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The Rochester-Bern faculty

All courses of the Executive MBA and the company-specific programs are taught by outstanding professors. In Europe, Rochester-Bern can choose from the best on the continent, and in the United States, it builds on the renowned faculty of the University of Rochester.

 

The professors have impressive track records in research. They are, however, also actively involved in consulting to the business community as well as to government and regulatory agencies.

 

Company-specific courses are taught by members of the EMBA faculty and professors from other universities.

Filip Abraham

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Filip Abraham

Professor of International Economics at the K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Michigan

 

EMBA course: Economics of International Business

 

Filip Abraham obtained a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 1987 after com-pleting undergraduate and masters’ studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium.

 

His academic career is linked to his position as full professor in international economics and European integra-tion at KU Leuven and the Vlerick Business School. His research focuses on the relation between international competitiveness, international trade and labor markets. He published several books and many articles in inter-national journals. He is also professor in international business at the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Program in Switzerland. He has taught in various programs in the Netherlands, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Vienna.

 

Filip Abraham is actively involved ineconomic policy research and policy advice. He held a temporary position at the International Monetary Fund and worked as an expert for the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors. He is the author of many policy reports for the government and business organizations of his home country, Belgium. He writes newspaper columns and gives interviews on radio and TV.

 

Over the years, Abraham has built up substantial management experience and is chairman or member of the board of several organizations and institutions (eg. BNP Paribas Fortis and KBC Asset Management). He advises companies, public and private institutions.

Paulo Albuquerque

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Paulo Albuquerque

Associate Professor of Marketing at INSEAD
Ph.D. in Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management

 

EMBA course: Strategic Marketing and Marketing Management

 

Paulo Albuquerque is an Associate Professor of Marketing at INSEAD. He holds a PhD in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Before joining the PhD program, Paulo worked for 3 years at Warner Lambert Portugal, as the product manager and trade marketing manager, involved in management of brands such as Listerine, Trident, and Halls. He was an Associate Professor of Marketing and the Faculty Director of the MBA program at the Simon Business School, University of Rochester, where for 8 years he lectured the marketing core course and the elective class on distribution channels. He was in the teaching honor roll multiple times and won the best teaching award twice, in 2012 and 2013.

 

Paulo’s research interests focus on several marketing areas including firm decisions to introduce new products, how products are adopted and sales spread across different markets, and consumer decisions to search and buy products online. This diverse research has appeared in several top marketing academic journals such as Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and Management Science. His recent projects used data collected from some of the most known firms and products, such as Amazon.com and Hewlett-Packard. Currently, he studies how much and for how long consumers use products, using data from the online games industry and from children’s education platforms.

 

David Arnold

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David Arnold

Professor of Marketing, Adjunct Professorships at London Business School (UK); Visiting Professor at CEIBS (China), and Simon School University of Rochester (USA)
DBA in International Marketing, Harvard Business School

 

CSP course: Marketing

 

David Arnold is an Adjunct Professor at London Business School, a visiting professor at two other schools, an active independent consultant and educator, and a former marketing professor at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was course head of the international marketing management course in the school’s MBA program (1997-2002), served as head of the core marketing course, and participated in several of the school’s executive programs. Previously, he was a faculty member and faculty team director at Ashridge Management College, U.K.

 

His major areas of expertise are international marketing, branding, and market analysis and strategy formulation. Publications on these topics have appeared in several journals, among them the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of International Business Studies. He is the author of The Handbook of Brand Management, published in ten languages. His most recent book, The Mirage of Global Markets, was published in 2003.

Omid Aschari

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Omid Aschari

Titularprofessor und Ständiger Dozent für Strategisches Management, IfB-HSG
Ph.D. in Management, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria

 

CSP Kurs: Führung und Kultur

 

Omid Aschari ist Titularprofessor an der Universität St.Gallen und seit 2003 Managing Director des weltweit top-platzierten Master in Strategy and International Management. Er ist Gründer und VRP der ASG Strategy Group AG und ihre Leadership Excellence Unit in St.Gallen.

 

Seine langjährige internationale Praxiserfahrung gründet auf Führungsaufgaben und Mandate in unterschiedlichen Branchen sowie als Management Berater, Executive Coach und Entwickler von Führungsfähigkeiten in international tätigen KMUs und Grosskonzernen.

 

Seine Ansichten erfahren die Aufmerksamkeit internationaler Medien, wie der Financial Times, The Independent, Le Monde und The Guardian. Omid ist Hauptredner und Topic Leader an renommierten Fachkonferenzen, u.a. am St.Gallen Symposium, am World Economic Forum in Genf oder bei TEDx. Er doziert an Universitäten wie die NTU in Singapore, American University of Dubai in U.A.E., oder SciencesPo in Paris.

 

Omid absolvierte sein M.B.A.-Studium 1997 mit höchster Auszeichnung an der Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in Kalifornien, U.S.A. Er schloss sein Doktorat 2001 am Institut für Unternehmensführung an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz in Österreich ab. In 2016 und 2017 wurde er für den „CS Award for Best Teaching“ nominiert.

Gregory Bauer

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Gregory Bauer

Associate Dean of Full-Time Programs / Clinical Professor of Finance, University of Rochester, USA
Ph.D. in Finance, University of Pennsylvania

 

CSP course: Financial Market and Investment Management 

 

Gregory Bauer’s main area of interest is international finance. Before taking his doctorate at Wharton, Gregory Bauer was a foreign exchange trader at the Bank of Canada and a macroeconomist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

 

In one paper from his dissertation on empirical models of the foreign exchange risk premium, he shows how to model the risk premium over long horizons to gain extra-explanatory power. In another paper, he shows how to evaluate different volatility models using an economic metric. Gregory Bauer won the Superior Teaching Award from the MBA Classes of 1999, 2000, and 2002.

Peter Bossaerts

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Peter Bossaerts

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Professor of Experimental Finance and Decision Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Ph.D. in Management, University of California, Los Angeles

 

CSP course: Client Advice and Relationship

 

Peter Bossaerts is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Professor of Experimental Finance and Decision Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, and Fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He pioneered the use of controlled experimentation (with human participants) in the study of financial markets. He also pioneered the use of decision and game theory in cognitive neuroscience, thereby helping establish the novel fields of neuroeconomics and decision neuroscience. Lastly, his is pioneering the use of computational complexity theory in the study of human behavior. His work deals with decision making under uncertainty, when uncertainty emerges because of risk or complexity. He graduated with a PhD from UCLA, and spent most of his career at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He also worked at Carnegie Mellon University and EPFL (ETH-Lausanne), among others. He is Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Society for The Advancement of Economic Theory.

Robert Boute

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Robert Boute

Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at the Vlerick Management School, Belgium
Ph.D. in Applied Economics, K.U. Leuven

 

EMBA course: Operations Management

 

Robert Boute is professor at Vlerick Business School and at the University KU Leuven in Belgium. He teaches Operations and Supply Chain Management in the MBA and executive education programs at Vlerick. Boute is visiting professor at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), and has taught in the International MBA programs at Beijing University (BiMBA) and Sint Petersburg (International School of Management).

 

Robert Boute’s expertise lies in supply chain management, logistics and operational excellence and has academic publications in top rated scientific international journals. Robert Boute has worked with many companies, both large organizations and medium-sized enterprises, on various education and research projects, and serves frequently as a trainer in executive education programs. He was awarded one of the 40 best professors under 40 by Poets and Quants and was 2017 finalist of the prestigious Franz Edelman Award for practice in operations research.

James A. Brickley

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James A. Brickley

Gleason Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Economics and Management and of Finance; Area Coordinator, Competitive and Organizational Strategy at the University of Rochester, USA
Ph.D. in Finance, University of Oregon

 

EMBA course: Organization & strategy

 

In addition to faculty roles, James A. Brickley has also served as a consultant to major corporations and law firms on organizational, franchising, valuations, and antitrust issues.  He has also held various positions in government in the state of Oregon.  He has research and teaching interests in the economics of organizations, corporate governance and compensation policy, corporate finance, franchising and banking.

 

His papers have been published in top academic journals, among them the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Finance. The fifth edition of Managerial Economics and Organizational Architecture (Brickley, Clifford W. Smith Jr., and Jerold L. Zimmerman) was published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin in 2009. The authors are currently working on a six edition.  Brickley, Smith, Zimmerman, and Janice Willett wrote a trade version of this text titled Designing Organizations to Create Value, published by McGraw-Hill in 2003.

 

In 2002, three of Brickley’s published papers received the Journal of Financial Economics All Star Paper Award (based on number of citations through 2001).  Brickley has served as associate editor of finance and accounting journals and was recently recognized as one of the top 100 most cited academics in finance literature over the past 25 years. In 2012 he was named among the top 100 “High Impact Scholars” in corporate governance research over the period 1956-2008.

Aymo Brunetti

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Aymo Brunetti

Full Professor for Economics and Head of the Center for Regional Economic Development at the Universität Bern, Switzerland
Ph.D. in Economics, Universität Basel

 

EMBA course: Economic Environment

 

Aymo Brunetti (1963) is full professor for economic policy and regional economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Bern. He is also managing director of the Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED) at the University of Bern. In addition he heads the future of the financial center advisory board appointed by the Swiss government.

 

He studied economics at the University of Basel where he was awarded a doctorate in 1992 and qualified for teaching as a university professor in 1996. From 1994 to 1995, he spent a year as visiting scholar at the Department of Economics at Harvard University. From 1997 to 1999, Aymo Brunetti was visiting professor at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. In this period, he also did consultancy work for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

 

In 1999 Aymo Brunetti joined the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs where he soon became member of the board of the newly founded State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and headed its Economic Analysis Division. From 2003 to 2012 he was head of the Economic Policy Directorate at SECO. In February 2012, he took up his current position at the University of Bern.

 

In 2012 -2013, he was head of an expert group for the Swiss finance minister preparing proposals on how to deal with the challenges for the Swiss wealth management industry. In 2013 -2014, he was president of the Swiss government’s high-level group of experts commissioning a report on the further development of the Swiss financial market strategy.

 

He is married and has two children.

Filip Caeldries

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Filip Caeldries

Professor of Strategic Management and Organization, TIAS Business School, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Ph.D. Strategic Management, Purdue University

 

EMBA courses: Corporate Strategy, Management in transition economies
CSP course: Strategy

 

Filip Caeldries obtained his Ph.D. in strategic management from Purdue University (Krannert School of Management - USA). In addition, he studied international comparative antitrust law at New York University Law School.

 

Professor Caeldries has extensive experience as a trainer and instructor in strategic management programs for various corporations in Europe and the US. He regularly facilitates strategy development workshops with executive boards and senior leadership teams.  

 

He previously taught strategy and international business at New York University (Stern School of Business). He was also a visiting professor at the Helsinki School of Economics and the Swedish Management Institute (IFL).  

 

Professor Caeldries’ research and teaching interests focus on strategic management (competitive strategy and strategic change), organization development, and competition in emerging/transition markets.  

 

Throughout his academic career, he has received 23 Best Teaching Awards. In 2016, he was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the ‘Favorite Professors of the Best and Brightest EMBAs’.

Anthony Cerquone

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Anthony Cerquone

Adjunct Faculty for the Leadership & Career Development course
Ph. D. in Theology, Drew University, Madison NJ, USA

 

EMBA course: Leadership & Career Development Part II – HR Management

 

Dr. Anthony Cerquone is a Global Talent & Leadership Development Executive with a successful track record of 20 plus years of coaching executives to grow as leaders and build, develop and scale profitable organizations. He is a strategic business partner and an expert in the fields of personal, leadership, and organizational development as well as in recruitment and assessment. He has worked as a Global Head of HR, Global Head of Talent and Development, and HR integration Head for large blue-chip firms.

Oliver Dichter

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Oliver Dichter

PostFinance AG, Financial Risk Manager

Dr. rer. oec., University of Bern

 

EMBA course: Preparatory course in Financial mathematics

 

Oliver Dichter, born in 1984, studied finance and economics at the Universität Bern, where he also completed is doctorate. He is working in the asset & liability department of PostFinance AG. Previously, he worked as an investment consultant at PPCmetrics, one of the largest pension consulting firms in Switzerland. He also was an intern at the Boston Consulting Group and the institutional clients’ desk of the Zürcher Kantonalbank. Moreover, he worked as a junior assistant at the mathematics department of the Universität Bern.

Claas Eylers

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Claas Eylers

Owner and Managing Director of the Eylers Performance Consulting GmbH, Berlin

Dipl. Ing.

 

CSP course: Project Management

 

Claas Eylers is owner and Managing Director of the Eylers Performance Consulting GmbH, Berlin. Originating from the world of technology, he began his career as a production and logistics manager in a mechanical engineering company where he was responsible for budgets and investments as well as 250 employees. Since 2001 he is active as management consultant and trainer, gathering intensive work and management experience in a wide variety of sectors including plant engineering, automotive, energy, aerospace and finance.

 

Working on all hierarcy levels, Claas is able to successfully blend his experience in a technically oriented management position with a systemically oriented approach – whether as a consultant supporting change processes, in coaching executives and project managers or in intercultural project management. Among his specialties are the moderation of project teams in sensitive situations, and the blending of agile and traditional project management techniques.

 

Claas is certified by all internationally relevant project management societies; he is certified as a PMP, PRINCE2-Practitioner, IMPA-D, Scrum Master, and Six Sigma Black Belt.

Alex Edmans

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Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance, London Business School

Ph.D. in Financial Economics, Sloan School of Management (MIT)

 

CSP course: Risk, Ethics, Sustainability and Change

 

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. Alex has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from MIT, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

 

Alex specialises in corporate governance, executive compensation, and CSR. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given TEDx talks on “The Social Responsibility of Business” and “From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth”.  He has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ITV, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial TimesHarvard Business ReviewHuffington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Alex serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, and as Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. At Wharton, Alex won 14 teaching awards in six years; at LBS, he won both awards for the best MBA teacher (voted by the first-year class and second-year class, respectively).

David Gosset

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David Gosset

Senior Research Associate; Deputy Director for European Relations

 

David Gosset is a global affairs and international relations expert. Furthermore, he is director of the Academia Sinica Europaea at CEIBS and the founder of the Euro-China Forum. Gosset also established the New Silk Road Initiative.

 

Fluent in French, English and Chinese, Gosset lectured at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, for the top French institution ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), the Davos World Economic Forum Global leadership Program but also for large multinational corporations at the top of the Fortune 500.

 

Gosset founded the Academia Sinica Europaea, an intellectual interface between Europe and China, and he has also established the Euro-China Forum which creates the conditions for a comprehensive dialogue between the two edges of Eurasia. The former French President Jacques Chirac considers that the Euro-China Forum is “since 2002 a unique platform for exchanges between the European and Chinese civilizations”.

 

As sinologist, Professor Gosset wrote extensively on China’s transformation and its global impact. His comments have been published in the International New York Times – former International Herald Tribune –, the Huffington Post, Forbes but also in major Asian and Chinese media. Gosset commented for the China Central TV (CCTV), Bloomberg TV, CNN, Russia TV and others. His analyses have been published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

 

By a decree signed by the President of the French Republic François Hollande on December 31, 2014, Gosset became Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur).

Gosset has also been awarded the “Cross of the Civil Order” by the then King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his work with the Academia Sinica Europaea.

 

Gosset is a Member of the Board of several European Companies and Institutions. In 2013, he has been invited to join the High Advisory Council of the International Cooperation Platform (ICP) under the patronage of Abdullah Gul, the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey.

Marc Gruber

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Marc Gruber

Vice President for Innovation at EPFL and full Professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL; Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC)
Ph.D. in Management, Universität St. Gallen

 

CSP courses: Innovationsmanagement, Innovation und Digitalisierung

EMBA course: Innovation Management & Entrepreneurial Thinking

 

Marc Gruber was born in Munich, Gemany, in 1972. He graduated in management from the University of St. Gallen in 1995 and received a Ph.D. in management from the same university in 2000. In spring 2005, he received a venia legendi from the Munich School of Management for his habilitation thesis on marketing in new ventures.

 

Marc Gruber is a world-leading authority in the field of entrepreneurship, strategy, and innovation. He holds the chair of Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization at EPFL, and is Deputy Editor at the worldwide Number 1 empirical research journal in management – the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ). He was awarded three times with the “Thought Leader” Award of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, and thus more often than any other academic in this field. He has published his research on entrepreneurship in several leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Journal of Business Venturing.

Andreas Hack

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Andreas Hack

Mitdirektor des Instituts für Organisation und Personal der Universität Bern

Ph.D., Technischen Universität Dortmund

Company-specific programs: Führung & Kultur

 

Nach einer Ausbildung zum Bankkaufmann bei der Deutschen Bank AG studierte Andreas Hack Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit den Schwerpunkten Finance, Strategisches Management und Marketing an der Universität Regensburg und der Copenhagen Business School. Seine Dissertation verfasste er an der WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar (D), bevor er sich an der Technischen Universität Dortmund (D) im Bereich Entrepreneurship habilitierte.

 

Seit sechs Jahren leitet Andreas Hack das Institut für Organisation und Personal der Universität Bern (CH) und ist ständiger Gastprofessor an der Universität Witten-Herdecke (D). Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Entrepreneurship, Management von Familienunternehmen und Führung. Seine Arbeiten wurden in international renommierten Zeitschriften wie Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, British Journal of Management oder Journal of Product Innovation Management veröffentlicht.

 

Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Professor berät Andreas Hack internationale Unternehmen in Fragen des strategischen Managements und unterstützt Familienunternehmen bei der Erarbeitung ihrer Familienstrategien. Darüber hinaus engagiert er sich als Verwaltungsrat in einem Schweizer Unternehmen. Als langjähriger Unternehmensberater bei der Accenture AG erhielt er zudem tiefe Einblicke in die wirtschaftlichen Prozesse internationaler Finanzdienstleister.

 

Seit vielen Jahren unterrichtet Andreas das Thema Führung in Executive Education Programmen verschiedener Universitäten. Hier liegt sein Augenmerk auf der Vermittlung eines fundierten theoretischen Grundwissens, so dass praktische Problemstellungen besser gelöst werden können.

Karsten Hadwich

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Karsten Hadwich

Studiendekan der Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart 

Company-specific programs: Marketing

 

Karsten Hadwich studierte nach Abschluss seiner Bankausbildung Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen an der Technischen Universität Berlin und der Ecole de Commerce Solvay in Brüssel. Am Lehrstuhl für Marketing und Unternehmensführung der Universität Basel schloss er 2003 seine Promotion und 2008 seine Habilitation ab.

 

Seit 2008 hat er eine Professur für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Dienstleistungsmanagement und -märkte an der Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart inne. Er forscht und lehrt zu den Themen Dienstleistungsmarketing, Kundenorientierung und Servicetransformation. Seine Publikationen sind als Monographien sowie in international referierten Zeitschriften erschienen. Seit 2017 ist er Dekan der Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Hohenheim. Darüber hinaus ist er Lehrbeauftragter an der Universität Basel und Dozent in verschiedenen Weiterbildungsprogrammen in Deutschland und in der Schweiz.

 

Schliesslich sammelt er als Gründungspartner der Prof. Bruhn & Partner AG, als Unternehmensberater in zahlreichen Dienstleistungsbranchen sowie als Aufsichtsratsmitglied eines mittelständischen Personaldienstleisters fortwährend Managementerfahrungen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft.

Martin Hellweg

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Martin Hellweg

Verwaltungsratspräsident und Managing Partner der Ally Management Group

 

CAS VR: Krisenmanagement und Kommunikation

Martin Högl

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Martin Högl

Pd.D. in Financial Economics, Sloan School of Management (MIT)

 

CSP course: Leadership and Organizational Transformation

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Hoegl is Head of the Institute for Leadership and Organization (ILO) at LMU Munich. Before joining LMU Munich, Professor Hoegl served on the faculties of Washington State University (USA), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, Germany). Moreover, Martin Hoegl held visiting professorships at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern Univ., USA), Curtin University (Perth, Australia) and at the National Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan), and has given guest lectures at various international universities.

 

Prof. Hoegl has extensive experience in working with executive audiences at various levels of seniority in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has received multiple awards for teaching and research, including the MBA Best Teacher Award (from WHU part-time MBA students) and the Richard Beckhard Prize from the MIT Sloan Management Review for the article ‘How to manage virtual teams’. The research rankings conducted by the leading German business newspaper Handelsblatt has repeatedly shown Martin Hoegl among the leading German scholars in area of Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Organization.

Richard Jolly

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Richard Jolly

Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
MBA London Business School

 

EMBA: Leading Change
Company-specific programs: Organisational Behaviour
 

Richard Jolly is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Richard teaches a wide portfolio of courses at the school, for which he was voted Best Programme Teacher by students in 2003, runner-up in 2007, won two runner-up awards in 2010 and runner-up in 2011, and won Best Teacher again in 2014. Richard also instructs a large number of Executive Education courses for London Business School in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

 

Richard is a member of the Executive Committee of the Case Centre.

 

Outside of academia, Richard is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Consulting Limited, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors. Richard’s primary consultancy interests focus on designing and delivering executive development workshops, coaching senior managers and facilitating senior management teams, with an emphasis on leadership and change management agendas. He received his MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Alexis Kunz

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Alexis Kunz

Professor für Financial Accounting und geschäftsführender Direktor, Abteilung Financial Accounting IUC, Universität Bern
Ph.D., Universität Zürich

 

Company-specific programs: Financial & Managerial Accounting

 

Alexis Kunz hat sein Studium und Doktorat in Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Universität Zürich absolviert und war danach als Professor für Controlling an der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz tätig. Nach der Habilitation an der Universität Fribourg und einem Forschungsaufenthalt an der Anderson School der University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) lehrte und forschte er mehrere Jahre als Professor für Financial Accounting an der Universität Lausanne. Seit 2011 ist er als Professor für Financial Accounting und geschäftsführender Direktor am Institut für Unternehmensrechnung und Controlling der Universität Bern tätig.  

 

Alexis Kunz lehrt und forscht zu Themen der Internationalen Unternehmensberichterstattung, des Controllings, zu unternehmerischen Anreizsystemen, Balanced Scorecard, Earnings Management und der Risikowahrnehmung von strukturierten Finanzprodukten. Er hat zahlreiche internationale Publikationen zu Themen des Rechnungswesens und des Controllings verfasst und konnte im Rahmen verschiedener Projekte praktische Erfahrungen in unterschiedlichen Unternehmen und Branchen sammeln.

Claudio Loderer

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Claudio Loderer

Professor of Finance, Delegate of the Foundation Board
Ph.D. in Industrial Organization, University of Rochester, USA

 

EMBA courses: Valuation I, Valuation II
CAS VR: Die finanzielle Führung

 

Claudio Loderer has research and teaching interests in topics involving capital markets, risk management, company valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Before assuming his position at the University of Bern, Claudio served on the faculty of Purdue University in Indiana.  He was also a visiting assistant professor of finance at the University of Chicago and later a visiting professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

 

From 2011 to 2016, Claudio headed the Swiss Finance Institute. Today, he is vice president and delegate of the Foundation Board of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs. He is a coauthor of Handbuch der Bewertung (NZZ Verlag).  He has served on several editorial boards and has published in different journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Business, and Journal of Accounting and Economics. Furthermore, he has been a member of the executive board of the European Finance Association. He has written expert opinions, consulted for financial and non-financial institutions, and sat on the boards of directors of various corporations.

Jochen Luksch

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Jochen Luksch

President, Managing Partner
Negotiation Advisor and Trainer since 2009

 

EMBA course: Art of Communication – Negotiation

 

After training as a journalist, Jochen Luksch completed a law degree in Germany – admitted to the Bar from 1995 to 2010. Jochen specialized in the fields of media and publishing. He gathered leadership and negotiation experience as a management-member of various companies, and as managing director in the field of profes-sional sport. Furthermore, he has intensive negotiation experience in international sport management, particu-larly in the areas of negotiating contracts, project funding, sponsoring and exploitation of rights.

 

Jochen Luksch has teaching assignments at various universities in Switzerland and Germany. He is also a lectur-er at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and at the ES-HSG (Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, Universität St. Gallen).

 

Since 2012, he has been managing partner for Egger, Philips & Partner AG.

Herbert Paul

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Herbert Paul

Dozent für Strategisches Management, TiasNimbas Business School, Utrecht
Professor für Unternehmensführung und Internationales Management, Hochschule Mainz

 

CAS VR, Company-specific programs: Strategisches Management und Unternehmensentwicklung

 

Herbert Paul hat nach dem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre in Mainz einen MBA der Indiana University in den USA erworben. Seine Promotion zum Thema Unternehmensentwicklung erfolgte an der Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen.

 

Er war bei der Roche AG in Basel für M&A-/Venture Capital-Projekte zuständig. Danach arbeitete er als Management Consultant für McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf und Stockholm. Später war Herbert als Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung für den Egmont-Ehapa Verlag tätig, der deutschen Tochtergesellschaft der Egmont Mediengruppe in Kopenhagen.

 

Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Professor an der Hochschule Mainz arbeitet Herbert als Dozent für strategisches Management für die Rochester-Bern Executive Programs der Universität Bern und die TIAS School of Business & Society der Tilburg Universität in Tilburg und Utrecht in den Niederlanden, sowie die Graduate School of Business der Assumption University in Bangkok.

 

Herbert hat eine Reihe von Publikationen zu verschiedenen Managementthemen verfasst und über seine Führungs- und Beratertätigkeit praktische Erfahrungen in verschiedenen Unternehmen, Branchen und Ländern sammeln können.

Daniel Perrin

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Daniel Perrin

Professor of Applied Linguistics, Director at Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHAW), Switzerland, and President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics.

Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Bern

 

EMBA course: Art of Communication – Writing & Presentation
CAS VR: Krisenmanagement und -kommunikation
Company-specific programs: Kommunikation

 

Daniel Perrin’s research fields are applied linguistics, media linguistics, text production, writing methodology, editorial quality management, and professional writing.

He is the author of scientific and popular books and journal articles (see www.danielperrin.net) and has extensive experience as a trainer and instructor in communications for various companies in Europe, Asia, and the the Americas, including broadcasting and insurance companies as well as banks.

Ines Pöschel

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Ines Pöschel

Partner bei Kellerhals Anwälte Zürich
lic.iur., Universität Zürich

 

CAS VR: Aufgaben, Kompetenzen und Pflichten moderner Verwaltungsräte

Filip Roodhooft

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Filip Roodhooft

Professor of Accounting, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vlerick Business School, Belgium
Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Antwerp

 

EMBA courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting
CSP course: Finance and Innovation

 

Filip Roodhooft earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Antwerp in 1994. He is now professor of accounting at the faculty of economics and business at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is research dean and professor in accounting and control at Vlerick Business School.

 

He has taught in executive development programs at several business schools, including the London Business School, the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Program, the Vlerick Business School, the University of Antwerp Management School, and Leti-Lovanium Saint Petersburg. He received several best teacher awards.

 

He has worked as a trainer and advisor for many organizations. He was on the board of directors of Realdolmen and chaired the audit committee for 12 years. He is also board member of the Financial executives institute of Belgium. He chairs the examination committee of the Belgian institute for accountants.

 

His research interests include the application of case study research and experimental research in cost and management accounting and the use of financial accounting databases in business economics. He published many articles in international academic journals.

Karl Schmedders

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Karl Schmedders

Professor of Quantitative Business Administration at the University of Zurich
Ph.D. in Operations Research, Stanford University

 

EMBA course: Mangerial Data Analysis & Forecasting

 

Karl Schmedders received a Master of Science degree in operations research from Stanford University in 1992. Four years later, he finished his Ph.D. and joined the Hoover Institution, a think tank on the Stanford campus, as visiting fellow.

 

In 1998, he became assistant professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and received tenure in 2005. He continued doing research and teaching at Kellogg until 2008. Thereafter, he took on the position as director of the Institute for Operations Research at the University of Zurich. After merging his institute with three other institutes to form the new Department of Business Administration in 2010, he became Professor of Quantitative Business Administration at the University in Zurich.

 

Karl Schmedders’ research interests are in computational economics and finance, data science, and portfolio optimization. His papers have been published in various academic journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, and the Review of Financial Studies. Karl Schmedders has won a number of teaching awards at Stanford University as well as at the Kellogg School of Management, most recently the Best Professor Award of the Kellogg/WHU EMBA program (2008, 2009, 2011–15, and 2017). He received the Best Teacher Award of the Rochester-Bern EMBA program in 2014 and 2016.

Ron Schmidt

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Ron Schmidt

Joseph and Janice Willett Professor of Business Administration for Teaching and Service, University of Rochester
MA Economics, Ohio State University

 

Ronald M. Schmidt’s teaching areas include economics, statistics, marketing, organizations, and corporate strategy. He developed the Executive Development (MBA) Program at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and served as its first chairman. He has received several Superior Teaching Awards from regular and executive MBA classes. Ronald Schmidt has served as a consultant to Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Schlegel Corporation, Croon Electrotechniek, and several other corporations.

 

Ronald Schmidt’s current research activities include an examination of the relationship between pay and performance for CEOs and an investigation of the impact of contractual provisions on the performance of major-league baseball players. His publications include papers on pricing, regulation, and management compensation.

Martin Schwab

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Martin Schwab

CEO of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG, Switzerland
Swiss certified expert in accounting and controlling and MBA Rochester

 

EMBA course: Preparatory course in Accounting

 

Martin Schwab has more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, and controlling and is currently CEO of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (CKW). Before that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Axpo Holding AG. In addition, he had several positions within Selecta Group, Compass Group (Selecta’s former parent company, a FTSE 100 company listed on the London stock exchange), for instance Group Reporting Manager in London and Divisional Finance Director in Amsterdam.

 

Martin Schwab is a graduate of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program and a Swiss certified expert in accounting and controlling.

Abraham Seidmann

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Abraham Seidmann

Xerox Professor of Computers and Information Systems and Operations Management;  Area Coordinator, Computers and Information Systems, Electronic Commerce, Management Science and Operations Management at the University of Rochester, USA
Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University

 

EMBA course: Information Systems for Management

 

Abraham Seidmann, Ph.D., is the Xerox Professor of Computers and Information Systems, Operations Management, and Electronic Commerce.  He is also the Area Coordinator for Computers and Information Systems, Operations Management, and Electronic Commerce, and Management Science at the W E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. 

 

Professor Seidmann is the author of numerous research articles and for eight years has been the Department Editor on Interdisciplinary Management Research and Applications in the prestigious Management Science journal.  He is an associate editor of several other primary scientific journals in the areas of Operations Management and Information Systems. 

 

A native of Israel he completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering & Management, and graduate studies in Operations Research at the Technion in Haifa, Israel.  Following a distinguished career in commercial banking he moved to the United States and received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Operations Research.  Professor Seidmann has lectured and consulted on five continents to senior executives in the finance, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. 

 

He has done extensive research in the areas of corporate information systems, service strategy and management, medical systems strategy, computerized clinical operations, health care management and the development of advanced financial trading information systems. 

 

He has won several records for superior executive and MBA teaching, and his research has been awarded several prestigious prizes for an outstanding scholarly contribution.  In October 2012 Professor Seidmann was named a “Distinguished Fellow” by the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Information Systems Society of INFORMS.  The award was given to Seidmann, in recognition of his contributions to the information systems discipline.  Seidmann is the first faculty member at the University of Rochester to win that honor.

Philip Valta

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Philip Valta

Professor und Direktor des Instituts für Finanzmanagement, Universität Bern

Ph.D. in Finance, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Swiss Finance Institute (SFI)

 

Philip Valta studierte an der Universität Bern Wirtschaftswissenschaften und promovierte an der EPFL. Er war Visiting Researcher an der Fuqua School of Business (Duke University, USA) und lehrte vor seiner Berufung an die Universität Bern als Assistenzprofessor an der HEC Paris und der Universität Genf.

Die Forschungsschwerpunkte und Lehrtätigkeiten von Philip Valta umfassen die Bereiche Unternehmensfinanzierung, Unternehmensbewertung, Fusionen und Übernahmen, Kreditrisiko, Ausschüttungspolitik und der Einfluss des Wettbewerbs auf Unternehmensentscheide. Er ist regelmässig Gastredner an internationalen Konferenzen und Seminaren und seine Forschungsarbeiten wurden u.a. in den führenden Fachzeitschriften Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis und Management Science veröffentlicht.

Philip Valta ist Mitglied in verschiedenen Gremien und Experte für Gutachten im Finanzbereich und hat in verschiedenen Programmen an der EPFL, der Université de Neuchâtel, dem Swiss Finance Institute sowie bei der AZEK unterrichtet.

Frauke von Bieberstein

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Frauke von Bieberstein

Direktorin am Institut für Organisation und Personal der Universität Bern

Ph.D., WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

 

Company-specific programs: Organisation & Change Management

 

Frauke von Bieberstein promovierte in 2004 an der WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management zum Management operativer Risiken. Sie studierte Volkwirtschaftslehre an der Universität Konstanz (Vordiplom) und der Universität Bonn (Diplom).

 

Bevor Sie mit der Annahme einer Juniorprofessur ihre akademische Laufbahn begann, arbeitete sie als Unternehmensberaterin bei McKinsey & Company in Köln, wo sie sich vor allem auf die Beratung von Banken und Versicherungen spezialisierte.

 

In ihrer Forschung verknüpft sie ihre praktische Berufserfahrung mit neusten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Ökonomie, Management und Psychologie. So hat sie sich auf verhaltensökonomische Feldexperimente in Zusammenarbeit mit Unternehmen fokussiert. Daneben entwickelt sie neue theoretische Modelle, die sie ebenfalls in der Praxis testet. Ihre Arbeiten sind in führenden internationalen wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften erschienen.

 

Sie hat an der WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, der Universität Bonn, der Universität Fribourg und der Universität Bern gelehrt. Im Bereich Executive Education hat sie in verschiedenen Programmen zu den Themengebieten Organisation und Change Management, Microökonomie, Coaching und General Management unterrichtet.

Urs Wälchli

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Urs Wälchli

Urs Wälchli is the Associate Academic Director of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, USA
Ph.D., Universität Bern (Summa Cum Laude)

 

EMBA course: Corporate Financial Policy
CAS VR: Die finanzielle Führung
Company-specific programs: Projektbewertung /  Finanzmanagement

 

Urs Wälchli studied finance and economics at the Universität Bern. After working in the financial sector, he joined the Institut für Finanzmanagement in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. He was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Stern School of Business at the New York University. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University between 2011 and 2016. Since 2015, he is a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, where he teaches various courses in corporate and entrepreneurial finance.

 

Urs Wälchli was appointed Associate Academic Director of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs in 2015. His current research focuses on the corporate aging phenomenon. He is a coauthor of Handbuch der Bewertung, a standard textbook on firm valuation, as well as the founder of www.teju-finance.com.

 

Urs Wälchli is married with two children.

Peter Witt

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Peter Witt

Professor für Innovation Management und Entrepreneurship, Universität Dortmund

 

CAS VR: Krisenmanagement und -kommunikation

Patric Olivier Zbinden

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Patric Olivier Zbinden

MLaw (Universität Fribourg CH), MBA University of Rochester & EMBA Universität Bern
(Rochester-Bern Executive MBA, class 19)

 

EMBA course: Preparatory course in Legal

 

Patric Olivier Zbinden (born 1976) has a master degree in Law (lic. iur.), a certificate of advanced studies in criminal laws (CAS MAP), a MBA of the University of Rochester and an EMBA of the Universität Bern.

 

He worked a few years as a legal adviser in a debt recovery company and joined Baloise Insurance Ltd., Switzerland in 2003. There, he began his career as legal adviser in different Life- and Non-Life insurance departments.

 

In 2007, he was promoted to the Head of the Liability Insurance Department, which he successfully managed during 4 years. In 2011, Patric Oliver Zbinden was appointed as the Head of Product-Management Group Life Insurance and Legal Department. In this current function, he is responsible for the whole group life portfolio of Baloise Insurance Ltd. in Switzerland. He is also the President of the Baloise-Collective Foundation for Non-Compulsory Occupational Welfare Provisions.

 

In addition, Patric Olivier Zbinden worked during six years as Examining Magistrate in the Swiss Armed forces. In 2012, he was promoted as military attorney (prosecutor).

Jonas Zeller

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Jonas Zeller

CFO at InnoMedica
MSc in Economics, Ph.D., Universität Bern

 

EMBA course: Preparatory course in Statistics

 

Jonas Zeller, born in 1982, studied finance and economics at the Universität Bern. After an internship in the Economic Research Department at Credit Suisse, Zürich, he joined the Institut für Finanzmanagement in 2006.  In 2009, he spent a term at the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, New York where he completed his graduate courses for his PhD. In his PhD thesis he examined the interaction of age and firm performance.

 

Zeller currently is the CFO at InnoMedica which is a pharmaceutical nanotech-company. He also is a lecturer at the Universität Bern where he teaches the course advanced valuation (master level).

 

Zeller has won an award for the best Masters Degree at the Business, Economics and Social Sicence Faculty at the Universität Bern in 2008 and the first price of the advancement award of the Seniorenuniversität Bern for his Ph.D. thesis in 2015.


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