Dr. Nasir Afghan is a Director MBA program and Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi. He is also a visiting professor at university of applied sciences Graz, Austria. Dr Afghan has done PhD in Managerial Effectiveness from University of Twente, the Netherlands. He also holds MBA degree in Industrialization and Strategic Management from Maastricht, the Netherlands. Before doing MBA he has worked for several years in Singapore for a Fortune 500 Oil exploration firm. As Management Consultant he has performed numbers of consulting projects on Human Resources Development, Leadership Development in organization. He has presented papers at several conferences including Asia Academy of Management conference, 2002, Transformational leadership conference, in Ljubljana, Slovenia 2005. His research on Succession and Successor Development within the Family Businesses produced conference paper for European Academy of Management proceedings, Paris, 2007. His present research interest is in the area of Transformation Leadership and Leadership Development. He conducted several executive education programs as program director mostly in HRM, Team Building, Organizational Restructuring and Leadership Development at Pakistan. He has been conducting training and coaching programs for PNRA, IAEA, Dubai Siemens and Dubai AMB-AMRO and most of the Pakistani large private organizations. He has been serving as Director and Board member of several profit and nonprofit organizations in Pakistan. Currently he is serving as Leadership Development Consultant for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria. He is also an adviser to Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) on leadership development.
William (Bill) was born and grew up in rural upstate New York (USA). He attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (in Syracuse, NY) and received a BS in Wildlife Biology (1978). In 1979 he worked as a technician in a bio-physics lab at Syracuse University for two years. In 1981 he and his wife joined the staff of a Christian non-profit organization and led student chapters at Ithaca College (1981-1988) and Penn State University (1988-1992).
In 1992 they moved to Sofia, Bulgaria with their two children where they continued working among young people and also branched out into humanitarian work. They returned to the US in 2000 and Bill began graduate studies at Penn State University. He earned an MS (Environmental Pollution Control and Watershed Management) in 2002 and then completed a PhD in 2005 (Forest Science). The field work for both his masters and doctorate was done in Bulgaria and focused on water resource management issues.
Bill and his wife returned to Bulgaria in 2005 and established themselves in the city of Blagoevgrad. Bill has taught at South-West University and is currently teaching as an adjunct at The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). Throughout the years they have continued focusing on helping young people develop intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Presently he is teaching environmental science and biology at AUBG. His research interests include sustainable use of natural resources (especially water), and the links between religion and environmentalism.
John currently serves as the Assistance Coordinator for the United States Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. In this role he coordinates approximately $20 million dollars in US peace/security, development and humanitarian assistance to Azerbaijan. Over the past decade John has worked throughout Central and South Asia and from the United States as an economic development specialist designing, and implementing projects in ten countries. His work was highlighted by the response to the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
As well as his work in international development John has also been active in the field of youth leadership. In 2009 and 2010 John was a guest lecturer on social entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia. During this time he helped to establish the first student chapter of Net Impact. He also served as the faculty mentor for the ILine team, one of last year’s finalist at the Challenge Future Summit. In Latvia, John was an active member of the AmCham Latvia and worked on the committee that drafted the Chambers first Statement of Corporate Good Citizenship. In his early career John worked as an instructor and outreach specialist in the field civic education and leadership.
John has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and has completed graduate study in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University. John resides in Baku, Azerbaijan with his wife and two children.
Nadegda is Deputy Director for Science and Head of the Finance Department at the Baikal International Business School (BISB), Irkutsk State University, Russia. She is also adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), US and lecturer at a number of courses in finance and management at BISB, the Siberian-American School of Management, and Irkutsk Railway University.
Nadegda is the author of several textbooks and electronic courses, as well as a number of articles in finance and project management and is currently completing her PhD studies focusing on innovation project management.
Her previous work experience is in accounting and audit, and includes work as a deputy chief of financial department of Irkutsk Region Administration.
Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the to the United Nations Global Compact Office. The mission of the PRME initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. Mr. Haertle holds a master's degree in European Studies of Hamburg University. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
Prof. Alev Katrinli is Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration, at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey.
She received her BA Degree from Ege University in 1977 and her MBA Degree from Bogaziçi University in 1979. In 1983, she received her PhD Degree from Dokuz Eylül University and between 1989 and 1990 worked at West Georgia College as a visiting professor.
Prof. Katrinli, who is specializing in the field of organizational behavior and industrial psychology, had become a full Professor at Dokuz Eylül University, Business Administration Department. She had taught at Dokuz Eylül and Ege University Business Administration and Psychology Departments in her prior career.
Professor Katrinli has numerous publications in English and Turkish in scholarly journals and is involved in management consultancy projects besides being an academic and dean.
Grzegorz is an economist; he lives in Warsaw and has three children.
He is a researcher and professor in the Department of Human Capital Development, The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Poland, a lecturer in negotiations, business ethics and culture of business, and coach to the highest personnel managers, government and business, including companies from the Polish Top 10. He is an author of numerous publications, and most appreciates three books: Negotiating Techniques and Tricks (2007), Contemporary Work Culture (2006) and Business and Professional Ethics (2007).
He has trained students and managers using case studies (constructing, writing, testing, and role playing) for 20 years. For several years, he has also been involved in a case competition (mainly as a juror) organized by SGH students, recently with foreign partners.
Mary Pierce is an experienced educator and former senior business executive. Mary has worked in progressively senior positions with Procter and Gamble, SC Johnson Wax Limited, Blackburn Publishing, and Citigroup. She transitioned to being a marketing educator in 2000 and became Chair of the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College, Canada in 2007. Her focus in on driving innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity in learning, with emphasis on internationalization. Mary is a graduate of University of Toronto.
Prof. Danica Purg is the President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and the President of CEEMAN, the association of 185 management development institutions, established with the aim to enhance management development in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also leading the European Leadership Centre (ELC), established with the aim of assessing and promoting European leadership through the organization of forums, workshops and research.
Prof. Purg is professor of leadership and effective management at the IEDC-Bled School of Management. Her special field of interest is looking for inspirations for managers from art and other professions. In 2010 Prof. Purg received the Dean of the Year Award by the Academy of International Business (AIB) for her outstanding achievements in international business education.
She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on leadership issues. In 2004 she edited and jointly wrote with professors Lynn Isabella, Pierre Casse, Paul Claudel and Arnold Walravens the book Leaders and Teams – The Winning Partnership. In 2010 she contributed a chapter for the Slovene edition of the book Hidden Champions by Prof. Hermann Simon. She is a frequent guest speaker at European and American universities and international conferences.
Prof. Purg is Fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB), fellow of the International Academy of Management (IAM), Doctor Honoris Causa at Moscow State University of Management, Estonian Business School and MESI - Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and IT, and honorary professor at Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS). President of the Republic of Slovenia awarded her with the “Honorary Order of Freedom” for her contribution to management development in Slovenia and CEE.
Prof. Purg is also member of several international advisory boards of well-known business schools, member of European Cultural Parliament (ECP), a member of the UN Global Compact Taskforce to develop the principles for Responsible Business Education, and President of UN Global Compact Slovenia.
After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science in Ljubljana, she completed her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, and extensively studied at Harvard Business School, IMD Lausanne, INSEAD Fontainebleau, Technological University Delft, London University, Sorbonne and at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
John Richardson is the Director of the University Scholars Programme (USP), and Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. Before joining USP in June in 2009, he was Vice Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature. He has served on many university committees, particularly those concerned with the development of curriculum and teaching.
Prof Richardson's research focuses on eighteenth-century British literature and the relationship of that to major currents in social and political history. His most recent book considers the place of slavery in a number of early eighteenth-century texts, and the ways in which those texts both reflect and help shape public sentiment. He is currently working on war and literature. The eighteenth century saw the advent of global warfare, and with it, important changes in the conception of martial heroes and victims. His research seeks to define the emergence of a new and modern imagination of war.
Prof Richardson received his BA from the University of East Anglia and his PhD from the University of Manchester. He has taught in a number of different settings including higher education, junior college and prison.
Metka Tekavčič is a professor at the Department of Management and Organization at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. Her research interests are in cost management and performance measurement. She published several articles in Slovene, European, and US journals. She is a member of editorial boards in several professional journals from her research field.
From 2001 -2007 she was the vice-dean of the faculty and currently she is a member of a Senate and the head of the Institute for Management and Organization.
Since 1990 she has been a member of the City Council of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where she has hold different leading positions. She was and is a member of supervisory boards in many important Slovenian companies and other institutions.
Vladimir is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Economics Podgorica, University of Montenegro. He teaches Strategic Management, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship.
Vladimir is a PhD candidate at the University of Montenegro. His thesis proposal titled “Strategy and Entrepreneurship as Key Factors in Building a Systemic Innovation Capability” has been approved. He has attended a number of educational programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), University of Greenwich Business School (UK), Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria), NTNU Trondheim (Norway), ESADE business school Ramon Llull University (Spain), and IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia).
Vladimir co-founded Download Zone, an internet startup partnered with Crnogorski Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Downloadzone.me is the first and largest download website in Serbia and Montenegro, providing people with high quality public domain software.
Vladimir is a member of the Editorial Board of Entrepreneur magazine, the leading academic publication in Montenegro focused on business. He is a member of Mensa, the high IQ international society, which provides a forum for intellectual exchange. He has organized and actively participated in over 10 Mensa related activities in Montenegro.