Professor Anthony has pursued a dual career as a general management consultant and an educator. As a consultant, he has a broad practice in assisting global corporate clients in the areas of change management, strategy innovation, and leadership development. His experience includes working with groups and teams across levels, functions, industries, and geographies to develop competitive visions, solve problems, implement strategies, and build capabilities. Rob holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an AB, magna cum laude, from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is currently a PhD candidate at Bentley College and lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Julie Yao Cooper is on the faculty of Hult International Business School, where she has taught courses in marketing, business case methodology, consulting, and quantitative methods since 2004.
Professor Cooper has over two decades of consulting experience in business strategy, corporate education and market research. Her current work focuses on ways to accelerate development of critical thinking and communications skills needed by future business leaders working in multicultural environments. In market research, Professor Cooper’s engagements integrate state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative research techniques to transform abstract data into actionable insights. Past organizations that have benefited from Ms. Cooper’s expertise include American Express, BBDO, Merck and Planned Parenthood.
Professor Cooper has lead consulting engagements with the Monitor Group, a global strategy-consulting firm. She was a founding principal with Mavens & Moguls, LLC, a marketing consultancy. Her corporate background includes in-house positions with Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Procter & Gamble. As a researcher and doctoral candidate in marketing at Harvard Business School, Professor Cooper published papers on customer loyalty, consumer behavior and marketing strategy.
Professor Cooper holds an A.B. in Economics with honors from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. Professor Cooper currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two young children.
Dr. Courtin has extensive experience as the CEO for a series of successful high-tech, Boston-based companies. As CEO, he negotiated alliances, joint ventures, and partnership agreements in more than 30 countries. Dr. Courtin currently serves on the boards of directors of Kashya Inc. and OpenNetwork.
Professor Dalko has served on the faculties of Harvard and CUNY Baruch College. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Munich and a visiting professor at Thunderbird, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Corvinus University Budapest, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Dalko has also served as Advisor to the President of the National Bank of Hungary and Chief of Staff of the Budget, Tax, and Finance Committee of the Hungarian Parliament.
As Professor of Finance at Hult, Viktoria Dalko
is a well-respected teacher, and, like most
Hult faculty, she has a wealth of real business
experience and expertise to support her
teaching. Teaching since completing her Ph.D.
at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor
Dalko has also served on the faculties of
Harvard, CUNY, and Baruch College. A former
international management consultant and
researcher, with experience covering such
diverse areas of finance as M&A, valuation,
and financial markets and including working
in Parliament and advising the president of
the Central Bank, Professor Dalko’s valuable
insider knowledge provides students with an
integrated and practical financial education.
Professor Dalko says there is no corporate
finance without financial markets, and
no financial market expertise without
understanding corporate finance. Having
worked around the world in China, the EU,
Southeast Asia, the U.S., the Middle East, and
Africa, she is well positioned to appreciate
the unique issues faced by our international
students and alumni. Her latest book,
Regulating Competition in Stock Markets,
was co-edited and co-authored with Nobel
Laureate Professor Lawrence Klein and other
Professor Dalko has received a slew of
teaching awards and accolades during her
Hult is a good choice for students, because
most Hult faculty members have business
leadership experience and genuinely care
for the future. Anyone looking for a school
that embodies such values and offers great
international exposure should put Hult at the
top of their list. The international campuses
provide incomparable opportunities for
students to learn in different environments
while retaining the same quality of learning,
allowing them to gain localized business
knowledge of multiple regions in addition
to learning the standard material. Also, the
one-year MBA saves money and time, and
in today’s fast-paced world, the ability to be
able to return quickly to a full-time earning
position, and often to a much better paid job,
Unlike most schools, the pedagogical
approach that Hult faculty take to business
education is very practical; most of us have
business or government experience that we
draw from. Learning from books you can do at
home—learning from people who have done
what they teach is an entirely different thing.
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.
Olaf Groth is a Professor for Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability at HULT International Business School, as well as the Founder and CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC, which advises senior executives internationally on global innovation trends, strategy and commercial diplomacy. He has 20 years of experience in executive and advisory roles with Monitor Group, Qualcomm, Boeing, Vodafone, AirTouch, and a transportation startup.
Prof. Groth is a Sr.Fellow for Innovation at the Center for Emerging Markets Enterprise at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, a judge for GE Ecomagination, adviser at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative, and co-chair of the Pacific Council Energy & Environment Committee. He is a member of the Bay Area Economics Institute Research Council, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Prof. Groth holds Ph.D., M.A.L.D., M.A.I.P.S. and B.A. degrees in International Affairs with concentrations in business, economics, technology and negotiation from the Fletcher School and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also studied negotiation at Harvard, trade economics at Georgetown University and finance at UC Berkeley.
Bill Hancock is Hult Global Professor of Accounting and Finance. Previously Bill served as Acting Dean of Hult Boston. He was elected Hult “Professor of the Year” in 2012.
Prior to joining Hult, Bill spent over twenty years as a management consultant with IBM Global Systems, Ernst & Young, and Keane. He also was a divisional marketing manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, a position that led him to build and manage the world’s first business-to-business eCommerce site. This business had online sales over $1.3 billion and was profitable from the first year of operation.
Bill has served as an adjunct professor at Babson College and Northeastern University where he taught accounting, finance, entrepreneurial studies, information technology, eBusiness and management courses. He was elected “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” at Northeastern University.
He was also appointed Visiting Professor, Juian University, Peoples’ Republic of China, where he led a MBA program for senior Chinese government officials.
Bill has a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in accounting from the University of Iowa.
His professional degrees include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Certificate in Data Processing (CDP).
Bill is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders In America, and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, e-Commerce, business strategy, entrepreneurship, and the use of computer technology in business.
Bill enjoys photography and foreign travel.
As a seasoned CEO, accomplished entrepreneur and executive coach, Dr. Kastner balances his time among activities that he loves, including teaching in at least six countries and nine universities, interaction with students around the world, and management consulting. Since 2006, he has devoted his academic contribution to Hult International Business School as an active faculty member, speaker for the school, handles special projects to market and enhance the visibility of Hult International Business School, and recruitment. Some of his most popular Hult courses are: Management Practices, Management of Family Owned Businesses, Global Operations Management, and Management of Start Ups and Growth. His courses are consistently popular with students, young professionals, and experienced managers alike, and are ranked by students as “essential” for understanding the business world. Teaching is his first love and Dr. Kastner considers this both an accomplishment and a compliment.
Dr. Kastner has served on the boards of both large and small organizations and currently participates on three boards, both foreign and domestic. Currently he serves as CEO and Founder of First GTK, LLC. (Parent company to REDITUS International, Inc., and GTK I, LLC.) based in Miami, Florida. FirstGTK and REDITUS International focus on bringing Strategic Consulting, Talent Strategy, Executive Coaching, Strategic Implementation and Risk Management to the Energy, Retail, Banking and Education industries with an emphasis on family owned businesses and the importance of service excellence. GTK I, LLC manages investments in ongoing concerns for turnaround purposes, and start-up ventures. The client base of these companies spans North and Latin America. During the last decade Dr. Kastner has been instrumental in improving the Management and Governance approach within several family owned businesses. While some projects are confidential his sample client list includes: Casa editorial El Tiempo; Grupo Capriles; Casa Hellmund; El large Food and Beverage group; Cemex; and a medium size technology and hospitality group.
Throughout his career, which encompasses a unique and dynamic mix of experiences in academia, management, and innovative entrepreneurial experiences, he committed himself to the deployment of knowledge and shared experience. This commitment manifested through his professional dedication to three key areas: management consulting, executive education, and MBA teaching. Dr. Kastner has implemented forward-looking, new, and innovative approaches within organizations and developed programs that are practical, result-oriented methods to coach and train C-level managers. More recently, he focused on Latin-American countries, Colombia and Venezuela, the United States, concentrating in the Southeast U.S., with occasional projects in Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic, and the Middle East, Dubai. In addition to teaching on both of the Hult campuses in the U.S., his teaching engagements have recently taken him to Venezuela, Colombia, United Emirates, China, Israel, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Kastner has a rich portfolio of experiences in generating value in service industries such as educational institutes, healthcare delivery, commercial banking, entertainment, franchising, and hospitality. He brings a balanced, pragmatic, and vision-driven approach to consulting engagements and adds strong strategic content to his board positions through participation and advice.
Dr. Kastner has lived in six countries throughout North and South America, the Middle East, and Europe; worked in 22; taught in six; and is fluent in four languages with working knowledge of two more. He currently serves on the board of three firms in Venezuela, Colombia, and the U.S.A. Dr, Kastner earned his Engineering degree cum laude in 1971, his M.Sc. degree with distinction in 1973, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.
Dr. Farzad Rafi Khan graduated with a PhD in Strategy and Organization from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2005. Dr. Khan’s PhD dissertation was co-supervised by Professor Henry Mintzberg rated by the Financial Times of London as one of the top ten most important management thinkers alive today. He also has a Masters in Economics of Developing Countries from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor with Great Distinction from McGill University in Accounting and Finance. Dr. Khan has 15 years of international teaching experience at universities in Canada, China, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. While at McGill University, Dr. Khan received the “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2000. He has also been involved in executive development programs with organizations such as Nestle, Siemens, Telenor, and Teradata. In terms of research, Dr. Khan has published in academic journals in the business and management field (e.g., Human Relations, Organization, Organization Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics). His research interests center on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, critical approaches in management, and organization theory. Dr. Khan is a consultant to the Karachi School for Business and Leadership (KSBL) and will be joining it as an Associate Professor in January 2013.
Christopher (Chris) Kummer is a Professor of Business and Director of MBA and Executive Education at Webster University in Vienna, Austria, President of the Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) in Zurich, Switzerland, and an Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France. He teaches strategy and finance related courses and trainings in bachelor, graduate, doctoral and executive education programs in Europe and Asia. As an Advisor, Chris Kummer supports companies on their strategy formulation and execution and the acquisition and sale of companies. He has been involved in transactions and alliances in every stage (from strategy to integration and post acquisition review) and every size (from small to large) with a total known transaction value of more than 12 bil. EUR. He supports governments as well as intergovernmental organizations explore the opportunities of M&A. He is the founder of Kummer Investment & Advisory with offices in Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano and Vienna. Before that he has led an M&A practice at the world's largest professional services firm and recruited non-executive and executive board members for listed and privately held companies in Europe and the United States. His articles have been published in several languages. He is often invited as a speaker to conferences and a frequently sought after commentator with national and international media, e.g. Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones, Financial Times, and Reuters.
Joanne Lawrence is Global Professor, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Innovation at Hult International Business School (Boston-Dubai-London-San Francisco-Shanghai) and is an academic advisor to the UN Global Compact.
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).
Damiao Lo, Partner, Schroeder Lo Associates, is a business solutions consultant whose holistic approach and advanced solutions to client problems stem from broad expertise in business, IT and system architecture strategy. Clients count on his systematic and thorough approach to business consulting, and his superior command of technology, to deliver consistent and additional value by not only anticipating their issues, and developing user-friendly leading-edge total solutions, which empower them to work more efficiently and effectively, but by designing and generating new business possibilities for them.
Damiao’s 17 year international track record of innovation encompasses implementing Internet web portal infrastructure, integrating legacy systems with Internet portals and providing business process solutions to internal and external clients. In SchroederLo Associates, progressive solutions include business restructure, executive coaching, facilitation, business set-up, asset management and protection and optimized business practice for China. His methodical approach, deep experience in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Canada, and creative-solutioning, helps his clients achieve seamless operations in complex markets and ensures their competitive edge.
Damiao’s exemplary IT, business consulting and executive coaching skills arm his clients with the tools and confidence they need to propel their businesses, and his trademark passion for problem solving and long term strategic approach differentiates him. Known for quickly building rapport and trust, Damiao always exceeds the project scope, proactively developing cost-effective, quality systems and processes that facilitate transparent and actionable solutions and allow his clients to explore new horizons.
Fluent in English and Cantonese and proficient in Mandarin, Damiao Lo is a champion of advanced technologies that optimize workflow and also develops software and cutting edge applications for clients in his spare time.
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.
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.
Professor O' Donnell is an engineer-turned-industry analyst for the telecommunication and media industries. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, and economics in the development of new markets. He has studied consumer and market reactions to new communications technologies for the MIT Media Laboratory and corporate and NGO clients. He also teaches international communications courses at Tufts University's Fletcher School.
Dr. Patel chairs Hult's Innovation and Growth Action Learning Program in conjunction with the IXL Center. Prior to Hult, Dr. Patel was a senior leader and co-founder of the Monitor Group’s Innovation Practice responsible for Asia and Latin America. Dr. Patel has worked at Motorola in the portable energy space and is the owner of six patents. He is also a founder of various venture-backed companies. Dr. Patel is the co-author of 101 Innovation Breakthroughs and The State of Innovation at the Firm Level in Singapore and Greenovate! Companies Innovating to Create a More Sustainable World.
Co-author of '101 Innovation Breakthroughs' and 'The State of Innovation at the Firm Level in Singapore' and in the process of writing a third book on 'Thinking and Acting Differently to Make Innovation Real'; author 'Greenovate'
27 year proven management track record building brand equity-driven businesses within Fortune 500 including First National Bank of Boston, RJR Nabisco, Bristol Meyers Squibb. For private clients, he has advised on the building and managing of brands as well as the solving of complex marketing challenges across multiple sectors including high tech, health care, eCommerce and luxury goods. Entrepreneurially, Marco also co-conceived, co-launched, grew and later sold two ventures in eCommerce and FMCG.
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR 2012, 2011 & 2007. 25 years experience training and developing executives, MBAs as well as undergraduate students on five continents. Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Hult International, Cambridge, USA; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; AALTO, Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden; EHTP Casablanca, Morocco and ENPC Paris, France. Consistently achieved high student and peer reviews.
Graduated with BS in Business Administration (1985) from Northeastern University Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies. Also, graduated with MBA (1994) from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Received the Dean’s & Faculty Award for academic excellence as well as the Sheppard Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.
Claudio E. Weber joined Hult International Business School (Shanghai Campus) on Monday, February 20, 2012, as Assistant Dean. Claudio has been residing and working in China since 2003. He joins Hult after working in the real estate industry for +5 years and the management consulting industry for pharma/healthcare for 1 year previously. Claudio has received his Master of Business Administration degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Companies he has worked for include Jones Lang LaSalle, Colliers International, IMS Health, Commerzbank and State Street.
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.
Professor Zif holds engineering degrees from Technion, Israel, and an MBA and PhD from New York University. He was a member of the faculty at Tel-Aviv University and lectured for many years in executive programs at Harvard, Wharton and Northwestern, and in many programs around the world. He was elected "Professor of the Year" at Hult in December 2005. Professor Zif has extensive consulting experience in many industries and was previously the president of a start-up U.S. firm funded by venture capital.