Prof. Dr. Verena Batt
Verena Batt completed her studies in Economics, French and Spanish at the University of Mannheim, Germany, with a stay abroad in France. She earned her doctorate in Internal Brand Management at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Subsequently, she was appointed the junior professorship for business administration, focus marketing, at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. At the same time, she worked in various consulting projects as a freelance consultant in the field of marketing. In her field of marketing and statistics, she lectures in both taught-in-German and taught-in-English programmes. In addition to her work at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, she has teaching assignments at the University of Basel. Her research focuses on branding, employer branding, and consumer behaviour. She is very active in the international marketing research community, publishes her research results in international journals and presents these at international conferences.
For over 13 years, Geoffrey Bwireh has been teaching at the department of procurement & marketing, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Mbarara University of Science and Technology in rural Uganda. Geoffrey has been engaged as a community based micro-enterprises trainer, entrepreneur and as well as associate consultant for several SMEs across the East African region in areas of procurement, supply chain management and entrepreneurship, e.g. the Nile Breweries Ltd and Ballore Logistics East Africa Limited. Within a year after his undergraduate program at Kyambogo University, Geoffrey founded M/smart Logistics (U) ltd, a commodity trading firm operating in the Busia commodity produce market, the largest of its kind in terms of volumes sold within East Africa.He is passionate about sharing his rural experiences as well as his career path in the rather resource-constrained setting in the Great Lakes region that lies squarely in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa. Geoffrey initiated and led several experiential learning programs across East Africa as a pioneer program coordinator for the internship and community engagement of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, as country consultant for the Rice University, Business School MBA Global leadership course, and with the University of Virginia Darden School Business worldwide course. As the award winner for the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Best Faculty Award, Geoffrey held guest lecturer positions at the University of Rwanda, Moshi Cooperative University in Tanzania and the United States International University in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya). As a visiting scholar at the George Washington University, he was also invited as a guest speaker at the University of Virginia, Rice University and the 2016 Coursera Global Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kristel is a Belgian qualified lawyer and currently serves as the Group Head of Legal of Unilabs, an international diagnostics service provider. Before joining Unilabs, Kristel was active as consultant and held various senior legal leadership roles in US listed multinationals advising on legal, integrity and risk matters relevant to international business and operations. She has extensive experience doing business across both manufacturing and services’ industries including highly regulated and high risk businesses (amongst which oil and gas, life sciences, chemicals etc.) across the globe. She has guided various companies through major change including business portfolio transformation, in and out of court corporate, finance, tax restructuring and reorganisations. Furthermore, she has a wealth of hands on experience driving international expansion and building strategic alliances especially in challenging emerging markets. Throughout her career to date, Kristel has been a driving force behind increasing the resilience of global organisations through good governance, proactive compliance- and risk management and driving a walk-the-talk culture. Kristel also serves as non-executive director on the board and audit committee of Delaware Consulting International, a global ICT service provider, supporting the company on its journey to further innovation, transformation and international expansion.
Fabienne has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is an esteemed Talent, Organizational Development (OD), and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) professional with a successful track record of delivering transformations on a global scale. Fabienne is based in Basel, Switzerland and specialized in the application of human-centered, holistic perspectives to improve organizational performance and transformation. Fabienne holds a Master of Science in Social and Economic Psychology, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and various coaching certifications.Fabienne is currently Talent, OD, D&I director at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and faculty in certificate programs in Social and Economic Psychology at the University of Basel. Her passions cover leadership, use-of-self and shadow work, team dynamics, organizational transformations and coaching. Professional affiliations include Organization Development Network (ODN); NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science; European Organisation Design Forum (EODF), and CO-Active Coaching. In her leisure time Fabienne loves to explore new places together with friends and family.
Further information can be found on Fabienne's LinkedIn-Profile.
Dr. Rebekka M. Ehret
After researching ethnic identities and multilingualism in Sierra Leone (PhD in Social Anthropology), Rebekka M. Ehret investigated intercultural relations in a Basel neighborhood, social mobility from 1st to 2nd generation among migrant families from Spain and Italy, and the handling of youth and violence in the context of migration. She wrote the integration policy model of Basel-Stadt as a white paper for the then migration delegate (1999), the essence of which was adopted by various cantons (University of Basel, 1992-2004).
From 2004 to 2006, Rebekka joined the UN as Chief of Language Unit for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), after which she continued to work as a consultant for the UN in Cambodia and the Lebanon as well as for Foundation Hirondelle. Since 2008 she has been working at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Department of Social Work (Institute for Sociocultural Development) where she is teaching and conducting research. Her field of expertise includes diversity, intersectionality, migration, transcultural communication. Since 1993 she has held several posts as a guest lecturer at Fourah Bay College, Freetown
Dr. Bernhard Frei
Bernhard looks back on a track record of 20+ years in part-time adult education at European universities. He earned his doctoral degree in strategy development at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia, in addition to two European scientific degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. Following an executive career at multinational companies in paramedicine (Red Cross), food industry (Philip Morris), and electrical engineering (Zoppas Industries), Bernhard now provides consulting services worldwide for the public transportation sector with an international team, and instructs trainees for the mountain rescue service. Bernhard enjoys teaching strategy development in a technological environment, both product and service sector, digitization and organizational transformation.
Timo Heroth is both a senior research associate at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Gallen, specializing in international corporate finance and big data equity research. Fluent in the Chinese language, his academic career has included studies in Germany and China with industry assignments for the German Chamber of Commerce and Bank of China. Firmly rooted in applied management practice as co-founder of a technology start-up, Timo will contribute his academically grounded, on-the-ground experience in managing cross-border finance and M&A activities.
Following 7 years in international sales and marketing roles within the ICT sector, Sebastian held various global positions in Marketing, Retail and Strategic Management with luxury brands Montblanc and Wellendorff between 2008 and 2017. Sebastian currently lives in Switzerland where he lectures and researches at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts -Business with a focus on the B2B sharing economy, service transformation in luxury brands and international management. He co-heads executive programs on International Management and Business Excellence while consulting international start-up entrepreneurs and SMEs.
Sebastian Huber holds a dual degree Master / MBA in International Business and Economics (China Focus) from Fudan University (Shanghai) and Hamburg University (Germany). He is currently a DBA candidate at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Dr. Max Monauni
Max is a professional expert in the areas of controlling, strategic management, cost accounting and gamified corporate learning. Since 2009 he has conducted more than 200 executive trainings, strategy conferences and management classes. He studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, the Mexican Tec de Monterrey, the German-based University of Stuttgart and Pforzheim Graduate School. As a consultant he worked in Germany, China, Thailand, and the United States especially in the automotive, insurance and consumer goods industry. Since 2017 he has been a lecturer for controlling and simulation-based learning at the Institute of Financial Services Zug (IFZ) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Alessandra Neri is an international leader passionate about human behaviours, with more than 15 years of experience in Organisation Development, Change Management and Leadership & Team Coaching.
Born in Italy, she has lived and worked abroad for the past 12 years: China, United States and Singapore.
In 2014 she moved to Basel, Switzerland where she continues to partner with global leaders and teams to continuously evolve their effectiveness and transform successfully.
Alessandra holds a bachelor degree in Psychology & Adult Development, a Master degree in Human Resources Management as well as a Master degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She is also Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Her passions expand beyond behavioural sciences towards topics like the human soul and higher consciousness, mindfulness, art therapy and positive psychology.
For the past 5 years, Alessandra has been working in Roche where she designs and delivers global interventions with a combination of Organization Development, Leadership Development, People Development, and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging expertise to continuously advance individual, team, and organisation effectiveness.
As member of the People & Organisation Growth chapter, she also consults and partners with global business leaders to enable large-scale and cultural transformations in Roche.
Further information can be found on Alessandra Linkedin-Profile.
Joseph F. Paris Jr.
He is a recognized thought leader on operational excellence, an international entrepreneur, a prolific writer, and a sought-after strategist, consultant, and speaker with engagements around the world. Having over 30 years of experience in international business and operations, he is routinely called upon to offer guidance to C-suite and senior executives, and business-operations and -improvement specialists who wish to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations. He is sought by companies and academia to explore and address the challenges and opportunities of today, and illuminate and predict those of tomorrow. His end-goal is to help create high-performance individuals working in high-performance teams for high-performance organizations. Joseph currently serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) in the Watson College of Engineering at Binghamton University, the Advisory Boards of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management and the RV College of Engineering (Bangalore, India), the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Industry Advisory Board, and the New York Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). He was previously an Adjunct Professor at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management.
Edith Saladin looks back on more than 15 years professional management experience in international marketing, branding, product and retail both from an agency and client perspective. Her experience is predominantly with luxury and premium brands located in France, Hong Kong, the USA, Germany and Switzerland. An early adopter for digital transformation and social media communication in B2B, B2C and e-Commerce, Edith reorganized entire marketing departments to prepare them for the agile and digital realities of current and future marketing challenges. Repeatedly bridging organizational and cultural barriers from Asia to Europe and back, she succeeds at taking both a local and global perspective on strategic and operational aspect of the marketing discipline in organizations both large and small. Edith holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Communications from Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Germany and currently heads the Swiss marketing organization for the global staffing firm Manpower Group.
Prof. Dr. Claus Schreier
Claus Schreier earned his Doctorate in International Management (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2001 from the European Business School, International University in Germany. In 1997 he graduated with a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Konstanz and in 1999 with a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hagen. After his doctoral studies, he spent 3 years as a Senior Business Consultant for CSC Switzerland and another 3 years as a partner and management consultant for Prime-IT Consulting in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an Assoc. Professor and fulltime faculty member at Mahidol University International College (MUIC) in Bangkok, Thailand and is a lecturer in International and Intercultural Management. Furthermore, he is an adjunct professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Business (www.hslu.ch/ibr) in Switzerland. He has lectured at various institutions in Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Thailand. Important steps in his professional career include Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), Winterthur Life&Pensions, Swiss Life (Switzerland) as well as UNESCAP in Bangkok/Thailand (www.unescap.org). His consulting company “Die Kulturarchitekten” (www.kulturarchitekten.ch) is specialised in international and intercultural issues.
Dr. Anna Sender-Jedrzejewska
Anna Sender is an expert in strategic and international human resource management (HRM). She earned her master’s in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, and her PhD in management from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Before starting her PhD studies, Anna worked ten years for international companies in Poland and in Switzerland’s consulting and financial sectors. She currently lectures or has lectured at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Business (www.hslu.ch/ibr), the University of Lucerne, the University of Fribourg, and the University of Basel. In her teaching, she specializes in strategic human resource management, talent management, and HR analytics. Her research focuses on international HRM, talent management, compensation, and non-standard work (gig work, temporary work). She has acquired and led several applied research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse. Furthermore, Anna is the leader of the CRANET project (www.cranet.org) in Switzerland.
Prof. Dr. Ingo Stolz
Ingo Stolz is passionate about developing international leadership skills in current and future leaders. To do this, he brings his international career to the classroom. He worked abroad for 10+ years, in Belgium, China, France, Russia and the US. While abroad, he led, managed and consulted on international projects in for-profit, non-profit, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Ingo grew up in Germany, but left almost 20 years ago. He has lived in Switzerland since 2011. Since 2014, Ingo has worked for the Hochschule Luzern/Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as a lecturer and researcher in International Leadership, Head Executive Education IBR, Co-Head Competence Center Corporate Development, Leadership and Perssonel, Head Doctor of Business Administration DBA, Co-Head MAS International Management, Co-Head MAS Business Management, Co-Head CAS Leading Global Teams and Projects, and Deputy Head CAS International Management.
Hannah Wise is an international journalist, with 19 years of experience in front of the camera. She started her career at the BBC in London working on local and national news stories before relocating to Paris to become the anchor of their flagship breakfast program. In 2014 she moved to Switzerland and became an anchor for the new English language business channel CNNMoney Switzerland. Hannah loves to tell the stories behind the businesses that shape our economy as well as the challenges of a live and demanding interview.