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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, mostly Swiss, 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.

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

 

EMBA courses: Marketing Management, Strategic 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.

Gregory Bauer

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Gregory Bauer

Research Adviser, Bank of Canada
Ph.D. in Finance, University of Pennsylvania

 

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

David Eccles Professor of Finance, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of Utah School of Medicine

 

Peter Bossaerts received a licentiate and doctorandus degree in applied economics from the University of Ant-werp in Belgium, and after coursework in statistics at the Free University Brussels, a Ph.D. in Management (Fi-nance) from the University of California, Los Angeles. His first appointment, as assistant professor, was at Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

 

In 1990, Peter Bossaerts moved to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he promoted to be-come Professor of Finance, and to the William D. Hacker Professor of Economics and Management. He was Executive Officer for the Social Sciences, Chair (Dean) of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Director of Caltech’s Linde Institute for Economics and Management Sciences. Peter Bossaerts has also had appointments at Tilburg University, Yale University, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), and most recently, he has been at the Faculty of Business and Economics and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health of The University of Melbourne.

 

Peter Bossaerts’ research and publications have focused on financial risk and financial risk taking. The work covers many areas of theoretical, empirical and experimental finance, and extends to fields such as economet-rics, game theory, general equilibrium theory, cognitive psychology and, most recently, neurobiology. His work has been published in a wide portfolio of journals, such as the Journal of Finance, Mathematical Finance, Econ-ometrica, Econometric Theory, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Brain Structure and Function.

 

Peter Bossaerts has taught undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive classes at various places across the world. He is or has been on the board of many academic journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, Mathematical Finance, and Frontiers of Decision Neuroscience. Peter Bossaerts has received many awards and honors for his work. Among others, he was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and of 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 degree programs at Vlerick (both full time and executive MBA), as well as in executive education and company specific programs and he is currently the program director of the Masters in General Management (MGM) program. Boute was 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 coordination, inventory management and queueing theory and has academic publications in top rated scientific international journals. In 2008, he received the best paper award in Production Planning & Control for his paper on a win-win solution for the bullwhip problem. 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 is active as Board member of PICS Belgium (the Production Inventory and Control Society), the Belgian chapter of the APICS society.

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
PhD 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 Strategy and Associate Dean Company-Specific Executive Programs, TiasNimbas Business School, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Ph.D. in Strategic Management, Purdue University

 

EMBA courses: Corporate Strategy, Management in transition economies

 

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.

 

Filip 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. At Tilburg University, he was Associate Dean of the Company-specific Programs division (1997-2013). In this capacity, he held the academic responsibility for all company-specific executive development programs. He has directed and taught in executive development programs in 24 countries for clients such as ING, Bekaert, Barco, Canon, Capgemini, CSM, Elanco, Fresenius Medical Care, Gambro, Randstad, Rabobank, Royal Haskoning/DHV, Nestlé, Norske Skog, and Abbott.

 

Since 2013, he is the Global Academic Director for the IMM program (Global Executive MBA). In this capacity, he holds responsibility for all academic matters of the EMBA.

 

He previously taught 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). From 1992 to 1999, he was a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. From 2006-2008, he was a member of the Advisory Board of CSC (Netherlands).

 

Filip Caeldries’ research and teaching interests focus on strategic management (competitive strategy and strategic change), organization development, and competition in transition markets. His research has been published in Advances in Strategic Management, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He is a co-author of the book Financial Services Marketing.

 

Throughout his academic career, he has received 15 Best Teaching Awards (TiasNimbas Business School, Rochester-Bern Executive MBA (Switzerland), Purdue University IMM Global Executive MBA (US), ING Masters of Marketing Program).

Michael Corbey

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Michael Corbey

Full Professor and Academic Director of the Postgraduate Controlling Programs, TIAS Business School, Tilburg University, Netherlands

PhD, Eindhoven University of Technology

 

Prof. Michael Corbey is  Professor and Academic Director at TIAS Business School (Tilburg University, the Netherlands). He started his career working in the manufacturing industry and as a management consultant. In 1993, he returned to the academic world and became Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Tilburg University. In 2001, he was appointed Full Professor of Management Accounting and Control and Academic Director of the Postgraduate Controlling Programs at TIAS Business School, Tilburg University. He has received the TIAS lifetime achievement award (2013) and was awarded the TIAS best teacher award in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

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.

Rüdiger Fahlenbrach

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Rüdiger Fahlenbrach

Swiss Finance Institute Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Ph.D. in Finance, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

 

CAS VR: Aufgaben, Kompetenzen und Pflichten moderner Verwaltungsräte

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.

Andreas Hack

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Andreas Hack

Direktor am Institut für Organisation und Personal der Universität Bern

 

CAS VR: Organisation und Human Resources
Company-specific programs: Leadership, Organisation und Human Resources

Karsten Hadwich

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Karsten Hadwich

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

Company-specific programs: Marketing

Andreas Jacobs

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Andreas Jacobs

Lecturer for Finance at the University of Bern
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Bern

 

Born 1964 in Bern, Switzerland, Andreas Jacobs studied Economics and Finance at the University of Bern and the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. He worked for former Swiss Bank Corporation/UBS for 15 years in the Corporate Center, Asset Management and the Swiss Private Clients & Wealth Management division in various senior roles. Since 2010 he is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of Aravis AG, a leading Swiss Venture Capital and Private Equity boutique, focused on the biotechnology and renewable energy sec-tors. He is also Chairman of the Board of OLZ & Partners Asset and Liability Management AG, an independent asset and wealth management company in Bern.

 

Andreas Jacobs is a lecturer in finance at various institutions, currently at the University of Bern, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the Private Hochschule Wirtschaft PHW Bern and the Swiss Training Center for Investment Professionals.

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

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, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and incentives. Before assuming his position at the Universität Bern, Claudio Loderer served on the faculty of Purdue University in Indiana from 1983 to 1990, and during the 1985–1986 academic year, he was a visiting assistant professor of finance at the University of Chicago. In 2008, he spent a semester as a visiting professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

 

Claudio Loderer is the principal author of Handbuch der Bewertung (NZZ Verlag) and has contributed to different journals, among them Financial Management, Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Business, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He has served on the editorial boards of European Financial Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Empirical Finance. Furthermore, he has been a member of the executive board of the European Finance Association. He has written expert opinions, consulted to financial and nonfinancial institutions, and sat on the boards of directors of various corporations.

Jochen Luksch

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Jochen Luksch

Managing Partner
Negotiation Advisor and Trainer since 2009
Ph.D. in Industrial Organization, University of Rochester, USA

 

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, particularly in the areas of negotiating contracts, project funding, sponsoring and exploitation of rights.

 

Jochen Luksch has teaching assignments at various universities in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He is also a lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. 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 an der FH Mainz

 

CAS VR: Die strategische Führung
Company-specific programs: Strategie

Daniel Perrin

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Daniel Perrin

Professor of Media Linguistics and Director of the Institute of Applied Media Studies IAM at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHAW), Switzerland
Ph.D. and Habilitation in Applied Linguistics, Universität Bern

 

EMBA course: The Art of Communication I & II
CAS VR: Krisenmanagement und -kommunikation
Company-specific programs: Kommunikation

 

Daniel Perrin’s research fields are 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 Switzerland, among them 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 course: Financial Accounting

 

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 at the 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, including Siemens, Umicore, Alcatel, VF Europe, Accenture, Eli Lilly, BNP Paribas, ING, Bekaert, Suez, Belgacom, and the Belgian federal government. He is on the board of directors of Realdolmen and chairs the audit committee. He is also board member of the European institute for advanced studies in management and 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. His research has been published in Accounting, Organisations and Society; Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Operations Management; Operations Research; Journal of Management Accounting Research; Journal of Cost Management; Accounting and Business Research; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Harvard Business Review; Abacus; European Journal of Operational Research; Journal of the Operational Research Society; Health Policy; and the Journal of Supply Chain Management, among others.

Tijs Rotmans

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Tijs Rotmans

Lecturer of Master of Marketing and Company Specific Programs, TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, Netherlands.

Master of Science in Physics, University of Leiden

 

Tijs Rotmans has a Master’s Degree in Physics from University of Leiden.Tijs Rotmans is the Managing Partner of “The Pricing Company” located in the Netherlands. Prior to that, Rotmans worked for KPN (Koninklijke PTT Nederland) and occupied the position as Consumer Market Pricing Manager, responsible for the fixed, and mobile services in the consumer market. His broad pricing and marketing (strategy) background brought Rotmans to this current position in pricing consulting.

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. In addition, he has been serving as the Head of the Knowledge Center of Swiss Finance Institute since early 2013.

 

Karl Schmedders research interests are in financial economics, general equilibrium theory and computational economics and finance. 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, and 2011–14). He received the Best Teacher Award of the Rochester-Bern EMBA class of 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

CFO of the Axpo Holding 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 CFO of Axpo Holding.  Before that he was CFO of Selecta Group, the European market leader in vending. In addition, he had several positions within 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. 

 

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.

Luc Sels

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Luc Sels

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the K.U. Leuven, Belgium;
Research Fellow at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
Ph.D. in Social Sciences, K.U. Leuven

 

EMBA course: Human Resource Management

 

Luc Sels is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven. He joined the Faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor, became full professor in 2004, was elected Dean in 2008 and re-elected for a second four-year mandate in 2013. Luc Sels obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology at KU Leuven in 1995.

 

He participates in the Research Centre of Organisation Studies (Faculty of Economics and Business). He is teaching courses on HRM, HR flows and Organisation design. His primary substantive research interests center around labour market projections, active ageing and (corporate) demography, talent management, the relationship between HR investments and firm performance and features of strong HRM systems. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals such as the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Journal. 

 

He is also research fellow at the Vlerick Business School and part-time professor at the Simon School of the University of Rochester, where he teaches in the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA.

 

Luc Sels is actively involved in labour market policy research and policy advice. He serves on the Belgian High Council for Employment as a representative of the Federal Minister of Employment and is director of the Policy Research Centre for Work and Social Economy which advices the Flemish government on labour market policies. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Research Institute for Work and Society.

Frauke von Bieberstein

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Frauke von Bieberstein

Professorin für Organisation
Direktorin am Institut für Organisation und Personal der Universität Bern

 

Company-specific programs: Organisation & Change Management

Anu Wadhwa

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Anu Wadhwa

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship & Programme Director, MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
Ph.D. in Strategic Management, Foster Business School, University of Washington, Seattle

Urs Wälchli

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Urs Wälchli

Urs Wälchli is the Associate Academic Director of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs and a Visiting 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 Uni-versity. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University since 2011 and a Visiting Professor of Finance at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester since 2015, where he taught various courses in corporate 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.

 

Urs Wälchli is married and has 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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