IAU provides undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in business administration and accounting. IAU can ensure a concentrated faculty body, specialized curriculum, and rich student-faculty interaction. IAU's faculties are business professionals who have made an impact on developing organizations to go from "good" to "great". The school's curriculum was a matter of harnessing current business and organizing it to fit in a classroom format. The real challenge was adapting the curricula to a medium that would make it possible to teach across time and space for the student's convenience, but to also incorporate web technologies to improve the student's for technological competitiveness. Students are assured that the training and education you receive will be practical in the professional arena, while benefiting from the expertise of professionals in the industry.

IAU requires its instructors to be culturally sensitive, supportive, and friendly. Organized and detailed, IAU courses are accelerated and require active participation in the classroom and online. IAU instructors are tech-savvy, familiar with LMS, web-technologies, proficient use of the internet tools, and digital library searches.

If you are interested in joining IAU as an instructor, please feel free to submit your resume and a completed instructor application to acd@iaula.edu.

Program Chairs

Amanda Kenderes, Ph.D.
Program Chair, General Education

Rocio Pacheco, M.B.A.
Program Chair, Undergraduate Business

Joseph Siegmund, Ph.D.
Program Chair, MBA


David Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Chair, DBA

Alex Sherm, D.B.A., M.S.
Program Chair, DM


Instructional Faculty


AMAREEN, Omar, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Economic Planning; Plekhanov Russian University of Economics; Moscow, Russia
M.S. in Economic Planning; Plekhanov Russian University of Economics; Moscow, Russia
B.S. in Economics; Plekhanov Russian University of Economics; Moscow, Russia

I graduated from Moscow in 1988 with a Ph.D. in economics and strategic planning. During my practical life, I worked in different countries: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Bahrain, and now in the US. I speak three languages Russin, Arabic, and English. Knowing these three languages gives me access to other languages in the same group. The Russian language gives me access to the Slovenian group of languages such as Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Poland, and the other languages of all eastern European countries. I published media articles in several newspapers in Bahrain.

In Jordan, I participated in government programs for small businesses. I participated in studies conducted by the Ministry of Planning of Jordan; it was about activating the administrative governor's role in the social-economic development of provinces. I designed and implemented specialized training courses for governmental departments and institutions in human resource training.

BAKER, Christina, Ph.D, M.B.A., M.A., M.S.

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Ph.D. in Education; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN.
M.B.A. in Non-Profit Management; Hope International University; Fullerton, CA
M.A. in Communication Studies; California State University, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
M.A.Ed. in Adult Education; Trident University; Cypress CA
M.S. in Education: Reading & Literacy; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
B.A. in Speech Communication; California State University, Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
A.A. in Speech; Long Beach City College; Long Beach, CA
A.A. in General Studies; Columbia College; Los Alamitos, CA
English Language Learner Certificate (CLAD to CELT); University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Reading Certificate; University of California, Irvine Extension; Irvine, CA

Christina Baker is an educator, tutor and a writer for over ten years. She has experience teaching grades K-12 with an emphasis in the language arts for 7-12: reading, writing, English fundamentals, literature, and rhetoric. She even taught one year of 7th grade social studies during this time. She taught 5 years as a full-time teacher and 7 years as a substitute teacher, 1 year as a teacher’s aid, 8 years as a tutor for at-risk children and 3 years as a college instructor. As a teacher she worked in the Los Angeles County school districts title 1 schools in the public school and charter school system; as a tutor, she worked in both the Los Angeles and Orange County cities. As a college instructor, she worked on campuses in Los Angeles and Orange County, but teaching online nationally and internationally.

Currently, when Ms. Baker is not tutoring she works as an adult educator in numerous colleges, universities, and continuing education programs on campuses and online. She has taught many classes that include communication courses: speech, public speaking, oral communication, human communication and business communications; Business courses: hospitality management, English business communication and applied business law, and English courses: writing skills, technical writing, fundamentals of writing, fundamentals of reading, fundamentals of English, basic English, research methods, English composition1, English composition 2, Introduction of literature, computers and basic reading. She also has taught sociology, humanities, dynamics of interpersonal relationships and worked in a basic skills lab as an instructor.

Christina Baker’s scholarly background is very diverse in the fact that she attended educational courses on various campuses and online. Baker earned her first masters (MA) in communication studies: speech from California State University, Los Angeles and her multiple subject teaching credential and single-subject English teaching credential; MS in education: reading and literacy from Capella University; MBA in non-profit management from Hope International University; and is finishing her MAED in adult education from Trident International University. Her BA is in speech communication from California State University, Long Beach. Christina Baker has taken over 20 specialized training sessions geared for teaching, lesson planning, and academic procedures and obtained a reading certificate from the University of California, Irvine Extension and finishing an English language learner certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

CHO, Jean, M.B.A., M.A.

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M.A. in Educational Leadership; Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA
M.A. in Organizational Leadership; Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA
M.B.A.; Stanton University; Garden Grove, CA
B.A. in Industrial Design; Sookmyung Women’s University; Seoul, South Korea

With twenty years of experience in art instruction and administrative leadership, Professor Jean Cho is a Ph.D. candidate of Organizational Leadership at Regent University, Virginia. She earned Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership and Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and her B.A. degree was earned in South Korea at Sookmyung Woman’s University.

“I am grateful to have a chance to express my goal, mission and vision to International American University,” says Professor Cho. Academia has always had an impact on shaping her character, as it was during her studies at Azusa Pacific University (APU), Master of Art, and Organizational Leadership in 2008 when she discovered her self-identity, gifts from God, and the Leadership. The Leadership program taught her that she is uniquely created by the Lord for a unique mission, which is the combination of art, leadership and education. The Lord endows Professor Jean Cho with great passion for teaching leadership with the power of art.

Through teaching art and leadership at a church, at a school, and in the community after graduating in the APU leadership program, she learned the great value and dignity of students’ lives as well as her calling from God. Professor Cho states that the most rewarding aspect of teaching students is to see radical transformation in their lives:

  • Positive attitudes and optimism of life are created.
  • Students learn to discover their life mission and meaning of life. They come to believe in Creator, God the Father as the greatest Leader.
  • Her teachings have strengthened relationships between her students and their families, established the love of their nation, and empowered them to yearn for global leadership.

Professor Cho believes organizational Leadership can be a vehicle of communication of the glorious gospel. Education provides students with great opportunity for success and life fulfillment. It changes life. She is deeply convinced that educating and equipping leaders is the best way to transform the lives of people. When she teaches students, she comes with a great desire to help students to find out their God-given gifts and self-esteem so that they would have clear-cut goals, vision, and a mission to fulfill their calling by the Lord.

CUMMINGS, James, M.A., M.Div.

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M.A. in Psychology; Antioch University; Los Angeles, CA
M.Div.; St. John’s Seminary; Camarillo, CA
B.A. in Psychology; Adlai E. Stevenson College; University of California, Santa Cruz

Jim is a Southern California native. He studied for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, obtaining a Master’s of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary. After spending several years in church ministry, he switched career paths and has been working in higher education administration. He continues to lead retreats, present workshops, and provide liturgical & spiritual direction for the San Fernando Valley chapter of DignityUSA. He is the Research Administrator for the Travis Research Institute (TRI) at the School of Psychology of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

Deacon Jim is an avid movie-watcher and Star Wars fan and collector. Some of his favorite inspirational people are Greg Louganis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walt Disney, William Blake, Saint Francis of Assisi and Blessed Padre Miguel Pro. Because of his interdisciplinary background encompassing both humanities and social science, he has taught courses in philosophy, art history, psychology, the history/philosophy of science & technology, world religions, The Bible, and Christianity.

Check out Professor Cummings's published article in Christian Academia Magazine!

DAGGER, Evan, M.Ed.

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M.Ed. in Administration; Concordia University; Irvine, CA
Teaching Credentials, Social Sciences; California State University, Los Angeles
B.A. in Philosophy; California State University, Los Angeles

Evan Dagger has been a high school science teacher for 13 years, and has taught biology, anatomy, earth science and health. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles. Shortly after, Dagger received his credentials to teach life sciences, earth science, social science and health from California State University, Los Angeles. He then graduated from Concordia University (Irvine, CA) where he received a Masters in Education Administration. Currently, Dagger is pursuing his Masters in Philosophy.

Evan Dagger has studied philosophy with an emphasis on philosophy of science and environmental ethics. When he isn’t teaching, he spends time walking his dogs, traveling, and spending time on Reddit.

DANIELAK, Robert, M.A.

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M.A. in English Literature; California State University, Northridge; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in English; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA

Robert Danielak was born in New York City and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English (2007) and a Master of Arts in English Literature with Distinction from California State University, Northridge (2011). His M.A. Thesis explored language and identity in contemporary ethnic American writers and essayists. Currently teaching ESL, English Composition, and Writing classes, Mr. Danielak has also taught Business English, Shakespeare, and English Literature at the college level. In addition, his passion for writing has taken him back to New York after graduation where he worked at several book publishers, one of them Hippocrene Books, Inc., on major memoir and non-fiction projects. In addition, while earning his M.A., Mr. Danielak worked with prolific Argentine-Armenian poet Alicia Ghiragossian and her non-profit human rights organization where he published his first book: Alicia G: The Poet Philosopher of the New Millennium (2009) which explored Alicia’s unique brand of poetry and the awareness her literature spreads about human rights issues around the world. The link between writing and promoting positive social change is one of the cornerstones of Mr. Danielak’s teaching philosophy. In the classroom, Mr. Danielak strives to instill his students with confidence in writing and the Language Arts as well as with an appreciation for the flourishing uses of writing and literature in our individual lives and in our society today. Outside the classroom, Mr. Danielak is constantly pursuing his passion as a working writer which he finds makes for great life lessons for his students who may also wish to work in creative fields.

DAVIDSON, Amanda, M.A.

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M.A. in English (19th century American Literature); California State University, Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
Single Subject Teaching Credential in English; California State University, Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
B.A. in World Literature with French minor; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Davidson achieved her M.A. in English (19th century American Literature) at California State University, Long Beach in 2022. She completed her B.A. in World Literature with a French minor from UCLA in 2011. She obtained a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from California State University, Long Beach in 2014. Owing to her background in education, she has taught courses in English (grammar, composition, rhetoric and literature) in middle school and secondary schools and has mentored and tutors ESL students in English composition and reading comprehension. She also has a background in Early Childhood Education and has worked in preschools and with elementary school students.

With an European upbringing and as a linguist, Amanda has a passion for language, reading and writing that she wants to share with students to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the English language. Amanda Davidson is interested in issues of communication, history and culture. She has 3 years of teaching experience in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Her professional work experience includes a variety of employers, including the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

DEETER, Petra, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; University of Newcastle, Australia; Callaghan NSW, Australia
M.B.A.; University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management; Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Engineering in Chemistry; University of Newcastle, Australia; Callaghan NSW, Australia

Dr. Petra Deeter is an award-winning film director and a social impact builder. As a filmmaker, she founded Sprrkle Media Production (http://sprrkle.com) where she makes films in many genres, focusing on using the visual story medium to tell the stories that matter. Her film “Reborn”, about domestic violence, premiered at the legendary Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, won over 2-dozen international awards, and screened at festivals and theatres around the world. Her upcoming film is a feature-length documentary “At All Costs” that examines a 5-year custody battle and the system failure that led to the murder of a 10yo boy by his manipulative father. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, she is passionate about creating social impact to advocate for victims. She is the founder of Victim To Hero Institute (http://victimtohero.com) where she provides resources and support for victims of dysfunctional family dynamics, raises public awareness, and champions system and social changes. In her 2nd Ph.D. in Psychology at the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania in Australia, she focuses her research on healing pathways for adult survivors.

Dr. Deeter is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. She also helped many technology startups raise money from Venture Capitalists and Angel investors and was featured in the book "Real Influence" by Mark Goulston and John Ullmen. In her 1st Ph.D. in Engineering, she developed a technology for minerals processing called the Reflux Classifier, which is now being used around the world. The Australian Coal Society estimated that her technology saves the Australian coal industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year through optimizing extracts and waste reduction. As a result, she was presented with the Australian Technology Innovation Award by the Australian Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Resources and the Bill McKay Medal from the Australian Coal Society.

DESORBO, Barbara, Ph.D, M.A.

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Ph.D. in English & Speech Communication; Southern Illinois University; Carbondale, IL
M.A. in Creative Writing, Playwriting & Theatre; University of South Dakota; Vermilion, SD
B.S. in English; University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD

Dr. Barbara DeSorbo has taught English Literature and Composition, Speech Communications, Creative Writing and Playwriting, as well as English as a Second Language at both the university and high school levels for more than ten years. Aside from having served administratively as Department Chair of the English Department at a private college prep, she has worked in the areas of curriculum development, English competency placement exam production and evaluation, as well as writer’s workshop growth and expansion. Additionally, Dr. DeSorbo has conducted several writer’s style guide seminars for faculty and students alike.

DOAN, Deryk, M.B.A.

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M.B.A.; Westcliff University; Irvine, CA

Deryk Doan was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. After moving to the United States, he studied computer science at California State University, Fullerton. In 2011, he earned his M.B.A. from Westcliff University, Irvine. His professional career has been dedicated to developing skills as a post-secondary education staff and faculty, taking on interesting projects, and learning from the great leaders, strategists, managers and excellent colleagues with whom he has had the privilege to work with.

Professor Doan began working at International American University as an administrator in 2008. As an educator, he is enthusiastic about making a difference in students' lives by inspiring their potential for great futures. Working with students keeps him on his toes while providing opportunities for the students to express their creativity. Being at IAU has given him the opportunity to work with innovative strategists, managers, and leaders who are expertise in their fields of work, while also giving him valuable time to spend with his personal interests and endeavor.

GANNE, Naveen, M.B.A.

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M.B.A; Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL
M.E;  Texas A&M University – College of Engineering, College Station, TX
B Tech;  Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, JNTUCEH, India

Serial entrepreneur and experienced Business/IT leader. Has a 20+ year track record of consistently helping organizations achieve their business goals with the right combination of Technology, Process, People, and Governance. His Entrepreneurial/Startup mindset has enabled him to successfully manage a broad spectrum of engagements ranging from Global programs to point-based/short term projects.

Ability to manage macro components of a global program in conjunction with strong hands-on background enables him to relate to, and effectively communicate with, all stakeholders of the engagement. It also helps him maintain a  “Big Picture” perspective of the initiative while also having a detailed understanding of the Risks.

Has Extensive experience in ERP implementations across several verticals including Education Industry, Trade Spend processes, Pricing processes, Multi-Level Marketing processes, Cloud and Big data Strategy and Implementation, Systems Integration, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Systems Integration, Mergers, acquisitions, and Divestiture.

GAYER, Richard H., Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Organization and Management; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A. in Financial Management; National University; San Diego, CA
M.P.A. in Public Administration and Planning; Pepperdine University; Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in General Studies (Political Science/History); Chaminade University of Honolulu; Honolulu, HI
Diploma; Defense Systems Management College; Ft. Belvoir, VA
Diploma; U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College; Quantico, VA
Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture; Universidad de Salamanca; Salamanca, Spain
California Teaching Credential (Lifetime) Community College

Welcome everyone, I am Dr. Richard Gayer. I have been teaching at various universities over 15 years, including Park University, George Mason University, Webster University, and UCLA. My degrees include MPA, MBA (Financial Management), and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. I also have a certificate from la Universidad de Salamanca in Spain in international business and culture. Over the years, I have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in accounting, finance, managerial accounting, international business, and strategy. I also taught classes in Japan and Puerto Rico. I have also served on several doctoral committees involving student dissertations.

I have had senior executive experience in government and private business sectors. I had positions with the US Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, an international security company, a major aerospace company, and was a managing director for a trading company involved in Latin America and the Pacific Rim. I have also been involved in consulting in the international and domestic strategic management areas with a major consulting firm. My academic interests are business strategy, international business strategy, cross-culture management, international finance, and am currently writing a book on public safety management and strategy, and an article on international corruption.

GOEL, Bharat, Ph.D., M.A.

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Ph.D in Management; Shridhar University; Pilani, India
MAFM; La Trobe University; Melbourne, Australia
M.A. in Economics; Choudhary Charan Singh University; Meerut, India
Master of Commerce in Marketing; Choudhary Charan Singh University; Meerut, India
DBM; ICFAI University; Hyderabad, India
Bachelor in Commerce; CCS University; Meerut India

Professor Goel is an accomplished administrator & academician offering 15 years of experience including 13 years teaching experience, which includes 4 years as Director & Professor in reputed business school. A motivator, team player and leader by nature, he has the zeal to do extraordinary things in tight time line. He has made valuable contributions in knowledge management through many international research papers and book on research methodology.

He has presented papers in many international conferences on various contemporary Management issues. He has successfully developed SOP’s for retail and educational industry.

He is a seasoned professional offering extensive exposure in facilitating social and intellectual growth; fully aware of the trends and techniques of the education industry. A highly motivated, dynamic and single-minded individual in pursuit of excellence with a flair for connecting with young minds and nurturing as well as fostering their development to their utmost potential. He has proven expertise in delivering lecture across a range of courses including PGDM, MBA & BBA.

HECKLER, Robin, M.B.A.

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B.S in Business, San Diego State University
M.B.A. University of Illinois
Human Resources Certificate, San Diego State University
SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources Designation

As a Dale Carnegie Trainer, Robin has worked with both corporate and governmental organizations, teaching courses in
effective communications, interpersonal relationship skills, leadership, stress, and presentation skills.
Robin has trained hundreds of business leaders in entrepreneurial to Fortune 500 companies. Clients she has served
include (partial list): US Military, Northrop Grumman, US Border Patrol, Cox Communications, Sony, In n Out Burger,
Nokia, UCSD, Scripps Health, and Qualcomm.
She draws on her over 25 years of work experience in marketing, human resources and training and development in two
Fortune 100 companies as well as experience with small entrepreneurial companies.
As a professor, Robin Heckler incorporates her training background in the classroom blending business theory with
practical experience. With over 15+ years’ experience at international business universities, Robin specializes in
teaching courses in marketing, management, human resources, organizational development, and communication.

IWATA, Emiko, M.A.

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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA
B.S. in theology; Multnomah University; Portland, OR
Certificate, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University; New York, NY

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Emiko Iwata received her undergraduate degree in theology and possesses over 13 years experience in ministry leadership roles, including youth ministry director, teacher, speaker, music leader, and pastoral search committee team member. After moving to New York, she completed a certificate program in conflict resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, which focused on increased awareness and prevention of international, organizational, community, and family injustice. During her academic career, she was honored as a chosen apprentice with the New York Peace Institute as a volunteer mediator, and was also a co-consultant and designer of a conflict management system for a non-profit organization of 150 staff. Professor Iwata also holds an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy in Northcentral University's California Licensure track where she studied psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories and approaches.

In 2016, Emiko moved back west to Los Angeles and was brought on at the Los Angeles LGBT Center--"the world's largest community health center serving the LGBTQ community." Since then, she has joined the mental health clinical staff within the STOP Violence Program where she conducts individual, group, and couples therapy. She also has been working with a team to develop and roll out the center’s first emergency housing grant and serves on the organization’s Communication project management panel.

JOHNSON, David, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Organization and Management; Capella University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Ontario, CA
B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Management; University of California at Davis; Davis CA

Dr. David Johnson has been in higher education for many years, having begun his academic career with his bachelor degree from UC Davis in 1983. After working for two decades in all related management fields for some of the largest corporations in the US, Dr. Johnson went back to obtain both his MBA and Ph.D. as an adult learner. Dr. Johnson is experienced and has expertise in profit and loss management, labor resource optimization, retail merchandising, marketing, startups/turnarounds, employee relations/retention, customer relationship management, vendor/supplier administration, and staff training and development. He is currently in charge of staff development for his district while managing one of the business units.

Dr. Johnson also earned both his Six Sigma Green Belt and his Black Belt certification, which are techniques and tools used for process improvement.

Dr. Johnson also worked overseas in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga where he was responsible for including budgeting, directing, marketing, planning, engineering new systems, transportation and operations systems in the largest vocational agriculture school in the country. He also administered and was in charge of class materials and outlines, and wrote Tonga’s first vocational agricultural syllabi in their language.

Dr. Johnson has been married for 33 years to his wonderful wife, Betsy; and has three children. His eldest graduated from UC San Diego then finished her graduate studies at Rensselaer, his middle daughter graduated from Stanford, and his son graduated from UC San Diego in Mechanical Engineering and now works for the U.S. Department of the Navy.


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Ed.D. Educational Leadership; Argosy University; Orange, CA
M.A. Curriculum/Instruction; Argosy University; Orange, CA
M.A. in International Affairs (Political Science); California State University, Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
B.S. in International Business; Babson College; Babson Park, MA

Dr. Michael Kahler earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. He has an M.A. in International Affairs from C.S.U.S. as well as a B.S. in Business from Babson College. He teaches a variety of business courses with a specialty in Marketing and Management. Dr. Kahler has lived in Japan, Italy, and France and enjoys working with students from around the world.

Dr. Kahler has extensive experience in the field of education. He is an educational consultant as well as an adjunct faculty member for several colleges. He is a member of the National Business Educators Association.

Dr. Kahler has a background in political and managerial consulting. His political advising includes local and international political campaigns. His specialty is branding and social media marketing for candidates and parties. Dr. Kahler also advises international companies that are interested in importing goods or setting up corporate offices in the United States.

KALAKOTA, Prasanth, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
M.E. in Electrical Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT
B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Prasanth Kalakota worked as a consultant, managing Information Systems for various Global Organizations and SC state Government. He has extensive experience in designing business systems for SC DHEC, Prysmian Group, York Technical College, Bayer/Monsanto, and various School Districts in the USA. He is more interested in managing the security systems of an organization and as well as architecting cloud-based systems.

KENDERES, Amanda, Ph.D., M.A.

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Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education; UCLA; Los Angeles, CA
M.Ed. in Education & Communication; Aquinas College; Grand Rapid, MI
B.A. in English & Psychology; Grand Valley State University; Allendale, MI

Dr. Amanda Kenderes earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education from UCLA in 2012. Owing to her interdisciplinary background, she has taught courses in Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Education, English (composition, creative writing and literature), Political Science, Business, Gender Studies and Media Studies.

With an international upbringing that spans five continents, Dr. Kenderes is interested in issues of communication and culture. She has over ten years of teaching experience in Korea, Michigan, and California. Her professional work experience includes a variety of employers, including the United Nations (UNESCO), UCLA, and Loyola Law School.

KHAN, Talha, J.D.

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J.D.; George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
B.S. in Accounting and Finance; Indiana University; Indianapolis, IN

Talha Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University, and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University.

Before joining the legal career, Khan served as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young, where he audited several Fortune 500 companies. After attaining legal education, he joined a private law firm where he practiced litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Currently, Khan serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County, where he prosecutes a wide variety of crimes and handles cases through all stages of litigation including jury trial. He is admitted to practice by state bars of Illinois, Indiana, and California. He is fluent in Urdu.

KHUANGAN, Gulmyeryei, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Accounting; The National University of Mongolia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance; Marmara University; Istanbul, Turkey

Professor Gulmyeryei graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Marmara University. She got her Master’s degree in Accounting from The National University of Mongolia.

She began her career at a private company as a contracted accountant and then she pursued her career as a chief accountant at the Local Property Department of the Governor's Office in Mongolia where she worked for four years. She has a CPA license accredited by Mongolia. She speaks five languages: English, Turkish, French, Mongolian and Kazakh.

She is currently enrolled in Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems at IAU. She is now aiming to take an internationally accredited Certified Public Accounting license.

KIM, Patrick, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; International American University; Los Angeles, CA
B.S. in Accounting; University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ

Patrick Kim is currently a Board of Director Member with International American University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree with International American University. Patrick is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California. He serves as CEO of CAS Accountancy since 2004. He currently teaches courses in Accounting, Auditing and attestation, and Cost Accounting.

LLOYD, Christopher, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Information Systems; California State University Long Beach; Long Beach, CA
B.S. in Business Administration; University of Phoenix; Long Beach, CA


Christopher Lloyd earned his MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from California State University Long Beach in 2012. Professor Lloyd teaches as an adjunct professor for courses in management, marketing, business, information systems management, and computer information systems for undergraduate and graduate level courses. His responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and attending conferences and symposiums addressing strategic management, digital marketing, and search engine optimization. Professor Lloyd’s “learning through application” approach earns him high praise from his students. His genuine interest in their career advancement and personal betterment can be seen in each of his lectures.

While relatively new to academia, professor Lloyd is no stranger to helping others understand the nuances of effective management. As a principal of his own small business consultancy and digital content generation firm, professor Lloyd has 9 years of experience leveraging his business and digital marketing acumen to the benefit of his clients.

Like many entrepreneurs, professor Lloyd draws from a wide base of experience. His professional career started as a systems consultant for Lucent Technologies, where he was instrumental in the design, implantation, and administrator and end user training for business communications systems for small businesses to Fortune 100 organizations. After getting his feet wet in traditional communications, he worked in a project management capacity for an international VoIP carrier. Managing implementations in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, and here in the U.S. professor Lloyd gained valuable international experience. With a host of real-world experience under his belt, he migrated to a software QA engineer position for the Clarent Corporation. At the time, Clarent was the preeminent VoIP hardware provider to many international carriers, edging out Cisco for precious market share. After the dot com collapse at the turn of the millennium, professor Lloyd migrated to the real estate finance industry where he worked as a mortgage banker, and later partnered with a friend in the industry to launch a branch office in Hawaii for his then California-based employer.

Professor Lloyd’s 18 years of professional experience with a customer-centric focus has proven a valuable asset as an educator. His breadth of experience across multiple industries and business disciplines allows him to assist students from numerous backgrounds. As a father of 3 children, a business owner, and an educator; professor Lloyd is well equipped to see the world from multiple perspectives. When he’s not working or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children (9, 5, and 22 months old) around their home town in Long Beach or on the water in Lake Havasu. For the rare moments he can steal away for himself, you’ll find him mountain biking, or designing and building various woodworking projects for family and friends. His current academic pursuits include a feasibility study and cost analysis on the migration of select public school districts to exclusively electronic media.

LOTT, James, Sr., Psy.D., M.B.A.

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Psy.D. Phillips Graduate Institute; Chatsworth, CA
M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of Redlands; Redlands, CA
B.A. in Sociology; University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA

Jim Lott is an organization and management psychologist who specializes in providing health care organizations with strategic thinking/planning, management development, communications management, change management, organization and stakeholder development expertise.

Dr. Lott was the first Chief Strategy Officer for recently-opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development for the 131-bed general acute care hospital serving the Second Supervisorial District and one of the poorest communities in the nation.  He was formerly an executive vice president with the Hospital Association of Southern California, where he was responsible for health care policy development, advocacy, and association communications for hospitals serving Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

Dr. Lott also served a five-year stint as the president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a trade association representing the hospitals and health systems in the southern-most region of California.

Prior to San Diego, Dr. Lott served for nine years as staff director and chief consultant to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services of the California Legislature.  He also held various administrative, policy development and advocacy positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services over a six-year period.

Dr. Lott earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Cal State L.A., his MBA degree at the University of Redlands, and he earned his doctorate in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University.

Dr. Lott is the California State Senate appointee to the Citizens Financial Accountability and Oversight Committee for the state’s stem cell program. Also, he serves on the County of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Commission.


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IAU Experiences: Ira Lovitch, Professor of Marketing, Business Strategy, and MIS
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Woodland Hills, CA
B.A. in History; California State University, Northridge; Northridge, CA

Ira Lovitch is a seasoned executive team leader in sales, marketing and general management, working with organizations in the advertising, public relations, e-commerce, telecommunications, construction and financial services industries. His professional background includes the deployment and project management of successful organizational and market development strategies for over 20 years in a wide range of markets and industries, both globally and nationally.

Ira’s background includes a 7-year stint as Senior Account Manager at Harte-Hanks, international marketing firm providing strategic guidance and tactical execution of integrated direct marketing programs for blue-chip client companies. Currently, Ira serves a leading California construction firm as a marketing and customer relationship liaison, providing financial analysis of potential marketing opportunities, selecting appropriate marketing targets, crafting marketing approaches, and hiring, training and mentoring other marketing personnel. Additionally, Ira privately offers business strategy, customer relationship/value management, and financial services consulting.

Ira is a certified facilitator of both The Quality Advantage and Quality Action Team workshops, which he has presented nationally. Ira Lovitch has earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and he received his BA from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Lovitch teaches onground and online classes for the University of Phoenix in both the undergraduate and graduate business departments, as well as directed study and online courses for American Heritage University, which specializes in international student education. In addition, Mr. Lovitch facilitates financial and mathematics courses for the Los Angeles Community College district.

NEZERWE, Yvan, Ph.D.

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Doctorate in Finance; Alliant International University – San Diego California
Executive Education Certificates; Harvard Business School (Economics) & USC Marshall Business School (Strategy)

Dr. Yvan Nezerwe is currently a Professor of Business Finance and Consultant. He earned a Doctorate in Finance at Alliant International University – San Diego California. He also holds Executive Education Certificates from the Harvard Business School (Economics) and the USC Marshall Business School (Strategy). Dr Nezerwe`s consulting fields are Corporate Finance, Macroeconomics, Entrepreneurial Finance, Economic Policy, Business Valuation and Acquisition. Besides his experience in the Consulting field and Academia, Dr. Nezerwe has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years (Retail Banking, Investments and Operations).

Dr. Nezerwe is the recipient of several awards such as “Outstanding Doctor of Business Administration”, “Faculty Scholar”, “Top Sales Banker” and others. Dr. Nezerwe has published research articles and book chapter in the fields of Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance, International Finance and Empirical Asset Pricing. His current ongoing research focuses on the impact of macroeconomic policies on financial markets. He has presented his research studies at several academic conferences in the United States. De Nezerwe is active in academic service. He has successfully chaired several doctoral dissertations, authored several courses and worked on program management reviews. Dr Nezerwe is also active in several business ventures around the world ( financial services, energy, technology, hotel and food industries ). During his spare time, Dr. Nezerwe enjoys playing tennis.

PACHECO, Rocio, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of Phoenix; Phoenix, AZ
B.S. in Business; University of Phoenix; Phoenix, AZ

Rocio is an executive in Hospitality and a veteran in Human Resources for over 27 years. She started from the ground up at the Hilton Hotels Corporation in the early 90’s. As a result of the many years in the industry, Rocio led and trained large teams of more than 500 employees at iconic hotels and resorts in the Los Angeles area, such as The Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and Loews Hotel and Resort in Santa Monica. She also had the opportunity to work for non-profits, such as Pasadena Humane Society and universities like the University of Southern California.

Her passion for Hospitality and Human Resources has taken her career to higher levels, and she now shares her knowledge and experience with the new generations by mentoring students at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside. Rocio’s other aptitude is consulting; she guides and recommends the best practices in Human Resources management to companies in the hospitality industry. She also volunteers her time serving as a Treasurer for the Professional Human Resources Association.

Rocio attributes a God-centered optimistic spirit to her success, which advances her life forward when biblical principles are applied in every day’s triumphs or challenges.

PARK, Kyung Sun, Ph.D., M.A.

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Ph.D. in Economics; Albert-Ludwigs-University; Freiburg, Germany
M.A. in Economics; Albert-Ludwigs-University; Freiburg, Germany
B.A. in Economics; Albert-Ludwigs-University; Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Kyungsun Park received his Ph.D. (1995), M.A. (1989), and B.A. (1984) degree in Economics from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany. After getting his Ph.D. degree, he worked for Daewoo Economic Research Institute as a Research Fellow, where he researched finance and economics.

From 1997 to 2002, he taught Finance in Sungsim College of Foreign Studies as a professor in the Department of Insurance and Finance. Moreover, he lectured on Real Estate Finance and International Real Estate Market Analysis as a professor in the Department of Real Estate and Finance at Youngsan University from 2003 to 2020.

PARK, Sean, M.B.A.

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M.B.A.; International American University; Los Angeles, CA

Sean Park is an adjunct Professor of International American University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Business Administration degree from International American University. He currently teaches courses in Accounting, Auditing, Finance, Cost Accounting, Econ, Computer Science, Taxation, Business Consulting at the undergraduate and graduate level. Sean Park is a licensed CPA in the state of California and has enjoyed a career as an accountant with various companies.

PROCTOR, Andrea, M.A.

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M.A. in Communication; California State University, San Bernardino; San Bernardino, CA

B.A. in Communication; Brigham Young University; Provo, UT

My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson, once wrote on my report card: "Andrea is an enthusiastic student, but sometimes her talking interrupts class."

This statement could not ring truer, as it’s the best way to describe me and my career destiny.  From a young age, my intrinsic passions have been people and learning. This was reflected in my studies when I pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree --in Communications.  Shocking, I know.

From my master's program, I continued my quest for learning and working with people in higher education where I served as a career counselor, academic advisor, and adjunct professor. In the role of a professor, I taught my favorite subjects: people, culture, and, of course, Communications.

Surprise Mrs. Nelson, I became a teacher!

My life mantra is inspired by a Victor Frankl, a Holocaust concentration camp survivor. He stated, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” He felt that wherever we go we can find our own happiness. If we find ourselves in a situation where we are not happy, we then have to change ourselves.

Lastly, if you ever have any ideas to improve my courses and if you have done something in the past that you have enjoyed in another course, please let me know! I love receiving insight from my students and implementing their ideas in the classroom.

SCHMIDT, Lisa, M.A., B.A.

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M.A. in Social Science; California State University; San Bernardino, CA
B.A. in Geography; California State University; San Bernardino, CA
B.A. in Social Science; California State University; San Bernardino, CA

Lisa Schmidt was born in Würzburg, Germany and graduated from CSUSB with a Master's Degree in Social Science in 2006. Her focus was on Geography along with Political Science and Economics. She has been teaching in the California Community Colleges for over a decade, helping to bridge the gap between the physical world and the cultural world, with an emphasis on sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles. She has taught Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Environmental Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography of North America, Geography of California, and Physical Science. She is passionate about the use of technology to help students better understand the world and to help in the process of education.

Professor Schmidt has helped countless students find careers in Urban Planning, Water Treatment, and Environmentally related fields. She has taken students on many field trips to study the natural environment and sites of cultural significance. She is passionate about helping her students understand how the natural environment functions, understanding their place in it, and how they can be the change needed for a better, sustainable future.

When she is not teaching, you can find her taking her own field trips into the natural world with a camera, so that she can share her experiences with her students, friends, and family.

SHERM, Alex, D.B.A., M.S.

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D.B.A.; Westcliff University; Irvine, CA
M.S. in Economics; Academy of Government Administration Under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Dr. Alex Sherm served as the Director of Finance for Economic Development at the Department of the Treasury for the Government of Uzbekistan. He was responsible for analyzing the feasibility of FDI projects to determine credit worthiness and make final recommendations to the Prime Minister. While he was with the ministry of finance, he played an integral role in the planning, building, and in the implementation of the CIS economy.

Dr. Sherm was responsible for the execution of special projects that guided Uzbek Central Bank monetary policy and provided key decision-making support to the office of the Prime Minister. He was responsible for the authorship of core components of the Uzbek Tax Code and tax guidelines governing the public and private sector economic development and capital investments.

While serving as Director of Finance for International Debt Management (Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan), he secured international institutional financing for capital and infrastructure projects undertaken by both government bodies and private enterprise. His experience includes working directly with such monetary institutions as the IMF, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Asian Development Bank, Morgan Stanley, and major global players in industries ranging from oil to agriculture to healthcare.

From his past work in economic development and project finance, he has vast experience in assisting companies to build business partnerships across borders, secure financing and lines of credit, and negotiating international contracts. For over 10 years, he was a lecturer and instructor of finance and economics while working in the government in Uzbekistan and enjoys sharing real life experience with his students.

Dr. Sherm has earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Economics from top Universities in Uzbekistan, such as the Academy of Government Administration Under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. After considering his objectives, he made the important decision to pursue a Doctoral degree at Westcliff University, Irvine, CA (Valedictorian Graduate). He brings a unique global perspective to his teaching and is passionate about the power of education to support global communication and relationships.

SIEGMUND, Joseph, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA

M.B.A.; Saint Leo University; Saint Leo, FL 

Bachelor of Business Administration; American Intercontinental University; Hoffman Estates, IL

A.A. in Business Administration; American Intercontinental University; Hoffman Hills Estates, IL

Joseph Siegmund has received his Ph. D. in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University, Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University with concentration in Management and Bachelors in Business Administration from American InterContinental University with concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development. In addition to these academic achievements, Dr. Siegmund has 20 years of hands on business experience in operations, management, human resources, new business development and strategic growth planning.

Dr. Siegmund’s professional business experiences include working in Client Services for a tax and Payroll Company, Owning and Managing two startup heating and air conditioning companies in Southern California, National Sales Manager for an international controls company and currently as the Vice President of Operations for same international controls company. Dr. Siegmund enjoys developing and growing new business concepts from inception to market.

Dr. Siegmund has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America since he turned 18 and became an adult according to the BSA rules. As a scout, Dr. Siegmund attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the scouting program, and currently participates in the scouting program with his 3 sons. Scouting has provided many opportunities for Dr. Siegmund to participate in the training and development of both scouts and adult scout leaders, and he has assisted in the development of new training protocols. Dr. Siegmund also enjoys golfing, scuba diving, backpacking and skiing as often as he, his wife and children can make the time to play.

Dr. Siegmund looks forward to participating in the education process and desires to facilitate learning through interactions with students, utilizing the insights and thoughts developed in the classroom to form synergy between the students and instructor.

SOOKDEO, Avalon, M.Div.

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IAU Experiences: Avalon Sookdeo, Professor of Religion
Ph.D. Currently pursuing a Ph.D in Theology; Grand Canyon University, AZ
M.Div. in Theological Studies; Fuller Theological Seminary; Pasadena, CA
B.A. in Theological Studies; Life Pacific College; San Dimas, CA
California Institutes of the Arts; Graphic Design; Valencia, CA

Professor Avalon Jeremiah Sookdeo was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Islands. He moved to and grew up in Pasadena, California at the age eight. He began his first college studies in an art institute studying Graphic Design for two years. Avalon soon began working within the field at Universal Studios as a digital restorer on various Hollywood movies. Universal soon moved his artistic team to their sister company Todd AO audio and visual department in Santa Monica, California. However, despite his growing success in the post-production field, Professor Avalon decided on changing his career path to pursue the study of theology.

In 2002, he started his journey into the theological world at Life Pacific College and earned his Bachelor in Pastoral and Theological studies. After graduating in 2006 he started his professional clerical career as an assistant pastor to Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. He served the local Christian community with various tasks involving weekly Bible studies, Sunday homilies, led and develop evangelistic outreach teams, which developed into international opportunities to the Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico. He was appointed as a Church Board member, which he soon began training members into key leadership positions for the advancement of spiritual growth.

In 2012, Professor Avalon decided on going back to school to continue to enhance his theological grasp. He began a three year journey at Fuller Theological Seminary to earn his Masters in Divinity. In 2015, after graduating he began his academic teaching career where he began teaching students about various religious areas of concern, some classes includes Apologetics, Jesus the Torah Scholar, Hermeneutics, Communication in Missions, Greek, Hebrew History, Faith and Family, Science and the Bible and many more.

As an educator, he is passionate to empower people to discover that they have a purpose here on Earth and to know what makes them passionate in life. Professor Avalon whole heartily embraces the idea that everyone has been given great potential within, they just need to know how to unlock that greatness!

Whenever he is not preparing for a lecture he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, karaoke, and praying for others.

TOTI, Nick, M.A.

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M.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO

Nick Toti is an experienced teacher and administrator at every level of education from Pre-K to college. He graduated with a Master of the Arts in English from Truman State University in 2010 and has taught at schools such as TSU, within the Kirksville R-III School District, Our Savior Lutheran, and Open Door Preschool.


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B.S. in Business/Human Resources Management; University of Phoenix; Gardena, CA

M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Gardena, CA

Mr. VaLentine completed his Bachelor of Science in Business and Human Resources Management with the University of Phoenix and within one year completed the (2 Year) Master’s Program in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix as well. Mr. VaLentine is also slated to complete his Juris Doctorate program at Southwestern Law School in early 2023. Concentration: Labor and Entertainment/ Media Law

More Commonly and affectionately referred to as just “VaLentine”, he has served as a Volunteer Educational Instructor with “Junior Achievement of Southern California”, one of the nation’s premier educational programs for youth. He currently works and consults as a Senior Human Resources Executive. With over 15 years of experience his areas of expertise include but are not limited to strategic advising on organizational restructuring, employment law, multi-level management training and workforce development, determining organizational deficiencies and building development plans to fill gaps, contract negotiations, organizational development, strategic management/ planning, and supporting diversity in the workplace.

Due to his passion for entertainment, education and positive change, “VaLentine” is also Founder/ CEO of VaLentine Entertainment Inc. VaLentine Entertainment Inc is a film and music production company whose clients include The National Council of Negro Woman, MTV Music Television and the Long Beach Pride nonprofit organization. He Created and Executive Produce’s the C.SQUARED talk show, as part of “Crucial Conversations” programming c/o VaLentine Entertainment Inc.. “Crucial Conversations” programming focuses on producing media content which inspires positive change by way of Crucial Conversations and Courageous Calls to Action! C.SQUARED is on the REVRY and HULU platforms.

YEDGARIAN, Vahick, Ph.D., MFE, J.D., M.B.A., M.S., CFP

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IAU Experiences: Vahick Yedgarian, Professor of Business
Ph.D. in Global Business, Leadership and Sustainability; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA
MFE; Ohio University, Athens, OH
J.D.; Janus University; Newport, CA
M.S. in Psychology; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA
M.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA
B.B.A.; University of Phoenix; Pasadena, CA

I am an investment strategist and lecturer with 20+ years of diverse global experience: Europe, Middle-East, and U.S. I manage portfolios in separate accounts for my clients with a focus on U.S. and international exchange traded funds, mutual funds, and U.S. stocks. In addition, I teach corporate finance, personal finance, financial theory, investments, economics, and organizational leadership and management.

Specialties: Turnaround expert and leadership development to support strategy and revenue growth. Inspire people and organizations to achieve extraordinary results. Dynamic higher education executive and lecturer with excellent writing and speaking skills. Experienced investment strategist, and portfolio manager.


YOUNG, Steve B., Ph.D.

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Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (Leadership and Organizational Change); Walden University; Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A. Management; West Coast University; Los Angeles, CA
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Business Management); Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI

Dr. Young graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Business. He spent time as an HR director and consultant with many Aerospace firms. Dr. Young has worked in numerous management positions for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Eco Polymers, Hughes, and PM-10 Consultants specializing in the area of Human resource, business management, and business operations.

Dr. Young received his MBA from West Coast University with an emphasis in management and his PhD from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Making with specializations in Organizational Change and Leadership. Dr. Young is a senior faculty member and has been teaching for the University of Phoenix in their Undergraduate and Graduate Business Management Program for over 14 years.

Dr. Young has been involved in two successful start-up companies since 1995 that are still operating today in a growth environment. He functions as a consultant in business development, operations, management, entrepreneurialism, and human resources.

Dr. Young is currently on the Executive Board Secretary of JBEAD Foundation which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that assists young professionals with unmet financial aid needs to acquire an education within a community built on the strengths of a culturally diverse population.


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ABO ABSA, Ahmed, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

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Ph.D. in Signal Processing Engineering; King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals; Saudi Arabia
M.S. in Communication Engineering; Islamic University; Palestine
M.S. in Computer Science; University of Northern Virginia; Annandale, VA
B.S. in Communication and Control Engineering; Islamic University; Palestine

AHMED HAMDI ABO ABSA received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2018. The B.S. degree in electrical engineering is from the Islamic University in 2005. His M.S. degree in computer science was obtained from the University of Northern Virginia in 2007, and he earned another M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Islamic University.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor at University of Palestine, serving with his best to share his knowledge with his students. His teaching subjects are Biomedical Engineering, software Engineering, Mathematics and Critical Thinking. He is interested in researching about to topics of speech, image, and video signal processing.

ABUHANTASH, Amer, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

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B.S. in Business Administration; An Najah National University; Nablus, Israel
M.S. in Planning and Political Development; An Najah National University; Nablus, Israel
Ph.D. in Management Science; University of North Texas; Denton, TX

In 2006, Dr. Abuhantash earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Al Najah National University. In 2014, he was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree by the same university. The University of North Texas awarded him a Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2018. His primary specialization is in the field of Management Science.

His management career reflects 14 years of experience in operational leadership, human resources management, resource utilization, and organizational development in highly decentralized organizations. During working for the organizations, he developed innovative training with effective instructional programs and management assessment models.

In addition to that, he also has the ability to carry out research that affects academic journals that can be published. He is an experienced Business Teacher and his educational and professional background has allowed him to develop the strategies and skill set needed to effectively fill this role.

ABUSAADA, Ismail, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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Ph.D. in Business Administration; International Islamic University; Malaysia
M.B.A.; Islamic University of Gaza; Gaza City, Israel
B.A. of Business Administration; Islamic University of Gaza; Gaza City, Israel

Dr. Abusaada graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Islamic University located in Gaza, and his M.B.A. was earned from the same University in 2013. He received his Ph.D. from the International Islamic University – Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – in Business Administration in June 2022. The focused areas of research were business and management, business start-up, and entrepreneurship.

His main field of expertise is in developing start-up businesses and entrepreneurship, and he has been teaching courses focused on business and management in educational institutions.

With a working experience as a consultant for feasibility studies and capacity building, Dr. Abusaada is currently a member of different professional institutes.

ALOMARI, Izzeideen, M.A., B.A.

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Ph.D. in Management Accounting and Information Systems; National University; Malaysia
Ph.D. in Department of Accounting; National University; Malaysia
M.B.A. in Finance and Banking; Limkokwing University; Malaysia
B.A. in Accounting; Islamic University; Gaza, Palestine

Izzeideen Alomari is currently assistant professor of accounting at the department of accounting at Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. He has been teaching management accounting, accounting principles, cost accounting, intermediate accounting, auditing, information system, research methodology and advanced accounting since 2019.

Both of his prime research concerns in master and PhD focused on management accounting and information system specially Enterprise Resource Planning System, Forms of control and knowledge sharing to Create Competitive Advantage.

Through his academic and professional experience, Izzeideen have built a strong record of noteworthy attainments in increasingly more responsible positions during his short career. He has a demonstrated ability to handle most of academic aspects.

Through his experience, he taught the following subjects: Accounting principles, intermediate accounting; Costs accounting, Auditing, Management accounting, accounting theory, information systems accounting, research methodology, accounting research projects. Izzeideen also have been selected to be an external examiner for several master theses at Islamic University of Gaza.

Izzeideen has several publications in high ranked journals and willing to publish more, mainly in the area of information system, ERP system and Big Data.

AN, Sang Kyung, Ph.D, M.Sc.

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Ph.D. Urban Planning Program, Department of Urban Engineering; University of Tokyo; Tokyo, Japan
M.Sc. Human Settlements Development (Urban Planning); Asian Institute of Technology; Khlong Nueng, Thailand
B.A. Economics/Regional Development Studies; Soongjun University; Seoul, Korea

An Sang Kyung is currently a Professor of Urban and Housing Studies at the Department of Regional Development Studies at the Toyo University in Japan. He has been teaching affordable housing policy, community and housing development, sustainable urban development, and residential development planning in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses since 1998. Before coming to Toyo University, he was a research fellow at state-run and nonprofit think-tanks in Korea for several years, mainly participating in research of land and housing policies.

Both of his prime research concerns in Korea and doctoral program at the University of Tokyo focused on the role of the private sector in urban development and its impact on land and housing provisions. At the Toyo University in Japan, it has turned more to academic and multidisciplinary research in the socio-political and cultural aspects of housing and community development in developing countries, particularly in social exclusion and citizen participation in urban housing development and the relations between the agents involved in the development process. Specifically, based on detailed case studies from low-income settlements in Asia, he has examined the housing provision process and the stakeholders’ relationship.

Recently he focuses on gentrification policies and urban regeneration strategies as a means of global interurban competition, emphasizing both the policy process and community development issues.

ANANDA, Hasini, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; Anglia Ruskin University; UK

Being a believer in hard-work and dedication, Hasini is no stranger to balancing and managing her work under pressure. Skilled at teamwork and project handling, she pays attention to details and overall project performance. In addition to her 6 year work experience in academic program management, Hasini holds extensive knowledge in conducting and delivering research work in diverse areas. She is also passionate about writing and has assisted GEP with a variety of drafting and documenting primary sources. Hasini has over six years of experience in teaching and has delivered the industry with the best of her passion to cater her knowledge to make the future generation a better one.

CROOS, Ondria, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of West London; England
B.A. (Hons) in International Business Management; Staffordshire University; England

Ondria Croos graduated with a Bachelor’s in International Business Management from Staffordshire University, England (2018). She completed her MBA from University of West London, England (2021). She is presently a Lecturer/Academic Programme Executive at Global Education Platform. Ondria teaches several courses on Leading and Managing Change, Managing Innovation in Business Corporate, Strategic Marketing and Corporate Strategy and Governance to business students.

DILANKA, Isuri, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration (Merit); Anglia Ruskin University; United Kingdom

With almost 7 years teaching experience in the education industry, Isuri Dilanka has a strong background in Human Resource Management and Marketing. She successfully completed a Master of Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University (UK) with an overall Merit and Distinction grade for Dissertation. Furthermore, Isuri completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from eduQual (UK) and Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business Management and Human Resource Management. She’s been exposed to a range of Business Management subjects teaching for Pathway Qualification Programs such as EduQual and Qualifi at London School of Marketing. Additionally, from her 3 years tenure in the Corporate sector, Isuri possesses work experience in the corporate environment. Her passion for teaching would certainly benefit the future generations.

EISSA, Khaled, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

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Ph.D. in Accounting; Ain-Shams University; Cairo, Egypt
M.A. in Accounting; Ain-Shams University; Cairo, Egypt
B.S. in Accounting; Ain-Shams University; Cairo, Egypt

Khaled is currently working as an Assistant Professor for the Accounting Department at the University of Palestine (UP) since 2011. During his career, Khaled gained extensive auditing & consulting experience in a variety of activities, including governmental, commercial, and nonprofit organizations. This enabled him to gain unique experience in the field of auditing, financial and operational controls, and advising on accounting and control procedures. Also, his diversified working experiences have allowed him to gain in-depth knowledge of local and international business in terms of utilizing systems in auditing, accounting, and financial management. His specialty in the area of research covers both accounting and financial management.

ELAWOOR, EzzElarab, Ph.D., M.S.

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Ph.D. in Quality Management; Arab Academy for Science and Technology & Maritime Transport; Giza, Egypt
M.S. in International Transport and Logistics Management; Arab Academy for Science and Technology & Maritime Transport; Giza, Egypt

Dr. Ezzalarab Elawoor is an assistant professor, got his PhD from Arab Academy for Science & Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Alexandria-Egypt, in Quality Management 2014. He got his Master’s degree (MSC) in International Transport & Logistics Management, 2004- Arab Academy for Science and Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Alexandria-Egypt. He got his Bachelor in Business Administration (Seaports management), 1998- Arab Academy for Science and Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Alexandria-Egypt. His main field of research is quality management in educational sector, especially the Higher Education.

Dr. Elawoor, has also extensive consultation in management field, yielding a better courses delivery approach. Currently he is lecturing in Business and management fields.

Dr. Elawoor is an expert in logistics management and maritime logistics. He is been lecturing since 2006 at different universities. Dr. Elawoor is affiliated to professional bodies of logistics and Maritime businesses.

ELMASSRI, Nashaat, M.A., B.A.

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M.A. in Linguistics; University of Karachi; Karachi, Pakistan
B.A. in English Literature; University of Karachi; Karachi, Pakistan

Nashaat is full of passion towards language, business and projects. He has always been zealous about building his linguistic skills. Twenty years since he has started working as a university instructor of English literature, linguistics and education. He has shown unique understanding of the English language and has published several papers in international journals and has participated in several conferences.

On the other hand, Nashaat has built his experience in writing business proposals for private sectors and NGOs in many fields. Furthermore, he has shown huge mastery of freelancing skills; which focus on creative writing, translation and content writing about huge amount of topics such as business, religion, literature, agriculture, etc.

Nashaat aspires to join a team of experts who could benefit from his experience and share their knowledge with him to reach to satisfaction of learning and teaching.

FERNANDO, Mary Dafny, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; Anglia Ruskin University; United Kingdom
B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration; London Metropolitan University; United Kingdom

Mary Dafny Fernando successfully completed an IHD in Business Management, BA (Hons) in Business Administration and MBA from the Anglia Ruskin University. She is partially qualified in ACCA and is currently reading MSC in International Business from the Ulster University UK. Mary has up to 7 years of teaching experience starting from the different diploma modules to the BA and MBA modules in the field of business management. The diploma awarding bodies that she was involved in are the OTHM, Qualifi and EduQual and the Universities are Anglia Ruskin University BA and MBA programs, Chichester BA and MBA programs, Derby BA and MBA programs, Essex BA and MBA programs.

HASSAN, Zubair, M.A., B.A.

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M.A. in Public Policy and Management; Monash University; Australia
B.A. in Business Administration; University of Northumbria, UK

Zubair Hassan is an author, researcher, and certified trainer currently associated with USAID and Pneumatic Private Limited as a business consultant. He was the former Business School Dean at the International University of Malaya-Wales in Malaysia. He won many research paper awards in various research conferences held in Malaysia. He was recognized and awarded Presidential Award for his academic excellence in Maldives in 2006. He completed his Ph.D. successfully in January 2022. He has a good number of publications in national and international journals. His areas of interest are marketing, leadership, organizational behavior and multiple intelligence theory, entrepreneurship, human resource, service quality, and teaching methods.

JAYATHILAKE, Thakshila, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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Ph.D. in Economics; University of Colombo; Sri Lanka
M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of Anglia Ruskin; United Kingdom
B.Sc. in Business Administration; University of Dublin; Ireland

Dr. Thakshila Jayatilake received her Ph.D.(2021), MA(2017) and BA(2015 degree in Business Management from the University of Dublin, Ireland. After getting her PhD degree, she worked for Global Education Platform, where she lectured DBA students.

She also works for St. Mary’s Montessori and has teaching experience for more than fourteen years. Thakshila experienced leading a team that developed and facilitated mixed teaching methods suitable for special needs children.

She is also good at communicating since she has been a speech and drama teacher from 2008 onwards and in Toastmasters for more than seven years.

JEONG, Ho Jin, Ph.D., M.A.

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Ph.D. in Real Estate; Jeonju University; Jeonju, Korea
M.A. in Communication; Kyungsung University; Busan, Korea
B.A. in Business Administration; Sunmoon University; Asan, Korea

Dr. Jeong has received his Ph. D in Real Estate from the University of Korea, Jeonju, Master of Communication degree from Kyungsung University, Bachelor in Business Administration from Sunmoon University. He is licensed as the CPM® (Certified Property Manager®) in IREM. He has served as CEO of Building Management Planner Inc since 2013. He currently teaches courses in Real Estate Investment, Property Management, and Real Estate Marketing Management.

KIM, Soo Wook, Ph.D, M.B.A.

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Ph.D. in Operations & Supply Chain Management; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
M.B.A. in Business Administration; Seoul National University; Seoul, Korea
B.A. in Business Administration; Seoul National University; Seoul, Korea

KYLE, Zaher, B.S.

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B.S. in civil engineering; United Arab Emirates University; Dhabi

Dr. Kyle has been teaching civil engineering, project management, infrastructure engineering, and many other subjects at British and Arab universities since 2002. He received his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Queens University, UK and received his PhD from Salford University, UK in1989. Dr. Kyle is the president of two universities and Dean of two colleges of Engineering.

His academic and professional life was accomplished by completing tough goals by knowledgeable, well- planned persistence. Dr. Kyle is multi-disciplined, living a combination of academic top management, consultation and quality. He has been described as a smooth leader working in multi-cultural work environment. Teamwork is Dr. Kyle’s way to lead and to prevail (including with university education stakeholders). He has the experience with standards of program accreditation by specialized commissions at national education institutions, an acumen in the area of human resources and administrative and financial concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.

LEE, Chang Seop, Ph.D, M.S.

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; Korea University; Seoul, Korea
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering; Korea University; Seoul, Korea
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering; Korea University; Seoul, Korea

MIGDAD, Mohammad, B.A.

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B.A. in Economics; The Islamic University of Gaza; Gaza City, Palestinian

Mohammed Migdad is currently Professor of Economics, and interested in Palestinian economics, Islamic economics, econometrics, and quantitative research methodology. Working at the IUG Gaza, Palestine, and some other universities.

Migdad worked first as a lecture at Bradford university, and as a permanent employee at the IUG, Palestine, and part time at Al Azhar and Al Quds and Palestine Universities.

Also, he works as the dean of the faculty of economics and administrative sciences, a dean of scientific research, a dean of continuous education, 4 years each deanery, and still working as a consultant for the ministry of economics. He supervises more than 50 master and Ph.D. student in economic and management.

Migdad has many books in economic and RM, Ex. A book in Islamic and Positive Economics, a book in Econometrics, a book in Research Method, a book in "Principle of Micro Economics Arabic & English, and others. Also, he wrote about 40 papers in economics and management.

MOON, Jong Beom, Ph. D., M.B.A.

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Ph.D. in Business Administration; Seoul National University; Seoul, Korea
M.B.A. in Business Administration; Seoul National University; Seoul, Korea
B.S. in Business Administration; Boston University; Boston, MA

NASSER, Sahar, D.B.A., Ph.D., M.B.A.

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D.B.A.; Helwan University; Helwan, Egypt
Ph.D. in International Business; Alexandria University; Alexandria, Egypt
M.B.A.; Arab Academy of Science & Technology; Montaza, Egypt

Dr. Sahar Nasser’s mission as international Consultant and a Trainer is to develop talent and provide human capital for multinational & international organizations across the MENA region. She has a passion for talent management, acquisition and development.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a business instructor and Management professional Sahar has experience developing and implementing Business strategies and policies based on organizational objectives regarding different functions of business.

As an international trainer: Sahar facilitates training to develop a pro-active staff communications culture though enhancements of business processes and systems to ensure all employees are aware of objectives, policies and procedures. She trains and develops staff to help them achieve their full potential and deliver consistently high performance standards.

As an international business consultant: Sahar provides expert knowledge, advice and counseling to senior management to optimize manpower utilization across their companies. She also advises functional professionals how to monitor the effectiveness of implementing strategic plans and business polices using statistical ratio analysis.

Sahar has an extensive history developing and delivering, Strategic Management, Leadership, HR, Marketing and all Managerial & soft Skills training programs as part of several MBA, DBA and Management Diplomas for such International and Egyptian business institutions in Egypt and MENA region as: Eslsca Business school, Eton University, Notting Hill College, Royal British collage, International Research Academy, Cambridge training collage, American chamber of commerce, Baker Tilly, Leadership development center, Egyptian Banking Institute, Egyptian American Center and more.

NIJIM, Noha, M.A.

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M.A. in Applied Economics; Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI

Noha Nijim is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Al- Azhar University in Gaza, with research interest in Economics of Uncertainty, Conflict Economics, Consumer Well- being, Economics in Islam, and Economics of Gender.

With over 15 years of teaching experience at Palestinian Universities, Dr. Nijim is also assigned as Students- Activities and, Projects' Coordinator, in addition to the responsibility for the Economics and Business Research Center BERC at Economics and Administration Science Department.

In addition to her academic experience, she is identified as a specialist in impact evaluation, selection of grants beneficiaries, and management and implementation of development projects funded by international donor agencies such as USAID and the EU and implemented by international organizations such as Academy of Educational Development (currently known as FHI), AMIDEAST, and Save the Children.

PARK, Soo Hee, Ph.D, M.B.A., M.A.

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M.B.A. in Professional Management; Soongsil University; Seoul, Korea
Ph.D. in Library and Information Science; Ewha Womans University; Seoul, Korea
M.A. in Educational Technology; Soongsil University; Seoul, Korea
M.A. in Information Science; Sookmyung Women’s University; Seoul, Korea
B.A. in Library and Information Science; Ewha Womans University; Seoul, Korea


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M.B.A. in Business Administration; Anglia Ruskin University; UK
Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) Special; University of Kelaniya; Sri Lanka
PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) and Fellow Higher Education Academy; Anglia Ruskin University; UK

Gayani Pathirana is an online tutor, specializing in the marketing management field with the experience of more than 10 years in tutoring and supervising. She holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing Management with a second class. She completed her Masters from the Anglia Ruskin University and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy UK.

PERERA, Denham, M.Sc., M.B.A.

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M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance; University of Northampton; UK
M.B.A. in Business Administration; Anglia Ruskin University; UK

Denham has a strong academic background in Accounting and Finance, Business Management & Marketing with more than 10 years teaching experience in the education industry. He has completed an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northampton (UK) (Dec 2016) and Masters in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University (UK) (Sept 2014). Denham successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from eduQual (UK) (Aug 2013). He is also a CIMA qualified student (UK) (Nov 2010) being an Associate Member of the Chartered Accountants (UK) (Feb 2018). Furthermore, Denham was awarded the Gold Medal for Best All-round Student at St. Benedict’s College, where he had his primary and secondary education. Denham was exposed to an extensive range of subjects from Business Management, Marketing, and Finance via teaching for a wide range of qualifications including Anglia Ruskin University BA and MBA Programmes, University of Northampton BA and MSc Programmes, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Association of Business Practitioners (ABP) and Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) modules. Hiscapacity to lead together with knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for teaching would certainly benefit future generations.


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M.B.A. in Business Administration; Anglia Ruskin University; London
B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Management; University of Dublin; Ireland

With over six years of experience working in the online education industry, Rozanne is versatile, works brilliantly under pressure, and utilizes her extensive skill set to drive the vision of the her educational entity currently employed. She is passionate about teaching and breaking conventional learning methods and introducing innovative, effective learning solutions to today’s global landscape. She is currently excited to be spearheading a knowledge transfer project and subsidiary of Global Education Platform (GEP), named HEADLINE Creatives.

Heading the Business Development team at Global Education Platform, and the industry exposure gained has made her teaching more precise to conduct lessons in a similar landscape of modules that revolves around entrepreneurship and Business. She has taught students mainly in the Asian continents dealing with the challenge of students who find the subject matter to be difficult with their native language not being English in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Japan both in the capacity of face to face and Online teaching.

SAJEEVRAM, Dominic, M.B.A.

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M.B.A. in Business Administration; University of Northampton, UK
B.Sc. in Information and Communication Technology; University of Jaffna; Vavuniya

For nearly 10 years, Dominic Thayandan has been an experienced leader in the fields of Academic Programme Management. Driven by dedication and commitment, Dominic takes pride in driving the Global Education Platform towards sustainable excellence, as the Director-Academics Operations. Dominic leads GEP's Academic Operations, with responsibility for partners and students around the globe. Dominic also oversees GEP's continuous expansion efforts with new partners in the field of online education. Dominic has more than six years of teaching experience in a wide range of subjects including Financial Accounting, IT, Human, Resource Management and Customer Relationship, Management, etc. He has a wide experience of working with pupils of many different ages, in small groups or on an individual basis. He has graduated from the University of Northampton with his Master of Business Administration. In addition to his degree in Information and Communication Technology, he is fully trained on the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice via TQUK.

SHIM, Brian, M.S., B.B.A.

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M.S. in Computer System Security; Yonsei University; Seoul, Korea
B.B.A. in Business Administration; Sogang University; Seoul, Korea

Professor Brian graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Sogang University. He started his career at HP Korea specializing in supply chain management. He has accumulated abundant practical experience for 9 years as a material manager, purchasing manager, and master scheduler at HP Korea. After that, he moved to SAP in Korea. There he implemented business applications as a senior ERP and SCP consultant. After leaving SAP, he served as APAC Director of Aspentech Korea and Country Manager of MRO Software Korea. He has also worked as a division director at IBM Korea's software group.

Professor Brian's 30 years of professional experience has become a valuable asset as an educator. He has his expertise in supply chain management, demand management, purchasing and materials management, inventory management, logistics, enterprise resource planning, supply chain planning, and more.

He has been the founder and CEO of Ihime Consulting Inc. since 2008, and is the standing director of the Korean Society for Supply Chain Management. Professor Brian also has extensive experience in the field of education. He was an associate professor at several universities in Korea. He currently teaches in several different schools in areas related to operational management and SCM, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He has also acquired APICS CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, SCOR-P, a globally recognized certification program for supply chain management. He is a certified instructor of these certifications. (Master Level Instructor for CPIM, CSCP) He continues to work as an APICS Certified Instructor for many large global companies such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Dupont etc. His genuine interest in students' personal career advancement and organizational improvement can be seen in his lectures and books.

He has authored the books Operations Innovation Specialist, Operations Strategy Specialist, Supply Chain Risk Management and Improvement, and Supply Chain Design, and has translated Demand Management Best Practices books.

SHIM, Hyungseok, Ph.D, M.B.A., M.A.

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Ph.D. in Marketing; Busan National University; Busan, Korea
M.B.A. in Marketing; Alto University; Helsinki, Finland
B.A. in Business Administration; Yonsei University; Seoul, Korea

Faculty Data


Total Professors as of November 202232
Full Time Faculty5(15%)
Professor's w/ Doctor Degree11(34%)
Professor's w/ M.B.A. Degree14(44%)
Professor's w/ Other Master's Degree11(34%)
Professor's w/ Juris Doctor Degree3(9%)
African American/ Black4(13%)
Asian/Pacific Islander7(21%)