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World Affairs Council of Atlanta

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 Advisory Council

The GSU-CIBER Advisory Council incorporates a highly distinguished group of faculty, administrators, business leaders, representatives from regional higher education institutions and an appointee of current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Council members met periodically beginning since May 2009 to help formulate the strategic thrusts, project objectives and activities of the proposed center. They were instrumental in defining the areas of need and how GSU-CIBER could respond to meet these needs.

Representatives of Georgia State University Administration

  • M. Brian Blake, President, Georgia State University
  • Richard Phillips, Dean, J. Mack Robinson College of Business
  • Wolfgang Schlör, Associate Provost for International Initiatives
  • Farrah Bernardino, Managing Director, Office of International Initiatives
  • Laura Boudon, Director, Study Abroad Programs

Faculty Representatives of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business

  • Leigh Anne Liu, Professor and Director, Institute of International Business and CIBER, Coordinator of Doctoral Programs in International Business
  • Mourad Dakhli, Associate Professor, Institute of International Business and GSU-CIBER Coordinator of Curriculum & Instructional Technology
  • Fernando Doria, Senior Lecturer, Institute of International Business
  • Salomao De Farias, Senior Lecturer, Institute of International Business
  • Sevgin Eroglu, Associate Professor, Institute of International Business
  • Edward Wang, Lecturer, Institute of International Business
  • Ed Baker, Executive in Residence, Robinson College of Business; former Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Faculty Representatives from Foreign Language, International Studies, and Professional Schools

  • William Nichols, Associate Professor and Chairperson, World Languages & Cultures, and Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research and GSU-CIBER Director for Business Languages
  • German Torres, Professor, World Languages & Cultures and GSU-CIBER Coordinator for Less Commonly Taught Languages

Representatives of Local and Regional Businesses

  • Frank Blount, Chairman and CEO, JI Ventures; former CEO of Cypress Communications and Telstra Corp. Ltd. (Australia); Director at: Adtran, Caterpillar Inc., Energy Corp., KBR, Hanson PLC.
  • David Boehming, President, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Phil Bolton, Founder and President, Agio Press and Global Atlanta
  • Ahmet Bozer, The Coca-Cola Company (Retired), Executive Vice President
  • Rahim Charania, CEO, American Fueling Systems
  • Rene M. Diaz, President and CEO, Diaz Foods, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bradford W. Ferrer, Executive VP Finance and Administration, CNN Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting Co.
  • Eric Joiner, Vice Chairman and Co-Founder, AJC International. Inc.
  • Stephen J. Kay, Americas Center Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Max Sutherland, President & CEO, World Trade Center – Atlanta
  • Seda Palaz Pazarbasi, Managing Director, Strategic Marketing Insights, Analytics and Digital Optimization, American Cancer Society
  • Michael S. Shannon, Principal, Liquid Strategies LLC
  • Sebastian van der Vegt, CEO & Founder, Untold Communications
  • Pablo E. Vargas, Grupo Britt, Costa Rica
  • Juanita Velez, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Delta Airlines
  • Trevor Williams, Managing Editor, Global Atlanta
  • Nadeem Zaman, Sr. Global Marketing Director, Kimberly-Clark

Bi-National Chambers of Commerce and Atlanta Consular Corps

  • Ian Wyatt, Vice President, Principal Economist, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Lucia Jennings, President, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Veronica Maldonado Torres, President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, Georgia

Representative Appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia

  • Mary Waters, Special Advisor to Governor Nathan Deal, GA Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner for International Trade

Faculty Representatives of Community Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • Jean Wells, Associate Professor, Howard University
  • Silvanus Udoka, Dean, School of Business Administration, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Anthony Wilbon, Dean, School of Business Administration, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Lucinda Blue, Chair, Business Administration Department, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Andrea Hawkins, Interim Chair, Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics, Alabama A&M University
  • Theodore Brown, Professor, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Abdullah Khan, Assoc. Professor, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
  • James Obielodan, Interim Chair, School of Business & Technology, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky