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MBA programs at COTRUGLI are taught by top-ranked faculty, handpicked for their deep expertise in their respective fields. They simultaneously work as consultants for companies around the globe, giving them current insight into the state of business today.

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Jyoti Gupta

Jyoti Gupta

Financial Management

AFFILIATIONS

ESCP Europe (London, Paris); University of Manchester; School of Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; China European Business School; Shanghai Indian Institutes of Management; Management Development Institute, India.

EXPERTISE

Corporate finance; Financial strategy; Financial theory; Financial engineering; Energy finance; Emerging markets finance; Corporate restructuring and control; Behavioral finance.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Consultant to the World Bank and the European Commission, Senior Research Scientist for English Electric and Morgan Group, Editor of the Euro-Asia Journal of Management and of a special issue of the European Journal of Operations Research, Independent Consultant for various companies in the private sector.

Anthony J. Evans

Anthony J. Evans

Managerial Economics & Quantitative Methods

AFFILIATIONS

ESCP Europe (London); Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

EXPERTISE

Market-Based Management; Monetary Theory and Business Cycles; Transition Economies.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

His research interests are corporate entrepreneurship, monetary theory and transitional markets. He has published in journals such as Eastern European Economics, Constitutional Political Economy and The Review of Austrian Economics, and his co-authored book “The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe: Economic Ideas in the Transition from Communism” was published in 2009 by Edward Elgar. He has authored policy papers for the Conservative Party, European Investment Fund, Financial Reporting Council and the Competition Commission on a range of market-process issues, and has conducted applied research projects with a number of corporate sponsors. Evans received his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, USA, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, UK.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“I was honored to take part in Prof. Evans’ lectures. It is truly interesting to have the opportunity to listen to a globally renowned expert here in Croatia. I especially admired Prof. Evans’ energy, which enabled him to introduce us to Managerial Economics & Quantitative Methods with ease. ” Mladen Knezevic, Sales and Marketing Director at Laguna Novigrad

 

Nicolas Kfuri

Nicolas Kfuri

Strategic Marketing / Strategic Management / AMP

AFFILIATIONS

Purdue University (USA);  Ottawa University (Canada); Mannheim University (Germany); ESCP (Europe); IE (Spain)

EXPERTISE

Marketing, Business & corporate strategy, Strategy & innovation, International business, Human resources.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Director and founder of Kfuri & partners consulting company. Independent consultant for Nestlé, Audi of Mexico, Volkswagen of Mexico, Mary Kay, Phillip Morris, KPMG, T-Systems, Mexicana Airlines, Government of Canada, BNP Paribas, Cadbury Schweppes, Holiday Inn, Kempinski hotels, Government of Mexico, TV Azteca. Academic Member of Marketing Science Institute, Academy of Marketing Science and Decision Sciences Institute. Member of the Editorial Review Board of the Business Management Journal.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

Dr. Nicolas Kfuri is one of the most passionate professional and educator of Global Marketing, Branding and Strategy that I know of. He infuses energy level in the class which is unmatched. He shares his experienced insights to help with business situations. He is also very personable and pleasant in his interactions with his peers and his students. I would recommend him for education and professional services in Marketing, Branding and Strategy.”Vijay Raisinghani, Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon

Dr. Nicolas Kfuri is one of the most passionate and charismatic professors I know. I had the pleasure to be in his Marketing courses during my MBA studies, and these were by far the most inspiring classes I have taken. He has an amazing way of engaging his students, making learning so much fun! I wish Dr. Kfuri all the best in his future endeavors.”  Elena Cebanu, Regional Vice President EMEA & MEE at SAP

Dr. Nicolas Kfuri is one of the best Professors I met in my student carrer. He can make you love the subject as nobody else. With his examples from his personal experience, he is able to involve every student. Moreover he is really friendly, he gave us a lot of advises for our careers.”  Riccardo Pozzoli, Marketing & Digital Advisor at Luxottica

 

Terence Tse

Terence Tse

Financial Management / Advanced Finance

AFFILIATIONS

ESCP Europe Business School Judge Business School; University of Cambridge Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

EXPERTISE

Corporate Finance; Competitiveness.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Before joining academia, Terence worked in mergers and acquisitions at Schroders, Citibank and Lazard Brothers in Montréal and New York. He also worked in London as a consultant at Ernst & Young focusing on UK financial services. Additionally, as an independent consultant, he advised Shell International, F&C Asset Management, Alliance Boots, Alitalia as well as a Cambridge University-based biotech start-up. In addition to frequent appearance in academic publications, Terence is featured on the Harvard Business Review Italia discussing competitiveness, the Greek edition of The Economist covering the debt crisis and The Guardian on the subject of youth unemployment. He is currently Head of Competitiveness Studies at i7 Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness by ESCP Europe, an academic think-tank based in Paris and London. Terence was also featured in May 2013 as “Professor of the week” by the Financial Times for the FT Lexicon.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“After spending a bit less than 4 days in class with professor Terence Tse during Financial management module I was positively surprised with the amount of energy as well as the concise information received during the class. I think that professor Terence is an excellent tutor and teacher, and I was glad I got this opportunity to listen to him teach.” Vatroslav Čuljat, Strategic Purchasing Expert at A1 Hrvatska

“Professor Terence Tse lectures are a special kind of experiences – full of examples in real world and hands-on exercises which are invaluable for entrepreneurship and investing.“ Darko Tusek, Director at Inukom doo

Mike George

Mike George

Personal Development

AFFILIATIONS

Oxford Leadership Academy; Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University; UNESCO Centre for International Education.

EXPERTISE

Spiritual/Emotional Intelligence; Management/Leadership Development; Personal Development; Continuous Learning.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Best-selling author with nine publications published in fifteen languages. Coach and guide for personal and executive development for Mitsubishi, Siemens, Johnson and Johnson, Dupont, American Express, British Telecom, Tetra Laval, United Bank of Switzerland, KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, The Allianz Group, Barclays Bank, Royal Mail, Royal Bank of Scotland, NHS, Sheraton Hotels, The BBC, Pliva, Heineken, Agrokor, CCHBC, Dukat, Carlsberg, Zagrebačka banka, Alstom.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“Mike is one of the most enlightening and empowering speakers I have encountered.” Ian White, Seimens

“Mike is a fantastic teacher with such an easy and comfortable manner that invited me to relax and enjoy the experience. The ‘quiet time’ on the first day was such a powerful exercise – I also found the practical exercises and introduction to meditation really useful. I feel renewed. It’s the best course I’ve been on.” Jamie Fraser, Dupont

“Great learning, deep insights, renewed energy, feels like a new start! Thank you”. David Gregory, Manager at Unilever

 

Dimitrios Andritsos

Dimitrios Andritsos

Operations Management

AFFILIATIONS

HEC Paris

EXPERTISE

Service Operations Management, Healthcare Management, Data Analytics

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Dimitrios (Dimitris) Andritsos is an associate professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at HEC Paris. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters degree in Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. His research relies on data-analytic techniques to explore two broad themes: i) The operational implications of health policy design and ii) How process design can be a driver for efficiency and innovation in healthcare delivery. Dimitris has published his work in leading management journals and has received recognition at various academic conferences abroad. He regularly collaborates with academic medical centers in Europe and the US on improving the efficiency of different aspects of care delivery. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dimitris worked as a consultant in supply-chain redesign projects in the telecommunications and specialty chemicals industries. He teaches various courses on services and operations management at the pre-experience, full-time MBA and executive MBA levels.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“The module of Operations Management held by Mr. Andritsos impressed me due his experience and knowledge. We were able to learn how to analyze an organization with complex processes, how to deal with numerous issues that might appear and how to look for the most efficient solution for the business.”  Hrvoje Herman, Proposition Manager at Hrvatski Telekom

 

Krešimir Delač

Krešimir Delač

Financial Managament

MODULES

Financial Managament / Managerial and Financial / Managerial Accounting / Entrepreneurship

AFFILIATIONS

Simulus group, Ltd.

EXPERTISE

Entrepreneurship and strategy, finance and management consulting

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

His research interests and professional focus are primarily in the finance industry. He is helping organisations to transition to new ways of working, be it more agile or finding new ways to understand their customers and give them the products and services they truly value. Before founding his own management consulting company, he worked on various positions in large organisations in telecommunication and ICT industry. He also holds a PhD in computer science and artificial intelligence, with numerous published articles and books on the subject.

Primož Hvala

Primož Hvala

Sales Management

AFFILIATIONS

COTRUGLI Business School

EXPERTISE

Evaluation and Development of Individual’s Management or Sales Potential; Organizational Climate; Sales Management Audit; KAM; Consultative Selling; Sales Planning; Managing and Motivating Sales Force; Brand Definition.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Founder and partner of Human & Sales Consulting, Developer of innovative sales management solutions in Adria Consulting.

Ivica Vrančić

Ivica Vrančić

People Management

AFFILIATIONS

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London (Chartered Fellow)
Goleman Emotional Intelligence Associates (GEI Certified Coach)
COTRUGLI Business School

EXPERTISE

Human Resources Management, People Management, Leadership, Management Development, Executive Coaching, Team Development, Organizational Culture, Talent Development.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Ivica Vrančić is Human Resources and Management Development consultant and trainer, and founder of Verantius. Since 2005 has been acting as consultant, lecturer, trainer, individual and team coach for senior managers in Croatia and other countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland) in following areas: leadership, management development, team work, people management, and organizational culture.
Prior he moved to entrepreneurial job, has spent almost fifteen years in corporate environment mostly as person in charge of Human Resources and Development functions, in Coca-Cola Beverages Hrvatska, British-American Tobacco and DHL, and as Recruitment and Development Specialist in Zagrebačka banka. He has started career at Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb.
He graduated psychology at University of Zagreb, and finished post-graduate program at Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in London and holds the title of Chartered FCIPD, one of the most prestige and the most respected Human Resources Management title in Europe.
Book: And People?, Technics Publication, New Jersey, 2015. foreword for the book written by Dave Ulrich.

Stephen Simister

Stephen Simister

Project Management

AFFILIATIONS

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying; Ph.D. Project Management; Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM); Registered Project Professional (RPP – APM);  Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) – Chartered Project Management Surveyor; Professional in Value Management (PVM) Institute of Value Management

EXPERTISE

Steve is a consultant and lecturer in project, program and portfolio management.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

He has a portfolio career as a Director of his own consultancy organization (Oxford Management & Research Ltd) and also heads up the Project & Program management unit at Henley Business School (UK). His specialism is in assisting clients such as BP, Network Rail and Pfizer to deliver project requirements to meet their business needs. More specifically, Stephen facilitates organizations’ endeavors to align and integrate project activities into business operations. He has experience in most business sectors and has been involved in all stages of project life-cycles. Steve is Gateway reviewer with Local Partnerships and has led over 100 Gateway reviews, many on PFI projects. At Henley, Steve has provided a series of workshops enabling clients to design and implement their change program in a more effective manner. Prior to establishing his own consultancy, Steve worked for Bovis Program Management in their London-based European headquarters. There he provided consultancy project management services to clients such as Pfizer, BP, P&O, MOD, Heritage Lottery Fund, Railtrack and Dublin Light Rail. In addition, he provided support to project managers working on Bovis projects on an international basis. As a fellow of the Association for Project Management, Steve is former chairman of the Contracts & Procurement Specific Interest Group. He is also an assessor for APM’s Registered Project Professional (RPP) standard. He is also a Chartered Project Management Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and sits on the construction procurement panel. In this capacity he provides advice to surveyors on all matters relating to procurement, especially during the initial phases of a construction project. Steve lectures at a number of European universities and has written extensively on the subject of project and risk management. He was on the authoring committee for APM’s refresh of their Body of Knowledge 6th ed. (2012) and Project Risk Analysis and Management guide 3rd ed (2012). He is also a contributor to Gower’s Handbook of project management 5th ed (2014). Steve sits on both BSI and ISO committees for project and program management (TC258) and was part of the team that created ISO 215000: Guide to Project Management issued in 2012.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“The professor was able to provide us with the most important insights of Project management in very attractive and practical way. The module gave us the knowledge needed for leading a project.” Mintcho Guentchev, Team Leader Financial Analysis at OTP Leasing, Bulgaria

 

Chris Dalton

Chris Dalton

Foundations of Management

AFFILIATIONS

Henley; Central European University Business School in Budapest, Hungary; Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA.

EXPERTISE

Leadership; Personal Development; Business Communication; Marketing Communications; Management Training.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Chris has over 20 years of experience in management education and training. He has taught numerous development and communication skills courses to MBA students, as well as other workshops and seminars related to management learning. He has experience teaching and working on projects in Romania, Macedonia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Switzerland, Dubai and Austria. Dalton has completed a PhD in Management Learning and Leadership at Lancaster University Management School. His research is focused on the use of Reflection in Personal Development in post-experience Management Education. He graduated with a Henley MBA in 2000 and also holds Henley certificates in Coaching and Virtual Tutoring.

Papers: SPINKS, N., SILBURN, N. L. & BIRCHALL, D. W. (2007) Making It All Work: The Engineering Graduate of the Future, a UK Perspective. European Journal of Engineering Education, 32 (325-335).

Books: Dalton, C. (2011) Self-coaching and learning. In: Kruckeberg, K., Amann, W. and Green, M. (eds.) Leadership and Personal Development: A toolbox for the 21st Century Manager. Information Age Publishing . ISBN 9781617355547

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR

“Chris Dalton is unique and ordinary but, above all ,an excellent professor who has an open and intelligent approach to groups and individuals. He encourages you to push your boundaries of understanding management and to find the right definition deep within yourself.Josipa Svetina, Learning and development manager at Partus academy

Davide Sola

Davide Sola

Entrepreneurship

AFFILIATIONS

ESCP EUROPE London, Paris and Madrid

EXPERTISE

Corporate Transformation; Entrepreneurship; Applied Enterprise Economics with a particular focus on Healthcare.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Davide is Italian, graduated from ESCP Europe (formerly ESCP-EAP) and the University of Turin. He has earned a PhD in enterprise economics from the University of Turin. He is author of numerous articles, policy papers, book chapters, case studies and presents regularly at international research conferences. His latest book “How to think Strategically. Your roadmap to Innovation and results” (co-authored with J. Couturier) published by the Financial Times is nominated for the prestigious Management Book of the Year award by the CMI and British Library. Aside from the academic commitments, Professor Sola is principal and President at 3H Partners, a leading Entrepreneurial Solution Provider firm, very active in supporting top management of leading enterprises on issues such as new business models, innovation and strategy at large. Professor Sola covers a wide range of industries, ranging from Healthcare to Energy to Technology to Financial Services. Professor Sola speaks fluently four languages (French, English, German and Italian).

Manuel Alonso Coto

Manuel Alonso Coto

Digital Transformation

AFFILIATIONS

IE Business School; UNED University; EOI Business School; EAE Business School; Oviedo University; Isabel I University; Sergio Arboleda University; UPC University; Johns Hopkins University; ITAB University; UDLA University; Lasalle University; Porto Business School.

EXPERTISE

Digital transformation; digital marketing; digital advertising & communication

Degrees:  Top Management Program (AMP) at Chicago Graduate School of Busines &IE Business School; Executive MBA at IE Business School; Master in Foreign Trade at EOI Business School; Postgrade in Business Administration (with a focus on Finance) at UNED University; Postgrade in Psychology (with a focus on Advertising) at UNED University; Bachelor in Industry Engineering (with a focus on Operations) by the University of Oviedo (ETSII Gijón); Graduate in e-Commerce at AECE; Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Current: Director of Innovation – Digital Transformation & Marketing / Executive Education at IE Business School; Partner at Ideas in a Jar, Digital Business Consultancy Boutique; Academic Counselor at Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Spain; Board’s External Advisor at Greater Than One, Europe (fifth digital advertising agency in US); Board’s External Advisor at Diana Media Group (fifth digital advertising agency in US).

Past: Director of Marketing / Executive Education at IE Business School; Director of Digital Marketing / Executive Education at IE Business School; Director of Customer Oriented Services at IE Business School; Director of Operations at ielearning.net; Director of IT/IS at US Department of Spain, Spain & Portugal; Director of Manufacturing at Agrapisa

Books: “Conversational Capital” (Spanish version); “s-Internacionalization”; “Digital Recruitment & Self Branding”; “Political Marketing”; “Direct Marketing 2.0”; “Blended Marketing. The Digital Marketing Plan as an integrator of on and offline actions”; “From Second Life to Metaverses Marketing: Business in 3D”; “I have 30,000 fans; so now what?”;  “Social Media Maketing Plan”;  “Marketing for Lawyers”; “Exponential Companies: Making the Most of Digital Transformation”.

 

Teerooven Soobaroyen

Teerooven Soobaroyen

Managerial & Financial Accounting

AFFILIATIONS

School of Management; University of Southampton.

EXPERTISE

Financial Accounting and Reporting; Management Accounting and Control.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

He has published several papers in internationally recognized peer-refereed journals such as Accounting Forum, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance: International Review, and Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. His work, presented in a number of international conferences, is related to the area of corporate governance implementation, corporate social and environmental accounting and accounting in non-profit organizations. Dr. Soobaroyen has over 15 years of experience in accounting, consulting, teaching and research activities. He has taught Financial and Management Accounting at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level and currently administers the Accounting Masters program at Southampton. He is also an external examiner at the University of Bradford (UK) and the University of Technology, Mauritius.

Michael Hathorn

Michael Hathorn

Leadership, Communication & Change

AFFILIATIONS

Louisiana State University with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Marketing

EXPERTISE

Consulting practice areas of HR Strategy, Leadership and Organizational Development

He graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Marketing.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Michael Hathorn is a partner of OPTIMIS Sarl and a member of the Peak Value Group where he focuses on the consulting practice areas of HR Strategy, Leadership and Organizational Development. Apart from that he is visiting lecturer at COTRUGLI Business School. Michael has significant experience in leadership positions in industry and public sector enterprises. At Capital International in Geneva, a privately held investment management company, he founded and headed the Training and Development function for the European businesses. In his role as Group Director of Leadership at TNT in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Michael served on the HR Strategy Council and drove key strategic initiatives in the area of HR Transformation, established a Change Management center of Expertise and developed the Leadership and Learning Framework for the top 500 executives. In the public sector, he is a contributor to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and donates his time to a variety of professional organizations. His most recent conference and professional presentations were on “HR Strategy”, “HR Functional Excellence”, “Mastering the Art of Innovation and Change”, “Strategic Recruiting”, the “High Performance Organization” and “Accelerating the Development of Leaders.” Michael previously served on the faculties of Louisiana State University, Northwestern University and Webster University where taught in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. At IMD in Lausanne he has facilitated teamwork elements of the Professional Executive Development (PED) program. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Silicon Valley Association (SVA) and the Society for Organisational Learning (SOL).

 

Christian Linder

Christian Linder

Strategic Management

AFFILIATIONS

ESCP Europe (London Campus); Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy); Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg (Germany).

EXPERTISE

Strategy and Leadership; International Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; HRM and Organizational Behavior.

Degrees in humanities and management; Bachelor in Philosophy (University of Ulm, Germany); a Bachelor in Business Studies (Hamburg University of Economics and Politics, Germany), Master degree in Entrepreneurship (University of Hamburg, Germany); PhD in Philosophy (Munich School of Philosophy, Germany); PhD in Technology Management (University of Stuttgart, Germany). Awarded with the ASN, the Italian Habilitation, by the Italian Ministry of University and Education (MIUR).

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

As research manager at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency (Nuremberg, Germany), he was in charge of managing several change and management-related projects. He had positions as research associate at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Industrial Engineering (Stuttgart, Germany) and the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). Christian taught and conducted research at multiple international institutions such as CEIBS China Europe International Business School (Shanghai, China), Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, The Philippines), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu, China) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). In the past, he has worked as IT consultant. He is a certified Black Jack dealer and worked several years at the Spielbank Hamburg (Germany). Finally, he completed a 4-year vocational training in special needs care and worked in different care homes for people with multiple special needs.

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