Faculty

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Dr. Viola Krebs

Dean and Professor of Business and International Relations

Languages: Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian, with some knowledge of Arabic

Dr. Viola Krebs joined UBIS in 2012. 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.

Main Faculty

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Dr. Mariana Alba

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Communications

Languages: Spanish and Fluent in English.

Dr. Mariana Alba is a professional with 20+ years of experience as a public relations officer in private business and international organizations in Argentina, Spain, Canada and Switzerland. During the last five years, in parallel with her responsibilities in academic programs in Marketing and Communication, she has dedicated herself to knowledge management and the execution of several projects related to corporate social responsivity, sustainability and social impact.

Her passion now lies in economic development and social progress through joint management with private business and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Her academic and professional experiences enable her to continue working on projects related to knowledge transmission, and to facilitate in-class and online educational projects.

She was educated in Buenos Aires (Pontifical Catholic University of Buenos Aires) and Madrid (Universidad Complutense), where she earned her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences.

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Professor Giuseppe Conti

Professor of Political Economy, Social Psychology and Methodology

Languages: Italian and English.

Prof. Giuseppe Conti is the founder of CABL (www.cabl.ch), a firm that offers a range of customized training in the field of negotiation and influencing. Since 2006, he is an award-winning lecturer at leading business schools throughout Europe (Cambridge, ESADE, HEC Lausanne, HEC Paris, IESE, IMD, Imperial College, INSEAD, London Business School, Oxford, RSM, SDA Bocconi, University of Geneva, and University of St. Gallen), recognized for his lively and interactive training workshops.

He runs negotiation workshops in four continents. Corporate leaders from multinational corporations and individuals from over 90 different countries have attended his workshops. Prof. Conti is an accomplished negotiator and integrates into his training over 25 years of executive-level experience at Blue Chip corporations (Procter & Gamble, Novartis, Firmenich, Merck).

His recent research and articles have focused on negotiating with no alternatives, influencing in healthcare, gender differences in negotiation, managing internal and external negotiations, dealing with difficult people, and cross cultural negotiations.

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Professor Kamal Dadashov

Professor in International Finance

Languages: Azerbaijan and English.

Professor Kamal Dadashov has a Bachelor degree in Econimics 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.

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Dr. Arash Golnam

Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Languages: Fluent in English, French, and Farsi.

Dr. Arash Golnam works as a Scientific Collaborator for EPFL, School of Computer and Communications Sciences (I&C). He is also a member of Greenwood Strategic Advisors AG, an international firm that provides system dynamics modeling and simulation products and services.

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.

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Professor Alain Haut

Professor in 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.

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Dr. Francisco Javier Leturia

Professor in International Law class

Languages: Spanish and English.

Dr. Francisco Javier Leturia is a lawyer who obtained his Law Degree from the Pontifícia Universidad Católica (Chile) and his Doctorate of Law from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

Dr. Leturia is currently a full Professor at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Communications at Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile.  He is also President of the National Arbitration Center (Chile) and Director of Aldeas Infantiles SOS a childhood protection NGO.

Dr. Leturia is a member of the Council for Transparency of Chile where he holds the rank of Vice-Minister.  The Council is an autonomous organization whose mission is to guarantee public access to information regarding the administration of the State.

He has contributed as a researcher and as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate level courses at a host of international universities. He has numerous publications, focusing on topics related to due process, freedom of expression, the right to information, interpretation of constitutional rights and the modernization of justice systems.

Between 2010 and 2014, he was attaché to the United Nations Organizations (Geneva, Switzerland). Before that, he held various positions at the National Mining Society and the Confederation of Production and Commerce.

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Professor John Lochrie

Professor in 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.

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Dr. Svetlana Mitereva

Assistant Dean Online and Professor of Research Methodologies, Finance and Economics

Languages: English, Russian

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.

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Professor Naiara Rodriguez

Professor in Negotiations

Languages: Spanish and English.

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.

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Ms. Daniela Rivera C.

Professor of Law

Languages: Spanish, English and French.

Ms. Daniela Rivera is a Chilean career diplomat and lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Since February 2019, she is the Consul of Chile in Washington D.C.

As a diplomat, she has worked in the political section of the Embassy of Chile in and in the United States; the Cabinet of the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and in the Cabinet of the Director General of Foreign Policy.

Prior to her diplomatic career, Ms. Rivera worked as Counsel at the Legal Department of the Chilean General Directorate of International Economic Relations and as lawyer in a private firm in Santiago, Chile. She has also worked as professor of the course of Private International Law and Public International Law, as well as an assistant professor of Introduction to Administrative Law, and of Political Institutions and Theory of the Constitution.

Ms. Rivera holds a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center and a certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, a Master in international Relations from the Université Paris 1, Pantheón-Sorbonne and a Master of Science in Inter-American Defense and Security from the Inter-American Defense College of the Organization of American States in United States.

She is member of the Committee of Arbitrators of “Tribuna Internacional” Journal of the Faculty of Law of the Universidad de Chile, the Chilean Society of International Law, the Chilean International Private Law Association and the American Society of International Law.

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Dr. Carol Sommers

Professor in 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.

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Dr. Tam Anh Tran

Professor in International Program Manager – AEC Region

Languages: Vietnamese and English.

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).

Visiting Faculty

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Professor Firuz Alimov

Professor in 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.

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Professor Sean Jasso

 Professor in 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.

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Dr. Stuart Kewley

Professor in 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.

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Professor Thanh Nhan (Joseph) Nguyen

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

Languages: Vietnamese nativel, fluent in 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.

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Professor Khin Hnin Soe

Lecturer in International Trade

Languages: Fluent in English and Thailand

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.

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Professor Daniel Roura

Key Accounts & Operations’ Manager

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.

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Professor Chris Rowley

Professor in Leadership and Strategy

Languages: English and Chinesse.

Chris Rowley: GradCIPD, BA, MA (Warwick), DPhil (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

Has worked in a wide range of industries & jobs before returning to education; 30 years experience of many university systems in the UK, Europe & Asia. Helped establish a think tank & publications series on human capital development in Singapore. He has examined over 45 PhDs globally.

Professor Rowley, has won several international grants and evaluated grants internationally. He collaborates with a network of international colleagues and thought leaders and has published widely, with over 700+ journal articles, books and chapters and other contributions in practitioner journals, magazines and newsletters.

He is a highly experienced speaker and has given briefings and talks at universities and companies in Asia and the UK and has consultancy experience with unions, businesses and governments on a range of topics, including: cultural awareness, diversity, leadership, knowledge management, work, employment and human resource management policy and practice issues, Asian business and management and Brexit implications for business, financial services and employment.

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Dr. Antonina Santalova

Professor in Social Policy, International Development & Methodology

Languages: English & 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. Vorravee Pattaravongvisut

Professor in Business in Thailand and South East Asia

Languages: Thai, English, French, Chinese-Tae Chew, German.

Dr. Vorravee, is CEO of Swiss Cosmetics (Thailand) Company and has been living in Europe more than 15 years.

He graduated from Switzerland, Belguim, and The Netherlands in his study with the major of Human Resourses and Organisation Management, International Management, and International Marketing Management.

With his writing in the “Man on the Move” column in TripAdvisor, he shares his direct experiences of exploring more than 63 countries, with recently more than 300,000 readers per month.
He teaches in several courses in many universities (more than 30 universities) both in Asia, and in Europe: for examples, Creativity, Innovation management, and Value creation (C.I.V.), International Marketing Management, and International Business Management.

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Dr. Bernard Tamer

Professor in 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.