All business faculty members at AUS are either professionally or doctorally qualified to teach at the appropriate program level. They have many years of academic as well as corporate (and/or non-profit) professional experience and continue to be active practitioners in their respective disciplines. Faculty use the experience gained from multiple years of teaching experience and their scholarly and professional knowledge to incorporate the latest teaching paradigms, current business knowledge and tools, and underlying technologies into their lectures, assignments, and projects.
Mr. Humbert Costas has two engineering degrees, Aeronautical and Industrial, an IESE Executive Education, and 17 years of experience in aviation managing high-performance teams in competitive environments.
His professional career combines experience in aircraft manufacturing, airlines, and consulting all multinational companies. In particular, he has been the Director of Safety and Quality of an airline with a turnover of 600M€ and +1000 employees in Europe, responsible for ensuring operations regulations compliance by auditing all operations areas, and lecturer for more than six years in Airline Operations and Safety Management Masters for a top-ranked European aviation university, and member of the founding operations team of an airline (Volotea, 2012) with a high knowledge of airline company culture.
Dr. Marko Majer
Dr. Marko Majer is a seasoned marketing communications professional and business educator with over 30 years of international experience. He has been sitting proverbially on two chairs all his life: he has founded and then managed one of the leading marketing communications agencies in Slovenia, working for blue-chip clients such as MasterCard, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nestlé, etc.
The agency team, under his leadership and himself personally, have received over 80 international awards for their work. The challenges of leading a diverse and demanding creative team have encouraged him to research the young generation, Millennials, as talent in the European advertising industry for his doctorate, which was subsequently also published in a book.
He currently acts as a mentor to young leaders and startups and teaches his favorite topics of marketing and leadership with special attention to digital trends and responsible behaviour at three high-profile Swiss business schools.
Marko is an avid traveler, fluent in 6 languages. He is a sports pilot and enjoys flying small aircraft around Europe, skiing, and spending time outdoors.
Mr. Robert Fontaine
Mr. Robert Fontaine has been an active player in the blockchain ecosystem since 2016, including investment, business development, support of building and launching dapps, lectures, and advising medium and large companies.
His experience includes strategy and operations in blockchain, smart city, and telco industries across Europe, CIS, and MENA markets.
Dr. Aleksandra Zając is a social scientist specializing in security studies. In her recent research, she has tackled contemporary security threats and democratic societies’ phenomena in a comparative perspective using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
She holds a master's degree in International Relations, spec. American Studies (2009) and in Philosophy (2012) from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She earned her PhD in 2019 from Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University.
From 2016 until 2021, she worked as a lecturer at the State University of Applied Sciences in Racibórz, Poland, teaching security professionals (police officers, prison and border guards, soldiers) and civilians, delivering original lectures on European Union security policy, international relations, threats to contemporary societies, etc. Her professional experience is, among others, Erasmus Plus Visiting Professor at the University of Foggia (2019), participation in a project run by the University of Warsaw's Internal Security Chair that resulted in the publication of the "Encyclopedia of Internal Security" (2020), United Nations Development Program’s International Short-Term Junior Legal Expert on Poland (2021).
Aleksandra Zając is Polish and moved to Switzerland in early 2022. Beyond academia, she has some experience in Anti Money-Laundering and paralegal services for business.
Mr. C. Rezvani is a dual German and a United States citizen with 20 years of teaching experience in Switzerland and Germany.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Rezvani worked in various areas of international assignment management, project management, tax compliance, accounting, and consulting with reinsurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the “Big Four” tax firms in the United States and Switzerland.
Mr. Rezvani holds an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Marymount University’s School of Business Administration in Arlington, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.
Dr. Giuseppe Catenazzo
Dr. Giuseppe Catenazzo is the Head of Research & Adjunct Lecturer at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland and Visiting Professor in Service Operations Management & Statistics at EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, the top world institution for hospitality education.
He is also an External Lecturer in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour at the University of Applied Sciences in Western Switzerland (HEG Geneva) and an Affiliate Professor in Marketing at ICN Business School, a leading French Grande Ecole. An Italian and Swiss citizen, Giuseppe studied in France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom and speaks several languages.
Dr. Catenazzo is also an editor of international research books; his research on quality perceptions, service recovery, and complaining behavior has been published in Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction & Complaining Behavior, and Anatolia International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.
Dr. Haitao Zhang
Haitao Zhang obtained his degree of Ph.D. and Master of Science in the field of finance, accounting, and international business management from the University of Surrey, UK. His Bachelor's degree of Business Administration was obtained from the Webster University Genève.
Haitao Zhang was an Assistant Professor at Surrey International Institute of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China. He has over ten years of industrial experience in international project management, international business and investment, and business liaison techniques by leading several international projects between Swiss start-up firms and Chinese companies. Haitao Zhang is also a Certified Public Accountant in Australia.
Haitao Zhang published several studies in top-tier academic journals (e.g., European Financial Management, Applied Financial Economics, European Accounting Review), and as the book chapter, his studies were also presented at international academic conferences. His current areas of research include Financial Reporting, Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Investment Efficiency, Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, Global Leadership, and Strategy.
Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz teaches Development of Intercultural Skills and Executive Leadership courses at the American University in Switzerland.
Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz has been working in the field of Intercultural Management since 2017. In her workshops, she meets the needs of already well-established professionals from the corporate world and students preparing to work across borders successfully.
Her intercultural programs are based on recognized management consulting techniques and concepts and methods from the field of intercultural communication. Furthermore, she follows the edutainment approach in the teaching of younger students. It implies combining games, role plays, and other activities to a high degree with the intercultural content to enhance interactivity and exchange.
She started her professional career in 2001 by working in Germany as a Business Process Consultant. She continued as a Project Manager by running various IT and business process implementation projects, demonstrating her analytical and organizational competence.
Katarzyna is fluent in Polish, English, German, and French and works in those languages. She is an expert on Polish, East European, German and Swiss (over the linguistic borders) cultures and is well immersed in the multicultural environment of the Geneva Lake region.
Katarzyna is an active member of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) and OWIT Lake Geneva (Organization of Women in International Trade).
Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland; Master’s degree in European Studies – European Law, Economics and Culture, Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) to Poznań, Poland;
One-year scholarship in political science, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany.
Sanja Fabrio brings to the table a broad business experience from 20 years of a corporate career in a Fortune 100 multinational in setting up and managing local market operations, building and leading multicultural organizations, and outreaching high-level internal and external stakeholders. She recently held positions of Managing Director Central Europe South and Vice President Corporate Affairs EEMA region in Philip Morris International.
Sanja accompanies C-suite executives in setting and executing robust strategy for growth, developing and leading high-performing teams, and facilitating a flying-start performance for business leaders in their new role. She collaborates with IMD business school, taking a fresh look at the ways corporations deal with ever-increasing operational pressures that have the potential to affect their license to operate. Sanja contributes business cases and papers, co-hosts lectures, and frequently participates on international panels treating the future of business and regulation.
Sanja Fabrio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & International Trade from the University J.J.Strossmayer, Croatia, and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Italy and is fluent in English, French, Croatian, and Italian and commands a fair knowledge of German.
Dr. Suzanne Rosselet is a professor at AUS – the American University in Switzerland. Formerly, founder of Global Competitiveness Consulting, she specializes in issues of national and corporate competitiveness, sustainable economic development, and strategic investment for global companies. She was a guest professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, teaching in their Executive Education programs and the Sino-Swiss Management Training Program for Sustainable Development in China. Suzanne is also a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network. Her main areas of expertise include the identification and assessment of country strengths and weaknesses; the determination of national competitive strategies to enhance growth and social development; global trends; and helping executives understand the challenges they face in today’s rapidly changing global landscape.
At IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, Suzanne was Deputy Director of the World Competitiveness Center (WCC) and co-author of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) from 2001 to 2012 - the most comprehensive study on the competitiveness of nations. She was responsible for the research and interpretation of the report’s findings, often invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences. She has also published extensively on the themes of global trends and competitiveness.
Additionally, from 2012 to 2013, Suzanne advised the State government (Vaud) in Switzerland on their international investment strategy: helping to identify potential countries for investment into Switzerland and target countries and industries for investment abroad. Other projects have included several in-depth country profiles to advise governments on their competitive strategy and teaching in various workshops and seminars worldwide.
Suzanne Rosselet received a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University, CA. She was a Post-Graduate Fellow at H.E.C., University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds a doctorate from the Geneva School of Diplomacy. Suzanne is also a graduate of IMD’s Leadership Development Program.
Mario Saba is a professor of information systems (IS). He has been teaching IS-related subjects since 2009 at higher education institutions in Europe, the USA, and the Middle East. Mario has essential experience in academic management. He has developed academic programs for graduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr. Saba is an expert in Weak Signals pertaining to Informational Intelligence. Respectively, he undertakes applied research that tackles IS technology uses, decision-making tools, Artificial and Augmented Intelligence. He focuses on systemic interactions, which are not easily apprehended by the classical approaches in management. Mario publishes the results of his methodological and practical contributions in peer-reviewed international journals. He leads projects and provides advisory services that convert weak signals into strong and factual touchpoints. His core competency is to induce innovation and competitive advantage through human and technological interactions in organizations across different industries.
Dr. Mario Saba holds a Ph.D. in Management Science - Information Systems, two Master’s degrees in Marketing and Hospitality Management, and a PGCert in Higher Education from French and English Universities.
Dr. Attila Shelley
Dr. Attila Shelley has dual Swiss and American nationality and has lived and worked in various countries, including Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the USA, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. He received his BSc in Applied Physics from Princeton University and his MBA and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has 25 years of teaching experience in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.
He has worked in management and consulting positions at companies including The Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, HSBC, and Barclays Bank. Besides teaching, he works as a management consultant and strategic and financial management workshop leader, working primarily with Middle Eastern and East European companies.
After completing his professional pilot training, Sandro Guidetti studied mechanical engineering, followed by postgraduate studies in business, law, and psychology. He holds a PgDipl in Business and Administration from the University of Portsmouth, an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Salford, and an MSc in Human Factors in Aviation from Coventry University. Sandro lived abroad for a substantial part of his professional life and had broad exposure to cultural differences.
Sandro held various management positions, both within the aviation and manufacturing industry, besides a diversified aircrew career as a pilot, instructor, and designated examiner. Furthermore, he has a good understanding of the aviation regulator perspective, having worked five years with the Swiss Civil Aviation Authority as licensing flight inspector and chief examiner SPA.
Sandro has more than twenty years of experience as a trainer and lecturer and developed many courses in the field of aviation. His main research interests are international aviation law implementation, aviation operational management and safety systems, advanced training methods, and human-automation interactions. Sandro is an Associate Member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology.
Ruby Bakshi Khurdi
Dr. Ruby Bakshi Khurdi is a highly acclaimed Powerful Speaker on Emotional Intelligence in the global market. She is Google Verified Award Winning Innovative Educationist and the only verified Kahoot Educator in Switzerland. She is popularly known as Kahoot Professor by her students. Her teaching style focuses on gamification and perceptual learning. She recently published a Book on Amazon – How to Engage Learners in a Virtual Learning Environment – Shift in Paradigm due to Covid-19. Her book has been highly instrumental in changing teaching and training styles across the globe.
Dr. Ruby Bakshi is a recipient of many National & International Awards for conducting successful workshops in London, Bahrain, UAE, Amsterdam, India, Nepal, China, Paris, Portugal, Australia, the USA, and Prague. In Switzerland, she has conducted highly successful training sessions in Human Resources Management, Leadership & Personality development at United Nations Geneva, Good festival in Lausanne, Nestle Vevey, and Science Congress in Zurich. During challenging times of COVID19, she participated in various webinars conducted Live Masterclasses and talk shows to motivate people across the world. She frequently shares her expertise on topics like Education, Communication, Leadership, Public Speaking, Stress management, and Practicing Resilience.
She is a Role Model and Mentor to various international students from Business and Hospitality Management Colleges. She has been nominated Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneur by Swiss Entrepreneur Magazine. As an Educationist, she is always looking for creative ways to connect with her students in actual as well as Virtual Learning Environment. She motivates them by highlighting their work and giving them a safe learning environment. She is a very passionate person with a vision to educate people with life skills & connect emotionally towards building a creative society.
Her contribution towards Education and Society has been recognized by the World Book of Records UK. She has been featured on the Cover page of Elite Business Women Magazine, The Ambassador, Career Beacon as 50 Elite Exemplary Women, Swiss Star in The Explore Journal & WOW India.
Dr. Alessandro Bianchi has worked for more than 30 years within the IT and the Pharmaceutical industries and International Institutions in the USA, Australia, Switzerland, and Italy.
He started in the R&D domain and later moved to Corporate Planning, Management Control Systems, and International Marketing to reach the position of Managing Director of an IT components company.
While being active as a Strategic Management Consultant and Business Development Coach within several enterprises (food producers, banks, fashion, telecommunications, transports, etc.), he has kept in contact with the academic world by holding business-related seminars and courses in Europe and Asia.
Former member of the Italian Federation of Public Relations has also written several articles and professional handbooks on different international management issues.
Didier Thomas is a Swiss educator who has worked on diverse projects in many countries. He is a certified language teacher. His teaching technique is based on human-centered teaching philosophy. To teach, in his words, one must first comprehend human behavior. He is fascinated by human beings and how to get the most out of a person. He published a collection of short stories in 2005 under the name "Transition", which highlights the similarities between physics and human behavior.
Jenifer is the principal of Sarver Strategies, a communications consultancy. She has more than two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit, and political worlds, helping clients develop messages that resonate with their core audiences and create strategies for effectively delivering those messages through the appropriate communication channels.
In launching Sarver Strategies, Jenifer focused her skills on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that conveys their core values and then preparing them to effectively deliver that message. Jenifer has extensive experience in media and presentation skills training, having conducted workshops and one-on-one training for a wide range of public figures, including CEOs, foreign leaders, local and state political candidates and officeholders, and nonprofit leaders.
Jenifer teaches courses on public speaking, advocacy communications, speechwriting, storytelling, and confidence in communication, among other topics. She regularly presents at conferences and delivers keynotes remarks. She has conducted international training in Kenya, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, and Australia.
Jenifer spent nearly six years as Chief of Staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, the Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller. In addition to supporting Ambassador Hughes, leading the Austin office, and helping drive new business development, Jenifer managed a wide variety of accounts, from corporate communications to developing internal employee communications campaigns to overseeing all aspects of grassroots and media relations for a coalition. She has also developed expertise in crisis communications, helping clients manage difficult situations from data breaches to bank failures.
Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center and was a Senior Advisor on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Jenifer worked in public relations at Cunningham Communications and Public Strategies, representing high tech and communications clients. She began her professional career in political campaigns, working as a Finance Director and a Deputy Campaign Manager on two separate congressional races during the 1996 election cycle.
She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She received the degree of Master's in Public Administration from American University. In 2017 she was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She is the national board chair of the Women’s Public Leadership Network and on the advisory board of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School. She is on the Advisory Council of the UT Austin College of Communication, is on the Archer Center Board, and is past chairman of the board of the Texas 4000 for Cancer, as well as the Advisory Council of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. She is a member of the Texas Lyceum class of 2014. She was a member of the 2010 Leadership Austin Essential Class. Jenifer is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, A Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Jenifer ran in the 2018 Republican Primary to represent Texas’ 21st Congressional District in the U.S. Congress.
Called in Switzerland for military service, Dr. Patrick Lehner has been the first young director appointed as the Head of the French-Swiss Chamber of Commerce to create a subsidiary in Zurich. Then, he went to the international sector, heading a department in an international non-governmental body located in Geneva. After having been selected among 183 candidates to be the operating manager of a private training center, he has been appointed by the government of Geneva to head a University faculty belonging to the new professional universities system. From 2002 on, he has managed a professional association in the computer science business as well as a regional exhibition in this industry.
Since September 2002, Dr. Patrick Lehner has been managing several associations in the computer industry, continues his activity as a freelance translator, which he created in 1991, and teaches in different private universities in Switzerland while training people in various companies.
Dr. Patrick Lehner holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, MSC in General Management from ESCP-Europe, and a Master of Research (DEA) in Human Resources Management and Social Relations from University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
Professor Wilkes’ educational background is a bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics from Oxford and a master's degree by research in mathematics from Aberdeen. He has a broad range of experience and expertise in academia and business. He has undertaken projects within international environments. He has lived in Brazil and Saudi Arabia and has worked on management consultancy assignments in several countries in Africa and Asia.
His academic experience includes being a Professor of Production Engineering at the Post-Graduate School of Engineering (COPPE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and lecturing in various universities in the UK, Brazil, Switzerland, and Russia. He has also provided management training in organizations in the UK, Slovenia, and Nigeria. His main areas of interest are in the quantitative aspects of management, including Project Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Decision Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and Statistics.
His business experience includes running his own management consultancy company, which provided services in Operational Research and Information. Multiple projects were managed in the UK, including planning for the National Health Service and the Post Office. A number of missions were undertaken by him for UNCTAD in Africa and Asia; these mainly concentrated on trade infrastructure and management development. Professor Wilkes infuses the experience gained from real-life situations into his lecturing.
Co-founder Fly Snowflake - aims to be a virtual airline offering regular niche commercial services from Geneva to Lugano with electric planes and ad hoc business aviation services.
Director Marketing & Economic Affairs City of Meyrin, Switzerland (2016 –2019) Coordinated the relationship between companies, the State administration and authorities; developed quality framework conditions for existing and future businesses; promoted actions at the local level in the heart of the business community; developed marketing actions to promote business aviation and maintenance.
Director, International Affairs & Airline Business Department Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Geneva (CCIG) (2006-2015) In charge of international trade, economic policies, foreign direct investment and the airline industry; member of the Senior Management board; identified needs to increase the number of sponsors; analyzed opportunities by sectors; created clusters; set up visibility schemes: increase revenue by 2.5; managed the political campaign to transfer State’s assets to the airport; successfully improved air services through B2B negotiations with airlines.
Economic Development Officer Geneva FDI Agency, Geneva, Switzerland (1999-2005) Promoted Geneva as an ideal location for the European headquarters of multinational companies; played an active role in getting Colgate Palmolive, Gillette, LG Chem, Polo Ralph Lauren, etc. to establish headquarters in Geneva; connected foreign companies with State departments (work permits, tax rulings) and other organizations (airport, conference centers, tourism offices, etc.)
Marketing Manager Lemanair, Geneva, Switzerland (1997-1998) Developed and executed plans for the creation of this regional airline; executed a robust stakeholder outreach plan to engage and partner with travel agencies, airports, and chambers of commerce in the launch of this airline.
Member of the board Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) (Since 2011) Smart mobility/network/infrastructure and strategy
Pilot, Geneva Flying Club / Blogger & youtuber (Premiairclassetv)
Dr. Gaidi Faraj
Dr. Gaidi Faraj’s professional career spans three decades and includes a variety of leadership and management roles in higher education and international business. As a global citizen, Dr. Faraj has lived and worked on four continents. His academic approach and interests are in the intersection of global challenges and future thinking. He is focused on building sustainable institutions and evolving higher education to meet the needs of a diverse, rapidly changing world.
Most recently, Dr. Faraj served as Head of College at African Leadership University (ALU) in Kigali, Rwanda, where he led a dynamic team of 100+ staff members from over 15 countries and oversaw a campus of 1,000 students from 35 countries. While at ALU, Dr. Faraj pioneered the first Global Challenges degree program on the African continent. Prior to joining ALU, Dr. Faraj managed multiple lines of business, including construction, hospitality, and financial services, as the Vice-President of Operations for a transatlantic investment firm. He is also the founder of a business development consultancy.
Dr. Faraj holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Troy State University in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a past research fellow at Harvard University and a former University of Massachusetts Amherst W.E.B. DuBois Scholar.
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