Program Faculty

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Georgia State University

Tamer serves as Executive Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair at Georgia State University.

Tamer also serves as a visiting professor at Leeds University Business School and the University of South Australia Business School. Previously, he was the inaugural holder of John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing at Michigan State University. He also held the Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge, the U.K., where he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Sidney Sussex College.

Tamer is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt (Belgium) and the University of Southern Denmark.

Tamer specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets, and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. Most recently, he has been researching the evolution of middle-class in rapidly transforming economies.
Tamer has authored more than two dozen books and some 200 refereed journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. Various reviews have listed him as one of the most influential and prolific authors in international management. Google citations indicate over 30,000 citations as of 2017.

Tamer is the senior author of the leading textbook, International Business: The New Realities, with G. Knight and J. Riesenberger (4th ed., 2017, Pearson).

Tamer founded the Journal of International Marketing in 1993 and served as its Editor-in-Chief for the first seven years. The American Marketing Association adopted the journal which is now in its 24th volume. Its impact factor was 3.1 in 2015.

Similarly, Tamer introduced the annual book series, Advances in International Marketing in 1986 and served as Editor-in-Chief for the first 20 volumes. Most recently, Tamer has helped launch a new business journal, Rutgers Business Review, to feature managerially relevant research for business executives. Tamer served as Associate Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, and is on the editorial review boards of a dozen professional journals.

Throughout 25+ years of leading CIBER centers of excellence in international business at Michigan State and Georgia State, Tamer has created opportunities for advancing research and scholarship in international management (CIBERs – Centers for International Business Education and Research – are federally designated national resource centers in the United States). CIBER funding has made it possible to initiate landmark research projects, roundtables on internationalization of business education, and offer professional development opportunities for faculty and doctoral students. Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) workshops have been organized for the past two decades (held annually in Atlanta: ).

Tamer is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and served on its Board of Directors. He was program chair for the 2000 annual meeting held in Phoenix, AR. He also served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, International University, Geneva, Switzerland from 1997 to 2007, assisting a start-up business school gain accreditation and recognition.

While leading the CIBER at Michigan State University, Tamer spearheaded the development of now leading international business knowledge portal, globalEDGE, and a host of decision support tools for international managers. Most well-known among these is CORE – COmpany Readiness to Export. CORE is a tutorial and decision support tool for managers considering going international. It was then adopted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is being used nationally in its Export Assistance Centers.

In 2014, Tamer and his doctoral student, Prof. Gary Knight, were awarded the prestigious JIBS Decade Award, for their article, “Innovation, Organizational Capabilities and the Born-Global Firm.” Tamer is also the recipient of: The American Marketing Association’s Excellence in Global Marketing Research Award (2002 and 2012); Distinguished Faculty, and Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs (Michigan State University).

Peter Buckley, University of Leeds – 2018 Keynote Speaker

Peter J Buckley (BA (Econ), York; MA, East Anglia; PhD Economics, Lancaster; Dr hc (Uppsala); DSc hon (Lappeenranta) Dr. Merc.H.C. (Copenhagen)) is Professor of International Business, Founder Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds and Founder Director of the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds, (CIBUL), UK. He has published over 250 refereed articles and 28 books plus edited 20 more that have over 35,083 Google citations (h-index 76). He was elected a Fellow of AIB in 1985 for “outstanding achievements in international business”. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy of Management (BAM), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 1998 he was made an Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. He was President of the Academy of International Business 2002-04. He was awarded the Viipuri Prize in Strategic Management and Business Economics (2006), The Booz Allen Hamilton Strategy and Business Eminent Scholar in Management Prize (2008), The Richard Whipp Lifetime Award “for considerable and sustained contribution to the field of business and management research” (2011) and the John H Dunning Prize for Lifetime Achievement (UK&IAIB) (2017). He is past Chair of the European International Business Academy (2009-2012). He was awarded a Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor in the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing in 2010. He was Principal Consultant to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2011. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2012 “for services to higher education, international business and research”. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in July 2014.

Vassiliki Bamiatzi, University of Liverpool

Vassiliki (Vicky) Bamiatzi has been a Research Associate at GSU-CIBER since 2012. Vicky’s home institution is University of Liverpool Management School, UK where she serves as an Associate Professor. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom. Her research spans a range of topics in business research and management, with a focus on Small Business Management and Strategy, Networking, Leadership, and International Entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in top-tier international scholarly journals and presented at international conferences. Currently, Vicky is working with GSU-CIBER on several research projects in the fields of strategic management and international entrepreneurship, with a special focus on Emerging Markets.

Prior to joining Leeds University Business School, Vicky worked for a year as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in International Business at Manchester Business School, U.K. Additionally, Vicky holds a six-year experience as a Business Analyst and Regional Development Consultant in Greece. She specialized in designing, planning, executing and monitoring investment and turnaround management projects for several small and medium-sized private companies and public organizations. Most of these projects achieved financial support by the European Union through the Third and Fifth Framework Programs (FP3 & FP5).

Vicky holds a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Decision Sciences both from Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Management Studies from Manchester Business School, UK. Her Ph.D. titled “Defying the Industry Trend: Factors for Countering the Negative Impacts of Operating in Declining Industries” was published in 2013 by Scholar’s Press.

Jacobus F. Boers, Georgia State University

Jacobus Boers, as an assistant dean, is tasked to define and execute a strategic vision for the college’s portfolio of international programs including international experiences, study abroad, exchange programs, and the experience international students have while at the Robinson College of Business. He is also the director of the Global Partners MBA program.

In teaching, Boers shares practical experience he gained while conducting business on five continents. Through extensive travel and expatriate assignments, he has worked in different cultural, economic, political and legal environments. He has developed a systematic approach for establishing and developing strong relationships of trust with customers, clients, associates, and partners in diverse cultures, at times under difficult circumstances. Over the years, he has supported the international growth and success of organizations both as a member of the management team and as a consultant.

Boers has directed the planning and implementation of large international projects with responsibilities for technical compliance, financing, procurement, logistics, facilities commissioning and testing. He has been responsible for worldwide customer service support, including directing post-sales technical support. He has also has worked with companies providing goods and services procured under Multilateral Development Bank lending facilities, bringing technology to the developing world for application in education, healthcare, civil administration, and research.

Konstantinos Bozos, University of Leeds

Dr. Konstantinos Bozos, a Research Associate at GSU-CIBER since 2012, Kostas serves as an Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance and the director of all graduate Accounting & Finance Programs at the Leeds University Business School (LUBS), UK. He holds a BSc in Banking and Financial Management, an MBA in Financial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Business and Economic Studies.
Prior to joining the University of Leeds, he worked as a financial analyst and management consultant, specializing in budgeting and financial control, turnaround management and mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked as equities trader and investment adviser for multinational asset managers and has done freelance consultancy for services firms in the broader financial sector across Europe (UK, Greece, Cyprus).

His research spans a range of topics in international accounting and finance, with a focus on Capital Investment Decisions, M&As, International Finance, and Financial Forecasting. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, and presented at numerous international conferences. His current work with CIBER involves the examination of the idiosyncratic and systematic components of firm performance across developed and emerging markets during periods of economic munificence and hostility, the determinants of M&A activity and performance in international financial markets, and cross-border investment decisions. His research employs a range of empirical methodologies and is targeting at top-tier international journals.

Pedro E. Carrillo, Georgia State University

fac-db-carrilloPedro E. Carrillo C. has dual citizenship in Venezuela and the United States, with thirty years experience in diplomatic relations in financial institutions for regional development, bilateral and multi-lateral negotiation and U.S. congressional relations. He has served in the Venezuelan Foreign Service for more than 20 years. He has also served as a Program Coordinator in San José de Costa Rica for the Inter-American Development Bank and worked for government agencies and private banking institutions.

His graduate work was done at the School of Advanced International Studies “SAIS” of the Johns Hopkins University in International Public Policy. Carillo has been teaching for The Institute of International Business of the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University since January 1996, and was also an Adjunct Professor at Oglethorpe University teaching for their MBA program.

Laura L. Carruth, Georgia State University

dn8_1995Laura Carruth became the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning in November 2014. She is an Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Biology and has a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. She has been interested in all aspects of teaching and learning since she was a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is particularly interested in expanding research efforts in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Georgia State. She runs workshops on a wide variety of pedagogical topics including student engagement and active learning, hybridized classes, documenting teaching effectiveness for promotion & tenure, pre-assessment techniques plus many others. She coordinates the new CETL Faculty Teaching Fellows and Faculty Teaching & Learning Communities (Faculty-TaLC) programs plus the CETL book club. She enjoys talking to her colleagues about pedagogy and understanding how to meet the learning needs of Georgia State students.  Her neuroscience research focuses on investigating how early life stress impacts brain development and learning.  She also partners with Zoo Atlanta and Fernbank Museum of Natural History on summer science education workshops for K-12 teachers from across the state.

Erin Cavusgil, University of Michigan-Flint

Erin Cavusgil is a Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. Erin teaches both traditional as well as online classes, and enjoys experimenting with new pedagogical approaches. In her teaching, she strives to keep her students engaged by incorporating most recent business world content into her teaching. Her typical class goes beyond lecturing, and includes exercises, brief videos, problem-solving sessions, and short assessments.

Erin holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Marketing from Michigan State University. She spent about 4 years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemical engineer.

Erin’s main research interests include international marketing, retailing, new product development, innovation, and marketing strategy. Her research has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Business Research, among others.

Emin Civi, University of New Brunswick Saint John

_MG_5939Emin Civi is Professor of Marketing at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada since 2005. He has also taught in various places including Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Celal Bayar University, Turkey, United Arab Emirates University, Izmir Economy University, Turkey, and has spent two academic years in Michigan State University as a visiting scholar. Civi teaches marketing strategy, international marketing and international business courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His research has appeared in journals like Thunderbird International Business Review, the Marketing Intelligence and Planning and International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets etc.

Emin’s teaching has been recognized by over time with honors and distinctions across different platforms such as awards that are student nominated (University of New Brunswick (UNB) Allen P. Stuart Award), faculty and university-wide awards (UNB Departmental Teaching Award, UNB Merit Award, and UNB’s highest teaching designation as a Teaching Scholar), international awards (the Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award and the Hormel Teaching Excellence Award by Marketing Management Association in USA) as well as a regional award (Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award) and a current nomination for a national teaching award (3M National Teaching Fellowship) in Canada.

Mourad Dakhli, Georgia State University

Mourad DakhliMourad Dakhli is Associate Professor of International Business and holds a Ph.D. from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. His research centers on the value-generating processes of human and social capital across different cultural and institutional settings and the implications on learning and innovation as well as on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Mourad is a visiting professor at Shanghai Business School and served for six year as a faculty member at the American University of Kuwait. He has taught at various institutions around the world including at the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy (Azerbaijan), the Caucasus School of Business (Republic of Georgia), and Alexandria Institute of Technology (Egypt). His prior work experience includes developing and marketing industry training programs for a continuing education center, managing cross-border capacity development projects, and directing the activities of a bi-national chamber of commerce responsible for the promotion and implementation of a wide array of international trade and investment initiatives.

Mourad is Director of the GSU study abroad programs in Spain & Morocco, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa where he works closely with partner institutions in these countries to implement peer-to-peer collaborative online and face-to-face experiential programs.

Seyda Deligonul, St. John Fisher College

deligonulSeyda Deligonul is Professor of Management at St. John Fisher College since 1989. A recipient of the Dean Citation award, one of the highest in the Fisher community, Deligonul teaches business strategy courses and supervises MBA capstone projects at the School of Business. He is an active contributor to the doctoral program at Eli Broad Graduate School at Michigan State University.

His work has appeared in more than 20 journals including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Applied Statistics, Journal of International Marketing, Decision Science, Journal of Applied Probability, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal Quality Engineering, Journal of Computation, Journal of Simulation and Computation, Journal of Industrial Mathematics, Journal of Quality Management. His current research interests include topics from interorganizational relationships, governance issues, and firm performance. In his spare time Deligonul enjoys art. He is an avid painter and photographer with nationally acclaimed work.

Evaristo F. Doria, Georgia State University

fac-db-doria-300x300Evaristo F. Doria co-leads the US – Latin America Program (USLAT) at the Institute of International Business. USLAT, an initiative of the IIB, connects U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs to their counterparts in Latin America. IIB faculty provides a range of technical assistance for market entry and expansion and facilitates successful global business.

Doria has worked as a corporate executive in strategic marketing and sales in Latin America and Asia for Fortune 100 companies for more than two decades. Most recently, he served Johnson & Johnson as an international executive in charge of International Marketing. Doria has authored several articles and books in his field targeted to the Spanish speaking business community.

Sevgin Eroglu, Georgia State University

ergoluSevgin Eroglu specializes in consumer behavior in retailing environments and international consumer research. She is an active member of the American Marketing Association, Academy of International Business and American Collegiate Retailing Association.

Eroglu’s research has been published in Journal of Business Research, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Retailing, International Marketing Review, Marketing Letters and Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Roberto Garcia, Indiana University

Roberto GarciaP. Roberto Garcia is the Young-Jin Kim Clinical Professor of International Business in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He also serves as Faculty Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He currently teaches various International Business courses at the Undergraduate, Kelley Direct-Online, and Executive Education programs.

Garcia holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in International Business with a functional area minor in Organizational Behavior and an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio (International Business). He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Psychology. Before going on to pursue a Ph.D., Dr. Garcia gained significant full-time management experience at well-known organizations including, GM, Ford, Chrysler, ALCOA, Philips, AT&T, Wendy’s International, Edwards Brothers Printing, Kimball International, U.S. Department of Justice, Manitowoc, Cummins Inc., Eli Lilly, etc.

Linda Gerber, University of Texas at Austin

Linda Gerber 2015Linda Gerber is the Director of the Center for Global Business/CIBER at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where she manages programs which enhance the knowledge of students, faculty, and businesses about international business.  Linda has spearheaded the creation of business language courses across the University’s foreign language departments, supervised all international student exchange and scholarship programs in the College of Business, and initiated a number international business curricular programs.

Linda is a noted expert on international business education, having authored a variety of papers on international programs, consulted with many U.S. colleges and universities on their international business programs, served as an external reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education on international grant proposals, and been an invited speaker at national conferences on study abroad and international programs in higher education.  Her international teaching experiences include positions at ESC – Paris, ESADE in Barcelona, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Steinbeis Institute in Stuttgart and Berlin.  Her current teaching is related to international trade and investment.

Ilke Kardes, Valdosta State University

Ilke KardesIlke Kardes is an Assistant Professor of International Business at Valdosta State University where she teaches international business, international marketing, and case studies in international business. In addition to teaching, she is the co-advisor of the American Marketing Association’s collegiate chapter (VSU-AMA) and serves as a member of the university-wide Athletics Committee.
Dr. Kardes worked as a Faculty and Research Director at Georgia State University from 2014 to 2017. Her responsibilities included teaching classes in International Business at the Institute of International Business as well as research and IT services at the Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER). Her research interests focus on emerging markets, middle class, branding, and IB pedagogy.
Her academic career and abilities have been shaped in different cultures during years. Ilke was a faculty member and taught many courses at the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf in Germany and at Marmara University, Istanbul in Turkey for several years. She was also a research associate at Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University for one year in 2011. Ilke is fluent in English, German, and Turkish.

Erkan Kocas, Michigan State University

erkan-kocas-msuErkan Kocas is a Trade Specialist at the Michigan State University International Business Center. He is involved in all efforts to connect the mid-Michigan business community with the resources of the International Business Center (MSU-CIBER) and the Broad College of Business. This work is strongly export-focused and includes programs such as the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan and the Michigan Export Growth Program.

Prior to joining the Broad College of Business Erkan worked in different roles for more than 15 years at companies with an extensive global reach such as Xerox, Thomson Reuters, and Citrix.  He gained intensive business operations experience at Thomson Reuters where he was responsible for the sales operations of the Central and Eastern Europe region from 2008-2010. Years prior, Erkan became an entrepreneur by establishing his own internet-based business.

Erkan graduated from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, and currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. program at the College of Education studying Higher Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE).

Leigh Anne Liu, Georgia State University

liuLeigh Anne studies the roles of culture and cognition in negotiation, conflict management, collaboration, teams, and relationships in multicultural settings. Her research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Management and Organization Review, among other outlets.

She has been a visiting professor at Toulouse Business School in France, Peking University, and Nanjing University in China. She has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and the nonprofit sectors on conflict management and multicultural competency programs. Professor Liu has taught courses and workshops for undergraduate, MBA, MIB, Ph.D., and executive students on topics of international negotiation, multicultural competency, global management, and cross-cultural behavior.

Patricia P. Mcdougall-Covin, Indiana University

mcdougallPatricia McDougall-Covin is the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Institute for International Business at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Dr. McDougall is a 1st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow, former Vice President of Programs for the Academy of International Business and former Entrepreneurship Division Chair in the Academy of Management. She served as Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business from 2004-2009. She received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

She and her frequent co-author are widely credited with pioneering the growing academic field of international entrepreneurship and were presented the JIBS Decade Award for their 1994 article on the early internationalization of new ventures.  The award is given to the Journal of International Business Studies article that has had the most significant impact on international business research during the past decade. Their 1994 article was also awarded the Foundational Paper Award by the Academy of Management Entrepreneurshp Division for a paper that has had a lasting and positive influence on the field of entrepreneurship.

Dr. McDougall-Covin has received several teaching and research recognitions, including Indiana University’s Trustees’ Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, the Kelley School’s Full Professor Research Excellence Award and the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies.  She has co-edited four books and published numerous articles which appear in a variety of academic and professional journals. She is a current or former member of ten editorial boards.  Her research has been presented in the business press, including Inc. magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.  Her business teaching cases appear in more than twenty-five leading textbooks.

Erkan Ozkaya, California State Polytechnic University

L1071677Erkan Ozkaya is a faculty member at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He holds a PhD in Marketing from Michigan State University. His research interests are International Marketing, Innovation and New Product Development, and Marketing Strategy. Erkan has published in leading journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, International Business Review, among others. He has served as the Global Marketing Track Chair at AMA and AMS conferences.

Erkan is the founding director of NASA-Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) Business Startup Program where he teaches international technology commercialization and leads student teams to commercialize NASA technologies. He is the faculty member of the NASA – CPP Technology Assessment Program where he leads student teams to conduct international marketing research activities to find potential customers for NASA technologies. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurship in STEM Education Program where he coaches cross disciplinary student teams to develop and sell products in a global setting.

Erkan’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching drives him to implement innovative and effective ways to deliver course content. He enjoys providing a hands-on learning environment with industry projects, case studies, and digital content. He teaches both at graduate and undergraduate level, and is proficient in delivering content in hybrid, online, and face-to-face formats. Erkan’s exemplary teaching performance has been recognized by the International Business and Marketing Department at Cal Poly Pomona, where he received Faculty of the Year Award three times. He takes an active role in designing and implementing the International Business curriculum. Erkan has a diverse teaching portfolio that includes International Marketing, Innovation and Product Commercialization, Technology Commercialization, Global Business Strategy, Exporting, International Logistics, Global Reputation Management, and Principles of Global Business.

Piet Pauwels, Hasselt University, Belgium

pauwelsPiet Pauwels holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Hasselt University. Today, Prof. Pauwels is the dean of the faculty of Business Economics at Hasselt University. He is full professor of marketing teaching international and industrial marketing in the BA and MSc programs.

He is involved in research programs related to organizational market learning in the context of export marketing, new product development, and global purchasing. He was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University (USA) and has been invited as a guest lecturer at, among others, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, KU Leuven, TU Eindhoven, and University of StGallen. He has been involved in research and/or consulting to internationalizing companies operating mainly in a business-to-business context.

Michael Pustay, Texas A&M University

pustayMichael Pustay is Professor of Management at Texas A&M University and Associate Director for the Center for International Business Studies at the University. He holds a similar position in TAMU’s federally-funded Center for International Business Education and Research.

Pustay received his B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University summa cum laude and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. He has written numerous articles dealing with the impact of government policies and regulations on the performance of firms. His recent work has explored the impact of regional economic intergration on business behavior and the role of government policy in shaping competition in the international airline industry.

Pustay is a member of the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, the American Economic Association, and the International Trade and Finance Association. He has taught international business to undergraduate, graduate, MBA, and executive audiences for the past two decades.

Liesl Riddle, The George Washington University

lieslriddle1114-1Liesl Riddle is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University School of Business. Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion.  She co-authored the first published study about diaspora investment in the Journal of International Business Studies in 1999.  Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 25 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research with diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Since 2006, she has led the GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project, which generates and disseminates learning about diaspora investment and its role in development to assist private-sector firms, policymakers, diaspora organizations, diaspora entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Dr. Riddle consults on diaspora engagement-related issues for international organizations and government agencies, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD) and for private-sector clients, including Western Union.  She is a member of the advisory board of Homestrings, an online investment platform for diaspora investment, and Shuraako, an NGO promoting employment and entrepreneurship in Somalia.  She also was one of the original partners of the African Diaspora Marketplace, a business plan competition co-sponsored by USAID, Western Union, and George Washington University. She is a founding member and former  director of GW’s Diaspora Research Program and is a faculty advisor for GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research in the area of diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. Dr. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to her appointment at GW in 2001, she worked in the field of market research and held the position of the Director of Research for an international market research firm.

John Riesenberger, Consilium Partners, Inc.

RIESENBERGERJohn Riesenberger is the president at Consilium Partners, Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and serves as the Chair of the Governance committee. He has served as a Clinical Professor of Executive Development at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and as an Executive-In-Residence at the Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research.

His teaching and research activities center on leadership and global projects. He is an accomplished author, consultant and international executive with senior executive experience in major pharmaceutical firms, and with C-suite experience in biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical agencies. He is the a senior editor of the Rutger’s Business Journal and was on the editorial board of the Journal of International Marketing.

He served as Vice President, Global Business Management, Pharmacia & Upjohn. He has also served as Corporate Vice President and Chief Commercialization Officer of a biotechnology firm and as the Executive Vice President of a pharmaceutical science branding agency. He received a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Economics-Business degree from Hofstra University. He attended the Harvard Business School’s International Senior Management Program.

Hakan Saraoglu, Bryant University

saraogluHakan Saraoglu is Professor of Finance and Coordinator of the Financial Services Program at Bryant University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his masters and bachelor degrees from Bogazici University in Turkey. He teaches international financial management, international investments, financial modeling, and corporate finance at Bryant University. His research interests are in international finance, investments, and financial modeling.

His research articles have appeared in Financial Analysts Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Journal of Investing, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Journal of Financial Planning, and Financial Services Review among others. Saraoglu received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2000, the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, both at Bryant University, and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 at Michigan State University. He was named a W.B. and Candace Thoman Fellow in 1992 and was the recipient of the Homer Higbee Award for International Educational Exchange in 1994 at Michigan State University.

Saraoglu has been actively involved in the internationalization of the business curriculum at Bryant University and served as a member of the University’s International Business Program Steering Committee. He was on the program committee for the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business and was a track chair for the 2004 Northeast U.S.A. Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business.

Manuel G. Serapio, University of Colorado Denver

serapioManuel G. Serapio is faculty director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CBER) at the University of Colorado Denver’s Institute for International Business, and Associate Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Business School, University of Colorado Denver.

Professor Serapio specializes in the design and development of global business education programs.  He has designed programs and consulted for more than four dozen multinational companies, entrepreneurial ventures, and government agencies in the US and Asia.  These companies include Starbucks Coffee International, Western Union/First Data Corporation, Molson Coors International, Cisco Systems, IBM, Global Healthcare Exchange, Arrow Electronics, RE/MAX International, TVI (Singapore), ePLDT Ventus (Philippines), Jinling Petrochemical (PRC), Korea Banking Institute, Nokero International, and others.

In academia, Dr. Serapio led the development of the Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship (FDIE) program for CU Denver’s CIBER.  Working jointly with Drs. Patricia McDougall and Walter Kuemmerle, Dr. Serapio has offered the FDIE program to more than 200 faculty members since 2005 in Denver, Seoul, Istanbul, and Bangalore.

Dr. Serapio has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Management International Review, Organizational Dynamics, Research Technology Management, Academy of Management Executive, IEEE Spectrum, and other publications.  His research has been cited by, Investor’s Business Daily, Financial Times, Rocky Mountain News, and the Los Angeles Times.  Together with Drs. Patricia McDougall and Marian Jones, Dr. Serapio co-edited a special issue on International Entrepreneurship for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.  He is co-author (with Drs. Antonella Zuchella and Birgit Hagen) of a forthcoming book, International Entrepreneurship, to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing and an international entrepreneurship courseware for in July 2018.

Professor Serapio received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and MBA from the University of Hawaii.  He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and has generated more than $4 million in sponsored grants and research from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Naval Research, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, and other organizations.

Attila Yaprak, Wayne State University

yaprakAttila Yaprak is Professor of Marketing and International Business at Wayne State University and a member of Sabanci University`s Network Faculty (Turkey). A former Executive Secretary of the Academy of International Business, he has taught or had research visits to the University of Oulu (Finland), Lyon Business School (France), Ludwig Maximilian University (Germany), Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Lviv School of Management (Ukraine), Jiang Xi College for International Trade (China), the Trade Training Center (Philippines), and the University of Michigan and Michigan State Universities (United States).

His work has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Advertising, Management International Review, International Marketing Review, International Business Review, Political Psychology, and the Journal of World Business, among other journals. Winner of research grant awards from the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, he is also the winner of multiple teaching awards, including the Outstanding Marketing Professor Award (the Academy of Marketing Science) and the President`s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Wayne State University). He has taught in Executive Development programs in the United States and Turkey and has served as a panelist on research grant panels in the United States, Canada, and Israel.