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The mission of the Center for Global Business (CGB) at The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is to foster internationalization through high-quality research, experiential learning and outreach. The CGB supports students, faculty, businesses and communities in promoting initiatives that will help create and train responsible global business leaders and citizens. Across campus, the CGB works with various centers, schools and departments to bring and share expertise in business, foreign languages and sustainability. The center partners with chambers of commerce and international institutions to deliver seminars, competitions, conferences and networking events.

Giving

Your Gift Matters! There are a number of opportunities to support the Center for Global Business and its initiatives. By creating an Opportunity Fund, providing scholarships and/or fellowships, or endowing a professorship or chair, you contribute to the growth of global business knowledge.

Please visit our Endowments section to review different options.

Ways to Give

Give Online

To make a financial gift online, please visit the Jindal School’s Giving page.

Select Global Business Fund from the dropdown menu. Tell us how you would like us to use the funds (Scholarships, Study Abroad, and International Projects) in the Comments box.

Give by Mail

To make a gift by mail, please send a check payable to UT Dallas to:

The Center for Global Business (attn.: Laura Madden)
The University of Texas at Dallas
Naveen Jindal School of Management
800 West Campbell Road, SM40
Richardson, TX 75080

Give by Phone

To make a gift by phone (by credit card), please contact:

Laura Madden, Director of Corporate Relations
(972) 883-5052
laura.madden@utdallas.edu Naveen Jindal School of Management

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Mike Peng, Executive Director, Center for Global Business
O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair of Global Strategy
mikepeng@utdallas.edu
(972) 883-2714

Hubert Zydorek, Director, Center for Global Business
Director, BS in Global Business Program
hubert.zydorek@utdallas.edu
(972) 883-5037

Laura Madden, Director of Corporate Relations
Naveen Jindal School of Management
laura.madden@utdallas.edu
(972) 883-5052

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

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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.

Sanjay Ahuja

Sanjay Ahuja

Manager, KPMG

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Sanjay works for KPMG Advisory in its People & Change practice. Sanjay is also a co-founder of Skillgap Solutions LLC, a company specializing in analytics in human capital performance management.

Sanjay has a strong ability to identify and develop change strategies, establish cultural change and monitor efficacy of changes, with training in organizational and behavior change management approaches. He has 22 years of experience leading large global multicultural and multi-location teams, and he is recognized consistently by marquee clients with high C-SAT scores and industry recognition. His current practice areas include organizational change management, training and development, human capital performance management, business-process improvement, and technology. Sanjay is a project management professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a certified professional in learning and performance (CPLP) certified by the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD).

Connie Bryant

Consolata (Connie) Ayoo-Bryant

Founder and CEO, Professional Home Health; Divine Hospice; Arms of Comfort Home Health

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A native of Kenya, Connie is founder and CEO of Professional Home Health in Euless, Texas; Divine Hospice in Euless, Texas; and Arms of Comfort Home Health in Azle, Texas. She has more than 24 years of experience in healthcare management, leadership and entrepreneurship. In addition, she is also managing director of Organi Limited, an agro-processing company specializing in orange flesh provitamin A sweet potatoes processing, based in Kenya, established with a goal to promote consumption of natural vitamin A in East Africa and to create employment.

Connie serves as a board advisor to the East Africa Chamber of Commerce, which promotes the socioeconomic development relationship between businesses and government agencies of East Africa and the United States. She also has served on a number of advisory councils and boards, including Texas Home Health and Hospice Association Clinical Committee and Dwele Foundation (an organization promoting awareness of chronic hepatitis B in Africa).

Connie received a National Leadership Award as honorary co-chairman in the Business Advisory Council from Congressman Tom De Lay, and Queens Night International Ministry Excellence in Career and Business Inspirational Award. She also won the Diaspora Entertainment Award and Businesswoman of the Year/Entrepreneur Award.

Connie holds an advanced diploma in registered community health from Nairobi College of Health Professions and a BSN with honors from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

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.

Guilherme Brea

Guilherme Brea

Program Director, IoT & Smart Cities, Ericsson

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Guilherme has 20 years of global experience in the information technology and telecom industries, having worked and lived on multiple continents and led the implementation of large-scale business and operational support systems for companies like Amdocs, America Movil, AT&T, Century Link, Iridium, Telecom Italia, Verizon and Vodafone.

Currently working for Ericsson’s Consulting and Systems Integration division, Guilherme heads the pre-sales and delivery excellence organization accountable for enforcing profitability of strategic engagements with all Tier-One 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.

He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Currently he is enrolled in the corporate innovation program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Charlie W. Chen

Charlie W. Chen

Chairman/CEO, DFW Technology, Inc.

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Charlie is the founder and has been the chief executive officer of DFW Technology for more than 20 years. DFW Technology is an information technology company, providing technical support to businesses. Charlie has founded several enterprises and venture projects in his 30-year business life. He is 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 startups 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 the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in its 70-year history. He is instrumental in helping the city and chamber establish the International Office program and earn the title of “International Business Capital of North Texas,” designated by Texas State legislation. He also serves as international ambassador of the City of Richardson.

Charlie is a leading entrepreneur with eyes always open to new opportunities. His colleagues regard him as a strategic thinker. He enjoys his business career most through creating and delivering values to customers, and inspiring people growth. In the community, he contributes his leadership and benevolence through numerous involvements of charities and nonprofit organizations. Charlie is a family man, married to wife Pauline for more than 30 years and has three well-educated adult children. Charlie finished his undergraduate degree of atmospheric science at National Taiwan University and earned two master’s degrees in atmospheric science and computer science in the United States. He also went through executive programs in graduate schools of business at Stanford and Columbia universities and Dartmouth College.

Laura Gatins

Laura Gatins

Senior Vice President, Operations, Altair Global

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Laura leads Altair’s strategic and client initiatives for global operations and supports the domestic operations staff. All domestic and global operations managers at Altair’s global headquarters and central region service center report to her.

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 domestic and global management roles.

Laura is a member of the Worldwide ERC and holds its certified relocation professional (CRP) and global mobility specialist, strategic talent mobility (GMS-T) designations. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Connecticut State University and a master of industrial organizational psychology degree from Fairfield University.

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.

Lukas Grabiec

Lukas Grabiec

Assistant, General Counsel, GoDaddy

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Lukas is assistant general counsel at GoDaddy. Prior to that, he worked for more than eight years as 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. He was also selected for 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 chairing the State Bar of Arizona In-House Counsel Committee, serving as director and founding member of the US-Poland Trade Council (USPTC) Office in Arizona, and mentoring at the US-Poland Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley. He frequently lectures across the United States and Europe, including at the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Stanford University.

Lukas received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from École de Hautes Études Commerciales in France, his BS in political science from the University of Houston Honors College, as well as a Certificate of Polish Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Wilbur Gregory

Wilbur Gregory

Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer,
NCH Corporation

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2727 Chemsearch Blvd,
Irving, Texas 75062
972/579-2721 wilbur.gregory@nch.com

Profile:

Wilbur (Jay) Gregory is vice president and chief compliance officer of NCH Corporation in Irving, Texas. NCH is one of the largest maintenance and chemical products companies in the world that transacts business through direct marketers. Products include specialty chemicals, oils and lubricants, pet supplies, tools, plumbing parts, biologicals, industrial drain/waste, and water-treatment services. NCH is 95 years old, has more than 8,500 employees, and operates on six continents — with revenues in excess of $1 billion.

Wilbur joined NCH in January 2014. He reports directly to the board of directors. Tasked with creating a global anti-corruption program, he is involved in the recruitment and training of staff, compliance policy creation and implementation, enforcement of the Code of Conduct, and auditing practices for fraud and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Wilbur is a member of the Texas Bar and spent 30 years as a special agent and chief division counsel, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. An experienced case agent, he has handled numerous investigations, including international drug trafficking, violent crimes, money laundering, property crimes and civil rights matters. As chief division counsel, Wilbur was responsible for handling all legal and administrative issues affecting operations in the Dallas Field Office. He is a legal instructor and provided guidance on white-collar crime, corruption, national security, cyber, criminal and intelligence matters to more than 600 employees and task force officers.

Wilbur has a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine, where he was a two-time All American hurdler in track and field. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Wilbur is married and has two adult children.

Jay James

Jay James

Senior Vice President of Texas Capital Bank

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Jay is senior vice president with Texas Capital Bank and leads the bank’s Global Services group, which provides 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 his 1985 summer job as a bank teller and loan clerk while in high school. Jay has a multitude of banking experience, 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. He is also a graduate of SMU’s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, where for the last four summers he has led a living bank case study with students.

Zara Khan

Zara Khan

Compliance Director, Fidelity Investments (MS-IMS Alumna)

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Zarah 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 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 JD from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2009, and was admitted to the Texas Bar that year. She earned her BS in finance from UT Dallas in 2006, and is in her final year of the Professional MBA Program at the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas.

Sandeep Kumar

Sandeep Kumar

Digital Business Services Executive, SAP

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Sandeep has 20+ years of experience in consulting and industry in strategic planning, supply chain management and sales. He has advised and led digital transformation of leading global consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail organizations across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas regions. In addition to his consulting experience, he also has worked as a line manager in strategic planning, supply chain and sales functions with Fortune 500 CPG organizations.

Sandeep is with digital business services at SAP. He led Infosys’ North America Business Consulting practice for retail and CPG companies. He was responsible for profit and loss for the entire practice. He is a subject-matter expert in digital transformation spanning supply chain, sales and marketing, and omni-channel operations processes using such new technology capabilities as artificial intelligence/machine learning, analytics, user experience and user-centric design. His areas of expertise also include mergers and integration, having recently led integration of two of the largest food companies in North America.

Sandeep holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Rebecca Massiatte

Rebecca Massiatte

Immigration Attorney, JMO Firm, PLLC

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Rebecca provides personal and dedicated immigration services to a variety of corporations and individuals as well as to nonprofit 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 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. Rebecca received her JD degree and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.

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
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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.

Alfonso Gonzalez

Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos

Managing Director, BPI Group

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Alfonso is managing director of BPI Group in Texas. He is a corporate executive, consultant, coach and entrepreneur with global leadership and organizational development experience. He is bilingual (English/Spanish) with both work and living experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Alfonso’s extensive experiences combine the strategic width of a global organizational-development-and-team- talent executive with the clinical depth of a psychoanalyst, and the flexibility and drive of an entrepreneur. He is a founder and architect of organizations and projects, both nationally and internationally.

As an entrepreneur, Alfonso was founder and managing director of Saratoga Institute Mexico, where he worked with Dr. Jac Fitzenz to create the first human value metrics system and network in Mexico with more than 100 affiliated companies. Saratoga later expanded to Latin America. Alfonso designed a leading-edge postgraduate degree in advanced HR change management with Cornell University for top Mexican HR executives. Recently, he founded his own consulting firm geared toward helping leaders align their organizations to improve performance and to build a comprehensive talent strategy to support business innovation, growth and sustainability.

As a corporate executive, Alfonso has extensive experience working with multinationals such as Ford Motor Company, The Jefferson Smurfit Group, Kellogg’s Co., Western Union, W.R. Grace and others. As a coach, Alfonso has more than 20 years of experience in industrial and clinical coaching practice, helping individuals and groups grow and expand their potential in Mexico, the United States and Europe.

Alfonso holds a BS in business administration from La Salle University; an MS in clinical psychology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; and a degree in psychoanalysis from Sociedad Psicoanalitica de Mexico and the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training. He also graduated from the advanced HR change management program at Cornell University.

Steve Mullen

Steve Mullen

Retired Executive, Kellog’s and Hershey’s

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Steve was 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 on Asia. He was responsible for more than $1 billion in globally recognized consumer brands over the course of his career.

Throughout his career, Steve created and launched more than 50 new products, many internationally. He personally wrote or personally managed more than 130 major consumer-research projects. He directed five globally recognized advertising agencies on three continents, and created two of the most successful ad campaigns in the consumer packaged goods food industry in the United States and Japan. Steve received his MBA from Northwestern University and his BS from the University of Minnesota.

Zemedeneh Negatu

Zemedeneh Negatu

CEO, Fairfaix Africa Fund

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An Ethiopian-American, Zemedeneh is widely recognized as one of Africa’s top business leader and has received numerous global awards and recognitions, including the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2013” award from New African Magazine, “Who-is-Who of African Finance 2015” from Global Finance of New York, “Titans Building Nations 2014” award from CEO Magazine, 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 United States, 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. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, the FT, and Bloomberg. He was a “Power Lunch” guest on CNBC television discussing FDI in Africa.

Zemedeneh has a business degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and completed the LSE program at the Harvard Business School. He is a U.S. certified public accountant.

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.

Lisa Pacholek

Lisa Pacholek

Global Business Consultant

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

Lisa is also an entrepreneur and international development professional who is passionate about microfinance and economic development as means for moving families out of poverty. Lisa 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.

Lisa worked in international development for more than 20 years, including eight years as country director for Global Communities (formally CHF International) in Honduras and Colombia and 10 years as a successful independent consultant. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Bolivia under the small-business program.

Lisa earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona; and a BA 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, Peru and the United States.

Benjamin V. A. Pettigrew

Benjamin V. A. Pettigrew

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner, Clearview Investments, Ltd

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Ben is chief operating officer and managing partner of the boutique private equity firm Clearview Investments Ltd., where he is responsible for identifying, valuing, negotiating and managing investments in real estate, private equity and publicly traded securities. In addition, he has substantial experience in investment banking and corporate development around the world, having managed acquisition and divestitures, deal teams and joint ventures not only in the United States, but also in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.

Ben earned an MBA and an MA in international studies from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in history from Harvard University. He also has been honored as a guest lecturer and speaker at UT Dallas, Wharton and MIT.

Ben is fluent in Portuguese and has a voracious appetite for learning and education. He also has an incurable, lifelong case of wanderlust, having been to 54 countries and all seven continents, and having lived in Brazil, Britain, France and Israel.

Christoph Perez

Christoph Perez

Head of International Networks, Team Côte d’Azur

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After earning a master’s degree in business intelligence and international business at the University of Côte d’Azur (UCA), Christophe started his career in the outdoors industry and helped American companies enter Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He then led the sales office of a luxury real estate program associated with a private golf course, the EMEA office of a Saudi Investment company and the international networks of the No. 1 science park in Europe – Sophia Antipolis.

For the past 10 years, Christoph has led the foreign direct investment program for Team Côte d’Azur in North America. Team Côte d’Azur is the investment promotion agency for the Côte d’Azur. Founded by the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolitan area, the chamber of commerce and industry and the Sophia Antipolis science park, Team Côte d’Azur promotes the region to international companies.

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.

Monique Rinere

Monique Rinere, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, The New School

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After serving as director of studies of Mathey College and then as residential college dean of Butler College at Princeton University, 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 dean of advising for Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. 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 also has 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 writing a book for new students and their parents on how to exceed in college.

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.

Anand Santhanam

Anand Santhanam

Head of Sales and Strategy – Communications,
Media and Entertainment Unit, Infosys U.S.

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Anand has 23 years of experience at Infosys, with a telecommunications industry specialization. He is leading the sales and business-development initiatives for Infosys in the Americas for the CME industry. In his role, he defines the market positioning, client engagement and go-to-market strategies apart from consulting to a set of leading telecom companies.

Prior to this role, he headed the market development initiatives for Infosys in Southeast Asia. He was the founding member of International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) Singapore chapter. Before he worked in Southeast Asia, Anand led Infosys’s business development for the telecom sector for Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he created new accounts for Infosys all the leading telecom companies in the region, which are still existing and growing accounts of Infosys. He also set up Infosys’s telecom consulting practice in Australia, and operations in the Middle East and Africa.

Between 1995 and 2003, he played various roles in Canada and the United States at companies such as Nortel Network, MetaSolv and Sprint Telecom, where he led major-product research-and-development initiatives and system-integration programs.

His key skills include: business profit-and-loss management, regional development, client relationship management, large-scale outsourcing management, and consulting to telecom providers. Anand holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Mysore and Infosys Global Leadership Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Korina Smith

Korina Smith

Executive Director, Global Chamber® Dallas

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Korina is an international humanitarian, public speaker and business leader. She is 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 more than 30 countries. She considers herself a global citizen.

Korina has lived in Dallas six years and is committed to helping companies and investors in the DFW area find more success internationally. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University at Los Angeles.

Anbu Subramaniyam

Anbu Subramaniyam

Quality Manager, Metal Stamping Division,
General Motors; Chair, Women In Manufacturing

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Anbu is the quality manager for the Metal Stamping Division of General Motors in Arlington, Texas, where GM’s full-size utility vehicles such as Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are assembled. Anbu has been working in the automotive Industry for 20 years. She has had progressive roles in the areas of automotive assembly, supply chain, maintenance and quality assurance. Anbu has led many projects throughout her career that have focused on cost of quality, error proofing, global manufacturing practices and warranty improvements. Her current role deals with establishing process controls and best practices among global stamping plants within GM.

Anbu serves as the chair of Women In Manufacturing (WIM), an employee resource group at GM. Through WIM, she leads several community outreach programs. Very passionate about children and education, Anbu works with local schools through programs such as Junior Achievement, Virtual Classrooms, mentoring and STEM workshops. She is also the Dallas Chapter Lead for Isha Vidhya, a nonprofit organization focusing on rural education in India.

A native of India, Anbu earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India; and her master’s degree in engineering from the University of Tulsa. She also holds a certified manager of quality certification from the American Society for Quality.

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.

S. Kerry Tassopoulos

S. Kerry Tassopoulos

Vice President, Public Affairs, Mary Kay Inc

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Kerry is vice president of public affairs, compliance and risk management at Mary Kay Inc., a Dallas-based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics and personal care products. He is involved in every aspect of Mary Kay’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 currently is 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 colleagues on a wide range of issues, including international, federal and state regulatory matters and the manufacture, distribution and marketing of products. Prior to Mary Kay, he gained additional public affairs and government relations experience while serving as director of government affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of long-distance and telecommunications products.

Kerry is vice chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), a member of the Government Relations Committees of both the Direct Selling Association and the Personal Care Products Council, 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 Public Affairs Council Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors. He received his BA from Emory University and his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. Kerry and his wife, Katina, live in Dallas, and have three adult children.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Jane Salk

Jane Salk

Associate Professor, UT Dallas

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Jane applies design-based and ethnographic methods to international strategy formulation and implementation, as well as manages corporate talent for group learning and innovation. This builds upon 20 years of experience and more than 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, she worked more than 10 years in Europe. Her prior experience also includes training programs for internal organization development professionals with Trias, Zurich, and executive education for many companies, including Ford Europe, Groupe Bull, Imperial Chemical and Siemens.

After a stint in business-to-business sales and marketing at MCI and as a field organizer for the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign, Jane completed an MA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD at MIT.

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.

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.

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 Mangement Studies Student
BS in Global Busines 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 Mangement 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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Upcoming Events

GB/IMS Alumni Happy Hour

Friday, September 21, 2018

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Book and Mentoring Club

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Past Events

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.

2nd Annual India Case Competition and Dinner Celebration

Friday, April 6, 2018, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

2017

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.

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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

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.

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.

Partners and Sponsors

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)

Partners

Academics

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