senior executives, PR departments, and law firms in the management of high-profile investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, land use issues, product recalls, media exposés, and other controversies. '

In addition to Hult, Larry teaches in the graduate program at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California, at the McCarthy School for Public Service at the University of San Francisco, and in the Corporate Information Security Officer program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Position at Hult: Professor of PR and Corporate Communications (Adjunct)

Ivan Kanev
Professor of Mathematics
MBA, Hult International Business School; BA, American University in Bulgaria

Ivan is a finance professional with diverse background who has worked on various projects with non-governmental organizations in the sphere of strategic business development, environmental sustainability and minority team integration He has also worked in the fields of portfolio management, private wealth management and behavioral finance. 

Joanne Lawrence
Professor of Global Citizenship and Corporate Social Responsibility
M.B.A., New York University; M.A. in Corporate and Political Communication, Fairfield University

Joanne Lawrence is a Professor of Global Citizenship and Corporate Social Responsibility at Hult International Business School and is an academic advisor to the UN Global Compact. With extensive international corporate and consulting experience, she has worked with many multinational companies, global organizations, and smaller, socially-focused enterprises and start-ups. In her webinar, "What Top Global Business Leaders are Focusing on", she discussed the role of business in society and how companies have the power to create both economic value and lasting, positive social change.

Prior to Hult, she was a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at INSEAD and an affiliate of INSEAD’s Business in Society Centre, where she was involved in Project RESPONSE, an extensive study of global corporate social responsibility (CSR). A strong believer in the power of business to bring about lasting, positive change, she focuses on developing leaders who can ethically and effectively leverage resources to achieve both social and economic objectives. 

With extensive international corporate and consulting experience, she has worked with multinational companies and global organizations such as BP, IBM and the World Bank as well as smaller, socially-focused enterprises and start-ups, such as Tom’s of Maine and Economic Development Imports. As vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, she received numerous awards in both the U.S. and U.K. for her work in strategically-aligning and engaging stakeholders. While vice president at UK-based healthcare company SmithKline Beecham (today GSK), she headed a ground-breaking global organizational change initiative that became the subject of a book and an award-winning INSEAD case study.  

Ms. Lawrence is co-author of From Promise to Performance: The Journey of Transformation at SmithKline Beecham (Harvard Business School Press, 1997). SmithKline Beecham was one of ten best cases in The Search for Strategic Credibility: Concepts and Cases in Global Strategy Communications and also the subject of an award-winning INSEAD case study: “The Making of the Simply Better Healthcare Company.” A recent essay, The Disappearing Water Cooler” has been included in The Future of Innovation (Gower Publishing, 2009).  

Her latest work is  Globally Responsible Leadership: Managing According to the UN Global Compact Principles,  co-edited with Paul Beamish of the Richard Ivey School of Business (Sage Publishing, 2012).
(Full Time)

Herb Meiberger
Professor of Finance
MBA, University of California at Berkeley

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.
(Part time)

Keith Merron
Professor of Consulting
EdD., Harvard University; MA, Boston College
Name: Dr. Keith Merron

Qualifications & Institution: EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA in Sociology from Boston College.

Position at Hult: Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change (Part-time)

Work experience:

Keith 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. As an organization effectiveness and executive development consultant, he has more than 30 years of experience assisting executives and managers in business, government, and education. In partnership with his clients, he has successfully conducted over twenty-five large-system strategic, cultural, and technical change efforts resulting in a measurable increase in organizational productivity, employee performance, and employee satisfaction. Dr. Merron has significant experience in helping companies manage the human side of mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, and challenges of sustaining periods of rapid growth. In addition, has designed and led over 100 seminars and workshops, aimed to produce a positive and enduring change in the way executives and managers lead their organizations. Industry experience includes computer and electronics, telecommunications, insurance, utilities, and health care.

Awards and significant projects:

He has conducted research on the relationships between human development, managerial effectiveness and high performance, and has published numerous professional journal articles. His research help lay the foundation for Integral Theory, a major theoretical framework for leadership and organizational behavior. In addition, he played a major role in helping revamp the MBA curriculum at Hult, shaping its direction toward people skills.

Teaching experience:

Dr. Merron has taught at Hult since 2010 where he played an instrumental role in helping start up the San Francisco Campus. He teaches Team Skills, Leadership, Management Communications, and Change Management. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco OD program.


He is the author of five books on human and organizational change. They include: 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, Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live and Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line, co-authored with Barbara Annis.

In addition, he has written several articles including:

“Frame Breaking Leadership,” Integral Leadership Review, vol. 10, number 3, June 2010.

“Masterful Consulting,” chapter in Organization Development, Joan Gallos, ed., 2006.

“Masterful Consulting,” Consulting to Management, vol. 16, number 2, June, 2005.

“HR Consulting Mastery,” SHRM Consultant’s Forum, March 2005

“The Leadership Chain: McClelland and his Legacy,” pre-publication, with Bradford Spencer (co-author), 1997.

“The Leadership Chain Continued: The Relationship Between Leadership Style and Organizational Climate,” pre-publication, with Bradford Spencer (co-author), 1997.

“The Leadership Chain Completed: the Connection Between Organizational Climate and Performance,” pre-publication, with Bradford Spencer (co-author), 1997.

“The Essence of Strategic Leadership,” Executive Excellence, September 1995.

“Creating TQM Organizations: Setting the Proper Direction Makes All the Difference,” Quality Progress, January, 1994.

“Let's Bury the Term Resistance,” Organizational Development Journal, Winter, 1993.

“Meaning Making and Management Action,” Journal of Group and Organizational Studies, With Fisher and Torbert, September, 1987.

“Human Development and Managerial Effectiveness,” Journal of Group and Organizational Studies, With Fisher and Torbert, September, 1987.


Atul Minocha
Professor of Marketing
MBA, Yale University

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 Mulcahy
Professor of Finance
MBA, University of California at Berkeley

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.

John Newman
Professor of Entrepreneurship
MBA, Harvard University; B.A., UC Santa Barbara

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.

Position at Hult: Global Professor of Entrepreneurship (Full-time)

Leonhard Nima
Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Diploma in Business and Economics, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Name: Leonhard Nima
Qualifications & Institution: Diploma in Business and Economics, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Position at Hult: Professor of Social Entrepreneurship (Part-time)

Work experience:

Leonhard Nima is an Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School and the founder of Nima Social Business Consulting. He previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at The Grameen Creative Lab. With international corporate and consulting experience, he has worked with multinational companies and global organizations such as Accenture and Avantgarde.

Awards and significant projects:

As the founder of Nima Social Business Consulting, Leonhard Nima works together with international companies, organizations and universities to implement a variety of social business activities. He has been a speaker and moderator at international conferences such as the Global Social Business Summit in Malaysia, One Young World in Switzerland or TEDxSocial Business in Vienna.

Teaching experience:

Leonhard Nima held guest lectures at the University of Mannheim, Germany and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. Moreover, he organized and held workshops at universities in more than 15 countries, including renowned universities such as the National University of Singapore or Kyushu University in Japan.

Website & social media links:

Twitter   Website

Sara Olsen
Professor of Social Impact Assessment
MBA, University of California; MASW, University of Chicago

As a professor at Hult International Business School, Sara lectures on impact accounting internationally including recently at the World Knowledge Forum (Seoul), the MAKE Awards (Tehran), Frontier Market Scouts program (Monterey Institute), ECSEL (a Shanghai-based social venture incubator), and via SVT’s online video workshop series called the Cornerstone Series. Sara is also the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition and of the USA SROI Network and she is Methodology Committee co-chair of the International SROI Network.

Sara is the founder of SVT Group (@svtgroup), an impact accounting firm. Analogous to a financial accounting firm, SVT designs and delivers systems that enable measurement, management, reporting, and verification of social and environmental value. Unlike a conventional accounting firm, SVT goes beyond the numbers to include important qualitative, narrative, and occasionally sensory information about social value. SVT Group is a Benefit Corporation and certified B Corp.

Hitendra Patel
Professor of Innovation
PhD, Iowa State University; MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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'
(Full Time)

Marty Patton
Professor of IT for Business Managers
MBA, Boston College

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.

Gary Pieroni
Professor of Financial Reporting
MBA, John F. Kennedy University
Position at Hult: Part-time Professor
Jim Prost
Professor of Marketing
MBA, Golden Gate University

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.

Lewis Rambo
Professor of Human Resources Management
PhD, Wayne State University

Lewis Rambo is an independent consultant in Organization Development, Human Resource Management, the Management of Diversity, and the Development of Strategic Focus and Organizational Alignment for clients in business, government and education.

David Robinson
Professor of International Marketing and Pricing Strategy
Ph.D Brown University; MBA, University of North Carolina
Position at Hult: Part-time Professor
A.C. Ross
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing Analytics
SM; Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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 start-ups, worked as vice president of marketing at two other venture-backed start-ups, and occasionally works for clients as an interim marketing executive. He was a business unit manager "entrepreneur" 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
Professor of Marketing
MBA, Babson College

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.

Daniel Sevall
Professor of Finance and Accounting
MBA, Duke University

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.

Charlie Sheppard
Professor of Leadership and Management

Charlie Sheppard is Founder and President of Sheppard Partners, LLC., a company on the forefront of next-generation behavioral assessment technologies. Sheppard Partners is an organizational development consulting company that focuses its efforts on helping organizations create high performance cultures. He brings experience in organizational development specializing in the assessment, design, and delivery of development programs with an emphasis strategic alignment, leadership development, team development, and negotiation skills. By developing innovative technologies and delivering creative solutions, Sheppard Partners is an active partner in the selection process, the creation of effective teams, and in ongoing organizational development. Charlie coordinates the activities of Sheppard Partners consultants and serves the firm in as the lead developer of assessment technologies and courseware.

Charlie Sheppard is also the founder and CEO of The KnoNow™ system is a specific technological solution to deliver a blended learning environment for any program. We have developed breakthroughs in technologies and electronic performance support systems to change not only how people engage in learning but also to integrate the most effective practices from both formal and informal learning. KnoNow™ creates a post-seminar learning community to pull through the key insights and behaviors of any program. a software as a service that pioneering a new method to catalyze online learning. Charlie started from scratch and built a system to create an online learning community that effectively transfers knowledge from one person to another.

Charlie has created another company on the forefront of mobile learning. MyAha is a software platform that creates enterprise mobile applications as easily as creating an electric document. Having the right training solution in your mobile phone builds efficacy for any training. MyAha allows you to create a combination of images, video, audio, text, and questions to optimize your educational offerings.

As an Organizational Development consultant, Charlie has created and implemented a number of unique programs. Charlie specializes in facilitating long-term organizational development for corporate executives. His background in corporate sales, management, and start-up ventures gives him a profound depth of understanding and application in his consulting and speaking. Charlie has been integrating leadership and negotiation skills within corporations at the senior level for the past 28 years. His specialized work in negotiations with unions and management has produced breakthrough results for both parties. He has focused on designing innovative methods of accelerated learning and the use of transformational technologies. His clients include companies such as Restoration Hardware, Seattle Genetics, Adobe, Yahoo, Allergan Merrill Lynch, Genentech, PPDI, Morgan Keegan, JP Financial, GSK, Logitech, Goldcorp, Roche and Novartis.

Throughout his career he has been consistently exploring patterns of excellence in human behavior. Charlie makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Renee and their two children Ethan and Nicole.

Position at Hult: Professor of Leadership and Management (Part-time) 

Stephan Sorger
Professor of New Product Development
MBA, University of California; MSE University of Southern California

Name: Stephan Sorger

Qualifications & Institution: MSEE, University of Southern California; MBA, University of Southern California; PE, State of California

Position at Hult: Professor of New Product Development (Part-time)

Work experience:

Stephan Sorger is a Professor of New Product Development at Hult International Business School. He is a serial marketing executive with leadership experience at start-ups and multinational companies such as Oracle, SAP, and 3Com (now HP). Mr. Sorger is also the author of multiple university-level marketing textbooks, a popular speaker, and a member of several academic advisory boards.

Awards and significant projects:

Mr. Sorger has demonstrated his expertise and commitment to teaching the next generation of leaders by earning the prestigious award of Honored Instructor, given to him for his exemplary work at UC Berkeley Extension.

Teaching experience:

Stephan Sorger has been an instructor and adjunct faculty member teaching marketing courses at the university level since 2003, at institutions such as the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley Extension, in addition to his work at Hult. An engaging and energetic speaker, he is in demand as a keynote speaker on the conference circuit, speaking for the Northern California Business Marketing Association, the Association of International Product Management and Marketing, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Integrated Media SF Conference, and others.


Author of Marketing Analytics: Strategic Models and Metrics (Admiral Press, 2013)

Author of Marketing Planning: Where Strategy Meets Action (Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2011)

Regular postings on analytics-related blogs, such as that of DemandMetric.com

Website & social media links:

Twitter    Website   Blog

Donatella Taurasi
Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Bologna; MS University of Bologna

Name: Donatella Taurasi

Qualifications & Institution: Ph.D. in Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, Alma Mater University of Bologna, Italy

Position at Hult: Professor of Finance (Part-time)

Awards and significant projects:

Donatella has been awarded multiple research grants from the University of Bologna. In 2008 she was awarded the “Best Research Dissertation” by Banca di Credito Cooperativo in Italy. In 2007 she was awarded a “Thesis Abroad Grant” from the Department of Economics, University of Bologna.

Teaching experience:

Donatella is a Faculty member at the Hult International Business School in San Francisco and is also a Visiting Scholar and a Lecturer at Haas School of Business at the University of California. Before joining the Haas Business School she was a Visiting Scholar at the Stern School of Business at New York University. At Haas and Hult, she teaches primarily in the area of finance and behavioral finance in the MBA and in Executive Education. Prior to arriving at the Hult International School of Business in 2014, Donatella taught undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of business.

Research interests:

Donatella’s research interests are in the fields of Behavioral Finance, Asset Pricing, Psychology and Economics, and Household Finance. Donatella’s research focuses on the role of precious metals in financial markets and attempts to identify fundamental drivers of precious metal returns beyond those previously documented in the academic literature. She is currently compiling a comprehensive and up-to-date dataset of global gold demand by different investor classes.

Working Papers:

• ‘Gold and The Stock Market: 3 Essays on Gold Investments’ (Monograph)
• ‘Gold and Stock Market in Good and Bad Times’
• ‘A Tale of Tails: Higher Moments and Precious Metals’

Work in Progress:

• ‘Gold Returns are in the Currency of the Beholder’ (with Terrance Odean)
• ‘Gold and the Sentiment Index’ (with Terrance Odean)
• ‘News and Gold’ (with Terrance Odean)

Don Uy-Barreta
Professor of Managerial Economics
M.S. Economics, Golden Gate University

Don Uy-Barreta has been teaching economics and finance related courses since 1999. He has also helped revise certificate programs and course offerings in various institutions. In addition, he has over a decade long experience in investment management, most recently as a Portfolio Analyst, where he assisted in managing nearly $4.5 billion in tax-exempt securities. He has taught at De Anza College, Palo Alto University, Notre Dame de Namur University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and U.C. Santa Cruz Extension. His main interest lies in macroeconomics, developmental economics, labor economics and investment management. He has a B.A. and an M.S. in Economics and is currently pursuing his second masters in finance.

Mario Yanez
Professor of Project Management
PhD,PMP University of Miami

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.
(Full Time)