Graduate School of Business

MBA Programme

GSB Staff, Guest Speakers and Advisory Committee Members

USP's MBA faculty are selected for their ability to interact effectively with adult MBA students. They possess internationally recognised credentials. All have postgraduate education and business experience. A substantial number hold PhDs. Lecturers have been educated at world famous universities in Australia, India, Europe and USA. They have performed consulting assignments for some of the world's best-known companies and international institutions. To date, the faculty have come from Australia, Canada, the UK, USA, Germany, India, and Fiji. Visiting professors from major business schools worldwide further enrich the experience of students who pursue their MBA degree at USP.

GSB Faculty

GSB Faculty

Professor Gurmeet Singh is the Head of the Graduate School of Business and Director of MBA programme. He teaches Marketing on the MBA programme. He has over 21 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy and executive training for industries. He held teaching and research assignments at various universities in India and Africa. He has a wide range of teaching and research experience and has not only taught but developed various courses in the area of marketing and management both at graduate and undergraduate levels.

He has contributed more than 100 articles in leading International journals and International conferences including more than 50 articles in ABDC and other ranked international journals. Dr. Singh was editor of Journal of Pacific Studies (2010-2017) an ABDC ranked Journal. Presently he is an associate editor for ABDC ranked Journal of Global Marketing (Taylor Francis) and section edition editor for Australasian Journal of Information Systems a journal ranked A by ABDC. He is also a member of Editorial Review Board for Journal of Business Research, a top tier (A ranked) Journal published by Elsevier. He is the recipient of 2008 ‘Japan’s outstanding research on development Award’ and 2016 ‘Amity Global Academic Excellence Award’. He has done a number of consulting projects for Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF), Fiji Public Service Commission and PICPA. He has won research grants from major funding agencies including PARDI, GDN, ODN and USP SRT and FRC funding. His current research interests include Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, business ethics, Food security and Food consumption behavior, e-Governance for improving service quality, open innovation and service operations management.


Please click here to view Prof. Singh's publications on USP Electronic Research Repository.  

Prof. Gurmeet Singh
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 3231386       
E-mail: gurmeet.singh(at)


Dr. Halahingano Tu‘akolo Rohorua is the Deputy Head of the Graduate School of Business. She recently joined the Graduate School of Business MBA programme as a fulltime senior staff after 17 years of service with The University of Waikato, Hamilton New Zealand. At The University of Waikato Dr Rohorua taught accounting and economics. Dr Rohorua was also a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics as a member of the research team in the Pacific Islands New Zealand and Australian Labour Migration project working in collaboration with the World Bank and Stanford University. Dr Rohorua gained her BA (majoring in Mathematics and Economics) and MBA (gold medalist) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. She gained her PhD from University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dr Rohorua has lived in Tonga, Fiji, Australia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand and worked previously in the fields of education and banking.

To date Dr Rohorua has carried out applied research, teaching, assessment evaluations and curriculum development in various areas of economics, accounting, mathematics, finance and data analysis.

Dr Rohorua has publications in The World Bank Economic Review published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Economics Bulletin, World Development, Asia Pacific Development Journal, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, Health Economics, IZA Discussion Papers, New Zealand Economic Papers and the Economics Department of University of Waikato Working Papers.

Before joining, the Graduate School of Business Dr Rohorua also taught Quantitative Business Analysis, Business Economics, South Pacific Business Environment, Accounting, and Finance courses in the MBA programme


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Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 323 1998; Email: halahingano.rohorua(at)

Editorial Board member: Journal of International Education and Practice

Dr Ofer Zwikael's research focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of projects with emphasis on public sector management. Dr Zwikael is the author of two books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers that have appeared in a variety of academic journals and conference proceedings, including top journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management and the British Journal of Management. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management. Dr Zwikael is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), IRL, PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). Dr Zwikael is the recipient of the International Project Management Association's Outstanding Research Contributions Award.

Adjunct Professor Raghuvar Dutt Pathak, after attaining the age of compulsory retirement at USP, is now serving as a Adjunct Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business. He teaches Organisational Behaviour on the MBA Programme. He had joined USP in 1999 and served as Professor & Head of the Graduate School of Business & Director of MBA Programme from December 2009 to January 2019 as well as Head of the Department of Management & Public Administration (MPA) for 6 years from 2000 to 2006. He was also Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). Before joining USP, he was Professor & Director & Dean of the Institute of Management Studies of Devi Ahilya University at Indore, India (1993-1999), Director of University Research and Development, Head of the School of Defense and Management Studies, and Programme Director of the International Institute of Professional Studies at Devi Ahilya University , Indore, India . He has also worked as a 'Fellow' in the Manchester Business School, UK; Department of Management, The University of Melbourne, Australia; and more recently at the Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia.

Professor Pathak has received Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Best Teacher Award in the Faculty of Business and Economics) in 2017 Learning and Teaching Forum; 2018 Vice-Chancellor Award for innovation, and also Vice-Chancellor’s awards for Research Excellence.

He has also participated and presented papers in more than 75 national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He is also on the Editorial Boards of international journals (including Management Research News from Emerald publishers) and a reviewer for leading international conferences including Academy of Management (USA). He is a Member of leading associations including Academy of Management, USA; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA; and formerly - Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Local chapter of the Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG); and also a Member of the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) Council of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).  

Dr. Pathak has provided consultancy to various public and private sector corporations (including ITC, Hindustan Levers, and Whirlpool India), International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Ministry of National Planning of Fiji. He has also been a Trainer for a number of organizations including the Public Service Commission of Fiji.  


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Adjunct Professor Dr. Vijay Pereira
PhD (IHRM); MCMI; MSc (IHRM); PG (SRM); LL. B; PG (DLS); B. Com

Dr. Vijay Pereira is an Associate Professor (International and Strategic Human Capital Development) at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has experience and expertise in consulting, industry and academia, globally. He has a successful track record of attracting funding and has published widely, in over 100 outlets. He is currently the Associate Editor (Strategy and Organization-Behavior) at the top-ranked Journal of Business Research.Dr. Pereira was the Associate Dean (Research) at the Australian University of Wollongong, Dubai and is a visiting scholar at Manchester and Portsmouth Universities, UK. Dr. Pereira has published widely, in leading international journals, such as HRM US, Journal of World Business, International Journal of HRM, Journal of Business Research, HRM Review, Journal of International Management, and International Journal of Production Research, among others. He is currently on the editorial and advisory board for the journals Production and Operations Management (Listed in Financial Times), International Journal of HRM, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Business & Management Journal and South Asian History and Culture. Dr. Pereira has written and edited (published and forthcoming) 10 books and has been involved in over 10 special issues on important topical areas in top tier journals. He is one of the leading experts on outsourcing and offshoring and culture and identity in a business and management context.


Adjunct Fellow Dr. Benedito Waqailiti joined the MBA program after pursuing his Ph.D. studies at Griffith University, Gold Campus, Australia. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Canberra he joined the School of Management and Public Administration (USP) lecturing in Organization Behavior, Human Resources Management, Marketing, and Management. In addition, he conducted Summer Schools and consulted middle managers cohort groups in regional centers such as Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Is, Nauru, Kiribati, and Fiji. Ben’s areas of interest include female small business entrepreneurship, new venture creation, South Pacific business environment, and services marketing.

Mr. Benedito Waqailiti
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 3231995         

E-mail: benedito.waqailiti(at)

Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch is Chair of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association [AMBA & BGA] and heads the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. For more than 10 years, he served as founding Dean of the WU Executive Academy.

Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates (a Ph.D. in International Marketing and a D.Litt. in Corporate Social Responsibility) from the University of Manchester (UK) and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University (Thailand). Starting at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble in Germany, he continued his career at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Berkeley. Appointments as British Rail Chair of Marketing at the University of Wales (UK) and Professor of International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA) followed.

He serves on several business school advisory boards in Europe and Asia and is member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He holds/held visiting appointments, for example at the Universities of Minnesota (USA), Keio (Japan), Leeds (UK), Sun Yat-Sen (China), Cologne (Germany) and the Indian School of Business (India), and has taught in over 30 countries.

Prof. Schlegelmilch received numerous teaching and research awards as well as Fellowships from the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Marketing Science and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His research interests span from international marketing strategy to CSR, and his work has been published in a wide range of books and journals, such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of World Business. He also serves /served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review and many others, and was the first European Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing, published by the American Marketing Association.

Cornelius J. König is Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saarland University in Germany and currently Dean of the Faculty of Human and Business Sciences there. His research focuses on time management issues such as meetings, personnel selection (e.g., faking), job insecurity and firing practices, and the science-practitioner gap. He received his PhD in psychology from the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He has published more than 80 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology, one co-edited and one co-authored book plus 18 book chapters. He is an Associate editor of Personnel Assessment and Decisions and International Journal of Selection and Assessment as well as editorial board member for several journals. His work has been founded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Union, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), among others. Together with a colleague, he has also funded a consulting company called KOMIT (Kompetenzzentrum Mensch, Innovation & Technik).

Sabina Nielsen is Professor of International Management at the University of Sydney Business School and further holds a Professorship in Strategic Leadership and Diversity at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She received her PhD from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and was visiting scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Arizona State University, USA. Sabina’s research focuses on the composition, dynamics and decision-making of top management teams and boards of directors and appears in the top international journals such as Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, and Strategic Organization, among others. Sabina has received numerous national and international awards for excellence in research as well as several prestigious research grants from the research councils of Switzerland, Denmark and the European Union. Sabina also served as a grant accessor for the Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium and the Israel Science Foundation. Since 2007, she has been actively involved in the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the European Academy of Management (EURAM) as a representative-at-large and a track chair. She has also served on panels as well as an organizer of multiple Doctoral and Mid-career consortia at the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Strategic Management Society. She is also a co-founder of the European Network of Top Management Teams and Strategy and Founding Director of the Global Governance and Management Research Group at University of Sydney. Sabina was also actively involved in the Australian Census of Women in Leadership and has conducted research on women in leadership in collaboration with the Workforce Gender Equality Agency of Australia (WGEA). She was invited to the Catalyst CEO Summit in Europe and has given numerous talks about women in leadership around the world. Sabina is currently working on a research project on Women in Leadership in the South Pacific.

Danny Samson is Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne (since 1988), was Head of the Department of Management in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce for three years (2002-4), and was Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development there. He has an honours degree in chemical engineering (UNSW) and a PhD in management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (1984). His work history includes three years as an engineer at ICI Australia, appointment as a lecturer at AGSM, five years as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois and ten years as the Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. He was Associate Dean (Development) in the Faculty of Economics and commerce from 1998 to 2001.

His board experience includes nine years (maximum term) on the board of the TAC in Victoria, an insurer with $6 billion in assets. He also served on the Board of the Australian Institute of Management, and its state board in Victoria. He has regularly been an advisor to boards, especially SMEs, in both manufacturing and logistics businesses.

While professor at Melbourne Business School, he founded and directed the Centre for Manufacturing Management for over a decade. It conducted research and ran a large number of short courses for manufacturing executives and managers. During that time, he wrote a book on Technology Management. He worked as a consultant to many companies in Australia and beyond, especially in formulating manufacturing/ operations and business strategies.

He has published over one hundred academic research articles in journals, and a dozen books on various aspects of Management. He is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Operations Management Research. His book, co-authored with Tom Bevington, “Implementing Strategic Change” identifies that organizations literally waste one-third of their resources through built in process noise, at process interface steps. This noise can be substantially reduced. His most recent book, published by Oxford University Press in 2016, is titled Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Value creation. It contains survey research results of over 2000 Australian organisations and 25 case studies.

During his academic career, he has been a consultant to senior executives in most manufacturing industries and in numerous service sector organisations. These include major companies in the food, building products, paper and printing, chemicals, processing, banking, engineering/ construction and other industries, in Australia and elsewhere. This included ten years working on corporate strategy with the CEO and top team of a major bank with networks and brands in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. He designed and delivered six programs to 250 health systems executives and managers in Victoria in 2010-2014, known as Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management. He regularly provides industry and executive seminars and has participated in a number of committees and industry bodies including appointment as a member of the Australian Manufacturing Council and the Commonwealth Government Industry Task Force on Leadership and Management (Karpin committee). He has undertaken numerous studies in technology management including the DIST sponsored study on “International Best Practices in Technology Management”.

Kosmas X. Smyrnios PhD
RMIT University Australia

Kosmas is Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, in the School of Management, RMIT University. Kosmas was a past Foundation Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy and former Associate Editor of the Family Business Review journal, and a former Foundation Board Member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA).

Kosmas has developed an extensive applied research record with over 150 international and national refereed publications in different disciplines, including marketing, psychology, family therapy, physics, management, and accounting. Kosmas has established international credentials in family business, having been involved in a number of prominent national and international research projects.

Kosmas has undertaken a number of research consultancy projects for prominent multinational corporations including AXA, the Commonwealth Bank, MGi Australasia, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BDO Chartered Accountants, and Family Business Australia. Professor Smyrnios is also frequently called upon to provide expert media commentary on pertinent matters relating to family business and entrepreneurship.

Professor Smyrnios has secured over $1.5m in competitive and industry research funding and has supervised 30 PhD candidates to successful completion, the projects of which include family business best practice, organizational resilience, strategic and marketing capabilities, information systems capabilities, accounting and strategic management education, business coaching, and the biological and genetic basis of narcissism.

Professor Luiz Moutinho (BA, MA, PhD, FCIM)
Professor Moutinho is Visiting Professor of Marketing at Suffolk Business School, Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, England, and at the Universidade Europeia and the Marketing School, Portugal. He is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. During 2015 - 2017 he was a professor of BioMarketing and Futures Research at the DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland. This was the first Chair in the world on both domains - BioMarketing and Futures Research. Previously, and for 20 years, he had been appointed as the Foundation Chair of Marketing at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017 Luiz Moutinho received a degree of Professor Honoris Causa from the University of Tourism and Management Skopje, FYR Macedonia. His areas of research interest encompass bio-marketing, neuroscience in marketing, algorithmic self, EmoWear - a wearable tech device that detects human emotions, evolutionary algorithms, human-computer interaction, the use of artificial neural networks in marketing, modelling consumer behaviour, futures research, marketing futurecast and tourism and marketing. Professor Moutinho has over 150 articles published in refereed academic journals, 34 books and more than 12,000 academic citations, the h-index of 51 and the i10-index of 178 (February, 2019).

David Parker BA MSc PhD CEng CertEd is a Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Queensland specialising in process analytics, project management and operations management. His consultancy and research interests include lean systems, strategic service operations, project-based management and supply chain management. His most recent book publications are Managing Projects, Mana aging People (2008) Palgrave-McMillan, and Operating System Models in Operations Management: An integrated approach (2OO8), Cambridge University Press. He has extensive academic journal articles and conference papers; and has consulted to British Airways, Saab, Fonterra, Qld Treasury, Marks & Spencer, GE Money, HSBC, Tl Engineering, Triumph, Sports Girl, amongst numerous other international firms.

Prof Raghbendra Jha, PhD (Columbia), FWIF is professor of economics and executive director Australia South Asia Research Centre in the Australian National University, Canberra. He was Head Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in the Australian National University during 2014-2017.

He completed his B.A. (Hons.) in economics from St. Stephen’s College (1973), Delhi University in 1973 and his M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics (1975) in Delhi University. .He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 1977 and 1978 respectively.

He has taught at Columbia University and Williams College in the US, Queen’s University in Canada, University of Warwick in the UK and Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in India before coming to the Australian National University in 2001.

He specialises in the areas of public economics, development economics and macroeconomics and teaches graduate courses in these areas. He has published dozens of books with major publishers including Oxford University Press, Routledge, Macmillan, World Scientific Press, Edward Elgar and several others. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in major international journals and other refereed outlets including Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Public Finance, Public Choice, Public Finance Quarterly, Applied Economics, Asian Economic Policy Review, History of Economics Review, European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Policy Modelling, International Review of Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, Economic Change and Restructuring, Journal of Asian Economics, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Agricultural Economics, World Development, World Economy, Development and Change, Information Economics and Policy, Resources Policy, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Economic Review, Indian Economic Journal, among several others. He is on the editorial board of several major economics journals.

He has consulted widely for organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program, WIDER, United Nations Economic Commission on Africa, Department for International Development, Reserve Bank of India, and Government of India, among others. He is a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation and a member of Marquis Who’s Who in the World. He has supervised 24 PhD students.

Pawan Budhwa is a Professor of International HRM at Aston Business School, an Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International (India), Aston University and the Joint-Director of Aston India Centre for Applied Research, Birmingham, UK. He received his doctorate from Manchester Business School, UK. Pawan is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Management. He is the co-founder and first (now past) President of Indian Academy of Management, an affiliate of the Indian Academy of Management (USA). Pawan’s research interests are in the broad area of managing human resources in emerging markets with a specific focus on India. He has published over 110 articles in leading journals and has also written and/or co-edited 18 books. He has guest edited around a dozen special issues of leading journals.

Pawan has regularly received research grants from a variety of funding bodies, including the industry. He has served as an advisor to the Commonwealth Commission for scholarships and fellowships for six years and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Indian Academy of Management. He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has successfully organised a number of major International conferences, has served as a track chair on many international conferences and has regularly organized professional development workshops at the major international conferences. He was the All Academy of Management Caucuses Chair in 2009. He has been regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at major conferences and has won many teaching and research related awards.

Dr. Siggi Gudergan is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business within the University of the South Pacific, and Professor of Strategy and Deputy Dean of Waikato Management School within the University of Waikato. He has the equivalents of a Bachelor and Master degree, respectively, in business administration and economics from the RWTH-Aachen (Aachen University of Technology in Germany), and has gained a PhD in Management from the former Australian Graduate School of Management that was awarded by both the University of Sydney and UNSW. His research and consulting focuses on three areas: Business Strategy & Strategic Management (including entrepreneurship, innovation, organisational change & performance; and international business & management); Services & Customer Decision Making; and Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM).

Professor Sunil Poshakwale is a Professor of International Finance in the School of Management of Cranfield University, England since 2006. As Director of Centre for Research in Finance, he has led the development of high quality industry relevant research. He has published over 50 research papers in top finance journals and has presented over 60 papers in international conferences and seminars all over the world. He has successfully supervised many PhD and DBA students who work in prestigious universities and financial services both in the UK and worldwide. Sunil was named as the Best Professor of Financial Management by Asia’s Business School Awards and as one of the most influential ‘Management Gurus’ of Indian origin by Business India. He was named as one of the fifty top faces of Cranfield’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Professor Sunil Poshakwale has wide-ranging consulting experience in the area of international finance, investments and governance matters. He has served as finance expert on several projects of international banks and financial institutions. Professor Sunil Poshakwale’s industry led-research on ‘Quality of Corporate Governance and Firm Performance’ has been used by MAPFRE for launching a ‘Good Governance Fund’. His earlier work on ‘Gender Diversity’ was used by March Gestion Fondos in developing their investment strategies. His work on ‘Political Risk’ was extensively used by Atradius. He is currently developing research with an Emerging Market Focused Macro Hedge Fund. Well recognised for his finance expertise, he is regularly interviewed by print, radio and television media for his expert views on global finance. His views on global finance and economy are broadcast on the BBC World Service, TRT Television, and Sputnik International.

Professor Sunil Poshakwale has been a backbone of Cranfield’s growth in finance research and MSc programmes. As Director of Cranfield’s finance MSc programmes until 2016, he helped drive the School of Management into the top league of schools offering Financial Times ranked finance masters. He got the CFA recognised status for Cranfield and developed international partnership and student exchange programme with Freie University in Berlin.

Before joining Cranfield in 2006, Sunil held academic positions in a number of UK Business Schools; as a Professor of Finance in the University of Hull (2004-2006), as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in University of Birmingham (1998-2004), and as a Lecturer in the University of Kent (1997-1998). Before arriving in the UK, Sunil worked in the academia (Institute of Management Studies 1989-1994) and held a number of senior positions in the industry in India. He has received several prestigious international scholarships and awards including the Rotary International Scholarship for visiting Argentina (1992), Euro-Asia Centre Scholarship from INSEAD (1993), Shastri Indo-Canadian Scholarship for pursuing research in Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and the Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his PhD in Manchester Business School, Manchester University, UK. Being an alumnus, he has been a visiting Professor to the Manchester Business School’s Global MBA programme for the last 18 years and has delivered finance courses all over the world.

Professor Sunil Poshakwale is an expert in international finance and emerging markets. He has published extensively in top finance journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, International Review of Financial Analysis, Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting, Global Finance Journal, Applied Financial Economics, etc. His work on the Emerging Chinese Financial Markets won the China Accounting and Finance Review, (CAFR) Best Research Paper Award. His work on portfolio flows in emerging markets was adjudged as the best paper in the Journal of Emerging Markets Finance by Sage. Professor Sunil Poshakwale has chaired special sessions and delivered key-note speeches in many international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of several finance journals and regularly referees research papers for a number of high quality finance journals. Sunil has successfully supervised several PhD and DBA students. Sunil's research interests include corporate governance, investments, asset pricing, financial regulations, international finance & investments, and risk management. He serves on the editorial board of Global Finance Journal, and Annals of Financial Economics.

Dr. Arup Varma is Professor of Management at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. Dr. V, as he is popularly known, joined Loyola in 1996 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999, and tenured in 2002. In 2006, he was promoted to full Professor.

He holds a PhD in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Rutgers University, New Jersey, an M.S. (1984) in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (with honors) from XLRI, Jamshedpur (India); and a B.S. (1982) in Economics (with honors) from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta (India).

He has been a visiting professor at Beijing International MBA (Peking University, China), Great Lakes Institute of Management (India), and XLRI – School of Business and Human Resources (India), University of Gdansk (Poland), and Visiting Scholar at Aston University, Birmingham (U.K.) and the University of Gottingen (Germany). He has presented research seminars and lectured in numerous countries around the world, including China, Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Singapore, and the U.K., etc.

He has received numerous awards at Loyola, for teaching (in 2003 and 2012), for research excellence in 2004, 2011, and 2017) and for service in 2012 and 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award (for Academics) from his alma mater, XLRI (Jamshedpur, India).

He teaches several HR/OB courses and has conducted several hundred hours of management development seminars covering topics such as Leadership, Motivation, and Problem Solving, etc. He has consulted with numerous multinational organizations on strategic issues. His current focus is on helping organizations achieve alignment between individual and corporate strategic goals.

His research interests include performance management and expatriate adjustment issues. He has published over 100 articles in leading journals and magazines, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He has co-edited 6 books and contributed over 40 book chapters. He has also presented over 100 papers at leading national and international conferences.

He is regularly invited to speak at multinational corporations and academic and professional associations.

His hobbies include cooking, cricket, and traveling to exotic and not-so-exotic places.

Faculty from USP

Faculty from USP

Professor Arvind Patel is the Acting Dean of Faculty of Business (FBE) and Economics since 1 June 2016. Graduate of the University of South Pacific (BA), University of New South Wales (MCom) and University of Queensland (PhD). Members of Certified Public Accountants (Aust), Fiji Institute of Accountants and Board member of Fiji Institute of Internal Auditors. Have served or am serving on various university committees, including the senate, academic standards and quality committee, faculty board, faculty executive committee, faculty staff review committee, faculty publications committee, faculty research committee and senior treasurer of USPSA. Published in leading international journals. Research interest include corporate governance, auditing, financial reporting, ethics and gender studies. Contributes extensively to community work in various capacities.


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Professor Anand Chand is the Head of School of School of Management and Public Administration, FBE, USP. He has a BA (Tasmania, Australia), Post-Graduate Diploma (USP), Diploma in Business Studies (Canterbury, NZ), MA in Human Resource (USP), MA in Research Methods (Manchester, UK), PhD (University of Cardiff, Wales, UK). He has been teaching, conducting research, doing consultations and publishing for the last 33 years. He specialises in the areas of HRM, PMS, Employment Relations and Global Supply Chains. He has extensive experience in conducting researching and doing consultancy for international agencies. For example, he has conducted research for ILO, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), EU/USP Employment and Labour Market Programme, Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) and Australian Council of Agricultural Research ACIAR/PARDI. He has published 2 books, 2 monographs, 6 book chapters, and 50 articles in international journals. Anand has also presented around 42 papers at international conferences. He has visited and taught in a number of South Pacific Islands countries and is well versed about the South Pacific countries.    


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Professor Stephen Pratt is Professor of the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management The University of the South Pacific. He was appointed to this position in September 2018. Previously he was Assistant Professor at the School of Hotel & Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from January 2013. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney.

His research interests include sustainable tourism development (economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of tourism), tourism in small island states and tourist behavior. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in such journals as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Economics. Stephen is an Executive Council Member of International Association for Tourism Economics.


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Dr. Nacanieli Rika has a PhD in Accounting. He is Associate Dean Planning & Quality in FBE and a Senipr Lecturer at the School of Accounting & Finance. He teaches Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory. His research interests include Public Sector Accounting and Auditing, Environmental Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Indigenous Accounting.


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Dr. Rup Singh is the Acting Head of School and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics (USP). He teaches postgraduate Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics and Business Statistics (for the MBA program). He posses strong empirical and modeling skills. Rup has working knowledge of statistical packages such as STATA, E-views, MicroFit and GEMPAC. His publications in the areas of monetary policy, trade and economic growth are in internationally ranked journals. He has recently completed his PhD in Growth Economics. He has won the Oceania Development Network (2011) research award and the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Award (2010). He was awarded gold medal for the best Masters thesis (2007) which got published in USA. Rup has been consulted by various UN organizations for a number of research assignments concerning broader areas of economic growth and development challenges.


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Dr. Sunil Kumar obtained a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of the South Pacific. My current substantive position is Senior Lecturer in Economics in the School of Economics. I have numerous years of teaching experience in the areas of Econometrics, Development Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Economic Statistics and various other subjects. I have been involved in teaching Policy Analysis to Pacific Island Students. I have substantial experience in constructing Input-output Tables and using various econometric techniques for analysing economic and social data. I also have experience in using CGE Models for policy analysis. I have been involved in the analysis of poverty and migration for the World Bank research under the GDN project. I have done a number of workshops for the Government of Fiji in my capacity as an economist. I have recently worked for the Forum Secretariat on the EPA trade negotiations for three Pacific Island states. I have a number of publications in the areas of income distribution, poverty, economic sector analysis and migration, renewable energy and economic issues in general. I have also done an article on the effects of global economic crisis on PICs, which will be published in the Commonwealth Journal later this year. My contribution to policy in Fiji has come about through numerous avenues, including media but more formally through Fiji Economic Update. I have also contributed to development Dialogues in the region, namely Tonga and Kiribati.  


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Dr. Atishwar Pandaram is a lecturer at the School of Management and Public Administration, USP. He joined the School from the beginning of semester two in 2003. Earlier, he had his secondary and tertiary education in Fiji and Australia. His undergraduate specialization includes mathematics, science, accounting and financial management and economics. Furthermore, he possesses postgraduate qualifications in accountancy, management and economics. Dr. Pandaram has industry experience, from both Fiji and Australia. These encompass management consulting, accountancy, taxation, and information technology. In addition, he has participated in a number of consultation projects. These include UNDP/UNESCO projects.


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Dr. Neelesh Gounder  is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Economics at USP. He has a PhD in economics from Griffith University. Dr. Goundar teaches MBA439, Business Economics course with the Graduate School of Business. He is also a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Dr Gounder is a recipient of the Greg Taylor Award in 2016 by the Australian National University. His research areas include governance and institutions, trade and poverty, and banking and finance.


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Dr Sione Paea is a is a lecturer in Mathematics at School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences (USP) who graduated with a PhD in Mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics courses at USP since 2013. Dr. Paea teaches MBA431 - Quantitative Business Analysis with the Graduate School of Business. Dr Paea is passionate about teaching, something that he considers as his core contribution to enrich learning in the Pacific. He has invested his life in teaching and mentoring the hearts and minds of students, as ultimate users, to become wise and genius in mathematics. This is particularly important now-a-days because students’ mathematical experience is highly prioritised by most employers. He is interested in doing research on nano-crystal growth, coal pyrolysis, card sorting, and differential equation application. His words of encouragement: “Never quit, aim high, and think big. Never ever think small about yourself. You have to desire and drive to be the best. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it.”


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Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty

Professor Arvinder S. Chawla is currently holding the position of Vice Chancellor at RIMT University in Punjab.

With a career spanning over 39 years in the teaching profession, Prof. A.S. Chawla held various leadership positions in Punjabi University, Patiala and the University of Rwanda. His important assignments in Punjabi University include Dean Academic Affairs (2014-16) Dean Research (2016-17), Registrar (2011-2014) Dean, Colleges Development Council (2010- 2011), Dean Faculty of Business Studies (2008-2010), Head school of management Studies, Dean, Resource Mobilization and Advancement (2007-2017), Director International Students (2015-2017) Director, Centre for Management and Information technology, Mohali. In the University of Rwanda, he was Dean, Faculty of Management Studies (2002-2004) Professor and Head Department of Finance (2000-2002). Besides being a Professor of Management for two decades and holding several administrative positions, he has been the member of all statutory and other administrative bodies of Punjabi University— University Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council, Board of Finance, Board of Planning and Monitoring, University Research Board, Faculty and Board of Studies. He has also been a member of Senate of Thapar University, Governing Council and Board of management of RBU, Academic Council of LPU and Member of Board of Studies and Research boards of Kurukshetra University, Himachal Pradesh. University and Guru Nanak Dev University, Member of Managing Board of Human Resource Management Centre of GNDU.

Prof. Chawla has been a member of various Research Project Evaluation Committees and Inspection Committees of AICTE and National Board of Accreditation, member of Expert Committee for Award of Commonwealth Fellowship and on Editorial and Advisory Boards of several research journals.

In his professional career, he worked as Financial Advisor in a Kenyan Business Conglomerate (1995-1997). He participated in "Making Markets Work" and CPCL at Harvard Business School and was associated with Harvard Business School for coordinating their Executive Education initiative in East and South African Region. He also coordinated various projects in collaboration with USAID, Ministry of Health - Government of Rwanda.

Prof. Chawla is a widely traveled person. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Wilkes University, USA and University of South Pacific, Fiji. He has also been involved with universities in more than two dozen countries (including USA, Canada, Germany, Scotland, France, China, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Ethiopia) for forging academic collaborations.

He has supervised 25 students for Ph. D. degree, has 65 research papers, articles published in reputed journals and authored/edited 11 books. He has also been the member of professional societies and on the board of Directors of Priknit Retails limited and Forward Market Commission in India. He is a training consultant with many government and private organizations in India and had run MDP’s for organizations Namely PSEB (now PSPCL), HSEB, NFL, Public sector banks in the areas of leadership, team building, Finance for non-finance executives.

Known for his academic and administrative skills Prof. Chawla has walked through his 39 years of professional journey with a positive approach in facing challenges and has always carried people along towards both organizational and individual growth.

Mata’afa Dr. Desmond U. Amosa is currently working as a private consultant following his service at Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration (PICPA), National University of Samoa, and the University of the South Pacific (USP).  As a private consultant, Mata’afa recently co-led a national study on Domestic Violence in Samoa funded by DFAT through the Samoa Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD). The study is being published by MWCSD in 2017 and is now used as a blueprint for the Government of Samoa’s national strategy to combat family violence. He is currently engaged as a private consultant for the USP Graduate School of Business; National University of Samoa; Samoa Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports; and World Life Fund (WWF).

Prior to becoming a private consultant, Mata’afa worked as a Regional Adviser for Capacity Development and Training for senior public officials in the region through the Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration (PICPA) for the last five years. Mata’afa has conducted more than 50 workshops for senior public officials in the region on Project and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E); Public Policy Analysis and Implementation; Public Service Ethics and Decision-Making; and Leadership in the Public Sector.

Mata’afa also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Samoa (NUS) following his service as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific. 

His main areas of interest in teaching and researching are public policy and administration, public policy monitoring and evaluation; administrative ethics, budgeting, governance and public sector management. He has published extensively on these subjects in international journals focusing on Pacific Island Countries including Samoa. His latest book published by the Commonwealth Secretariat is on Social Policies in Samoa.

A Chartered Marketer (CIM, UK) and behavioural consultant (US), Prof. Dr. Patrick K C Low was teaching MBA in Leadership, Managing Negotiations, Change Management and Organizational Behaviour in Universiti Brunei Darussalam and is an Associate of the University of South Australia. And his previous recent appointment was the Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Marketing in the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP)/ Acting Dean Summer 2 2006. The then Visiting Professor of University of Malaya in Jan – Feb 2007 has an International PhD in Business and Management from the University of South Australia and his various work experiences include manufacturing, civil service, banking, trade/ sales distribution, training/ management consulting and the academia.  A practitioner-academician, Prof. Patrick Low also holds a Master of Business (International Marketing) from the CURTIN University of Technology and a BA - Political Science and Philosophy (Singapore). Awarded the Research Excellence 2013 by the Franklin Publications and the Researcher of the Year 2004/5 for Bang College of Business, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP), Professor Patrick Low, a prolific writer, is also the author of several books including (2006 (3rd.edition), 2002 revised, 2000) Strategic Customer Management (one of Border’s Top 10 Business Books as featured in Asian Entrepreneur), and Springer’s Leading Successfully in Asia (2013) and Successful Negotiating in Asia (2010). An advisory board member of the Emerald Insight’s Management Decision (2007 - 2014), Prof Low was also the Section Editor of Springer’s Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR) published 2015) and Encyclopaedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (2014) and he also managed several co-authors in writing several CSR topics in these two books.



Dr Peter Faga Mario retired from both private and public sector services in Fiji in December 2008 and joined the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji in January 2009, as a Lecturer with their MBA Program.

He holds a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration (DBA) and a Master of Management Degree (MMgt) both from Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) from the Australian Quality College, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

He is a former Professional Insurer and Reinsurer (General Insurance) and Fund Manager. Before his retirement, he was a registered and licensed Investment and Financial Adviser by the Capital Markets Development Authority of Fiji (CMDA).

Prior to joining USP as an academic, he worked in the private sector in Fiji from 1969 for 12 years at Southern Pacific Ins/National Ins/Tower Insurance (General Insurance Industry). In 1981, he became CEO of the Fiji Reinsurance Corporation Limited (Fiji Re) for 18 years. He joined the Unit Trust of Fiji (Management) Limited in 1999 and was CEO for 9 years. The Fiji Reinsurance and Unit Trust of Fiji are both Public Enterprises owned by the Government of Fiji.

Dr. Mario was also a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM). 

He has taught Strategic Management, Marketing and Human Resources Management (HRM) at the USP Graduate School of Business MBA Program for over 7 years. During this period, he taught at USP Campuses throughout Fiji (Suva, Labasa, Nadi), Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu (Oct/Nov., 2017). From February to June 2017, he was employed by Delaware State University (DSU), USA, as a Visiting Scholar of Management and taught Strategic Business Management and International Business Management to undergraduate students at the Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT), Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, Peoples Republic China.  Dr. Mario hail from the island of Rotuma, Fiji. He now lives permanently with his family in Papakura, South Auckland, New Zealand. 

Dr Sunia Vosikata is a regionally trained academic achieving credible qualification from the following reputable regional institutions: USP (Fiji) – BA (Economics and Management), MBA; University of Waikato (NZ) – MMS (Masters in Management Studies), UNSW (Australia) – PhD Philosophy (Management), PGCert - Higher Teaching (In progress), FULT (Foundation of university learning and teaching. 

His PhD thesis was declared to test the influence of social capital and networking ties on HR selection and decision making policies for the Fiji Public Service. In that regards, a key substantive contribution of the thesis for the public service is how social capital and networking ties influence the meritocracy of HR selection and decision. The findings are crucial for developing countries like Fiji and also important for comparable and developed economies. 

Qualification Accreditation 

Dr Vosikata is a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) institution and his most recent qualification (PhD Philosophy (Management) is accredited under the AQF and classified at the highest level of 10: (Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice). 

Professional Working Experience

Currently, he is a post-doctoral academic and researcher and a visiting lecturer with the Graduate School of Business at USP. He has also worked as a lecturer for Central Queensland University (Fiji campus) for 1.5 years, at USP’s School of Management and Public Administration for 7 years, the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato and has been Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales@The Australian Defence Force Academy – UG &PG for 3 ½ years, teaching HRM, Managing People Across Culture and Project Management.  Hence, he has taught a diverse crop of students from the South Pacific Islands, NZ and Australian managers whilst lecturing at Universities in Fiji, NZ and Australia, hence has extensive experience in consulting current and future managers on contemporary management theories and ideologies. 

Dr Vosikata was also employed by the Fiji Government in the Ministry of Home Affairs & Immigration for almost 22yrs.  


Has published a couple of papers and his publications will continue to grow given that his interests include researching the Pacific Rim and Developing Economies on how Social Capital, Networking Ties and Meritocracy influence the application of Management ideologies and its major sub-functions including HRM, International HRM, Strategic Management, Project Management and Management. 

Paper/Book Reviewer

Invited by the International Journal of Human Resources Management to review the paper titled: Contributions to the Planning of Human Resources in the Territorial Level on 20/09/16. 

Member of the reviewing team for the book titled – Organizational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Application by Wood, Zeffane, Fromholtz and Fitzgerald – published with Wiley Inc – ISBN 0470809515. 

Invited by Cengage Inc to review two chapters in the HRM textbook titled, Nankervis 10e for 2018 publication

In that regards, Dr Vosikata is keen to continue as a book reviewer and publisher in the future.

Public Policy Consultant

Dr Vosikata was also contracted as a Performance Appraisal expert by the ADB in 2015 and did some research on the importance of Performance Appraisal Measurement and Job Analysis (JA). Further, he has also consulted and currently reviewing certain South Pacific Island economies’ public sector HR systems, processes, practices and policies and their alignment to the strategic direction and bottom line. In this work, the objective is to identify disconnects and recommend the relevant policy changes as the guided by a rhetorical theoretical framework, given the current organizational characteristic data.

Dr. Ranjan Vaidya has recently been awarded a doctorate degree in Information Systems by the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Before joining the doctoral programme at the University of Auckland, Dr. Vaidya worked at the Centre for Electronic Governance, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Forest Management. At the Centre for Electronic Governance, he was working on World Bank sponsored impact assessment study of computerised citizen service centres, jointly conducted with the Information Systems and Innovation Group, London School of Economics. At the forest management institute, he was involved in various evaluation studies of forestry schemes of Government of India. Dr. Vaidya is the winner of the University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship. His doctoral thesis was also nominated for the best doctoral thesis of the Professors and Heads of Information Systems (PH-IS), New Zealand. His research articles have been presented in form of book chapters and conference proceedings (IFIP working group 8.6 and 9.4). His research interests include impact assessment of ICT and e-governance projects, applications of qualitative research methods in assessment of information technology projects, applications of critical research in information systems. The teaching interests of Dr. Vaidya particularly include both applications of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining the University of South pacific, he was teaching quantitative techniques at the University of Auckland Business School.




Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez currently holds a tenured position as Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at University of La Frontera, Chile. He earned a PhD in Forest Science (majored in Environmental & Resource Economics) (2010) from the University Austral of Chile. Previously, He earned a Master of Business Economics, by coursework (2002) and a BSc in Forestry (1996) from University of Concepcion, Chile. Dr. Gonzalez worked for USP as Lecturer in Environmental & Resource Economics at the School of Economics in 2013 and 2014. He joined the Graduate School of Business in 2015 as visiting lecturer for the course MBA 434 “South Pacific Business Environment” at Majuro Campus. Dr. Gonzalez also is an adjunct Fellow of the PaCE-SD program at USP. He has worked as Assistant Professor of Environmental & Resource Economics in Chile since 2008 and also spent one sabbatical semester (2-2011) as visiting lecturer of Welfare Economics and Economics of Developing countries at the UNE Business School, University of New England, Australia. Dr. Gonzalez has research experience in economics of land-use, panel data analysis and policy evaluation. Other research interests are in conservation policies under subsistence, valuation & assessment of the environment, including marine and coastal resources and, forests.



Prof (Dr) Peter F. Heil, a German national, is Professor of International Management (retired) from the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He is a specialist in Strategic Management and Marketing with a broad record of teaching and consulting. At USP he is remembered in the MBA-Programme since teaching International Marketing in 2003. Then in 2009 he engaged in Suva at RMP of SPC as a research consultant for shipping services to small island states.

To the benefit of all students Prof Heil continuously integrated teaching, research and industry consulting activities. His sound professional experience as member of the staff to the CEO in Germany’s leading IT-company Nixdorf, his research on new methods to assess national transport infrastructure in the German Centre for Aviation and Aeronautics Research and three years with the Institute of Statistics at University of Mannheim, Germany, compose his outstanding methodological expertise to analyse and to solve complex problems in industry.

Among his most recent assignments, Prof Heil’s consulting for an American global player to employ social media for the revival of a declining brand in Germany stands out. Equally, before retiring Prof Heil assisted the German leader in the segment of specialized high-tech printing with markets all over Europe to identify his marketing strategy to maintain competitiveness. During all decades Prof Heil was a member in various panels, commissions and a consultant to the three German Federal Ministries of Transport, of Technology and of International Cooperation.

After his graduation in Business Administration Prof Heil prepared his doctoral thesis at the University of California. He got his doctoral degree in Statistics in 1977 from the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he was assistant professor for four years. In the following years Prof Heil worked as a university consultant and lecturer in Algeria. This experience was fundamental for numerous international professional assignments in Benin, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Nepal, PR China, Rwanda, Tunisia, Zaire (Congo).

Prof Heil organized regularly field trips to Shanghai, China, to introduce his students into the new industrial dynamics of the Chinese economy. Participating and presenting at international congresses reflects his persistent engagement to improve and to be open for other cultures, facilitated by his language skills in English and in French. His teaching and research is adapted to the local needs and constraints and prepares students for competition and success in industry or academia. Primarily his research interests comprise modern marketing, export marketing, internationalization of SME, organization and technology.

Publication on Fiji

Report Fiji and Globalization

Sergei Peregonchuk received his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois (Urbana – Champaign, USA) and his PhD in Economics from the University of Lvov (Ukraine). He came to Mount Royal in 2004. He currently teaches Introductory Micro/Macro Economics and Business Statistics. His research interests are globalization of the world economy and methodology of teaching economics. He is coauthor of two books on modern transnational corporations. He likes rock climbing, hiking, skiing.



Mr Mesake Nawari, joined the MBA Program in January 2009. He holds a Master of Commerce in Finance and Banking (Distinction) from the University of Sydney and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Financial Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the South Pacific. He was the first Group Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Television Group and prior to this role he was the first General Manager of Fijian Holdings Unit Trust and FHL Securities, a licensed stock broking business. Mesake was also the first CEO of the South Pacific Stock Exchange and Manager of the Unit Trust of Fiji and Fiji Stock Brokers. He set up the first trading floor in Suva and took over the management of Unit Trust of Fiji from the Fiji Development Bank in 1996. He was also involved in the setting up and licensing of the first broking house and traders, credit referencing agency, and the Central Share Registry in Fiji. He was also the first and youngest trustee of the Fijian Trust Fund (FTF), a $40m fund set up to finance the operations and functions of the Great Council of Chiefs. He has been recently appointed the Chairman of the South Pacific Stock Exchange. He teaches Accounting for Decision Making, Financial Markets and Institutions and Finance on the MBA Program.Mesake’s areas of interest include corporate planning, performance management, investment appraisals, financial re-engineering, corporate governance and executive development.


Mr Mesake Nawari
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 32 31998

E-mail: mesake.nawari(at)

Professor Ruud Heijblom, Mba, PhD has an academic background in business administration studies in the Netherlands and abroad. He earned his degrees at Nyenrode Business University, Nl. (1969), University of Oregon, Usa, (BA-1970), Hasselt University, Belgium, (MBA-1975), Clayton University, Usa, (PhD-1985). He is the (co) author of eight marketing- and management books and 18 articles in (international) journals. As (associate) Professor he lectures at various business schools in the Netherlands: Twente School of Management/TSM, IBO/Groningen University, Netherlands Business Academy. Since 2013 he is staff member of the MBA faculty at the Graduate School of Business of the USP. He lectures Strategic Management and Glo-Bus Business Simulation Game at the campuses of USP.

He has lectured abroad extensively:  Henley Management College/Brunel University (UK), University of Derby (UK), University of Greenwich/Saxion (UK), Open University (UK), Kingston University (UK),  New Port University (Usa), Western Carolina University (Usa); University of the Free State at Bloemfontein (S.A), Kroc University (Ukraine); FOM, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Otago University at Dunedin (NZ).  In 2010 he was awarded 3rd Ranking Tutor of the Year in honor of outstanding performance and dedication at NBA, Nl.

Topics:  Corporate Strategy & Strategic management, Change Management, International Marketing Strategy, Services Management, Innovation Strategy & Creativity, Consultancy tools & skills, Glo-Bus Business Simulation Game.

His management career was at major international corporations: Heineken, Quaker Oats, Carnation, Initial Services, TNT. He  has extensive experience as seminar speaker at executive seminars and conferences. As a preferred certified Business Assessor/Auditor he served 15 years the EFBQ (European Foundation for Business Qualification) in Europe. In 1989 he founded his own strategic management and marketing consultancy Marketing Koers, for which he acts as director and management consultant. For corporations he researches and develops innovative corporate and marketing strategies, from the perspective of new business models, business spirituality, business alignment and sustainability.

Prof. Probir Kumar Banerjee obtained his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the City University of Hong Kong, MBA from Fort Fays State University, USA and B.Sc. (Engg) degree from IIT, BHU, Varanasi. He is a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur and is currently engaged in course development, teaching and research at GSB, Fiji. His prior academic engagements were as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong, Senior Research Fellow at University of Malaya, and Associate Professor at Swinburne University of Technology at their Malaysian campus. Before moving to academia, he held senior level managerial and consultancy positions in diverse industry verticals in India, Hong Kong, and Canada.  

His research focuses on the socio-technical aspects of IT adoption, usage and impact in the SME and public administration contexts of developing countries. He has over 40 publications in reputed journals and international conferences, several of which have been published by A* and A category journals (ABDC ranked) such as Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Journal of Global Information Management, Behaviour and Information Technology, Communications of the ACM, and the Journal of B2B Marketing. His research on Malaysia’s healthcare readiness was funded by a research grant awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. He is Associate Editor of ‘’Internet Research’’ (A ranked in the ABDC list with impact factor of 2.93) and he also serves on the editorial board of several reputed US journals. He has chaired tracks and presented papers in major international conferences, conducted qualitative research workshops for Ph.D. students and faculty members, reviewed doctoral thesis, supervised doctoral students and served on doctoral dissertation defense panels for universities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India. He is also an experienced teaching case writer and several of his teaching cases are distributed by Harvard Business School Publishing and Hong Kong University.

Prof. Banerjee has developed and taught courses on IT Project Management, MIS, Qualitative Research Methods, Systems Analysis and Design, IS Strategy, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Systems at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. He has also developed and taught management development programs for senior executives and moderated panel discussions by industry experts and senior government officers on strategic IT related issues affecting industry and government in India.

Dr. Delroy Chevers (Senior Lecturer) joined the MBA programme in 2017. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Dr. Chevers has over 24 years of rich experience in teaching, research and industry. He has published articles with top-tier international research journals in the areas of Information Systems and Operations Sustainability and participated in many international conferences. He teaches Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Information Systems. Over the years, he has achieved many teaching and research awards. Dr. Chevers research interests are in Operations Sustainability, Software Process Improvement (SPI), and Information Systems Quality and Success.




Dr. Bijay Kumar Kandel is visiting professor of Graduate School of Business at the University of South Pacific, Fiji, Business and Management Information Systems in Business School at the Kathmandu University, Nepal, and Oriental University, India.  Dr. Kandel earned his Ph.D. in Management from Sri Sri University.  He is also a Fellow member of British Computing Society. He has over 13 years of teaching and research experience. His/ teaching interests cover a range of topics including; Business Computing, Management Information System, Strategic Management, International Business Management and Business Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kandel research interests are Technology Management, Use of Information Technology (IT) in Small Family Business, IT in South Asian countries, Innovation and Business Research Methodologies. He is particularly interested in the discovery of the impact of new technologies on rural business owners to determine if they are included or excluded from new technology trends. He has published widely on a broad range of subjects. His current research focuses on global information systems, systems development, the impact of information technologies, and technology issues in Small Family Businesses.


Dr. A B M Shawkat Ali is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, The University of Fiji, Fiji. He is the Founding Director, Centre for Smart Technologies, Dean for the School of Science and Technology, The University of Fiji. He is working as a Founding Director of i-LaB Australia. He has obtained PhD from Monash University, Australia in the area of Information Systems.  He is an IEEE Senior Member and currently working to establish IEEE Pacific sub-section. His research interests include Computational Intelligence, Big Data, Data Mining, Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, Threat Intelligence and Biomedical Engineering. He has published more than 150 research papers in international journals and conferences. His h-index is 23. He has also published several book chapters and seven books. His Data Mining book has been considering as a text book over 30 universities around the world. Dr. Ali has received few awards including the Vice-Chancellor research excellence award 2014, Top 10 Course Designers, CQUniversity, 2010, Excellence in Supervision Award, CQUniversity, 2007 and the Post Graduation Publication Award, Monash University, 2004.



Dr Neville Schefe developed his teaching skills in his early career with an education qualification and teaching secondary mathematics, physics and computing. After gaining his computer science qualifications he performed several public sector related roles where he held executive positions that required significant information system driven changes to organisations. While researching knowledge management practices in call centres, he managed strategic deployments of technology, software, good practice and business process improvements. After directing the transformation of the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, he researched the impact of complexity on IS driven organisational transformations and was awarded a PhD. He now does sessional teaching at several universities in decision support systems, business analysis and project management.



Emmanuel Joseph Iyabora recently joined the MBA programme in May 2018. He is a consultant currently engaged as the Policy Secretary Social Sector of the Policy Unit of the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet of Solomon Islands. He is also the Industry Associate for Accounting, Finance, and Financial Markets and Institutions courses for MBA students at USP Solomon Islands Campus, and teaches Accounting and Finance courses under MBA Flexi-School programme to cohort groups at USP Campuses in the region. He devoted the last 10 years of his work experience in the academia; teaching accounting, finance, management information systems, management accounting, taxation law, and audit and assurance service courses at the University of Fiji, and taught accounting and financial management courses at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (now Solomon Islands National University).

Prior to the academia, Emmanuel had spent more than 20 years of experience in the corporate setting, 10 years of which he had held managerial positions with various institutions and organisations in Solomon Islands. He had held the Manager Finance position of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, the Manager Finance of the Solomon Airlines Ltd, and the Manager Accounts and Information Technology at the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. He had also held an advisory position with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), as the Financial Accounts Advisor for the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) of Solomon Islands in 2009, the Business Analyst/Project Coordinator of the SOE reforms at the CBL Practising Accountants in 2005, and the General Secretary of SICA Secretariat in 2003 to 2004.

Emmanuel had previously been a member of various Committees, Boards and Councils in Solomon Islands: a member of the Intervention Task Force of Solomon Islands - providing the oversight role for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003, a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Islands Development Trust, a member of the Gaming & Lotteries Board, and a member of the Council of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education in 2004. Currently, he is an Associate Member of the CPA Australia, and the Associate Member of the Institute of Solomon Islands Accountants.

Emmanuel holds an MBA and BA (Accounting and Management) at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; a Diploma in Business Finance at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. He is currently in progression with research data validation for his PhD program. Emmanuel’s areas of interest include corporate governance, financial management, international financial reporting standards, audit reporting and business influentials.

Dr. David Mapuru is a consultant, with the Graduate School of Business at the USP Solomon Island Campus. Dr. Mapuru teaches MBA423 Human Resources Management in the USP Regional Campuses. He was a former teaching staff of the School of Management and Public Administrations at the Solomon Islands Campus. Dr. Mapuru graduated with a PhD in Management and Public Administrations from the University of the South Pacific on March 2018. As a researcher, he was trained to apply western epistemology to solve management and governance problems affecting Common-Pool Resources (CPRs) that are commonly shared such as fisheries, minerals, forestry, environment and others. Dr. Mapuru specializes in both collaborative management approach and public sector management. Additionally, Dr. Mapuru’s Master’s thesis training has given him insights on Public Sector management and its effectiveness in managing CPRs particularly tuna fisheries at the national level. These have equip him with research methodology skills (quantitative, qualitative and ethnographic) in identifying, solving and analyzing management related problems.





Dr. Luke Forau holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field of Economics from the University of New South Wales, Canberra, a Master’s Degree in International and Development Economics from the Australian National, University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Public Administration and Economics from the University of South Pacific. Dr. Forau teaches MBA439- Business Economics at the USP Solomon Island Campus. Dr. Luke Forau is the Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI). He was appointed the Governor on the 1st October 2019 and will hold office for a period of six (6) years. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Governor, and before that position, he was the Advisor to the Governor’s Office for three years, starting from 2016 to 17th September 2018. He has been with the Central Bank since January 1999 and has also served as the Chief Manager of the Economics, Research & Statistics Department. Dr. Luke Forau is also the current President and Chairman of the Economic Association of Solomon Islands (EASI).





Prof. Alex Douglas is an academic with over 25 years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Quality Management at The Management University of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor of Service Quality Management at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He left that post in 2014. He has developed modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes more recently a Service Quality Module for an MSc programme at the University of the West of Scotland for both normal delivery and blended learning delivery for distance learning students. Professor Douglas has taught MBA430A- Project Management at the USP Solomon Island Campus.

At undergraduate level, he has taught Operations Management and all aspects of Quality Management. At postgraduate level he has taught Operations Management, Quality Management and Project Management on an MSc Change Management and MBA (Executive and International) programmes as well as supervised over 100 MBA dissertations and supervised 4 successful PhD students.

He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and have developed and delivered accredited commercial short courses leading to the attainment of Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belts.. He has also developed short courses on Research Methods and Customer Service / Customer Care. He has also delivered short courses on “How to pass a PhD” and “Writing for Publication”.

With regards to research and scholarly activity he has published over 100 refereed conference and journal papers, many in Association of Business Schools (ABS) ranked journals.

He is also editor of the TQM Journal, a role he has had for the past 15 years, and has won awards for his research papers and journal editing. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of a number of international journals, including: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, International Journal for Excellence in Healthcare Management, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, SDMIMD Journal of Management, International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management, International Journal of Quality and Innovation, Piccola Impresa / Small Business Journal (Italy). He has also peer reviewed research papers for a number of international journals including: International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Management Decision, Industrial Management and Data Systems, International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, International Journal of Learning, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Higher Education Research and Development, Journal of Business Economic and Management Review, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Studies in Higher Education, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, The Journal of Cleaner Production, Nursing Research and Practice, Health Services Management and The International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior.

Please click here to view Professor Douglas’s Google Scholar profile


Ian Michael holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Ian has experience in business and management since 1980, in industry and academia. He held senior positions in industries like Travel & Tourism, Education, Advertising, and Pharmaceutical. 

Ian is a “Globalista”, with experience in Asia, Pacific, Australia, Middle East and former Soviet Union nations like Georgia. He considers himself a “Global Marketing Guru”, working in business consulting, and research, and heads global teams from across the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Georgia, India, Nepal, and USA. 

Ian is passionate and a specialist in Branding and Neuromarketing, his recent project is creating a Nation Brand for the United Arab Emirates, he leads a team using Neuromarketing techniques to achieve this project objectives. He is a Certified trainer for The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) UK, ifs School of Finance (incorporated by Royal Charter) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK. Ian is a trainer for organizations like Sabic, Saudi Arabia, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Emirates NBD Bank, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Mashreq Bank, and other leading organizations in the Middle East region. His innate knowledge of the Middle-East and Asian markets acts as a good conduit in setting up businesses in these markets. 

Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI)
Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM)


Professor James McMaster is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business. He joined USP in 1999 as Director of the Pacific Institute of Management and Development (PIMD). PIMD was responsible for the USP Master of Business Administration program and for the delivery of executive management development programs. Professor McMaster designed over sixty management development short courses and he delivered the courses in ten Pacific Island countries. These courses provided advanced training for senior managers in strategic corporate planning, corporate governance training for the directors of public enterprises, public policy analysis, project planning and evaluation, development planning and enterprise performance evaluation and management improvement. From 2006 to March 2010 he was the head of the Graduate School of Business at USP.  Since the year 2000, he has taught MBA courses in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands. He currently teaches South Pacific Business Environment and Business Economics on the MBA program in Suva and at the regional campuses.

Before joining USP he was Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra where he was previously the Director of the MBA program. He has undertaken many consulting assignments for the major international organizations, including: the World Bank in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore; Asian Development Bank in Malaysia and Philippines and the Pacific Islands; International Monetary Fund in Kiribati; United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Fiji; Forum Secretariat in the South Pacific; Commonwealth Secretariat in Samoa and Tonga; East-West Centre in Hawaii, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa; Asian and Pacific Development Centre in Kuala Lumpur and the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Over the last eighteen years Professor McMaster’s research has focused on economic development in the Pacific Island economies. He has investigated the cost and benefits of privatisation, deregulation of telecommunications, trade facilitation and the evolution of single window trade portals, public enterprise reform, private sector development and SMEs, corporate planning, public financial management, economic development policy in the Asia-Pacific Region, project and program evaluation and public enterprise divestment. He was the chief investigator with Professor Roger Wettenhall for an Australian Research Council, Large Research Grant on the Topic: Privatisation: A Public Policy Evaluation: for the period 1995-97 while employed as Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra.

Professor McMaster is the author or co-author of twelve books with the following titles: Economic Impact of E-commerce on Small Tourism Enterprises; Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian case studies; Managing Government for Sustainable Development; Urban Financial Management; Evaluating Government Programs; Scope for accelerating private sector growth in the Pacific Islands through the implementation of Privatization Policies; Incentives, Regulatory Mechanisms, and Risk Climate for Private Sector Investment; Future role of international agencies and donors in private sector development in Pacific Island countries; Review of the Objectives and Priorities of Fiji's Development Plan (DP9) 1986-1990 and an Assessment of the Scope for the Use of Australian Development Assistance; Studies of Tertiary Student Finances; Evaluation findings: a compilation of AusAID's evaluation and review reports 1992-1997; Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Project IMPACT for the Philippines. Professor McMaster is the editor or co-editor of five books with the titles: Australian Project Evaluation; Australian Urban Economics; Australian Transport Economics; Privatisation in Asia and the Pacific: profiles, strategies, results; New Developments in Public Sector Management. He is also the author of thirty six book chapters and journal articles.

Prof. James McMaster
Graduate School of Business. Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.:    +679 32 31991   

Prof. Jan Nowak is Director of MBA Programmes at IBD Business School, Poland and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business, the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.  Dr Nowak specialises in marketing and international business, the areas in which he teaches, conducts research, consults with companies, and develops and facilitates professional training courses. He commenced his professional career in Poland, where he received his Master of Management and Ph.D. in Organisation and Management degrees from Warsaw University. In 1990, he joined the University of New Brunswick in Saint John (UNBSJ), Canada. While on the Faculty of Business, UNBSJ, he directed an MBA programme and a management training centre. At the same time, he participated in several international projects sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and travelled extensively to Asia and Central Europe. In 2001, he joined USP where he served as Professor of Business and Coordinator of the MBA Programme until 2006 when he relocated to Europe, assuming the position of Professor and subsequently also Faculty Chair at Central European University Business School in Hungary. In 2011, he moved back to his native Poland.  

Dr Nowak has published five books, more than 80 papers in international refereed periodicals and conference proceedings, numerous reports, working papers, book contributions, cases and other research outputs. His articles have appeared in such journals as International Business Review, Journal of International Consumer Behaviour, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Journal of East European Management Studies, Journal of Transnational Management, Journal of Euro-marketing, Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, The Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries and Journal of East-West Business. Together with Prof. McMaster he co-authored a case on “FIJI Water and Corporate Social Responsibility – Green Makeover or Greenwashing?” which has been published by Ivey Publishing of the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In the 2010/2011-2017/18 fiscal years, the case was one of the twenty or one of the ten top-selling cases distributed worldwide by Ivey.

Prof. Nowak is the founder of the Silver Medal and Prize for the second best graduating student from USP’s MBA Programme.

Visiting Research Fellows

Visiting Research Fellows

David Parker (Visiting Fellow) BA MSc PhD CEng CertEd is a Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Queensland specialising in process analytics, project management and operations management. His consultancy and research interests include lean systems, strategic service operations, project-based management and supply chain management. His most recent book publications are Managing Projects, Mana aging People (2008) Palgrave-McMillan, and Operating System Models in Operations Management: An integrated approach (2OO8), Cambridge University Press. He has extensive academic journal articles and conference papers; and has consulted to British Airways, Saab, Fonterra, Qld Treasury, Marks & Spencer, GE Money, HSBC, Tl Engineering, Triumph, Sports Girl, amongst numerous other international firms.


Dr. Greg Nyilasy (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is Lecturer at the Department of Marketing and Management at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His main research interests are ethical issues in consumer behaviour such as green marketing, advertising effects, and marketing practitioner cognition. His research has appeared in the Journal of AdvertisingJournal of Advertising ResearchInternational Journal of Advertising and Admap. Before re-entering the academic world, Greg was a strategic planner at JWT and head of R&D at Omnicom market research consultancy, Hall & Partners, both in New York.  



Dr. David Gargett (Visiting Fellow) is a Research Leader at the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, which is the research arm of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Canberra. His past research interests have encompassed traffic growth, congestion in Australian cities, Greenhouse Gas emissions from transport, road safety, growth in transport activity, and world oil supply. He is currently (until August) a visiting fellow at USP, researching sustainable transport in Fiji and modeling global climate change.




Research Publications at USP:

Global Warming Equations

Global Warming Equations 2 Ice-Sea Level

Global Warming Equations Excel File

Solar Cycles Analysis

Dr Ofer Zwikael's research focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of projects with emphasis on public sector management. Dr Zwikael is the author of two books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers that have appeared in a variety of academic journals and conference proceedings, including top journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management and the British Journal of Management. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management. Dr Zwikael is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), IRL, PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). Dr Zwikael is the recipient of the International Project Management Association's Outstanding Research Contributions Award.

Reinout E. de Vries is Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. He earned his PhD at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He worked in various Management and Psychology departments such as the University of Amsterdam, the University of the South Pacific, University of Western Australia, and VU University Amsterdam. He has published more than 50 international peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals (> 20 articles as first author), such as the Personality and Social Psychology Review (impact > 8.0) and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (impact > 4.0). He is cited more than 1500 times in Google Scholar. His main research interests are in the areas of personality, communication styles, leadership, and unethical behaviors in and outside organizations. For more details on his work, please type ‘Researchgate Reinout de Vries’ in Google or ‘Reinout de Vries’ in Google Scholar.

Dr. Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay is a Distinguished Fellow, Observation Research Foundation, New Delhi Faculty, Desautels School of Management, McGill University, Montreal Former Advisor/Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila Visiting Professor, China University of International Business and Economics, Beijing Adjunct Professor, FORE School of Management, New Delhi, Author and Editor of Books ASEAN, China and India:Great Transformation, Asian Development Bank, 2014.


Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committee


Mr Isikeli Tikoduadua


Email: isikelit(at) 

Committee Member

Prof. Arvind Patel

Acting Dean FBE, USP

Tel: 3232703
Email: arvind.patel(at) 

Committee Member

Prof. Gurmeet Singh

Head of School and MBA Programme Director, GSB, FBE, USP

Tel: 3231386
Email: gurmeet.singh(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Vajira Piyasena

CEO, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited

Tel: 3312700
Email: vajira(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Sukhendra D. Lal

Director Finance, Ministry of Education

Tel: 3314477
Email: sukhendra.lal(at) 

Committee Member

Ms. Mereia Volavola

Senior Expert, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation


Email: mereiavolavola(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Rajeshwar Singh

Chief Financial Officer, BSP

Tel: 3234331
Email: RajeshwarS(at) 


Committee Member

Mr. Ram Bajekal

Group CEO, Flour Mills of Fiji

Tel: 3301188
Email: ramb(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Pradeep Lal

CEO Vodafone Fiji Ltd

Tel: 3214203
Email: pradeep.lal(at) 

Committee Member

Dr. Salanieta Saketa

Private Health Consultant

Tel: 9436391
Email: ssaketa(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Anil Senewiratne

Director of Marketing - Courts (Fiji) Limited

Tel: 3381333
Email: asenewiratne(at) 

Committee Member

Dr. Nur Bano Ali

Managing Partner - Aliz Pacific

Tel: 331 4044
Email: dr_nurali(at) 

Committee Member

Dr. Anirudha Bansod

Chief Executive Officer, Post Fiji

Tel: 3302 022/9999 648
Email: anirudha(at) 

Committee Member

Mr. Nouzab Fareed

Committee Member

Sudhansu Sekhar Khamari

Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Baroda

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Professor Bodo Schlegelmilch
President of the Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Topic: “THE END OF BUSINESS AS USUAL: The Future of MBAs and DBAs”

Mr. Graham Clark
Chief Executive Officer - Fiji Sugar Corporation
Topic: “Solving a Jigsaw Puzzle: The Case of FSC”

Mr. André Viljoen
Chief Executive Officer - Fiji Airways
Topic: Strategy of a successful Airline

Dr. Sarkar Tapan
Griffith Business School, Australia
Topic: Mainstreaming sustainability in knowledge building: A Manindra way

Professor Divesh Sharma
Kennesaw State University, USA
Topic: ‘Empirical Evidence based Policy Formulation’

Dr. T.V.Prabhakar
Professor, Dept of CSE, IIT Kanpur, India
Topic: Developments in Artificial Intelligence and its implications for Managers

Mr. Pradeep Lal
Regional Chief Executive Officer – Vodafone Fiji Limited
Topic: Partnership between Vodafone and GSB for capacity building in the region

Professor Vijaylaxmi Pandey
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai
Topic: Household level cropping decision, dietary diversity and nutritional status of children in the rural areas of Bihar and Odisha in India: Lessons Learned

Mr. Iosefa Maiava
Head of UNESCAP Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific
Topic: Sustainable Development Goals: Pacific's Leadership in taking local issues to global level

Support Staff

Support Staff

Ms. Natasha Shivani Autar

Assistant Business Manager

MCom(Professional Acctg), PGDCRM(Professional Acctg), BArts(Acctg & Eco), S.Pac
Email: natasha.autar(at) 
Telephone: (679) 3231360
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Mr Samuela Draunivudi

GSB Student Affairs Officer

MCom(Econ), PGDCRM(Econ), BCom(Econ&Fin), S.Pac
Email: samuela.draunivudi(at) 
Telephone: (679) 3231391
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Ms Renu Devi

Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Officer

MCom, PGDip MPA, BCom, S.Pac

Email: devi_re(at) 
Telephone: (679) 3231371
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Ms Mere Yaya

Clerk / Typist

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Telephone: (679) 3231396
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