International Advisory Board



Prof. Dr. Ilan Alon
Prof. Dr. Ilan Alon

Prof. Dr. Ilan Alon

Dr. Ilan Alon (Ph.D., Kent State University, USA) is Professor of Strategy and International Marketing at the University of Agder. Prior to that he also had research positions in Harvard University, Georgetown University (USA) and University of International Business and Economics (China). Alon is a researcher in the field of international business with a focus on internationalization, modes of entry, political risk, cultural intelligence and emerging markets. Ilan Alon's publications have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Management International Review, International Business Review, Journal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review and others.  His books were published by Palgrave, Routledge, McGraw-Hill among other imprints. In addition to being a professor, Alon is the Head of International Affairs for the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder, and leader of the Emerging Markets research group.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the European Journal of International Management. Ilan Alon has worked with government bodies, non-profit organizations, multinational companies and international associations on various projects ranging from capacity development at the macro level to international business development at the firm or project level. Clients include USAID, illy, Darden, Disney, and others. Ilan Alon has been a frequent speaker on various international networks including National Public Radio (USA), Voice of America (USA), RTV (Russia), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway).

Prof. Dr. Diederich Bakker
Prof. Dr. Diederich Bakker

Prof. Dr. Diederich Bakker

Dr. Diederich Bakker studied Business Administration, majoring in International Management, and holds a PhD in Marketing. His professional background lies in marketing communications and market research. Dr. Bakker has worked in the USA, Australia, Germany, France and the Netherlands. His personal research interests focus on international business, SMEs, market entry strategies, private label branding and Asian branding strategies. Dr. Bakker teaches marketing at the International Business School, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, where he has worked since 2002. He is an elected leadership member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and sits on the Board of Directors of NIBS, the Network of International Business Schools. In 2016, he was appointed Professor of International Business at Hanze UAS.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Secil Bayraktar
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Secil Bayraktar

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Secil Bayraktar

Dr. Secil Bayraktar is an Associate Professor of Management at Toulouse Business School, France. She has a Ph.D. in Management, with a particular focus on organizational behavior. Her research interests broadly include cross-cultural management, leadership, organizational change, and organizational climate. She works in internationally recognized projects such as the GLOBE Project and HR Climates Project. Her research has been published in international journals such as Journal of World Business, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Organizational Dynamics, Management Decision, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. She also works closely with business managers, providing consultancy and executive trainings to numerous companies on innovation, organizational culture, global leadership, cross cultural management, and leading change.

Prof. Dr. Harald J. Bolsinger
Prof. Dr. Harald J. Bolsinger

Prof. Dr. Harald J. Bolsinger

Dr. rer. pol. Harald J. Bolsinger is Professor of Business Ethics and Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS). Würzburg-based business ethicist Harald Bolsinger has gained considerable practical experience in corporate customer service and distribution in the cooperative banking sector as well as a business promoter for the City of Nuremberg. He is actively involved in numerous initiatives to promote ethics and Christian values in business life. He has taught at various universities and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at FHWS.

Dr. Lourdes Casanova
Dr. Lourdes Casanova

Dr. Lourdes Casanova

Dr. Lourdes Casanova is currently a Senior Lecturer, and the Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. She was formerly at INSEAD, specializing in international business with a focus on emerging markets multinationals. She was awarded in 2014 and 2015 as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. She has been a Fulbright Scholar with a Master's degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona. She has had visiting professorships at Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford; University of Zurich, and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She was a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Casanova has taught, and directed executive programs at INSEAD for senior managers including Telefónica, BBVA and Cemex and Brazilian Confederation of Industries. She is a member of the Latin America Global Agenda Council and the Competitiveness in Latin America taskforce of the World Economic Forum, the B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in G20 summit, Los Cabos (2012). She is responsible at INSEAD of Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative. Dr. Casanova is a board member of Boyce Tompson Institute, start-up Documenta, a founding Board Member of the Societé des Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau and a member of the Advisory Council of the Tompkins Public Library. She is also a founding board member Emerging Multinationals Research Network and co-founder of the Ithaca Hub of Global Shapers.

Prof. Dr. Hugh Dang
Prof. Dr. Hugh Dang

Prof. Dr. Hugh Dang

Prof. Hugh Dang, Senior Adviser of Ottawa United Learning Academy and co- managing editor of Transnational Corporations Review. Hugh graduated from the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Canada and the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in China. Hugh worked as a policy specialist in both the Chinese local and central governments for over ten years. During his visiting studies in the United States, Hugh was involved with China-related policy issues. His working papers and publications in English include Promise, Problems and Prospects: Agri-Biotech Governance in China, India and Japan. China Agricultural Economic Review, Issue 2, 2017.  “China’s Agri-Biotech Policies, Regulations and Institutions (AgBioForum, 2015); “India’s Agri-Biotech Policies, Regulations and Institutions (working paper, 2013); “Chinese Experience: Policy Reforms for Agribusiness Development” (FAO-IAAE Workshop, Beijing 2009); “Assessing the Effect of NAFTA on Canada/US Agricultural Trade” (IDEAS, 2003); and “Development: China’s Access to WTO” (Carleton, 2001). Hugh also jointly edited and/or translated a number of publications, including “Special Issue on FDI China” (CIJ, 2011); ”Special Issue on Elinor Ostrom” (TNCR/OULA, 2010); “The Intellectual Crisis in American Public Administration” (trans. from Vincent Ostrom, Beijing Poly-Tech University Press, 1998); and Critical Biography of Karl Marx in His Youth”(Hunan Publishing House, 1990). Hugh’s current interests are related to Asia-Pacific policy studies and international agri-biotech policy; globalization and development as well as transnational corporations and investment issues.

Dr. Alfredo Jiménez
Dr. Alfredo Jiménez

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alfredo Jiménez

Dr. Alfredo Jiménez has a Master degree in Business Economics Research and a PhD in Business Management. He is currently Associate Professor at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux. Previously he was Associate Professor at the University of Burgos in Spain. His research interests are focused on the process and determinants of success in the internationalization strategy of firms. His current lines of research include the impact of institutional variables, political risk, cultural and psychic distance and corruption on foreign direct investments and entrepreneurship. He is also working on a research line devoted to virtual team and multi-cultural team management and dynamics. He has published several papers in international journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Business and Society, International Business Review, Journal of Business Research Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, and European Journal of International Management. He has also been a visiting scholar in different institutions in Norway, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Italy, Ecuador and Mexico, as well as participating in the X-Culture Project as a member of its Advisory Board and instructor. He is project reviewer for the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and for the Government of Ecuador and Poland.

Prof. Dr. Turgut Ozkan
Prof. Dr. Turgut Ozkan

Prof. Dr. Turgut Ozkan

Dr. Turgut Özkan is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Beykent University in Istanbul. He is also heading the Department of Business Administration at Beykent. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Uludag University and PhD from Istanbul University. He worked at Haliç University before moving to Beykent. He has also had various administrative positions at universities in the capacity of head of department, deputy director and director of institute of social sciences as well as memberships of various national and international institutions, committees, and editorial boards. He earned his associate professorship in 2008 and professorship in 2013 in the fields of finance and financial economics. Before becoming a full-time academic, he had worked in industry for a long time as an auditor, internal audit manager, and chairman of the audit committee at private banks and insurance companies, and also financial and administrative affairs group manager and assistant general manager in a leasing company. He has widely published and been regularly consulted by the media on finance, business and related areas.

Prof. Dr. Olga Saginova
Prof. Dr. Olga Saginova

Prof. Dr. Olga Saginova

Dr. Saginova is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Logistics at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. She is author of over 100 research papers and books on marketing, entrepreneurship and education management. She is also a certified tutor of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, member of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC) and the Russian Marketing Guild. Professor Saginova teaches courses in Cross-cultural Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business in Russia, USA, Germany, Finland and other countries. She has participated in several international research projects, among which “Hidden champions in CEE and Turkey”.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Sroka
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Sroka

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Włodzimierz Sroka

Dr. Sroka is an associate professor at the Management Department of WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland) as well as extraordinary professor at North-West University (South Africa). He specializes in theoretical and practical issues relating to the management and strategic management.
The research fields of Prof. Sroka, with over 140 publications (10 books and over 130 papers in peer reviewed journals), include strategic management, with particular emphasis on inter-organizational cooperation, CSR and business ethics, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship as well as innovations. He has published in reputable journals, e.g. Transformations in Business and Economics, Engineering Economics, European Journal of International Management, Polish Journal of Management Studies, Sustainability, Social Sciences, Scientific Annals of Economics and Business, Entrepreneurial Business and Economic Review, Central European Journal of Public Policy, European Integration Studies, Engineering Management in Production and Services.
He is at Editorial Boards of a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals. Currently he merges his scientific activity with being the CEO of a medium-size engineering company. He was previously employed in different managerial positions in both the steel and machine industries, running very large (over 10.000 employees), large (over 1.000 employees) and medium size enterprises. He was also a member of the Supervisory Boards at different companies, operating in steel, machine and chemical industries (currently he holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the company operating in chemical industry).

Prof. Dr. Erdogan Taskin
Prof. Dr. Erdogan Taskin

Prof. Dr. Erdogan Taskin

Dr. Erdogan Taskin is currently Professor of Marketing and Chair of the International Trade Department at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Beykent University in Istanbul. He holds BA, MBA and PhD degrees in Business Administration from Istanbul University. Prior to his academic life, he worked for ten years as a sales training manager at various multinational companies. Dr. Taskin is author of twelve textbooks, including “Sales Management” and “Customer Relationship Training”. His articles on marketing essentials were published in prestigious journals.

Dr. Wlamir Xavier
Dr. Wlamir Xavier

Dr. Wlamir Xavier

Dr. Wlamir Xavier is Assistant Professor of Management at Eastern New Mexico University. His research focuses on the business group phenomenon in emerging countries and non-marketing strategies. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris Dauphine, the Wharton School and the Copenhagen Business School. Wlamir's academic work has been recognized on several occasions including the "Emerald Publishing Award for Best Paper on Emerging Markets" in the European International Business Academy Conference – EIBA/2012 and “Best Thematic Paper Award" in the AIB-SE/2012. His research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Corporate Governance, and EIBAzine.