Academics

Senior Academics

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Janet Melton, Ed.S.

Chief Academic Officer and Compliance Officer

Languages: English

Janet Melton started her career in education as an adjunct faculty member nearly 20 years ago. Since then, has held leadership positions that have allowed her to create exponential growth and unique paths for students to complete their education utilizing simulations and other virtual experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic when other colleges were suspending operations. Janet has an innovative mindset that allows schools and students to find progressive and contemporary academic strategies that lead to improving the student experience. UBIS is built on the diversity of its people and Janet is of Korean descent.

Her mother was born and raised in South Korea and now lives with her. She was raised by her mother who used traditional Korean customs in the home. Now, while Janet cannot speak a word or Korean, her mother uses it regularly. Janet holds an Ed.S. and is currently pursuing a doctorate to augment the Education Specialist and Master’s in Business Administration.

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Dr. Roy Mouawad

Vice President For Academics Europe

Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Dr. Roy Mouawad is the Vice President of Academics at the University of Business and International Studies (UBIS). He leads the academic team in Europe and Overseas, the school’s federal accreditation projects in Switzerland.

He holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences and teaches at several universities and business schools worldwide. He speaks English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

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Oscar Gutierrez

Dean of IT Programs

Languages: English and Spanish.

High-impact Academic Dean with unique applied information systems research background in business, government and non-profit organizations.

Highly versatile professional who maximizes college effectiveness by developing high-performing teams. Leverages Information Technology to improve institutional processes. Areas of expertise include:

Faculty and Staff Development | Academic Program Development and Licensing | Design for Programmatic Accreditation | Learning Outcomes Assessment | Strategic Project Development | Project Management | Business Process Innovation

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Dr. Viola Krebs

Academic Dean and Professor of Business and International Relations

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian & Arabic.

Dr. Viola Krebs joined UBIS in 2012. She is a Professor for topics ranging from International Business, Web Strategies, Intercultural Communication and People and Politics. After severing as the Dean for E-Learning in 2016, putting in place a new e-learning platform, she became the Dean of the University in 2017.

Has 30 years of business experience. She has worked in both the public and the private sectors, including the World Economic Forum (WEF), Merrill Lynch, UBS SA and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNDRR). She is also the Founder of ICVolunteers, an international non-profit organization focusing on communications, which she directed for 15 years.

Dr. Krebs has lead numerous international projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Further, she has formally been involved in different UN summits and processes (World Summit on the Information Society, Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, etc.).

She is the author and editor of a number of articles and publications, focusing on communication and technology, globalization, migration and languages, bilingual education and the non-profit sector.

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.

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Elise Layton Alva

Dean of Digital Engagement

Languages: English.

High-impact Academic Dean with unique applied information systems research background in business, government and non-profit organizations.

Highly versatile professional who maximizes college effectiveness by developing high-performing teams. Leverages Information Technology to improve institutional processes. Areas of expertise include:

Faculty and Staff Development | Academic Program Development and Licensing | Design for Programmatic Accreditation | Learning Outcomes Assessment | Strategic Project Development | Project Management | Business Process Innovation

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Dr. Sean Jasso

Diredctor of Business Administration

Languages: English.

Sean Jasso holds a bachelor of arts degree in literature from UCLA, a MBA from Pepperdine University, and a master of public policy and Ph.D. in political economy from Claremont Graduate University.

He writes, teaches, and consults in the areas of: political economy, public policy, strategic management, and business ethics. Working for several years in the hospitality and healthcare industries, he combines his training in service, leadership, and politics into his own consulting practice serving local and national government agencies as well as various global entrepreneurial organizations.

He delivers seminars, workshops, and speeches on the global economy, public policy, and leadership. His objective in teaching, research, and consulting has always been to build a transdisciplinary approach of applying political and management theories and applications to help organizations and individuals reach their potential in what he calls The New Corporation.

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Anneliese Cousineau

Senior Global Registrar

Languages: English.

Anneliese Cousineau is the  Global Registrar for UBIS with a background in international higher education and study abroad programming. Before joining academia, Anneliese’s experience spanned clinical health care, government, and tourism and hospitality.

Pursuing her passion for global affairs, she completed a Masters of Science in International Relations and Global Studies from Northeastern University (Boston, USA). Anneliese has a particular interest in international visa codes and supporting a diverse and thriving student experience. Descendant from German, Russian, and French-English family heritage, Anneliese is passionate about the power of global citizens.

She encourages everyone to learn from differing world views, consider opposing perspectives, and experience other cultures whenever possible.

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Vanessa Gallacher

Assistant Dean

Languages: English.

Higher Education Consultant, Training & Development, Project Management. Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry.

Skilled in Training, Curriculum Development, Management and Leadership Development, Career Education, Organizational Leadership, and Organizational Behavior.

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Eduardo Ortiz Tosta

Global Student Services Manager / Assistant Campus Manager (Barcelona)

Languages: English and Spanish.

After working for more than 10 years in international law firms as a corporate lawyer, I found myself with the opportunity to join the education sector. I have discovered a real passion for education, students’ career development, and growth hacking students’ retention and satisfaction.

I thrive in guiding my clients on the definition of their objectives and reach inspiration by creating strategies that allow them to achieve their goals. I have a deep passion for merging academia and real business, as well as for the transformation of problems into opportunities.

I design personal employability strategies for students. I focus on the creation and development of insightful corporate partnerships with national and international companies, in order to provide internship opportunities for students; as well as on the development of content, case studies, and problem-solving scenarios. Additionally, I focus on the creation and nurturing of meaningful academic partnerships with foreign universities and schools, in order to provide students with the opportunity to study abroad. I manage extracurricular projects and activities (i.e. academic conferences, social activities, workshops, and training), as well as the execution of exclusive relocation services for students, which includes legal services; guidance for local housing; insurance & banking products.