Like our faculty, our leadership team brings a wealth of experience from both academia and industry. 

Leadership team


Dr. Christopher Ahlberg

Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School.

He also advises a series of start-up companies. Earlier, Dr. Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX). Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization.

Dr. Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively for industry, academia, and defense services. He has also published and lectured on computer science, cyber security, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry.

He has five granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World's Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of innovation in 2002. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.


Dr. Stephen Hodges

Dr. Stephen Hodges joined Hult International Business School as Chairman of the Board in January 2006 and was elected President in August 2006, bringing with him a strong background in international business.

Before coming to Hult, Dr. Hodges ran several large businesses and worked in a number of different countries: Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the United States as well as his home country, the United Kingdom. A businessman for most of his life, Dr. Hodges is a strong advocate of practical education.

Prior to joining the business school, he was the General Manager of Credit Cards for Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. During his time with Standard Chartered, he held a number of other important positions and was heavily involved in several major acquisitions undertaken by the bank.

Dr. Hodges started his career with McKinsey & Company in London, where he was an associate principal. He served a number of financial institutions and technology companies across Europe and Asia, working closely with their senior management. While at McKinsey, Dr. Hodges specialized in establishing new businesses for his clients. He led the creation of several new Internet companies in the United Kingdom as well as a credit card company in Spain.

Dr. Hodges is a British citizen and holds an MA from Cambridge University, a Ph.D from Manchester University, and completed two years of post-doctorate research in electronic engineering in Cambridge. He is the co-author of several patents in data communication.

Should you require to speak with Dr. Hodges, please email stephen.hodges@hult.edu or call our admissions team in Boston at +1 617 746 1990.

Chief Academic Officer

Professor Johan Roos

Professor Johan Roos joined Hult International Business School as Chief Academic Officer in January 2016, bringing with him a strong background in international academic leadership, scholarship and entrepreneurship. 

Prior to joining Hult, he worked in six business schools and a non-profit organization, in five countries. Most recently, he was CEO and Dean of Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. His tenure culminated in 2015 with the first “double” EQUIS & AACSB international quality accreditation in that country. 

Following a PhD in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Prof Roos started his career as a postdoctoral researcher in multinational management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Europe, he became a faculty member of the Norwegian Business School (BI) in Oslo and later, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne. His research mainly focused on how to measure intellectual capital in companies and knowledge management. Based on his findings, he co-founded a consulting company that was eventually acquired by a multinational service firm. 

Later on, Prof Roos set up and led the Imagination Lab Foundation in Switzerland, which developed strategy practices based on theories of imagination and play. During this time, he co-invented the LEGO Serious Play™ consulting tool. He returned to the SSE as Dean of MBA programs, where he led a reform of the school’s fragmented MBA and EMBA strategy across campuses in Stockholm, Riga and St. Petersburg. Following this, he served as President of Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark, where he initiated and led the development of its renowned “Business-in-Society” strategy that was instrumental in securing a third consecutive EQUIS five-year accreditation. He initiated and drove the merger with independent SIMI Executive Education to form the CBS’ rejuvenated executive education arm, CBS Executive. Dr. Roos also led the intensive and challenging work to reduce the entire university’s costs by 8% while increasing revenues by 12% over two financial years. 

A Swedish citizen, Prof Roos is an elected member of the Danish Academy of Technical Science (ATV) and serves on several steering committees including Global Peter Drucker Forum in Austria and EFMD’s EPAS committee in Brussels. He has written extensively on strategy, knowledge in companies, change and innovation, including many scholarly books, articles and shorter commentaries.

Should you require to speak with Professor Roos, please email johan.roos@hult.edu or call our team in London at +44 (0) 20 7341 8555.

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Mukul Kumar

Dr. Kumar returned to Hult International Business School as Chief Innovation Officer in January 2017, bringing a background in building innovative products and businesses and a passion for teaching and learning.

He joins Hult with two decades of experience building and leading high growth advisory businesses and education institutions. His work as a business leader and academic spans North America, Europe, Latin America, and his home country, India. He is active in undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. His early academic research investigated the relative impact of globalization and technology on wages. His current research agenda addresses the impact of technology on education and teaching. He is also an active advisor to several early stage EdTech firms.

Prior to joining Hult, Dr. Kumar was President at United World College (UWC-USA) with a focus on innovation, experiential learning, and fundraising.  Immediately prior, he was Chief Academic Officer at Hult for four years during the rapid growth and globalization phase. As Executive Director for Executive Education at the Robert H. Smith School of Business (University of Maryland), he led the creation of a portfolio of executive programs.

Dr. Kumar started his career in consulting. As an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. he built e-commerce businesses and led strategy projects for clients in Financial Services, HealthCare, and Heavy Industry. He then launched and led the Technology Infrastructure Practice at CEB (now Gartner) providing 600+ clients with advisory, benchmarking and executive education products.

In the past 5 years he has taught at Georgetown, Harvard, Hult, Toulouse Business School, and University of Maryland. His main teaching interests are in Strategy & Innovation, Behavioral Science, and Data Science.

He holds a PhD in International Economics from Princeton and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mathematics and Economics from MIT.

Global academic leadership team

Dean of Central Academics

Dr. Ian Dougal

Dr. Ian Dougal is Dean of Central Academics, responsible for quality management across the School's academic programs, and implementation of systems and processes to meet the standards of the School's multiple accreditations. Dr. Ian Dougal earned his undergraduate degree from Swansea University, his Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his PhD (in International Relations) from the University of Birmingham. His PhD research focused on the role of the United States in the world order. He joined Hult in 2000, as a professor of International Relations, teaching classes in Diplomacy & Negotiation, International Security, and American Foreign Policy. Dr. Dougal was appointed Dean of the London campus in 2007, and from that post he guided the development of both undergraduate and masters programs. In August 2011 Dr. Dougal took on the role of Dean of Programs and was responsible for global curriculum and policy, and the maintenance of academic quality across all Hult's campuses. In October 2013, Dr. Dougal left his position as Dean of Programs to take on the post of Global Dean, Undergraduate. Dr. Dougal left Hult in March 2016, but returned in September 2016 in his current role of Dean of Central Academics.

Program Delivery


Graduate Programs

Executive Vice President &
Executive Director, Boston Campus

Melissa Fredette

Melissa Fredette has worked for over 20 years leading several cultural exchange organizations. Having lived in five countries and managed cross-cultural teams in more than 30 countries, Melissa joined Hult in early 2016 to manage the global student enrollment organization across nine cities. In August 2017 she brought this combined experience to lead postgraduate program delivery across Hult's global campuses, focusing on student experience and program quality and based at the flagship Hult Boston campus.


Undergraduate Programs

Executive Vice President

Dr. Jannicke Roos

Dr. Jannicke Roos joined Hult International Business School in May 2014 and is responsible for the global undergraduate program at Hult. She manages campus staff and faculty within the undergraduate program, and oversees all processes related to undergraduate students from admissions to alumni. She is a member of the academic board, admissions committee, as well as the undergraduate curriculum committee. Prior to Hult, Dr. Roos worked at McKinsey & Co. where she started as a generalist management consultant, and later specialized within the Oil & Gas practice and helped to develop and execute their knowledge strategy to improve client service. Dr. Roos completed her doctorate studies within Fluid Mechanics as well as her MEng in Civil Engineering at Imperial College London.

Campus leadership team

Dean, London Graduate Campus

Dr. Samineh Shaheem

Samineh joined Hult as a Professor of Organizational Behavior & Leadership. Learning and development has been the main focus of her 20-year career. She has studied and worked in different parts of the world, including the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, the UAE and the UK. She is passionate about helping individuals progress towards their potential and believes learning more results in living more.

Dean, London Undergraduate Campus

Ronan Gruenbaum

Ronan joined Hult as full-time professor of marketing and technology on post-graduate programs in 2011, and has since been voted Professor of the Year four times across different programs and campuses. He taught on Hult's Dubai and Shanghai campuses before becoming Associate Dean of the Postgraduate campus in London, and being appointed Dean of the London Undergraduate campus in 2015. Ronan recently published the book "Making Social Technologies Work: Leveraging the Power and Managing the Perils of Social Technologies in Business,” and has spoken extensively at international business school conferences. Prior to joining Hult, his corporate experience was in digital marketing, social technologies, e-commerce, and online learning in both the UK and Spain.

Dean of Ashridge Degree Programs

Roger Delves

Roger is responsible for the portfolio of specialized and customized degree programs delivered at the Ashridge campus. Roger has been at Ashridge as a faculty member, and then as Director of the Masters in Management and MBA Programs since 2008. Additionally, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Hult since 2009. Previously at Cranfield School of Management, Roger also has extensive experience in advertising where he was a board director of international agency DMB&B. Roger holds an MA in English Literature from St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Dean, San Francisco Graduate Programs

Dr. Manpreet (Mona) Dhillon

Mona joined Hult in August 2010. She served on the global academic team during the 2011-12 academic year where she helped implement the Canvas (myCourses) learning management system in under 6 months across all 5 Hult campuses. Prior to joining Hult, she taught both undergraduate and graduate Information Systems courses in the School of Business at The George Washington University and taught online-MBA courses for St. Thomas Aquinas College. Mona has served as a member of the International Review Board of the Journal of Information Technology Education and as an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking. Before her career in Higher Education, she worked in the healthcare operations and research field. Mona earned both a PhD in Management and Technology (concentration and Information and Decision Systems) and an MS in Information Systems Technology from The George Washington University, and a BA in Psychology from Emory University.

Dean, San Francisco Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Sam Lee

Dr. Sam Lee has an undergraduate B.S. in business from Korea and the U.S., an MBA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Marketing from Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technology. Sam is a passionate marketer and academic with a strong passion for teaching the next generation of global business leaders.  Dr. Lee has 30 years of MNC corporate experience in seven different industries all around the world.  His passion is marketing and he has also been CEO for four different companies.  He has a passion for all things digital and loves to explore how advances in technology can be leveraged to drive business growth.  His personal vision is to leverage his corporate experience to help teach the next generation of global business leaders. He has been teaching for the past eight years in Korea the U.S. and is the Dean of the Undergraduate Program at Hult’s San Francisco campus. 

Dean, Dubai Campus

Luis Escamilla

Luis is a Hult alumnus who received the ‘student of the year’ award in 2010 for MBA in Dubai. Since then, he has worked for Hult as Dubai Campus Manager, Global Alumni Director, and Campus Executive Director, and has been a valuable member of the CS CR team as well as part-time professor. Luis has over 7 years' work experience in the finance field from P&G, where he drove customer profitability and industry analytics. He also worked in the IT field where he pioneered artificial intelligence for the largest publisher house of books in Spanish. In addition to his MBA from Hult, Luis has a BEng in Cyber Systems from La Salle University.

Dean, Shanghai Campus

Jan Goedvolk

Jan has held general leadership roles in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and also spent time as an L&D Consultant working mainly with Fortune 500 companies in the Asia Region. His educational background is in law and he holds two law degrees. He practiced law working for the Department of Justice as a prosecutor in Johannesburg, working in several special prosecution units and also worked for the Director of Public Prosecutions office Witwatersrand Local Division, as a State Advocate.

Board of Directors

Director Title
Dr. Christopher Ahlberg* Founder & CEO, Recorded Future Inc.
Nicholas Barber, CBE Retired. Former Chairman, Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum
Dr. Craig Burns Clinical Psychologist
Dr. David Collis Professor, Harvard Business School
Dr. Stephen Hodges President, Hult International Business School
Philip Hult* Co-Chairman, EF Education First
Dr. Christopher Jedrey Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Asa Blendow CFO EF Education First
Rebecca Quintavalle Education Consultant
Dr. Kristine Beata Schmid Senior Vice President, EF International Language Schools
James L. Sintros  President & CEO, Sportamy Inc.

* Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is Chair of the Hult Board of Trustees, Philip Hult is Chair of the Ashridge Representative Body.

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