Speakers 2015 - Higher Education Institution Conference 2017

Speakers

Thomas L. Baker

Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Alabama. 

Thomas L. Baker (PhD, Florida State University) is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Alabama.  Dr. Baker’s research has been published in a number of journals including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Retailing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.  In addition, he has had numerous papers presented at international, national, and regional conferences.  His research interests lie primarily in the area of services marketing. 

Dr. Baker has been involved in a number of international programs ranging from teaching in Barcelona, Manchester (UK), and Zagreb (Croatia) to doing Executive Education programs in Riga, Zagreb, and Sarajevo.  He has been a leader or co-leader of student study abroad programs to Manchester (UK) in 2004 and 2006, Brussels in 2008, and Perugia (Italy) 20011 and 2012. He has also led over 20 other student programs throughout Europe.

Peter Lorange

Owner and the president of the Lorange Institute of Business

Peter Lorange is the owner and the president of the Lorange Institute of Business and one of the world’s foremost business school academics. For 15 years, he was the President of IMD, Lausanne, one of Europe’s leading business schools. Mr. Lorange is Professor of Strategy at IMD and holds the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Chair of International Shipping. In addition to his academic background, Mr. Lorange has gained extensive shipping know-how as director on several shipping company boards. Moreover, he has written or edited twenty books and some 120 article. His area of special interest is global strategic management, strategic planning and entrepreneurship for growth.

Kjell R. Knudsen

Kjell R. KnudsenDean, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Kjell R. Knudsen became dean of the School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, on January 1, 1998. A native of Norway, he first came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 1965. After graduation from Gonzaga in 1967, Dr. Knudsen attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis on a Torske Klubben Fellowship. He received his MBA in 1969 and PhD in Management in 1973. Since 2000, Dr. Knudsen has been heavily involved as a Peer Review Training member and chair as well as a mentor with AACSB International. From 2003–2009, Dr. Knudsen served on the Initial Accreditation Committee. In April 2009, Dr. Knudsen was appointed to serve a three-year term on the PreAccreditation Committee.

Gintaras Steponavičius

SteponaviciusFormer Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science

Gintaras Steponavičius was Minister of Education and Science from 2008 until 2012. Under his leadership, reform of Higher education was implemented. It consisted of introducing voucher system as student financing mechanism and management reform opening universities to social partners and society. Gintaras Steponavičius has been a member of Lithuanian Parliament Seimas since 2000. Between 2004 and 2006 he was a Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture and between 2006 and 2012 he was a Member of the Committee of Legal Affairs. Having a degree in law, he also worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, was a lecturer at the Institute for International Relations and Political Sciences of Vilnius University. He was a contributor to the quarterly journal East European Constitutional Review of the University of Chicago and between 1997 and 2000, columnist of the weekly newspaper Atgimimas and member of the City Council of Vilnius and chairman of the Liberal Group. He is a founder and one of the leading figures of Liberal Movement political party.

Lucilla Tealdi

Lucilla Tealdi

Lucilla is the Director of the Master in Corporate Finance (MCF) and professor of corporate finance at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. From February 2012, she is a certified executive coach after obtaining a Coaching Certification (2nd level) from Columbia Business School, Teachers College. From 2013, she is partner of Career Paths, the first firm in Italy to offer career counseling and internships opportunities to undergraduate students.

Lucilla has been working for Bocconi University for more than 20 years: here, she holds the “double role” of teacher-coach: in fact, she teaches Corporate finance to MBA (master in business administration) and MCF (Master in corporate finance) students; in addition she coaches them and helps them finding internship opportunities. She has activated an important international dual degree collaboration with Fordham University, GBA, in New York. She is active in coaching and consulting for national and international companies.

Lucilla holds a BS cum laude in Business administration and finance(1990) from New York University, NY, and a Master in International Economics and Management (1991) from SDA Bocconi, Milan. She has taken the International Teachers Program (ITP) at LBS in London (1996).

 

Vesna Dodiković-Jurković

Vesna Dodiković-Jurković, PhD

Vesna Dodiković-Jurković, PhD, is a Vice Director of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE). Within the agency her main responsibilities include: Development and introduction of a model of external audit of Quality Assurance Units at Croatian HEIs; Dissemination of a good practice and promotion of a quality culture among HEI’s at national level; Cooperation with other European and international agencies and networks that are oriented on processes of external evaluation in higher education sector; Human resources development and cooperation of ASHE with HEI’s and scientific organizations as well as other involved stakeholders; Introduction of QA system in line with ESG at ASHE, and many more. Ms. Dodiković-Jurković obtained her PhD in 1998 from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Nature Science. Since then she was participating in numerous international training programs such as "Performance Audit in the Public Sector" (Berlin, 2014), "Management of Higher Education Institutions" (Israel, 2012), "Evaluation of Science & Technology Policies" (Manchester, 2012), and many more. Ms. Dodiković-Jurković is also a member of the Scientific Committee CIMQUSEF since 2010.

Sue Cox

Sue Cox

Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)

Sue Cox has been Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) since 2001. Sue is the longest serving dean in a UK business school and was awarded an OBE for services to social science in 2011. In her previous roles, Sue was Professor of Safety and Risk Management and Director of Loughborough Business School. She has a background in industry in agricultural product development and is a graduate from the University of Nottingham for both her undergraduate and higher degrees. Under her leadership, LUMS has been one dim e-maiof a select few to achieve the accreditation ‘hatrick’ of EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. She has overseen the expansion of the School both nationally and internationally, and at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Professor Cox is regularly in demand to serve as a member of professional bodies. Amongst her other commitments, she is Academic Vice-President of EFMD, a member of the EFMD Board, a recent member of the EQUIS Awarding Body, AACSB’s Committee on Accreditation Policy, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and a Companion of the Associate of Business Schools and Chartered Management Institute.

Timothy S. Mescon

Timothy S. Mescon, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for AACSB International. Prior to this appointment he served since 2008 as president of Columbus State University in Georgia.

Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development 2nd edition (M.E. Sharpe/ Routledge) released in 2014.

Dr. Mescon received his Ph.D. from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and B.A. from Tulane University.

 

Dag Morten Dalen

Dag Morten Dalen

Professor Dag Morten Dalen, Provost, BI Norwegian Business School

He serves as the provost of BI Norwegian Business School, a large private institution with more than 20.000 business students. In this role he has the overall academic responsibility of all degree programs, including pedagogical development, development of international programs and cooperation with the business community, and business school accreditations. He is holding a professor position in economics, and has extensive experience from research and consulting in competition economics, health economics, energy markets and transportation. In 1997-1998 he worked full-time for the Parliamentary Commission for the investigation of the Norwegian Banking Crisis, and in 2004-2005 he was a member of the Norwegian Ministry of Administration and Labor Expert Commission on Competition between Public and Private Enterprises. He is a member of the international advisory board of LUISS Business School in Rome, and since July 2014 he has been serving on the AACSB’s European Advisory Council (EAC). Specialties: Business education, Economic regulation of markets and public policy

Ulrich Hommel

Ulrich Hommel is Full Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Real Estate. He heads the Endowed Chair of Corporate Finance & Higher Education Finance and is the Director of the Strategic Finance Institute at EBS Business School. Ulrich Hommel holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has completed his habilitation in Business Administration at the WHU, Germany.

Before joining EBS, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the WHU from 1994 to 1999. Ulrich Hommel has been Dean from 2000 to 2002 and has subsequently held the position of Rector and Managing Director from 2003 to 2006 of the European Business School (predecessor of EBS Business School).

Ulrich Hommel is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Business Administration. In the past, he has held visiting appointments at Stockholm University School of Business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), Krannert School of Management of Purdue University and Bordeaux Business School. Next to his academic work, Ulrich Hommel is the Director of Research & Surveys at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels. He is also an Associate Director Quality Services and, in that role, is involved in the management of the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems.

 

Đuro Njavro

Djuro NjavroDean, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Dr. Đuro Njavro, Dean and founder of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM),the only Croatian AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business school that began with the work in 2002 and until today has developed into a highly regarded academic institution with numerous international relations. He is a member of the AACSB European Advisory Council. Dr. Njavro received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Zagreb. From 1993 to 1995 he served as the Advisor for Economic Affairs to the President of the Republic of Croatia. Served as the Chair and Vice President of the Finance Committee on the Budget of Croatian Parliament in two terms (1995-2003). Also, he served as the President of the Economic Institute in Croatia. His educational background encompass forming at Harvard University, University of Michigan, Babson College, Cleveland State University, University of Kentucky and many more distinguished international institutions. Dr. Njavro has made a significant contribution to addressing the important political, economic, legal and social issues in Croatia. He founded the publishing house MATE, where he was chief editor of many editions in the various fields of management, economics, and technology. Dr. Njavro has extensive experience in teaching at universities and colleges in the country and abroad. He has participated in numerous scientific and professional conferences and has extensive intellectual contribution. He is also author as well as co-author of over 50 papers.

 

Zoran Barac

Barac

Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Zoran Barac is the Managing Director of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, as well as a member of the Department of Finance. He is also a doctoral student at the PhD Program in Management, with a specialization in International Business, at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Mr. Barac is currently preparing his doctoral dissertation on the topic of “Effective Direction and Control of Higher Education Institutions”. Before joining the Zagreb School of Economics and Management Mr. Barac worked in several successful companies, holding executive positions in all of them. Before entering the private sector Zoran Barac worked on several positions in Croatian government administration.