Master of Science in International Management Studies

The Master of Science in International Management Studies (MS IMS) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) that provides students with knowledge and training in international management, trade across national boundaries and management on a global basis. Upon program completion, students have gained direct knowledge of:

  • Functional areas of management
  • International business management
  • Cultural, sociopolitical and geographical constraints affecting business decisions

MS in International Management Studies at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergraduate degrees is required (all majors are considered).

Students can also choose a concentration as part of their degree program:

  • Finance
  • HR/Organizational Behavior
  • Information Management Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

International Exposure and Careers

Students gain knowledge of business in international environments through international study program. In terms of career, a masters in international management is an excellent choice for students looking for a career in management, government institutions, and international agencies. Typically, global business graduates begin their careers in the domestic operations within an organization and later with an overseas assignments.

  • Connect with the Director
  • Degree Plan
  • Student Testimonials
  • Advisory Council
  • Student Involvement

Connect with the Director

The Master of International Management degree program is designed to help students realize their potentials as global leaders through exposure to international academic disciplines, internships, research, languages, international study trips and cultural engagement. The program prepares future graduates to manage business entities that have international business operations.

Please contact me for more information about the degree program, admission requirements, procedures or discussing your overall academic plans.

Habte Woldu, PhD Director
International Management Studies
Susan Philips, Program Coordinator MS International Management Studies
& BS Global Business

Degree Plan

The Master of Science degree in International Management Studies (MS IMS) program gives students knowledge and training in international business management, which includes trade across national boundaries and management on a global basis. Students have the opportunity to learn, in depth, the fundamentals of:

  • Functional areas of management
  • International management
  • Cultural, sociopolitical and geographical constraints affecting business decisions

Students can gain direct knowledge of business in international environments through internationalstudy abroad trips.

International business graduates often start their careers in the domestic operations of an organization. Overseas assignments may come after a few years with the organization, although such opportunities may arise earlier if the student possesses special skills, such as knowledge of a foreign language, needed by the organization in its foreign operations.

Basic Business Core (8 semester credit hours)

All students enrolling in MS IMS must complete the following Basic Business Core Courses:

IMS Foundation Courses (11 semester credit hours)

  • IMS 6204 Global Business
  • IMS 6310 International Marketing Management
  • IMS 6360 International Strategic Management
  • IMS 6365 Cross-Cultural Communication and Management

IMS Electives (6 semester credit hours)

Select a minimum of 6 hours from the following:

  • IMS 6302 Legal Aspect of International Business Transactions
  • IMS 6320 International Corporate Finance or FIN 6366 International Financial Management
  • BPS 6332 Strategic Leadership
  • IMS 6314 Global E-Business Marketing
  • IMS 6205 Export Market Planning

Free Elective Courses (11 semester credit hours)

Four hours of area study is strongly recommended. Any course from the set of IMS electives may be used as a free elective. Also, any advanced courses from other departments within the Jindal School of Management may be used as a free elective. The following are some of the other IMS related courses offered at the Jindal School of Management:

  • MKT 6332 Advertising and Promotion
  • IMS 6314 Global E-Business Marketing
  • IMS 6340 Managing Strategy and People in International Techno-Creative Industry
  • IMS 6341 International Human Resource Management
  • IMS 6343 Sustainability in a Global Business Environment
  • IMS 6vxx Area Studies: Faculty Led Study Trip (see for specific number of an area study**)
  • OB 6301 Organizational Behavior
  • OB 6303 Managing Organizations
  • OB 6307 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • OB 6331 Power & Politics
  • OB 6332 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
  • OB 6333 Organizational Decision Making

The MS IMS degree program can be taken by itself or with a concentration in one of the six provided degree program areas. Once students take the 25 semester credit hours (8 semester credit hours of basic business core courses, 11 hours of IMS foundation course and 6 hours of IMS elective courses), they can take 11 semester credit hours of free elective courses from the optional electives or the areas of concentration. However, if students decide to take the MS-IMS with a specific choice of concentration, the students should take 12 semester credit hours entirely from that specific area of concentration.

Areas of Concentration

Supply Chain Management (12 semester credit hours)
  • OPRE 6332 Spreadsheet Modeling and Analytics
  • OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
  • OPRE 6362 Project Management in Engineering & Operations
  • OPRE 6370 Logistics, Distribution and Warehousing
  • OPRE 6371 Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
  • OPRE 6389 Managing Energy, Risks, Investment & Technology
Human Resources/Organizational Behavior (12 semester credit hours)
  • IMS 6341 International HR Management
  • OB 6301 Organizational Behavior
  • OB 6303 Managing Organizations
  • OB 6307 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • OB 6331 Power & Politics in Organizations
  • OB 6332 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
Marketing (12 semester credit hours) Finance (12 semester credit hours) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (12 semester credit hours) Information Management Technology (12 semester credit hours) International Study Trips **

The Jindal School of Management encourages all students studying for the MS degree to master one foreign language. However, equally important is direct experience of business practices in a foreign country. In the past, UT Dallas has organized study-abroad opportunities in Russia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and India. These courses usually offered between semesters, vary in length from two to three weeks and are generally taken as part of an Area Studies course. The Area Studies course is preceded by two weeks of seminar and followed by two weeks of post-trip seminar.

  • IMS 6V91 Regional Area Studies: Latin America.
  • IMS 6V92 Regional Area Studies: Western Europe.
  • IMS 6V93 Regional Area Studies: Asia.
  • IMS 6V94 Regional Area Studies: Africa.
  • IMS 6V95 Regional Area Studies: North America.
  • IMS 6V96 Regional Area Studies: Eastern Europe.

Student Testimonials

Vanika Narula

Vanika Narula

With a degree in business and past experience in the HR services industry, I wanted to expand my knowledge and experience globally, and the International Management Studies program served as a right starting point. This explained not only how business is done across the globe, but also how it is received from people’s perspective in different cultures. I was fortunate to complete a research study in cross cultural communication under the guidance of Professor Woldu. While working on the project, I learnt about different industries, cultures and how strategies in business change with different markets. I am currently working as a Human Capital Consultant, and my job requires interacting with people all over the world on a regular basis, I strongly believe that the program has helped me elevate my knowledge and perform better.

Alison Goodwin

Alison Goodwin

I initially looked into an MS in International Management Studies because I have a passionate love for travel and seeing the world and figured that this would be the easiest way to get to travel for the rest of my life. When I sat down for my first class in Global Business with Professor Woldu, I realized that there was more to International Business and Management than travel, and fell even more in love with the program. It’s helped me hone my negotiation and communication skills- my increased adeptness in communicating and working with people from other cultures has helped me in my current field in the medical industry to work and empathize with people from other areas of the world. As part of the ten year plan for APEX (the company I work for), we want to expand internationally and hopefully establish offices overseas- I have serious plans to head up that expansion, fully utilizing my degree and exploring my passions for management and international business.

An IMS degree doesn’t automatically dictate that you’ll land a job overseas. It does not automatically dictate that you’ll be immersed in foreign cultures 24/7 for the rest of your personal life. It does mean, however, that you will work closely to solve problems with persons from around the world who have experienced a different life from you as you work to find innovate solutions. It does mean that you will be armed with a degree that has prepared you for this ever evolving, ever growing, ever moving global market. Thanks to advances in travel and technology, the world is only going to grow smaller, and an IMS degree from UTD equips student to face the challenges and reap the rewards of a global community.

Sophia Tilahun

Sophia Tilahun

Class of 2015

Being in the MS IMS program has allowed me to gain knowledge about global business combined with cross cultural communication as well as providing hands-on business strategy skills which became self-evident towards my future career advancement. Surrounded with leaders and students from different backgrounds in the program on a global basis field, I was able to obtain in-depth knowledge of that area within international management. As a result, I will begin my career with an international company, Zurich American Insurance Company, to embark on invaluable lessons that I’ve acquired. Without my MS IMS degree, I would not be where I am today, professionally and personally.

Xue Bai

Xue Bai

Class of 2013

Currently I am accepting a job offer from Wal-Mart International Academy leadership program. I will start my merchandising trainee program in Canada in July for one year. Soon after that, I will join Wal-Mart China. In my two-year comprehensive and systematic study in International Management Studies program at the University of Texas at Dallas, I experienced and learned lots of practical theories and analytical skills, which gave the confidence to manage businesses in a global environment. I strongly believe that having a graduate program in International Management Studies gave me an edge and made me stand out among my peers.

Lee Dufour

Lee Dufour

Class of 2011

I am working as a Director of Marketing & Communications at Yves Delorme, a European luxury home linens company. I pilot the marketing strategy for the US division of the global brand. I approached the International Management Studies program at The University of Texas at Dallas with a goal of formalizing my experience and having the knowledge and credentials necessary to take my career to the next level in management. I firmly believe that in many circumstances, my MS IMS degree has provided me with an edge and a right compliment to my experience.

Advisory Council

Charlie W. Chen

Charlie W. Chen

Chairman/CEO, DFW Technology, Inc.

Charlie W. Chen has been the founder and chief of DFW Technology for 20+ years. DFW Technology is an information technology company, providing technical services and support to businesses and corporations. Charlie has founded several enterprises and venture projects in his 30 years business life. He is also now the general partner of C&P Properties, a commercial real estate investment company. In recent years he created the DFW Innovation Center, a global catalyst for innovations, to provide programs and nurturing environment to foster the start-ups and entrepreneurs in the DFW metro area.

Charlie has been deeply involved in business society and community services. In 2015 he served as the first Asian American Chairman of Richardson Chamber of Commerce in its 70 years history. He is instrumental in helping the City and Chamber establishing the International Office program and earning the title of “International Business Capital of North Texas” by Texas State legislation. He also serves as International Ambassador of City of Richardson.

Charlie is a leading business entrepreneur with eyes always open to new venues for business and innovations. His colleagues regard him as a strategy thinker. He enjoys the most in business career through creating and delivering values to customers, and inspiring people growth. In community, he contributed his leadership and benevolence through numerous involvements of charities and non-profit organizations. Charlie finished his undergraduate degree of Atmospheric Science at National Taiwan University and earned two master degrees in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science in USA. He also went through executive programs in graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University and Dartmouth College. Charlie Chen is a family man married with wife Pauline for 30+ years and has 3 well-educated adult children.

Jay James

Jay James

Jay James is a Senior Vice President with Texas Capital Bank and leads the banks Global Services group, which provide the solutions, services and advice necessary to improve cash flow, manage risk and compete in the global marketplace.  Jay has an extensive 30 years of background in banking, with many leadership roles beginning back in 1985 summer job as a bank teller and loan clerk while in high school.   Jay’s banking career has had a multitude of experiences including Retail Banking Management, Commercial and Corporate Banking, Equipment Leasing/Finance, Correspondent Banking, and International Finance.    Jay has both a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Business, as well as a graduate of SMU’s  Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, where he has been serving the last 4 summers to lead living bank case study with students.  

Korina Smith

Korina Smith

Executive Director, Global Chamber® Dallas

Korina Smith is an international humanitarian, public speaker and business leader. She is the Executive Director of the Global Chamber® Dallas and is a connector and collaborator for businesses of all levels. She loves mentoring and coaching others one-on-one to maximize performance. Korina has lived in Brazil, France and Guatemala, and has traveled to over 30 countries. She considers herself to be a global citizen. Korina has lived in Dallas for 6 years and is committed to helping companies and investors in the DFW area find more success internationally.

Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science: Global Politics from California State University Los Angeles.

Munawar Shad

Munawar Shad

Munawar is an Associate in KPMG’s Advisory Practice. He is a developing business professional with experience in Software Asset Management (SAM), Project Management (PM), Software Use Analysis (SUA), sales management, business analysis, small-scale strategic alignment, product placement, recruiting, and performance counseling.

Munawar attended the University of Texas at Dallas from 2012 to 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Global Business. During his last semester, Munawar completed an internship with KPMG in Munich, Germany. While interning, he successfully created a bridge between the University of Texas at Dallas and KPMG Munich by delivering a proposal to the KPMG Director of IT Consulting, establishing a continuous internship program with UTD.

Through his continuous engagement with MNEs and Fortune 500 clients, Munawar is growing as a professional with the intention of international consulting work. He is starting to engage with KPMG’s international corridor strategy, plans to continue his work in management consulting, and further his involvement with international strategy.

Lukas Grabiec

Lukas Grabiec

Lukas Grabiec is Assistant General Counsel at GoDaddy and was for 8+ years prior Corporate Counsel in various capacities at Microchip Technology Inc., Intel Corporation and Honeywell International. Lukas was recognized in the legal community as the “Up and Comer” Attorney of the Year for 2012 by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Arizona Business Magazine and also was selected to the prestigious School for Leaders (Szkoła Liderów) program in Warsaw, Poland sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Office of the President of Poland. He is heavily involved in various organizations including being the Chairman of the State Bar of Arizona In-House Counsel Committee, current Director and founding member of the US-Poland Trade Council (USPTC) Office in Arizona, Mentor at the US-Poland Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley, and frequent lecturer across the U.S. and Europe including at the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Stanford University. Lukas received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from École de Hautes Études Commerciales (EDHEC) (France), a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston Honors College as well as a Certificate of Polish Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Steve Mullen

Steve Mullen

Marketing Executive

  • Domestic and international marketing executive for Hershey’s Chocolate, Kellogg’s, LSG Sky Chef’s, Nature Made Vitamins and Wilson Sporting Goods with an emphasis in Asia.
  • Responsible for over $1B in globally recognized consumer brands over the course of his career.
  • Created and launched over 50 new products, many internationally.
  • Written or personally managed over 130 major consumer research projects
  • Directed five globally recognized advertising agencies on three continents
  • Created two of the most successful ad campaigns in the CPG food industry (U.S. & Japan).
  • Education: MBA, Northwestern University; BS, University of Minnesota

Alfonso Gonzalez

Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos

Team Talent and Organizational Development Executive
Business HR Strategy Advisor, Consultant and Coach.

Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos is Managing Director of the BPI-Group office in Texas. He is a corporate executive, consultant, coach, and entrepreneur with global leadership and organizational development experience; bilingual (English/Spanish) with both work and living experience in US, Europe and Latin America.

Alfonso’s extensive experience combine the strategic width of a Global organizational development, leadership development executive with the clinical depth of a psychoanalyst, and the flexibility and drive of a business entrepreneur; founder and architect of organizations and projects, both nationally and internationally.

Experience and Expertise

As a business entrepreneur Alfonso was founder and Managing Director of Saratoga Institute Mexico, where he worked with Dr. Jac Fitz-enz to create the first Human Value Metrics System and network in Mexico with more than 100 affiliated companies, which later expanded to Latin America. Alfonso designed a leading edge Postgraduate Degree in Advanced HR Change Management with Cornell University for Mexican HR top executives. This program later expanded to other countries in Latin America. Recently he founded his own consulting firm geared towards helping leaders align their organizations to improve business results and to build a comprehensive talent strategy to support business innovation, growth and sustainability.

As a Corporate Executive Alfonso has extensive experience working with global organizations such as Ford Motor Company, The Jefferson Smurfit Group, Kellogg’s Co., Western Union, W. R. Grace and others, supporting HR Leaders and CEO´s and their teams to improve business results through organizational alignment, employee engagement as well as leadership and organizational development strategies, processes and practices, enabling organizations to reach the next level of performance. During these engagements he has played the role of line executive, internal consultant, coach, as well as culture change agent and engagement and Inclusion leader.

As a Coach Alfonso has more than 20 years of experience in industrial and clinical coaching practice helping individuals grow and expand their potential through, coaching, counseling and professional services provided to both individuals and groups, in Mexico, US and Europe.


  • B.S. Business Administration, La Salle University
  • MS in Clinical Psychology, Universidad Nacionl Autónoma de México
  • Degree in Psychoanalysis, Sociedad Psicoanalitica de Mexico and the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training
  • Post graduate Program in Advanced HR Change Management, Cornell University.


Lee’s professional experience is the dynamic fusion of marketing creativity and business management with a focus in luxury markets encompassing fashion, health & beauty, home decor & textiles. With an earliest experience in the Press & PR department at Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture in Paris (when Mr. Saint Laurent still graced the halls) and then at Sonia Rykiel, Lee’s career was firmly established in the luxury industry. Other creative endeavors in Paris include founding an avant-garde concept store/digital art gallery in the early 90s and serving as the Trend Scout for the city of Paris for Levis Strauss, Europe. Passing through positions of creative direction, brand consulting and CEO of a small company; today Lee has the honor of serving as Marketing Director for Yves Delorme, Inc. where she puts to good use her bi-cultural profile in the domain of luxury home linens.

Lee co-founded Agence5970, an independent laboratory dedicated to conceptual art, using predominately sound, as well as image, exploring concepts emerging at the conjunction of perception and representation and of Time as a structural support of expression.

S. Kerry Tassopoulos

S. Kerry Tassopoulos

S. Kerry Tassopoulos is Vice-President, Public Affairs, Compliance and Risk Management at Mary Kay Inc., a Dallas, Texas based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics and personal care products. He is involved in every aspect of the Company’s government relations efforts at the state, federal and international levels. He has led the Company’s public affairs efforts in the European Union, and is currently focused on federal legislative and regulatory matters. Kerry also is responsible for overseeing the Company’s Risk Management and Knowledge Resources Departments. During his 20 year career at Mary Kay, Kerry has provided legal advice to his Mary Kay colleagues on a wide range of issues, including international, federal and state regulatory matters and the manufacture, distribution and marketing of Mary Kay products. He has additional public affairs and government relations experience, gained while Director, Government Affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of long distance and telecommunications products, from 1996-2001.

Kerry currently is Vice Chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), a member of the Government Relations Committees of both the US Direct Selling Association and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), and serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council, the Executive Committee of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the Board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1985. Kerry and his wife Katina live in Dallas, Texas and have three adult children – Harrison, Cynthia and Alexander.

Laura Gatins

Laura Gatins, CRP, GMS-T

Senior Vice President, Operations

Laura leads our strategic and client initiatives for global operations and supports Altair’s domestic operations staff, with all domestic and global Operations Managers at Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Region Service Center reporting to her.

Laura is also responsible for:

  • Supporting the Operations Managers with continuing communications and account maintenance, quarterly progress meetings, and analysis of various reports.
  • Providing team support as an expert advisor on mobility issues.
  • Performing ongoing policy benchmarking and analysis, program evaluation, and providing enhancement suggestions.

Laura joined Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Service Center in Plano, Texas, in August 2010. Laura began her relocation career in 1998, working for a relocation company where she held management roles providing support for both domestic and global services.

Laura is a member of the Worldwide ERC® and holds their Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist, Strategic Talent Mobility (GMS-T) designations. Laura earned her Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree from Fairfield University. Prior to relocation, Laura worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and individuals with developmental disabilities

Nikunj Nirmal

Nikunj Nirmal

Director (IT) & Shadow Board Member, Tech Mahindra

Nikunj is working as a Director (IT) on AT&T account leading the Digital Experience Business. He has progressively responsible experience in global business, corporate strategy, client relationship management, IT delivery management, innovation, and pre-sales. Nikunj is also a member of the Shadow Board, a small elite group of selected leaders who work with C-Level executives to drive strategic initiatives in the company.


  • MBA, Strategy and Finance, University of Texas at Dallas
  • MS, International Management, University of Texas at Dallas
  • BE (Mechanical), M S University of Baroda
  • Global Business Leadership, GlobalNXT University


  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • Embedded Systems, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
Rebecca Massiatte

Rebecca Massiatte

Rebecca provides personal and dedicated immigration services to a variety of corporations and individuals as well as to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters, and provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance, assisting with due diligence and other immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and addressing and developing I-9 program practices.

Before starting her immigration practice, Rebecca served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMO, she practiced at prominent national and regional law firms.


Michael S. Williams

Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Blue Coat Systems

Michael leads the global marketing organization for Blue Coat Systems, a leader in digital enterprise security based in Sunnyvale, CA. In this role, Michael is responsible for strategy and execution across all key functions of marketing including public relations, branding, demand generation and go-to-market strategy.

Michael has spent the majority of his career helping fast growth enterprise software firms achieve the next phase of their development. Prior to Blue Coat, he led Global Field Marketing for McAfee (now Intel Security). Over 8 years, Michael transformed McAfee’s demand generation methodology from a passive model to an aggressive customer-engagement strategy, implementing advanced marketing automation and digital marketing. He has also served as a key executive for marketing and alliances at companies such as Click Commerce and i2 Technologies. He was named by Oracle as a North America Marketing Executive of the year for 2013.

Sanjay Ahuja

Sanjay Ahuja

Sanjay Ahuja is the Executive Vice President for North America at AAPNA Infotech (AAPNA). AAPNA is a recognized leader for providing Enterprise IT Solutions, specializing in web applications, e-commerce portal development, software product development, and online MarCom services. Mr. Ahuja is also a Co-Founder of Skillgap Solutions LLC., a company specializing in analytics in Human Capital Performance Management

Mr. Ahuja has a strong ability to identify and develop change strategies; establish cultural change; and monitor efficacy of changes, with training in organizational change management approaches. He has 22 years’ experience leading large global multi-cultural and multi-location teams, and is recognized consistently by marquee clients with high C-SAT scores and industry recognition. His current practice areas include E-Learning, Human Capital Performance Management, Business Process Improvement, and Technology. Mr. Ahuja is a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Aleksander Poniewierski

Aleksander Poniewierski

Aleksander Poniewierski leads Operational Technology and Internet of Thing practice for EMEIA Advisory Center.

Senior Partner and strategic advisor to major international clients and government bodies on Digital Transformation, Technology Risk, Information and Operation Security Advisory. Aleksander is providing regional teams IoT strategy vision, guidance, QA and support with key digital transformation bids and project delivery.

Aleksander has built strong IT Advisory practice in Poland and Central and South Europe with team of vast experience and knowledge in IT Transformation, Technology Enablement, IT Program Advisory and IT Security.

Prior to EY Aleksander was responsible for managing IT and IT security team for fixed and mobile telecom operators.

Special area of Aleksander’s interest is cyber security and critical infrastructure protection. He has vast experience and knowledge in strategy development, execution and business modelling in technology intensive organizations (IT/OT convergence). He also specializes in risk management and security improvement transformations of large scale organizations.

Aleksander is an author of many publications as well as participated in numerous prestige conferences related to security and IT / OT.

Aleksander Poniewierski graduated from Upper Silesian University, PhD in Economics from Poznań University of Economics. He has participated in executive programs organized by Harvard Business School, Carnegie Mellon University and IMD Switzerland (International Institute for Management Development).

Zemedeneh Negatu

Zemedeneh Negatu

Managing Partner Ernst & Young Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory

An Ethiopian-American, Zemedeneh is widely recognized as one of Africa’s top business leaders and has received numerous global awards and recognitions including the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2013” from New African magazine, “Who-is-Who of African Finance 2015” from Global Finance of New York, CEO Magazine’s “Titans Building Nations 2014” award and “Pioneer Ethiopian-American Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award 2012” in Washington D.C.

A trusted global advisor to senior decision makers, Zemedeneh has worked in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, the Middle East and throughout Africa. He has advised Wall Street investment banks, Governments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and multinational corporations in various sectors including financial services, airlines and consumer products.

Zemedeneh regularly provides powerful and influential global thought leadership about finance, economics and investments and has been featured on CNN, BBC, the FT, Bloomberg and as a “Power Lunch” guest on CNBC television discussing FDI in Africa.

Zemedeneh has a business degree from Howard University, Washington D.C., completed the LSE program at the Harvard Business School, Boston and is a U.S. C.P.A.

Monique Rinere

Monique Rinere, Ph.D.

Monique Rinere received a B.A. in German and Music in 1990 from the City University of New York, Hunter College and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University in Germanic Languages and Literatures. After serving as the Director of Studies of Mathey College and then as the Residential College Dean of Butler College at Princeton, in 2006 she became the founder of Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office at Harvard University. In summer 2009 she was recruited to Columbia University to serve as the Dean of Advising for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has given dozens of talks to high school and college students and to their parents on how to choose a college and excel there. She has also organized and spoken at conferences designed for high school counselors and college advisers and delivered presentation at gatherings of academics internationally on college advising and assessment. She has been recognized as a leader in the field of college advising and received awards for the programs she has created to support college students as well as for her academic and holistic advising assessment initiatives. She is currently writing a book for new students and their parents on how to exceed in college.

Matthieu Tagnon

Matthieu Tagnon

Essilor- Director of Marketing

Native of France, Matthieu Tagnon has spent his whole career at Essilor, the world leader for corrective ophthalmic lenses. A graduate of the Grenoble School of Management, Tagnon built his career internationally, first in the UK and here in Dallas, TX. Tagnon is today in charge of Marketing for Key Accounts on the US Market.

Guilherme Brea

Guilherme Brea

Director of Consulting & Systems Integration at Ericsson

Guilherme has 20 years of global experience in the IT and Telecom industries, having worked and lived in multiple continents and led the implementation of large scale Business & Operational Support Systems for companies like AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, America Movil, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Iridium and Amdocs.

Currently working for Ericsson in their Consulting & Systems Integration division, Guilherme heads the Pre-Sales & Delivery Excellence organization accountable for enforcing business profitability of strategic engagements with all tier-1 Telecom carriers in the United States and Canada.

Skilled in strategic planning and shaping up successful deals, Guilherme is also diligent in communicating his vision to C-level executives and driving strategy execution

Michael Skelton

Michael Skelton

Mr. Skelton is currently the Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business for the Richardson Texas Economic Development Partnership. His responsibilities include recruitment of foreign companies (foreign direct investment) into the city of Richardson and assisting local companies with their globalization and export initiatives.

His background includes being President and CEO of a small public software company, CEO of three start-up software companies, as well as VP/General Manager level roles with several high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Skelton’s background also includes interim executive management level business consulting positions with two French companies and a Japanese company. Immediately prior to joining the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, he formed an international consulting company, EstablishUS LLC, to assist foreign based companies in launching their U.S. businesses.

Michael Skelton has a degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

Connie Bryant

Connie Bryant

My name is Consolata Ayoo-Bryant. I’m a native of Kenya, founder and CEO of Professional Home Health in Euless Texas, Divine Hospice in Euless Texas and Arms of comfort Home Health in Azle.
I’m a holder of Advance Diploma in Registered Community Health Nurse from Nairobi College of Health Professions and a BSN with honors from Chamberlain College of nursing. I have over 24 years of Healthcare Management, leadership, entrepreneurship, start-ups, customer service, business strategy and executive management. In addition, I am also the Managing Director of Organi Limited, an Agro- processing company specializing in Orange flesh Provitamin A sweet potatoes processing, based in Kenya, established in 2013 with a goal to promote consumption of natural vitamin A in East Africa and to create employment.
I currently serve as aboard advisor to the East Africa chamber of Commerce where we promote the socio economic development relationship between businesses and government agencies of East Africa and the U.S.
I have also served in a number of advisory councils and boards including Texas Home Health and Hospice association clinical committee, Dwele foundation, an organization promoting awareness of Chronic Hepatitis B in Africa.


  • A National Leadership Award as Honorary Co-Chairman Business Advisory Council from Congressman Tom De Lay.
  • Queens Night International Ministry Excellence in Career and business Inspirational Award.
  • Diaspora Entertainment Award &recognition winner of Businesswoman of the year/Entrepreneur award Sept 2015 ceremony held in the USA.
Jane Salk

Jane Salk

Jane E Salk applies design-based and ethnographic methods to International Strategy Formulation and Implementation, as well as managing corporate talent for group Learning and Innovation. This builds upon 20 years and over 50 publications, cases studies and consulting. Much of her early experience concerned International Joint Venture design, team integration and development.
Fluent in French and German, and with over 10 years of working and residing in Europe, her prior experience also included training programs for internal Organization Development professionals (with Trias,, Zurich) and Executive Education for many companies including Siemens, Ford Europe, Groupe Bull, and Imperial Chemical .
After a stint in Business –to-Business Sales and Marketing at MCI, and as a Field Organizer for the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign, Dr. Salk completed an the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. at MIT.

Zara Khan

Zara Khan

Zarah Khan is a Compliance Director at Fidelity Investments in Westlake, Texas where she leads various advisory and operational activities for the firm’s Political Law Compliance program.  She routinely provides guidance on federal, state, and local pay-to-play, campaign finance, and lobbying laws and regulations.  In addition to managing the procurement and legislative lobbying compliance programs and providing compliance support to the firm’s Public Affairs group, Zarah is responsible for general program administration, which includes reviewing political contribution requests, implementing policies and procedures, training, detection controls, reporting, and issuance of sanctions for policy violations.    
Previously, Zarah worked in Fidelity’s Corporate Security department where she performed investigative due diligence on vendors and other potential business partners.  During that time, she held the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.  Additionally, she taught Business Law for four years as an adjunct professor at El Centro College, part of the Dallas County Community College District.  She also practiced law for three years, with a focus on civil litigation.  
Zarah earned her J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2009, and was admitted to the Texas Bar that same year.  She earned her B.S. in Finance from UT Dallas in 2006, and is currently in her final year of the Professional MBA Program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas.  

Lisa Pacholek

Lisa Pacholek

Lisa Pacholek works for a Panamerican university in Honduras advancing the university’s worldwide interests by collaborating with alumni, corporations, foundations individual donors, government representatives, and others for the mutual benefit of the school, its students and its partners.

Ms. Pacholek is also an entrepreneur and international development professional who is passionate about microfinance and economic development as means for moving families out of poverty. As an entrepreneur herself she recognizes the benefits and challenges of managing your own business. Ms. Pacholek founded a successful finance business in Texas in 2006 making sub-prime loans to clients unable to obtain car loans elsewhere. She maintains an interest in the business today.

Before opening her own business, Ms. Pacholek worked in international development for more than 20 years including 8 years as country director for Global Communities (formally CHF International) in Honduras and Colombia and 10 years as an independent consultant where she successfully designed and supported implementation of numerous multi-million dollar development projects in challenging environments. Ms. Pacholek is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Bolivia under the small business program.

Ms. Pacholek earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has worked in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Perú and the U.S.

Ramesh Balan

Ramesh Balan

Founder, CEO and Chief Architect – Knomadix Corporation

Ramesh Balan is the Founder, CEO and Chief Architect of Knomadix Corporation, the inventor of the industry’s first digital classroom transformation platform. Knomadix offers school districts and educators a content authoring and delivery platform to transform their lessons into a dynamic digital curriculum. Through its interaction and immediate feedback mechanisms, Knomadix helps schools to deliver differentiated instruction and to better personalize education. As the child of a K-12 Educator, Ramesh has deep respect and passion for education, which has intensified over the last 30 years. Knomadix is the expression of Ramesh’s commitment to K-12 education and desire to improve how kids learn and how educators teach.

After finishing his Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick Canada,  Ramesh spent several years at AT&T Bell Labs, where he played a key role in starting their Innovation Center, headed the Bell Labs architecture board and held the title of a chief architect and new product portfolio manager. Ramesh turned into a full-time entrepreneur in mid-1990s when he started his first startup in Telecommunication product engineering company. Over the past decade, Ramesh has successfully bootstrapped several enterprise and mobile software companies in multiple industries.

Neel Gonuguntla

Neel Gonuguntla 

Founder, CEO and Chief Architect – Knomadix Corporation

Miss Neel Gonuguntla serves as the President of the US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas Fort Worth (USICOC).  The USICOC is a 501(c)(6) organization made up of over 3000 individual and corporate members that is dedicated to supporting professional, business and economic development throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area.  The USICOC also facilitates trade between India and the North Texas area by connecting member companies with resources to aid in their successful expansions.

  Prior to joining the Chamber, Miss. Gonuguntla served as President of ReadyToWork®, an education and workforce development consulting company. Miss. Gonuguntla received her education from Boston University and Baylor University where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science and her J.D./M.B.A, respectively. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association as well as the Dallas Young Lawyers Associations.  In her spare time, Miss. Gonuguntla volunteers her time with a number of organizations throughout the Metroplex including Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region, Chetna, and others.

Jiong (Thomas) Liu

Jiong (Thomas) Liu 

Assistant Treasurer, Celanese Corporation

Thomas is the Assistant Treasurer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Irving, Texas. In this role, Thomas is responsible for various aspects of global treasury functions, including corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk management, global treasury operations, and international treasury.

Thomas is a treasury and banking professional with early 20 years of related experience. Prior to joining Celanese Corporation, he worked for Wachovia Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo Bank, as a Vice President in its corporate and investment banking division, as well as for MoneyGram International as Vice President, Capital Markets. Thomas’s primary experience included overseeing transformation of corporate capital structure, raising capital, managing liquidity and risk on a global basis. Thomas is a native of Shanghai, China and has resided in the Dallas area for the past 10 years. Thomas has a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Trade from Shanghai International Studies University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Student Involvement

The World Affairs Council, UT Dallas Chapter, was established in January of 2016. The student organization was formed with the support and leadership from the parent organization, World Affairs Council, DFW. The mission of the UT Dallas chapter is to promote international awareness and cross-cultural understanding to the campus community by bringing speakers and lecturers that are experts on topics that are currently affecting the world. The organization will further engage the students by assembling a panel discussion a week or two after a lecture event to discuss and debate the topics that were introduced by the guest speaker the week before. Volunteer and networking opportunities will also be promoted though out the semester for students to participate in. The inaugural event was held on February 2nd and featured Jim Falk, president of the WAC DFW, as the guest speaker.

World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council, UT Dallas Chapter, Inaugural Event, February 2, 2016

A priority of the MS IMS program and the BS in Global Business program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop and build leadership skills in and out of the classroom. The Global Business Organization, better known as the GBO, carries out this vision by creating volunteer activities, conferences and speaking events where students get to interact and network with the professional world. Follow their Facebook page

Global Business Organization students from UT Dallas participate in volunteering and social events

The GBO volunteers at a local children’s shelter – Jonathan’s Place, Feb 2016

The GBO volunteers at Jonathan’s Place teach the kids about Chinese New Year traditions and customs – Feb 2016

Global Business and MS IMS students visit Paycom corporate office- Nov 20, 2015

The GBO at the Dallas Museum of Art – November 2015

The GBO Speaker Series featured guest speakers Laura Gatins and Kathryn Cassidy from Altair Global. October 23, 2015

The GBO celebrates the fall season with a pumpkin carving fund raising event – October 2015

The GBO Pumpkin Carving Workshop – October 2015

GBO Speaker Series presents : Marie Hightower, Chief Mobility Officer, Xerox Relocation – October 2015

The GBO launches their annual campaign for the Year of Ethiopia – October 2015

The Global Business Social Mixer

The Global Business Social Mixer welcomed the foreign exchange students to JSOM – August 2015

The GBO organized a group of volunteers to pick up the foreign exchange students from the airport – August 2015

The GBO organized a group of volunteers to pick up the foreign exchange students from the airport – August 2015