Module leaders are international experts in their respective fields. Most of them come from other academic institutions, corporations and consulting practice. They come from Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., and the U.S. They have been selected because of their ability to provide a dynamic learning experience and to deliver the latest material in an engaging, practical and down-to-earth way.
We have also invited a group of executives who agreed to form an EMBA Executives Network. All of them are high achievers, internationally experienced and influential leaders, people with meaningful reflection on their own profession and external world. They will be available to faculty to advise them on modules content, serve as guest speakers, and provide practitioners’ views and insights on interesting issues and difficult problems faced by managers of today’s organisations. So far, the following executives from around the world have agreed to be part of the network and assist our faculty:


Wiktor Askanas, Ph.D. (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Dr Askanas is a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) at Fredericton, Canada, Lay Member of the Canadian Competition Tribunal, Professor of Strategic Management at L. Koźmiński University, founding member of the Polish Institute of Directors, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Management Investment Corporation, and a member of several boards of directors in Poland, Canada and the U.S. He is also former Dean of the Faculty of Business at UNB, IMC Budapest, Hungary and Yorkville University, Canada. Author of more than 150 publications related to strategic management, corporate governance and international business, Prof. Askanas is an internationally recognised teacher named by the National Post as Canadian Business Educator of the Year, 3M Corporation and Canadian Society for Higher Education Learning as 3M Fellow, and by UNB as A. P. Stuart Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

Module leader: Strategic Analysis

Robert D. Austin, Ph.D. (Carnegie Melon University)

Dr Austin is Associate Dean of MBA Programmes and Professor of Managing Creativity and Innovation at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. Previously he was Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, Canada, CEO of the CBS-SIMI Executive Foundation, a top provider of non-degree executive education in northern Europe. For many years, Dr Austin served as Chair of Harvard Business School’s executive programme for CIOs and is a former HBS Professor. Before joining Harvard Business School, he was a technology manager at the Ford Motor Company. Dr Austin’s research deals with management of knowledge-intensive activities with a particular focus on innovation.  He has an extensive publication record; his most recent book: Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know About How Artists Work, is a groundbreaking management book.

Module Leader: Innovation


Artur Czynczyk, MA (Warsaw University)

Artur Czynczyk is currently a Management Board Member and Chief HR Officer at Budimex. A sociologist who started his career at the Warsaw University, he switched fields to business management in 1993. He was the first Managing Director of the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Management Development and Consulting Center, promoted later to the position of HR Director at ABB Poland. In subsequent years, he became the HR Director responsible for Eastern Europe and Russia at Lucent Technologies Poland, and then HR Director at Elektrim SA. After Elektrim, he joined Honeywell and held positions as HR Director for Central and Eastern Europe, HR Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Brussels, and Vice-President for HR in the headquarters of Honeywell Process Solutions in the U.S. Prior to joining Budimex, he was the Senior Vice-President responsible for HR at Recall Corporation in the U.S.

Module leader: Human Resources Management

Daniel Doiron, MSc (MIT Sloan School of Management)

Professor Doiron is currently a senior member of the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada where he teaches subjects related to competitive strategy, new venture creation, managing technology & innovation and small business management, primarily at the graduate level. Previously he was Associate Professor at the University of Maine and taught Managing Innovation as part of the MBA curriculum. Daniel focuses his teaching pursuits through case based teaching, many of which he has written and published directly. Prior to joining UNB Daniel has over 20 years of experience from Canada and the U.S. at various senior managerial positions in the ICT industry. He served as the President and General Manager of NBTelinter Active (An NBTel Company). He has started four technology companies, including Prexar LLC and Trapster Inc. and thoroughly enjoys the art of technology innovation.

Module leader: Strategic Analysis



Eva K. Jermakowicz, Ph.D. (Warsaw Technical University), CPA

Dr Jermakowicz has taught accounting for more than twenty five years and has served as a consultant to international organisations and businesses. She is currently Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Department of Accounting at Tennessee State University. Previously she held positions on the faculties of the University of Southern Indiana and Warsaw Tech University in Poland. Her primary areas of interest are international accounting and finance. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and conference proceedings. Professor Jermakowicz is the co-author of International Financial Reporting Standards: A Framework-Based Perspective (upcoming), Wiley IFRS 10: Interpretation and Application of International Financial Reporting Standards and Wiley IFRS Policies and Procedures. She is a member of many professional organisations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, European Accounting Association, Financial Executive International, International Association for Accounting Education and Research, the Tennessee CPA Society, the Institute of Management Accountants and Fulbright Association.

Module leader: Business Accounting and Economics

Grzegorz Jędrzejczak, Ph.D. (Warsaw University)

Dr Jędrzejczak is currently a part-time professor at the Warsaw University, Chairman of the IBD Research Committee and an IBD Supervisory Board member. His current research interest concerns economic policy for promoting innovations in middle income countries. From 1993 till 2013, he was an international staff member at the World Bank, a leading specialist in the Private and Financial Sector Department in the Europe and Central Asia Region and the Country Manager in Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Prior to his work for the World Bank, he was Senior Advisor in the Central Office of Ownership Changes, and an Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Ownership Changes (Privatisation). As the department head responsible for creating the legal and institutional base for capital markets in the early years of Poland’s transformation into a market economy, Dr Jędrzejczak co-authored the Polish Privatisation Programme.

Module leader: Globalisation and World Economy



Bernadett Koles, Ed.D. (Harvard University); Ph.D. (Durham University, in progress)

Currently, a faculty member at ISCTE Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, she has previously held professorial positions in Hungary (Central European University) and in the U.S. (among others, Harvard University and Indiana University). Trained in psychology, marketing and education, her teaching portfolio includes courses in business psychology, decision-making, consumer behaviour, and methodological topics. In addition to her teaching and research duties, she has held various directorial posts at her prior institutions, and conducted large-scale studies at different international organisations. Dr Koles has authored a number of scientific articles, with her research portfolio and publications reflecting upon her multi-disciplinary background and expertise.

Module leader: Critical Analysis & Reflection

Hari Mann, Ph.D. (London School of Economics)

Dr Mann has over twenty years of experience in academia and business. His main interests are in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. His research looks at how businesses develop the culture, environment, and infrastructure to foster innovation and entrepreneurial activity. His new book relates to some of the world’s biggest tech giants, notably Google, Facebook and Apple. At Ashridge, Hari is Academic Director of the MBA and EMBA programmes, and Director of Open Enrolment programmes. He is a Professor of practice in Strategy and Innovation. Apart from Ashridge, Dr Mann has taught at London Business School, Stanford and Oxford University. He has been awarded the LSE Teaching Prize for teaching excellence. Hari has consulted on innovation and strategy with a wide range of FTSE 100 companies, as well as a number of UK and international government departments.

Module leader: Information Management



Thompson McDaniel, Jr., MBA (NYU Stern School of Business)

Currently Director of PwC’s Operational Excellence Consulting service line in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). Originally from the U.S., Tom has lived and worked in CEE for the past 18 years, primarily as a Management Consultant specialised in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Tom has supported numerous multinational organisations and regional enterprises in their efforts to restructure, develop new supply chains, and expand into emerging markets both through green-field investment and acquisition.  He has also extensive academic experience having spent 8 years on the faculty of the Central European University Business School, and having taught at the Executive MBA level at The GISMA School in Germany, The American University in Bulgaria, and The City University of Seattle’s European programmes, as well as several others. Tom has lead and authored numerous thought leadership studies and published in academic journals.

Module leader: Global Operations and Supply Chain

Jan Nowak, Ph.D. (University of Warsaw)

Currently, Director of MBA Programmes at the IBD Business School in Poland. He has over 35 years of academic and administrative experience with higher-education institutions in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Dr Nowak has held the positions of MBA Programme Director and Director of a Management Training Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada, MBA Programme Co-ordinator at University of South Pacific in Fiji, and Academic Area Co-ordinator and Faculty Chair at the Central European University in Budapest. He has developed many training courses and degree programmes in business management. Dr Nowak specialises in marketing and international business, the areas in which he teaches and conducts research, executive training and consulting. His publication record includes five books, over 50 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings, and numerous cases, book chapters and reports.

Module leader: Customers and Global Markets



Henryk Sterniczuk, Ph.D. (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Professor of Management and International Business and former Director of MBA at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada, Dr Sterniczuk serves as Chairman of the IBD Academic Committee. In 1990, he was an Advisor to the Government Plenipotentiary for Ownership Changes and then to the Minister of Privatisation. He is Founding President of the Centre for Privatisation, the first professional training organisation in Poland. In 1992-1993 Professor Sterniczuk set up the Institute of Privatisation and Management in Moscow and Nizhni Novgorod. In 1993-98 he was Founder and President of the International Institute of Business in Ukraine and Co-founder of similar institutions in Belarus and Kazakhstan. His current work concerns the role of relations between society and economy in generating innovations. Henryk’s last book, co-authored with Krzysztof Lis, is on corporate governance in Poland.

Module leader: Managing people in a Global Context

Sandy Vaci, BSc (Victoria University)

Sandy Vaci has a senior international executive experience across 50+ countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He built and managed business for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Cadbury International, Royal Bank of Canada and Citibank Consumer Bank.For the past 5 years, Sandy has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Credit Bank of Moscow, the most successful and fastest growing non-government bank in Russia. He lectures in MBA and Executive MBA at select European universities and splits his remaining time among his Board, Advisory and Charitable activities across the world. He is also chairman and part owner of Bay Devonshire Ltd, a U.K. based global advisory boutique. His four books on global best practices have been published in the UK. A Canadian citizen of Hungarian origin, Sandy divides his time between Toronto, Vienna and Budapest.

Module leader: Account Management


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