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Brazil

Lohran Queiroz joins the IBEAR Program with 6 years of professional experience in sales and team management. His most recent position was Sales Manager, where he was responsible for the start-up of the entire sales organization in the south Brazil market for Oi, the largest telecom company in the country. He successfully led a high-performing team of 130 employees to gain market share and achieve high sales growth. As a result, Mr. Queiroz’s team was ranked first in the company’s national ranking. Prior to working in sales, Mr. Queiroz played professional soccer for two years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Castelo Branco University and post-graduate degree in sales and marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Lohran has lived in six countries and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. After graduating from IBEAR, he plans to pursue a management position in the U.S. in a multinational corporation.

Canada

Sarah Louise TookeSarah Louise Tooke joins the IBEAR program with 6 years of experience working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, as a freelance producer. Her experience runs the gamut from independent documentary film production to major cable and network television, including ABC, MTV and Discovery Channel. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Ms. Tooke holds a B.A. from Oxford University in Modern History. An athlete during university, Ms. Tooke currently organizes summer programs for and coaches with Row LA, a rowing team and college access program for high school girls. Following IBEAR, Ms. Tooke intends to pursue a career in film finance and distribution.

China

Ziliang (Jack) HuangZiliang (Jack) Huang joins the IBEAR Program from Ericsson, Inc. He worked 14 years for telecommunication companies, including Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. As a program manager and line manager in Ericsson R&D, Mr. Huang led diverse teams in project management, documentation and other supporting functions. Previously, he held project manager and hardware manager positions in Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei. There he developed wireless and wireline communication equipment serving millions of customers. Mr. Huang earned a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tianjin University in China. Following IBEAR, Mr. Huang intends to further his career with a high-tech company as a product manager or program manager.

Man (Angela) LiMan (Angela) Li has 8 years of experience in finance and international business. Most recently, she worked for Modiri Asset Management as a research analyst and provided a broad range of specialty investment advisory services in emerging and frontier markets. Previously, Ms. Li worked as a Portfolio Manager managing the endowment portfolio of Cal State Fullerton’s Philanthropic Foundation. She created investment strategies, developed trade ideas, and built the fund’s structure, for which she was ranked the best performing Portfolio Manager. Ms Li’s early career experiences included work as a Senior Manager running a branch of an American gift company in China and management of annual gift & household export, to U.S. of $7M. She successfully led a sales team for a Hong Kong-based gift exporter and developed the company’s biggest client, Disney, with a sales increase of $10M annually. Ms. Li graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. Following Marshall, Ms. Li intends to join a global financial institution.

Ming LianMing Lian has 8 years of experience in the high technology, legal, and management consulting industries. He worked for 5 years at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings (CAS Holdings), a holding company that operates state-owned assets and manages high-tech firms. Serving as a key team member, he completed capital investment in venture capital, subsidiaries’ equity management as well as IPO and stock transfer projects. He also worked as a secondee for the Clean Energy Commercialization Center, a joint venture between CAS and BP, as Legal Advisor and Board Secretary for 2 years. Most recently, he was Junior Partner at Chiguo Innovation, a boutique management consulting firm, working to develop an online big data platform. Mr. Lian earned an LL.B. and LL.M. from Beijing Institute of Technology. Following IBEAR, Mr. Lian intends to work with a venture capital or an MNC with a focus on cross-border investment.

Xiaozhou (Kimi) LiuXiaozhou (Kimi) Liu joins the IBEAR program with seven years of experience in investment management, real estate, and the telecom industry. He worked as the marketing and investment specialist at the China Services Group of Kidder Mathews, a leading independent commercial real estate firm in the United States. At China Services Group, Kimi gained vast experience in international real estate investment working with top tier global PE, banks, and Real Estate developers from China and Hong Kong. Mr. Liu has coordinated and managed several investment projects in California and China overseeing initiatives in commercial and residential properties, vineyards and wineries, malls and Research & Development Centers. Kimi has also co-founded a joint venture outsourcing software company in China. Mr. Liu holds an M.S. in Telecommunication Networks from New York University and a B.S. in Information Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Following IBEAR MBA, Mr. Liu intends to continue his career in cross-border investment, real estate, business development and management consulting.

Yuan (Richard) Liu joins to the IBEAR Program with more than 7 years of experience with Hewlett-Packard China. Having earned both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Microelectronics Engineering from Beijing University of Technology, he started his career as a mission critical hardware specialist at HP, and rose to project manager and senior account manager in the Enterprise Business Group of HP China. In 2011, he successfully led a large-scale IT infrastructure project integral for the ERP platform, a business deal worth US $5 Million. He also showed strong leadership in business development, cooperating with the marketing, sales and product departments to SMB clients, earning him the Champion Leader award in the SMB service contract renew program for executing a US $1.2 million deal. Mr. Liu has acquired many professional credentials, such as PMP, CISA (Certificated Information System Auditor), Cobit, and ITIL. Following the MBA Program, he will seek a position as senior product manager in the high-tech space.

Pei (Echo) PeiPei (Echo) Pei joins the IBEAR program with 6 years of experience in the healthcare and packaged consumer goods industries. Most recently she worked for Bayer Healthcare as Project Manager of new product development (NPD). Ms. Pei managed nine local and global NPD projects in OTC, skincare and health food categories. She led cross functions including R&D, marketing, regulatory affairs and product supply, and established local new product development workflow. Prior to Bayer, Ms. Pei worked for The Coca Cola Company as Management Trainee, where she gained knowledge and skills in product development, marketing and consumer research. Ms. Pei holds a Bachelor’s degree in Material Science & Engineering from Hefei University of Technology and a Master’s degree in Material Science & Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Following IBEAR, Miss Pei Pei intends to pursue a general management or business development management role in the healthcare industry.

Minhao (Min) QianMinhao (Min) Qian joined the IBEAR Program with 6 years of diverse experience in both the cosmetics and apparel industries. He performed various business functions, like R&D, HR and marketing working in Japan, China and Singapore. As a researcher with a Master's degree in Biology Science from Nagoya University, he developed more than 30 products at Kanebo and Unilever. Most recently, as General Manager, he had responsibility for Tong He Fashion, focusing on the human resources and marketing. He introduced several human resource strategies to overcome the labor shortage in China. In addition, he used his understanding of Japanese culture to develop new Japanese customers. Mr. Qian intends to combine his diverse experiences with the knowledge learned from his MBA to widen his career path in the consumer products industry and identify consumer trends.

Dong ZhangDong Zhang has 8 years’ experience in the Asian gaming industry, spanning from marketing to business development. Seeing that the majority of game developers are struggling to expand business in overseas markets, he set himself the goal of building a consulting firm to provide them with effective advancement strategies into global markets. He is also interested in the broader IT and mobile business field since their contents are expanding across multiple platforms. Mr. Zhang believes the IBEAR MBA Program will help him take the next step within the gaming industry and better position him to contribute to global expansion strategy. Mr. Zhang holds a BA in Korean Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University and an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Korea University.

Suyi (Ryan) ZhangSuyi (Ryan) Zhang joins the IBEAR program with 6 years of experience in IT maintenance and management. He worked as a Product Maintenance Manager in China Telecom Corporation Ltd., the world's largest wire-line telecommunications and CDMA mobile network services provider. At the Network Operation Center, Mr. Zhang successfully led the team in network planning and operations. During his last three years with the company under his leadership, the Guangdong Branch was rated the best in user perception and most-satisfied in SMS and MMS service. His early career experience also included software development in BOSCH(Suzhou) Ltd. Mr. Zhang earned a Master’s degree in Communications and Information Systems from Southeast University and a Bachelor's degree in Communications Engineering from Jiangsu University. Following IBEAR, he intends to pursue a career in strategy, management and resource integration solutions within IT.

Yafeng (Angela) ZhangYafeng (Angela) Zhang joins the IBEAR Program with a solid 10 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, including 4 years at the China branch of Ericsson Telecommunication Ltd. in Beijing. Additionally, Angela worked 5 years at the H3C Technologies Company Ltd. (A joint venture of Huawei and 3Com). Ms. Zhang has a deep understanding of product development and manufacturing. Her skills in communication and analysis derive from cooperation with vendors and customers. Most recently, Ms. Zhang worked with a start-up as the Manager of Project Management, where she successfully managed the team through projects for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and government agencies. Ms. Zhang earned her B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Tianjin University of Technology in China. Following her MBA, Ms. Zhang intends to pursue a career in the international telecommunication industry, in either R&D, operations management, or consulting related to telecommunications.

Greece

Vasileios (Vasilis) LoumidisVasileios (Vasilis) Loumidis joins the IBEAR program with 13 years of experience in his family’s company, Loumidis Coffee Shops, which operates coffee stores throughout Greece. He has been thoroughly involved in all departments of the company. Starting in the Coffee Roasting Facility, he has since assumed various roles such as manager of the Sales, Marketing, Financial, Human Resources, Operations and Purchasing Departments. For the last 3 years he guided the family business as CEO and was responsible for implementing important strategic decisions. Mr. Loumidis holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Southern California. He holds an extensive experience in Family Business environments and has participated in numerous seminars on the topic. Upon completing the IBEAR Program, he plans to further enhance his role as a business leader in a small business environment by exploring opportunities in the retail industry.

India

Deepak AlseDeepak Alse joins the IBEAR Program with 13 years of experience working in seven countries for Fortune 500 firms like AOL, Nortel, Nokia Siemens Network, Citibank, Magyar Telekom, Banamex, Saudi Aramco and Microsoft. He has led multi-million dollar new product development, product portfolio management and turnaround programs. As a business consultant, Deepak has also helped multinational corporations and startup enterprises define their product strategy and implement business model modifications. He has previously helped establish the enterprise mobility consulting practice at Wipro. Deepak graduated first division from Nagpur University in India with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. Following IBEAR, Deepak intends to pursue strategy development and implementation roles in private equity, consulting, technology products or healthcare industry. Deepak intends to pursue strategy development and implementation roles in private equity, consulting, technology products or healthcare industry.

Pavan Srikanth BadePavan Srikanth Bade has 7 years of experience in the semiconductor industry spanning across technical, marketing and sales roles. He was an assistant manager at India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, a premier trade body in the electronics system design and manufacturing industry in India. Previously, he held technical management and product marketing positions at Cypress Semiconductor. He advised internal business units in launching products and generated revenue through design partners across the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Pavan has worked with cross-functional teams (design, operations, quality, marketing and sales) driving higher customer satisfaction levels. Pavan earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani. After IBEAR, Pavan intends to pursue a career in business development or product management in the high tech industry.

Praneeta ChaudharyPraneeta Chaudhary joins the IBEAR Program with 6 years of experience in Communications and Broadcast Media. Ms. Chaudhary worked as a Senior Manager for Dish TV India and deployed marketing strategies to increase the average revenue per user. Additionally, she worked with broadcasters to launch globally popular content in India. Prior to DishTV, Ms. Chaudhary worked at Bharti Airtel and launched breakthrough value added services. Ms. Chaudhary earned a Master’s degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Bachelor’s in Computers from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. Following IBEAR, Praneeta intends to work as a business consultant in the Media & Entertainment practice.

Srikanth KrishnamohanSrikanth Krishnamohan joins the IBEAR Program with 14 years of international experience. His work experience includes algorithm design at Lucent-Bell Labs in the US, driving product development and customer acquisitions for startups in Germany, as well as an entrepreneurial venture in India. Mr. Krishnamohan co-founded the venture offering an integrated design and ordering platform for interior spaces and was instrumental in tripling the online customer base by designing a mobile app. This innovation earned him third prize in the global Nokia Calling All Innovators contest. Most recently, as senior architect, he defined the product roadmap and strategy at IP Infusion. Mr. Krishnamohan earned a Bachelor’s from BITS, Pilani and a Master’s from Iowa State University, both in Computer Science. Following IBEAR, Mr. Krishnamohan is interested in pursuing a business development or product management role in the technology area.

Jasdeep PannuJasdeep Pannu spent 16 years in creative and management positions with leading global broadcast television companies in South Asia. His most recent role at Star Sports is endeavoring to redefine sports broadcasting in India. He has been a technology journalist for BBC World, a producer and director for sports and entertainment initiatives at ESPN, the programming strategy and acquisitions head for Discovery and BBC Global Channels, and head of presentation on the IPL (the world’s largest cricket league, watched by over 200 million viewers each year), for Sony Entertainment Network. After the IBEAR program, Mr. Pannu intends to apply his understanding of the media industry to new businesses. His interest lies in new platforms that engage users on the internet and mobile phones. Mr. Pannu’s larger goal is to change lives through thought leadership and innovation. A graduate from the prestigious Mass Communication Research Center in New Delhi, he is passionate about technology, culture and history.

Phanindra (Phani) PappuPhanindra (Phani) Pappu has nine years of experience in Asian financial markets with a focus on the energy sector. He has worked across equity asset management, venture capital, project development, project finance and transaction advisory during his career. He has the experience of financing large renewable energy projects. Over the years, Mr. Phanindra has developed technical knowledge of conventional (CCGT, Coal, etc.) and renewable (solar, wind, biomass, etc) energy technologies. Most recently he worked at AF Consult, a leading Swedish energy consulting firm, as an Associate Director heading their transaction advisory practice for the Indian renewable energy market. Mr. Phanindra holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Calicut (India), Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad (India) and has passed the CFA Level 2 (USA) exam. Post IBEAR, Mr. Phanindra intends to play a leading role in the business development and financing of large clean-tech projects or technologies.

Abhishek (Abhi) VarmaAbhishek (Abhi) Varma joins the IBEAR MBA program, bringing with him 9 years of global experience in the Telecommunications industry. He started his career as a Value Added Services executive with Hutch in India. He worked in various technical consulting assignments for Ericsson in Angola, Jamaica, Nigeria and Mexico. He also worked for Nokia Siemens Networks in India, and was responsible for the Planning and Design of the Packet Core Network for Uninor. His last consulting assignment was with Ericsson Mexico where he was tasked to support the critical EPC Network for the entire North American service providers. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics from Patna University, India and a Masters Degree in Telecom from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Mr. Varma wants to pursue a career in Strategy Consulting post the IBEAR MBA

Kumar Gaureve (KG) VarunKumar Gaureve (KG) Varun joins the IBEAR program with 10 years of experience in managing semiconductor products development and data analytics software development. His experience spans from product requirements gathering, definition, planning and execution of high-tech hardware and software products. In his last role, as Sr. Engineering Manager, he was managing a global R&D team in Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. to provide quality assessment, reporting and analysis tool for Integrated Chip development. He managed a global customer base of more than 250 engineers, program managers, design managers and senior leadership team. KG holds a B.Tech and M.Tech in Electrical Engineering and Microelectronics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). Post-MBA, Mr. Varun plans to go into high-tech product management roles in Silicon Valley.

Japan

Yoko MakabeYoko Makabe* is sponsored by Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., a manufacturer of automotive wire harnesses and electric cables. In the legal department, she has engaged in overseas contracts and legal affairs since joining the company in 2001. She played a part in Sumitomo’s overseas activities and expansion. She has supported her co-workers in business units to establish joint ventures, negotiate technical transfers and developments. She has also been involved in M&As. Ms. Makabe earned a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Tokyo, and a Master's degree in Law from the University of Southern California

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Yoshiaki (Yoshi) MakabeYoshiaki (Yoshi) Makabe joins the IBEAR program with more than twelve years of extensive experience in the financial and consulting industry. After his Bachelor’s degree of Law from the University of Tokyo, he began his banking career at Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in Japan, where he had experience in corporate finance and loan trading. After the problem of nonperforming loans had been settled, he started financial valuation and related advisory at American Appraisal which is a global firm engaged in tangible and intangible asset valuation. During his time there, he supported the clients in various projects such as M&A, accounting, business planning, corporate revitalization, and restructuring. Upon graduation, he intends to pursue a career related to business workout and turnaround management

Hideki MinoHideki Mino* joins the IBEAR Program with 12 years' experience in risk management and business process consulting, financial audits, tax compliance, and advisory services. He is currently Director of his Mino CPA Firm based in Osaka, Japan. He was previously employed by the big four accounting firms over an 11 year period. During employed at Deloitte Touche, he was seconded in Shanghai, Beijing and HK for 7 years and, as a manager, provided cross-border advisory engagements regarding risk management, business processes, tax, accounting and investments. After 10 years as an international student and later an expatriate, he is comfortable working in diverse and multicultural environments. His determination to succeed in the global arena in his profession is evidenced by his qualification as a licensed CPA not only in Japan, but also in the USA and China, coupled with a Master`s Degree in International Relations from Waseda University.

Kenji MiuraKenji Miura* graduated from USC Price school of Public Policy in 2014 and holds Master Degree of International Public Policy and Management. He holds Bachelor Degree of Economics from the University Tokyo and his research focused on Comparative Management History. After graduating in 2007, he started work in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. Before coming to the U.S., he worked in the Automobile Division in the METI, overseeing promotion of next generation vehicles such as electric vehicles. His work expertise is trade policy, manufacturing policy, and energy policy.

Takaaki (Taka) OgakiTakaaki (Taka) Ogaki* joins the IBEAR Program from the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (TMNF), a leading insurance company in Japan. He has worked for the corporate accounting department for six years, creating financial statements and arranging the midterm corporate management plan. He is especially familiar with insurance accounting, such as calculating long-term liabilities for catastrophes and Solvency Margin Ratio. He managed task forces on several natural disasters which damaged global supply chains. He earned a Master's degree in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Following IBEAR, he will return to TMNF and seek new risk management business collaborating with diverse industries.

Saburo (Sabu) ShiotaSaburo (Sabu) Shiota joins the IBEAR Program with experience in software development and project management. He worked at NEC Corporation, one of the leading IT service providers in Japan, as a lead software architect. He supervised more than 100 members during a huge software development project for government and municipalities. For the last three years, he was in charge of a new payment system, and successfully delivered the first version to clients in India and Japan. Mr. Shiota earned a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Tokyo. Following IBEAR, He intends to pursue a career in international business strategy, IT service and management consulting.

Kazuto (Kurt) UsudaKazuto (Kurt) Usuda joined the IBEAR Program from NTT Communications Corporation, a telecommunications company in Japan. His 10 years of experience covers the entire value chain of Internet service. Most recently, as a Project Manager, he led a wide range of business units for companies from the US and Taiwan. He developed a global venture to launch a new video education service for multi-national corporations. In addition, he has established an apparel company, SOHO, that created and sold clothes sewn from rare, vintage fabrics for 20+ retailers throughout Japan. Mr. Usuda earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Information Technology from Shibaura Institute of Technology and Keio University, respectively. Following IBEAR, Mr. Usuda intends to pursue a career in business development in the Internet industry.

Korea

Hee Chul ChangHee Chul Chang* joins the IBEAR Program with a vast experience in corporate finance and financial strategic consulting. He worked eight years at Korea Development Bank, which is 100% government-owned and famous for its contribution to Korean economic development. At the consulting department, Mr. Chang set corporate strategies, advised on M&A related works, and consulted their business road-map. Most importantly, he led the way to winning an open bid for the establishment of Mongolia Development Bank. During his last three years at the Ansan branch, as a relationship manager, he has been responsible for corporate loans and investments in excess of US $400 million, dealing with 30 clients, and making an annual profit of US $10 million. He graduated from Yonsei University and earned a master’s degree at Seoul National University, majoring in public administration. Following IBEAR, Mr. Chang intends to contribute to KDB by providing the international strategy how to advance into emerging market.

Wonjung (Rita) ChoiWonjung (Rita) Choi joins IBEAR with 14 years of experience in brand development and licensing in Korea and China. Most recently Ms. Choi worked for Mattel as a licensing manager, where she managed the consumer products business for the company’s flagship brands. In this position, she drove strategic partnerships across a broad spectrum of product categories and contributed to continuous double-digit growth of business in the territories. Prior to Mattel, Ms. Choi worked as a marketing and advertising professional for international brands such as B&Q, Guess and DKNY. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Ewha Womans University. Following IBEAR, Ms. Choi intends to continue to build her career in brand development and licensing, and pursue a management role at a multinational company.

Doosan HongDoosan Hong* joins the IBEAR Program with sponsorship from Hana Bank, one of the largest retail banks in Korea. He has worked for Hana Bank for 13 years in various fields, including the small business, product development, and human resources departments. Before joining IBEAR, he engaged in marketing to small business customers for 4 years. During this period, he developed his skills in strategic alliances, new product development and risk management. In this position, he successfully led his team to develop many competitive loan products, and built various private banking services for high-net-worth business customers. As a result, he was awarded Best Employee in Hana Bank of 2012. After completing IBEAR Program, he will return to Hana bank to pursue a strategic marketing position in oversea markets.

Byoungwook (Michael) KimByoungwook (Michael) Kim* has eight years of professional experience in the air logistics industry, working at the Cargo Business Division of Korean Air. He has worked in various fields within the Korean Air organization, as a cargo sales representative, operation & safety manager, market researcher, product development manager, and most recently as a global account manager. His diverse experience, in both the operational and sales areas of the air cargo industry, has contributed to his company maintaining its status as one of the most prestigious cargo airlines in the world. Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Korea University. Following his graduation from IBEAR, he will return to Korean Air, and wishes to contribute his talents to the Cargo Business Division as well as the Corporate Business Strategy Division.

Eung Do (Ed) KimEung Do (Ed) Kim joins the IBEAR Program with 12 years of experience in the IT industry. Recently, Mr. Kim worked at LoDiCS Co. Ltd., as well as LG CNS Co., Ltd., one of the leading IT companies in Korea. He developed and launched well-known digital content services such as the first live 3D broadcasting app service in Korea and the first audio-book app service for smart TV. Based in the Marketing and Business Planning department, Mr. Kim built a unique set of experiences, having both 'produced’ competitive content and successfully turned service into business. Mr. Kim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Following IBEAR, Mr. Kim hopes to create an advanced digital content eco-system, a business environment for producers to freely provide a wider variety of content for the public at more affordable prices.

Sung Taek (Evan) KimSung Taek (Evan) Kim* joins the IBEAR Program with 11 years of experience in the Union Steel Co., Ltd, the affiliate of Dongkuk Steel Group, the 52-year-old company specializing in color steel sheets used for home appliances and high-end building construction materials. As a project manager in the corporate strategy team for last 3 years, Mr. Kim executed the acquisition of the down-stream company, led the team to analyze and launch a new business, and participated in restructuring the company itself and branch factories. In the previous 8 years, he served as a mechanical engineer responsible for machinery erection planning and implementations (engineering, budgeting, schedule & personnel management, and expense estimation & negotiation). Following IBEAR, Mr. Kim intends to continue working in the strategic planning division.

Seokjoon (Jay) KwonSeokjoon (Jay) Kwon* has worked in S-Oil Corporation, an oil refiner in South Korea, since 2009. He was a contributing member of the HR Policy team. Next he was assigned to the Treasury Operations team, and worked as an assistant manager. He has managed the company’s foreign currency funds by executing various bank transactions associated with import and export. He also invested daily available foreign currency cash to optimize profitability. Seokjoon served the country as a soldier to fulfill mandatory military duty for 26 months. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Seoul National University, located in Seoul, South Korea. After completing the IBEAR program, he is going to take a leading role in establishing overseas market and new business strategies of the company.

Mexico

Hugo LozanoHugo Lozano* joins the IBEAR Program with experience in the steel industry. He studied Industrial and Systems Engineering at Universidad de Monterrey. In 2006, Hugo began his career with Galvasid, a company of Grupo Industrial LM. He quickly rose from project leader to cold mill manager. In recognition of his accomplishments, the board of directors selected him to be the COO in 2012. Backed with his skills and acquired abilities, Mr. Lozano grew Galvasid from a small national company to one selling its products from Canada to Argentina. Once he completes his MBA, he will become VP of Operations and Technology. He plans to expand the company’s market to encompass other continents.

Peru

Percy CalderonPercy Calderon brings to the IBEAR Program 10 years of international experience in finance: 4 years in banking and 6 years in asset management. Mr. Calderon started his career in banking in Peru then moved to France where he worked as consultant and project manager in risk and regulations across Europe. Most recently he worked at Fidessa plc with some of the most prominent global financial institutions such as Axa, Goldman Sachs, Allianz, UBS and BNP. He has helped many organizations successfully transition through organizational changes. Mr. Calderon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Pacifico University (Peru). He holds a Master in Finance and Banking from Bordeaux University (France). He also has a degree in Business Administration from the Sorbonne University in Paris (France). After graduating from IBEAR, he intends to continue his career in financial services helping companies define their strategies and develop new global businesses.

Taiwan

Jui-Tsz (Alice) ChenJui-Tsz (Alice) Chen joins Marshall IBEAR with 8 years of experience in L’ORÉAL, the world’s No.1 cosmetics company. She has solid marketing know-how from both media brand LANCÔME and retail brand KIEHL’S, two of the biggest and fastest growing brands in the company. At LANCÔME Taiwan, acting as skincare group head, she helped the brand grow at a rate 3 times faster than the market, earning US$63 million in Y2012. At KIEHL’S Taiwan acting as Marketing Manager, head of product marketing, trade marketing, CRM, PR, and e-commerce, she helped reinvigorate the brand from negative sales growth in 2012 to +18% in 2013. Ms. Chen has lived in France, the Ivory Coast, and Taiwan, where she received education and learned her trilingual skills of English, French, and Mandarin. Ms. Chen received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from Tunghai University, and upon graduation she intends to continue her career in the cosmetics industry.

Ying-Chieh (Naomi) LiuYing-Chieh (Naomi) Liu joins the IBEAR Program with 10 years of work experience in marketing and human resource management. Ms. Liu began her career at Protechnic Electric Co., as an assistant to the president. She then transitioned to Daso, a leading educational group in Taiwan. Working as a Marketing Deputy Manager, she led a team to capture 70% of the market share. Afterwards, Ms. Liu joined the HR Division at Winbond performing compensation and organization management functions. She led a 5,000-person reorganization project, successfully increasing organizational efficiency. Most recently, Ms. Liu returned to Protechnic where she served as special assistant to the president, focusing on the company’s transformation into an automated manufactory user. The automatic production yield increased by 310% in 15 months. Ms. Liu earned a Bachelor's degree in Labor Relations from National Chung Cheng University. Post IBEAR, she intends to continue working with Protechnic or pursue a marketing career in the consumer industry.

Po-Hsien (Joe) LuPo-Hsien (Joe) Lu comes to the IBEAR program with 11 years of experience in the mobile phone industry. He joined HTC, the global smart phone company in 2002 and was nominated to project manager in 2006. He managed numerous products including the Palm PDA phone, Windows smart phone, and Android smart phone. Having experience in both OEM/ODM and own-brand business models, Mr. Lu developed methods to deal with the needs from a diverse customer base. He is also familiar with the procedures of new product development, from architecture to mass production, and the requirements of operators, such as ATT, Verizon, and Vodafone. Mr. Lu holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tunghai University, Taiwan. Following the MBA program, he intends to explore new fields related to artificial intelligence, automobiles, and green energy.

Sheng-Hung (Sam) SuSheng-Hung (Sam) Su joins the IBEAR program with 10 years of global mobile experience in account management, product management, product planning, and software engineering. Mr. Su has played an active role transforming HTC from a niche OEM to a global branded company venture since 2007. In his key role as part of the U.S. market customization team, he worked on solution application planning, project management, market analyst and developed a successful business which brought more than 50% revenue to HTC in the past several years. Mr. Su holds a B.S in Management Information System from National Central University and M.S Management Information System from Fu Jen Catholic University. Following IBEAR, Mr. Su intends to continue working in the network services field and enhance his role in corporation strategy and product planning in the network services company.

Yueh-Ju (Chris) WuYueh-Ju (Chris) Wu joins the IBEAR program with 6 years of experience in product management in the high-tech industry. Most recently, he was Product Manager of home entertainment products at Sony Taiwan. In this capacity, his responsive marketing strategy and skillful implementation defended the No.1 share in TV and home theater market. Prior to this role, he served as Field Application Engineer for Sony TV and as Project Manager at Dynacolor, monitoring OEM product development and manufacturing of surveillance cameras. Mr. Wu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from National Chiao Tung University. Post IBEAR, he plans to pursue a career in Product and Business Strategy in a multinational high-tech company.

Ru-Lin (Jonathan) YehRu-Lin (Jonathan) Yeh has 11 years of diverse experience spanning technical roles in R&D, product development to corporate finance roles working in strategic planning and direct investments. Most recently, Mr. Yeh worked as an Investment Manager at H&Q Pacific Asia, a Taiwan venture capital firm. In this position, he specialized in High-tech, Biotechnology and e-Commerce businesses. Prior to this role, Mr. Yeh worked at Ritek Corporation, a listed company that manufactures storage media. He began his career in R&D, leading a team to develop recording materials for next generation Blue-ray disc and transferred it into mass production as the first to market. After five years, he was selected to join Ritek's Strategic Investment Division, where he conducted industry analysis on the LED, Solar and Touch Panel businesses. He also facilitated operations improvement of subsidiaries, and implemented several strategic investment initiatives. Mr. Yeh earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. Following IBEAR, he intends to pursue opportunities with venture capital or private equity firms.

Chang-Jui (Patrick) YuChang-Jui (Patrick) Yu comes to the IBEAR Program with 5 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Mr. Yu held the position of sales manager at Wayes Ltd., a semiconductor equipment & materials company focusing on the Asian market. He managed marketing expansion and sales promotion and in 2013 achieved a 180% annual growth in net profits by aggressively developing new customers. Prior to joining Wayes, Mr. Yu worked as a Process Engineer at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). At TSMC, he led several projects including reducing control wafer cost by $1M/ per year through developing new systems, improving the Qualcomm/ Marvel/ MTK products yield by 1.5%, innovating to economize manpower, and more. Mr. Yu earned his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Nation Tsing Hua University and published an international paper in Elsevier Journal. After earning his MBA he intends to focus on marketing and sales in high-tech industry.

Pang Yen (Edison) YuruPang Yen (Edison) Yu joins the IBEAR Program with 7 years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing and 3C product distribution industry. Mr. Yu started his career at Hon Hai Foxconn Technology Group in Shen Zhen, China. As a Project Manager and Quality Team Supervisor, Edison managed all quality-related targets/issues and helped his BU to set up 13 production lines ahead of schedule. Mr. Yu was then assigned to Singapore as Operations Manager responsible for local site operation and P/L. He set up a team of 150+ members from 6 countries to provide engineering and manufacturing service, and achieved breakeven in 8 months. Soon after, he joined Synnex Technology International Corp as an Assistant Program Manager in HQ to lead overall product management strategy and performance in 5 different countries. Moreover, he led ERP development and upgrade projects to reduce loading of manual work by 20% and brought in consolidated sales of US$4.87M in 2013. Mr. Yu earned a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from National Tsing Hua University, and a double Bachelor's degree in Land Economics and in Statistics from Nation Cheng Chi University. Upon graduating, he intends to further his career in the high-tech industry.

Thailand

Patchaaranun (Joy) HarnprasopwatPatchaaranun (Joy) Harnprasopwat joins IBEAR with 7 years of experience in global commodity operations. She established a commodity operations team in Singapore and global physical operations for Gazprom Marketing & Trading. Ms. Harnprasopwat managed after-sales and trading services with financial institutions, commodity trading firms, and governments. She analyzed and established risk management processes for derivatives and physical commodities trading. Ms. Harnprasopwat began her financial services career at Bloomberg L.P and continued as a specialist in global commodity operations at J. Aron & Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. There, she worked with the senior management team to expand Singapore operations. Ms. Harnprasopwat graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mahidol University International College. Post IBEAR, Ms. Harnprasopwat intends to pursue a career in strategy and operation consulting roles or business development roles in the energy industry.

Turkey

Ece (AJ) YildirokEce (AJ) Yildirok has nine plus years of experience in the entertainment industry focusing on music, live events and venue management. She has worked in executive positions in many international music festivals and concerts, art exhibitions and tours, involving many artists from Madonna to Guns’n Roses. After serving as the director of the largest music venue, Parkorman, in Istanbul, she most recently undertook the management of the only business and entertainment cruise on the Bosphorus, The Primetime Cruise. Her most recent project, in Jazz is The Sea is continuing in Istanbul. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and finished UCLA Extension’s Music Business program. She joined the IBEAR program to combine her operational entertainment industry experience with corporate business. After graduating, she intends to join a global live entertainment company focusing on tours, festivals and venue management.

United Kingdom

Stephen (Steve) ParkinsonStephen (Steve) Parkinson joins this year’s IBEAR class from Goldman Sachs where he had 9 years of experience in international financial services. He most recently led the European Margin Lending Team in Operations and was a member of the working groups for Risk and Control and Dodd-Frank compliance. He also developed new business strategies for Goldman Sachs, including two new Prime Brokerage businesses. Stephen also has experience in film production and screenwriting. He has written reviews and script analyses for Condé Nast and an Academy Award winning producer. Stephen graduated from Kings College London with First Class Honors in Mathematics and Management. On graduating from the IBEAR Program, Stephen aims to combine his film and financial services experiences in pursuing a career in entertainment finance.

United States of America

Thomas (TJ) BurettaThomas (TJ) Buretta comes to the IBEAR program with 6 years of work experience in the health care industry in addition to 3 years of medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Recently he co-developed HEAL, a nonprofit organization, for education of health care professionals, and to provide charitable medical care, medications and supplies to impoverished people in Haiti and other countries, including the U.S. Passionate about addressing health care disparities, Mr. Buretta has traveled on more than 20 international trips to provide hands-on care and health education in underserved communities. Prior to medical school, he was employed as a medical assistant, phlebotomist, and emergency department scribe. Mr. Buretta holds a BA degree in organizational communication from Pepperdine University. After earning his MBA at IBEAR, he will complete his medical and public health (MD/MPH) degrees before advancing his career in anesthesiology and hospital management.

Thomas (Tommy) DirksThomas (Tommy) Dirks joins IBEAR with extensive commercial real estate and investment management experience. He spent the past six years at Prologis, one of the world’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT”). In Prologis’ Investment Management division, he managed three private equity real estate funds, two in Mexico and one in Brazil. These funds totaled $1.2 billion in assets and 26 million square feet across 13 markets. During his last eighteen months at Prologis, he worked with his limited partner investors and investment bankers to consolidate both Mexico Funds into a REIT that now trades on the Mexican Stock Exchange. Tommy is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Business Administration. Following IBEAR, he intends to pursue a career in private equity.

Susan KimSusan Kim joins the IBEAR Program with nine years of experience as an investor relations professional at RBC Capital Markets in the Alternative Assets Group (AAG). Ms. Kim was part of a small, dedicated team that covered the client base of AAG, consisting of approximately $2.5 billion in hedge fund linked structured products. While at RBC, Ms. Kim gained experience and knowledge of structured products offered to the high net worth and institutional investor community. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. in Economics from Emory University. Following IBEAR, Ms. Kim plans to broaden her experience in the investor relations field by focusing on finance, strategy and business development.

Randolph (Randy) RosalesRandolph (Randy) Rosales joins the IBEAR Program with 9 years of international management experience for a non-profit organization and a top educational corporation. In America, he worked for the Devereux Foundation. He took care of children and adults with special needs, focusing on children and adults who were violent. He was a manager before leaving for Japan, where he lived for 10 years. He worked in the media industry, for NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, as an editor and narrator. He also worked in the educational industry, and worked for the Gaba Corporation as a top sales performer and as a sales manager. He opened new branches and turned around struggling branches. Mr. Rosales earned his Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Asian American Studies, and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After IBEAR, Mr. Rosales plans to start his own business.

Christopher (Chris) ThompsonChristopher (Chris) Thompson brings to IBEAR 8 years of international business experience. He has lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan since graduating from USC in 2005. Prior to joining IBEAR, he served as “Market Development Manager – Asia” for West Salem Machinery, a US based manufacturer of renewable power generation systems, where he specialized in technical sales to customers throughout East Asia. In 2011, Chris received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the HKUST in Hong Kong. From 2005-09, Chris worked in China managing the production and export of textile and metal products to customers in North America and Europe. Chris acquired fluency in Mandarin Chinese through self-study and passed the Chinese national proficiency exam (HSK) in 2008. Following IBEAR, Chris aims to continue his international career in technical product sales and market development in China in the field of aviation and/or power generation.