Speakers 2013

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Speakers 2013 2018-01-26T14:31:20+00:00

Đuro Njavro

Dean, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Dr. Đuro Njavro graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trades in Zagreb and afterwards he worked as an economic journalist and editor of the weekly Economic Journal. He obtained a Master’s degree in economics (1985.) and a PhD (1988.) from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. He also finished professional training in the United States and Great Britain. Since 1988 he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, where he held classes in “Principles of Economics”. Today, he is one of the founders, dean, and lecturer at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) which was established in 2002.

Zoran Barac

Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Dr. Zoran Barac is Managing Director of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM). Also as a faculty member of the ZSEM’s Management Department he teaches Corporate Governance course. Dr. Barac received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and M.Sc. in International Economics at the Zagreb University, Faculty of Economics and Business. Before joining the Zagreb School of Economics and Management Dr. Barac held several senior executive and board positions in the corporate sector such as a Group finance director of the regional media company and CFO of the pharmaceutical distribution company. Before entering the corporate sector Zoran Barac was President of the management board of the Croatian Pension Investment Company. Dr. Barac currently serves as a President of the Supervisory board of the Platinum Invest, Investment Funds Management Company. He also serves as a Supervisory board member of the ZSEM Business Academy. As an experienced coach and sports official he serves as a President of Croatian Wushu Federation, national sport organization that governs Croatian Wushu, which is the collective term for the martial art practices and sports which originated and developed in China. Also as a National Wushu team coach, he coached medal winning athletes in national and international competitions. Dr. Barac also served as a Governing Board member of the Croatian Pension Supervisory Authority in the period from 2000 to 2005.

Thierry Grange

President of the Strategic Board, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Prof. Thierry Grange has been working at Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) since its beginning in 1984. He has published more than 60 articles, books or book chapters in the field of Management & Technology. He graduated in Engineering, Business Administration and Political Science. Before going in the academic world, he was an entrepreneur in the motorcycle vector and a manager in international industrial manufacturing projects. He has been elected twice at AACSB Board of Directors, he is Chair of the European Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, Special Advisor to the President for Europe, Member of the Accreditation Quality Committee and of the Committee on Issues in Management Education. He is also Member of the EFMD/EPAS Accreditation Board and Member of the French National Business Education Degrees Accreditation Board. In 2009, he received “Academic Achievement Award by International Association for Management of Technology. He has been awarded the Outstanding Industrial Medal (French Society for Industrial Excellence).

Robert D. Reid

Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer
AACSB International

Robert D. Reid serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer for AACSB International. Prior to joining AACSB International in July 2012, he served as Dean of the College of Business at James Madison University for 15 years. The College of Business has been recognized for excellence in curriculum innovation, especially in the areas of curriculum integration and experiential learning. In 2012, while on leave as dean, Bob served as the founding Executive Director of the Interpersonal Effectiveness Institute at James Madison University. Prior to becoming dean, he served as the Department Head of Marketing and Hospitality Management. While in this role, he was selected as the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Professor. Bob has conducted numerous professional workshops and seminars for both public and private organizations, including numerous universities. He has authored or co-authored five editions of Hospitality Marketing Management published by John Wiley & Sons, and was a contributing author to three other books. He has actively served as a leader for numerous professional and civic groups including, AACSB International, Beta Gamma Sigma, The Southern Business Administration Association and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

Lucienne Mochel

Vice president, accreditation and member services
AACSB International

Lucienne Mochel joined AACSB International in November 2004 and currently serves as vice president of Accreditation and Member Services. In this role Lucienne is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the department, management of the accreditation committees and processes, coordination of member recruitment, training of volunteer, development of new initiatives and the continues development of the departments responsibilities. Lucienne maintains relationships with more than 600 accredited business schools and assists approximately 200 schools seeking accreditation. Prior to joining AACSB, Lucienne worked for more than 20 years in training and workforce development as the director of Employment and Training for the municipality of Rotterdam and as program administrator for a large non-profit organization in the U.S.

Kjell R. Knudsen

Dean, 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.

John A. Helmuth

Dean, School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint

Dr. John A. Helmuth is the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint and a Professor of Finance. Professor Helmuth is an experienced teacher who blends an exciting combination of his considerable academic record along with his consulting experiences that emphasize creating value for the firm. He is the author of numerous academic articles on such topics as corporate finance, market efficiency, and regulation. He has also served on the editorial board on numerous professional academic journals, and he has served as the President and Vice President of the New York State Economics Association. Professor Helmuth has been a consultant for both the private and public sector. He has 20 years of experience in teaching executive education and even longer in premier graduate education. Professor Helmuth received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina. He did his post-doctoral work in Finance at the University of Rochester. His academic administrative accomplishments are numerous, with innovative curriculum programs, international initiatives, and building relationships with the business community as hallmarks of his work.

Witold T. Bielecki

Professor of Management

Rector of Kozminski University and Head of Department of Quantitative Methods and Applications of Computers. He has taught the following courses: Decision Support Systems, Business Application of Computers, Management Information Systems, Operations Research, and Simulation Management Games. As a visiting professor he delivered lectures in many universities in USA, UK, Ukraine, and Belorussia.

He published text-books and scientific articles on management in Polish and foreign scholarly journals. Co-author of two computer-controlled management games. Co-author and supervisor of a multimedia package for training managers. He was a consulting projects director in the field of design and implementation of Decision Support Systems for Polish firms and companies. Member of a few supervisory boards (PZU S.A. – Polish Insurance Company, PAiZ (Polish Agency for Foreign Investment), Bank BGZ S.A.). He is also a member of the Board of Association of Managers in Poland (a charter member), International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA), Association for Business Simulation & Experimental Learning (ABSEL), EFMD, and CEEMAN.

Vera Čubranić

Human Resources Director, Nova TV Inc., Croatia

Vera Čubranić works as Human Resources Director at Nova TV Inc., Croatia’s first private commercial television and the leading broadcaster on the market. The role of Human Resources function in a young, dynamic, successful and highly achievement oriented environment is creating, developing and retaining the best team of talents and experts. In an industry where being creative and bold in bringing innovation to the audience is fundamental, identifying and growing young talents is an ongoing mission. Before joining Nova TV, Ms. Čubranić worked in SELECTIO Ltd., an executive search company, as a recruitment consultant for dozens of successful Croatian and international companies working in Croatia, gaining excellent insight into local labor market strengths and shortcomings.

Ms. Čubranić holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from University of Padua, Italy, and is teaching Recruitment and Selection at MBA program in Human Resources Management at Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

Dušan Mramor

Dean and Finance Professor
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

In the field of higher education, Dr. Mramor was Recurring Visiting Professor at the Central European University, Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the School of Business, Indiana University, USA, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana and the Chairman of the Board of University of Ljubljana. He is currently a member of the Initial Accreditation Committee and European Advisory Committee of AACSB, member of the EU Steering Committee of EFMD and member of the board of EIASM. He was also vice president and member of the board of the European Finance Association, is currently a member of the editorial board of the Economic and Business Review and has been invited to give numerous lectures at universities and government institutions in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Mramor had an active role in the Slovenian transition process, serving as Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia (2002 – 2004), member of the council of the National Bank of Slovenia, member of the Admission Board of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, Chairman of the Securities Market Agency of Slovenia, advisor to the Minister for Finance, member of the Strategic Economic Council of the Prime Minister of Slovenia and member of the advisory board of the President of Slovenia. He also served as a member of the supervisory board of Abanka, vice president of the board of directors of SKB bank, World Bank consultant, a member of the Slovenian Accounting Standards Board and consultant to the government of Slovenia and a number of firms and banks.

Maja Martinović

Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Maja Martinović is a professor, the Chair of the Department of Marketing and Communication and the Associate Dean for the MBA Program at Zagreb School of Economics and Management. She has also taught the course Going to Market in the MBA program of Barcelona Management Institute (BMI), while she still teaches the Marketing Management course at the MBA program of Sarajevo Graduate Business School in collaboration with the University of Delaware and Texas A & M University-Commerce. Previously, she worked as a marketing and sales manager for over 10 years. Today, she cooperates with the leading companies from East European countries and teaches courses aimed at executive managers, draws up business plans, feasibility studies, market research and brand creation projects. She wrote a book of marketing cases and authored or co-authored more than 40 papers. She is the executive vice president of the Association of employers in education in Croatian Employers’ Association. She is the president of the Quality Board at Zagreb School of Economics and Management, and a member of the AACSB team within which she leads the Assessment of Learning project.

Jasmina Havranek

Director, The Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia

In 2005 Jasmina L. Havranek, Ph.D. became Director of Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE). By this time Dr. Havranek had accumulated 33 years as an instructor in academia. She started a year after earning her Bachelors Degree at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture and while pursuing her Masters and Doctorate at this same university. She currently is a Full time professor which is her permanent title at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture. Professor Jasmina Havranek emphasizes the importance of active participation in international programs and supports international cooperation. She herself spent part of her working life abroad, specializing at institutions in Denmark, Finland, USA, Italy and Greece. As a Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb (2001 – 2006) she hosted many international delegations, rectors, representatives of foreign universities, faculties, organizations, agencies, ministries, etc. Professor Jasmina Havranek is bringing together various activities in the area of science and higher education, quality assurance in higher education and science, positioning of the Agency at regional and international level, linking Croatian academic and scientific community with world communities and developing new initiatives at European level.

Mirna Koričan

Human Resource Management Lecturer, ZSEM, Croatia

Mirna Koričan has an MA in the field of Social Psychology and also has finished a Master of Business Administration. In 2011 she enrolled in the PhD program in International Business at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and some of her courses are: Management, Human Resource Management, and Strategy of Human Resource Management. She has authored numerous research and scientific works (CSR, Women and SME’s, Decision Making Characteristics of Board Members in Croatian Banks, HRM Function and Strategy-The Croatian Perspective and others), and has been the editor of many books in the area of management (Modern Management, Negotiation, Becoming a Better Value Creator, Strategic Interviewing, Six Sigma, Strategic Management and others).

She has been teaching as a visiting professor at ESB Business School at Reutlingen University (Germany) and International Business School, Vilnius University (Lithuania). She spent some time in the United States (John Carroll, Cleveland; St. Ambrose, Davenport) and Spain (IESE, Barcelona) as an exchange professor at different educational programs. She is actively involved in the Assessment of Learning Project at the ZSEM.

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