home > imba > Faculty Academic Management


Members of the ISG MBA teaching faculty are rigorously selected according to their top academic qualifications and rich professional backgrounds. Most teachers are flown in from North America, other parts of Europe or the Middle East for their seminars and then return to their respective careers running their companies, occupying top positions in international firms or doing research.

Experienced International Teachers

The seminars (/graduate/mba-academics) at ISG provide an opportunity for students to interact with experienced and tested professionals as well as for teachers to transmit the knowledge of cutting edge business practices.

Experienced professor teaching isg students

The schools and universities where our faculty obtained their postgraduate or doctorate degrees include George Washington University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Royal Holloway University at the University of London, Trinity College at the University of Dublin, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Laval University of Quebec.

Areas of expertise

The areas of expertise represented by ISG MBA teaching faculty include:

  • sustainable development
  • creative management skills
  • global risk management
  • strategic planning and implementation of mergers and acquisitions
  • new business development
  • private equity placement

Professors of the International MBA

Professors at ISG are rigorously selected worldwide from among the best consults and professionals in their fields. The following biographies represent this year’s outstanding faculty.


Ralf Borchardt holds an Doctor of Business Administration from ISM. He obtained his BSc from the University of Hamburg in industrial engineering in 1988 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration of Zurich in 1994. He has had many leading consulting and management positions in the IT area since 1988 in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. He has worked with major companies such as James Martin Associates and Texas Instruments and been self-employed since 1994 (CEO of Horst Borchardt GmbH, Consultants Unlimited GmbH, Line Consulting AG, acoreus AG, Mobile Voice Solutions AG).


Bob van den Brand holds a Ph.D and Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Tilburg (Netherlands). He is the coordinator of the Financial Management Group at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), where he also lectures in International Finance and Accounting. Dr. van den Brand’s research interests are in finacial reporting, earnings measurement, and accounting in international contexts. He has received several awards for his teaching at Erasmus University and the University of Tilburg.


Chris Fitzsimons is a senior business executive with extensive financial, industrial, advisory and teaching experience with specailized involvement in European due diligence and business integration. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a postgraduate diploma in Administration and Law from the University of Ulster. He presently runs his own financial advisory practice in Paris. Some of the past professional positions held include: Director of the Paris Office of Deloitte Transaction Services; Divisional Finance Director of M.Y. Holdings PLC – Healthcare; and Assistant Director of Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young, London.

Matthew FRASER

Matthew Fraser holds a D.E.A and Ph.D in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiaues de Paris and completed post graduate studies at Oxford University, London School of Economics, and Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Currently a research fellow at INSEAD and Adjunct Professor at the American University of Paris, he has had an extensive career in journalism, government, and academia, including as a television host and Editor in Chief for the National Post in Canada. He is the author of a number of books including Throwing Sheep into the Boardroom: How Social Networking Will Transform your Life, Work and World and Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire.

Jean-François GAGNE

Jean-François Gagne is currently a full-time member of the research faculty at ISG. He holds a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from the University of Paris, Dauphine. He has worked as a consultant for Gemini Consulting and IGA – his assignments have dealt with operational performance improvement, product and brand launch, industrial strategy, company transformation and empoyee mobilization. Research interests include Organizational Change, Corporate Identity and Culture and Mobilization, Commitment and Resistance.


Jose Gimenez earned his Ph.D in Sciences at the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse), MSc in Electrical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology (London), and BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas). He works as a consultant engineer to firms throughout Venezuela, and is Professor of Operations Management and operations Research at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Caracas. In the past, he served as the Director of Advanced Management Program for the same university, and been a visiting professor at Universidad de Simon Bolivar. Mr. Gimenez has had over 20 scholarly articles published in research journals and presented at international conferences.


After co-creating the first International Festival & TV Program market for Children’s Television (FIMAJ), and running her own company in the early 90s, Lyndi van der Hout subsequently worked as an agent for one of the leading US talent agencies (ICM). She established the ICM France subsidiary while managing the pan-European careers of over 60 Paris-based directors, writers and actors. She then moved into the field of executive search and HR development in the IT and high-tech world, applying the acquired creative management skills to the corporate environment. She holds a BA in International Business Administration (Honors) from AUP in Paris, and is currently completing a post-graduate degree in Work Psychology, specializing in the psychological processes of creativity in the workplace.


Professor Kallman holds a Ph.D in risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin, a MSc degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin, and a BSc in Finance from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kallman is the Executive Vice President of the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Prior to his work at the National Alliance, Dr. Kallman was a full-time professor at St. John’s University, the School of Risk Management, where he taught courses in risk control and management, property and life insurance, financial risk management, and global risk management. He is regarded as an expert in risk control and his seminars are presented internationally. His work has earned teaching awards and several academic honors including two Spencer Educational Foundation grants.


Paul Leiman holds a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor of Business Ethics at Johns Hopkins University, in the Carey School of Business as well as the Whiting School of Engineering. As a founder of his own company, KeyWitness Consulting, he has worked with the Institute of International Finance, Hycor Biomedical, and as a program consultant in Anti-Money Laundering training. Previously, he litigated white collar banking enforcement matters and served as both a trial lawyer and administrative counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Joe Mancini is experienced in international Pirvate Equity and Venture Capital in a wide range of deals and sectors, from the High-tech sector to more traditional general sectors. He has worked as Director of Technology-related investments for CDC Captial Partners (CDC Group plc) London and Director of Eurocontinental Ventures S.A. in Luxembourg. He holds masters degrees in molecular medicine and bioinformatics as well as an MBA from Schiller International University, London.


Mehdi Majidi holds a Ph.D in International Business and Cross-Cultural Management, and an Executive MBA from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). In addition to being a professor of International Business and Cross-Cultural Management at George Washington University, he is a principal consultant with over 25 years experience in private and public management and international business. Dr. Majidi is especially skilled in strategic planning and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, and alliances. In these areas, he focuses on cultural differences as a decisive factor relative to financial and economic considerations.


Angeliki Papasava did her DBA dissertation in sustaining enterprise viability and profit margins in the Information Communications Technology sector as part of her research at ISM. She holds an MBA in International Management from Royal Holloway University at the University of London, BSc in Economics from the National and Capodestrian University of Athens, and B.S. in Management and Organizational Behaviour at the American College of Greece. She is currently the Managing Director of the Papasava Group and participates in the Greek Prime Minister’s and President’s delegation in promoting Greek IT interests abroad.


Alon Rozen is completing his Ph.D with ISM and is also a visiting professor at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) Dijon, where he teaches Marketing, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Negotiation. He holds an MBA from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France and has successfully completed Harvard University’s specialized program in Negotiation & Arbitration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Business. Mr. Rozen is co-founder of In-Line Development Services SARL, a sports entertainment and real estate development consultancy based in Paris, France.


Joel Saltsman holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Interntional Management from ESCP-EAP. He is currently employed by France Telecom as a Corporate Lawyer and has experience in international telecoms regulation and compliance, public affairs and corporate law. He specializes in financial disclosure law for listed companies.

Leslie SHAW

Leslie Shaw holds a Ph.D and B.A. from Trinity College at the University of Dublin. He has been a Visiting Professor at the George Washington University, Trinity College at the University of Dublin, Ecole National d’Administration, and la Sorbonne. His most recent research in Negotiation Strategy and Styles has been published in Business Digest (2004) and the Financial Times (2002). He is also a consultant to many corporations including Aérospatiale, Alcatel IT, Thomson, Hewlett-Packard, and Eurosport.


Geoffrey Vanderpal holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University (Florida), MBA from Webster University, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College. He currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer at Elite Planning Group of America, Inc, where he provides investment strategy to small and large financial institutions such as Citicorp and First Union Securities. He also teaches Corporate Finance and Managerial Finance at the University of Phoenix. He is listed in “America’s Best Financial Planners” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.


An American Political Scientist and Sustainability Activist who has lived and worked in Paris, France since 1969. As the main conveyor of The Commons: Open Society Sustainability Initiative and its various networks, he is well known for promoting integrated public transport, “carsharing” and bike sharing. Through his own consultancy, EcoPlan International, Britton undertakes projects which mainly relate to improving urban transport sustainability. The Commons: Open Society Sustainability Initiative is the activity for which he is probably best known at the moment.

Philip BLOOM

Was born in England and immigrated to France in 1991 where he currently lives and own his own communication consultancy firm. He also specializes in Business training and personal coaching of both employees and managers. Philip originally studied Law before specializing in International political strategy. For many years he led a think-tank on behalf of a British political party working closely with parliamentarians in London and in Europe, advising on international policy.