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Business Perspectives From Europe

Gabelli School London Speaker Series: Business Perspectives From Europe

Hosted by the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University London

The Gabelli School London Speaker Series: Business Perspectives from Europe connects students with our partners in industry and at universities throughout the UK and EU to offer a unique global experience and the chance to network with international professionals.

The series was developed by Meghann Drury-Grogan, Associate Professor of Communications and Media Management, who works with Fordham University London, Andrea Mennillo, Chairman of the Fordham University London Advisory Board, and Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business.

All events are open to the entire Gabelli School community, including our 40,000+ alumni globally, as well as the larger Fordham University community.

Students who attend four live sessions will receive a certificate of participation, which they can note on their resume.

Speakers

Sir Mark Boleat

Sir Mark Boleat has substantial experience in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors of the British economy. From 1993 to 1999 he was Chief Executive of the Association of British Insurers. Subsequently he has run his own consultancy business and served on numerous boards. From 2012 to 2017 he was the political leader of the City of London Corporation and Deputy Chairman of TheCityUK. In those capacities he was one of the leading representatives of the financial services industry in Britain and played a key role in the London Government as well as being the head of the City Corporation – a unique organisation combining local government responsibilities, significant property holdings and a range of commercial businesses and cultural organisations. Mark is currently Chairman of the Link ATM Network and Andium Homes and a Vice Chairman of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange.

Sinéad Bradbury

Sinéad Bradbury, Performance Nutritionist, is the founder of Sinéad Bradbury Nutrition and Health Consulting. She set up The Nutrition & Health Clinic in Galway in 2008. Over the past 13 years, Sinéad has worked with some of Ireland’s top personalities and sporting heroes. Sinéad works with clients on a one-to-one basis as well as group and event settings.

In 2017, she co-founded @Body&Kind, a Women’s Health Community and event management company focusing on self-care, fitness and food. Body&Kind has proven to be hugely popular helping women feel stronger, more confident and energized to enjoy their often busy and fast-paced lives.

In 2020, she completed a Masters Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). Sinéad clients describe her as “engaging, passionate and relatable”. You will greatly enjoy learning from her “vast knowledge and experience on health and wellbeing”.

Giorgio Di Giorgio

Giorgio Di Giorgio is Deputy Rector for Organization and Faculty, Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy and Director of the Arcelli Center for Monetary and Financial Studies at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Profilo, a financial institution which is active in private banking and asset management and listed on the Milan stock exchange.

In the past, he served as Delegate of the Rector for Corporate Relations (2017-18), for International Relations (2003-2005), as Chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance (2011-2014) and as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management (2007-2011) of the same University. He holds a Laurea in Economics cum laude from Sapienza University of Rome (1989) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in the City of New York (1996). His research focuses on monetary policy, financial intermediation, dynamic macroeconomics, international finance and banking regulation. He has been a visiting scholar / professor at Columbia University (Department of Economics, Graduate School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs), at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Utrecht School of Economics).

Within his extensive publishing activity he had papers appearing in journals such as the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Journal of Banking and Finance, International Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability. He is the Editor in Chief of Rivista Minerva Bancaria, a former Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance and a past President of the Multinational Finance Society. Prof. Di Giorgio also serves and-or served as an independent director in the Board of administration of a number of financial and listed companies, and, previously, as a part-time economic consultant for the Treasury Department.

Meghann L. Drury-Grogan

Meghann L. Drury-Grogan, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. At Fordham University London, she develops programs and strategic relationships with industry and academic partners. She teaches international graduate/postgraduate and undergraduate students on business and professional communication, leadership communication, project management, consulting skills, decision making, and global business. Her research on organizational communication, project management, agile teams, and decision making has been published in leading international journals. She serves as a reviewer for prestigious journals in the communication and software development fields.

Dr. Drury-Grogan has received numerous academic and industry awards: Poets & Quants Top 40 Professors Under 40, the Student’s Choice for Most Impactful Graduate Faculty Stanley Fuchs Award at Fordham University; top paper awards at NCA, IEEE Software, ICIS IRWIT Project Management international conferences; top reviewer awards; and client awards at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Prior to her academia, Dr. Drury-Grogan worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP as an organization and change management consultant developing communication strategies; implementing change and communication plans; and designing decision making frameworks and organization structures for Fortune 500 clients.

Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business” with a combined 2 million views. He serves as Mercers School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, giving a four-year programme of lectures to the public, and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. Alex has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wall Street Journal. At Wharton, he won 14 teaching awards in 6 years; at LBS, he won the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes. He has been named to Poets and Quants Best 40 Professors Under 40 and Thinkers50 Radar.

Paul Healy

Paul is the Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for boosting the competitiveness and innovation of businesses through enterprise-led workforce development.

He is an expert in enterprise and labour market policy, human resource development, corporate governance and public affairs with 25 years’ executive level experience spanning both the private and public sectors.

Paul is a member of Ireland’s National Skills Council, National Training Fund Advisory Board, the EU Commission Skills for Industry Policy Group and the European Digital SME Alliance. He also serves on the Skillnet Ireland Board (ex officio).

Paul qualified as an economist and holds a MBA from Dublin City University. He is adjunct lecturer at the National College of Ireland Post-Graduate Business School, and is a respected analyst and commentator in the field of human resource development in Ireland.

Dennis C. Jacobs

Dennis C. Jacobs joined Fordham in July 2019 as the University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. As the institution’s chief academic officer, he works to enhance Fordham’s array of outstanding educational programs, promote high-impact research activities, and cultivate a community of distinguished teaching scholars across the University’s nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

Dr. Jacobs earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 1988 and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of California at Irvine in 1982. From 1988 to 2011, he was a chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students and also served, from 2004 to 2011, as vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies and international studies. From 2011 to 2019, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic university situated in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In 2002, Dr. Jacobs was named U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The award honors dedication to teaching, commitment to students, and creative approaches to education, and is the only national award to acknowledge excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Emanuele A. Lauro

Mr. Lauro joined Scorpio in 2003 and has continued to serve there in a senior management position since 2004. Under his leadership, Scorpio has grown from an owner of 3 vessels in 2003 to become a leading operator owner and manager of more than 250 vessels in 2021.

He founded Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) in 2009 and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the closing of its initial public offering in April 2010. Mr. Lauro also founded and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eneti Inc. (NYSE: NETI), which was formed in 2013.

He is the President of the Monaco Chamber of Shipping and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Fordham University London. Mr. Lauro has a degree in international business from the European Business School, London.

Giampiero Massolo

Giampiero MASSOLO is President of Fincantieri S.p.A (2016) and President of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies – ISPI (2017). A career diplomat, Ambassador Massolo was the Coordinator of the Italian Intelligence Community (2012-2016), the Prime Minister’s personal representative (Sherpa) for the G8 and G20 Summits (2008-2009), the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012). He is adjunct professor of National security and International relations studies both at the School of Government of the LUISS University in Rome and at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs. He regularly contributes on international and security matters to the newspapers “La Stampa” and “La Repubblica”.

Andrea Mennillo

Andrea Mennillo, PAR ’16, is the managing director and founding partner of IDA Capital Ltd., London, and chair of the Fordham University London Advisory Board.

Mennillo holds a BS in business from Federico II University in Naples and a BS in international banking from University of Lecce. He also is an alumnus of INSEAD Graduate School. He has almost 30 years of leadership experience, mostly in financial institutions and infrastructure funds worldwide.

He has acted as chairman, managing director, and board member in banks, insurance companies, and financial conglomerates in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. After CassaDepositi and Prestiti, where he was appointed by the Ministry of Finance of Italy, he founded IDA Capital, an investment firm that provides a unique combination of industry acumen, practical experience, and knowledge of foreign business environment. The firm only operates in the fastest-growing countries and focuses on business diplomacy.

Gregory Minson

Greg is chief operating officer for Real Estate in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD). He serves as co-chair of the Consumer Servicing Vendor Management Committee and business owner of the MBD Real Estate and Urban Investment Group Investment Committees.

Greg joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as part of the Controllers analyst program and later transferred to the Real Estate Principal Investment Area in MBD, where he assisted in the development of the Whitehall Funds European operations. In 2003, Greg moved to the European Special Situations Group in the Securities Division, and was eventually named chief financial officer of EMEA. In 2014, he was named head of Realty Management Division in EMEA and the division’s global chief operating officer. Greg took additional responsibility for APAC in 2019. He was named managing director in 2009.

Greg serves on the Board of Visitors at Fordham College at Rose Hill and is Vice Chair of the Fordham University London Advisory Board. Greg earned a BA in Economics from Fordham University in 1998

Franziska Neumann

Franziska Neumann completed her Ph.D. studies at Philipps-University Marburg in 2020. In 2015 she received her MSc. degree in Business Administration from the same university, majoring in market-oriented-management and innovation & information. During her studies, Ms. Neumann gained research insights as a student assistant as well as work experience in several internships. Research focuses include the influence of emotions on strategic decision making and affective diversity.

Donna Rapaccioli

Donna Rapaccioli, PhD is dean of the Gabelli School of Business and holds the rank of University Professor. She has earned a reputation for creating academic programs that emphasize applied learning, a global perspective, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong ties with industry. Her philosophy centers on business with purpose, grounded in the Jesuit-influenced principle that commerce should advance society in a greater way.

Her research interests lie in the areas of earnings management and international accounting; she has published book chapters, articles in academic journals, and practitioner outlets. In her role as professor, Dr. Rapaccioli was selected by students to receive the outstanding teacher award. She has consulted for and lectured on accounting and finance topics at numerous financial institutions in New York City.

She served on the board of trustees of Emmanuel College in Boston and currently serves on the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) Board. She is a director on the State Street Global Advisors Mutual Fund Board. She also serves on the board of directors of Fordham University’s London Centre and as the oo-chair of Fordham University’s Social Innovation Collaboratory.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and her Master’s degree and PhD in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Bob Sloan

Bob Sloan is the Managing Partner and Founder of S3 Partners, a market-leading financial data and technology company that provides pricing and analytics for capital markets and technology solutions that connect clients to their critical investment data. Prior to founding S3 Partners in 2003, Mr. Sloan was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Prime Services, Equity Finance and Delta One products at Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition, Mr. Sloan was a member of Credit Suisse’s Securities Division Operating Committee and the Product Managers Committee. In 1998, Mr. Sloan founded and chaired the Credit Suisse Index Co., the first hedge fund index, which appears daily to this day in the Wall Street Journal and is still the most widely used benchmark for alternative investments.

Mr. Sloan was named to the Institutional Investor’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 Trading Technology 40. He is also the author of Don’t Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself (McGraw-Hill, Fall 2009), which was named one of the best business books of the year by Bloomberg and The Economist, and was nominated by the U.K. publication Spear’s as financial history book of the year. Mr. Sloan is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV, has contributed articles to Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, The Street.Com, CNBC and C-SPAN and has appeared as a guest lecturer at The Cato Institute, The Museum of American Finance and Mondo Visione.

Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Sloan was a speech writer and translator for the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Tokyo, Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington & Lee University. Mr. Sloan lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

William Theisen

CEO of EcoAct North America, William has over 12 years’ experience working with Global and Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement net zero strategies. This includes managing projects on setting science-based targets, climate risk assessments, assessing GHG footprints (Scope 1- 3) for multinational enterprises. He has also worked with leading companies to design and manage their carbon neutral programs.

A graduate from Boston University with an MBA from HEC Paris, William began working in climate finance with the Gold Standard Foundation, a certification body headquartered in Geneva that evaluates carbon reduction and sustainable impacts using results-based methodologies. Following this role, he worked with NGOs Nexus for Development (Nexus) and the Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (GERES) to scale-up more than a dozen carbon reduction projects in Asia and Africa by leveraging innovative market mechanisms such as climate finance and crowd funding. As a Director at Nexus, William developed financing streams from the public and private sector to support the development of certified emission reduction projects in Asia.

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright has several years of global leadership experience in the financial services industry. She has a background in security and privacy. She is a proud computer science graduate of Fordham College Rose Hill, which helped her land her first job, an infrastructure and security engineer role at a bank. After having spent several years as a technology management consultant and program manager, she is now leading privacy operations at Aon.

Torsten Wulf

Torsten Wulf is a professor of Strategic and International Management at Philipps-University Marburg. In addition, he heads the Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. His research interests lie in the areas of behavioural strategy, scenario planning, and the governance of family firms. Research focuses include strategy and governance of family businesses, role of top executives, and strategic and scenario planning.

Alison Wycinowski

Alison is a 2007 graduate of the Gabelli School of Business where she majored in Public Accounting. During her time at Fordham, she was president of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society, gave campus tours with Rose Hill Society, and volunteered at Theodore Roosevelt High School. At graduation, she was awarded the Future Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Medal of Excellence in Accounting, CBA Alumni Association Award, and membership to the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society.

Following graduation, Alison earned her CPA while working as an auditor at EY. From there, she spent a total of 9 years at Barclays across New York and London offices, as a Project Manager for Global Finance and Regulatory change and finally as Chief of Staff in the Corporate Banking CEO Office. Alison also spent four years as an Adjunct Professor, and now serves on the Advisory Board at Fordham’s London Centre.

Most recently, Alison graduated with an MBA from the University of Cambridge and is now a Chief of Staff at TrueLayer, one of the fastest growing start-ups in Europe and leading provider of Open Banking APIs powering a new era of financial innovation.

Ginger F. Zaimis

G.F. Zaimis is an American polymath, writer/poet/editor/translator, lecturer and Southerner who has read arts & architectural history, economics and the classics from the East Coast to Athens, Greece. In between, she has collaborated with Fortune 500 Companies and the world of Academia. She specializes in integrating perennial archetypes via contemporary modernisms and comparative literature which re-unite the humanities and sciences as one.

Her grammatology is imbued with six books including Therapy with Antigone and the Trilogy Verses, Philosophy and Poetry who she co-authored w/ the Philosopher of Kairicity & Member of The Athens Academy, E. Moutsopoulos, Monumental Athens Urban w/ statements from architects and urbanists Pei, Koolhaas, Hadid, Tshumi, Piano, Botta, SNOHETTA and more; as well as her forthcoming book, Is and Not. Her writing and research addresses themes of architecture, philosophy, progressed mythologies and poetry as well as quantum physics, consciousness and bioenergetics.

Ginger is the Literary & Arts Chair (for Greece) of the International Friends of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Library of Alexandria. She is the architect of two new poetic forms, the Portico and Triptych, and the literary translator from the Ancient Greek to English verse of the Stoic Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus, Aristophanes’ Frogs, as well as portions of: the Socratic Dialogues, Hippocratic Corpus, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and other selections of mythos and logos. Her work has been presented at international centers for literature, architecture and art, biennials, world libraries, museums, academic institutions as well as Research Centre for Greek Philosophy at The Athens Academy. She is published from NYC, London, Athens, Alexandria to Rome and her written words translated into Modern Greek, Bengali as well as French and Arabic (forthcoming).

Ginger lives in the Athenian capitol in situ to some of Humanity’s classical prototypes of architecture, mythology, philosophy and democracy.

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2020-2021 Gabelli School London Speaker Series Events Archive

The Pandemic, Global Geopolitics and Brexit: A Conversation with Ambassador Massolo and Board Chair Mennillo

Ambassador Giampiero Massolo, President, Fincantieri S.p.A.; President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Andrea Mennillo, Managing Director and Founding Partner, IDA Capital Ltd. and Chair, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Welcome Keynote: Dennis Jacobs, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fordham University
Moderator and Closing: Donna Rapaccioli, Dean, Gabelli School of Business; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Nazih El Chbeir, MS ‘21, Respondent
Maria Cons, MS ‘22, Respondent

April 29, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 6:30 – 7:30 pm BST

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How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit

Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School
Michaila MacDonald, MS ‘21, Respondent
Alexis Peseau, EMBA ’22, Respondent

April 22, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 6:30 – 7:30 pm BST

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The Evolution of a Global Leader of Data and The Future of Digital Ethics

Robert Sloan, Founder and Managing Partner, S3 Partners
Anosh Iyer, FT MBA ‘21, Respondent
Zev Rosenbaum, MS ‘21, Respondent

April 15, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 6:30 – 7:30 pm BST

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How EU GDPR and PSD2 are Changing the World’s Business Practices

Donna Rapaccioli, Dean, Gabelli School of Business; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Michelle Wright, FCRH ’05, Global Head of Privacy Operations, Aon
Alison Wycinowski, GSB ’07, Commercial Chief of Staff, Truelayer; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Leonardo Luchetti, MS ‘22, Respondent
Samantha Carpino, MS ‘21, Respondent
Jenna Koury, MS ‘22, Respondent

April 8, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 6:30 – 7:30 pm BST

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The Opportunities and Challenges for Monetary Policy and Asset Management in a Post-Pandemic World

Giorgio Di Giorgio, Deputy Rector for Organization and Faculty; Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy; and Director of the Arcelli Center for Monetary and Financial Studies at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Banca Profilo
Jason Gurtata, FT MBA ‘22, Respondent
Sunni Lal, FT MBA ‘22, Respondent
Zachary Mosseri, FT MBA ‘22, Respondent

April 1, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 6:30 – 7:30 pm BST

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Axioms of Thought Re-connecting the Dots: Big-picture Thinking for Re-shaping New Paradigms and Narratives for the Arts, Sciences, and Business Communities

Ginger F. Zaimis, American Polymath, Writer, Editor, Poet, Translator, Lecturer and Adviser
Henry Franco, FT MBA ‘21, Respondent
Yuan “Jason” Wang, MS ’21, Respondent

March 25, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 5:30 – 6:30 pm GMT

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Habits with Impact: Learning How to Optimize Your Sleep, Movement and Nutrition for Optimum Performance

Sinéad Bradbury, Performance Nutritionist and Founder, Sinéad Bradbury Nutrition and Health Consulting
Gregory Minson, FCRH ’98, Global COO, MBD Real Estate at Goldman Sachs and Vice Chair of the Fordham University London Advisory Board
Liz Stack, FT MBA ‘21, Respondent
Emme McCrink, MS ‘22, Respondent

March 18, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT / 5:30 – 6:30 pm GMT

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Marine Logistics for Global Supply Chains: How Disruptions Impact Business and Consumers

Emanuele Lauro, Chairman & CEO, Scorpio Group; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Donna Rapaccioli, Dean, Gabelli School of Business; and Board Member, Fordham University London Advisory Board
Amanda Bush, MS ’21, Respondent
Kaylee Wong, MS ’21, Respondent
Stephanie Parrotta, FT MBA ‘21, Respondent

March 11, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EST / 6:30 – 7:30 pm GMT

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Preparing Ireland’s Enterprise Sector for the Future of Work

Paul Healy, CEO, Skillnet Ireland
Wayne Chan, FT MBA ’21, Respondent

March 4, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EST / 6:30 – 7:30 pm GMT

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Britain & the Post-Brexit World

Sir Mark Boleat, Company Chairman and Former Political Leader of the City of London
Dovid (Zev) Rosenbaum, MS ’21, Respondent
Tahsin (Himi) Himi, MS ’21, Respondent

February 25, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EST / 6:30 – 7:30 pm GMT

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How Organizations Achieve Net Zero: Designing a Robust Strategy for Climate Impact Ambitions

William Theisen, CEO, EcoAct North America
Stephanie Goetz, Gabelli MBA ’21, Co-President, Gabelli Net Impact Club, Welcome
Henry Franco, Gabelli MBA ’21, VP, Gabelli Net Impact Club, Respondent
Ignacia Araya, Gabelli MSBA ’21, VP, Gabelli Net Impact Club, Respondent

February 18, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EST / 6:30 – 7:30 pm GMT

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Current Internationalization Strategies for Business: Expanding from Germany to the UK

Prof. Torsten Wulf, Chair of Strategic and International Management and Academic Director of MBA, Philipps University of Marburg
Franziska Neumann, Research Associate, Strategic and International Management, Philipps University of Marburg
Alexis Peseau, Gabelli EMBA ’22, Respondent

February 11, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 pm EST / 6:30 – 7:30 pm GMT

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