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Ann and Jack Graves Foundation Conference Series
Virtual Conference: Sustainability as a Solution to Global Business Challenge, April 15-16, 2021
Conference Update

Center for Global Business Sponsors and Partners

Center Sponsors

Annual India Event Competition/Celebration Sponsors

  • 2018 – Infosys (Competition)
  • 2018 – The Naveen Jindal Institute for Indo-American Business Studies (Celebration)
  • 2017 – The Naveen Jindal Institute for Indo-American Business Studies (Competition/Celebration)

Welcome to the Center for Global Business!

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States and the largest in Texas. How large is Texas? It is America’s number one exporting state. If Texas were an independent country, its GDP would make it the 10th-largest economy in the world, about the same size as the Canadian economy. Twenty-two companies headquartered in the DFW region make the Fortune 500 list. They include AT&T, American Airlines, ExxonMobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments.

The DFW region is also a hotbed for international trade and investment. Many multinationals have operations here, including Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, IKEA, Samsung, Siemens, Toyota and ZTE. The city of Richardson, in which our campus is located, has been designated as the International Business Capital of North Texas by the Texas legislature.

Blessed by our location, UT Dallas has become one of the best research universities in Texas. The Jindal School is not only the largest, but also the most highly ranked school within UT Dallas. Few universities in the United States offer as comprehensive a set of degree programs dedicated to global business as we do — at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels. Our world-class faculty publish some of the most influential and widely cited research. Students flock to our programs. Businesses are eager to tap into our talent pool. UT Dallas is truly a center for global business.

As executive director, I look forward to welcoming you to our center and to working with you!

Mike Peng, PhD
O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Global Strategy, UT Dallas
Executive Director, Center for Global Business


Mike Peng, PhD Executive Director

Dr. Mike Peng is the O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Global Strategy at UT Dallas and the executive director of the Center for Global Business at the Jindal School of Management. Having written more than 140 articles, he is one of the most prolific and most influential scholars in global business. Both the United Nations and the World Bank have cited his work. He is also author of three best-selling textbooks, Global Strategy, Global Business and Global, which have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. His consulting clients include multinationals (such as AstraZeneca and Texas Instruments) and governments (such as the United Kingdom’s Government Office for Science and the United States’ National Science Foundation).

Hubert Zydorek is the director of the Center for Global Business and the director of the Bachelor of Science in Global Business program. He has more than 18 years of experience in international consulting, academic teaching and management of design, development and delivery of blended-learning solutions for international clients. Prior to joining UT Dallas, Zydorek worked for Xerox Learning Solutions, where he oversaw global learning projects for Ernst & Young’s Advisory Practice. He has lived and worked in China, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain; and he has led offshore teams from China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines.

Michael Skelton

Michael Skelton, Chairman of the CGB Advisory Board

Director of International Business, Richardson (Texas) Economic Development Partnership.

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

Mike’s background includes being president and CEO of a small public software company, CEO of three startup software companies, as well as VP/general manager-level roles with several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. His 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.

Mike holds a degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.

S. Kerry Tassopoulos

S. Kerry Tassopoulos, Vice-Chairman of the CGB Advisory Board

Founding Member, The Tassopoulos Law Firm PLLC

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Kerry Tassopoulos is an attorney and public/government affairs professional with 35 years of experience. Licensed as a Texas attorney in 1987, he served in key legal and government relations roles at three companies, including Mary Kay Inc. As the primary attorney advising the Mary Kay Marketing and Supply Chain Departments he understood the business issues, as well as the laws and regulations, affecting the development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of health, beauty and personal care products. His internal clients included Product Development, Product Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Manufacturing Operations, Distribution, Import/Export Compliance, Risk Management.

During his twenty-five-year career at Mary Kay he was a key member of the Public Affairs team. He represented the Company at the state, federal and international level – from Washington DC, to Sacramento, to Brussels; supervised the Corporate Communications/CSR and Risk Management teams; and was solely responsible for all government affairs matters affecting Mary Kay products in Canada, Russia and the EU.

Between 1989-1996 and 2001-2018 he was the primary Mary Kay representative to the Legal, Government Affairs and International Committees at the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC); the Independent Beauty Association (IBA – formerly known as ICMAD); and Cosmetics Europe (formerly known as COLIPA). He had a key role in numerous PCPC working groups and was directly involved with the team drafting industry proposals for federal and state cosmetic reform legislation. He understands the legislative and regulatory process, the ins and outs of successful advocacy, and how to work with other interests to achieve his client’s objectives and desired outcome.

Kerry is well known and well-regarded in many circles. His network is significant and allows him to solicit information, insights, and background information from his contacts in the public affairs, direct selling, and cosmetics/personal care industries. He is an excellent relationship builder and is excellent at “connecting the dots” and leverage relationships and people.

Ramesh Balan

Ramesh Balan

Founder, CEO and Chief Architect – Knomadix Corporation

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Ramesh is 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 deliver differentiated instruction and 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 his commitment to K-12 education and desire to improve how kids learn and how educators teach.

After finishing his master’s 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 its Innovation Center, headed the Bell Labs architecture board and held the title of chief architect and new product portfolio manager. Ramesh turned into a full-time entrepreneur in the mid-1990s when he started his first startup in telecom product engineering. Over the past decade, Ramesh has successfully bootstrapped several enterprise and mobile software companies in multiple industries.

Laura Gatins

Laura Gatins

Senior Vice President, Operations, Altair Global

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As Senior Vice President, Global Operational Excellence, Laura works with all departments and business leaders to bring an even deeper focus on operational excellence. She has responsibility for the Global Learning and Development and Quality Assurance teams. In addition, she leads project work for Altair 2.0 initiatives, which focuses on efficiency, productivity and overall process improvement.

Laura joined Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Service Center in Plano, Texas, as Vice President, Global Services, 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.

Neel Gonuguntla

Neel Gonuguntla

President, US India Chamber of Commerce, Dallas/Fort Worth

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Neel is President of the US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth (USICOC). The USICOC is a 501(c)(6) organization made up of more than 3,000 individual and corporate members. It is dedicated to supporting professional, business and economic development throughout the DFW area. The USICOC also facilitates trade between India and North Texas by connecting member companies with resources to aid in their successful expansions.

Prior to joining the chamber, Neel served as president of ReadyToWork, an education and workforce development consulting company. Neel received her bachelor’s in political science from Boston University and her JD/MBA from Baylor University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association as well as the Dallas Young Lawyers Association. In her spare time, Neel volunteers with a number of organizations throughout the Metroplex, including Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region, Chetna and others.

Latha Kalainesan

Latha Kalainesan

Infosys

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Latha is an AVP at Infosys leading a large telecommunication engagement for Infosys. She has over 25 years of IT experience, focused on telecom and CPG industries. In her role as a client partner for a large telco, she is responsible for C-level relationships, client engagement, innovation, P&L and go-to-market strategies. She also worked for IBM as an Associate Partner responsible for leading several large complex deals in the CPG industry. She has built her career internationally and worked across multiple countries including India, Middle East, UK and the US. Latha holds a MBA in Corp Finance from University of Dallas, a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Madras.

Michael Massiatte

Michael Massiatte

Counsel, DLA Piper

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1717 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
P: +1.214.659.4465
F: +1.214.659.4401
michaelmassiatte@andrewskurth.com

Michael focuses his practice on labor and employment matters and commercial disputes and litigation. He also counsels clients on risk management, commercial transactions, corporate compliance and ethics matters. Michael has significant experience serving as a corporate in-house attorney, most recently serving as the associate general counsel for a Dallas-based technology company. As a result, Michael serves as outside general counsel for several companies in various industries. Michael earned his JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law and his BA from UT Austin.

Javier Mazon

Javier A. Mazón

Managing Director, Group Lamerica

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Javier is a senior executive who has worked for domestic and international high-tech corporations. His range of experience includes general management, consulting, business development, relationship management, sales/marketing leadership, international board of directors, external affairs and operations in the United States and Latin America. He has held executive assignments with Texas Instruments and Oki Data Americas.

Javier is currently is founder, president, and managing director of Group Lamerica LLC, Dallas. He previously founded his own company, Troncoso International.

He is a member of the World Affairs Council of DFW, Tech Titans Advocacy Committee, Trust, North Texas District Export Council Executive Board of Directors, Youth Achievement Foundation Board of Directors and University of North Texas College of Business Advisory Board. Javier graduated from the University of Arizona. He is married, and has four children.

Chris Morris

Chris Morris

Chief Operating Officer, Perennials

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Chris Morris, COO, joined the Company in January of 2015. Chris has an extensive background in operations, supply-chain management, inventory management, and performance metrics. Prior to Sutherland, Chris served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Supply Chain for NCH, an international manufacturer; served as COO for Scrip Companies, a private equity backed distributor of specialty healthcare products; and served as Manager of the Supply Chain Practice at Deloitte. Previously, Chris was a Battery Executive Officer in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery. Chris received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy and a MBA in Finance/Management from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Nikunj Nirmal

Nikunj Nirmal

Director of Information Technology and Shadow Board Member, Tech Mahindra

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Nikunj is information technology director at Tech Mahindra, 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.

Nikunj received an MBA in strategy and finance and an MS in international management from UT Dallas, and a bachelor’s and master’s of engineering from University of Baroda. He also studied global business leadership at GlobalNXT University. He earned certification as a project management professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a certification in embedded systems from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Mike Peng

Mike Peng

O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Global Strategy, UT Dallas; Executive Director, Center for Global Business

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The O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair in the Jindal School at UT Dallas, Mike is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award winner and a fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). Mike joined UT Dallas in 2005, and founded the Center for Global Business in 2006. At the Jindal School, he directed the restructuring of the PhD program in international management studies. He also served on the committee that launched the BS in Global Business degree and that restructured the MS in International Management Studies degree.

Global in scope, Mike’s research has investigated firm strategies in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. As one of the most prolific and most influential scholars in global strategy, he has published more than 140 articles and five books. Used in over 40 countries, his textbooks, Global Strategy, Global Business and Global, are global market leaders that have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

In consulting engagements, Mike has worked with such multinationals as AstraZeneca, Safran and Texas Instruments, and such national and international organizations as the Natural Science Foundation of China, UK Government Office for Science, U.S. Navy and World Bank.

Mike received his BS from Winona State University, Minnesota; and his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is honored by Who’s Who in America. He has been quoted by The Economist, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Dallas Morning News, Texas CEO, Business Times (Singapore), CEO-CIO (Beijing), Sing Tao Daily (Vancouver) and Brasil Econômico (São Paulo), as well as on KERA/PBS TV, National Public Radio and Voice of America.

Aleksander Poniewierski

Aleksander Poniewierski

Global IoT Leader and Partner, EY

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Aleksander leads the Operational Technology and internet of things (IoT) practice for EY’s EMEIA Advisory Center. He is 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 strategic vision, guidance, QA and support with key digital transformation bids and project delivery. He has built a strong IT advisory practice in Poland and Central and Southern Europe.

Prior to EY, Aleksander was responsible for managing IT and IT security teams for fixed and mobile telecom operators. Aleksander has a special interest is cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. He has significant 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. He has authored many publications as well as participated in numerous conferences related to security and IT/OT.

Aleksander holds a bachelor’s degree from Upper Silesian University and a 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.

Mike Redeker

Mike Redeker

Non-Profit Consulting

Monique Rinere

Monique Rinere, Ph.D.

Higher Education Consultant, Author, Psychotherapist

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Monique was a first-generation college student when she first set foot on a college campus many moons ago. After lots of meandering, studying seven languages, living in Germany for years, and changing her major five times, she earned a B.A. in German and Music in 1990 from CUNY Hunter College. Inspired by a college adviser, she applied for admission to Ph.D. programs and ended up going to Princeton where she earned a doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures. The book she published as a result, which traces the evolution of the German novel from the Baroque to the Enlightenment periods, is a sure cure for insomnia. After checking out the corporate world as an education consultant with E&Y, she became the Director of Studies of Mathey College and then the Residential College Dean of Butler College at Princeton. In 2006 she became the founding dean of Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office at Harvard University. Three years later, 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. Her last stint was as Associate Vice President for Student Success at The New School, where she worked to create systems and programs designed to support students in myriad creative ways.

Rinere currently consults for universities on strategic planning and student success. Her second book, Countdown to College: The Essential Steps to Your Child’s Successful Launch published in 2019 by Penguin Random House, is designed to help parents ensure their children transition successfully to college. Monique has given dozens of talks to high school and college students and their parents on how to choose a college and excel there. Monique is a psychotherapist at the Theodor Reik Clinical Center for Psychotherapy (TRCC) at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

Monique received a BA in German and music from the City University of New York, Hunter College, and an MA and PhD in Germanic languages and literatures from Princeton University.

Joachim Scheurich

Joachim Scheurich

Pall Corporation Life Sciences
Manager Strategic Sourcing – Supplier Risk and Sustainability

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Joachim manages the global Supplier Risk and Sustainability program for the Life Sciences division of Pall Corporation. In his role, he is responsible for the expansion of the company’s supplier risk management practice with focus on business continuity and supply chain resiliency.

Prior to joining Pall, Joachim spent 29 years in international sourcing, procurement and supply chain leadership positions for different operating companies of Siemens AG in the United States and Germany.

Joachim earned a Diplom-Kaufmann degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Moises Sepulveda

Moises Sepulveda

NCH

Hajo Siemers

Hajo Siemers

Panoramic Advice

Matthieu Tagnon

Matthieu Tagnon

Director of Marketing, Essilor

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A native of France, Matthieu has spent his career at Essilor, the world leader for corrective ophthalmic lenses. A graduate of the Grenoble School of Management, Matthieu has built his career internationally, first in the United Kingdom and then in Dallas. Matthieu is today in charge of marketing for Essilor’s key accounts in the United States.

Tom Tong

Tom Tong

US-China Chamber

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Tom is an International Partner with the law firm of Locke Lord LLP and is the current President of U.S. China Chamber of Commerce, Dallas. Leveraging his language skills and cultural sensitivity, Tom advises American and Chinese clients in cross-border corporate M&A transactions and international dispute resolution matters. Tom holds a B.A. from Shandong University in China, an M.B.A from Rollins College, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Brewster H. Waddell

Brewster H. Waddell

Trustee, Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation

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Brewster is a professional who has enjoyed successful parallel careers in international sales and philanthropy. His international background includes having lived in Italy for 15 years, and he speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. He has more than 26 years of experience establishing profitable business channels for U.S. high-tech/financial service and technology companies throughout Latin America. Prior to his international sales career, he served as international trade director and director of Mexico for the Texas Department of Commerce under then-Governor George Bush, roles in which he oversaw all international trade activities for the State of Texas.

Brewster is also passionate about his involvement in philanthropy, in which he has been active since 1998. He serves as trustee and prior to that two terms as [resident of the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation. He also serves as an advisory director on the Latin America Committee for the Grameen Foundation; advisory director of the Global Dallas Chamber; founder of a nonprofit in Santiago, Chile (Fundación Alianza por Control de Enfermedades Crónicas no Transmisibles); and president of the Stone D’Arcy Waddell Memorial Fund, which was established in the name of his son Stone, who passed shortly after birth. Brewster holds a BA in international affairs and languages from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Paul Xiao

Paul Xiao

Samsung

Hubert Zydorek

Hubert Zydorek

Senior Lecturer, UT Dallas; Director, Center for Global Business; Director, Bachelor of Science in Global Business Program

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Hubert serves as director of the Center for Global Business and director of the Bachelor of Science in Global Business program at UT Dallas. In these roles, he partners with students, faculty, businesses and communities to promote global business initiatives.

Hubert has 18 years of experience in international consulting, academic teaching and management of design, development and delivery of blended-learning solutions for international clients. Prior to joining UT Dallas, Hubert worked for Intellinex, an e-learning venture of Ernst & Young, and Xerox Learning Solutions, where he led global teams to create multilingual and customized learning programs. He has lived and worked in various countries across Europe and Asia.

Hubert received his BA in international relations and business and his MBA from Cleveland State University, and his MA in finance and investments from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. He currently serves on advisory boards of academic institutions and international companies.

Faculty

Gregory Dess

Gregory Dess

Professor, UT Dallas

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Greg presently holds the Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair at the Jindal School. Prior to that, he spent six years as the Gatton Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky, and he had prior faculty (and visiting) positions at Florida State University, Dartmouth College (Tuck School), and the University of South Carolina. During 1994, he also was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal at the University of Oporto. He has conducted executive education programs or workshops in several countries, including Australia, China Germany, Hong Kong, Norway, and Switzerland.

Greg has primary research interests in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and knowledge management. He has published over 50 articles in many excellent academic and practitioner journals. He also served on the editorial boards of several major journals. In addition, he has coauthored several books, including Strategic Management: Text and Cases (2018, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin) as well as two books targeted at the practitioner market: Beyond Productivity (AMACOM) and Mission Critical (Irwin Business).

Greg received his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, his MBA from Georgia State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. In December 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern (Switzerland).

David L. Ford

David L. Ford, Jr. (Dave)

Emeritus Professor, UT Dallas

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mzad@utdallas.edu

Dave served on the Jindal School faculty between 1975 and 2016. During his more than 50 years of professional experience, Dave has worked as an industrial engineer, an educator, a trainer, a manager and an organizational development consultant. His other full-time and visiting academic appointments include UCLA, Purdue, Michigan State and Yale. Dave’s research interests cover such topics as individual and group decision-making processes, job stress, workforce diversity, knowledge management and cross-cultural management. He has more than 75 publications.

As president of his own management consulting firm, D. L. Ford & Associates, Dave has consulted for Fortune 1000 clients and government agencies, including Anheuser-Busch, ExxonMobil, the Federal Aviation Administration, General Electric (GE Appliances, GE Corporate Training & Development and GE Medical Systems), Hilton Hotels, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Whirlpool. International assignments have included clients in China, India, Russia, South Africa, Trinidad and Turkey. Dave also has served on corporate and nonprofit boards as a director.

Dave received his BS in industrial engineering from Iowa State University, MS in industrial engineering and PhD in organizational analysis — both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He resides in Dallas, with his wife, Jackie. They have two adult children.

Charles Hazzard

Charles (Charlie) Hazzard

Clinical Professor, UT Dallas

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Charlie is clinical professor, executive in residence and director of the Center for International Accounting Development, which runs an oil-and-gas executive training program every year. He is a retired executive vice president, Administration, for OxyChem, the chemical operations of Occidental Petroleum.

Charlie has had 33 years of executive experience at Fortune 500 companies. At UT Dallas, he won the 2011 President’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2001, he won the prestigious Dallas/Fort Worth YWCA “Mentors and Allies Award” given each year to a DFW executive “who has shown exceptional commitment to eliminating glass ceilings and creating better opportunities for women.” He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seung-Hyun Lee

Seung-Hyun (Sean) Lee

Professor, UT Dallas

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After joining UT Dallas in 2002, Seung-Hyun (Sean) has led six study trips to China, Japan and Korea, taking students abroad to widen their views on global business. Sean is the coordinator of the Jindal School’s Organizations, Strategy and International Management Area and previously served as the PhD program coordinator. He has won the teaching excellence award in 2016 from the Global Leadership Executive MBA program at UT Dallas.

His research spans initial public offering to corporate bankruptcy, mainly focusing on multinational firms. He chaired the 2017 Asia Academy of Management conference and his textbook with three other co-authors, Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages, is one of the leading strategic management textbooks in the United States. He earned his MBA and PhD from Ohio State University.

Monica Rankin

Monica Rankin

Associate Professor, UT Dallas

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Monica is an associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Dallas and the director of the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives. She specializes in the history of Mexico, Latin America and U.S.-Latin American relations. She completed her PhD in Latin American history from the University of Arizona in 2004. She is the author of ¡México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2010); The History of Costa Rica (Greenwood Press, 2012); and Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s-1900 (Facts on File, 2010). In addition, her general textbook on Latin American history, Exploitation, Inequality, and Resistance: Three Centuries of Latin American History (Oxford University Press) and her primary document reader Problems in Modern Mexican History (Rowman & Littlefield) were published in 2017. She has written several chapters and articles on various aspects of Mexican foreign policy, gender and popular culture during World War II. Her current project, a history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the 1940s, is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of research grants through the Fulbright Program, the Roosevelt Institute, the Truman Institute and the UT Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives. Other research projects continue to examine popular culture and nationalism in 20th century Mexico and Latin America. In the area of pedagogy, she was the winner of a2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System. She is known for her use of Twitter, animation and other forms of emerging media in the classroom. Currently, Dr. Rankin is leading several study abroad programs in Mexico and South America for UT Dallas students.

Habte Woldu

Habte Woldu

Clinical Professor, UT Dallas; Director, Master of Science in International Management Studies Program

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Born in Ethiopia, Habte attended Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa, where he earned an undergraduate degree in social science while simultaneously working as an auditor for the National Bank of Ethiopia. From there he went on to pursue a master’s degree program in human resource management followed by a doctorate degree in economics from the Poznan University of Economics, Poland. After beginning his academic career as an assistant professor at Poznan University, Habte joined UT Dallas in 1993.

Habte has done extensive research and has many publications covering a wide breadth of topics, including comparative management and cross-cultural studies, empirical analysis of cultural differences and divergence, HRM in Central and Eastern Europe, and international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa. During his tenure at the Jindal School of Management, Habte has grown with the University itself and has been actively involved in the internationalization of UT Dallas. He serves as the director of the UT Dallas MS in International Management Studies program.

Alumni

Alumni, we invite you to engage with us. Sharing knowledge and expertise through seminars, speaking events and being a mentor for our undergraduate and graduate students are a few examples in which you can support our current students, give back to the program and promote your company — as well as your alma mater.

If you are interested in participating in center activities, please email Hubert.Zydorek@utdallas.edu.

A LinkedIn group for UT Dallas International Management Studies and Global Business Alumni has been established to connect alumni with graduating seniors. Every fall and spring semester, we host an alumni gathering to share updates about the center and its programs.

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William Donovan

William Donovan

MS in International Management Studies Student
BS in Global Business Alumnus

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William is a student pursuing an MS in international management studies. During his time as an undergraduate global business student, he interned abroad for a fitness equipment company in Dublin. His career interests are technology and cybersecurity. William serves as a NOVA ambassador for the Jindal School, where he represents JSOM to donors, alumni and prospective students. William also is a dedicated member of the Tuesday Toastmasters club and is passionate about public speaking.

Ann Matthew

Ann Matthew

HITRUST Auditor, A-LIGN;
BS in Global Business Alumna

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Ann graduated from UT Dallas in spring 2018 with a double major in global business and information technology and systems. At UT Dallas, she was a founding member of the Women in Technology and Business student organization, as well as an active member of the Study Abroad Council and the Delta Zeta Sorority, holding various leadership positions in all three organizations. Since graduating, Ann works for a global compliance and cybersecurity company, A-LIGN, as a HITRUST auditor.

Fernanda Munoz

Fernanda Munoz

MS in International Management Studies Student
BS in Global Busines Alumnus

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Fernanda began her college career at Collin College in 2013. While there, she was actively involved in a leadership position as vice president of finance for Phi Theta Kappa: International Student Honors Society. After graduating summa cum laude with her associate of science in 2015, she transferred to UT Dallas supported by a Comet Transfer Scholarship and NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship. At the Jindal School in 2016, she was not only awarded the Geico Achievement Award Scholarship but also went to Ethiopia as part of a study abroad program, which she credits as a life-changing experience. While at UT Dallas, she became a NOVA Ambassador for JSOM and graduated magna cum laude with her BS in global business and finance in 2017.

In 2015, Fernanda began her professional career as an accounts payable accountant intern with TopGolf. Upon graduating from UT Dallas, she started full time as a financial analyst at TopGolf, where she now has the responsibility of managing its International United Kingdom Accounts and managing income statements while creating annual budget projections for its finance department headquartered in Dallas.

Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz y Celis

Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz y Celis

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Carlos is a member of the Davidson Management Honors Program at UT Dallas, and will graduate in December 2018 with a double-major in marketing and global business. While at UT Dallas, Carlos interned with the United Nations Information Center in Washington, D.C., through the Archer Fellowship Program, as well as with the U.S. Department of State and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria. Carlos is passionate about the intersection of business and policy, with a special focus on global security and sustainable development.

Sanida Saliovski

Sanida Saliovski

Senior Consultant, EY;
BS in Global Business Alumna

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Sanida is a senior consultant at Ernst & Young. She has more than 10 years of experience across various industries, including food services, financial services, telecommunications, industrial manufacturing and consumer packaged goods. At the age of 20, Sanida found herself owning and operating an Italian restaurant in Frisco, Texas. Running a restaurant was not always easy, but Sanida’s determination and passion for serving quality food contributed to her success. She decided to bring the restaurant’s popular salad dressings and pasta sauces to retail and spent several years in the specialty food business, where she created products from inception to launch. Her entrepreneurial background and expertise led her to the consulting industry, where she assists clients in solving complex industry challenges related to program and project management, product development, process, systems and technology improvements.

Munawar Shad

Munawar Shad

Associate, KPMG Advisory Practice
BS in Global Business Alumnus

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Fernanda began her college career at Collin College in 2013. While there, she was actively involved in a leadership position as vice president of finance for Phi Theta Kappa: International Student Honors Society. After graduating summa cum laude with her associate of science in 2015, she transferred to UT Dallas supported by a Comet Transfer Scholarship and NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship. At the Jindal School in 2016, she was not only awarded the Geico Achievement Award Scholarship but also went to Ethiopia as part of a study abroad program, which she credits as a life-changing experience. While at UT Dallas, she became a NOVA Ambassador for JSOM and graduated magna cum laude with her BS in global business and finance in 2017.

In 2015, Fernanda began her professional career as an accounts payable accountant intern with TopGolf. Upon graduating from UT Dallas, she started full time as a financial analyst at TopGolf, where she now has the responsibility of managing its International United Kingdom Accounts and managing income statements while creating annual budget projections for its finance department headquartered in Dallas.

Casey Sublett

Casey Sublett

Associate Analyst in Cybersecurity Risk and Compliance, Southwest Airlines;
BS in Global Business Alumna

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Casey joined Southwest Airlines as an associate analyst in cybersecurity risk and compliance in 2017. In her spare time, Casey also serves as a development assistant with the International Rescue Committee in Dallas.

At UT Dallas, Casey was a member of the Davidson Management Honors Program. She graduated in 2017 with a double major in global business and marketing and a minor in political science. While at UT Dallas, her favorite experiences included interning at the White House through the Bill Archer Fellowship Program for Undergraduates, interning at KPMG, and living in Germany for study abroad and an internship.

Paul Xiao

Paul Xiao

Inventory Accountant, Samsung Electronics America;
BS Accounting, MS International Management Studies

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Paul Xiao finished both his Bachelor degree of Accounting(2007-2010) and Master degree of International Management Studies(2011-2013) at UT Dallas. He joined Samsung Electronics America as Inventory Accountant on May 2010 which is two month before Samsung launched their first Samsung Galaxy Smart phone. Paul has been working at Samsung for every generation of their smart phone launch and promoted to Senior Auditor, Business Planning Manager, and now Manager II for Supply Chain Management. He currently works with Samsung’s global supply chain management and logistic team for business planning, inventory allocation, and process innovation. Paul is one of the founders of the ASCEND UTD chapter when he was at UTD and he has great passion to support the university’s activities as Alumni.

Saron Zekiros

Saron Zekiros

Risk Analyst, JP Morgan Chase & Co.;
BS in Global Business Alumna

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Saron is a risk analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co. She has been with the firm since 2016. In her spare time, Saron is involved with the firm’s Toastmasters Club and serves on the Texas leadership board for NextGen, a business-resource group at the firm. Saron also participated in a consulting project for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders, as part of the firm’s initiative to give back to the local nonprofit community.

Saron graduated from UT Dallas in 2016 with a BS in global business and finance. During her time at UT Dallas, Saron was a member of several JSOM organizations, including the Global Business Organization, Dean’s Council and Phi Beta Lambda. She also served as president of the Eritrean/Ethiopian Student Association.

While at UT Dallas, her favorite experiences included participating in JSOM faculty-led trips to Japan and Ethiopia, representing UT Dallas at the Clinton Global Initiative University conferences, and working at the JSOM Career Management Center.

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Past Events

2020

Fifth Annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference

Fifth Annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference, November 7-8, 2020

Attracting over 130 scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world

Main host was Cornell University; and Center for Global Business was one of the co-sponsors


Complete conference program

2019

Wilson Zhu, who will speak at the CGB / US-China Chamber of Commerce event

To be the Disruptor or to be Disrupted

Center for Global Business collaboration with the US-China Chamber of Commerce Dallas

Featuring Wilson Zhu, Chief Operating Officer, Li & Fung
Friday, October 11, 2019 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
JSOM Executive Dining Room (1.606)
Inside Executive Education Suite


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Fourth Annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference,2019

Fourth Annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference

Attracting over 100 scholars, practitioners, diplomats, and students from around the world

Wednesday, May 8 – Friday, May 10, 2019

Complete conference program

News coverage: Inside the Jindal School, June 9, 2019

2018

Speaker at International Trade Finance event, 2018

International Trade Finance and International Payments

Featuring Jay James, Senior Vice President of Texas Capital Bank
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Speaker at Global Supply Chain Forum event, 2018

Global Supply Chain and Automation Discussion Forum

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Annual India Event Competition

2018 – Infosys

Annual India Event Celebration

2018 – The Naveen Jindal Institute for Indo-American Business Studies

Center Executive Director Mike Peng recognized among the top 101 most highly cited scholars in the broad field of economics and business worldwide (In this field, Dr. Peng is the only faculty member from the entire UT System who made the list).

2017

Annual India Event (Competition/Celebration)

2017 – The Naveen Jindal Institute for Indo-American Business Studies (Competition/Celebration)

IT Outsourcing in India

Featuring executives from NTT Data, Tech Mahindra and Global Outlook
Friday, January 27, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A panel discussion brought together three global companies that conducted business in India. The companies shared their views on global talent challenges, service industry in India and IT outsourcing challenges and opportunities. This event took place in collaboration with the US India Chamber of Commerce. This event was attended by 100+ students, faculty and industry leaders interested in India’s IT industry.

One Belt, One Road: Global Challenges and Opportunities

Featuring Dr. Da-Hsuan Feng, Special Advisor to the Rector and Global Affairs, The University of Macau
Monday, February 13, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.

Dr. Da-Hsuan Feng, special advisor to the rector of the University of Macau and former vice president of research and economic development at UT Dallas, delivered a presentation on China’s One Belt, One Road program. The presentation was attended by more than 100 students, who participated in discussion about China’s role and its international trade routes.

Emerging European Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

Featuring Dr. Jacek Tomkiewicz, Research Director at TIGER
Thursday, March 2, 2018, 1 p.m.

Dr. Jacek Tomkiewicz of Kozminski University in Poland discussed opportunities and challenges in emerging European economies. He outlined the current economic situation and presented opportunities for growth in Poland and other Central and Eastern European markets. The presentation was attended by more than 100 students, faculty and industry representatives.

Management Practices in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, April 27, 2018, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

In April 2017, we had an opportunity to host two marketing professors from Thapar University in India. During their stay at UT Dallas, they delivered a presentation about management practices in India. The session was attended by more than 40 students interested in India’s growing economy. Some of the students who attended the session decide to join the India Summer program.

Keynote Speaker at Year of India event, 2017

The Year of India 3C Event

April 21 – 22, 2018, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

The Year of India 3C Event, which took place in spring 2017, celebrated the end of India-related activities throughout the2016-2017 academic year. The event was divided in three parts:

1. Conference on Sustainability, Leadership and Innovation

2. Business Competition – Students were presented with five topics from which they were asked to select one and write a comprehensive case study. The topics were related to business activities of Jindal Steel and Power. Six teams combining graduate and undergraduate students participated in this competition.

3. Celebration Dinner – More than 300 students, faculty and industry representatives attended the celebration dinner. The keynote speaker was Debjani Biswas, author and change agent. This event took place in collaboration with the US India Chamber of Commerce.

East Africa Workshop attendees, 2017

East Africa Chamber of Commerce – Global Leadership Workshop

Tuesday, October 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

The East Africa Chamber of Commerce of Dallas asked the Center for Global Business to organize a Global Leadership Workshop for 15 East African government and industry leaders. Faculty as well as students wanting to learn about issues and challenges in Africa attended this daylong event.

Speaker at Business in Africa event, 2017

Business in Africa: Trade and Investment, Sustainability and Social Impact and Why the United States is Falling Behind

Monday, October 30, 2018, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The East Africa Chamber of Commerce of Dallas asked the Center for Global Business to organize a Global Leadership Workshop for 15 East African government and industry leaders. Faculty as well as students wanting to learn about issues and challenges in Africa attended this daylong event.

Panel at Poland Day, 2017

Poland Conference: The Future of Poland’s Economy

Wednesday, November 1, 2018, 2 – 7 p.m.

The East Africa Chamber of Commerce of Dallas asked the Center for Global Business to organize a Global Leadership Workshop for 15 East African government and industry leaders. Faculty as well as students wanting to learn about issues and challenges in Africa attended this daylong event.

2016

Students enjoying dinner at the Year of Ethiopia Celebration, 2016

Year of Ethiopia Celebration

April 2, 2016, 6 – 10 p.m.

The Year of Ethiopia concluded with a celebration that brought together UT Dallas faculty, staff and students as well as members of various international institutions.

Cultural dance at Poland Day, 2016

Poland Day

Friday, November 4, 2018, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The role of Poland in the European Union, Poland’s Economy and Trade, Poland’s Business and Technology,The role of Poland in the European Union2. Poland’s Economy and Trade3. Poland’s Business and Technology4. Internships/Study Abroad/Faculty-led trips, and Internships/Study Abroad/Faculty-led trips.

Research

Our world-class faculty members conduct and publish some of the most influential and most widely cited research. Three endowed chairs in strategic management, Gregory Dess, Andrew R. Cecil Chair in Applied Ethics; Mike Peng, O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Global Strategy; and Eric Tsang, Dallas World Salute Distinguished Professor in Global Strategy; and one endowed chair in organizational behavior and human resource management, Riki Takeuchi, Jindal School of Management Advisory Council Distinguished Professor, are internationally renowned scholars. The Jindal School is one of the few in the world to count two Academy of International Business (AIB) Fellows on the faculty, Mike Peng and Eric Tsang. Consisting of publications in 24 top business journals, the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™ has become a gold standard in measuring research excellence. Our faculty have consistently ranked among the top 10 worldwide.

In addition to publishing journal articles, our faculty members write best-selling textbooks used in dozens of countries. Our faculty’s research also has graced the pages of leading outlets such as the Dallas Morning News, Texas CEO and U.S. News & World Report.

Initiatives

Sustainable Global Business Initiative (SGBI)

The Sustainable Global Business Initiative (SGBI) is a collaboration between the Ann and Jack Graves Charitable Foundation and the Center for Global Business in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. Learn more about SGBI on the Sustainable Global Business Initiative web page.

Sustainable Global Business Initiative

India Initiative

The goal for our India Initiative is to engage with businesses, community, faculty and students to discuss India’s role in the business world. This initiative will host a number of lectures, seminars, competitions and cultural events throughout the year, and organize student trips and projects to India.

During summer 2017, we began our first India Summer Program. Participating students visited multiple companies and toured several cultural sights. Students also participated in business projects organized by various departments of Jindal Steel and Power.

We look forward to working with many Indian companies in the upcoming years. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Hubert Zydorek.

Global Development Initiative

The Global Development Initiative (GDI) is a collaboration between the Center for Global Business at The University of Texas at Dallas and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce dedicated to supporting international Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in establishing themselves in the City of Richardson and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Students participating in this program conduct market analysis and research for international companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

The phases below outline the engagement process with pre-qualified international companies.

In this phase, students perform a Basic Market Analysis. This complimentary service consists of basic desktop research supported by senior industry advisors. The main objective of this phase is to understand industry opportunities and challenges, identify potential clients and conduct competitor analysis.

In this phase, students perform an Advanced Market Analysis in which they thoroughly examine the competitive landscape and create a detailed list of competitors and clients. Students also analyze distribution, cost structure, profitability and trends. The outcome of this phase is a detailed report and a presentation to the company leadership. Companies interested in this phase create an endowment in their name and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University to establish internships overseas. Companies interested in this phase should contact Hubert Zydorek for additional details.

Companies ready to set up its operations in the United States may benefit from employing individual students and senior advisors to conduct comprehensive market research and perform sales activities. They may also benefit from working with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Concierge Program experts’ to support their expansion by providing sales, legal or accounting expertise. For more information, contact Mike Skelton, director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business.

The center includes academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.