Dr. Viola Krebs

Dean and Professor of Business and International Relations

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian, with some knowledge of 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.

Dr. Krebs 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.).

Dr. Krebs 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.


Dr. Sean Jasso

 Professor of International Business & Globalization Studies

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.


Dr. Oscar Gutierrez

Information Technology Chair

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.


Professor Kamal Dadashov

Professor of International Finance and Economics

Languages: English and Azeri.

Professor Kamal Dadashov has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Finance from Azerbaijan State Economic University, a MSc Finance from NEOMA Business School and a MBA from Emlyon Business School and University of St. Gallen.

Prof. Dadashov is a consultant and appraser for both banking and oil industries. He’s current advisior to the Vice President for State Oild Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) where he worked for almost eight years as both Head of Financial Modeling Department and Deputy Manager. He was also the Chief Risk Officer for Nikoil Bank.


Dr. Antonina Santalova

Professor of Social Policy, International Development & Methodology

Languages: English and Russian.

Dr. Antonina Santalova has over 20 years of experience in governmental and non-governmental agencies, along with a firm grounding in research and teaching. She has been teaching Social Policy course at Oxford University for over ten years, was an instructor for a number of courses at the American University in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and led numerous seminars and workshops in institutions of China and Russia. She launched a start-up in education consultancy endorsed by the University of Oxford in 2015.

Dr. Santalova took an active part in formulating and implementing educational policy in Central Asia. Working in the Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan, she participated in the transformation of the public sector that was taking place after the collapse of the USSR. As a project officer responsible for textbook publication, designing teacher training programmes and the development of an Education Management Information System, Dr. Santalova was instrumental in persuading the Asian Development Bank to invest an additional $6 million in educational development.

Finally she worked as a Country Director for the Academy for Educational Development (USA) in Kyrgyzstan, managing a team of experts from international organisations and national state departments, which piloted a series of policy initiatives including: per capita funding of school education (in cooperation with Abt Associates); community participation in school management (with Save the Children, UK); school infrastructure development (with Save the Children, USA) and interactive methods of teaching (with Open Society Foundation spin-offs). Dr.
Santalova’s contribution to the development of the educational sector in Kyrgyzstan was awarded with a Diploma of Excellence.

Dr. Santalova holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the University of Oxford, UK, a MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the same university, and a MA in Marketing from the National State University, Kyrgyzstan as well as BA in Linguistics from the same university.

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Dr. Arash Golnam

Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Languages: 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.

Before 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. He is 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.


Professor Alain Haut

Professor of Human Resources and International Business

Languages: English.

Professor 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.


Professor John Lochrie

Professor of Strategy and International Finance

Languages: English.

Professor John Lochrie is passionate about helping people make the best of their lives and achieve their full potential.

As a professor in both finance and business, and founder – CEO of an international advisory firm (WealthPlus). That provids solutions and services to entrepreneurs and business owners in: Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Africa. That helps grow their business, establish new ventures, enter new markets, create partnerships and joint ventures, access funding, and devise and implement exit strategies.

Professor Lochrie specialises in Private Banking; working for First Abu Dhabi Bank, Credit Suisse, Espirito Santo Bank, Barclays Walth Suisse and Bitibank, focusing on Middle East and Northern Africa.


Dr. Svetlana Mitereva

Professor of Research Methodologies, Finance, Economics and Project Management

Languages: English and Russian.

Education: Masters of History, Masters of English University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Svetlana Mitereva 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.

She 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.


Professor Naiara Rodriguez

Professor of Negotiations

Languages: English and Spanish.

Professor Naiara Rodriguez, holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Deusto, Spain, a MSc in Migration and Ethnic studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as well as a MSc in Political Economy. Currently enrolled in the Univiersity of Kent PhD program; where her studies have focused on migration dynamics, the intersection between migration, sexuality and race, and the interplay between broad processes of social transformation and migration dynamics.

She is part of the European Joint Doctorate MOVES project. Her research inquires how development and migration are related in the Southern Cone of Latin America, given that the nexus between the two departs from general trends on the field. She particularly researches how the developmental socio-economic, cultural and political actions carried out by Argentina have historically shaped the mobility strategies of individuals. Interested on how regional and national-level changes have shaped the aspirations and capabilities to move to and from the country, including various forms of mobility –such as internal and international migration, circulation or seasonal and temporary movement-, and diverse forms of political and social development –e.g. provision of welfare. In this context, she addresses questions related to (im)mobility, the role of the state in migration, and the relationship between spatial and social dimensions of mobility.

Prof. Rodriguez, gained an understanding of the relation between developmental processes and migration while collaborating with the Migration as Development (MADE) project at University of Amsterdam. While at MADE, she conducted research on how transformation in a rural, frontier Brazilian town affected its migration dynamics and socio-economic structure.


Dr. Carol Sommers

Professor of Operations Management

Languages: English.

Dr. Carol Sommers hold a BBA in Finance from California State University, a MBA from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD Business Administration and Management from Northcentral University. She is fanatical about student and organizational success! Expert at integrating University resources and activities to guide all students to achieve academically, personally, and professionally. Is both Campus Director and Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Board Member of Consortium of Southern California Colleges and Universities.

Before leaping to the Education Sector, Dr. Sommers worked as Assistant Vice President of CitiBank, responsible for managing large projects for high profile global clientes, and as Business Consultant at AlphaGraphics, responsible for monitoring the growth, development, and operations of 40 stores and developed individual profit & revenue growth strategies for each local market in territory. She is skilled at community engagement and partnership to further organizational goals. Passionate about equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Challenges herself and others to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in every process, structure, and program.


Professor Tam Anh Tran

Professor of International Development Strategies, Internet Marketing, and Business Operations

Languages: English and Vietnamese.

Professor Tam Anh Tran is a DBA candidate at Apollos University (USA). Holds a MBA degree from UBIS (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). Also obtained an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Perth Commercial College (Australia).

Prof. Tran is responsible for international development strategies, internet marketing, and integrated solutions to international partnerships, in academic as well as business operations at, Business Management Institute (IBMI), Vietnam (UBIS partner Institute).


Professor Firuz Alimov

Professor of Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Languages: English.

Professor Alimov, holds a Bachelor in International Studies from International Pacific College and a MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology and currently enrolled at UBIS’ DBA program.

He is a Managing Consultant at Alimov Ltd, estabilishing various activities to help numberous companies achieve their goals. With an end to end review of where the company stands and with an appropriate strategic approach towards the right path to their desired goals. With his background in managing private equity funds at Alnu Conglomerat, his entrepreneural experience as Independant Business Owner of Kiwicode (New Zealand) and four years working at Nokia Networks as Project Manager and Service Quality Specialist.

Allows him to bring a complete different arrays of knowledge, expertise and delivery to any of the other consultants on the market.


Dr. Stuart Kewley

Professor of Strategy & International Business

Languages: English and Japanese

Dr Stuart Kewley, BA (hons), MSc (QUB), MPhil and PhD (Cantab).

Stuart Kewley is an academic practitioner. A graduate of the University of Cambridge (MPhil and PhD), Dr Kewley’s first academic role was as a Director of Studies at the University of Oxford where he ran Executive-education programs for C-suite learners from around the globe. After leaving Oxford, Dr Kewley took up the post of lecturer in international business and strategy at the University of Kent and then he became a Senior lecturer in international business and strategy at the University of the West of England.

In 2006 Dr Kewley founded and became the CEO of the strategy consulting company The Eurasia Consortium. The Consortium’s companies’ core competencies lie in the area of strategic innovation, market access strategies and international business development. In 2020, The consulting division, now based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, manages other brand’s visibility and sales objectives and supports companies from Switzerland, Russia, Malaysia, Brazil, Vietnam and the USA in a variety of markets.

In 2010, he created Eurasia Educational Dynamics (EED) Ltd one of the Consortium’s companies tasked with delivery of its Continual Professional and Leadership Development business in Oxford and Cambridge and centres across the globe. EED is committed to opening the scholarship of Oxbridge to learners from around the world and has welcomed delegates from China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Nigeria as well as the US. By 2015 EED had become the group’s cash cow.
In 2021, Dr Kewley was asked and pleased to become the Provost of the University of Business and International Studies in Geneva and work with its board to develop its business internationally.


Professor Thanh Nhan (Joseph) Nguyen

Professor of Web Strategy, Market Research Methodology, Entrepreneurship & Organizational Communication

Languages: Vietnamese nativel, English, conversant in Chinese (Mandarin) basic French and Japanese.

Mr. Thanh Nhan Nguyen is an experienced training manager and an innovative online learning practitioner. He has been working at Prudential as a Regional Training Manager and Business Development Manager. He is also an entrepreneur and a language enthusiast. He is the founder and owner of an online learning platform (www.nhanschool.edu.vn) and an English resources center for adult learners in Vietnam (www.yeuanhvan.com).

Applying information technology and the art of training and business management in enhancing the efficiency of sales performance, customer service, and manpower development has always been his life-time passion and aspiration.

He holds an MBA degree (Magna Cum Laude) from UBIS (Switzerland), as well as a B.A. degree in Education from University of Pedagogy (Vietnam). He has also obtained an Advanced Diploma in Web development and Graphic Design from Aptech (India). He is a certified trainer of DECP (The Netherlands) and has been training Negotiation Strategies in Labor Relation since 2012.


Professor Khin Hnin Soe

Professor of International Trade

Languages: English and Thai.

Professor Khin is a co-founder of Myanmar Metropolitan College (MMC), one of UBIS partner University, in early 2013 after deciding to return to Burma to get involved in the education sector. She has 20 years of professional experience – out of which over 10 years have been spent as an educator, including at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore and Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Prior to becoming an educator, she was an Electronics Engineer at Motorola and Philips in Singapore. During her time in Thailand, she also volunteered as an English teacher for Burmese migrants and conducted teacher training workshops in Mae Sot.


Professor Daniel Roura

Professor of International Relations and Politics

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Daniel Roura from Cordoba, Argentina: holds a Bachelor Internaitional Relations and Affairs (Universidad Empresarial ‘Siglo21’) , Masters in International Development, International Business, and International Management (ESGCI) and International MBA with Finance concentration (Paris School of Business).

An International Politics and Economic analyst focus on developing countries, pursuing a career within Strategic Consultancy sector.

Providing consulting services for international firms, willing to consolidate business in developing countries, trying to expand product lines and willing to find the best market/product fit, or to explore the best entry strategy with both political lobbying or acquiring countries economics specificities.

Daniel expertise in international negotiation and contracts, for partnerships, for settle alternative disputes resolution methods and any business liabilities for which a non-court solution makes sense.


Dr. Bernard Tamer

Professor of Brand Marketing, Digital Marketing and Social Media

Languages: English.

Dr. Bernard Tamer is a multi-lingual, senior-level professional, with over 19 years experience in marketing research, brand marketing, digital media, advertising, branding and corporate communications. He holds a BBA and MBA from the University of Beirut and a DBA in Brand Marketing Transparency from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

He’s professional background working for multinational firms like Samsung Electronics and P&G as well in Marketing and Advertising firms like FutureBrand, AGA ADK and IMPACT BBDO.

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Professor Manuela Borlavan

Professor or Project Management, Leadership and Management

Language: English, French, and Romanian.

Education: National School for Political Studies and Administration.

BIO: Professor Manuela Borlavan has more than 15 years experience in Project and Program Management in IT and Telecommunications. She holds a PMI, MC Public Relations. She has positions as Certified Data Protection Officer, offering consultancy services for GDPR compliance project implementation and also training for Data Protection Officer under GDPR.

She also teaches Operations and Project Management courses within UBIS University in Geneva, share my knowledge and expertise, help students to understand various OM and PM methodologies, discuss case studies, using lessons learned and case studies from my experience, increasing their awareness and knowledge which will help them in their professional development.

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Dr. Dawn George

Professor of English, Business and Law

Language: English.

Dr. Dawn George holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Old Dominion University, an MBA from SBB College and a JD from Duquesne University.

She has a vast amount of experience in the education arena, including management of curriculum, faculty and development of courses.


Professor Vanessa Gallacher

Professor of English, Business and Law

Language: English.

Education: University of Phoenix.

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.


Professor Kyi Cin Thant

Professor of Economics and International Business Management

Language: Burmese, English, Japanese, Thai.

Education: International University of Japan, Yangon Institute of Economics

Professor Kyi Cin Thant has experience as a lecturer in Economics, she also worked as the chair of student recruitment. She develops course content, assesses research projects and supervises final research reports. She has also given lectures in Computing Research Project including Research Methodology and Statistics.

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Professor of Finance, Accounting and Math

Language: English, Chinese.

Education/college: University of California (Riverside)

Professor Saxon Chao Song holds a BA in International Economics and Trade from the Hebei Normal University, China, as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of California Riverside, US. Currently he is teaching at University of California Riverside, US and UBIS, Switzerland and coaching as a startup mentor at Newchip Accelerator.

He worked in the automotive industry for five years and served as the director of the America market of one top automaker. After that, he established a company to distribute consumer products and export business for over 10 years. Combining the experience, he teaches and consults in the fields of business strategy, management, and Finance. By adopting the theories, he helps companies achieve business success.

As the founder of a company, he was extremely eager to create and develop something new with passion. He has tried to build a brand for the child car seat, set up an ecommerce business platform similar to Alibaba, and operate agriculture products, and so on. When he worked in the top Chinese automobile company, he led the team to create the No.1 sales among Chinese brands in most of Latin America countries. With years’ experience of international market development and operations, he has been to many countries and cooperates with accounts’ teams around the world.


Professor Ropson Scrambical

Professor of Research Methodology and Financial Accounting

Language: English, Malayalam, Hindi.

Education/college: Mahatma Gandhi University

Professor Scrambical is a committed lecturer in Management and Financial Accounting with over 7 years of experience at academic institutions, teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds, possessing excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment.

He considers teaching as his passion and area of further learning thus contributing substantially for societal and personal development.


Dr. Anjali Paulson

Professor of Research, Management and International Economics

Language: English, Malayalam, Hindi.

Education/college: Apollos University.

Dr. Anijali Paulson is a highly motivated and dedicated lecturer with a top ranked American Ph.D. and MBA degree with highest honors, good intellectual abilities, excellent communication skills and proven leadership ability.

She has been working as a lecturer for over 10 years in International Business, Economics and International Management. She resourcefully manages students with a caring, supportive and enthusiastic teaching asumen and teaches the students with excellent communication and time management skills.


Professor Marina Papadopoulou

Professor of Finance, Banking and Economics

Language: Greek, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

Professor Marina 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.

She 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.


Dr. Emmanuel Orakwue

Professor of Project Management. International Management, Economics

Language: English.

Education: Federal University of Technology, Owerri, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Dr. Emmanuel Orakwue has expertise in Corporate Planning, Strategic Development, Policy Decision Making, Research Methods, and Economic Development. He was selected to represent the National Planning Commission as a Facilitator, and to represent Nigeria’s interest in the discussion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in the EU Headquarters. He also represented Nigeria in Ghana at the United Nations Conference on Aid Effectiveness.

He developed the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used for monitoring and evaluating the International Corporation department to identify the effectiveness of the Paris Declaration Aid Management. He encourages students to develop as independent learners and supervises postgraduate dissertations.


Dr. Dickson Okolo

Professor of Financial Markets, Project Management and International Economics

Language: English.

Education: Federal University of Technology, Owerri, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Professor Dr. Dickson Okolo is a chartered economist and former senior public official with various academic publications, he has been a consultant to JICA and other multilateral organizations.

Has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and lectures Project Management, Research Methodology and International Economics. He also formerly lectured at Nasarawa State University.

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Professor Shasta Nicholson

Professor of Business and Human Resources

Language: English.

Education: University of Phoenix.

Professor Shasta Nicholson has earned an MBA with many years experience in the business arena. Areas of expertise are academic advisor, a program manager, accounting, and human resources. She has a special interest in helping students achieve meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interest, values, and abilities.

She has supported full time faculty at the University of Phoenix. Some of her areas of expertise are Record Management, Date Interpretation, Cross-Functional Collaboration, Process Improvement, and helping others achieve their educational goals.

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Professor Cole McEuen

Professor of Accounting and Finance

Language: English and Spanish

Professor Cole McEuen holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University. He has also passed all four CPA exams and is working towards receiving his CPA license in the near future.

He currently practices as an external auditor for one of the Big 4 public accounting firms, specializing in the technology and healthcare industries. Cole has also worked as an internal auditor, graduate assistant, and audit intern. He uses his experience in analytics, technical accounting, and research to provide value to his clients.

Professor McEuen delivers lectures and advice on technical accounting, accounting implementation, and assurance. His objective in teaching and auditing is to ensure compliance, improve efficiency, and build trust inside organizations.

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Professor David Libhart

Professor of Statistics, Math and Quantitative Research

Languages: English and German.

Education: UCLA.

Professor Libhart has had a 30-year international career focused on business and research consulting for medium to large multinational organizations, he is a regular contributor to both industry and academic conferences, and spent several years as a program chair in both Hawaii and Europe for quantitative analysis content courses. However, teaching is his passion and he is committed to sharing his love of math and research with students of all levels. On a personal note, you will often find him exploring nature and singing as part of a choir!

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Professor Joseph "Pete" Leonard

Professor of Business and Marketing Development

Languages: English

Focus Area: Business, Marketing and Leadership.

Professor Joseph “Pete” Leonard has more than 20 years of experience in banking, business management, business development, domestic and international sales, financial aid, enrollment management, academic faculty leadership, student services, curriculum development and higher education instruction.

Since 2018, Pete has served as Academic Dean of Distance Education, Academic Dean of Residential Campus and currently the Director of Student Success at California Aeronautical University. Key career expertise include faculty management; student services; student success; enrollment and financial aid management; C suite executive and business owner sales; call center development; account management; curriculum development; customer service; learning management system development (Canvas); international sales national account management; payroll; human resource sales; instructor of business studies and college success; property management sales; and marketing development.

Professor Leonard earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Arizona Christian University (2001); Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ottawa University (2004) and currently working on his Doctorate of Business Administration, Strategic Management from Liberty University.

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Professor Grant Knaggs

Professor of Economics, Finance and Business

Languages: English.

Education: Monclair State University.

Professor Grant Knaggs is an innovative and collaborative leader, utilizing a broad base of healthcare experience to advance and execute strategic initiatives that generate revenue and profitability.

He applies analytics to optimize performance and identify new revenue streams that align with organizations’ missions and goals. Known for driving competitive advantages by embracing technology and quality innovations in challenging conditions including industry, legal and regulatory changes.


Professor Alok Kapur

Professor of Strategic Management

Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi.

Education: Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, England

Professor Alok Kapur is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic communications plan using traditional, digital and social media platforms that supports and advances the mission, vision and values and positive image of colleges, and businesses.


Professor Roberta Giannini

Professor Organization Management, Marketing and Finance

Languages: English, Italian and Spanish.

Education: Columbia Business School.

Dr. Professor Roberta Giannini is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership. Her teaching expertise is in Communications, Marketing Management and Advertising. She has a background in researching, international experience working in many countries such as Brazil, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain. She holds experience in business planning, strategies development and execution and key accounts management.

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Dr. Ken Goldsmith

Professor Law, Business and Leadership Management

Languages: English.

Dr. Ken Goldsmith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, his Master of Public Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, and his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kenneth is known for internationalizing the courses he teaches.

His Global Leadership Honors course includes a service-learning capstone program in Athens, Greece and his Origins of the Common Law class includes travel to London to see firsthand where the US legal system started. Kenneth is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, having been appointed the Faculty Regent by Governor Bill Lee. He is also a Board member with the Midwest Institute for International and Intercultural Education and serves on the University of Florida Levin School of Law Advisory Council. Ken is licensed to practice law in Florida and Georgia. He is a licensed civil mediator and arbitrator in Georgia and a Rule 31 Listed civil mediator in Tennessee. He is a co-owner (along with his wife) in The Knowledge Firm LLC, a mediation, conflict management and counseling company located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Professor Aishath Hamza

Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Languages: English, Dhivehi (Mahal).

Education: Sydney University.

Professor Aishath Hasma has facilitated nationwide training on building of service providers when responding to domestic violence cases. She also has experience as an addiction counselor and mental and medical disorders. She has teaching experience in psychology and management/leadership.


Dr. Beth Smith

Professor of International Security Studies, Legal Issues and Finance

Languages: English.

Education/college: Northeastern University.

Professor Dr. Beth Smith is a committed and driven leader in Higher Education Administration with 25+ years of experience in higher education, including four years leading pathway programs for undergraduate and graduate international students, nine years of work in enrollment management and student affairs, and thirteen years of experience in university finance. Research work is related to international students and their ability to transition to higher education institutions outside of
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Professor of Business Information System

Languages: English and Burmese.

Education: Australian Catholic University, Australia.

Professor Tin Maung Htoo “Mo Lwin” has a strong background in coaching and teaching as well as 10+ years experience in Business Management as well as in Communication and Etiquette training.

A skilled communicator, able to maintain cultural sensitivity, establish rapport with members of diverse groups and promote team cohesiveness. A dedicated and enthusiastic team leader, able to motivate teams to perform at their best in providing excellent service and developing ongoing, successful relationships with various levels of trainees and participants.

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Professor Shyam Rajendran

Professor of Business Administration

Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi.

Education: Pondicherry University, India, Pondicherry University, India

Professor Rajendran earned his MBA and uses the teaching methodologies to lecture to his students. He has a vast amount of experience in teaching methodologies, international banking, corporate finance and how to help students use their education to achieve their career goals.

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Professor Alison Wilson

Professor of Business Administration

Languages: English.

Professor Alison Wilson earned her master’s degree in 2016 from Brookline College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and an associate degree in surgical technology from WCTC in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Alison has been a member of the AST (Association of Surgical Technologists) for 17 years and served on the Arizona State Assembly of AST as President, Treasurer, and Director. Alison is currently employed at UEI College, where she is the Director of Education.

She was awarded the Fellow of Surgical Technology in 2019. Along with the love of the profession, Alison serves as an Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) evaluator and advisory board member for surgical technology with ABHES Alison and her husband have 5 children along with 13 grandchildren. In their free time, they love to ride motorcycles, spend time with family and relax at home.


Dr. John Chizea

Professor of Finance and Economics

Languages: English.

Professor Dr Chizea is an Investment analyst and consultant, with publications in various journals. Has a PhD in Economics from the University of Northumbria, UK (2012). He has lectured at University of Northumbria, Nasarawa State University and Baze University, Abuja where he is also senior faculty, in Investment Management and Financial Markets. He has over 15 years’ experience in both industry and academia, with typical activities range from coordinatingresearch projects; applying and using various econometric modeling for businesses; providing economic advice to a range of stakeholders; working with focus groups; to writing various technical and non-technical reports. His principal research interests’ is in finance and governance, particularly as they relate to economic
growth and development.


Dr. Alisa Cooper

Professor of English

Languages: English.

Dr. Alisa taught ENGL101 and ENGL102 part time for UBIS this past fall. She returned full-time as an English professor at Glendale Community College in fall 2019, where she teaches hybrid and online freshman composition, journalism and literature courses. She previously served a 4 year term as the Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Engagement from Fall of 2014 to Spring 2018 where she collaborated, coordinated, and strategized with the Instructional Designer, CTLE staff, eCourses faculty lead, Faculty Developers and served as the liaison with academic departments and other divisions/areas across the college.

Dr. Alisa spent 2018-2019 on a year-long sabbatical to learn more about “Supporting Data-Driven Decision Making With Educational Data Analytics Technologies.” A vital aspect of data driven decision making is Data Literacy for Teachers, which was the primary goal of her sabbatical, to empower herself to use data in the decision-making process, so that she could help support data driven decision-making at GCC using education data analytics technologies.

Elissa Shapiro

Professor Elissa Shapiro

Professor of Management and Leadership

Languages: English.

Education: Northern Arizona University.

Professor Elissa Shapiro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership degree from Western Governor’s University. Professor Elissa has over seventeen years of experience in the education field with positions ranging from Admissions/Enrollment Advisor, Academic Counselor, Registrar, Faculty Services Manager, and most recently faculty at multiple online universities.

Professor Elissa is originally from Long Island, New York and has lived in Phoenix for the past 17 years. In her spare time, Elissa enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.

Danielle Raffo

Dr. Daniele Raffo

 Professor of IT, Network and Databases

Languages: English, Italian and French.

Formerly a CERN civil servant, Dr. Raffo holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science focusing on the security of wireless networks, obtained from Université Paris 6. With several years of experience in systems, networks, databases, and Java development, coupled with strong skills in technical writing and training, Dr. Raffo has a proven track record as a proficient Computer Scientist.

He has worked both on the public and private sectors and for International Organizations, which has given him an encompassing view and the ability to tackle any challenge in the ever-evolving world of IT. He is a Linux expert and an advocate for Open Source Software. Particularly interested in the fields of Information Security and privacy, he is involved in projects about e-mail encryption.


Professor Giuliana Renga

Professor of Language and History

Languages: English, French and Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and basic Spanish and German.

Giuliana Renga joined UBIS in 2009. She teaches French to beginners and intermediate learners in both Bachelor and Master programs targeting specific topics and language needed by internationals students in Geneva. She holds a Masters’ degree in Italian Studies and is an accredited teacher of French as a foreign language and an examiner for language testing for the European Union. Previously, she achieved a MAS in “Contemporary Arab and Muslim Words” from The Graduate Institute Geneva, a multidisciplinary graduate program in political sciences and a Masters’ degree at the University of Geneva in Arabic Studies, including a minor in history of religions (Islam, Buddhism, religious anthropology and antique polytheism).

She has over 20 years of experience in the International Geneva and the multilateral system. She also worked at the World Food Programme, a United Nations agency based in Rome as a consultant and translator for the School Feeding Program. Beside her native languages, French and Italian, she has a strong command of English, Portuguese, Arabic and a working knowledge of Spanish and German.


Professor Kalani Rice

Professor of Project Management, Leadership and Business

Languages: English.

Kalani Rice holds a bachelor of science degree in Human and Child Development from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, and a MBA from Everest University.

She manages scholarship programs at her alma mater, and teaches in the areas of: early childhood education, business development, strategic planning and operational management. Working for several years in the higher education industry, she combines her training, leadership, operation, and project management skills to meet and exceed clients needs.

Kalani also enjoys teaching her students from a real world perspective. Her teaching philosophy includes honoring the uniqueness of individual  learners.  As an educator Kalani sees it as her responsibility to provide material in various mediums based on the students' learning style. She also places value on diversity.

Doug Gilbert

Dr. Doug Gilbert

Professor of Law, International Business and Management

Languages: English.

Dr. Doug Gilbert is a highly experienced international entrepreneur, academic, and business professional. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, and an M.B.A. from the Unversité de Genève (IMD) in Switzerland.

His current focus includes serving as the CEO of Lone Tree Academics LLC, an academic services provider serving higher education, and a recent startup of EduPartner.Solutions, a Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) venture assisting higher education institutions with student success strategies. Doug’s past experiences include serving in senior management roles at several academic institutions, delivering strategy and transformation consulting to biotech companies in a Big 4 consultancy—Capgemini, leading international transformation projects for Novartis—a Swiss multinational, and co-founding Colorado’s newest city—the City of Castle Pines.


Professor Manh Hien Nguyen, alias Frank Ng

Professor of International Business and Leadership

Languages: English and Vietnamese.

Professor Manh Hien Nguyen, alias Frank Ng, owns a special ability to attract others. He has been a journalist for twelve years, has worked as an interpreter for a foreign company and another fourteen years has served in the field of corporate training and consulting. He has traveled many places, read many books and consequently, has extensive knowledge and a rich experience in both business and life.

He desires to bring his skills, overall understanding and enthusiasm in helping Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) increase their competitiveness when joining global value chain.
Frank Ng holds an MBA degree from the University of Business and International Studies (Switzerland), and a Bachelor degree in Literature from the University of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam). In order to devote more to the businessmen community, he recently is pursuing a DBA and is planning to graduate soon.

Professor Khine Min Wai

Professor Khine Min Wai

Professor of Project Management, and Business Sustainability, Ethics and Social Responsibility

Languages: English and Burmese.

Professor Khine Min Wai holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Yangon Technological University and MBA from Murdoch University. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by Project Management Institute (PMI).

A practicing Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Khine Min Wai teaches in the areas of Project Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business Sustainability, Ethics and Social Responsibility. He has 20 years of industry experience in civil engineering and building construction projects in Singapore and Myanmar.


Professor Viengnaly Anne Leungchareuni

Student Services Coordinator – Geneva

Languages: French, English and some German

Viengnaly is the student services coordinator for UBIS Geneva Campus. Viengnaly enjoys the variety that her role brings and her favorite aspect of her job is meeting and supporting students from all over the world.

She holds a Master degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship.

Viengnaly was born in Brittany, France and has Asian roots. During her spare time, Viengnaly loves travelling and discovering new cultures and countries.



Other Academics

AUNG, Adrian, MBA, Marketing/Entrepreneurship, Australian Maritime College

CHU, Phuc Hoang, MA, Science of Finance, Geneva Business School

GAY, Veronica, MSP, Psychology, Argosy University

LOC, Duong Tuan, MA, Business, Lund University, Sweden

LUNDQUIST, Laura, PhD, Business, University of Seattle

NGUYEN, Trang, MA, Business Strategies, University of Business and International Studies

PYAIT, Hlaing Oo, MA Math/Finance, National University of Singapore

THU, Dr. Yin Win, PdD, Project Management, Assumption University of Thailand

UMESI, Dr. John, PhD, Marketing/Global Business, University of Calabar.

TUN TUN, Aung, MSc, Information Technology, Assumption University, Thailand

UWANAKA, Emeka, MSc, Accounting/Finance, University of Aberdeen