Class Bios

Argentina

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Tomas Azcurra

21st Century Oncology
Argentina

Tomas Azcurra joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 5 years of experience leading special projects in the medical radiation field.

Tomas Azcurra joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 5 years of experience leading special projects in the medical radiation field. In his last roles at 21st Century Oncology, Tomas designed and implemented multiple systems to manage radioactive material and linear accelerators for patient treatment. He automated a critical QA tool that significantly increased both patient care and company revenues. In the last year, Tomas has worked with the financial team at NetScout on ensuring data integrity and data transferability in company acquisitions. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, and is currently expanding his knowledge and experience in finance and investment. Upon graduating, Tomas intends to play a role in the investment field with an emphasis on data mining and new technology.

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Brazil

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Carlos Eduardo Paes Barreto

OAS Arenas
Brazil

Carlos Eduardo Paes Barreto joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the construction and credit card industries.

Carlos Eduardo Paes Barreto joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the construction and credit card industries. Carlos’ skills set ranges from network development at American Express to construction and management of airports, highways, sanitation and urban development projects at Brazil’s third largest construction company, Construtora OAS. Most recently, under Carlos’ leadership, his team successfully developed 3 multipurpose arenas for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Carlos earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Mackenzie. Following IBEAR, Carlos Eduardo plans to continue his career in infrastructure and real estate industries.

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Ebenezer Fagundes

Radix (Sotreq Group)
Brazil

Ebenezer Fagundes joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of experience working in Engineering and Project Management.

Ebenezer Fagundes joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of experience working in Engineering and Project Management. He began his career as a Project Leader at Siemens, specializing in project management for the Metals and Mining industry. In 2011, Ebenezer joined Vale, a global mining company, as a Senior Engineer. At Vale, he collaborated in a US$4.2 billion international capital project in Canada and oversaw billion dollar contracts. He also led, from 2011-15, a small real estate development company, building homes for low-income families. Ebenezer comes to IBEAR from Radix, an engineering and IT company of Sotreq Group, where he worked on business development. Ebenezer graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais with a degree in Automation Engineering. He is PMP certified, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Fundacao Getulio Vargas. After IBEAR, Ebenezer aims to pursue a career in managing large-scale engineering projects.

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Leandro Oliveira

Vale SA
Brazil

Leandro Oliveira joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of experience working in the mining industry.

Leandro Oliveira joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of experience working in the mining industry. He began his career in the international exploration department at Vale as a financial analyst. Leandro has deep global work experience having executed assignments in over 15 countries. Leandro has also worked as strategic planning analyst and project manager. In his most recent role, Leandro was Finance and Control Manager for capital projects in Africa. He was based in Mozambique. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Leandro holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and an Executive Master in Finance from IBMEC Business School.

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Marcelo Ribeiro

Pontomobi, A Dentsu Aegis Company
Brazil

Marcelo Ribeiro joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience as a digital media executive helping companies rethink and improve their products and digital strategies.

Marcelo Ribeiro joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience as a digital media executive helping companies rethink and improve their products and digital strategies. Most recently, Marcelo was Head of Products and Projects at Pontomobi, a Dentsu Aegis Network company. At Pontomobi, Marcelo focused on conceiving, developing, implementing and managing products and digital strategies for several large companies including Coca-Cola, AB-Inbev, Telefonica, TIM, Unilever, Nestlé and Gol. Marcelo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Following IBEAR, Marcelo plans to leverage his deep knowledge of mobile technology and skills developed during his MBA to develop digital products that focus on improving a customer decision making experience.

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China

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Yitong Ding

Dasym Investment Strategies
China

Yitong Ding joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of work experience in media companies and top tier law firms, responsible for the strategic planning and managing of several high profile projects.

Yitong Ding joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of work experience in media companies and top tier law firms, responsible for the strategic planning and managing of several high profile projects. In her most recent role, Yitong was Director of Media and Entertainment at Dasym Investment Strategies BV, where she was responsible for licensing and localizing popular European TV formats for Chinese television networks. Prior to Dasym, Yitong was Deputy Director in the Artist Management Department of Star China Media, where she was the managed the artists involved in the popular TV series, Voice of China. Before her media career, Yitong was in business development at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and King & Wood Mallasons. Yitong holds a law degree from Shanghai Foreign Studies University. Besides her native Mandarin, Yitong also speaks Korean and Japanese.

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Xuan Li

Edu-Capital
China

Xuan Li joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience working for companies in Canada and China.

Xuan Li joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience working for companies in Canada and China. Xuan started his career as a sales representative at HALI Canada, a construction material wholesaler located in Toronto. Xuan moved back to China to join Maple Leaf International School, the largest international school system in China, where Xuan contributed to marketing, branding, and student recruiting in his role as Admissions Consultant and Marketing Specialist. Xuan was recruited to join Tianjin Jiahua Footwear, a shoe manufacture and exporter in northern China, where he served as the vice general manager. Xuan returned to the education field in 2015 as a senior associate at Edu-Capital, a venture capital focused on China’s education industry. He holds degree in Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Following IBEAR, Xuan will pursue a career in venture capital.

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Yvonne Li

Molex Inc.
China

Yvonne Li joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of work experience in human resources for a wide range of companies and industries spanning from an advertising agency to a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.

Yvonne Li joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of work experience in human resources for a wide range of companies and industries spanning from an advertising agency to a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. In her last role, she was responsible for promoting enterprise culture and corporate communications, and organizing events for large audiences with upwards of 4,000 attendees. After a successful stint in HR, Yvonne moved to Los Angeles to pursue an Master of Fine Arts in Film/TV Production at Loyola Marymount University. Yvonne wrote and directed several short films that were accepted by film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Paris, Canada, and China. Yvonne also interned at FremantleMedia, a top TV production company in Hollywood that produces American Idol and American’s Got Talent. After IBEAR, Yvonne plans to explore the business side of the entertainment industry, focusing on China and Hollywood.

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Yan Liu

Intel Co., Ltd.
China

Yan Liu joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 15 years of work experience in product management and sales development roles at top global Information Technology corporations.

Yan Liu joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 15 years of work experience in product management and sales development roles at top global Information Technology corporations. Yan started her career with China Hewlett-Packard, where she held several positions, including Product Marketing Manager, Sales Manager and Business lead. As Business Lead, Yan was responsible for sales revenue, market share and category gross margin in HP China. Yan joined Intel (China) Co. Ltd in 2013 as a Senior Product and Sales Development Manager. Yan was responsible for developing notebook chipset platform/product business strategy for the China region, and for leading the cross function team. Yan holds a B.S. in Automation Control and a B.A. in International Trade from Beijing University of Technology. After she graduates from IBEAR, Yan hopes to devote herself to the globalization of Chinese enterprises.

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Derek (Junjun) Zhou

Lenovo
China

Derek (Junjun) Zhou joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of work experience in the mobile industry. Derek has worked with Sony, Nokia, Microsoft and Lenovo.

Derek (Junjun) Zhou joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 10 years of work experience in the mobile industry. Derek has worked with Sony, Nokia, Microsoft and Lenovo. In his most recent role, Derek was Senior Service Business Technology Manager at Lenovo. In this role, Derek was in charge of global service strategy, and led the Lenovo/Motorola Service business model synergy.  Derek has deep expertise in the mobile industry, and has held project management roles in all key functional teams including Product Design, Supply Chain and Global Consumer Care. Derek is equaly conversant with sofware and hardware products in the mobile/ smart phone industry.

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India

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Jishnu Guha

Standard Chartered Bank
India

Jishnu Guha joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 13 years of professional experience in the financial services industry.

Jishnu Guha joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 13 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. Jishnu has over 9 years of commercial banking experience with Standard Chartered Bank in India. As Director Credit Analysis at SCB, Jishnu managed financial risk, formulated lending strategies for corporate clients, and led a team of Credit Analysts. Throughout his banking career, Jishnu has perceived risk differently. This has allowed Jishnu to devise sound underwriting policies, reduce the bank’s risk, and yet support high growth businesses faced with ambiguities. Before Standard Chartered Bank, Jishnu worked in finance roles at Delphi Automotive, GE Capitaland ABB. Jishnu holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calcutta and a Chartered Account Certification from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Upon graduation, Jishnu intends to continue his career in the financial services industry albeit in larger leadership roles.

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Shikha Gupta

Oracle India Pvt. Ltd.
India

Shikha Gupta joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 12 years of experience in the technology field. Shikha is proficient in setting up go-to-market strategies for high-end applications, hardware, cloud and advisory solutions.

Shikha Gupta joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 12 years of experience in the technology field. Shikha is proficient in setting up go-to-market strategies for high-end applications, hardware, cloud and advisory solutions. While at Gartner Inc., Shikha’s diverse responsibilities included advising Fortune 500 clients on their strategic IT initiatives, working with CFOs to automate & streamline financial processes, new product launches, setting up channel business and closing complex contracts. Most recently Shikha was part of the APAC open-source team at Oracle, where she advised large banks on optimizing cost and being agile while creating secure systems for digital banking. Shikha holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce, and an MBA specializing in Organizational behavior from India. After IBEAR, Shikha is interested in working as part of a global strategy team that helps organizations plan transformational changes in their processes.

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Ashish Laghate

Healthtec
India

Ashish Laghate joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in branding, product management, and technology strategy functions.

Ashish Laghate joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in branding, product management, and technology strategy functions. Most recently, Ashish was Assistant Vice President of Products at India’s largest real estate portal, Housing.com. Ashish has worked at The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and Amazon in various capacities. Ashish has led new product development initiatives and has also been entrepreneur. Ashish launched HealthTec, a company that used mobile technology to provide real-time health care and monitoring to people in rural areas and successfully piloted the company’s first product with 4,000 people in rural India. He holds a M.S. from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya University in India. Ashish is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified. Upon graduation, Ashish would like focus on product development at a technology company.

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Kumar Rupesh

Steag Energy Services
India

Kumar Rupesh joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 13 years of experience in the energy sector. His exposure ranges from engineering consultancy to commissioning and operating power plants. As energy consultant Rupesh has been involved with driving operational excellence and suggesting plant performance improvement initiatives at many power stations. Most recently, Rupesh worked at Steag Energy, the Indian subsidiary of Steag Gmbh, where he was responsible for the Boiler Engineering Division. Before joining IBEAR, Rupesh handled the Technical Services department as Additional General Manager. Rupesh started his career at NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power utility. After NTPC, Rupesh moved to Sterlite Limited to commission a 2400 MW station. Rupesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from BIT Sindri, India. After his MBA, Kumar intends to pursue a business development and strategic planning role at a global energy company.

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Kapil Singal

Samsung India Electronics
India

Kapil Singal joins the IBEAR MBA program from Samsung Electronics with 16 years of product development experience.

Kapil Singal joins the IBEAR MBA program from Samsung Electronics with 16 years of product development experience. As an engineering program manager, Kapil led diverse teams and managed numerous commercial projects related to STB, DTV and DVD for worldwide customers. Envisioning the growing trend of IP-based platforms, Kapil spearheaded the development of IP and Gateway product line, and built a strong R&D group from ground up at Samsung India. Before joining Samsung, Kapil spent twelve years at ST Microelectronics, Europe’s largest chipset manufacturer. At STM, Kapil managed cross-geographical projects for the U.S. and European markets in the home entertainment and automotive businesses. Kapil earned his Bachelors in Engineering in electronics and communication from CR State College of Engineering, Sonepat and M.S. from BITS, Pilani, India. After IBEAR, Kapil intends to pursue a career in product management and consulting in the technology industry.

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Indonesia

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Cheryl Lim

Bumitama Agri Ltd.
Indonesia

Cheryl Lim joins the IBEAR MBA program with almost 7 years of working experience in various management roles.

Cheryl Lim joins the IBEAR MBA program with almost 7 years of working experience in various management roles. Her last position was with Bumitama Agri Ltd., an Indonesian agriculture company listed on the Singapore Exchange that owns more than 510,000 acres of land bank and employs more than 30,000 employees and workers. Cheryl graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, double-majoring in Management and Finance. Following the IBEAR program, Cheryl will rejoin Bumitama Agri Ltd.

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Patricia Wanandi

PT. Gemala Sarana Wiyata
Indonesia

Patricia Wanandi joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience working in private equity and sales.

Patricia Wanandi joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience working in private equity and sales. She began her career at Bloomberg LP, one of the largest financial data providers in the world; as a Fixed Income Sales Representative for Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and other top New York hedge funds.  Wanting to delve into the real markets, she joined a New York hedge fundBelstar Group, where she concentrated on strategy and investments for Korean investors. In 2012, she moved to Indonesia to work for the family’s private equity firm, PT. Gemala Sarana Wiyata. Here she primarily managed the investment transactions and fundraising. Patricia holds a BA in History, with a minor in General Business, from Villanova University. Following IBEAR, Patricia intends to continue her work in private equity in Southeast Asia.

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Japan

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Keiichiro Abe

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Japan

Keiichiro Abe* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company that excels in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Keiichiro Abe* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company that excels in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. He has 10 years of IT experience in implementing ERP, business intelligence, and data warehouse. His most recent experience includes leading project members in the U.S. and European countries in creating the company’s global dashboard system. Prior to his career at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, he worked for over 5 years as an IT and accounting consultant at ABeam Consulting Ltd., a former affiliate of the Deloitte Group. Keiichiro earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Tokyo Metropolitan University. Following IBEAR, he intends to return to Otsuka Pharmaceutical to contribute to the consolidation of its global IT infrastructure and to pursue international business development.

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Hiroshi Fujii

All Nippon Airways Co.
Japan

Hiroshi Fujii joins the IBEAR MBA Program from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), a leading airline company based in Japan.

Hiroshi Fujii joins the IBEAR MBA Program from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), a leading airline company based in Japan. In his most recent role, he was editor of a policy journal that contributes to the development of the Japanese aviation industry, providing guidance for ANA Group’s long-term strategy. Before working as editor, he was transferred to Japan’s Ministry of Finance on secondment to drive forward the Official Development Assistance project with counterparts in India. Hiroshi graduated from Keio University with a B.A. degree in Business and Commerce. Following IBEAR, he intends to leverage his experience to help ANA Group develop and advance new, challenging projects in the global market.

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Masaki Kitoku

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Japan

Masaki Kitoku* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Mizuho Bank, Ltd., one of the largest financial institutions in Japan.

Masaki Kitoku* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Mizuho Bank, Ltd., one of the largest financial institutions in Japan. With 16 years’ work experience, including 10 years of overseas assignments in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York, Masaki has been involved in international project finance, mostly as a project manager. He worked in more than 20 countries in a wide range of industries such as power, oil & gas, petrochemical and transportation projects.  Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President, Americas Financial Products Division in New York, co-leading the power and infrastructure project finance team.  A number of project finance transactions that Masaki led were awarded “Deals of The Year” by reputable industrial publications.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Hitotsubashi University.  After graduating from the IBEAR program, Masaki will continue to work with Mizuho to lead its global business strategy.

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Saori Nishigami

Suntory Holdings Limited
Japan

Saori Nishigami joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience in consumer product industry and in the public sector.

Saori Nishigami joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience in consumer product industry and in the public sector. Most recently, she worked as a brand manager of more than 10 imported liquors for Suntory, the leading beverage and alcohol company in Japan. She also worked as an account manager for customer business development both in Suntory and in Proctor and Gamble Japan, working with two of the biggest nationwide retail chains and achieving the biggest sales increase in 5 consecutive years. Previously, Saori served for about 2 years as a volunteer for JICA, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and founded a Japanese language and culture center in Romania to strengthen the cultural and educational tie between Japan and Romania. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Kobe University. Following IBEAR, Saori hopes to leverage her experience to help companies develop and advance their international strategies.

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Wataru Soga

Rakuten, Inc.
Japan

Wataru Soga joins the IBEAR MBA Program with over 5 years of experience in data analysis and digital marketing at Rakuten, one of the leading internet service companies in Japan. He analyzed various services including e-commerce from the aspect of user experience, and provided digital marketing solutions such as email marketing and AB testing to contribute to their business growth. His most recent work was to lead a project to develop the data tracking environment which converted Rakuten into the data driven company. Wataru earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Kyoto Institute of Technology, and his Master’s degree in Design from Kyushu University. Following IBEAR, Wataru intends to initiate entrepreneurial work with utilizing his analytical skill and creativity in the technology industry.

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Daisuke Tsubokura

Development Bank of Japan, Inc.
Japan

Daisuke Tsubokura* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), a financial institution owned by the Japanese government.

Daisuke Tsubokura* joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), a financial institution owned by the Japanese government. He joined the bank in 2007, and has 9 years of diversified experience in several departments, including Information Resources, Corporate Treasury, Industrial Research, Corporate Finance, and Asset Management. Most recently, in his role as Senior Vice President in the DBJ Asset Management, DBJ’s subsidiary, he has engaged in investment in global buyout funds, and introduced new internal operation systems.  Daisuke holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University. Following IBEAR, Daisuke intends to expand DBJ’s global business with special focus on alliances with other financial institutions and companies.

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Takushi Yodogawa

Shimizu Corporation
Japan

Takushi Yodogawa* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 14 years of experience in Shimizu Corporation, one of the leading general contractors in Japan and where he developed an expertise in accounting.

Takushi Yodogawa* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 14 years of experience in Shimizu Corporation, one of the leading general contractors in Japan and where he developed an expertise in accounting. In his most recent position at the headquarters’ accounting department, he was responsible for settling non-consolidated financial results and producing financial reports. He also worked in the finance department, where he managed the overseas subsidiary in the U.S. by supervising its financial reporting and conducting annual internal audit. Takushi earned Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yokohama National University. His keen interest in global business comes from his experience of having lived in Hong Kong and Jakarta, Indonesia from age six to eighteen. Following IBEAR, Takushi will return to Shimizu Corporation and contribute to develop its global business.

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Korea

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Jong Hoon (JH) Baek

S-Oil Corporation
Korea

Jong Hoon (JH) Baek joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of extensive experience in marketing and government affairs at S-OIL Corporation, one of the most profitable oil refining companies in the Asia-Pacific oil industry.

Jong Hoon (JH) Baek joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of extensive experience in marketing and government affairs at S-OIL Corporation, one of the most profitable oil refining companies in the Asia-Pacific oil industry. Most recently, as a Manager in External Affairs Division, he conducted various government oil policy research projects and collaborated with the Korean Government to arrange various international energy meetings. Previously, he performed a comprehensive analysis of domestic market environment for smart growth strategies in the Korean market and also developed the long-term marketing strategy. JH holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Seoul National University. After IBEAR, he intends to continue working at S-OIL Corporation.

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Yeon Kwan (Kevin) Jeong

LG Electronics Inc.
Korea

Yeon Kwan (Kevin) Jeong* joins IBEAR MBA Program from the home appliance division of LG Electronics Inc.

Yeon Kwan (Kevin) Jeong* joins IBEAR MBA Program from the home appliance division of LG Electronics Inc. He worked as an Overseas Sales and Marketing Manager since 2002. Most recently, he led a sales and marketing team selling refrigerators in the Asia market. He also worked in India leading local sales and marketing team of washing machines for 4 years since 2011. Kevin studied Chinese Literature and Language at Korea University. Following IBEAR, he intends to continue his contribution to LG Electronics.

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Hyeihn (Kate) Lee

Korean Air
Korea

Hyeihn (Kate) Lee* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience with Korean Air, where she had diverse portfolio in the Air Cargo Department and in International Affairs. She started her career in the cargo terminal where she was responsible for weight and balance for freight operations. She later was engaged in the European freight network and strategy, as well as freight space control and price analysis. During her years in International Affairs, she worked as an airline advisor for the aeronautical authorities concerning air service agreements with other countries. Kate majored in French Language and Literature at Seoul National. Following IBEAR, she will return to Korean Air.

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Kyung Hyun (KH) Lee

Korean Air
Korean

Kyung Hyun (KH) Lee* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 12 years of experience in aviation industry.

Kyung Hyun (KH) Lee* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 12 years of experience in aviation industry.  Throughout his various roles in planning, operations, and project management, KH gained in-depth knowledge of airline network planning and regulatory processes.  Most recently, he worked at Korean Air as a Senior Manager, where he was responsible for overall project plans including transpacific passenger route planning, negotiation with Delta Airlines regarding joint business cooperation. KH has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.  Following IBEAR, he intends to expand his role in the commercial aviation field, leading the future growth by accurately assessing the market dynamics and collaborative prospects with other airlines.

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Sang Ick Moon

KT
Korea

Sang Ick Moon* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 14 years of working experience at Korea Telecom, the largest comprehensive telecommunication provider in South Korea. He was responsible for corporate PR campaign, developed strategic plans for corporate image campaign and implemented numerous successful advertisements, including one of the most successful ad campaigns, award-winning “Life is WonderFULL”.  In 2010, he took charge of managing the IT exhibition for the G20 Summit, the biggest national conference in South Korean history. Most recently, Sang worked as a Senior Manager for Korea Telecom’s Media department, developing Olleh IPTV’s channel strategy. He coordinated with overseas channels, ending with contracts with 15 overseas channels and developing 12 new channels. Following IBEAR, Sang intends to expand his role in public relations and leading Korea Telecom as the number one network provider in the world.

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Namhee Seo

LG Corporation
Korea

Namhee Seo* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 13 years of experience with LG Corporation.

Namhee Seo* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 13 years of experience with LG Corporation. He was in charge of analyzing competitive power of existing and planned business areas of its affiliates for the last 4 years. Recently, he analyzed the business competitive power of the plastic OLED (LG Display) and the batteries for electronic vehicles (LG Chemical). In 2011, he was responsible for managerial planning in LG Telecom, a telecommunication affiliate of LG. As project leader, Namhee established a post-merger managerial accounting system in 2010 when the company merged two affiliates, a landline company and an internet company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Korea University. Following IBEAR, Namhee will return to LG, assigned to the department in charge of pursuing new business opportunities.

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Sooyoun (Yuna) Seo

S-Oil Corporation
Korea

Sooyoun (Yuna) Seo* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of professional experience with S-OIL, a leading oil refining corporation in Korea.

Sooyoun (Yuna) Seo* joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of professional experience with S-OIL, a leading oil refining corporation in Korea. Most recently, she worked as a Manager in the CEO’s office, supporting top managements and the Board of Directors. Working as an assistant to the CEO, she participated in key projects and in various events to enhance competitiveness and sustainability of the company. She also has prior experience in the domestic sales department, managing sales of oil products to agencies. Yuna holds an M.A in International Commerce from Seoul National University and B.A. in Mass Communication and in British & American Culture from Sogang University, Seoul. Following IBEAR, she will return to S-OIL to continue her contribution to the company’s global business expansion.

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Mexico

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Javier Eduardo Perez Bastida

Ministry of Land & Urban Devel.
Mexico

Javier Eduardo Perez Bastida joins the IBEAR MBA Program from the Ministry of Land, Territorial and Urban Development in Mexico, where he was Chief of Advisors.

Javier Eduardo Perez Bastida joins the IBEAR MBA Program from the Ministry of Land, Territorial and Urban Development in Mexico, where he was Chief of Advisors. He worked in different areas across the Ministry such as social housing policies and mortgage policies and where he developed programs for social inclusion and regional development. Previously, Eduardo was Chief of Advisors for the Deputy Ministry of Planning, Evaluation and Regional Development at the Ministry of Social Development, where he developed programs for cash conditional transfers and financial inclusion for poor people. He holds a Master in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University (California) and the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), a Master in Theoretical Economics and a Bachelor in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autonómo de México.

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Fernando Cisneros

Nomina Adicional S.A. de C.V.
Mexico

Fernando Cisneros joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 6 years of experience in strategy consulting for banking institutions and entrepreneurship.

Fernando Cisneros joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 6 years of experience in strategy consulting for banking institutions and entrepreneurship. As a business consultant, he developed the information systems strategy, a balance scorecard for back-office management, and strategic planning for cost reduction for top multinational banks. In 2014, Fernando formed companies that provide advisory services, leasing, and microcredits for small and medium enterprises in Mexico. He also started a Mexican fast food franchises in airports. He holds degrees in business engineering, business development and management and strategy & innovation from Instituto Tecnológico Autonómo de México and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following IBEAR, Fernando will continue his career as a businessman and try to become a serial entrepreneur.

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Russia

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Viktor Adamov

KREPS
Russia

Viktor Adamov joins the IBEAR MBA Program as a retail expert with 17 years of experience in the DIY retail market.

Viktor Adamov joins the IBEAR MBA Program as a retail expert with 17 years of experience in the DIY retail market. During the course of his career he advanced from a shop-floor employee of Petrovich, when the company was a tiny startup with less than 20 employees, to its CEO. Viktor contributed over the years to the firm’s leading position in the Russian DIY market. As of June 2016, Viktor serves on the board of directors of two companies: Superstroy, DIY retailer, which conducts its business in the Ural region of Russia, and Kreps, a mortar producer, Viktor consults extensively for companies that are looking for help with improving operations and developing long term business strategies. Viktor holds degrees from St. Petersburg State Politechnical University and Stockholm Schools of Economics. Following IBEAR, Viktor is interested in pursuing an international career in the retail industry.

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Taiwan

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Jyong-An (Johnny) Jhu

Lenovo Group Ltd.
Taiwan

Jyong-An (Johnny) Jhu joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of experience working in project management and software development in technology industries.

Jyong-An (Johnny) Jhu joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 9 years of experience working in project management and software development in technology industries. He worked at some of the top technology companies in the world, including IBM and Lenovo. Mostly recently, he served as the Project Manager for Lenovo, where he analyzed product portfolio and designed competitive enterprise servers. Prior to Lenovo, he worked as a software project manager at IBM, managing software validation projects of new-generation servers adopt in cloud applications, including schedule and manpower planning, resource allocation, and risk management. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Dong-Hwa University in Electrical Engineering. Following IBEAR, Johnny intends to pursue a career in marketing analytics and brand management in the Asia-Pacific region.

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George Liao

An-rui Land Development
Taiwan

George Liao joins the IBEAR Program from An-rui Land Development, a Taiwanese real estate developer that specializes in the construction and investments of residential properties in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

George Liao joins the IBEAR Program from An-rui Land Development, a Taiwanese real estate developer that specializes in the construction and investments of residential properties in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He was a Junior Partner at An-rui. George previously served as a Corporate Credit Analysis Officer at the Taipei Office of the Bank of Tokyo–Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan’s largest bank. Prior to moving to Taiwan in 2009, George served as a Quantitative Research Analyst at Glass Lewis in San Francisco, California, a firm that specializes in proxy voting and corporate governance evaluation of publicly traded companies. George holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

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Po-Chih Tseng

Novatek Microelectronics
Taiwan

Po-Chih Tseng joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 11 years of experience managing new technology design, technical marketing and software development of integrated circuits (IC) products.

Po-Chih Tseng joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 11 years of experience managing new technology design, technical marketing and software development of integrated circuits (IC) products. His product portfolio ranges from high-resolution digital imaging to high-end home entertainment systems. He worked at Novatek Microelectronics for 10 years as IC design manager, technical marketing manager and software manager. Most recently he was an Entrepreneurial a postdoctoral scholar at National Taiwan University, where he was responsible for entrepreneurial project plan and key technology design for commercial drones. Po-Chih holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University. Following IBEAR, he intends to expand his role in the IC design field, leading the future growth by precisely assessing the overall market potential of new technologies and business diversification opportunities through collaborative perspectives with other industries.

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Thailand

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Prim Thayanuwat

Grand Home Mart Company
Thailand

Prim Thayanuwat joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 6 years of professional experience in sales at her family business, Grand Home Mart (GHM), a leading home product distributor.

Prim Thayanuwat joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 6 years of professional experience in sales at her family business, Grand Home Mart (GHM), a leading home product distributor. She established the Direct Sales and Specification Teams, utilized new channels, and implemented aggressive sales approaches to widen the consumer pipeline, driving sales growth of $4.5M within 3 years while opening new export channels. Recently, she developed a novel showroom concept specifically with the newly-launched Grand Home Concepts. This concept was to meld practicality, creativity, and design in an innovative way, attracting foreign real estate developers. Prim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Chulalongkorn University. After IBEAR, Prim, as the next generation to carry her family business forward, envisions GHM becoming the leading home distributor in the ASEAN Economic Community and diversifying into related fields such as real estate.

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United States of America

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Anubhav Bhatia

Ernst & Young
United States of America

Anubhav Bhatia joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Ernst and Young, Transaction Advisory Services.

Anubhav Bhatia joins the IBEAR MBA Program from Ernst and Young, Transaction Advisory ServicesHe has over 10 years of experience in management consulting, with a primary focus on strategy, planning and execution of Mergers and Acquisitions, Integrations, Divestitures and Carve-outs from a technology and operations perspective. Prior to EY-TAS, Anubhav was with Deloitte Consulting in their M&A and Technology Strategy practice. Anubhav, originally from New Delhi, completed his Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his Masters in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After the IBEAR MBA program, he intends to lead the strategic planning and corporate development role in the technology sector.

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Scott Dorin

Creative Channel Services
United States of America

Scott Dorin joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in gaming and data analytics.

Scott Dorin joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in gaming and data analytics. He spent seven years as a professional poker player and investor. He won the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker. Scott leveraged his gaming and analytic expertise to procure a career as a gaming analyst at Caesars Entertainment, where he worked to maximize gaming profits by creating analytic models. Scott also worked for Creative Channel Services, a subsidiary of Omnicom Media Group, where he advised clients and internal stakeholders on business intelligence strategy and forecasting.  He holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University. Following IBEAR, Scott intends to expand his gaming career by providing data solutions in the e-gaming or daily fantasy sports realm, eventually launching a multifaceted gaming platform.

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Aly Elayat

Ubicall
United States of America

Aly Elayat joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in sales & management.

Aly Elayat joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 8 years of experience in sales & management. During his time at Parker as an Account Executive, he managed a $10M territory with over 200 accounts. Aly negotiated deals that increased revenue of dormant accounts and that surpassed his sales targets. He also worked as a Project Manager at Valeo. In 2014, he successfully led a software project for BMW, where he managed a team of 20 engineers across 4 countries while decreasing the cost of operations. Most recently, Aly joined Ubicall, a Silicon Valley startup that was incubated at Alchemist, the best B2B accelerator in the nation. He built a sales & marketing strategy from the ground up and was responsible for product development. Following IBEAR, Aly will pursue a career in the tech industry.

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Fernando Estrella

U.S. Navy Reserve
United States of America

Fernando Estrella joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 24 years in the U.S. Navy, where he currently is a Commissioned Officer in the rank of Commander.

Fernando Estrella joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 24 years in the U.S. Navy, where he currently is a Commissioned Officer in the rank of Commander. Originally from New Jersey, he is a first generation American of Peruvian decent. During his service in the Navy, he worked in Aviation, Logistics/Supply Management and Public Affairs in key management positions. As a Naval Officer he served in many theaters of operations including Operations Enduring Freedom, Nobel Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Resolute Support in Afghanistan. He worked in the civilian sector for the Paterson Public School System as a Bi-Lingual Instructional Aide (Spanish) and also served the City of Paterson, NJ as a firefighter. He holds a B.A. in Astronomy from Boston University and an M.A. in Theatre Production/Stage Management from Montclair State University. In addition to Spanish and English languages, he dabbles in French and Italian.

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Taylor Harbison

Golden State Foods
United States of America

Taylor Harbison joins IBEAR MBA Program, from Golden State Foods, one of the largest and fastest-growing suppliers to the QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) industry.

Taylor Harbison joins IBEAR MBA Program, from Golden State Foods, one of the largest and fastest-growing suppliers to the QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) industry. Most recently, Taylor worked to onboard a new manufacturing site located outside of Wuhan, China. Working with the local team, he was responsible for the transition and startup of several high profile consumer products from the U.S. to Asia. He established a comprehensive operating structure, communication plan, labor and capacity operating models, and was a key contributor to the development of the 3-year growth strategy.  Prior to China, Taylor worked in the Los Angeles manufacturing facility where he led a team responsible for producing over $100M in sales. Taylor holds a B.B.A. degree in Management from Southern Methodist University. After IBEAR, he plans to continue his career in international manufacturing.

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Niko Herman

Zuum Socia
United States of America

Niko Herman joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of professional experience in the start-up world, focusing on technology and digitally driven companies.

Niko Herman joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of professional experience in the start-up world, focusing on technology and digitally driven companies. His experience ranges from completely boot-strapped organizations with $0 of professional funding to organizations valued in excess of $100 million, with 300 or more employees.  Most recently he worked with Socialbakers, Simply Measured, and Zuum as the Director of Sales, where he was responsible for developing new employee compensation structures to retain top industry talent, creating company-wide sales procedures and strategy documents, and maintaining a steady increase of monthly B2B revenue. Niko holds a B.S in Business Marketing from Drexel University. Following IBEAR, Niko plans to pivot his career to become a turn-around expert for failed, or near-to-fail starts-ups and new business ventures.

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Russell Hill

U.S. Navy
United States of America

Russell Hill joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for operations management as a Surface Warfare Officer during overseas tours in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Russell Hill joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 10 years of experience in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for operations management as a Surface Warfare Officer during overseas tours in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Throughout his career, he held various naval operations and internationally- focused staff positions. In his last assignment, he was the operations planner for the Regional Synchronization Branch of the Security Force Assistance Division at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti and developed the future strategy for Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, while providing guidance for Security Force Assistance engagements with East African partner nations. Russell holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Following IBEAR, Russell will pursue a career in managerial consulting.

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Peter Latteier

Solar Turbines Incorporated
United States of America

Peter Latteier joins the IBEAR MBA Program with him 11 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.

Peter Latteier joins the IBEAR MBA Program with him 11 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. A graduate from Brigham Young University in Manufacturing Engineering, Peter worked his whole career at Solar Turbines Incorporated. He began as a Manufacturing Engineer before earning his 6 Sigma Black Belt and leading nine projects for which he recorded over $500k of value proposition to the company.  Peter joined the Business Development group as a Project Application Engineer (PAE) supporting sales in Latin America.  He relocated to Dubai, where he spent 3 years, to lead a new PAE group to better support sales and the customers of the region. Upon graduation from IBEAR, he is interested in bringing his skills and background to the transportation industry and would like to get involved with a program to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the youth of the area.

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Leah K. Madden

Little Skillet LLC
United States of America

Leah K. Madden joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of experience in the hospitality field.

Leah K. Madden joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of experience in the hospitality field. Leah is a San Francisco Bay Area native who received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Through her roles in operations management and ownership support services, Leah directed a variety of single and multi-unit service concepts, from casual to luxury, both corporate and independent. She enjoys working with diverse multinational and multilingual teams and clients and can offer in-depth knowledge of P&L management, operations, organizational development, organized labor relations, and people management. Following IBEAR, Leah plans to contribute to new venture strategies for service products or food production businesses throughout the Pacific Rim.

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Ryan Maki

JYM Enterprises
United States of America

Ryan Maki joins the IBEAR MBA Program with a comprehensive military background as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for project and operations management during overseas tours in Europe and Asia.

Ryan Maki joins the IBEAR MBA Program with a comprehensive military background as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for project and operations management during overseas tours in Europe and Asia. He has held numerous leadership and staff positions that include being the Deputy to the Political Advisor in Naples, Italy and the Liaison Officer to Allied Naval Forces in Sasebo, Japan. In his most recent role, Ryan has been a part owner and Director of Operations for JYM Enterprises Inc.—a multi-unit restaurant franchise company in Los Angeles—operating 16 franchise units with over 300 employees. Ryan graduated from University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science in International Relations and a Minor in Japanese Studies. Following IBEAR, Ryan intends to expand his company internationally to Asia. 

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Alice Peng

Amway Corporation
United States of America

Alice Peng joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of experience working in the global consumer products industry, specializing in managing projects specifically designed for the market in China.

Alice Peng joins the IBEAR MBA Program with 7 years of experience working in the global consumer products industry, specializing in managing projects specifically designed for the market in China. During her past experience as a senior project manager at Amway, Alice led the cross-functional teams located in both China affiliate and corporate office, to deliver functional food products, starting from concept approval to commercialization. She was responsible for various project activities, including defining the project scope, cost analysis, risk management, resource allocation and time management. Alice is a certified PMP and holds a B.S. in Biology from Pepperdine University and M.S. in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Following IBEAR, Alice intends to expand her role in the marketing aspect of the product development, particularly in the fast-moving consumer goods industry.

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