Current Faculty

Christine Farrugia, Ph.D.

Teaching “Research Methods.”

She is currently Director of Research Initiatives at Columbia University School of Professional Studies and formerly the Deputy Head of Research at the Institute of International Education, NYC. Co-Author (with J. Wingard) of a forthcoming book on The Future of Work: Optimizing the Talent Pipeline from the Stanford University Press. She received her Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany, her Ed.M. and M.A. from Columbia University, and her BA from Hunter College. In 2012, she was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Michelle Gabriel

Teaching “Strategic Decisions in the International Fashion Marketplace.”

Michelle is currently the Managing Director of Purslane, the first zero-waste and carbon neutral catering and events company in the US. A sustainability and small business strategist with more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in company management, operations, product development, supply chain transparency, project management, and creative direction for hospitality, product, and apparel brands. Michelle’s current work focuses on pushing the hospitality industry towards greater sustainability by creating a more viable, healthy, and profitable future for the planet, people, and brands. Michelle earned her M.S. in International Fashion Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian New York College and her B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati.

David Grad

Teaching “Value-Based Leadership Skills for an Interconnected World.”

David is Co-Founder of the learning and development Tech Start-Up, Elevator9 and Senior Consultant with the Kaufman Partnership, where he is an executive coach and facilitator of corporate leadership programs. Previously, David had a 23 year career as an Emmy-winning creative strategist, producer & consultant for executives, brands & social enterprises. His media career spanned roles including Executive Producer leading teams at MTV’s in-house agency, creative director of social impact campaigns, television host and actor in plays, independent films and commercials. He earned his MS in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, a BA in Mass Communication and a BA in Theatre from Florida State University.

Prasan Kumar

Teaching “Consumer Led Fashion Marketing.”

Prasan works for Ogilvy, a leading global creative ad agency, where he has worked across multiple industries ranging from financial services and pharmaceuticals to consumer product goods and non-profits, bringing data-driven strategic thinking to all. An enthusiastic business management professional with 15+ years experience in marketing, strategy and project management, he has led communications development for several Fortune 500 companies, managed deployment of multimillion dollar global technology infrastructure and led the launch of a retail e-commerce business. A creative at heart, he is also the author of a children’s book. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, another masters from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelors from Rutgers University.

Amisha Parekh

Teaching “Business Strategy as an Instrument for Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability.”

Amisha is the Product Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg, she was formerly Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy at Deloitte. Her career has taken her to Procter & Gamble and Walmart in roles from brand management to sustainability strategy. She earned her MBA (Corporate Strategy) from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Policy and Behavior (also from the University of Michigan), and a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton. She is the co-author of High-Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies, one of the first books published on sustainability in the hospitality industry.

Dmitri Shuster

Teaching “Global Ethics, Compliance and Governance.”

He is currently an advisor to QBIX – a social network and community app and most recently was a Co-Head of Global Trading Division & Global Head of Foreign Exchange, of Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as well as a Board Member of Global FX Division of the Global Financial Markets Association. He received his BBA from Baruch College and his MBA from Stern School of Business, NYU and is presently a candidate for the DBA in Finance at the University of Manchester, UK.

Seisei Tatebe-Goddu

Teaching “Navigating Global Change: Business Practices for the Common Good.”

Seisei is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Future Now Fund and Future Now, organizations which are building the power to improve Americans’ lives by winning state legislative majorities and working with them to achieve goals for the common good. Previously, she was the founding COO of Run for Something, Deputy Director of Operations for the North Carolina Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, and founder/managing director of a consulting group that worked with over 70 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe on strategy and organizational development challenges. She earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.

Meredith Wilf, Ph.D.

Teaching “Global Political Economy.”

Currently Director, Pricing and Predictive Analytics, Capital Rx; formerly Analyst, Strategic Operations, Ann Taylor, Inc. Her research has been published in International Organization, Journal of Politics, and includes a contribution on “WTO Membership” (with C.L. Davis) that appears in The Oxford Handbook for the Political Economy of International Trade from the Oxford University Press. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, her MBA from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, and her BA from the University of Rochester. Following graduation, she served as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh and has been an invited presenter at the University of Chicago, Seoul National University, and London School of Economics.

Diana Won

Teaching “Impact through Social Entrepreneurship.”

She is currently Program Manager, The Pershing Square Foundation where she manages a $20 million annual portfolio of grants across programs areas including sourcing, due diligence, grants management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. From 2015-2016, she was a Henry Luce Scholar and Social Impact Consultant for the M.Y. Social Company in Seoul, South Korea. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received her MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and her BA from Rutgers University.