Bachelor of Science in Global Business
The Bachelor of Science in Global Business degree at the Naveen Jindal School of Management is a 120 credit hours degree program that caters to students who seek to focus their business study on the global dimensions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for succeeding in global business strategy. Upon completion of the BS Global Business degree program, students have developed a strong knowledge of:
- Cultural, political and regulatory environments
- International business environments and financial markets
- Cross-cultural communication and negotiation
- International human resources management
The Global Business degree is an excellent choice for students looking for a career in management, government institutions, and international agencies. Typically, global business graduates begin their careers in the domestic operations within an organization and later with an overseas assignments.
A double major is offered in conjunction with the Global Business degree program for students wanting to create a competitive advantage as they enter the job market, particularly in international business.
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The BS in Global Business degree program helps students understand how businesses operate in global markets and how nations, firms and individuals are interdependent with one another. The program enables individuals and organizations to acquire the art of negotiation and communication skills in a global business environment. As firms and jobs in search of cost comparative advantage and entry to new markets, cross borders, GB grads become attractive for international assignments and internships.
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Class of 2015
The argument can be made, that there are two kinds of people in the world: the content and the curious. While the content find peace in the circumstances they find themselves in, the curious seek new experiences and adventure. For those of us who are curious about the world beyond what we are surrounded with every day, pursuing an education and career geared to extend beyond our domestic confines is essential to satisfy our curiosity.
As a Global Business student at the University of Texas at Dallas, I had the chance to complete an internship with KPMG in Munich, Germany. As I align with the curious rather than the content, the opportunity to travel abroad and work in a new environment was tremendously exciting. I also realized the opportunity this internship presented for my future as KPMG is one of the Big Four Professional Services Firms in the world. During my time in Munich, I worked with several MNE clients and assisted in audits and client management in respect to IT-Consulting. Personally, I do not have an IT background, but as a business professional, I felt that I would do myself a disservice by not exposing myself to any IT experience throughout my career. I also used my time in Munich to make some great friends at KPMG as well as in the city itself. I made sure to bring excitement to the workplace on a daily basis and do my best to go beyond the work that was presented to me.
I sincerely enjoyed my experience in Munich and realized what a great opportunity this would be for not only myself, but future students of the Global Business program at UTD. I decided to reach out to Professor Hubert Zydorek to discuss the idea of creating a streamlined program which would enable students to intern at KPMG Munich regularly. Following the conversation, I met with the director of the IT-Consulting department: Karlheinz Antesberger. I presented him the concept of a mutually beneficial program which would bring reliable interns to his department regularly and would expose his employees to the evolving minds of UTD students. After peaking his interest, I reconnected with Professor Zydorek and we came up with a proposal, which I delivered before the end of my time in Munich.
The director was pleased to see me go beyond what was asked of me and take initiative at the work place. In response, I felt confident enough to ask him to offer me a referral back home in Dallas for any kinds of opportunities with KPMG and he agreed to recommend me to a partner in Dallas, whom he had met in Paris just a few weeks prior.
Upon my return, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Global Business and started my career search. The search was tough and frustrating, but I stayed resilient and was able to use the network I had established through my internship and was connected with a KPMG recruiter a few months after graduating. Several phone interviews and one office interview followed, and I was able to secure a position with KPMG Advisory – Management Consulting in Dallas. This opportunity is the ideal start to my career as I will be able to take on international projects in the future and see the world which has always kept me curious.
The experience of attaining my undergraduate degree in Global Business at the University of Texas at Dallas is one that leaves me with some great memories, mentors, friends, and a great start to my professional career. It is people like Hubert Zydorek, who take an extended interest in their students, that can really make a difference in people’s lives and I am truly grateful to have had him as a mentor throughout my university career.
Thank You Professor Zydorek.
As an alum of the Undergraduate Global Business Program, my perspective of the world around me has grown exponentially. Because of the knowledge and diversity of the professors and my traveling experiences, I now think on a global scale. This program has exposed me to many opportunities because it is not limited to a specific field, and it has prepared me for an international career.
Enrolling in the Undergraduate Global Business Program at UT Dallas was a no-brainer for me from the beginning. Although at first I did not know what to expect, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I cannot express enough how much I value this program. It has left me as prepared as one can be from graduation for a future which includes many challenges. The Global Business program allowed me to gain true insight into the large variety of industries and professionals that fall under the international business umbrella. In my experience, in addition to all of the great resources that come with the program, the handful of genuine helpful professors are what I found most valuable to my development.
The Undergraduate Global Business Program includes great opportunities to study abroad and network with people from all over the world. It allowed me to experience different cultures, learn a new language, and nurture new friendships while studying in Heidelberg, Germany. As the world becomes more interconnected through globalization, the demand for people with the knowledge and skills taught in this program has only increased. Many of our professors have personal experience working, teaching, and/or studying abroad giving students like myself invaluable knowledge and advice to ensure our success in our future careers.
The Undergraduate Global Business degree has provided an opportunity for me to widen my horizons. It has truly prepared me for a successful career in business. The professors go above and beyond in helping students succeed. The study abroad programs provide an all-new perspective to life for us to explore. All of these have helped me develop my interpersonal, intellectual, and communication skills. I also feel I have grown professionally and personally owing mainly to my overall experience as a Global Business major.
Global Business Track
- IMS 4310 Export Market Development
- ENTP 4311 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Models
- OBHR 4310 Business Ethics
- OBHR 4352 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- FIN 3350 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
- OPRE 3320 Supply Chain Management
- GEOG 3370 The Global Economy
- ECON 4360 International Trade
Faculty led foreign study trip
The Global Business Program strongly recommends that students pursue either a track or a double major in one of the following business programs:
- FIN 3330 Personal Financial Planning
- FIN 3350 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
- FIN 3340 Regulation of Business and Financial Markets
- FIN 3305 Real Estate Principles
- ITSS 4300 Database Fundamentals
- ITSS 4340 Enterprise Resource Planning
- ITSS 4353 Business Analytics
- ITSS 4352 Introduction to Web Analytics
- ITSS 4360 Network and Information Security
Supply Chain Management Track: develop strategic planning
- OPRE 3330 Project Management
- OPRE 4340 Purchasing and Sourcing Management
- OPRE 3320 Supply Chain Management
- OPRE 4350 Global Outsourcing Services
- OPRE 4330 Logistics and Inventory Management
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track
- ENTP 3301 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 3360 Entrepreneurial Finance
- or FIN 3360 Entrepreneurial Finance
- ENTP 4311 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Models
- ENTP 4320 Small Business Management
- ENTP 4350 Corporate Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 4340 Social Entrepreneurship
And choose any 3 courses from the following:
International Political Economy Track
- IPEC 3349 World Resources and Development
- GEOG 3372 Population and Development
- PSCI 4356 International Political Economy
- PSCI 4329 Global Politics
- PSCI 4347 The War on Drugs
- PSCI 4348 Terrorism
- GEOG 3359 Human Migration and Mobility: Global Patterns
- PSCI 4360 The Political Economy of Multinational Corporations
- PSCI 4359 Globalization and International Conflict
- PSCI 4332 Latin American Politics
- SOC 3336 Culture Regions
- GEOG 3382 Russia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos
Team Talent and Organizational Development Executive
Business HR Strategy Advisor, Consultant and Coach.
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos is Managing Director of the BPI-Group office in Texas. He is a corporate executive, consultant, coach, and entrepreneur with global leadership and organizational development experience; bilingual (English/Spanish) with both work and living experience in US, Europe and Latin America.
Alfonso’s extensive experience combine the strategic width of a Global organizational development, leadership development executive with the clinical depth of a psychoanalyst, and the flexibility and drive of a business entrepreneur; founder and architect of organizations and projects, both nationally and internationally.
Experience and Expertise
As a business entrepreneur Alfonso was founder and Managing Director of Saratoga Institute Mexico, where he worked with Dr. Jac Fitz-enz to create the first Human Value Metrics System and network in Mexico with more than 100 affiliated companies, which later expanded to Latin America. Alfonso designed a leading edge Postgraduate Degree in Advanced HR Change Management with Cornell University for Mexican HR top executives. This program later expanded to other countries in Latin America. Recently he founded his own consulting firm geared towards helping leaders align their organizations to improve business results and to build a comprehensive talent strategy to support business innovation, growth and sustainability.
As a Corporate Executive Alfonso has extensive experience working with global organizations such as Ford Motor Company, The Jefferson Smurfit Group, Kellogg’s Co., Western Union, W. R. Grace and others, supporting HR Leaders and CEO´s and their teams to improve business results through organizational alignment, employee engagement as well as leadership and organizational development strategies, processes and practices, enabling organizations to reach the next level of performance. During these engagements he has played the role of line executive, internal consultant, coach, as well as culture change agent and engagement and Inclusion leader.
As a Coach Alfonso has more than 20 years of experience in industrial and clinical coaching practice helping individuals grow and expand their potential through, coaching, counseling and professional services provided to both individuals and groups, in Mexico, US and Europe.
- B.S. Business Administration, La Salle University
- MS in Clinical Psychology, Universidad Nacionl Autónoma de México
- Degree in Psychoanalysis, Sociedad Psicoanalitica de Mexico and the NY Center for Psychoanalytic Training
- Post graduate Program in Advanced HR Change Management, Cornell University.
Lee’s professional experience is the dynamic fusion of marketing creativity and business management with a focus in luxury markets encompassing fashion, health & beauty, home decor & textiles. With an earliest experience in the Press & PR department at Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture in Paris (when Mr. Saint Laurent still graced the halls) and then at Sonia Rykiel, Lee’s career was firmly established in the luxury industry. Other creative endeavors in Paris include founding an avant-garde concept store/digital art gallery in the early 90s and serving as the Trend Scout for the city of Paris for Levis Strauss, Europe. Passing through positions of creative direction, brand consulting and CEO of a small company; today Lee has the honor of serving as Marketing Director for Yves Delorme, Inc. where she puts to good use her bi-cultural profile in the domain of luxury home linens.
Lee co-founded Agence5970, an independent laboratory dedicated to conceptual art, using predominately sound, as well as image, exploring concepts emerging at the conjunction of perception and representation and of Time as a structural support of expression.
S. Kerry Tassopoulos
S. Kerry Tassopoulos is Vice-President, Public Affairs, Compliance and Risk Management at Mary Kay Inc., a Dallas, Texas based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics and personal care products. He is involved in every aspect of the Company’s government relations efforts at the state, federal and international levels. He has led the Company’s public affairs efforts in the European Union, and is currently focused on federal legislative and regulatory matters. Kerry also is responsible for overseeing the Company’s Risk Management and Knowledge Resources Departments. During his 20 year career at Mary Kay, Kerry has provided legal advice to his Mary Kay colleagues on a wide range of issues, including international, federal and state regulatory matters and the manufacture, distribution and marketing of Mary Kay products. He has additional public affairs and government relations experience, gained while Director, Government Affairs at Excel Communications, a direct seller of long distance and telecommunications products, from 1996-2001.
Kerry currently is Vice Chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), a member of the Government Relations Committees of both the US Direct Selling Association and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), and serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council, the Executive Committee of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the Board of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1985. Kerry and his wife Katina live in Dallas, Texas and have three adult children – Harrison, Cynthia and Alexander.
Laura Gatins, CRP, GMS-T
Senior Vice President, Operations
Laura leads our strategic and client initiatives for global operations and supports Altair’s domestic operations staff, with all domestic and global Operations Managers at Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Region Service Center reporting to her.
Laura is also responsible for:
- Supporting the Operations Managers with continuing communications and account maintenance, quarterly progress meetings, and analysis of various reports.
- Providing team support as an expert advisor on mobility issues.
- Performing ongoing policy benchmarking and analysis, program evaluation, and providing enhancement suggestions.
Laura joined Altair’s Global Headquarters and Central Service Center in Plano, Texas, in August 2010. Laura began her relocation career in 1998, working for a relocation company where she held management roles providing support for both domestic and global services.
Laura is a member of the Worldwide ERC® and holds their Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist, Strategic Talent Mobility (GMS-T) designations. Laura earned her Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Industrial Organizational Psychology Degree from Fairfield University. Prior to relocation, Laura worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and individuals with developmental disabilities
Director (IT) & Shadow Board Member, Tech Mahindra
Nikunj is working as a Director (IT) on AT&T account leading the Digital Experience Business. He has progressively responsible experience in global business, corporate strategy, client relationship management, IT delivery management, innovation, and pre-sales. Nikunj is also a member of the Shadow Board, a small elite group of selected leaders who work with C-Level executives to drive strategic initiatives in the company.
- MBA, Strategy and Finance, University of Texas at Dallas
- MS, International Management, University of Texas at Dallas
- BE (Mechanical), M S University of Baroda
- Global Business Leadership, GlobalNXT University
- Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
- Embedded Systems, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
Rebecca provides personal and dedicated immigration services to a variety of corporations and individuals as well as to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters, and provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance, assisting with due diligence and other immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and addressing and developing I-9 program practices.
Before starting her immigration practice, Rebecca served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMO, she practiced at prominent national and regional law firms.
Michael S. Williams
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Blue Coat Systems
Michael leads the global marketing organization for Blue Coat Systems, a leader in digital enterprise security based in Sunnyvale, CA. In this role, Michael is responsible for strategy and execution across all key functions of marketing including public relations, branding, demand generation and go-to-market strategy.
Michael has spent the majority of his career helping fast growth enterprise software firms achieve the next phase of their development. Prior to Blue Coat, he led Global Field Marketing for McAfee (now Intel Security). Over 8 years, Michael transformed McAfee’s demand generation methodology from a passive model to an aggressive customer-engagement strategy, implementing advanced marketing automation and digital marketing. He has also served as a key executive for marketing and alliances at companies such as Click Commerce and i2 Technologies. He was named by Oracle as a North America Marketing Executive of the year for 2013.
NCH Corporation 2727 Chemsearch Blvd, Irving, Texas 75062 972/579-2721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilbur “Jay” Gregory is a Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer of NCH Corporation in Irving, Texas. NCH is one of the largest maintenance and chemical products companies in the world which 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 over 8500 employees, and has branch offices and manufacturing plants on 6 continents. In 2014 NCH had revenues in excess of $1B.
Wilbur joined NCH in January 2014, and reports directly to the NCH Board of Director’s. 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, training, internal investigations, and auditing business practices for fraud and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Wilbur is a member of the Texas Bar and spent 30 years as a Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel (CDC), with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). An experienced Case Agent, he has handled numerous investigations including international drug trafficking, violent crimes, money laundering, property crimes and civil rights matters. As the CDC, Wilbur was responsible for handling all legal and administrative issues impacting operations in the Dallas Field Office. He is a legal instructor and provided guidance on White Collar, Corruption, National Security, Cyber, Criminal and Intelligence matters to over 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 & Field. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Wilbur is married and has two children; a daughter whom is an analyst for the FBI, and a son whom is an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Sanjay is the the Vice President of Learning Solutions at Integra. Mr. Ahuja has a strong ability to identify and develop change strategies; establish cultural change; and monitor efficacy of changes, with training in organizational change management approaches. He has 22 years’ experience leading large global multi-cultural and multi-location teams, and is recognized consistently by marquee clients with high C-SAT scores and industry recognition. His current practice areas include E-Learning, Human Capital Performance Management, Business Process Improvement, and Technology. Mr. Ahuja is a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).”
Aleksander Poniewierski leads Operational Technology and Internet of Thing practice for EMEIA Advisory Center.
Senior Partner and strategic advisor to major international clients and government bodies on Digital Transformation, Technology Risk, Information and Operation Security Advisory. Aleksander is providing regional teams IoT strategy vision, guidance, QA and support with key digital transformation bids and project delivery.
Aleksander has built strong IT Advisory practice in Poland and Central and South Europe with team of vast experience and knowledge in IT Transformation, Technology Enablement, IT Program Advisory and IT Security.
Prior to EY Aleksander was responsible for managing IT and IT security team for fixed and mobile telecom operators.
Special area of Aleksander’s interest is cyber security and critical infrastructure protection. He has vast experience and knowledge in strategy development, execution and business modelling in technology intensive organizations (IT/OT convergence). He also specializes in risk management and security improvement transformations of large scale organizations.
Aleksander is an author of many publications as well as participated in numerous prestige conferences related to security and IT / OT.
Aleksander Poniewierski graduated from Upper Silesian University, PhD in Economics from Poznań University of Economics. He has participated in executive programs organized by Harvard Business School, Carnegie Mellon University and IMD Switzerland (International Institute for Management Development).
Managing Partner Ernst & Young Ethiopia and Head of Transaction Advisory
An Ethiopian-American, Zemedeneh is widely recognized as one of Africa’s top business leaders and has received numerous global awards and recognitions including the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2013” from New African magazine, “Who-is-Who of African Finance 2015” from Global Finance of New York, CEO Magazine’s “Titans Building Nations 2014” award and “Pioneer Ethiopian-American Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award 2012” in Washington D.C.
A trusted global advisor to senior decision makers, Zemedeneh has worked in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, the Middle East and throughout Africa. He has advised Wall Street investment banks, Governments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and multinational corporations in various sectors including financial services, airlines and consumer products.
Zemedeneh regularly provides powerful and influential global thought leadership about finance, economics and investments and has been featured on CNN, BBC, the FT, Bloomberg and as a “Power Lunch” guest on CNBC television discussing FDI in Africa.
Zemedeneh has a business degree from Howard University, Washington D.C., completed the LSE program at the Harvard Business School, Boston and is a U.S. C.P.A.
Monique Rinere, Ph.D.
Monique Rinere received a B.A. in German and Music in 1990 from the City University of New York, Hunter College and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University in Germanic Languages and Literatures. After serving as the Director of Studies of Mathey College and then as the Residential College Dean of Butler College at Princeton, in 2006 she became the founder of Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office at Harvard University. In summer 2009 she was recruited to Columbia University to serve as the Dean of Advising for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has given dozens of talks to high school and college students and to their parents on how to choose a college and excel there. She has also organized and spoken at conferences designed for high school counselors and college advisers and delivered presentation at gatherings of academics internationally on college advising and assessment. She has been recognized as a leader in the field of college advising and received awards for the programs she has created to support college students as well as for her academic and holistic advising assessment initiatives. She is currently writing a book for new students and their parents on how to exceed in college.
Essilor- Director of Marketing
Native of France, Matthieu Tagnon has spent his whole career at Essilor, the world leader for corrective ophthalmic lenses. A graduate of the Grenoble School of Management, Tagnon built his career internationally, first in the UK and here in Dallas, TX. Tagnon is today in charge of Marketing for Key Accounts on the US Market.
Director of Consulting & Systems Integration at Ericsson
Guilherme has 20 years of global experience in the IT and Telecom industries, having worked and lived in multiple continents and led the implementation of large scale Business & Operational Support Systems for companies like AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, America Movil, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Iridium and Amdocs.
Currently working for Ericsson in their Consulting & Systems Integration division, Guilherme heads the Pre-Sales & Delivery Excellence organization accountable for enforcing business profitability of strategic engagements with all tier-1 Telecom carriers in the United States and Canada.
Skilled in strategic planning and shaping up successful deals, Guilherme is also diligent in communicating his vision to C-level executives and driving strategy execution
Mr. Skelton is currently the Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business for the Richardson Texas Economic Development Partnership. His responsibilities include recruitment of foreign companies (foreign direct investment) into the city of Richardson and assisting local companies with their globalization and export initiatives.
His background includes being President and CEO of a small public software company, CEO of three start-up software companies, as well as VP/General Manager level roles with several high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Skelton’s background also includes interim executive management level business consulting positions with two French companies and a Japanese company. Immediately prior to joining the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, he formed an international consulting company, EstablishUS LLC, to assist foreign based companies in launching their U.S. businesses.
Michael Skelton has a degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
My name is Consolata Ayoo-Bryant. I’m a native of Kenya, founder and CEO of Professional Home Health in Euless Texas, Divine Hospice in Euless Texas and Arms of comfort Home Health in Azle.
I’m a holder of Advance Diploma in Registered Community Health Nurse from Nairobi College of Health Professions and a BSN with honors from Chamberlain College of nursing. I have over 24 years of Healthcare Management, leadership, entrepreneurship, start-ups, customer service, business strategy and executive management. In addition, I am also the Managing Director of Organi Limited, an Agro- processing company specializing in Orange flesh Provitamin A sweet potatoes processing, based in Kenya, established in 2013 with a goal to promote consumption of natural vitamin A in East Africa and to create employment.
I currently serve as aboard advisor to the East Africa chamber of Commerce where we promote the socio economic development relationship between businesses and government agencies of East Africa and the U.S.
I have also served in a number of advisory councils and boards including Texas Home Health and Hospice association clinical committee, Dwele foundation, an organization promoting awareness of Chronic Hepatitis B in Africa.
- A National Leadership Award as Honorary Co-Chairman Business Advisory Council from Congressman Tom De Lay.
- Queens Night International Ministry Excellence in Career and business Inspirational Award.
- Diaspora Entertainment Award &recognition winner of Businesswoman of the year/Entrepreneur award Sept 2015 ceremony held in the USA.
Jane E Salk applies design-based and ethnographic methods to International Strategy Formulation and Implementation, as well as managing corporate talent for group Learning and Innovation. This builds upon 20 years and over 50 publications, cases studies and consulting. Much of her early experience concerned International Joint Venture design, team integration and development.
Fluent in French and German, and with over 10 years of working and residing in Europe, her prior experience also included training programs for internal Organization Development professionals (with Trias,, Zurich) and Executive Education for many companies including Siemens, Ford Europe, Groupe Bull, and Imperial Chemical .
After a stint in Business –to-Business Sales and Marketing at MCI, and as a Field Organizer for the Equal Rights Amendment Campaign, Dr. Salk completed an M.A.at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. at MIT.
Zarah Khan is a Compliance Director at Fidelity Investments in Westlake, Texas where she leads various advisory and operational activities for the firm’s Political Law Compliance program. She routinely provides guidance on federal, state, and local pay-to-play, campaign finance, and lobbying laws and regulations. In addition to managing the procurement and legislative lobbying compliance programs and providing compliance support to the firm’s Public Affairs group, Zarah is responsible for general program administration, which includes reviewing political contribution requests, implementing policies and procedures, training, detection controls, reporting, and issuance of sanctions for policy violations.
Previously, Zarah worked in Fidelity’s Corporate Security department where she performed investigative due diligence on vendors and other potential business partners. During that time, she held the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Additionally, she taught Business Law for four years as an adjunct professor at El Centro College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. She also practiced law for three years, with a focus on civil litigation.
Zarah earned her J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2009, and was admitted to the Texas Bar that same year. She earned her B.S. in Finance from UT Dallas in 2006, and is currently in her final year of the Professional MBA Program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas.
Lisa Pacholek works for a Panamerican university in Honduras advancing the university’s worldwide interests by collaborating with alumni, corporations, foundations individual donors, government representatives, and others for the mutual benefit of the school, its students and its partners.
Ms. Pacholek is also an entrepreneur and international development professional who is passionate about microfinance and economic development as means for moving families out of poverty. As an entrepreneur herself she recognizes the benefits and challenges of managing your own business. Ms. Pacholek founded a successful finance business in Texas in 2006 making sub-prime loans to clients unable to obtain car loans elsewhere. She maintains an interest in the business today.
Before opening her own business, Ms. Pacholek worked in international development for more than 20 years including 8 years as country director for Global Communities (formally CHF International) in Honduras and Colombia and 10 years as an independent consultant where she successfully designed and supported implementation of numerous multi-million dollar development projects in challenging environments. Ms. Pacholek is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in Bolivia under the small business program.
Ms. Pacholek earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has worked in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Perú and the U.S.
Founder, CEO and Chief Architect – Knomadix Corporation
Ramesh Balan is the Founder, CEO and Chief Architect of Knomadix Corporation, the inventor of the industry’s first digital classroom transformation platform. Knomadix offers school districts and educators a content authoring and delivery platform to transform their lessons into a dynamic digital curriculum. Through its interaction and immediate feedback mechanisms, Knomadix helps schools to deliver differentiated instruction and to better personalize education. As the child of a K-12 Educator, Ramesh has deep respect and passion for education, which has intensified over the last 30 years. Knomadix is the expression of Ramesh’s commitment to K-12 education and desire to improve how kids learn and how educators teach.
After finishing his Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick Canada, Ramesh spent several years at AT&T Bell Labs, where he played a key role in starting their Innovation Center, headed the Bell Labs architecture board and held the title of a chief architect and new product portfolio manager. Ramesh turned into a full-time entrepreneur in mid-1990s when he started his first startup in Telecommunication product engineering company. Over the past decade, Ramesh has successfully bootstrapped several enterprise and mobile software companies in multiple industries.
President, US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas Fort Worth
Miss Neel Gonuguntla serves as the President of the US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas Fort Worth (USICOC). The USICOC is a 501(c)(6) organization made up of over 3000 individual and corporate members that is dedicated to supporting professional, business and economic development throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. The USICOC also facilitates trade between India and the North Texas area by connecting member companies with resources to aid in their successful expansions.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Miss. Gonuguntla served as President of ReadyToWork®, an education and workforce development consulting company. Miss. Gonuguntla received her education from Boston University and Baylor University where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science and her J.D./M.B.A, respectively. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association as well as the Dallas Young Lawyers Associations. In her spare time, Miss. Gonuguntla volunteers her time with a number of organizations throughout the Metroplex including Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region, Chetna, and others.
Jiong (Thomas) Liu
Assistant Treasurer, Celanese Corporation
Thomas is the Assistant Treasurer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Irving, Texas. In this role, Thomas is responsible for various aspects of global treasury functions, including corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk management, global treasury operations, and international treasury.
Thomas is a treasury and banking professional with early 20 years of related experience. Prior to joining Celanese Corporation, he worked for Wachovia Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo Bank, as a Vice President in its corporate and investment banking division, as well as for MoneyGram International as Vice President, Capital Markets. Thomas’s primary experience included overseeing transformation of corporate capital structure, raising capital, managing liquidity and risk on a global basis. Thomas is a native of Shanghai, China and has resided in the Dallas area for the past 10 years. Thomas has a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Trade from Shanghai International Studies University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
The World Affairs Council, UT Dallas Chapter, was established in January of 2016. The student organization was formed with the support and leadership from the parent organization, World Affairs Council, DFW. The mission of the UT Dallas chapter is to promote international awareness and cross-cultural understanding to the campus community by bringing speakers and lecturers that are experts on topics that are currently affecting the world. The organization will further engage the students by assembling a panel discussion a week or two after a lecture event to discuss and debate the topics that were introduced by the guest speaker the week before. Volunteer and networking opportunities will also be promoted throughout the semester for students to participate in. The inaugural event was held on February 2nd and featured Jim Falk, President of the World Affairs Council DFW, as the guest speaker.
A priority of the MS IMS program and the BS in Global Business program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop and build leadership skills in and out of the classroom. The Global Business Organization, better known as the GBO, carries out this vision by creating volunteer activities, conferences and speaking events where students get to interact and network with the professional world. Follow their Facebook page