Faculty of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA

The courses are taught by outstanding professors from all over the world. In Europe, we can choose from the best on the continent and in the U.S. we build on the renowned faculty of the University of Rochester. Our 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 and face the challenges of the business world in their daily lives.

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.

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.

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).

Oliver Dichter

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Oliver Dichter

PostFinance AG, Financial Risk Manager

Dr. rer. oec., University of Bern

 

EMBA course: Getting-started 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.

Dominique Döttling

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Dominique Döttling

Director of Global Talent & Development, Europe Transformation Leader, Opel Group GmbH
M.A., Political Science, History, Economics and Psychology in Tübingen, Munich and in the US

 

Company-specific programs: Leadership

 

The «Welt am Sonntag» (a German Sunday paper) called her the «gentle face of change» and change management is the focus of her professional life as a consultant with her own company, in various associations and political committees and with General Motors (GM).

 

Born in 1967 in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, Dominique Döttling studied Political Science, History, Economics and Psychology in Tübingen, Munich and in the US. She worked for different companies before taking over Döttling & Partner Beratungsgesellschaft GmbH, a consultancy her father has founded and is active there to date. In 2012, she joined GM to drive the transformation process of the European units, mainly the Adam Opel AG and in 2014 the responsibility for «Talent and Development» in Europe was added to her scope.

 

Dominique Döttling was and is engaged in the civic sector as well – with years of service to a Young entrepreneurs association (JCI) being National President of Germany in 2002 and European President in 2005. The German Gouvernement has invited her to join various committees to consult on issues concerning educational and economic policies such as the «Rürup-Kommission», the «Mittelstandbeirat» or «Regionale Wachstumskerne.» She occasionally lectures at universities and participates on conferences as a speaker, in panel discussion or as a facilitator.

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

Full Professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL and Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC)
Ph.D. in Management, Universität St. Gallen

 

EMBA course: Business Plan Workshop (Capstone Project)

 

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 lectures the Capstone Course in the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program, holds the chair of Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization at EPFL, and is Associate Editor at the worldwide Number 1 empirical research journal in management – the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ). Furthermore, 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.

 

Marc Gruber has published his research on entrepreneurship in several leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, the Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. In addition, he is the co-editor of a textbook on entrepreneurship and was a regular contributor to a weekly column on entrepreneurship in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Gruber's teaching has won high praise at several institutions of higher education and executive education programs such as the University of Munich, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, the University of St. Gallen and the Collège des Ingénieurs (Paris).

Glenn D. Huels

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Glenn D. Huels

Clinical Associate Professor – Business Administration, University of Rochester, USA
MBA Rochester Institute of Technology

 

EMBA course: Managerial Accounting

 

Glenn Huels served as the vice president-tax for Bausch + Lomb and as the head of the corporate tax department at Goulds Pumps Inc. In both roles, he had overall responsibility for the leadership, management, administration, and direction of the corporate tax function. This included responsibility for global tax planning strategies, and working closely and collaboratively with operations and the corporate legal and treasury functions to determine and implement optimum legal, debt, and equity structures, and to maximize after-tax cash flows to the parent corporations through dividend planning and other repatriation strategies.

 

He has also served as Bausch + Lomb’s director of external tax reporting, responsible for the company’s income tax accounting and financial reporting requirements, and as a director in Bausch + Lomb’s corporate treasury department, continuing to work closely with operations and other corporate functions regarding global cash flow strategies, debt compliance, accounting for derivatives and other external reporting requirements, and the minimization of FX exposures and risks.

 

He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State, and was a manager at the public accounting firm of Deloitte prior to his corporate experience.

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 eines Unternehmens

 

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.

Derek Mohr

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Derek Mohr

Director, M.S. Program in Finance, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Management, University at Buffalo
J.D., School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Derek Mohr has been teaching finance for more than ten years at the University at Buffalo where he is a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches investments, derivatives and corporate finance. Professor Mohr also serves as the Faculty Director of the M.S. Program in Finance and the Faculty Advisor to the Terese Kelly Investment Group, a student run investment fund.

 

His notable teaching includes a course in the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA program and a course in the University at Buffalo Singapore Executive MBA program. In addition to his teaching and research interests in financial markets, corporate governance and business law, Professor Mohr is an experienced corporate attorney who is admitted to practice in New York.

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: Reputationsmanagement und (Krisen-) 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.

Michael Raith

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Michael Raith

Associate Professor of Economics and Management, University of Rochester, USA
Ph.D., Economics, London School of Economics

 

EMBA course: Organization & strategy

 

Michael Raith joined the Simon School in 2002. He has also spent time as full-time or visiting faculty at the University of Chicago, USC, and MIT.

 

He taught an MBA course on competitive strategy for many years, for which he was named to the Teaching Honor Roll twice. Recently, he has been teaching the core MBA course in organizational economics.

 

His research interests include the economics of organizations and industrial economics. He has worked on pricing strategies in the presence of market uncertainty, the effects of financial constraints on firms' behavior in product markets, incentive contracting and performance evaluation in organizations, and the interaction between incentives and communication in various principal-agent settings. Raith's work has been published in the American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

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.

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.

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: Getting-started 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.

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 eines Unternehmens / 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.

Mark Young

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Mark Young

Associate Consultant at Egger, Philips & Partner AG
Ph.D. in Philosophy and Economics, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

 

EMBA course: The Art of Communication III

 

Mark Young is an independent consultant, trainer, writer and lecturer in the field of mediation and negotiation skills training and analysis; his company, Rational Games, Inc, (www.rationalgames.com) serves a variety of clients in the public and private sectors in the US, UK and Germany. Mark’s business career has afforded him ample opportunities to do so, as he has served as a corporate lending officer at Chase Manhattan Bank, a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company, a partner at Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance and a trade negotiator in the US Department of Commerce.

 

Mark Young obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Economics at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin in 2000 and spent the academic year of 1999/2000 as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

 

Mark is also a social entrepreneur. His organization devotes a large portion of profits to the support of projects and organizations using games and play to resolve conflict.

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: Getting-started 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: Getting-started 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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