Speaker List

2017 Speakers


Preliminary – as of 7/11/2017.

Arif Ansari – Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 25-present )

Arif Ansari is an expert in the area of data mining, business intelligence, data warehousing, and intelligent systems and technologies, a field in which he has fifteen years of research experience. He has published in IEEE Transactions on Systems and Man and Cybernetics. Professor Ansari received Marshall’s Golden Apple Award in 2006. PhD, MS, University of Southern California; MTech, IIT- Madras; BEng, Anna University.

Diane Badame – Academic and Program Director of the Master of Science in Marketing Program and Professor of Clinical Marketing, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 37-present)

Dr. Diane Badame currently serves as the Academic and Program Director of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Master of Science in Marketing Program and Professor of Clinical Marketing at the Marshall School of Business. She has served at Marshall as Associate or Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program, Full-Time MBA Program, MBA Program for Professionals and Managers (MBA.PM) and the Executive MBA Program. Dr. Badame is also a Professor in the Marketing Department and teaches the core marketing management courses in the Part-time MBA and MS in Marketing Programs as well as MBA electives in new product development, marketing strategy and fashion, luxury and lifestyle marketing. She was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2010 for the best professor in the MBA core. Dr. Badame also teaches marketing management in the Food Industry Management Program and Food Industry Executive Program as well as in other Marshall Executive Education Programs including an online Strategic Marketing Course and the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Advanced Marketing Program in which she was the Faculty Director.

She has also served as a member of the Executive MBA Council and the MBA Roundtable. Dr. Badame also serves on various committees at the Marshall School of Business and at the University level as Chairman of the Social Sciences Sub-Committee. Her former professional career included a number of marketing management positions at consumer packaged goods and financial services institutions, including The Pillsbury Company, First Bank Minneapolis, First Bank System, Bank of America, USL Capital and Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Company.Previously, Dr. Badame was Senior Vice President of the Consumer Division of Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Company with overall responsibility for a nationwide telemarketing organization that specialized in the areas of portfolio retention, relocation business, sub-prime loans and outsourced loan production from financial institutions.

Dr. Badame earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Minnesota.
Carlos Paes Barreto Neto – CEO, OAS Arenas (IBEAR 39)

Carlos Eduardo Paes Barreto joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the construction and credit card industries. Carlos’ skills set ranges from network development at American Express to construction and management of airports, highways, sanitation and urban development projects at Brazil’s third largest construction company, Construtora OAS. Most recently, under Carlos’ leadership, his team successfully developed 3 multipurpose arenas for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Carlos earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Mackenzie. Following IBEAR, Carlos Eduardo plans to continue his career in infrastructure and real estate industries.
Steve Barth – Chair, Business & Entrepreneurship, USC Iovine and Young Academy for Art, Technology and the Business of Innovation (IBEAR 35)

Steve Barth is interested in the evolution of smarter teams, organizations and communities in today’s complex world. At USC he teaches business, innovation and entrepreneurship at the Iovine and Young Academy, and strategy and organization design at Marshall. As a consultant focused on learning, communications and change he has worked in industries ranging from banking to microfinance to competitive intelligence to consulting itself for public and private sector organizations worldwide including the Thai Government, UN Peacekeepers, Accion Center for Financial Inclusion and technology start-ups. As an award-winning magazine writer, he explored issues as diverse as domestic violence, quantum cosmology, leveraged buyouts, carving canoes and hostage negotiation. Professor Barth has a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara, an IBEAR MBA from the University of Southern California and was a visiting scholar to Project Zero’s Learning Innovations Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Arvind Bhambri – Associate Professor of Management, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 11-28)

Dr. Arvind Bhambri is Academic Director of Executive Education and faculty member in strategy & organization at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He obtained his doctorate from the Harvard Business School, his graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a degree in electrical engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao Univeristy in India. He specializes in strategic change, competitive strategy, global business development, and leadership. In addition to USC, Dr. Bhambri has been on the faculty of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Hawaii’s Advanced Management Program, and the Owner Managed Business Institute in Boston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Trianz, Inc., a global provider of digital transformation solutions, and The Music Circle, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to classical Indian music in Southern California.

In 1999, Dr. Bhambri was awarded the McKinsey Prize for Best Paper at the Strategic Management Society conference in Berlin. The coauthored paper is titled, “New CEOs and Strategic Change across Industries.” He has twice been awarded the “Golden Apple” as Outstanding Teacher in the MBA program at USC and has received the Department of Management and Organization’s Award for Excellence in Teaching three times. In addition to the McKinsey Prize at the Strategic Management Society, he is a past winner of the Best Paper award in Social Issues at the National Academy of Management and an Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management. He was a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal from 1990 to 2007 and was elected a Representative at Large for the Strategy Process group of the Strategic Management Society for 2007 – 2009. In a 2008 special report on executive MBA programs, The Wall Street Journal profiled Dr. Bhambri as one of the fourteen best EMBA professors worldwide. In 2009, he received the Evan C. Thompson Award for Learning and Teaching Innovation at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Pankaj Bhushan – Associate Director, Marketing IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 28)

Pankaj Bhushan specializes in marketing content on digital platforms. Pankaj began his career in film and television production, producing original content for television networks in India. He moved to the United States in 2005 to pursue his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business. Upon graduation, Pankaj raised capital to launch a digital platform to stream film and television content to South Asian Diaspora audiences in the U.S. He went on serve as Vice President Marketing of Verismo Networks, an Intel Capital portfolio company that specialized in streaming content. At Verismo, Pankaj was responsible for launching its proprietary streaming service. As Associate Director of Marketing at the IBEAR MBA Program, Pankaj is responsible for marketing the IBEAR brand. He co-leads the non–curricular aspect of IBEAR’s International Business Consulting Projects.

Henry P. Biner – Director of Marketing and Partner, P/E Investments (IBEAR 16)

Mr. Biner leads marketing efforts for P/E Investments. He joined the firm in 2004, bringing understanding of both institutional and retail client needs, as well as expertise in the Swiss hedge fund industry. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Biner served domestic investors at Thornton Capital and Merrill Lynch. In 1999, he served as CEO of CreInvest AG, a publicly traded fund of hedge funds, affiliated with Julius Baer Private Bank. He was responsible for product management, regulatory reporting, and public relations for this $250M fund. In 1998, Mr. Biner developed the Alternative Fund-Growth Programme for UBS Fund Management Company (Intrag AG). During 1997, he worked at Bank Leu, successfully leading the Leu Prima Global Fund, the first fund of hedge funds ever registered in Switzerland ($126M AUM). Concurrently, he led the Bermuda-based Prima Funds ($800M AUM). Mr. Biner has completed his Series 3 registration for trading futures and options, and is registered as an Associated Person with the National Futures Association. Mr. Biner holds a B.A. in Management and Computer Science from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Mark Brostoff – Assistant Dean and Director, MBA Career Services

Mark Brostoff is the assistant dean and director, MBA Career Services at the USC Marshall School of Business. As part of the graduate programs leadership team, he leads all aspects of the career services process for the Marshall MBA Programs. He joined Marshall after serving seven successful years as Associate Dean and Director, Weston Career Center, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to Olin, Mark taught marketing and entrepreneurship and served as the associate director of undergraduate career services at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington. Mark received a commission in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corps in 1982 and retired as a Commander, MSC, USNR in 2002.

In addition to several military honors, Mark has been recognized in higher education, including the Washington University Holobaugh Honors for Advocacy and Engagement in LGBT Leadership (2011), Excellence Award for the Advancement of the Profession by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2006) and John Deere & Company Advancing Diversity Award as the Kelley School of Business Staff Champion of Diversity (2004).
Mark received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. He was inducted into the Alfred University Omicron Delta Kappa Circle Student Leader Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award from the Alfred University Alumni Association (2000). During his free time, Mark enjoys professional hockey, backcountry travel, wine-tasting, and his beagle/terrier dog, Penny. Most recently, he was the executive producer for the short film, Killer Friends.

Timothy Brunold – Dean of Admission, University of Southern California

Timothy Brunold has worked in higher education for nearly three decades; having recieved his introduction to the admission profession in the late 1980’s when he first joined USC’s Office of Admission as a student intern. Since then, he has served his alma mater in a variety of enrollment and student services capacities. He was director of undergraduate admission for five years and was appointed USC’s eleventh dean of admission in 2010.

During his tenure as the university’s chief admission officer, USC has received record application volume, achieved its highest level of student selectivity and has enrolled the most talented, diverse and impactful incoming classes in its 137-year history. Tim has dramatically expanded the size of USC’s admission office, making it one of the country’s largest; one with a distinct focus on transparency, access and best practices. As Dean of Admission, Tim oversees more than 90 full-time staff memebers and is responsible for leading all aspects of USC’s undergraduate admission, graduate admission and new student orientation efforts. He is active in multi-professional organizations and regularly presents at national conferences. He frequently provides media commentary on myriad topics ranging from ethical admission practices, international recruitment strategies, the college search process, student access and the use of technology in admissions. In addition, Tim serves on the Board of Directors of the Common Application, a not-for-profit technology corporation that provides a standardized admission application platform for more than 700 colleges and universities across the U.S..

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has been accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies.

Cecilia Chan – Managing Director, Octonovem

Cecilia Chan, also managing director of Meridian Media Advisors, a corporate finance consulting firm based in Los Angeles, New York and London, has over 30 years of experience in direct investments and business development, and has been involved with investments totaling more than $1 billion. Cecilia is on the board of Attract China, which markets and promotes destinations to Chinese tourists by establishing online and market presence. During her career, Ms. Chan has developed and funded private equity investments in both the U.S. and China, including facial recognition and hi-speed video scanning technology, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on creating new drugs to treat infectious diseases and Century Glory, a business that helps students with improved learning tools and programs. She is deeply committed to philanthropic efforts that support education and sustainable positive changes. She founded the Siezen Foundation, a nonprofit that works to preserve the testimonies of the last survivors of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. She is also a trustee of Facing History and Ourselves, a member of the Dean’s Council of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and sits on the benefit committee of Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from New York University.

Baizhu Chen – Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 19, 25-28, and 30-33)

Baizhu Chen studies macroeconomics and international economics, with an emphasis on China. His work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of Political Economy, China Economic Review, Applied Financial Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, and Journal of Macroeconomics. He is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Finance and Banking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, chief economist of Sino-Century Capital, a VC firm in Shanghai, and former president of the Chinese Economists Society. He is academic director for Marshall’s GEMBA program, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award. He received his PhD and MA from University of Rochester and his BS from Fudan University.

Richard Chih-Han Chien –  Director, CTE Tech Corp. (IBEAR 29)

Richard has held various leadership positions in different department in CTE Tech Corp., his family’s business that manufactures parts for cars and motorcycles in six overseas production bases. Richard was manager of the Technical Department, Production Control and Purchasing and Investment Projects. Richard, an active USC alumnus, served for four years as Secretary General of Taiwan IBEAR Alumni Club as well as Committee Member of the USC Alumni Club, as the IBEAR Liaison. He has organized numerous IBEAR alumni events.
Yang Ho Cho – Chairman & CEO, Hanjin Group and Korean Air (IBEAR 1)

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Cho is vice chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries, chairman of the Korea Defense Industry Association, and co-chairman of the Korea-U.S. Business Council. He is also the co-chairman of the Korea-France High Level Businessmen’s Club and served as the co-president of l’Année France-Corée 2015-2016’, aimed at celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and France. He serves on the Strategy Policy Committee and the Board of Governors at the International Air Transport Association.

Mr. Cho was the head of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee, which was successful in winning the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. He later served as the president and CEO of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee.After receiving a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Inha University (Incheon, Korea), Mr. Cho received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC) and a doctorate from Inha University. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida) and the Ukraine National Aviation University. He is currently the Board of Trustees chair of the Inha-Jeongseok Foundation which includes Inha and Hankuk Aviation universities, and is also a Board of Trustee member at USC. Mr. Cho’s leadership has been widely recognized over the years. He was awarded the title of `Grand Officier’ in France’s Légion d’Honneur, ‘Polaris’ in Mongolia and also the `Mugunghwa Medal’ in Korea – all of which are the highest order of civil merit awarded in these countries.
Jeremy Dann – Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 37 – Present)

Jeremy Dann has served as an innovation consultant from 2000 to the present, working with such companies as Daimler-Benz, Levi Strauss, Spalding, Lockheed Martin, Guidant and General Electric. His work has focused primarily on new product development, creative marketing strategies and effective organizational practices for encouraging innovation. Jeremy launched and currently leads the case study development program at the Greif Center and USC Marshall. Before taking on his current teaching post at USC, Jeremy served for four years as a Lecturer on Marketing and Innovation at UCLA, teaching Corporate Entrepreneurship, New Product Development and Marketing Strategy. Jeremy has led innovation mini-courses and seminars at Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley (in association with the Berlin School of Creative Management), The Sorbonne in Paris, CESA in Bogota, Colombia and Kazakh British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Jeremy has collaborated closely with Harvard Business School professor and innovation authority Clayton Christensen—author of The Innovator’s Dilemma—on many research, case development and consulting projects. He also launched Harvard Business School Publishing’s Strategy & Innovation periodical and has been a contributor to major publications such as Technology Review and Business 2.0 and CBS’ online property Bnet.com. Earlier in his career, Jeremy spent several years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and served as the Manager of Sponsorship Development for the Atlanta Olympic Games. He serves on the advisory board for the Office of Extraordinary Innovation at Los Angeles Metro and on the advisory board for Cross Campus, the Southern California-based co-working and events company. Jeremy also has experience in the creative realm. He has been the editor of two internationally distributed periodicals. Jeremy is the author of a published novel and two staged musicals. Jeremy graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government and East Asian Studies in 1992 and received his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School in 1998.
Richard Drobnick – Director, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 5-17 and 37-present)

Richard Drobnick was the founding director of the School’s Center for International Business (1990-2014), which was supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 33 national resource centers on international business. Dr. Drobnick served as USC’s inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs (1994-2005). He was the inaugural Secretary General (1997-2002) and a member of the Steering Committee (1997-2010) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), an association of presidents of 45 leading Pacific Rim research universities (www.apru.org). He launched and led APRU’s Pacific Rim research programs on “Sustainability and Climate Change” and “Public Health” (2006-2010).

Dr. Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is the author of numerous articles regarding international economics and business, as well as the co-author of Neither Feast nor Famine: Food Conditions to the Year 2000 and co-editor of Small Firms in Global Competition. He is a member of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society of Southern California’s Executive Committee, and is a director of the Japan-America Society-Southern California. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia (1967-1969), Drobnick served as an economic advisor to the Malaysian Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Association Movement.

Clayton Dube – Executive Director, USC U.S.-China Institute

Clay Dube has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute (china.usc.edu) since it was established in 2006. The institute focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship. Dube was trained as an economic historian, has lived in China for five years (1982-85 and 1991-1992) and visited dozens of times for research, to lead delegations, or to lecture or participate in conferences. Dube has long been committed to informing public discussion about China and about the U.S.-China relationship. He was associate editor of the academic journal Modern China and oversaw the web publication AsiaMedia. He currently directs Asia Pacific Arts, and US-China Today. He’s produced and consulted on several documentaries, including the institute’s Assignment:China series on American media coverage of China. He writes the institute’s Talking Points column and he’s frequently cited in the U.S. and Chinese press. Since 2012, he’s co-moderated Chinapol, a private discussion list for academics, journalists, policy analysts, and government officials. Follow him on Twitter @claydube.

James G. Ellis – Dean, USC Marshall School of Business

James G. Ellis was appointed dean of the USC Marshall School of Business and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration in April 2007. As dean, he is responsible for the education of some 5700 students, both graduate and undergraduate. In addition, he holds a full time appointment as Professor of Marketing in the Department of Marketing, where he has been since 1997. Prior to being appointed Dean, he was the Vice Provost, Globalization, for the University, responsible for building the USC name worldwide. He also served as the Vice Dean, External Relations, at the Marshall School of Business, as well as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. He continues to teach the Freshman Leadership Colloquium class. From 1998 to 2003, he served as the Director of the Family Business Program for four years, running seminars for families in business.
Holding an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a BBA degree from the University of New Mexico, Mr. Ellis worked in the corporate world from 1970 to 1997. He served as President/CEO of Porsche Design, a high-end accessories company owned by Europe’s Porsche family, from 1985-1990. From 1990-1997, he was Chairman/CEO of Port O’Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, as well as being an owner/ partner in six other companies.

Mr. Ellis was a member of Young Presidents Organization for fourteen years, serving his San Gabriel Valley Chapter twice as Chapter Chairman as well as being Regional Vice President, and a member of the International Board of Directors for six years. He is also the Past Chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.Ellis sits on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors. He has addressed many organizations around the world on various business topics. At USC in 2003, he was awarded both the “Teaching Has No Boundaries” award, given by the faculty, and the Golden Apple Award, given by the students. In 2004, was given the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award from the USC Parents’ Association.

Hiroshi Fujii – Researcher, Aviation & Industry Policy Division, All Nippon Airways Co.,
Ltd. (IBEAR 39)

In his career of nearly 10 years at ANA, he gained unique experience in addition to the
typical assignments of airline companies. In his most recent role, he was editor of a
policy journal that contributes to the development of the Japanese aviation industry,
providing guidance for ANA Group’s long term strategy. Before working as editor, he
was transferred to Japan’s Ministry of finance on secondment to drive forward ODA
project with counterparts in India. Hiroshi graduated from Keio University with a
B.A. degree in Business and Commerce. Following IBEAR, he intends to leverage his
experience to help ANA Group develop and advance new, challenging projects in the
global market.

Alfred Fung – CEO, Fun-gi (IBEAR 31)

Alfred Fung began his career as a Business Counselor in the Republic of Palau where he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer and helped entrepreneurs in writing business plans and analyzing market feasibility. When he graduated from USC’s Marshall School of Business IBEAR program (2009), he combined his international development experience with his MBA to deliver marketing and business intelligence for some of the biggest brands in the mobile apps industry where he headed media and creative at M&C Saatchi and oversaw monetization at Mobile Deluxe. Today, Alfred is the CEO of fun-gi, a start-up that designs and publishes games for growing brands and is currently developing House Flip with Chip and Jo who are the stars of HGTV’s hit show, ‘Fixer Upper’.

Suzette Furbeyre – Associate Director of Operations & Services, IBEAR MBA Program

Suzette has over 35 years of higher education administration experience at USC and Caltech, mostly focusing on various areas relating to international affairs. Suzette currently manages the operations of the IBEAR MBA Program. She previously served for 9 years as the Associate Director at USC’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), one of 33 national resource centers funded under a Title IV Program of the US Dept. of Education. She is also responsible for managing the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) conference, a program that has been hosted by the Marshall School, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, for 30 years. Suzette has managed the delivery of international custom executive education programs and events. She has held a number of management positions in the areas of international admissions, overseas studies, international student and alumni services, and faculty administrative affairs.
Alberto Garcia Teruel – Director of Production Chain, Grupo ATSA (IBEAR 10)

Alberto has held various positions in Grupo ATSA, a family business in the non-metallic space. He currently is the Director of Production Chain of seven units in five locations in central Mexico. He was instrumental, working with the USC president’s office and with the help of Dr. Drobnick, in opening the USC Office in Mexico City in 2005 which has an active presence in Mexico. The Office assists in recruiting students to attend USC and alumni relations, among other activities. While Alberto continues to manage the company that he created, he has started other business enterprises, such as the production of different types of mushrooms, primarily for the Mexican market, with the possibilities to export in the new few years.

Rohit Gupta – Segment Manager, Western Digital Corporation (IBEAR 34)

Rohit is associated with data driven industry (compute & storage) for more than 10 years in various cross-functional capacities. At Western Digital, he is responsible for Enterprise Segment Management- Planning and executing strategies to grow enterprise OEM (server and storage systems) business with portfolio of data storage products. These enterprise systems are deployed at Hyperscale Data Centers and Public/ Private Cloud Space for Business Applications (ERP, SCM, CRM etc.), Data Management (Databases, Analytics and Data Mining etc.) and IT Infrastructure (Virtualization, Software Defined Storage etc.). Before Western Digital acquired SanDisk, he led Technology Strategy at Enterprise Storage Solutions and delivered long term Technology Roadmap NVMeOF (NVMe Over Fabrics), SDDC (Software Defined Data Center), and Load/ Store Memory at SanDisk. Prior to that he was Product Line Manager at HGST and delivered industry first 4.8TB HHHL PCIe Add In Card for application performance acceleration and big data analytics. Before switching to data storage industry, he worked with Freescale Semiconductor on highly compute intensive SOCs for data communication networks.

Stephen W. Harper – Managing Partner of New Horizon Real Estate Group, LLC (IBEAR 14)

Originally formed in 2007 to develop commercial office, retail and residential real estate in China, the company currently focuses on the acquisition of distressed and value-added property opportunities in Southern California. Prior to founding New Horizon, Steve was Senior Vice President of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, where he was responsible for the organization’s international, investor relations, marketing and corporate communications programs. He also served as President and CEO of the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles- Long Beach. Previously, he was Vice President of AMRESCO Japan, a subsidiary of Sydney, Australia-based Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, a publicly traded global real estate and financial services firm.
Lawrence E. Harris – Professor of Finance and Business Economics, USC Marshall School of Business

Larry Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business. His research, teaching, and consulting address regulatory and practitioner issues in trading and in investment management. He has written extensively about trading rules, transaction costs, and market regulations. His introduction to the economics of trading, Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners (Oxford University Press: 2003), is widely regarded as a “must read” for entrants into the securities industry. Chairman Harvey Pitt appointed Dr. Harris to serve as Chief Economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in July 2002 where he continued to serve under Chairman William Donaldson through June 2004. As Chief Economist, Harris was the primary advisor to the Commission on all economic issues. He contributed extensively to the development of regulations implementing Sarbanes-Oxley, the resolution of the mutual fund timing crisis, the specification of Regulation NMS (National Market System), the promotion of bond price transparency, and numerous legal cases. Harris also directed the SEC Office of Economic Analysis in which 35 economists, analysts, and support staff engage in regulatory analysis, litigation support, and basic economic research.

Professor Harris currently serves as lead independent director of Interactive Brokers, Inc. (IBKR), director of the Selected Funds, research coordinator for the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (the Q-Group), and executive director of the Financial Economists Roundtable. He is a former director of CFALA, the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts, and a former associate editor of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.Other professional service has included year-long assignments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to the New York Stock Exchange following the Stock Market Crash of 1987. Dr. Harris also has worked at UNX, Inc., an electronic pure agency institutional equity broker, and at Madison Tyler, LLC, a broker-dealer engaged in electronic proprietary trading in various markets. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1982, and is a designated CFA charterholder.

Dr. Roy A. Herberger, Jr. – President Emeritus (Thunderbird), American Graduate School of International Management and Founding Director, IBEAR MBA Program

Dr. Herberger served as the President of Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management from 1989 to 2004. He served as a Director of International Business Education and Research Program at University of Southern California, Los Angeles from 1976 to 1982. Dr. Herberger served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1973 to 1982. His experience includes research and consultancies with several major Asian corporations. To name a few, Dr. Herberger has been a Director of Motorsports Authentics, since November 11, 2002 and its Lead Director since July 31, 2005. He has been a Trustee of Mayo Clinic since 2006. Within the past five years Dr. Herberger served as a director of the Apollo Education Group, Inc. Dr. Herberger has both management experience and a strong understanding of business and economic trends. He is the author of numerous articles on the subject of marketing and business management, which have been published in periodicals such as Harvard Business Journal, Japan Economic Journal, Economic World, Business Guide USA. Ph.D. University of Colorado; M.A., BA University of Texas, Austin.

Yosuke Honjo – President and CEO, ITO EN (North America) Inc. (IBEAR 20)

Mr. Honjo serves as the CEO of ITO EN US Group, and has more than 28 years of industry experience in food and beverage management. The ITO EN US Group has 15 companies in the United States. Its parent company is ITO EN, LTD Japan, which is a Tokyo-based beverage company with many subsidiaries, including Tullys Coffee Japan, IIE (Evian water exclusive distributor in Japan) and Chichiyasu yogurt company. He serves as Advisor of the Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships for over 40 students every year and also conducts joint scholarship programs with the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Hawaii, Columbia University, the Japanese American Society and the Japanese Medical Society of America. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nippon Club in New York and the Japan Society in New York. He is also on the advisory boards of the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Metropolitan Museum Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI). He has supported USJC financially, including the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program. Mr. Honjo earned his bachelor’s degree in Business & Commerce from Waseda University in Tokyo, and his International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA from USC.

Fatemeh Ibrahimi Nazarian – Associate Professor of Clinical of Finance & Business Economics, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 36-present)

Fatemeh Ibrahimi Nazarian is a financial economist who specializes in macroeconomics and corporate finance. She has conducted research on the effect of fluctuations in exchange rates and macroeconomic variables and policies on international stock markets. Her research has been published in Global Portfolio Diversification, International Review of Economics, and International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues. She has conducted research papers in applied economics and finance presented at Western Economic Association International Conference 2010-2013, and contributed in books including, Global Portfolio Diversification: Risk Management, Microstructure and Implementation Issues, and International Finance in the New World Order. Professor Ibrahimi has served as a research associate at the Center for Futures Research, as a research fellow at the Energy Modeling Center, and as CFO of an export company. Winner of the Golden Apple Teaching Award for Finance and Business Economics, and Most Inspirational Faculty Award for Masters of Science in Finance. Her current research involves risk and return to investment in emerging economies, and unconventional monetary policy and it’s impact on real estate and long-term growth. She is also currently writing a textbook on Applied Quantitative Methods in Finance and Business Economics. She received her BA in Political Science & Economics from Florida Atlantic University, MA in Economics from USC and her Ph.D. from USC Marshall School.

Douglas Joines – Professor Emeritus of Finance and Business Economics, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 1, 2, 4, 17-24,and 26-29)

Doug Joines is a macroeconomist who research has focused on taxes, deficits, and social security. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Journal of Business. In 1992, the National Science Foundation awarded him a research grant to investigate the effect of social security programs. Professor Joines has held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Claremont McKenna College, University of Rochester, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. During 2007-2009, he served as Marshall’s Vice Dean for Academic Programs. PhD, MBA, University of Chicago; AB, Duke University.
Bob Kiddoo – Associate Professor of Clinical Accounting, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 38-present)

Bob Kiddoo is an expert in the selection, implementation and support of enterprise systems. He has 20 years of experience implementing ERP based systems in a variety of industries, and teaches advanced courses in the Accounting Information Systems program covering systems strategy, project planning, project management, systems analysis and design, and systems implementation. He also serves as Executive Director of University Advancement Gift Accounting, where he leads the team that implemented and maintains the University’s PeopleSoft based Constituent Relationship System (CRS).
Peter Latteier – Principal Projects Applications Engineer, Solar Turbines Incorporated (IBEAR 39)

Peter Latteier joined the IBEAR MBA Program with 11 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. A graduate from Brigham Young University in Manufacturing Engineering, Peter worked his whole career at Solar Turbines Incorporated. He began as a Manufacturing Engineer before earning his 6 Sigma Black Belt and leading nine projects for which he recorded over $500k of value proposition to the company. Peter joined the Business Development group as a Project Application Engineer (PAE) supporting sales in Latin America. He relocated to Dubai, where he spent 3 years, to lead a new PAE group to better support sales and the customers of the region. Upon graduation from IBEAR, he is interested in bringing his skills and background to the transportation industry and would like to get involved with a program to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the youth of the area.
Peter Lee – CEO and Co-Founder, URB-E (IBEAR 31)

Peter Lee co-founded URB-E, a start-up that began in 2013, the world’s most compact e-vehicle that folds conveniently to fit into a boat, plane, car, bus, train, RV, office – literally anywhere you want to go. It’s small enough to fit in between your legs while sitting in a train, bus, or car—a solution for those using public transportation who need to travel the “last mile” between the transit stations and their final destinations. Prior to URB-E, Peter was a senior manager for product development for Targus and PHAT Energy. He was also the director of development and operations for HEX, a retail company providing functional accessories. Previously, he worked as the business development director for Jamison Services, a privately-held real estate company, and for Galtronics, a design company for complex antenna systems.
Jack G. Lewis – Advisor, ITO EN North America, Inc. (IBEAR 6-33)

After joining USC in January 1984, Jack managed global business training programs as associate director, director and then associate dean (IBEAR MBA, IBEAR Executive Programs, GEMBA, C-GLOBE) and taught at the USC Marshall School of Business. Prior to USC, Jack was in the Executive Development Center and taught comparative politics, Japanese politics, and comparative urban politics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He also managed the Konan-Illinois Center at Konan University in Kobe. IBEAR has been engaged in the globalization of the USC Marshall School of Business since 1978, with particular emphasis on Asia and Latin America. Jack retired from USC on July 31, 2011. He enjoy keeping in contact with our 1800 plus IBEAR MBA alumni and IBEAR/Marshall faculty, staff and friends, helping to support the IBEAR MBA cause!
Specialties: Advising on global management development and international business opportunities and partnering. Academic research interests: politics and business in Asia.
Chi-Yuan Lin – Senior Advisor, Taipei Fubon Bank and Professor Emeritus, USC Marshall School of Business

Dr. Chi-Yuan Lin is the Senior Advisor of Taipei Fubon Bank, Honorary Advisor of ARTDO International, President Emeritus of the Chinese Society for Training and Development (Taiwan), and Professor Emeritus in the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California (USC). He received the 2004 ARTDO International Management and Human Resource Development Award, and served as President of the ARTDO International during 2001-2002. He also served as a Director on the Board of the IFTDO, 1996-2004.
Previously, Dr. Lin served as the Chairman of the Taipei Bank and Taipei Fubon Bank (5 years), the Chairman of the Civil Service Protection and Training Commission (4 years) and the President of the National Sun Yat-sen University (9 years). Before returning to Taiwan, Dr. Lin was on the faculty of the USC School of Business for 20 years. In that capacity, Prof. Lin also serves as Director of the Doctoral Program, Department Chair and the University Faculty Senator. During part of that period, Dr. Lin also served as a legislator of the Republic of China representing overseas Chinese.

Mr. Lin received his M. S. and Ph. D. in management from MIT and was awarded a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and a Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Lin has published three books and many journal articles as well as presented numerous papers at academic and professional conferences. Prof. Lin received the USC Award for Teaching Excellence and was named Outstanding Educator of America. He is listed in Dictionary of International Biography, International Scholars Directory, The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s in America, and Who’s Who in the Republic of China.
Peter KH Lin – CFO and Director of Operation and Administration for a Start-Up Pharmaceutical Venture (IBEAR 23)

Peter serves as the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Operations and Administration for a start-up pharmaceutical company. The company is conducting nonclinical and clinical studies for submission to the U.S. FDA under Investigational New Drug (IND) application for topical prescription drug. Prior to joining the pharma start-up, Peter was the principal and investment manager for Solarium Capital, a boutique private equity investment fund, where he analyzed and executed acquisitions and equity investment in organizations and projects in cross functional industries such as technology, food and beverage, and real estates. The portfolio companies generated 20x return in 5 years. Right after the IBEAR program, Peter joined WesCorp as investment research manager. He managed investment credit research team of a $32 Billion fixed income portfolio, one of the largest structured credit investment portfolio in the world. The team conducted credit research and analysis of fixed income securities on U.S. and global structured finance securities such as Residential and Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS), Asset-Backed Securities (ABS), Collaterized Debt Obligations (CDO), various esoteric ABS, and Corporate Debt Securities. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of California Berkeley, his master degree in Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University, and his International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA from USC. Peter is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charter holder.

Robert Lin – Founder and CEO, Seabury Trade Finance Exchange and Seabury Trade Capital (IBEAR 19)

Robert Lin has more than 25 years of industry experience in global trade, supply chain and finance technologies. He previously served as SVP and managing director of TradeCard, Inc. (today’s Infor-GTNexus, a global supplier network of over 40,000 companies). Prior to TradeCard, he was general manager of NewView Technologies (formerly e-Steel) leading its North American West Coast business and Asia operation in Sydney, Australia. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events on supply chain and trade finance. Mr. Lin holds a B.A. in cognitive science from University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California.

Jia Liu – Engagement Manager, EY (IBEAR 34)

Jia is a seasoned Engagement Manager at EY’s advisory practice with 11 years of international experience across 18+ countries serving Fortune Global 500 companies and state owned enterprises. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities in client service and business development, he also leads the digital innovations agenda for EY’s Global Infrastructure Center of Excellence, and provides analytics oversight to financial and operational metrics for his practice. Before joining EY, Jia was a Department Lead responsible for innovations and process improvement, an Engineering Consultant, a Project Engineer, a Civil Engineer, and Project Manager within the building industry. Since 2012, Jia has been a periodical guest speaker to MBA and UGBA participants at the USC Marshall School of Business on topics such as MBA career development strategy and management consulting methodologies. He is also an active mentor of current MBA participants and recent MBA alumni of the school. Jia earned his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and his B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sun Migliacci – Tech Strategy Manager, City National Bank (IBEAR 38)

Sun Migliacci is the Tech Strategy Manager at City National Bank. Her role is the first of its kind at the Bank, and she brings ten years of investment management experience to head the strategy efforts for the Bank’s Business and Technology Services division. Prior to her position at City National, Sun was based in London, UK as Principal at Varitus, Ltd, a multi-disciplinary, active management investment firm as a strategic advisor to the firm’s portfolio companies. She launched her investment career at Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management division and continued her role with Credit Suisse Securities (USA) Private Banking group. Sun holds a BA in Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business.

Shiro Naba – President, Shiroyama Global Advisor, Inc. (IBEAR 12)

Previous to his current position, Shiro Naba was the Senior Managing Director of Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd., where he also served at its Adviser since 2009. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Naba was the President and Representative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo Japan.

Previously, Mr. Naba served as the Representative Director and Senior Vice President of Daimler Chrysler Japan Co. Ltd. From 1997 through 2003, he was the Director and Vice President of Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd. and Estee Lauder Group of Companies Inc.

Mr. Naba earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Business & Commerce, Keio University. He received his M.B.A. from the USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR Program in 1990. In 2007, he was awarded the “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana” (a Knight in the “Order of the Italian Star of Solidarity”) from the Republic of Italy. He also served six years on the Board of Governors for the University of Southern California Alumni Association from 2001 to 2007.

Cauitie Ocada – Representative, Ocada & Partners (IBEAR 15)

Cauitie Ocada runs a unique consultancy in Tokyo that provides a wide range of services from brand strategy to new product design, from global marketing to strategic transformation, and beyond, with a focus on designing customer-centric value creation, which Cauitie believes is key to business success. Cauitie started Ocada & Partners after thirty years of experience as a strategic planner and later as a business consultant at Dentsu Inc., the world largest marketing communications agency, where he created the company’s first business consulting unit, the Brand Creation Center. He also served as a Director of Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy based in San Francisco. Cauitie is also well connected with the marketing community in Japan, as well as Asia at large. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and training programs for marketing practitioners. He has taught for over twenty years MBA marketing and brand strategy classes at various universities, including International University in Japan, Aoyama University, and Hosei University in Japan. He serves as a member of Board of Trustees of Sanno University, a private university in Japan. And, he has been a good friend of IBEAR Program and a proud ambassador in Japan.

C.W. Park – Robert E. Brooker Professor of Marketing, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 25-present )

C.W. Park has recently published a book titled Brand Admiration: Building a Business People Love (Wiley). In addition, he has also published numerous articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of Marketing. He was the editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology (2008-2012) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Professor Park is currently director of Global Branding Center. Prior to joining USC, Professor Park was the Albert Wesley Frey Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. PhD, MS, University of Illinois; BA, Seoul National University.

Tom Plate – Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University and South China Morning Post Columnist

Tom Plate writes about America’s relationship with the Pacific Rim. His columns have appeared and continue to appear in many world papers, including The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, The Khaleej Times, The Japan Times, The Korea Times, The Jakarta Post, The Providence Journal and some US papers. At Loyola, he supervises “Asia Media International” and leads an education program that conducts interactive courses with universities in Asia. He also taught courses at UCLA. He is the author of the “Giants of Asia”, which feature editions on Lee Kuan Yew, Mohamad Mahathir, Thaksin Shinawatra and Ban Ki-moon; and the coming fifth volume on Xi Jinping. He has been a staff editor or writer at Time, Newsday, New York Newsday, New York Magazine, CBS and The Daily Mail of London, where he served as guest American editor. From 1989-1995 he was Editor of the Editorial Pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has been honored with major journalism awards, including the coveted American Society of Newspaper Editors Deadline Writing Award, the Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award for “Best Editorial” (three years in a row) and the California Newspaper Publishers Award (three times). He has been a Media Fellow at Stanford University and a fellow in Tokyo at the Japanese Foreign Press Center’s annual Asia-Pacific Media Conference. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Yan Pronin – Management Consultant, 8020 Consulting (IBEAR 38)

After graduating from IBEAR MBA in 2016 Yan Pronin joined 8020 Consulting where he is currently advising world’s largest auto manufacturer on a wide range of financial planning and revenue optimization activities. Prior to IBEAR Yan spent more than a decade in a variety of leadership roles in Hospitality and Finance in world’s largest Gaming-Entertainment companies: SLS Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and Tropicana. Advancing his career from Financial Analyst to Director of Revenue Optimization he became an expert in turnaround management. Yan has graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Penn State University. He has also successfully passed the CFA Level 1 Exam.

William (Bill) Reynolds – Founder, Pacific Coast Energy and Minerals, LLC (IBEAR 10)

Bill is also the CEO and Chairman of the Board providing seasoned executive leadership to PCM’s professional team to manage the efforts for PCM’s international mineral and energy projects. He has been a partner with Tatum since 2007, providing interim executive services to a variety of international corporations. He was the Chief Capital Officer at Terrabon, the CFO and COO of Halite, a privately held pre-revenue project company developing energy projects in the UK; served as interim CFO for TAQA, a publicly-traded integrated international energy corporation active in exploration, oil and gas production, gas storage, LNG re-gasification, etc. based in Abu Dhabi. He has held senior finance positions in various companies.

Dennis Rook – Professor of Clinical Marketing, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 21-26)

Dennis Rook received his PhD in marketing in 1983 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he concentrated in consumer behavior theory and qualitative research methods. Following this, he served on the marketing faculty of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Rook left the academic environment in 1987 to join the Strategic Planning Department of DDB Needham Worldwide in Chicago where he was a research supervisor. Following this he was appointed Director of Qualitative Research Services at Conway/Milliken & Associates, a Chicago research and consulting company. Dr. Rook rejoined the USC marketing faculty in 1991. Professor Rook’s published research has investigated consumer impulse buying, “solo” consumption behavior, and consumers’ buying rituals and fantasies. These and other studies have appeared in the Journal of Consumer Research, Advances in Consumer Research, Symbolic Consumer Behavior, and Research in Consumer Behavior. He has served as Treasurer of the Association for Consumer Research, for which he is also a member of the Advisory Council. In 1985, his dissertation research was awarded by the Association for Consumer Research, and in 1988, he was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consumer Research. Dr. Rook has served as a research and marketing consultant for companies in the consumer packaged goods, financial services, communications and entertainment industries.

Ahmed Shabana – Managing Partner, Parkpine Capital (IBEAR 38)

An accomplished entrepreneur, Ahmed is recognized as a high impact entrepreneur by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The Financial Times. Ahmed has founded the MENA/GCC’s Drugstore.com clone, Agzakhana.com, generating millions in sales turnover while overcoming the economic and commercialization obstacles of the region. Moreover, Ahmed was able to raise venture capital from Vodafone Ventures and help fundraise in Silicon Valley for a number of Healthcare, BigData, and SaaS startups of over $100M in combined valuation. Currently Shabana is the managing partner of Parkpine Capital, a $50M Fund with an accelerator program focusing on bringing Silicon Valley’s innovation and capital to high growth markets in Asia. Parkpine Capital’s first endeavors in Asia is The Global Venture Summit (GVS), a Bali conference brining over $5B in top tier Silicon Valley venture funds to connect with Asia’s tech scene and startups.

George Sheth – Managing Partner, Diligent Partners, LLC. (IBEAR 18)

George co-founded Diligent Partners. LLC, a retained executive search firm in 2009. Previously, he was Executive Director and Healthcare Practice Leader at another retained executive search firm based in Southern California. Before that, he was a Strategy Consulting Principal focused on health plan IT strategy consulting within Kaiser Permanente’s Information Technology division. Since the early 1980s, he has worked in managed care, provider practice management, new venture/product development, and information technology as a strategic management and business process improvement consultant, program/project manager, and operations manager. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Sheth held executive management roles in the national healthcare consulting practices of Capgemini (now Accenture) and IBM / PricewaterhouseCoopers. He started his career in operational management roles at Health Net and Maxicare Health Plans. His areas of expertise include retained executive search, executive coaching, board governance, strategic business planning, business process redesign, new venture and product development, program/project management, and the application of technology to grow businesses and solve strategic and operational issues.

As a volunteer leader many times over, Mr. Sheth currently serves as Member Relations Board Advisor for the Southern California Chapter of Society for Information Management (SIM), the premier not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIOs, CTOs and emerging IT leaders. Since 2010, he also has been a frequent presenter/panelist at CIO summits across the West Coast for HMG Strategy for whom Mr. Sheth serves on its Advisory Board. For several years, George served as Board Governance Committee Chair and as a member of the HR Committee on the Board of Directors of the Bob Hope USO (www.BobHopeUSO.org). For over a decade, George served on the HIMSS Southern California Chapter Board, where he served his one-year term as President in 2008-2009. A diehard Trojan, George has served on the University of Southern California (USC) Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board (served as President: 2006-2007), the USC Marshall Alumni Association National Board, the USC Marshall Partners Board, the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors Executive Committee, and the USC Trojan CEO Network. George is also a Provost-level USC Associate, USC Ambassador, 20-year USC football season ticket holder, second-generation Trojan, and soon-to-be Trojan parent. George has a B.A. degree from Occidental College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business – IBEAR MBA program.

Grace Shiba – Executive Director, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

Grace Shiba joined the USC Alumni Association in February 2005 and is responsible for engaging Asian Pacific alumni, recruiting alumni leaders and oversees the USC Alumni Clubs in Asia. Grace served on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors for eight years, was a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Alumni Association, Skull and Dagger Honorary Society. Grace holds a BA degree from Letters, Arts, and Science from USC and participated in the Year in Japan program at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Her community involvement is exemplary, holding various leadership positions with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese Chamber Foundation and the Japanese American Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund. She also serves on the Aurora Foundation’s Annual Gala committee and is an Advisor to the Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai which was established in 1965 to promote Japanese calligraphy in the United States. In addition, she has also been involved with the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japan America Society, Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai and the Nisei Week Foundation.

Edwin Soeryadjaya – Chairman, PT. Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk

Edwin Soeryadjaya started his career in 1978 at Astra International, one of Indonesia’s largest diversified conglomerates founded by his father. He spearheaded Astra’s financial restructuring efforts in 1987 which culminated in its public listing on the Indonesian Stock Exchange in 1990 as the largest IPO in Indonesia. He left as Vice President Director in 1993 and co-founded Saratoga Investama Sedaya, an investment company focusing on natural resources, infrastructure and consumer products.

Edwin graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1974 and is married with 3 children. He was awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. A long – time proponent of education, he remains active in the community through his roles as Co-Founder of the William & Lily Foundation, is on the Board of Trustees of the Ora Et Labora Foundation and is a member of the Capital Campaign Cabinet of Habitat for Humanity Indonesia.

Edwin is currently Chairman of PT. Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk, PT. Adaro Energy Tbk, PT. Tower Bersama Infrastructure Tbk, PT. Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Tbk, PT. Medco Power Indonesia, PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk, Interra Resources Limited and Seroja Investments Limited.

Juan Staudt – Founder, Bullseye (IBEAR 38)

Originally from Argentina, Juan has lived most of his life in Chile where he acquired 10 years of experience in both mass-market consumer goods and retail. Mr. Staudt had worked in multinational companies such as Agrosuper, Nestle and one of the largest Latinamerican retailers, Cencosud. After successfully completed his MBA he founded Bullseye, a Santiago-based consulting company focused on helping people in their job search strategies and career decisions. Recently he joined Kersting S.A. a Chilean leading company in the lighting and electric industry as Chief Commercial Officer.

He is active supporter of Marshall and the IBEAR program by participating in the IBEAR 40 recruiting process, joining the alumni board in Chile and assisting all Marshall’s activities in the country. Juan also holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a M.A. in Business Engineering from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez.

Horatiu Stefan – Founder & CEO, Consilium Partners

Horatiu founded career development consultancy Consilium Partners, a firm that provides services in academic planning, career discovery, personal branding, resume and interview preparation, as well as internship and job search strategies. He has held key strategic, operating, and advisory roles in Fortune 500 multinationals including Deloitte, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung and eBay, and venture-backed Silicon Valley startups including Homejoy and Serviz. An active alumni ambassador, interviewer and coach, Horatiu holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics.

Fujiko Terayama – Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations, IBEAR MBA Program

Fujiko Terayama is Director, Admissions and Alumni Relations, of IBEAR MBA Program where she has been working since 1980 in various administrative and management responsibilities in the field of student services, admissions and alumni relations. During the IBEAR leadership transition, she served as an acting Director of IBEAR. Fujiko is a recipient of Marshall Dean’s Award for Staff Achievement in 20006. She has received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Social Work from California State University. She was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, and moved to Los Angeles in 1970.

Jim Turner – VP Business Development , Hawksbill Brewing Company (IBEAR 19)

By day, a successful program manager at Markon Solutions, his work includes over 90 major real estate, construction, and facilities projects with public and private sector organizations. His talk today will focus on his “hobby that got out of hand” – a start-up agribusiness enterprise in Luray, Virginia called Hawksbill Brewing Company.

Jim earned his MBA with IBEAR XIX and has worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, AECOM, and Jacobs Engineering over the years since then. His day job keeps him busy, but he found his avocation after buying a second home in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in 2007, where he got involved in the farm-to-table trend as a hobby farmer – first as a farm intern in 2011, where he pasture-raised and marketed chickens and hogs, and eventually formed Hawksbill Hop Yards in 2015 to supply hops to Virginia’s emerging craft brewing industry.

Carl Voigt – Professor of Clinical Management and Organization, IBEAR MBA Program (IBEAR 25-present )

Carl Voigt teaches business policy, competitive strategy, entrepreneurship and venture initiation, and global strategy and international management. He is a three-time winner of the Golden Apple Award, and has served as Associate Dean for the undergraduate, executive MBA, and Marshall MBA programs. PhD, UCLA; MBA, Andrews University; BA, Pacific Union College.
Patricia Wanandi – Assistant Vice President, PT Gemala Sarana Wiyata (IBEAR 39)

Patricia Wanandi joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience working in private equity and sales. She began her career at Bloomberg LP, one of the largest financial data providers in the world; as a Fixed Income Sales Representative for Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and other top New York hedge funds. Wanting to delve into the real markets, she joined a New York hedge fund, Belstar Group, where she concentrated on strategy and investments for Korean investors. In 2012, she moved to Indonesia to work for the family’s private equity firm, PT. Gemala Sarana Wiyata. Here she primarily managed the investment transactions and fundraising. Patricia holds a BA in History, with a minor in General Business, from Villanova University. Following IBEAR, Patricia intends to continue her work in private equity in Southeast Asia.

James C. Wong – Managing Director, Axcelasia Singapore Pte. Ltd. (IBEAR 11)

IBEAR XI alumnus, James C Wong,is a/an consultant; educator; and entrepreneur. James Wong consults with clients on governance, risk and compliance (GRC) matters.During James’ early years in audit and assurance with KPMG US, Malaysia and Singapore, the GRC advisory services initially focused on reliable financial reporting. In the years following IBEAR, GRC consulting extended to cover all areas of enterprise risk governance and compliance. Over this period, he was firstly in various positions with a US listed company based in Los Angeles/Chicago;then a partner with KPMG Singapore’s Risk Advisory Services practice; and lastly independent consulting. While an independent consultant, Dr. James C Wong taught GRC courses at the Singapore Management’s University’s (SMU) School of Accountancy(SoA). James Wong is presently on the adjunct faculty of the Singapore University of Social Sciences teaching audit and attestation, and still assists at SMU when the SoA needs assistance.In 2015, an opportunity arose for James Wong to return to entrepreneurship fulltime. Axcelasia Inc. was incorporated in Malaysia in August 2015 by three principals to merge their practices providing professional services in business consultancy; business support; and tax advisory. It was listed on the Singapore Exchange in November 2015, with the vision to expand into the rest of ASEAN. James accepted the challenge to partner Axcelasia Inc. to start the Singapore operations in March 2016. The Group is now looking at mergers and acquisitions to build and grow this practice in the crowded and mature Singapore market.

Yixuan (Jennifer) Zhao – Assistant Researcher, Nanjing University and Chief Secretary, Simou Club (IBEAR 31)

Yixuan (Jennifer) Zhao is an assistant researcher in the School of Business at Nanjing University, one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China. Yixuan is also the founder and currently the chief secretary of the SiMou Club, an entrepreneurial club in the Jiangsu area with the vision of building a bridge between academics and businesses for knowledge transfer, as well as promoting innovative thoughts and innovative strategies. Prior to working at Nanjing University, she worked for more than 10 years in the management consulting field, leading business strategy and human resource strategy projects. In 2009, she assisted the University of Southern California in opening the first USC China office, and worked at the USC China office as the associate director. Yixuan Zhao graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, in 2004 with honors. She received her MBA from the University of Southern California, in 2009, and received her Ph.D. in business administration from Nanjing University, in 2016 with national honors.

Derek (Junjun) Zhou – Senior Service Business Technology Manager, Lenovo (IBEAR 39)

Derek (Junjun) Zhou joined the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of work experience in the mobile industry. Derek has worked with Sony, Nokia, Microsoft and Lenovo. In his most recent role, Derek was Senior Service Business Technology Manager at Lenovo. In this role, Derek was in charge of global service strategy, and led the Lenovo/Motorola Service business model synergy. Derek has deep expertise in the mobile industry, and has held project management roles in all key functional teams including Product Design, Supply Chain and Global Consumer Care. Derek is equally conversant with sofware and hardware products in the mobile/ smart phone industry.

Scott Zolendziewski – Senior Associate, Deal Advisory – M&A Integration and Separation, KPMG, LLP (IBEAR 38)

Scott M. Zolendziewski joined KPMG after graduating from the IBEAR MBA Program in 2016. His KPMG role is in technology industry with a focus on operational due diligence, acquisitions, and divestitures. Prior to joining the IBEAR program, Scott was a 10-year leader within various U.S. Army Special Forces and Infantry organizations. He was deployed to Afghanistan three times and been decorated for valorous actions. He has gained the skills and experience necessary to build, train, and lead elite-level organizations as well as design and execute a variety of projects within many different environments. Most recently, he worked as a project manager for over thirty U.S. Embassies throughout Europe and Africa and consulted senior defense officials on numerous foreign military sales and training projects. Mr. Zolendziewski holds a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was recently selected to be the Silicon Valley Veterans Network president as a first year associate.