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Ghiyath Nakshbendi

Ghiyath Nakshbendi, KGMI 2013 Director

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Project Finance

Professor Nakshbendi teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in project finance, microfinance, export-import management, international business and the global marketplace. He has extensive international business experience. His early career in academia which was followed by more than 25 years working in developmental financing, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and commercial real estate. Nakshbendi has worked in business in 15 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.K, France and Switzerland. His research interests include water financing and doing business in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. He is active in US and international organizations and has frequent international and domestic speaking engagements, including at the U.S. State Department.

Frank DuBois

Frank DuBois

Introduction to Globalization and Emerging Markets

Frank DuBois is an Associate Professor of International Business. His research focus is in global supply chain management, customs facilitation, and social network analysis. DuBois earned a PhD from the University of South Carolina. Read Full Bio


Richard Linowes

Entrepreneurial Strategic Leadership for SME's

Professor Linowes teaches strategy, global leadership, entrepreneurship, and cross-cultural management. His professional management experience includes several years with Accenture and Goldman Sachs, where he helped plan the firm’s international expansion. Linowes’ research focuses on business in emerging markets and the globalization of management. He studies the challenges of managing cross-culturally and how American and Japanese multinationals adjust to countries around the world. With USAID backing, he has produced a large collection of case studies profiling businesses in emerging markets. Read Full Bio


Tomasz Mroczkowski

Global R&D and Technology Transfer in Emerging Economies

Professor Mroczkowski teaches International Business and Management in Emerging Markets courses in the MBA program. His current research interests include knowledge management, international outsourcing and globalization of R&D and comparative innovation policies in emerging economies. Professor Mroczkowski has lectured at universities in Japan and Europe, including the National Defense Academy of Japan, Copenhagen Business School, University of Cambridge, University of Paris-Sorbonne and the ESCP-EAP in Paris. Read Full Bio



Jennifer Oetzel

Managing Risk in Emerging Markets

Professor Oetzel's research focuses on how businesses can address the political and economic challenges they face in their foreign and domestic operations. More specifically, she is interested in how firms can manage major disasters (e.g., terrorism, natural and technological disasters) and violent conflict risk, and contribute to economic and social development in the countries where they operate. Dr. Oetzel’s work has been published in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business, Journal of Business Ethics, Long Range Planning, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, American Business Law Journal, among others. Read Full Bio


Ayman Omar

The Global Supply Chain and Emerging Markets

Ayman Omar's research interests include global remanufacturing and closed loop supply chains, supply chain inter-organizational learning, global supply chain risk management, and the impact of regional trading blocs on supply chain structure and performance. Prior to receiving his PhD, Omar worked in the oil industry and conducted several consulting projects for a wide range of corporations including many Fortune 100 companies as well as small privately owned firms. Omar earned a PhD from the University of Tennessee. Read Full Bio

Bob Sicina

Bob Sicina

BRIC in 2050: A New Economic and Political Order

Bob Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express, and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for thirteen years in Latin America for Citibank, where he served as Country Manager of Colombia and Division Chief Financial Officer. He became CFO of Citibank's entire International Consumer Group and, later, of Citibank's US credit card business. Professor Sicina joined American Express in 1992 and went on to become President of American Express Bank Ltd. and a member of its Board of Directors. Subsequently, he was named President of the Latin American Division for the corporation. Sicina earned an MBA from Syracuse University. Read Full Bio


Michelle Westermann-Behaylo

Corporate Responsibility in Emerging Markets

Professor Westermann teaches Global Corporate Citizenship, which examines business law, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Her research focuses on global corporate responsibility and stakeholder management and she has critically investigated the role of business in promoting sustainable peace and respecting human rights. Before earning her Ph.D., Professor Westermann gained a variety of experiences in the public and private sector, as an international trade attorney and banker. Read Full Bio