Dr. Arash GOLNAM
Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Languages: Fluent in English, French and Farsi
Dr. Arash Golnam works as a Scientific Collaborator for EPFL, School of Computer and Communications Sciences (I&C). He is also a member of Greenwood Strategic Advisors AG, an international firm that provides system dynamics modeling and simulation products and services.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Golnam was Head of the International Projects Administration Office at the biggest commercial vehicle manufacturing company in the Middle East where he had the opportunity to work in large-scale technology transfer projects with world-class partners such as Daimler AG. He also worked as the Executive Advisor to the president of the society for R&D centers of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade in Iran.
Dr. Golnam was named the 2010 Distinguished Researcher of the Year 2010 by Iran’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Heis also a recipient of a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. His areas of research are: systems thinking and modeling, system dynamics simulation, problem structuring, organizational decision making and business model design. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Industrial Marketing Management Journal and has participated in international conferences such as the International Conference of System Dynamics Society.
He holds a Ph.D. in Management of Technology from EPFL a Master of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – Systems Design and Analysis.
Dr. Viola KREBS
Dean and Professor of Communication and International Relations
Languages: Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian, with some knowledge of Arabic
Dr. Viola Krebs joined UBIS in 2012 as a professor for a Certificate on NGOs and International Organizations. Later, she became Staff Professor for topics ranging from People and Politics to Web Strategies, Business Ethics and Organizational Culture. In 2016, she became the Dean for E-Learning, putting in place a new e-learning platform. As of 2017, she took on a new challenge, as the Dean of the University.
Dr. Krebs obtained a Ph.D. in Sciences of Information and Communications from the University of Strasbourg, France and a Master’s Degree in Sciences of Communication and Media from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. For her undergraduate studies she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities (Socio-Linguistics, Spanish and English) from the same University. Dr. Krebs is the author and editor of a number of articles and publications, focusing on communication and technology, migration and languages, bilingual education and the non-profit sector.
Dr. Krebs is the Founder of ICVolunteers, an international non-profit organization focusing on communications (communication technologies, culture & languages and conference support). Further, she is a board member of the European University for Volunteering (EUV) and the World Network for Linguistic Diversity (Maaya). She has chaired several international conferences, served from 2003 to 2005 on the Civil Society Bureau of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and taken part in the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) from 2006 to 2011. She has worked in both the public and the private sectors, including for United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the World Economic Forum (WEF), UBS SA and Merrill Lynch.
Dr. Philippe LAURENT
Honorary Dean, Professor of International Business and Management
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, with some knowledge of Chinese and Thai
Dr. Philippe Laurent holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from University of St-Gallen. He received a MAS in Asian Studies from University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and holds an EMBA in Management of Technology (MoT) from EPFL -HEC University of Lausanne and the University of Texas in Austin (USA).He also has a MBA with a major in Marketing from EM-Lyon, an IMD Certificate in Management of Services, and a Bachelor in Economics and International Trade from EDC-Paris.
With over 20 years of experience in CEO, General Management and Executive positions in Switzerland, Europe and Asia, plus 10 years of consulting, training, coaching, teaching at company and university levels(mostly MBAs/EMBAs), he is able to share his hands-on management experience with students.
Dr. Laurent is an expert in intercultural management for the Council of Europe and the Confederation (OFPER) and is a senior consultant and researcher on China-related matters for European SMEs and on international strategy for start-ups.
Bruno MEIRELES DE SOUSA
Lecturer of Strategy and Marketing
Languages: Portuguese native, fluent in English, Spanish, conversant in French and basic German, Dutch and Italian
Mr. Bruno Meireles de Sousa specializes in the fields of Strategy, Marketing (including deep knowledge of Branding & Communications), Innovation, International Commerce (expertise in Trade Finance and International Trading) and Go-to-Market for enterprises and start-ups.
He is currently involved in marketing, business development, innovation and digital transformation projects in the sectors of commodities, industrial products, agriculture, food, retail, education and sports. He also advises start-ups, incubators and accelerators in the fields of:AgTech, FoodTech, FinTech, PropTech, SportsTech on subjects of strategy, business, marketing, marketing automation, lead generation and funding.
He has collaborated most recently with the Executive Committee of the AFC (member of FIFA) and in the past has worked in different senior global Marketing and Business positions for Cargill, one of the largest Agri, Food and Industrial Conglomerates in the world, as well as for Philips in their Lighting, Semiconductors and Consumer Electronics divisions.
He is a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Management at ISCTE/IUL in Lisbon. He holds an Executive MBA in Business Management from ESSEC Business School, Paris, and a MS in Industrial Engineering from UNL/FCT, Lisbon.
Dr. Svetlana MITEREVA
Assistant Dean Online and Professor of Research Methodologies, Finance and Economics
Languages: English, Russian
Dr. Svetlana Mitereva holds a Ph.D. in Economics (management of knowledge-based product life cycles), from the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Information, as well as a MS in Management and a BS from the same university.
She worked for the Moscow Government Investment Department, focusing on economic, statistical and financial analysis and reporting on stock exchange activity. Before that, she was an Economist for the Russian Aircraft Corporation and an Adjunct Professor for the Moscow Banking and Financial College.
As Special Economics Advisor to the CEO of ESCO, she developed and implemented energy saving and energy service strategies as a part of a regional program of energy services reform in Krasnodar and Ryazan.
Lecturer of Finance, Banking and Financial Services
Languages: Greek, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German
Ms. Marina Papadopoulou holds a Diploma of Surveyor Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki in Greece. She specialized in economics applied to the environment, which she researched at the EPFL Polytechnic School of Lausanne. Previously, she obtained a MA in Economics from the HEC University of Lausanne and an IAF Swiss Federal Diploma of Financial Products applied to the banking sector.
Ms. Papadopoulou has over 20 years of experience in the fields of financial investment, asset management, strategic planning, teaching and financial consulting. She is the owner of AGORA, a Lutry based individual financial advisory firm.
Dr. Alexander PULTE
International Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Business Law and Corporate Finance
Languages: Fluent in English, German, with some knowledge of Thai
Dr. Pulte completed his undergraduate studies in Germany and Italy. After doctoral studies at the University of Oxford (U.K.), he obtained Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Doctor of Law (J.D.) degrees from Columbia University (USA). He also obtained a Certificate in International Business from the London School of Economics and a Certificate in International Law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University.
Dr. Pulte’s professional experience includes working as a media strategy consultant in London, as a Wall Street attorney in New York, and as a foreign legal advisor for the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem. As a business consultant, he managed innovative ventures at internet start-ups, advised Hollywood studios on marketing strategies, and counseled the Government of Great Britain and the European Council on digital media policies. As a U.S. attorney, he advised international clients on multi-billion dollar mergers and capital market transactions, including the largest American utilities IPO to date (the merger of Germany’s second- and third-largest banks), and regular debt issuance by Goldman Sachs, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Republic of Austria.
Currently, Dr. Pulte is based primarily in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). He is actively involved in the current reform of Myanmar’s legal system and efforts to reestablish international education standards in the country after decades of neglect and active suppression. In 2014, he succeeded in establishing the first financial aid system for talented and underprivileged students at a private college in Myanmar. As part of his educational activities on behalf of UBIS, he also offers capacity building courses for members of the Myanmar Parliament and teacher training courses for faculty members of Yangon University’s Institute of Economics.
Dr. C. Rodrigo SAEZ MUNOZ
Professor of International Relations, Political Sciences and History
Languages: Native English and Spanish; passive French
Dr. C. Rodrigo Sáez Muñoz holds a Ph.D. in International Studies: Specialization in International History and Politics (thesis defense: summa cum laude) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development -Geneva where he held multiple year Pierre Du Bois Scholarships. He also has a Master of Arts in International Relations (with Merit) from the University of Kent-Canterbury (U.K.) and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York (U.S.A.).
Dr. Sáez Muñoz has many years of experience in the private sector, principally in the television industry (production and distribution) including more than a decade as producer and three years as General Manager. As producer, he established contact with diplomatic and cultural representatives of select countries to obtain financial and political support for filming projects. He also led four international production teams that travelled around the world filming segments for a documentary news magazine. As General Manager, he oversaw day-to-day operations (personnel, contracts and finances) and represented company interests with leading international production companies (A&E Networks, National Geographic).
He is currently a Research Associate of the Pierre Du Bois Foundation and is co-editor of the annual academic magazine of the Swiss Society of Americanists, which focuses this year on Chile. His main interests are in best practices, sustainable development, conflict resolution and conservation of natural resources (he has written on water rights and water resource management, and development of non-conventional renewable energy sources) and has related these issues to history, international politics & accords, and human rights.
Dr. Barbara STUCKEY
Professor of Political Economy, Social Psychology and Methodology
Languages: Fluent in English, French, German, Swiss German
Dr. Barbara Stuckey holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, a MA in Urban Planning from the same university, and a BA in Urban Studies from University of California, Berkeley, USA.
With close to 30 years of experience in various positions, she worked, among other places, at the Berufsbegleitendes Lehrerseminar der Rudolf Steiner-Schule in Zurich, as well as in different academic institutions in California, USA. She also was a lecturer at the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (Dakar, Senegal) and served as an adviser and lecturer at the University of Basel and the University of Economics in Vienna.
Her extensive experiences in research and academics have brought her to involvement in the Swiss National Science Foundation. She also has participated in projects with the World Economic Forum (San Francisco) and the World Bank (Washington DC), as well as with Delphi International in London, UK, as President of this research company that specializes in the financing of environmental innovation.
In the field of research, she has been involved in publishing articles related to the globalization of Swiss industry, as well as questions of inequalities among different regions within Switzerland.
Tam Anh TRAN
Lecturer of International Business and Research
Languages: Fluent in Vietnamese and English
Business Management Institute (IBMI), Vietnam. He is responsible for international development strategies, internet marketing, and integrated solutions to international partnerships, in academic as well as business operations.
Mr. Tam Anh Tran is a DBA candidate at Apollos University (USA). He holds a MBA degree from University of Business and International Studies (Switzerland), as well as a B.A. degree in Economics from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Vietnam) and a B.I.T. degree from the University of Canberra (Australia). He has also obtained an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Perth Commercial College (Australia).
Senior Lecturer International Marketing and International Business
Languages: English, Italian, French
Mr. Roberto Zanni is a senior international executive with over 30 years of experience working for leading FMCGs such as Japan Tobacco International, Jacob Suchard, Unilever, Kraft General Foods and for several medium-sized subsidiaries.
Mr. Zanni is now working as a professor across several international universities and is the founder of Zanni & Partners- The Management House: a top consultancy boutique that provides tailored managerial consulting.
Throughout his accomplished career, Mr. Zanni obtained outstanding results due to his enthusiastic and decisive leadership, with a focus on developing and articulating a long-term vision, and driving first-rate company performance.
Mr. Zanni was born in 1953 in Italy, and studied at the Bocconi School of Management where he received a Master’s in Economics as well as an MBA. After graduation, he began his successful career in brand building and strategic management at Kraft General Food in 1978.
Elias N. ASHKAR
Adjunct Lecturer in Management
Mr. Elias Ashkar has been Regional Chief Executive Officer of Middle East & North Africa of Saatchi & Saatchi PLC since November 2008.
Mr. Ashkar began his career with Procter & Gamble before taking on a global marketing role with Mattel, based in Los Angeles. He then came to the Middle East to run JWT/TMI for six years in charge of Saudi Arabia, in addition to other broader regional responsibilities. In 1990, he moved to Pepsi Cola International as Vice President, In Charge of Marketing and Business Development across the Middle East and Africa. He subsequently joined Coca-Cola Company, spending eleven years running its businesses across a range of countries including Iran, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the countries of Central Asia, Ukraine and Belarus. Following that, he spent three years as Vice President with Indevco Group in Lebanon before setting up his own consultancy business.
Mr. Ashkar graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles with a BA, and completed his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Lecturer for Entrepreneurship
Languages: Fluent in English, French
Mr. Franck Berthod is a global entrepreneur and an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience in international executive positions and an extensive background in 50 countries. He created an organization and an ecosystem doing business in Africa, Middle East and Europe (ALTEO).
Mr. Bertod is an international global expert in Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Restructuring, working in West Africa (living in Abidjan), GCC (from Dubai) and Europe (from Paris) as Member of the Board, Special Advisor, Business Coach or Mentor. He is involved in Corporate Finance and M&A deals, and advise both Public & Private Sector. Former GRET Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire for Media Landscape development post-crisis with European Union, he started as Group Chairman & Group CEO the regional building material leader TISA from 2012 to 2014 (TOLE IVOIRE, CSTM SAFOR, TOLMALI). With ALTEO, Franck is joining Cellempower Inc., a leader of wireless technologies in GCC as Sr Group Vice-President Finance & Investment, to support FakexappTM, a new solution to fight counterfeiting.
French and Ivorian with Spanish and Swiss origins, he obtained his Master Degree in Finance and Marketing (IFAG Lyon) and is certified in the areas of business coaching, cross cultural relations and psychology of management.
Lecturer in Business
Languages: Fluent in English and French
Mr. Bruno Ciroussel is Engineer ETH and lead auditor ISAS. He taught Safety and Human Factors at ILCE (Institute of Economic fight against crime in Switzerland). He taught Strategic Decisions at HEG -Geneva. He is the author of the “Concepts of Business Investigation” (performance management and risk).
Since 2002, he has been leading the company Business Investigation, a Swiss company publishing solutions in business investigations, active in Switzerland and abroad.
Lecturer in International Trade
Languages: Fluent in English and French
Mr. Michel-Eric Ehrlich is an expert in international trade, currently managing international key accounts at Alpvision (digital technology against counterfeiting).
Michel Eric has 25years of operational experience in SMEs and large groups as Export Manager and then as Export Director and member of the Executive Committee; this was followed by 5 years as Consultant and Associate Professor. He teaches in English and French and was awarded the Federal Certificate of Competence for Adult Education (ECTS 13.5) by the SVEB.
Mr. Ehrlich has occupied director-level sales and export roles in a number of international corporations. In 2008 he founded Deficom, which contributes to the sales and international development of industrial and distribution companies through training and concrete actions of international development.
His experience spans a variety of industries such as digital technology, retail, manufacturing, electronics and cosmetics.
David Vivas EUGUI
Adjunct Lecturer in Trade Organizations
Languages: English, Spanish and French
Mr. David Vivas Eugui is an international expert with many years of experience on legal and economic issues. He posses strong managerial, leadership and negotiations skills and more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning, programmatic design, implementation, team building, fundraising and setting of impact assessment systems.
He has worked as an advisor and consultant for various institutions, international and national organizations such as WTO, WHO, UNCTAD, WIPO, IDLO, European Patent Office, GIZ, South Centre, ACP Group of Countries, ACP MTS, Enabling Environments, CUTS International, Saana Consulting, QUNO, Rockefeller Foundation, AITIC, Andean Finance Corporation, ALIFAR, ASINFAR, Ministry of Science and Technology of Venezuela, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, PHBL consulting, and Tacoma S.A.
He is currently Legal Officer, at the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, DITC at UNCTAD. He was also Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch at the same organization; Deputy Programmes Director at ICTSD; Senior Attorney at CIEL; Attaché for Legal Affairs at the Mission of Venezuela to the WTO and Staff Attorney at the Venezuelan Institute of Foreign Trade.
He has a J.D. at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela, a L.L.M. at Georgetown University in the United States and Master degree on Transnational Business at Universidad Externado, Colombia. Constant participation in academic activities have been carried out at Strasbourg University, WIPO DL Academy (Geneva), University of Business and International Studies (Geneva), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and Universidad Católica del Peru.
Adjunct Lecturer in Human Resources and International Business
Mr. Alain Haut is an international executive with broad-based human resources management experience (including at Corporate Executive Committee Officer level). He is an expert in performance improvement, leadership acquisition and development, change facilitation, human resources management. He is the Founder of Oplc sarl –consulting.
In the past, he served as an Executive Vice-President for Corporate Human Resources at IPSEN, an international specialist pharmaceutical company. He is also the former Vice-President of Global Human Resources and Administration Covance Corporation, the largest clinical research organization in the world.
Over the course of his professional career, he has had executive roles in a number of international corporations, spanning biotechnology, automotive and mobile communications.
Daniel Michel JUDKIEWICZ
Lecturer in Strategy
Over almost 40 years of his career, Mr. Michel Judkiewicz has always combined his scientific and technical training with business issues, whether operational or strategic.
He holds a MS in engineering from Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Certificate in General Management from the INSEAD– CEDEP. He has worked for 3 years in a consulting engineers company (Sobemap), and he worked 6 years (3 years of which were in the USA) with Honeywell in process control. Before this, he spent 15 years with UCB (former Union Chimique Belge) in R&D, production, sales, strategic marketing, IT, business development, strategic planning and general management.
Mr. Judkiewicz has developed his own independent consulting practice in business development, prospective strategy, coaching, mediation, complex projects, crisis and change management, technology transfer; he is also engaged in teaching activities. Most of his activity is devoted to B2B, over 3 continents (Asia, Europe, North America).
In addition, Mr. Judkiewicz has served as operational advisor to the Rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is a member of the board of Certech (a University of Louvain research center for chemicals), interim manager and member of the board of a non-profit organization active in data archiving, Directorof Strategic Planning at PROVIRON N.V. a company specializing in basic and functional chemicals (products and toll manufacturing).
Lecturer in Organizational Behavior and Marketing/Sales Management
Mr. Andre-Jean Martinez holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris (France) and a BSc. in Economics from Sorbonne (Paris).
He is the former President of Nestlé branches in France, Switzerland and Romania, and was then Training Director for Sales and Marketing Talents in Vevey (CH). He has also served as a Franchise Director for PepsiCo in Belgium and France with some expatriation to the New York head office. Before this, he was the Head of Wholesales for Kronenbourg (Danone Group).
After a long private sector professional career, Mr. Martinez founded his own Advisory Cabinet (2005) and is a Senior Consultant for his former employers.
Languages: Fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Italian
Ms. Giuliana Renga is a multilingual professional specializing in the teaching of French, Portuguese, Arabic and Italian languages.
Ms. Renga holds a Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Contemporary Studies of the Arab and Muslim world, and she also has a Master in Humanities from the University of Geneva.
She has worked for the World Food Programme of the United Nations and for the Department of Public Instruction of Geneva as a teacher at the primary school level. She has long-standing experience as a photographer and reporter.
Well traveled, Ms. Renga has a strong interest in multicultural environments, photography and teaching in order to share her passion for languages and different cultures.