University of Southern California

CIBER Advisory Council

Anthony Bailey

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Southern California

Dr. Anthony Bailey oversees the USC Office of Globalization and USC's seven international offices in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and India. He also guides South American strategy, including the planning of an international office in Brazil, which will open in the coming year. Dr. Bailey provides leadership in USC's efforts in global recruiting, partnerships, and exchange opportunities, and he represents USC in relationships and negotiations with foreign universities, foreign governments, and other institutions abroad. One of his current tasks is leading USC's organization of the 2013 Global Conference in Seoul, South Korea. He also serves as President Nikias' representative to the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), of which USC is a founding member. Bailey previously served as Associate Provost for Global Initiatives.

Prior to his arrival at USC, Dr. Bailey worked for Kaplan Inc. as the executive leading development in the Latin American region. He also served as President of Kaplan International Colleges, a division serving over 50,000 students and with operations in 20 countries.

Fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish, Dr. Bailey has represented the education industry with respect to trade agreements on an advisory committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He received his MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Bayer

Executive Director, Language Center, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Daniel Bayer is the Executive Director of the Language Center in the College of Letters Arts & Sciences has introduced new technologies, online resources and led the effort to change language course curricula to improve student learning. Bayer is overseeing the creation of an online computer game to guide students through first-year Italian, including the production of a demo of a comprehensive "Virtual Italian Experience." His research interests include the grammatical reflexes of the semantic category 'animacy' in analytic Slavic languages. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics from Ohio State University.

Mark Borthwick

Director, United States Asia Pacific Council

Mark Borthwick is director of the United States Asia Pacific Council and the U.S. National Committees of the Pacific Basic Economic Council (PBEC) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). His many appointments include: Assistant professor of Sociology at Iowa State University, Military Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Army and Vietnam, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Roundtable on Science and Public Affairs at Duke University, Staff Member of the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, Congressional Science Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He also served five years as Chairman of the PECC International Coordinating Group; three years as Director General of the Asia-Pacific Information Technology Summit. His research interests include: U.S. foreign policy and policymaking Asia Pacific regionalism Asia Pacific trade & investment policy issues and trends Pacific Islands economic development. Mark Borthwick is also author of Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia,(Second Edition, 1998, Westview) a companion textbook to the 10-hour public television series.

Stephen Cheung

Director of International Trade Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Stephen Cheung is the Director of International Trade for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. His responsibilities include the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and International Trade for the City.

Prior to joining Mayor Garcetti's Office of International Trade, Cheung was the Director of International Development for the Port of Los Angeles. In that role, Cheung was responsible for developing programs to increase business and trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California region.

Cheung joined the Port of Los Angeles after serving as Managing Director of International Trade and Clean Technology for the previous Los Angeles Mayor. He was responsible for advancing the Mayor's goal of enhancing international trade opportunities for Los Angeles-based companies, and to expand the city's role as a leader in international trade, entertainment, tourism, manufacturing and professional services.

Furthermore, Stephen was responsible for implementing the Mayor's strategic plan to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology by building the infrastructure to support research, development and manufacturing with key partners such as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and CleanTech LA.

Eric Chow

Assistant Director, CIBER, USC Marshall School

Eric H. Chow is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the USC Marshall School of Business. Over the past 4 years, he has helped develop and manage the annual Asia Pacific Business Outlook conference and in 2006 Microfinance and Beyond, featuring Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. Prior to his position at the Marshall School, Eric organized international research conferences and continuing education seminars for the USC School of Pharmacy and managed the foreign language and research grant programs for The Japan Foundation.

His first professional experience in globalization began during his tenure as an English teacher in Yasugi-City, Shimane Prefecture, in southwest Japan. Eric holds degrees in Political Science and American Literature from the University of Southern California. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Eric was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts. In his free time Eric enjoys playing and watching sports such as basketball, American football, and golf; as well as traveling, reading and writing.

Sandra Chrystal

Vice Dean for Online Education
Chief Information Officer
Professor of Clinical Management Communication

Sandra Chrystal teaches management communication classes focused on technology-enhanced and community-based learning. She has received USC's Teaching with Technology and Teaching Has No Boundaries awards, and Marshall's Evan C. Thompson Teaching and Learning Innovation award and the Dean's Award for Community. As Vice Dean, she leads Marshall's efforts in online and executive education and oversees the school's Centers of Excellence and academic information services. She previously served as Director of the Center for Management Communication. Before joining USC, she taught at Clayton State University, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame, worked in corporate marketing, and owned her own business.

Richard Drobnick

Director, Center for International Business Education and Research
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and Managing Director, APRU World Initiative.

Dr. Drobnick is the founding director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Marshall School of Business, which has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 33 national resource centers on international business. From 1994 to 2005, Drobnick served as USC's inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs.

Drobnick is also the Managing Director of the APRU World Initiative, which was developed in 2006 to produce interdisciplinary research on issues of critical importance to Pacific Rim policy makers ( Drobnick was the inaugural Secretary General and a member of the Steering Committee (1997-2011) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), an association of presidents of 42 leading Pacific Rim research universities (

Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is the author of numerous articles regarding international economics and business, as well as the co-author of Neither Feast nor Famine: Food Conditions to the Year 2000 (D.C. Heath, 1978) and co-editor of Small Firms in Global Competition (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Drobnick is a member of the United States Asia Pacific Council, which is the organizing institution for the United States National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Council of the Asia Society's Southern California Center, and a director of the Japan-America Society of Southern California. From 1967 to 1969, Drobnick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, as a management advisor to the multi-purpose "Farmer Associations" that were being launched by the Malaysian Department of Agriculture.

Clayton Dube

Associate Director, USC U.S.-China Institute

Clayton Dube is the Associate Director of the USC U.S.-China Institute, which aims to enhance understanding of the 21st century's definitive and multidimensional relationship through cutting-edge social science research, innovative graduate and undergraduate training, extensive and influential public events, and professional development efforts. He was previously the UCLA Asia Institute's Assistant Director.

During his tenure there, he headed the Asian studies teacher training program and oversaw a variety of instructional, research, and outreach initiatives. Among the projects he directed were two student-driven web publications, AsiaMedia and Asia Pacific Arts, each of which now has more than one million readers annually. He's produced one documentary and consulted on several others. His research has focused on how economic and political change in China since 1900 affected the lives of people in small towns. He has taught Asian and world history at several colleges and has written teaching guides on Chinese history. He served as associate editor for Modern China, an academic quarterly published by Sage Publications, from 1998 to 2002.

Dube first visited China in 1982, living and working there for three years. He has since returned many times to carry out fieldwork and to lead study tours. He serves on the advisory boards for the USC Center for International Studies, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the UCLA Confucius Institute and is a fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy.

James G. Ellis

Dean, USC Marshall School

James G. Ellis is Dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. from the University of New Mexico. He was appointed dean of the USC Marshall School of Business and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean's Chair in Business Administration in April 2007. He also has held a full-time appointment as a professor in the Department of Marketing since 1997, and continues to teach the school's freshman leadership colloquium class.

Prior to being appointed dean, Ellis was USC's vice provost for globalization, responsible for building the USC name worldwide. At the USC Marshall School, he previously served as vice dean for external relations and as associate dean for undergraduate programs. From 1998 to 2003, he directed the Family Business Program, running seminars for families in business. Ellis worked in the corporate world from 1970 to 1997. He was president and CEO of Porsche Design from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 1997, he was chairman and CEO of Port o'Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, as well as an owner/partner in six other companies. Ellis was a member of the Young Presidents Organization for 14 years, during which time he served two terms as chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter and one term as regional vice president, and for six years was a member of the International Board of Directors. He is also a past chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Ellis sits on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and has addressed organizations around the world on business topics. At USC in 2003, Ellis was honored with both the Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, co-sponsored by the university's Center for Excellence in Teaching, and the Golden Apple Award, given by USC Marshall School students. In 2004, he received the USC Parents' Association's Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Robert English

Associate Professor of International Relations
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Ph.D. politics, Princeton University, 1/1995
M.P.A. international relations, national security, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 6/1982 B.A. history/Slavic studies, University of California, Berkeley, 6/1980

Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor English studies Russia, the former USSR, and Eastern Europe, with a focus ranging from general issues of regional relations to specific questions of ethnicity, identity, and nationalism. He is presently working on a book-length study entitled Our Serbian Brethren: History, Myth, and the Politics of Russian National Identity. He formerly worked as a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Committee for National Security.

Research Specialties
International foreign policy & defense analysis; Regional studies - Russia, the former USSR & Eastern Europe

Honors and Awards
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Marshal Shulman Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2001 Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Harold D. Lasswell Prize, American Political Science Association, 1996

Douglas Erber

President, Japan America Society of Southern California

Douglas G. Erber is President of the Japan America Society of Southern California. He has been an active member of the Society since 1993, when he became a Director for the Orange County Regional Chapter. The following year he became the Regional Director for the Orange County & South Bay Chapters. In 1995 he became the Acting Executive Director, transitioning to Vice President the following year and in 2002 became President.

As President, Erber reports to, supports and works closely with the Society's Chairman and Board of Directors to refine the strategic direction of the organization and to develop specific action plans to achieve agreed-upon strategic objectives. He works regularly throughout Southern California and in Japan to establish and maintain key partnerships and relationships with organizations and corporations with interest in the United States–Japan relationship. Erber is responsible for the Society's fundraising efforts, for cultivating and maintaining personal contact with the Society's membership and high donors, and for overseeing the responsible financial management of the Society. He also works to inspire, motivate and lead the Society's small but efficient staff.

Suzette Furbeyre

Associate Director, CIBER, USC Marshall School

Suzette Furbeyre is the Associate Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) of the USC Marshall School of Business, a resource center funded under a Title IV Program of the U.S. Department of Education. She coordinates the initiatives and programs sponsored by the Center; supports faculty project activities; manages the $1.3M Federal grant; and supervises the general operations, communications and outreach activities of the CIBER. She is also responsible for managing the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference, a program that has been hosted by the Marshall School for the past 24 years.

She also coordinates the delivery of international custom executive education programs and events. Suzette has held a number of management positions at USC in the areas of international admissions, overseas studies, international student and alumni services, and faculty administrative affairs. A two-time graduate of the University of Southern California, she earned a BA degree in English Literature and an MS in Higher and Post-Secondary Administration.

Julie Anne Hennessy

Lead International Trade Specialist, United States Commercial Service West Los Angeles

Julie Anne Hennessy is the lead International Trade Specialist for the United States Commercial Service in West Los Angeles. Ms. Hennessy received a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. As an export specialist with the United States Department of Commerce she manages a range of activities.

Ms. Hennessy helps small-to-medium-sized exporters reach their international marketing objectives by identifying key export markets, developing market entry strategies, and providing information on regulatory requirements and procedures. She has overseen outreach efforts to support new and existing exporters by collaborating with a range of trade promotion partners in the business community: export councils, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, banks, educational institutions, and congressional offices. She has conducted extensive market research to indentify key markets and export opportunities, counseled client companies on export financing options and export procedures and regulations.

She has organized and recruited for export promotion events in domestic and international markets including Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius, Germany and the United Kingdom. Previously in her tenure with the Department of Commerce, Ms. Hennessy served as an Import Compliance Specialist and conducted a number of politically-sensitive and highly-complex cases. Ms. Hennessy maintains a number of professional affiliations and currently serves as the Director-at-Large of the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California.

Fatemeh Ibrahimi-Nazarian

Academic Director, IBEAR MBA and Assistant Professor of Clinical of Finance and Business Economics USC Marshall School of Business

Fatemeh Ibrahimi Nazarian is Academic Director of the International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA program and Assistant Professor of Clinical of Finance and Business Economics at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Prof. Nazarian is a financial economist who specializes in macroeconomics and corporate finance. She received her PhD in Finance and Business Economics from USC. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate finance, financial analysis and banking, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and international trade and commercial policy.

Her commitment and the quality of her teaching earned her a Golden Apple award last May. She has conducted research on the effect of fluctuations in exchange rates and macroeconomic variables and policies on international stock markets.

Her research has been published in International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Global Portfolio Diversification, and International Review of Economics. She has served as a research associate at the Center for Futures Research, as a research fellow at the Energy Modeling Center, and as CFO of an export company. Her current research involves risk and return to investment, and exchange rate exposure in emerging nations.

Doug Joines

Professor of Finance and Business Economics, USC Marshall School of Business

Doug Joines is a Professor of Finance and Business Economics of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. and MBA at the University of Chicago. He is a macroeconomist whose research has focused on taxes, deficits, and social security. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Journal of Business. In 1992, the National Science Foundation awarded him a research grant to investigate the effect of social security programs.

He currently holds an Abe Fellowship from the Japan Foundation and the Social Science Research Council which funds a three-month stay in Japan during each of the academic years 2005-2007. This grant is for study of social security, public debt, and national saving in Japan. Professor Joines has held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Claremont McKenna College, University of Rochester, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. As Vice Dean for Academic Programs, he oversees Marshall's undergraduate and master's programs. His publication include: Foundations of Supply-Side Economics, and Government fiscal Policy and Private Capital Formation – Some Aggregate Time – Series Estimates.

David Kang

Director of East Asian Studies Center Professor of International Relations & Professor of Management and Organization
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
USC Marshall School of Business

David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang's latest book is "East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute" (Columbia University Press, 2010). He is also author of "China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia" (Columbia University Press, 2007); "Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines" (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and "Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies" (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article "Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History" was awarded "Best article, 2007-2009," by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

Jonathan Karp

Jonathan Karp Executive Director Asia Society Southern California Center

Jonathan Karp has been appointed Executive Director of Asia Society Southern California, effective January 15, 2014. Jonathan comes to Asia Society after a distinguished career in journalism, including a decade of reporting in Asia. Most recently, Jonathan served as Senior Editor at Marketplace Radio, leading the business coverage for their family of public radio shows.

"Jonathan Karp brings extensive knowledge of international business issues, which he will put to use to make Asia Society Southern California a hub for economic programs," says Asia Society Southern California Chairman Thomas E. McLain. "Likewise, Jonathan brings a deep commitment to our cultural and educational mission and is eager to create a vibrant range of Asia Society offerings in the Los Angeles area, as well as to contribute to global Asia Society initiatives."

Karp will lead and organize Asia Society Southern California activities such as the Entertainment & Media in Asia programs—including the signature China Film Summit—and events celebrating innovative and visionary leaders who are building bridges between the U.S. and Asia. In addition, Karp will also help advance global Asia Society projects such as the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI).

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Asia Society in a city that embodies the dynamic relationship between Asia and the United States," said Karp. "I can't wait to delve back into Asian and international issues."

Karp began his journalism career in Israel in 1986 and continued as a foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, New Delhi and Sao Paul, Brazil, the last two posts as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2004, he moved with the Journal to Los Angeles, where he has lived since, with his wife and twin daughter and son. Karp studied Middle Eastern History at Princeton.

Glenn Melnick

Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

Glenn Melnick, Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert in health economics and finance. Professor Melnick joined the School of Public Administration faculty in 1996. Previously, he served as a faculty member of the UCLA School of Public Health, a consultant at RAND, and an expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission. He has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Health Policy Reform: Competition and Controls, and Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. He has been principal investigator for a number of funded projects in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Taiwan.

Jeffrey Nugent

Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

Jeffrey Nugent is Professor of Economics and has been at the University of Southern California since 1964. He received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research, in where he specialized in development economics and econometrics. Dr. Nugent's most recent publications and research interest focus on the relation between old age security and fertility and the effects thereon of various kinds of modernizing influence, such as formal pension systems, education, changing employment patterns and migration. Dr. Nugent works on a variety of trade, agricultural, and institutional issues in various countries and teaches courses in Development Economics.

Brian Peck

Deputy Director, International Affairs & Business Development, Governor's Office (GO-Biz)

Brian Peck was appointed in August 2013 by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to serve as director in charge of international affairs and business development for GO-Biz, the lead state agency for California's economic strategy on issues relating to international trade and investment. Prior to his current position, he advised multi-national clients on international trade, regulatory and compliance matters, international government and policy affairs, global IP asset management and trade-related IP matters. Peck was senior director for Intellectual Property at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2003-2005, and director of Japanese Affairs at USTR from 2001-2003.

Prior to his work for the USTR, Peck was an attorney-advisor with the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce. Peck lived and worked in Tokyo for over nine years and held management positions with both U.S. and Japanese companies. Peck is also an adjunct professor of international trade policy and also international IP at USC Gould School of Law. He graduated Order of the Coif and received his law degree from the University of San Diego's School of Law, where he served as a member of the San Diego Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bruce Pickering

Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California Center

Bruce Pickering is the executive director of Asia Society's Northern California Center. He has a background in government, non-profit organizations and academia. Previously, he was director of public affairs and development at the graduate school of journalism and special assistant to the director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

He also served as program director of the World Affairs Council (1997-1999) and executive director of the U.S. Japan 21st Century Project. Earlier in his career, he served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, specializing in Political and Arms Control issues (1981-1993), and was deputy political counsel on the U.S. delegation to the Conference on security and cooperation in Vienna during the collapse of the Soviet Union (1988-1992). He serves as executive director of the California State Assembly International Relations Foundation Board.

James Steele

Professor of Architectural History and Design, USC School of Architecture

James Steele is a professor of Architectural History and Design of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. Professor Steele teaches history and theory of architecture, as well as design studios. He worked in the offices of Louis Kahn and Vincent Kling in Philadelphia, and The Rouse Company in Columbia, MD, prior to going into private practice in Bucks County, PA.

He taught at the University of Pennsylvania, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, Texas Tech University, the American Institute of Foreign Studies, London and the Prince of Wales Summer School, Magdalen College, Oxford. He has been a guest critic and speaker at several universities in the United States and internationally. He conducted the first summer semester program for students in Malaysia in 1998 and serves on the USC President's Committee on International Affairs. He is the author of 27 books and monographs such as "Turkey: A Traveler's Architectural and Historical Guide," "The Hassan Fathy Collection," and "Los Angeles: The Contemporary Condition," which won a Phi Kappa Phi Award. His book, "The Queen Mary," won an AIA Publications Award. He was the senior editor of Architectural Design and acted as the curator of the drawings of Hassan Fathy for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Carlos J. Valderrama

Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Carlos J. Valderrama is responsible for developing and implementing programs to create employment and economic growth by fostering global trade and investment for Los Angeles Metropolitan Area businesses. Since 1993, Valderrama has served as the director of Latin American Operations for two prominent L.A. law firms. He was responsible for structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, exporting, importing and investment business relationships between the United States, European, Pacific Rim and Latin American firms. Valderrama was appointed by and represented Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson as the California Trade Representative in Mexico and Latin America. He was assigned with the opening and organization of the California Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City where he promoted state exports and joint ventures between California and Mexico. An avid runner, Carlos can often be found running circles around his local running track.

Carl Voigt

Associate Professor of Clinical Strategy, USC Marshall School of Business

He received his Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches business policy, competitive strategy, entrepreneurship and venture initiation, and global strategy and international management. He is a three-time winner of the Golden Apple Award, and has served as Associate Dean for the undergraduate, executive MBA, and Marshall MBA programs.

His previous appointments were held at the University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge, Loyola Marymount University, and Andrews University. His interests include Business Policy and Competitive Strategy, Management and Organization, Business, Government, and Society, Organizational Economics, Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation, Organization Theory and Design, Global Strategy and International Management, and Small Business Management.

Jeffrey A. Williamson

Statewide Director, Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)

With more than 20 years of global marketing experience in Europe, China and Southeast Asia, and multiple global industry and segment experience, Jeffrey A. Williamson serves as Statewide Director for Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) and director of California State Trade and Export Promotion since 2004. CITD provides global business intelligence, education and training and promotion assistance to new ventures, new-to-market and experienced exporters. Mr. Williamson provides overall marketing strategy, and leadership for a complex portfolio of export promotion efforts for the State of California.

Mr. Williamson is an executive on loan to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for providing international trade expertise. He has also developed, launched and managed new strategic initiatives and brands - including: the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, in 2011; "California CeBIT 2009" - co-branding of California ICT companies with CeBIT, the world's largest information technologies conference featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He led teams of globally recognized brands and experts to implement complex global marketing initiatives, including capturing over $16 million in private and public sector funding, which increased economic impacts from $15 million per year to over $30 million per year. Mr. Williamson has also established new partnerships with the Export Import Bank of the United States, California Department of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce ITA, Hong Kong Trade Development, Deutsche Messe and others.

Mr. Williamson has been an adjunct Professor of Global Marketing at California State University, Fullerton, since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Arizona State University in 1989 and MBA from California State University, Fullerton in 2003.

Shiing-Wu Wang

Associate Professor of Accounting, USC Marshall School of Business

Shiing-Wu Wang is an associate professor of Accounting of the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Michigan. Prof. Wang's research and teaching interest includes financial accounting, tax and valuation issues in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and taxes and business strategy. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. He has received several teaching awards at the Marshall School as well as a national teaching award. He is involved in several international programs including the Global Leadership Program, Pacific Rim Education Program (PRIME), and EMBA training program for major Chinese Universities.

Fernando Zapatero

Vice Dean for Graduate Programs & Professor of Finance and Business Economics
USC Marshall School of Business

Fernando Zapatero is a financial economist who studies problems in asset pricing and corporate finance, with an emphasis on mathematical and computational methods. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Mathematical Finance, and Management Science, and he coauthor of Introduction to the Economics and Mathematics of Financial Markets (MIT Press). He is an associate editor for Annals of Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Mathematical Finance, and Mathematics and Financial Economics. Before joining USC, Professor Zapatero served on the faculty of the University of Texas, UC-Berkeley, and ITAM.