Prof Dr George Malcotsisgeorge.email@example.com
George Malcotsis was born in Greece and grew up in Egypt. He graduated with Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from the Universities of Surrey and London respectively. He earned a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, England. He has attended a Senior Executive Business Administration Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.
Prof Malcotsis began his career with in a teaching and research position at the University of Cambridge. From 1976 to 1990 he worked for a major internationally active engineering consulting firm in Switzerland. His last position in the firm was that of president.
In 1990 Prof Malcotsis joined KPMG Switzerland as a partner on the director level. His first responsibility was to head the international management consulting division. From 1997 to 2007 he was assigned as managing director of SOFI, the Swiss Organisation for Facilitating Investments, which was an instrument funded by the Swiss Government and operated by KPMG.
In 2007 he was appointed visiting professor at the Napier University Business School in Edinburgh, Scotland. His special field of research and teaching at Napier is Investment Promotion, Business Planning and Intercultural Business Negotiations.
In 2007 Prof Malcotsis became Senior Partner of DIAS. In 2013 he was appointed visiting professor at The British University in Egypt (BUE), in Cairo. His special field of research and teaching at BUE is International Trade and Business Negotiations.
In 2015 Prof Malcotsis co-founded the Baden International Business School (BIBS).
Prof Malcotsis' fields of expertise are Corporate Strategy and Business Planning, Project Evaluation, Management Training and Coaching, International Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Through managing business operations in over 80 countries, Prof Malcotsis has gained extensive international experience and an ability to operate across cultural barriers.
Prof Dr George Malcotsis
Prof Dr John Adamsj.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Dr John Adams studied at the universities of Paisley and Glasgow and graduated with a degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Manpower Planning. He has worked in East Africa at the University of Dar es Salaam Research Bureau in Tanzania, as well as Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. From 1982 to 2010 Prof Adams was Professor of Economics at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK, where he also acted as Director of the China-EU Research Centre. Moreover Prof Adams was the Programme Leader for the MSc in Investment Promotion and Economic Development at Napier University, which was developed in cooperation with DIAS and delivered to students from over 30 countries.
Currently, Prof Adams is the Head of the Department of Economics at The British University in Egypt, as which he has again co-developed a Master's degree in International Trade and Investment with DIAS. Prof Adams has published widely in the field of economics in both national and international academic journals. He is the co-author of several textbooks and completed external examiner-ships at the Universities of Dundee, Sussex and Hong Kong in 2010.
Prof Adams has also undertaken consultancy assignments for a wide range of public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas, and provided training workshops in Investment Promotion for staff of Government agencies in Kuwait, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, St. Lucia and several other countries. He is a visiting Professor at three different universities in China. His research is mainly focused on economic development and the effect of labour market changes on the process of development.
Prof Adams is Associated Senior Consultant of DIAS. He joined the BIBS as an academic consultant and teaching staff.
Prof Dr John Adams
Prof Adesoji Adesugba
A lawyer and an Administrator, with over 32 years' experience in Investor Advisory Services, Marketing Communications, Organizational Development and Inter Governmental Relationships in both the Public and Private sectors.
Prof Adesugba is a Research Fellow at the Switzerland based Direct Investment Advisory Services and was Chairman of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) in Nigeria for four years until October 2013. Prior to that time, he served as a director at the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) where he was responsible for the development and application of strategies to promote investment in Nigeria. At various times, he also served as the Technical Adviser to the Nigeria Minister of Labor and Productivity, the Head of Marketing, Communication and External Relations at the Bureau of Public Enterprises, the privatisation agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria and a senior officer at the Nigeria Customs Service.
Prof Adesugba is a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the California Southern University, Irvine. He holds a Master's Degree in Investment Promotion and Economic Development from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, a BSc in Business Administration; an LLB Degree in Law from the University of Lagos (Nigeria); an MBA from the Ogun State University (Nigeria). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. Prof Adesugba is a Fellow of various professional associations including the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, Debt Collectors Practitioners Association of Nigeria and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (UK). He is a co-founder of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance Institute, Nigeria; the International Institute for Investment Promotion, Baden Switzerland; and the Vancouver based Canada Africa Investment Advisory Services.
Prof Adesoji Adesugba
Dr René Egloff
René Egloff grew up in Switzerland. After completion of a banking apprenticeship, he got the type E (Economics) university entry qualification. He holds a Master's degree (lic. phil.) in History and a Doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in Sociocultural Anthropology, both from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
He lived in Cameroon for about two years and has several years of experience in ethnographic research (West Africa, Europe). During the years 2008 and 2009, he was a lecturer in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Basel.
He got various training and education in qualitative market research, creativity and innovation methods, usability testing, product management and mediation. Furthermore, he worked as a salesman in Switzerland and managed successfully small development cooperation projects in Cameroon.
In 2014, he founded the start-up Egloff Business Anthropology. It offers ethnographic research and innovation services. He teaches creativity and innovation methods at the Baden International Business School (BIBS).
Dr René Egloff
Dr Monica Emmanuel
Monica Emmanuels areas of expertise include:
Research, Training, and Development
Conflict Management/ Peace BuildingTraining,
Capacity Building, and eLearning Program and Project Management
Administrative and Financial Reporting
Event Management and Marketing, Social Media Optimization
Course Modules Development
Doctorate in International Relations: April 2015
GENEVA SCHOOL OF DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, SWITZERLAND
Research Topic: Nigeria: Between Divisions in Conflict and Stability in Diversity
Master of Science in International Relations and Strategic Studies: 2004
BENUE STATE UNIVERSITY, MAKURDI, NIGERIA
Thesis: The Politics of Foreign Aid and Nigeria's Development
Bachelor of Science in Political Science: 1998, Graduated with Honors
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA
Research Topic: Social Conflicts and Political Stability in Nigeria: The Case of Zangon Kataf Crisis
2011 - 2014, Research Fellow: NATIONAL DEFENSE COLLEGE–CENTER FOR STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND STUDIES (CSRS), ABUJA, NIGERIA
2013, Internship | Consultancy / Individual Contractor: UNITED NATIONS INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING AND RESEARCH (UNITAR), GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
2012, Facilitator–Connection Point Dialogue (Online): PEACE X PEACE, WASHINGTON, DC, USA
2000- 2006, Administrative Officer: NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MUSEUMS &amp;amp;amp; MONUMENTS, ABUJA, NIGERIA
1999 - 2000, Administrative Officer: GOVERNOR'S OFFICE–DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS, BIRNIN KEBBI, KEBBI STATE
1997 -1998, Vice President: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS (NAPSS), AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY (ABU) ZARIA, NIGERIA
Emmanuel, M. (2007). Policy and strategic studies, uncharted waters of war, and peace in international relations. Published in African Strategic Review, 1(1), 46-58.
Emmanuel, M, et.al. (2008). Nationalism, struggle over Bakassi and changing face of diplomacy between Nigeria and Cameroun. Journal of the African Center for Strategic Research and Studies, 4-8(1), 61-86.
Emmanuel, M. (2012). Nigeria as a force of stabilization in West Africa. NSUK Journal of Humanities, 2(1-2), 71-79.
Emmanuel, M. (2014). Externalities of Nigeria's Oil Industry. Africa-Berlin International Conference Journal, 3(5), 231-246.
Emmanuel, M, et.al. (2010). Deterrence, use of force and operational readiness. United Nations Regional Conference, Abuja, Nigeria.
Emmanuel, M, (Contributor) (2007). A roundtable on police and gendarmerie women in peace operations: West African solutions to gender mainstreaming. Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Peacekeeping Press.
Dr Monica Emmanuel
Dr Boris Ricken
Dr Ricken was born in Germany and studied Political Science, Economics and Law at the University of Constance, Germany. He then studied and received a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Between 2006 and 2010 he was employed as Senior Strategy Consultant for Corporate Strategy &amp; Risk Management by the Holcim Group in Zurich. In this function he gained considerable international experience in the areas of International Business Planning and Financing, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Strategic &amp; Organisational Integration of companies.
Between 2008 and 2011 Dr Ricken taught Technology Transfer and Foreign Direct Investment at the MSc programme in Investment Promotion and Ecconomic Development (IPED) at Edinburgh Napier University, that was developed and delivered in co-operation with DIAS.
He is currently Chief Operating Officer and member of the executive management at PPCmetrics, one of Switzerland's largest Investment Consulting Firms, based in Zürich. In addition, he is teaching Economics, Business Administration and Technology Transfer at the Baden International Business School (BIBS).
Major books published by Dr Ricken include: "The Competitive Advantage of Regions and Nations. Technology Transfer through Foreign Direct Investments"; "Invisible Networks: How you can use Social Network Analysis for your Business", and "Development of an Instrument for the Analysis and Control of Informal Organisational Structures".
Dr Boris Ricken
Dr Andrew Rossa.email@example.com
Dr Ross studied at the Edinburgh Napier Univesity (UK) and graduated with a degree in Financial Services &amp;amp;amp; Business Economics and a PhD in Economics. Dr Ross is currently a tenured lecturer in economics and international business within the School of Management at Edinburgh Napier University. He has current teaching and module leadership responsibilities for areas including: theory of the firm, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, industrial location and foreign direct investment. Prior to this appointment he taught economics at The University of Edinburgh.
His research interests relate mainly to regional economics and the business environment for SME's. He is a published author in the field of corporate governance and regional economics and has presented his work at leading international conferences. He has also worked in higher education marketing and recruitment in both England and Scotland and within the corporate division of The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Dr Ross joined BIBS as an associate lecturer.
Dr Andrew Ross
Sofia Zehnder holds a Master's degree in Ethnology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is an expert in intercultural management with a special focus on business communication.
In the years 2006 and 2007 she was engaged as a communication specialist with the Swiss Organisation for Facilitating Investments (SOFI), which was an instrument funded by the Swiss government and operated by KPMG.
In early 2008 Ms Zehnder joined DIAS Management at partner level. She was conducting research and teaching on Cross-Cultural Communication at the MSc programmes that DIAS has developed and delivered in co-operation with the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK, and The British University in Egypt (BUE).
In 2015 Ms Zehnder participated in founding the Baden International Business School (BIBS) at which she maintains in a senior teaching staff position.
Lukas Schärer graduated with a Masters in Economics (lic. oec. publ.) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Since 1986 Mr Schärer has worked on projects related to Russia and other CIS countries, including feasibility studies, environmental assessments, business plan developments, partner searches for joint ventures and investment implementation projects.
Mr Schärer's expertise lies in the agricultural and food processing sectors. He initiated the development of a basic model for the restructuring of the Russian agricultural sector (MTS2 project) which was implemented in Orel, Russia and Poltava, Ukraine, respectively. He conducted this project with a group of Swiss specialists, representatives of Swiss enterprises and other investors.
In 1991 and 1992 Mr Schärer spearheaded a large humanitarian aid operation to Russia together with Swiss and Russian governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Mr Schärer joined the Swiss Organisation for Facilitating Investments SOFI in 1997. He is Deputy Managing Director, Administration as well as Director of the Caucasus and Central Asian Republics. He speaks German, English, Italian and French, and has a working knowledge of Russian.
Maria Leontaridis works as a coach in Change Management. She is specialised in decision taking processes, leadership and communication. After her Master's in Sociology and Comparative Literature at the University of Konstanz, she completed a training programme as Psychological Management Trainer and Coach. She gained broad management experience in several companies in the industrial sector. Among those are ABB Industrie AG, Accenture Zürich and Siemens AG Zug.
As associate consultant she is teaching Change Management at the Baden International Business School (BIBS).
Thorsten Vogl graduated in law from Freiburg University (Germany). He currently works as Vice President of Swisscham Africa, as a lecturer for civil and transportation law at ABB Technikerschule in Baden (Switzerland), and he is a delegate of the president at the Swiss Permanent Organisation of Arbitration in Zürich (Switzerland).
Thorsten Vogl is author of numerous articles and annotations mainly in the fields of national and international civil law, economic law, insolvency law, law of properties, arbitration law, unification of national laws, procedural law and insurance law.
In 2007 he was appointed as Honorary Member of the African Association for a Unified System of Business Laws (Paris) due to his engagement for the promotion of the OHADA law. In 2012 the CADEV Permanent Center for Arbitration and Mediation (Douala, Cameroon) appointed Thorsten Vogl as General Counsel.