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.

PUBLICATIONS

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


 

Professor Raghuvar Dutt Pathak is a Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business. He teaches Organisational Behaviour on the MBA programme. He joined USP in 1999 and was Professor & Head of the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Management & Public Administration (MPA) for 6 years. 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 and also Vice-Chancellor’s awards for Research Excellence.   He has more than 20 years of postgraduate (MBA) teaching experience and has published 3 research-based books and more than 75 research papers in reputed refereed journals such as Personality and Individual Differences (PAID); European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology; International Journal of Project Management; Public Organization Review: A Global Journal; International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal; Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 

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 five 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.  

PUBLICATIONS

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Prof. Raghuvar Pathak
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 32 31390; 3231391; 3231360                      
Email: raghuvar.pathak(at)usp.ac.fj

 

 


Ms. Anna De Jong received a Masters of Science degree from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in the field of Civil Engineering & Geosciences and she has private sector experience in The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, and Fiji. She has worked on high profile multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects such as the creation of the Hong Kong Disney Theme Park and the Palm Island project in Dubai. Ms. de Jong also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of the South Pacific and was awarded the gold medal for the most outstanding MBA graduate in 2007. Currently, Ms. de Jong is working at the University of the South Pacific as a lecturer at the USP MBA Program. She facilitates courses on Project Management, Quantitative Business Analysis and Operations Management. “Project management” is a course indented for MBA students that would like to take up roles as project managers, overseeing development and other projects. The course includes project design, writing of project proposals, and project planning. “Quantitative Business Analysis” is a course that provides post-graduate students with a fundamental knowledge of statistical theory and applies that theory to decision-making. In “Operations and Quality Management” the management of operations in manufacturing and service organizations are addressed, focusing on the critical decisions that managers need to take.

Ms. Anna De Jong
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location:     Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 3231376       

E-mail: anna.dejong(at)usp.ac.fj


 

Dr. Benedito Waqailiti (Lecturer) 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)usp.ac.fj


Dr. Halahingano Tu‘akolo Rohorua recently joined the Graduate School of Business MBA programme as a fulltime 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 and was 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 Ph.D. from the 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, she 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 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, Accounting, and Finance courses in the MBA programme. 


Dr. Asif Chida is a senior fellow at the Graduate School of Business.

With more than twenty-five years’ experience in 34 countries, Dr. Asif Chida is Private Sector expert with focus on development of knowledge products to support policy analysis and advisory services for job creation and poverty reduction; employment targeted economic programmes and frameworks; trade employment linkages; Facilitate public-private partnerships; improve business enabling environment; SME competitiveness and value chains, inclusive market development and sustainable enterprise development.

Dr. Chida’s expertise also includes in the field of the informal sector and sustainable livelihoods; local economic development and diversification; poverty alleviation with cross-cutting themes of gender and environment sustainability; investment promotion and facilitation; business incubation and entrepreneurship development; and youth employment. He has been actively involved in emerging areas and new business opportunities in green and blue businesses including social enterprises.

As development practitioner and mentor, Dr. Chida worked as Team Leader of Inclusive Growth at the UNDP Pacific Office, portfolios included Sustainable Development Goals, Private Sector Development, Youth Employment, Women Economic Empowerment and SDG’s financing for development. Worked earlier as Commonwealth Secretariat’s Regional Private Sector Adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; International Labour Organisation, Pacific Office on Youth Employment and Decent Work Programme projects; UNIFEM’s (now UN Women) Project on Women’s Economic Security and Rights in Melanesian countries; NZAID’s Team Leader for private sector scoping mission in Timor Leste. As Consultant worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in post/in-conflict countries of Afghanistan, West Bank, and Gaza. Dr. Chida was a team member of UNDP’s Meta-evaluation of Africa and Malawi’s Growing Sustainable Businesses. He was also Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor focused on access to justice, property rights, labor & livelihoods rights within the informal economy.

In the Pacific, Dr. Chida’s major contributions have been in the establishment of Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Introduction of entrepreneurship and financial education in the school’s curriculum and Organisation of Trade Pasifika. In the Caribbean facilitated the establishment of Small Enterprise Development Units in the various Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Dr. Chida has been actively engaged with the academics, as a visiting faculty for sessions on entrepreneurship, business environment, small business management, family businesses, trade and industrial policy for MBA programme at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Additionally, designed, formulated, coordinated and delivered exclusive modules for the above courses which included: (a) University of Guam, Pacific Islands Small Business Development Centre Network: to design and implement Youth Entrepreneurship programme in Palau, (b) Guest faculty at the University of Carleton, Ottawa, Canada, University of Technology, Jamaica, University of West Indies and guest faculty at the Management Department of Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

 The most recent research and publications include:

  1. Presented paper on “Green/Blue Economy in the Pacific: Unleashing its potential for sustainable and inclusive growth”, UNDP, 2017.
  2. Social Enterprise in the Pacific; Waves for Waste - Solid Waste Management Model for Small Island Environments” Research proposal submitted to UNDP’s innovation fund. 2016
  3. Submitted paper on Empowering Informal Economy in the Pacific- Towards addressing inequality and social exclusion through sustainable businesses, PIFS-FEMM, 2015
  4. Contributed to “Report on Vulnerability and Exclusion in a Time of Rapid Change – The State of Human Development in the Pacific”; Launched at the Small Island Development States (SIDS) Conference, Samoa, 2014.
  5. “Promoting Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for local economic development in the Pacific: Facilitated a regional roundtable and prepared a report on PPP4LED- The way forward. June 2012.
  6. “Vanuatu Business Cost Competitiveness” Coordinated an in-depth study of the costs structure of businesses in Vanuatu to identify feasible actions to reduce the costs of doing business and enhance competitiveness. March 2012.

Dr. Chida received M.Com. in International Trade and Banking, M.Phil. (Commerce) with specialization in Rural Banking and Local Economic Development and gained Ph. D (Commerce) with specialization in Corporate Governance (University of Madras, India).

Email: asif.chida(at)usp.ac.fj 


Faculty from FBE

Faculty from FBE

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.

Publications

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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.    

Publications

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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.

Publications

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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.

Publications

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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.

Publications

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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.  

Publications

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Dr. Dawn Gibson is a Senior Lecturer of Tourism and Hospitality in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. She spent many years overseas living and working in London, New York and Los Angeles, and returned home to Fiji in 1991. She has been fortunate to have travelled extensively from childhood, hence her keen interest in tourism and hospitality. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Studies and Management and Public Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism Studies, a Master of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality, and a PhD in Tourism Studies which were all awarded by The University of the South Pacific. Her PhD was concerned with the challenges indigenous owned businesses face delivering consistent quality services in the backpacker/budget accommodation sector in the Yasawas Islands in Fiji. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education of the Open University in the United Kingdom. She was responsible for the development of the B.Com. in Hotel Management degree programme and courses, and more recently new courses for the M.Com Tourism and Hospitality. She is also responsible for the development of print materials for Tourism and Hospitality courses and is currently working with colleagues to convert all tourism and hospitality courses to blended/online mode.

Publications

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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.

Publications

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Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor

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
Professor
RMIT University Australia

komas.smyrnios(at)rmit.edu.au
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)
luizammoutinho(at)gmail.com
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.


Senior Adjunct Fellow

Senior Adjunct Fellow


2016 - 2017

Dr. Margaret Takeda (Molly) studies, teaches and provides consulting in 3 important global topics: People, Business and Disasters. She has 30 years of both professional and academic experience and has worked in over 80 countries.  She is one of a very few certified Global Mindset Instructors (Thunderbird Graduate  School of Business); an academically qualified (AACSB) Global Strategy, International Business and HRM Professor; and a 20 year veteran of Disaster Management research and publishing.  Molly teaches for California State University San  Bernardino in their fast growing Palm Desert campus. Most years she spends (at least) one quarter outside her home base (the US), teaching and consulting in all parts of the world.  Currently, she is very busy at the USP teaching Strategic Management in both Suva and Nadi.  In addition, she is continuing research and publishing on Analysis of Global Catastrophes and Resiliency Leadership.


2016 - 2017

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)


Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Gurdip Singh Batra is Professor and Head at the School of Management Studies and Director, Centre for Business Policy Research and Development at Punjabi University, Patiala.  He coordinated a course on Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Wilkes University, Pennsylvania USA. He is visiting faculty at the University of South Pacific Fiji, Samoa and Kingdom of Tonga.

He did his post Doctoral research on Corporate Financial Reporting from the College of Business Administration; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2002. He is Commonwealth-AMDISA Fellow and worked on a research project on Environmental Disclosures at National University of Singapore and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He  visited North America, South America, South East Asia and various  Asia-Pacific countries on different Academic and Research assignments.

He was conferred with the Young Researcher Award by the Indian Accounting Association for his accomplishments in the accounting area. He has worked on a UGC major research project on Entrepreneurship Development in Small Scale Industries. He has also worked on another sponsored project on Foreign Investments and its Impact on the Corporate Sector. Presently he is working on a research project on Impact of Information Technology on Capital Budgeting and Management Accounting: Evidence from Indian Companies, jointly with School of Accounting and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. 

He has more than 34 years of research, training, consultancy and academic experience. He has about 20 books and more than 100 research papers published to his credit in various national and International journals of repute. He is a member of editorial board of various national and International journals. His teaching areas include Accounting, Finance, Strategy and Corporate Entrepreneurship. He is associated with organizing number of Seminars, Workshops and the Industrial Training programs in India and abroad.

He was conferred with the Young Researcher Award by the Indian Accounting Association. He was honoured with the life time achievement award by Economic Growth and Research Association of India in 2012. He is recipient of Management Excellence Award 2015 by Himachal Pradesh Commerce and Management Association for his overall contribution in promoting corporatization, Institution building and management excellence. 

He is an expert committee member of Ministry of Human Resource Development GOI for various professional assignments. He has been a member of Syndicate, Senate and Finance Committee of Punjabi University. He is member of academic and administrative bodies of various universities and Institutions in the country and abroad.


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.


Dr. Robert Hull earned a B.S. Degree in mathematics and physics, a M.S. Ed. degree in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in mathematical economics and econometrics all from Northern Illinois University, in the U.S.A. During his career he taught a variety of courses in the fields of mathematics, economics, finance, and decision science. He has been on the faculty of Illinois Benedictine University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Maryland, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Hull retired from Western Illinois University in 2001, where he now holds the title of Professor Emeritus. Since retirement he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of the South Pacific, teaching in Fiji and the Cook Islands. During his career he has taught in Australia, Malaysia, Holland, Spain, France, the Virgin Islands, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. His original interest was in the area of derivative securities, having received a grant from the Chicago Board of Trade to conduct a study on the T-Bill futures market. During the latter part of his career he focused on the area of real estate finance. He has taught Quantitative Business Analysis and Operations and Quality Management on the MBA Program.


Jeff Born is a Professor of Finance and head of the Finance Group at Northeastern University in the United States. He earned a BS in Business Administration (1977) and a MA in Economics (1978) at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). In 1996 Professor Born was named one of the 25 most accomplished graduates of the CBA at BGSU. Dr. Born was awarded his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He has been teaching International Finance, Investments and Financial Management since returning to Boston in January 2008. From January 2006 to December 2007 Jeff served as Professor and founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at USP. Dr. Born has published 4 monographs, 27 articles in double blind refereed academic journals, and 8 articles have been publishing in editorial refereed academic and professional journals. Professor Born is in the top 3% of those who have published in the 16 academic journals that define the ‘core’ of finance literature in its first 50 years (1953-2002). He has taught Finance on the MBA Program.


Dr Cristanna M. Cook, Ph.D. (USA), visiting scholar from Husson in Bangor, Maine, USA, where she holds the position of Associate Professor of Business Administration. She is also Adjunct Professor of mathematics in the Department of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. She has been consultant to numerous international, national, and state-level organizations including non-profits. Her areas of interest and skill are economic and quantitative business analysis, marketing management, marketing research, international marketing, and computer technology including Web design. Dr Cook has taught Quantitative Business Analysis, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Economics on the USP MBA Program.


Shamsuddin Ahmed, PhD. a Professor at the Graduate School of Business, USP. He teaches operations management, quantitative methods, MIS courses in the MBA program. He holds a Master of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University, Canada and PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. His industry experience incorporates management of project in supply chain environment. As an industrial engineer with senior managerial capacities, he coordinated quality control, systems planning, operations scheduling functions in project and production management setting. Professor Ahmed taught in several universities in India, Middle East, Pacific Island Countries, Central Asia including IIT-Bombay; United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), King Abdul Aziz University (KAU); Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) and American University of the Middle East. His teaching portfolio includes operations management, SCM, quantitative methods, statistics, research methods, simulations, operations research, facilities and project planning. Professor Ahmed received research, faculty and service awards from KIMEP, KAAU and UAEU. 
His research interest includes multi-objective decision analysis, non-linear programming, decision support systems, system modeling, simulation, TQM, SCM, forecasting, six sigma process control in hospital resources management and neural network applications. He published more than sixty scholarly peer reviewed articles in international journals, book chapters and conference proceeding. Professor Ahmed founded and edited an interdisciplinary journal managed by KIMEP. He designed and developed a number of software in statistical computing, machine learning and systems simulations. His consulting works in Middle East and Central Asia include strategic financial forecasting, budgeting and quality management.



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.  

Publications

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 George Downie is trained originally with Ernst & Young in the City of London, He is an experienced accountant, company director, management consultant and academic. He is a director of williamsgrant, Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers, where he specialises in corporate finance, operations and business strategy. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow (pending) of the Institute for Securities and Investments.  He consults to a wide range of clients internationally. Together with his practice colleagues he helps entrepreneurial businesses grow and support owners and managers in developing their business and themselves.

He is actively involved in business, accounting and finance education. He has more than fifteen years experience on university and professional body faculties. He runs specialist professional workshops for both small and large, well known clients such as Oracle, HSBC Group, National Australia Bank, Coutts, CSRC and Motorola. He has an extensive international operational track record and pride myself on bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to business challenges.

His research and publications cover a range of business topic areas. He is also an experienced non-executive director with an in depth knowledge of governance and the operation of audit, remuneration and appointment committees.


Naibuka Saune is currently the Investment Consultant for the Fiji National Provident Fund, primarily involved in investment management & strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A),corporate finance and direct funds management. A graduate of the University of the South Pacific (BA), University of New South Wales (MPhil) and University of Technology Sydney (PhD). He has had Funds Management and Equities Research experience with Plato Investment Management, a Sydney based quant fund with circa AUD$600million funds under management. More recently he worked at Liverpool Partners, a boutique Private Equity & Corporate Advisory firm based in Sydney, primarily being involved with M&A, Strategic and Operational management matters, Restructures, and Divestment/sale of assets.

He has teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels in local and international institutions such the University of the South Pacific, University of New South Wales and University Technology Sydney. The major thrust of Naibuka’s research focuses on the intersection of financial economics and accounting. In particular, his work has examined the effect of accounting and non-accounting data on firms’ value, and the use of accounting numbers in security valuations. Naibuka’s research has been published in leading international journals, including the Accounting and Finance; Australian Accounting Review and the Journal of Asia Pacific Business.


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.


Prof. (Dr.) Saurabh Agarwal is currently Professor of Accounting and Finance, Indian Institute of Finance (www.iif.edu). He has been actively engaged with teaching and research activities at the Indian Institute of Finance (IIF). He has sought his education from some of the Ivy League institutions in India – Delhi School of Economics; Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi); Shri Ram College of Commerce (University of Delhi); Modern School (Bharakhamba Road) and Delhi Public School (Mathura Road). His Doctorate work on “A Goal Programming Portfolio Section Model” has been done at the prestigious Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi). 

Prof. Agarwal is the Convener of the Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Committee (ISO/TC 258) of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Government of India. He is a nominated member of Capital Market Committee at Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), expert Sub-Committee of Industry and Finance at Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and Young Business Leaders Forum of PHDCCI. He is also on the Advisory Committee of ICFIF (2011), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. On the research front, he has Fourteen (14) refereed research publications in indexed/peer reviewed international journals, Two (2) conference publications and Thirty Two (32) book reviews to his credit. He has been awarded Accredited Management Teacher (AMT) by All India Management Association (AIMA) and Best Research Paper Award by Indian Institute of Management (IIM Ahmedabad) in 2010. He is member of the American Finance Association, USA, Professor’s Forum of India, India and Indian Econometric Association, India. 

His biographical note figures in Emerald Who’s Who in Asia. He has delivered series of Keynote addresses/Chair at International Conferences hosted by IIT Kharagpur, INDIA ; ASSOCHAM  and at the 13th West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business (WLICSMB 2011) hosted by the Hangzhou Municipal Government and Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, CHINA. He has chaired sessions in seminars of Venture Capital Association of India (VCAI) and participated in interactions in over Ten (10) countries on behalf of IIF including OECD Climate Summit (2007 and 2008) and ADB Board of Governors Meeting (2006, 2007 & 2014).


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


Professor Sudhi Rao is currently professor of Information Systems and dean of Student Affairs at the MYRA School of Business, Mysore, India. Prior to joining MYRA, Sudhi was an enterprise architect with Honeywell. He has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of IT. Previously he developed ERP solutions for small and medium sized enterprises. He also has worked as a consultant and technology architect ath large companies such as Bearing Point (KPMG), Computer Associates, World Bank and JP Morgan Chase. His areas of interest include eCommerce, Information Security and Enerprise Systems and application of technology on a broader basis, including implementation. In addition to MYRA, he has also taught courses at the International School of Information Systems (ISIM), Mysore University and at the University of South Pacific, Fiji. He has a bachelors in mech. engg from NIE, Mysore, masters in industrial engineering from NITIE, Mumbai and a Ph.D in Decision Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.


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.


Dr. Serguey Khovansky earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics (with emphasis on Financial Economics) from the University of Virginia.  He has large experience in teaching various finance related courses: Financial Management, Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Econometrics, and Financial Derivatives. His research interests include financial modelling, financial econometrics, financial derivatives, and empirical finance. He publishes in the Journal of Banking and Finance and serves as a reviewer to a number of journals. He presented his research in numerous conferences, such as Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, Eastern Finance Association, North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society, Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance, Quantitative Methods in Finance.


Dr. Hussam Abu Azab received his Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He has been teaching in Management Information Systems, IT Skills and Quantitative business analysis for MBA and BBA, since 2009. In addition he is teaching in School of engineering so many related courses for Postgraduate and undergraduate, since 2001.  His research interests include eBusiness an eGoverment modeling, also it includes so many computer engineering and database techniques and aerospace researches. His articles are published in refereed journals such as ACM and Parallel Computing and International Journal of Information Engineering. He has attended several international and regional conferences. He is also a reviewer for so many conferences worldwide.


Dr. Anirudha Bansod has experience in Sales & Marketing in various countries in Consumer Durable, Industrial products, Retailing, Distribution, Channel, Product and Brand Management and Relationship Orientation. He completed his Masters from Massey University, New Zealand and PhD from The University of Notre Dame, Australia. His research interests are in Strategic business, Strategic marketing, Relationship Marketing, Sales person characteristics and Power selling. Prior to Academic area, he was working in the industry in various positions which include General Manager and Regional Director. He worked in India, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, PNG and Fiji. He visited 27 countries for work purpose.


Mr Mesake Nawari, (Senior Fellow) 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)usp.ac.fj


Dr Sergey Titov earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at State University of Management (Moscow, Russia), MBA degree at Manchester Business School. He started his career as an entrepreneur in construction working closely with hundreds of different suppliers and clients.  Then he moved to consulting sector participating in pre-feasibility studies for development projects and in strategic consulting projects. He had an extensive consulting  experience in the project management area in such industries as construction and telecommunications. During the last 7 years he has also concentrated on his academic career doing consulting and research projects in parallel. He has taught Project Management, Operations Management and Strategic Project Management for graduates and post-graduates at Moscow Technological Institute (Moscow, Russia), Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), State University of Management (Moscow, Russia) and other institutions. His teaching, research and consulting interests are connected with and revolve around different areas of project management, including risk, resources and contract management. At present he works as Dean of Economics and Management Faculty at Moscow Technological Institute.


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. Gyanendra Singh Sisodia (Senior Lecturer) joined the MBA programme in 2016. He has earned a Ph.D in Management (with distinction) from University of Porto, Portugal; and also holds a PostDoctorate in Management awarded by Department of Marketing of Ghent University, Belgium. 

Dr. Sisodia has 10+ years of rich experience across teaching, research and industry. Earlier to joining the GSB, Dr. Gyanendra had been working for Amrita University, BIT Mesra Ranchi, RMSI Pvt. Ltd., and had been a visiting faculty to Banaras Hindu University and Jammu University. He has published articles with leading international research journals (including Elsevier’s Renewable Energy and Taylor and Francis group’s Applied Economics and Applied Economics Letters) in the area of Energy and participated in various Asian and European conferences. Dr. Sisodia is also an editor and reviewer for few of the international journals. He has been awarded Erasmus Mundus scholarship by European commission for doctoral research in Europe, and has also been awarded European Commission’s fellowship to pursue PostDoctoral research at Ghent University in Belgium. He has previously taught courses such as Management of Information Systems, GeoMarketing, Services Marketing, GIS Analysis for Decision Makers, etc. 

Dr. Sisodia’s research interests involve Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Renewable energy investments and marketing, Renewable energy business modelling, Project evaluation and business risks, Environmental economics, impact assessment, management and policy, etc.


Dr. Saroj Kumar Datta, is currently working as Academic Advisor for Tecnia Institute of Advanced Studies, New Delhi (Accredited A grade by NAAC, India). He is the former Director General, Accurate Group of Institutions, and Pro-Vice Chancellor , School of Business, Galgotias University, India;  Dean, VIT Business School, VIT University, India and also Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Mody Institute of Technology & Science (a Deemed University), Rajasthan. Dr.  Datta served as a full time visiting Professor, Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and fulltime Professor at IMT Ghaziabad. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (with Hons.) from Jadavpur University, Post Graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Burdwan. He has more than 27 years of experience in blue-chip multinationals after which Prof. Datta has been actively involved in teaching, consultancy and research in the area of Marketing & Strategic Management for over two decades. He has also published research papers in number of well reputed international as well as national journals and serves as a member of the editorial board of three international journals. Dr. Datta can be reached at dattasaroj(at)gmail.com or +917042759330.


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 Nilanjan Chattopadhyay is a Professor of Information Management at TAPMI School of Business and Dean Faculty of Management and Commerce at Manipal University Jaipur. He is leading three schools under the faculty with more than 1000 students and also heading the Corporate Interaction cell of the University. 

In nearly two decades in business schools, Dr Chattopadhyay has not only been a sought after teacher, but has also led building of successful MBA and Corporate Training programs. Apart from teaching and research, he has lead corporate interaction, alumni relationship and student admissions at some of the top Business Schools in India. For nearly 15 years, he was member of faculty at three best business schools in India, including S P Jain Institute of Management Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. 

In his last assignment as Dean, School of Business and Corporate Executive Education in Manipal University Dubai, Dr Chattopadhyay relaunched the MBA and BBA programs to make them more contemporary, Industry oriented and Participant centric in collaboration with CIMA, ACCA and universities in Europe. He designed and delivered a number of long term and intensive corporate executive training programs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India for large corporations like Genpact, NIIT, ONGC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Costa Coffee, Daman Insurance.

More than 30 of his research papers are published in reputed international journals from Emerald and Inderscience. He has chaired sessions in prestigious international conferences all over the globe. As visiting faculty he has taught in Israel, Italy and Thailand apart from India and UAE.

He obtained his doctoral degree in Management from University of Rajasthan. He also holds a MBA from IBS Hyderabad, apart from being a Cost Accountant and Advanced Diploma holder in Finance.

His teaching interests are in Electronic Business, Emergent Technologies and New Opportunities, Entrepreneurship and Business Development apart from Management Information System, on which he has a highly popular book published by Cengage.

His research interest is in Services management; Innovative application of information technology in business; Taxation of digital goods. 


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.


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


Chairman

Mr Isikeli Tikoduadua

 

Email: isikelit(at)gmail.com 


Committee Member

Prof. Arvind Patel

Acting Dean FBE, USP

Tel: 3232703
Email: arvind.patel(at)usp.ac.fj 


Committee Member

Prof. Gurmeet Singh

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

Tel: 3231386
Email: gurmeet.singh(at)usp.ac.fj 


  

Committee Member

Prof. R.D. Pathak

Professor - GSB, FBE, USP

Tel: 3231390
Email: raghuvar.pathak(at)usp.ac.fj 

Committee Member

Mr. Vajira Piyasena

CEO, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited

Tel: 3312700
Email: vajira(at)fijiports.com.fj 

Committee Member

Mr Sukhendra D. Lal

Director Finance, Ministry of Education

Tel: 3314477
Email: sukhendra.lal(at)govnet.gov.fj 


Committee Member

Ms. Mereia Volavola

Senior Expert, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation

 

Email: mereiavolavola(at)gmail.com 


Committee Member

Mr. Rajeshwar Singh

Chief Financial Officer, BSP

Tel: 3234331
Email: RajeshwarS(at)bsp.com.fj 

 


Committee Member

Mr. Ram Bajekal

Group CEO, Flour Mills of Fiji

Tel: 3301188
Email: ramb(at)fmf.com.fj 


Committee Member

Mr. Pradeep Lal

CEO Vodafone Fiji Ltd

Tel: 3214203
Email: pradeep.lal(at)vodafone.com 


Committee Member

Dr. Salanieta Saketa

Private Health Consultant

Tel: 9436391
Email: ssaketa(at)gmail.com 

 


Committee Member

Mr. Nouzab Fareed

Group CEO Fijian Holdings

Tel: 3305017
Email: nouzab.fareed(at)fijianholdings.com.fj 


Committee Member

Mr. Kanti Tappoo

Executive Chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies

Tel: 3315422
Email: kanti(at)tappoo.com.fj 

Committee Member

Mr. Anil Senewiratne

Director of Marketing - Courts (Fiji) Limited

Tel: 3381333
Email: asenewiratne(at)courts.com.fj 

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


Dr. dt ogilvie is Dean and Professor of Business Strategy at the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is formerly Professor of Business Strategy & Urban Entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, Founding Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Founding Director of the Scholars Training and Enrichment Program, and was Associate Provost of Information Technology Strategy and CIO at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Newark. She was also Professeur Associe Invite de Gestion Strategique a l'Universite de Reims, Champagne-Ardennes, France, where she was a Fellow of EUROP (Equipe Universitaire de Recherche sur les Organisations et leurs Performances) a Reims. Dr. ogilvie is a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, a GE Teaching Fellow, and an IC2 Global Fellow, and was an Institute for Research on Women Funded Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Women and Work, a School of Business Fellow, and a BEST Fellow.


Mr. Razim Buksh was appointed the Director of Fiji’s Financial Intelligence Unit in 2006.

Razim is a Financial Sector Specialist on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and has participated as an expert assessor on international review teams.

Razim has comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience on AML/CFT compliance and regulatory requirements in Fiji.

Razim was instrumental in developing and implementing Fiji’s AML/CFT regime for the last 10 years. He is also the advisor to Ministry of Justice and the Reserve Bank of Fiji on national and international AML/CFT initiatives.

Razim has 23 years working experience with the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

Razim holds an Executive Fellowship in Governance from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. He is a member of the Fiji institute of Internal Auditors and an associate member of the Fiji Institute of Bankers. Razim is married to Sofina and has 3 children.


Ms. Lisa Apted is a tax partner with KPMG Fiji. In addition to her client responsibilities, she is also the firm's Ethics and Independence Partner and Risk Management Partner. Lisa started with KPMG as a graduate in July 1991, making this her 20th year with KPMG.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce (in Accounting) from the Auckland University. She is a Chartered Accountant member of both the Fiji Institute of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a Fiji registered tax agent. She is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Lisa is a past president and current Council member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

Lisa is a trustee of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and the Fiji New Zealand Education Trust.

Lisa is married to Bradley Bower (a MBA alumnus) and they have two boys, Connor (8) and Toby (5). A former active sportsperson, Lisa now likes spending her spare time with her children and with family and friends. 


Mr. Nouzab Fareed is the Group Chief Executive Officer for Fijian Holdings Group. He is a Board Director for 20 companies in the Group. In addition, he is also a Board Director of South Pacific Stock Exchange. 

Fareed is the President of Fiji – PNG Business Council and the Vice President of Fiji Chamber of Commerce. He is Board member for Fiji Employers & Commerce Federation, CPA Australia – Fiji Chapter and Fiji Exporters Council. He is a Past - President of Fiji Institute of Accountants as well as Australian Institute of Directors – Fiji Chapter.

Fareed has more than 25 years of Executive Experience including Investment Banking.  Prior to joining FHL, he was the Director Business Development with Mercantile Merchant Bank Ltd in Sri Lanka. He was a Board Director for FedEx and Western Union in Sri Lanka. His diverse exposure covers from Education, IT, Tourism, Media, Commodity Broking, to Finance, Financial Services & Manufacturing.

Fareed is a Chartered Accountant (Fiji) and a Fellow of CPA (Australia).  He is also Chartered Marketer (UK), a Licensed Investment Advisor (Fiji), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) of USA. He is a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has a MBA in Banking & Marketing and a Master of Arts in International Economics.

He is a guest lecturer for MBA Program at several universities in Sri Lanka and has made presentations at several international conferences.

Fareed has received Executive Training from Harvard Business School, University of Oxford, Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Graduate Business School of Auckland, Asian Productivity Organization and AOTS (Japan). 

Nouzab Fareed is the only Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in South Pacific and is a keen International Traveler and has visited 84 countries.


Mr. Ram Bajekal is a Chartered Accountant from India and a Fulbright Fellow in Management Studies from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

He has spent most of his working life in India with diverse organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hindustan Photo Films, Unilever Group and the Murugappa Group. This is his second stint in Fiji, having worked here between 2004 and 2006 with the Carpenters Group, during which time he also visited PNG extensively. After 25 years of what he calls corporate sector "rat race", Ram took a three year sabbatical to work with an NGO in rural India, imparting business skills to low-income communities engaged in micro-enterprise. He returned to Fiji in 2009 to take up an assignment with the FMF Group and says it is his fondness for Fiji and the work-life balance it provides that tempted him back to the corporate world.

Ram is very fond of sports and spends his afternoons playing one of many games he loves, being golf, cricket, hockey or most recently, badminton. He lives in Suva with his wife Ameeta and their dog Basanti.

 


Mr. Mahendra Tappoo is a third generation Fiji born person of Indian origin. His father, the late Mr. Tappoo Kanji, came to Fiji in 1932. Born in Sigatoka, Mahendra did his Primary and Secondary education in Fiji.

In 1971 he pursued his university education in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1974, he graduated as a Lawyer from Auckland University and was subsequently admitted to the NZ Bar as a Barrister & Solicitor. After working for a prestigious Law Firm of Churton, Brainsby & Hart in Auckland, Mahendra returned to Fiji in early 1976 to serve his home country. He became an associate Barrister & Solicitor with a leading law firm of Koya & Co led by the illustrious Mr Siddiq Koya, a leading politician and lawyer in Fiji. He subsequently joined the law firm of Anand, Tappoo Krishna & co as a partner. However, with the family business founded by his father expanding rapidly, family manpower was in critical need, and Mahendra joined the family business along with his other brothers to take the business to where it is today. Since 1983, Mahendra has been the Executive Director of one of Fiji’s largest and most successful corporations, the Tappoo Group of Companies. The Tappoo Group is a widely diversified Business which has spread its wings from running Fiji’s most prestigious shopping malls and retail operations at the airport, downtown and hotels, to wholesaling, manufacturing, motor vehicle, travel, fuel and other associated businesses.

An accomplished singer who took to singing as a hobby, Mahendra was the first from Fiji to release an international music album recorded in India. His debut album entitled Prabhu Vardan was a collection of new devotional songs composed by the legendary Padmashri Anup Jalota. This was followed by two more releases - a ‘Ghazal’ album entitled “Saanjh Ke Saaye” and then a collection of classic songs of the legendary Mukesh entitled “Pyar Ka Aalam”. He performed the songs of Mukesh and devotional songs on stage on numerous occasions for religious, social and charitable institutions. Mahendra is also a philanthropist who has been involved with various charitable and social projects including chairing a Unity of Faiths event in Fiji in the early 2000’s. Currently as the Chairman of the Sai Prema Foundation of Fiji, he is spearheading various medi-care, socio-care and edu-care based projects to serve the poor and needy in Fiji,  including a Multi-faith Spiritual Centre in Pacific Harbour, a Mobile Hospital to serve the rural villages and free Pediatric Cardiac Surgeries for the poor and underprivileged children of Fiji.

Support Staff

Support Staff

Ms Reshika Chandra

Business Manager

Reshika provides administrative and financial support to the Graduate School of Business team. She has worked for retail, manufacturing and finance industry as Accountant and Risk & Compliance Officer. A graduate from the University of the South Pacific with BA in Accounting Financial Management and Information Systems, she also completed Master of Arts in Professional Accounting.

Email: reshika.chandra(at)usp.ac.fj 
Telephone: (679) 3231360
Facsimile: (679) 3231397


Mr Samuela Draunivudi

GSB Student Support Officer

 

 

Email: samuela.draunivudi(at)usp.ac.fj 
Telephone: (679) 3231391
Facsimile: (679) 3231397


Ms Renu Devi

Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Officer

Renu provides Marketing and Public Relations support the Graduate School of Business team. She has previously worked in other sections at The University of South Pacific. Renu holds Masters in Commerce in Management and Public Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Public Administration, Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Administration from The University of the South Pacific. 

 

Email: devi_re(at)usp.ac.fj 
Telephone: (679) 3231371
Facsimile: (679) 3231397


Mr Alvin Chand

Clerical Assistant

Email: alvin.d.chand(at)usp.ac.fj 
Telephone: (679) 3231377
Facsimile: (679) 3231397

 

 


 

Ms Mere Yaya

Clerk / Typist

Email: mere.yaya(at)usp.ac.fj  
Telephone: (679) 3231396
Facsimile: (679) 3231397

  


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