USP's MBA faculty are selected for their ability to interact effectively with adult MBA students. They possess internationally recognised credentials. All have postgraduate education and business experience. A substantial number hold PhDs. Lecturers have been educated at world-famous universities in Australia, India, Europe and USA. They have performed consulting assignments for some of the world's best-known companies and international institutions. To date, the faculty have come from Australia, Canada, the UK, USA, Germany, India, and Fiji. Visiting professors from major business schools worldwide further enrich the experience of students who pursue their MBA degree at USP.
Professor Raghuvar Dutt Pathak (Professor of Management) is the Head of the Graduate School of Business and Director of MBA programme. He teaches Organisational Behaviour on the MBA programme. He joined USP in 1999 and was Professor& Head of the Department of Management & Public Administration (MPA) for 6 years. He was also Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) at Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). Before joining USP, he was Professor & Director & Dean of the Institute of Management Studies of Devi Ahilya University at Indore, India (1993-1999), Director of University Research and Development, Head of the School of Defense and Management Studies, and Programme Director of the International Institute of Professional Studies at Devi Ahilya University , Indore, India . He has also worked as a ‘Fellow’ in the Manchester Business School, UK; Department of Management, The University of Melbourne, Australia; and more recently at the Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia.
Professor Pathak has received Vice-Chancellor’s award for Teaching Excellence (Best Teacher Award in the Faculty of Business and Economics) in 2017 Learning and Teaching Forum and also Vice-Chancellor’s awards for Research Excellence. He has more than 20 years of postgraduate (MBA) teaching experience and has published 3 research based books and more than 75 research papers in reputed refereed journals such as: Personality and Individual Differences (PAID); European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology; International Journal of Project Management; Public Organization Review: A Global Journal; International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal; Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.
He has also participated and presented papers in more than 75 national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He is also on the Editorial Boards of five international journals (including Management Research News from Emerald publishers) and a reviewer for leading international conferences including Academy of management (USA). He is a Member of leading associations including Academy of Management, USA; Society for Human resource Management (SHRM), USA; and formerly - Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Local chapter of the Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG); and also a Member of the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) Council of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).
Dr. Pathak has provided consultancy to various public and private sector corporations (including ITC, Hindustan Levers, and Whirlpool India), International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Ministry of National Planning of Fiji. He has also been a Trainer for a number of organizations including the Public Service Commission of Fiji.
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Prof. Raghuvar Pathak
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 32 31390; 3231391; 3231360
Ms Anna De Jong, (Lecturer) teaches Quantitative Business Analysis, Operations and Quality Management and Project Management on the MBA program.
Ms Anna De Jong
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
IDD tel. No.: +679 3231376
Dr Benedito Waqailiti (Lecturer) joined the MBA program after pursuing his PhD studies at Griffith University, Gold Campus, Australia. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Canberra he joined the School of Management and Public Administration (USP) lecturing in Organization Behavior, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Management. In addition he conducted Summer Schools and consulted middle managers cohort groups in regional centers such as: Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Is, Nauru, Kiribati and Fiji. Ben’s areas of interest include: female small business entrepreneurship, new venture creation, South Pacific business environment and services marketing.
Mr Benedito Waqailiti
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 3231995
Dr. Halahingano Tu‘akolo Rohorua recently joined the Graduate School of Business MBA programme as a fulltime staff after 17 years of service with The University of Waikato, Hamilton New Zealand. At The University of Waikato Dr Rohorua taught accounting and economics and was a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics as a member of the research team in the Pacific Islands New Zealand and Australian Labour Migration project working in collaboration with the World Bank and Stanford University. Dr Rohorua gained her BA (majoring in Mathematics and Economics) and MBA (gold medalist) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. She gained her PhD from University of Waikato, New Zealand. Dr Rohorua has lived in Tonga, Fiji, Australia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand and worked previously in the fields of education and banking. To date she has carried out applied research, teaching, assessment evaluations and curriculum development in various areas of economics, accounting, mathematics, finance and data analysis. Dr Rohorua has publications in the Pacific Economics Bulletin, World Development, Asia Pacific Development Journal, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, Health Economics, IZA Discussion Papers, New Zealand Economic Papers and the Economics Department of University of Waikato Working Papers. Before joining the Graduate School of Business Dr Rohorua also taught Quantitative Business Analysis, Business Economics, Accounting, and Finance courses in the MBA programme.
Faculty from FBE
Dr. Gurmeet Singh is Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) for the Faculty of Business and Economics, Associate Professor (Marketing and International Business) and Coordinator Post Graduate Program, School of Management and Public Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of The South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. He did his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Marketing Management from University of Jammu, Jammu, India. Dr. Gurmeet Singh has also won 2008 Japanese award for outstanding research on development during 10th Annual Global Development Conference that was held in Kuwait from Feb 1-5(2009). This prestigious international award carries citation and cash prize of US$ 35,000. http://www.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=gdn_development_research
Dr. Singh has over 18 years of experience in teaching, research, consultancy and executive training industries. He has worked both in India and abroad on various teaching assignments. His teaching, research and consulting interests include marketing, international marketing, consumer behavior, advertising management, customer service & customer satisfaction, e-governance and entrepreneurship. Dr. Singh has attended and presented/contributed papers in leading international conferences in the area of marketing and management.
Dr Atishwar Pandaram joined the Department of Management and Public Administration of the University of the South Pacific from the beginning of semester two in 2003. Earlier, he had his secondary and tertiary education in Fiji and Australia. His undergraduate specialization includes mathematics, science, accounting and financial management and economics. Furthermore, he possesses postgraduate qualifications in accountancy, management and economics. Dr Pandaram has industry experience, from both Fiji and Australia. These encompass management consulting, accountancy, taxation, and information technology. In addition, he has participated in a number of consultation projects. These include UNDP/UNESCO projects.
Dr. Sunil Kumar obtained a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of the South Pacific. Currently, I am the Acting Head of School at USP. My current substantive position is Senior Lecturer in Economics in the School of Economics. I have numerous years of teaching experience in the areas of Econometrics, Development Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Economic Statistics and various other subjects. I have been involved in teaching Policy Analysis to Pacific Island Students. I have substantial experience in constructing Input-output Tables and using various econometric techniques for analysing economic and social data. I also have experience in using CGE Models for policy analysis. I have been involved in the analysis of poverty and migration for the World Bank research under the GDN project. I have done a number of workshops for the Government of Fiji in my capacity as an economist. I have recently worked for the Forum Secretariat on the EPA trade negotiations for three Pacific Island states. I have a number of publications in the areas of income distribution, poverty, economic sector analysis and migration, renewable energy and economic issues in general. I have also done an article on the effects of global economic crisis on PICs, which will be published in the Commonwealth Journal later this year. My contribution to policy in Fiji has come about through numerous avenues, including media but more formally through Fiji Economic Update. I have also contributed to development Dialogues in the region, namely Tonga and Kiribati.
Dr. Rup Singh is a Lecturer in the School of Economics (USP). He teaches postgraduate Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics and Business Statistics (for the MBA program). He posses strong empirical and modeling skills. Rup has working knowledge of statistical packages such as STATA, E-views, MicroFit and GEMPAC. His publications in the areas of monetary policy, trade and economic growth are in internationally ranked journals. He has recently completed his PhD in Growth Economics. He has won the Oceania Development Network (2011) research award and the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Award (2010). He was awarded gold medal for the best Masters thesis (2007) which got published in USA. Rup has been consulted by various UN organizations for a number of research assignments concerning broader areas of economic growth and development challenges.
Professor Arvind Patel is the Acting Dean of Faculty of Business (FBE) and Economics since 1 June 2016. Graduate of the University of South Pacific (BA), University of New South Wales (MCom) and University of Queensland (PhD). Members of Certified Public Accountants (Aust), Fiji Institute of Accountants and Board member of Fiji Institute of Internal Auditors. Have served or am serving on various university committees, including the senate, academic standards and quality committee, faculty board, faculty executive committee, faculty staff review committee, faculty publications committee, faculty research committee and senior treasurer of USPSA. Published in leading international journals. Research interest include corporate governance, auditing, financial reporting, ethics and gender studies. Contributes extensively to community work in various capacities.
Dr. Nacanieli Rika has a PhD in Accounting. He is Associate Dean Planning & Quality in FBE and Acting Head of School of Accounting & Finance. He teaches Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory. His research interests include Public Sector Accounting and Auditing, Environmental Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Indigenous Accounting.
Dawn Gibson is a Senior Lecturer of Tourism and Hospitality in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. She spent many years overseas living and working in London, New York and Los Angeles, and returned home to Fiji in 1991. She has been fortunate to have travelled extensively from childhood, hence her keen interest in tourism and hospitality. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Studies and Management and Public Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism Studies, a Master of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality, and a PhD in Tourism Studies which were all awarded by The University of the South Pacific. Her PhD was concerned with the challenges indigenous owned businesses face delivering consistent quality services in the backpacker/budget accommodation sector in the Yasawas Islands in Fiji. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education of the Open University in the United Kingdom. She was responsible for the development of the B.Com. in Hotel Management degree programme and courses, and more recently new courses for the M.Com Tourism and Hospitality. She is also responsible for the development of print materials for Tourism and Hospitality courses and is currently working with colleagues to convert all tourism and hospitality courses to blended/online mode.
Dr Anand Chand is an Associate Professor in the School of Management and Public Administration, FBE, USP. He has a BA (Tasmania, Australia), Post-Graduate Diploma (USP), Diploma in Business Studies (Canterbury, NZ), MA in Human Resource (USP), MA in Research Methods (Manchester, UK), PhD (University of Cardiff, Wales, UK). He has been teaching, conducting research, doing consultations and publishing for the last 33 years. He specialises in the areas of HRM, PMS, Employment Relations and Global Supply Chains. He has extensive experience in conducting researching and doing consultancy for international agencies. For example, he has conducted research for ILO, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), EU/USP Employment and Labour Market Programme, Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) and Australian Council of Agricultural Research ACIAR/PARDI. He has published 2 books, 2 monographs, 6 book chapters, and 50 articles in international journals. Anand has also presented around 42 papers at international conferences. He has visited and taught in a number of South Pacific Islands countries and is well versed about the South Pacific countries.
Richard Welford (Adjunct Professor), Chairman, CSR Asia and Professor, Hong Kong University and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Professor RICHARD J. WELFORD is Chairman, CSR Asia. He is also Honorary Fellow, Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He has longstanding teaching, publication and research interests in corporate social responsibility, environmental governance, Environmental Management Systems, international competitiveness. Professor Richard has published number of papers in refereed International Journals. He has also written16 books.
Currently he is editor for three prestigious journals (Business Strategy and the Environment; Sustainable Development; and Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management)
Dr Gudergan (Adjunct Professor),PhD USyd & UNSW is a Professor of Strategy and his research focuses on managerial decision making concerning enterprise performance, innovation and governance in contexts such as alliance-, project- and service-based organisations. His research has been published extensively and several of his doctoral students have won international awards. He has been an invited presenter at colloquia such as the Doctoral Colloquium of the Business Strategy & Policy Division at the Academy of Management. Furthermore, he is a grant assessor for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Australian Research Council. He has also been the Chair-Elect within the Strategic Management Society; an invited speaker at conferences including the Carnegie Bosch Institute Conference on Mergers, Acquisitions, Alliances and Networks; and invited Interregional Coordinator of the Special Interest Research Group on Strategic Alliances & Networks within the IMS Network of Excellence Program (European Union Funded). He also was a Founding Director of the Alliancing Association of Australasia and is a Chair within the International Centre for Complex Project Management.Prior to academia he has worked in business development and strategy roles with firms such as The Dun & Bradstreet Organisation, Price Waterhouse Australasia and Coopers & Lybrand Australia.
Danny Samson (Adjunct Professor) is Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne, was Head of the Department of Management in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, and is Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development there. He has an honours degree in chemical engineering (UNSW) and a PhD in management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (1984). He has published 100 articles and ten books, and his research and teaching interests are in decision analysis, operations strategy and management, and innovation and business strategy. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management. In 2011/2 his publications include articles in decision sciences Journal and Journal of Operations Management, and new books titled Implementing Strategic Change, and Management (Asia Pacific 4th Edition). He is one of Australia’s leading executive educators, and directs the Masters of enterprise and of Supply Chain Management at the University of Melbourne.
Juliet Roper (PhD) is Professor and Chair of Management Communication at the University of Waikato Management School. She was the founding President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS), an organization dedicated to providing a platform for collaborative engagement and action amongst academic, business, NGO and government sectors of the Asia Pacific region, until its merger with the European Academy for Business in Society in 2011. She has developed a strong global network of partnerships and collaborators with prestigious academic institutions and multi-national corporations. In 2006 she was a finalist for the US based Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes Faculty Pioneer award.
As Professor of Management Communication, Juliet’s research and teaching encompasses social and environmental aspects of sustainability and CSR, examining issues of cross sector engagement, issues management, public relations, and public policy. She has been or is the leader of several externally funded sustainability related research projects, including analysis of business and government responses to the Kyoto Protocol; dialogue as a means of public engagement in controversial issues; and the political, commercial, social and environmental context of New Zealand’s national sustainability policies and practices; and she is a collaborator in a longitudinal study of sustainability practices of New Zealand businesses. She is co-editor of The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility (2007) and has more than 40 articles published in refereed European and US journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Corporate Governance, Public Understanding of Science, Management Communication Quarterly, and Work Employment and Society.
Léo-Paul Dana earned BA and MBA degrees at McGill University, and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales HEC-Montreal. He served since 1999 at the University of Canterbury and prior to that as Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Deputy Director of the International Business MBA Programme at Nanyang Business School, in Singapore. He has published extensively in a variety of leading journals including the British Food Journal, Cornell Quarterly, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of World Business, and Small Business Economics. His research interests focus on cultural issues, including the internationalisation of entrepreneurship and the nature of indigenous entrepreneurship. He is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship, and more recently a co-founder of The Polar Journal, published by Routledge. Among his recent books are: the World Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship; and When Economies Change Hands: A Survey of Entrepreneurship.
Professor James McMaster joined USP in 1999 as Director of the Pacific Institute of Management and Development. He teaches South Pacific Business Environment, Corporate Governance and Ethics and Business Economics on the MBA. Before joining USP he was Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra where he was previously the Director of the MBA program. He has undertaken many consulting assignments for the major international organizations, including: the World Bank in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore; Asian Development Bank in Malaysia and Philippines and the Pacific Islands; International Monetary Fund in Kiribati; United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Fiji; Forum Secretariat in the South Pacific; Commonwealth Secretariat in Samoa and Tonga; East-West Centre in Hawaii, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa; Asian and Pacific Development Centre in Kuala Lumpur and the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Over the past seventeen years Professor McMaster’s research has focused on economic development in the Pacific Island economies. He has investigated the cost and benefits of privatisation, deregulation of telecommunications, trade facilitation and the evolution of single window trade portals, public enterprise reform, private sector development and SMEs, corporate planning, public financial management, economic development policy in the Asia-Pacific Region, project and program evaluation and public enterprise divestment.
He was the chief investigator with Professor Roger Wettenhall for an Australian Research Council, Large Research Grant on the Topic: Privatisation: A Public Policy Evaluation: for the period 1995-97 while employed as Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra.
Professor McMaster is the author or co-author of twelve books with the following titles: Economic Impact of E-commerce on Small Tourism Enterprises; Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian case studies; Managing Government for Sustainable Development; Urban Financial Management; Evaluating Government Programs; Scope for accelerating private sector growth in the Pacific Islands through the implementation of Privatization Policies; Incentives, Regulatory Mechanisms, and Risk Climate for Private Sector Investment; Future role of international agencies and donors in private sector development in Pacific Island countries; Review of the Objectives and Priorities of Fiji's Development Plan (DP9) 1986-1990 and an Assessment of the Scope for the Use of Australian Development Assistance; Studies of Tertiary Student Finances; Evaluation findings: a compilation of AusAID's evaluation and review reports 1992-1997; Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Project IMPACT for the Philippines. Professor McMaster is the editor or co-editor of five books with the titles: Australian Project Evaluation; Australian Urban Economics; Australian Transport Economics; Privatisation in Asia and the Pacific: profiles, strategies, results; New Developments in Public Sector Management. He is also the author of thirty six book chapters and journal articles.
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Prof. James McMaster
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
IDD Tel. No.: +679 32 31991
Prof. Jan Nowak is Director of MBA Programmes at IBD Business School, Poland and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business, the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Dr Nowak specialises in marketing and international business, the areas in which he teaches, conducts research, consults with companies, and develops and facilitates professional training courses. He commenced his professional career in Poland, where he received his Master of Management and Ph.D. in Organisation and Management degrees from Warsaw University. In 1990, he joined the University of New Brunswick in Saint John (UNBSJ). While on the Faculty of Business, UNBSJ, he directed an MBA programme and a management training centre. At the same time, he participated in several international projects sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and travelled extensively to Asia and Central Europe. In 2001, he joined USP where he served as Professor of Business and Coordinator of the MBA Programme until 2006 when he relocated to Europe, assuming the position of Professor and subsequently also Faculty Chair at Central European University Business School in Hungary. In 2011, he moved back to his native Poland.
Dr Nowak has published five books, more than 60 papers in international refereed periodicals and conference proceedings, numerous reports, working papers, book contributions, cases and other research outputs. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of International Consumer Behaviour, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Journal of East European Management Studies, Journal of Transnational Management, Journal of Euro-marketing, Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, The Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries and Journal of East-West Business. Together with Prof. McMaster he co-authored a case on “FIJI Water and Corporate Social Responsibility – Green Makeover or Greenwashing?” which has been published by Ivey Publishing of the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In the 2010/2011-2014/15 fiscal years, the case was one of the twenty or one of the ten top-selling cases distributed worldwide by Ivey.
Prof. Nowak is the founder of the Silver Medal and Prize for the second best graduating student from USP’s MBA Programme.
Robert Nelson is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. He is a Senior Scholar in Residence at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, in the College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus. Since 1975, he has focused on curriculum development and methodologies for teaching entrepreneurship education, especially at the international level. He has written numerous books, curriculum guides, monographs and articles regarding entrepreneurship education.
In the 1990s, Nelson coordinated three cycles of an entrepreneurship graduate program in Nairobi Kenya for the University of Illinois. Over 120 students received Master’s Degrees and 28 students came to the University of Illinois to complete a Ph.D. program.
He was the lead author in preparing the “Know About Business” (KAB) curriculum for the International Labor Organization (ILO) that is being implemented in over 50 countries throughout the world and has been translated in over 20 languages. He has facilitated a variety of international workshops, courses and graduate programs regarding the teaching of entrepreneurship education. He recently assisted the ILO in developing a curriculum for teaching social entrepreneurship and a handbook for preparing entrepreneurship teacher educators.
Dr. Nelson is considered an international expert on entrepreneurship education and has helped to promote entrepreneurship education primarily through teacher education programs in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In the Middle East, he has facilitated four entrepreneurship education workshops for teachers Higher Colleges of Technology in Oman and two similar workshops in both Syria and Egypt. He is currently working on ILO entrepreneurship projects in South Africa and Uganda.
Nelson believes that as countries move to a more market oriented system, there is a need to create an “enterprising culture.” Providing instruction in entrepreneurship education through the formal educational system is one way to impact youth at an early age. Entrepreneurship education should be considered as a required general education course. Having good entrepreneurial attitudes will help young people be better citizens in the community in which they live and work.
Senior Adjunct Fellow
Dr. Margaret Takeda (Molly) studies, teaches and provides consulting in 3 important global topics: People, Business and Disasters. She has 30 years of both professional and academic experience and has worked in over 80 countries. She is one of a very few certified Global Mindset Instructors (Thunderbird Graduate School of Business); an academically qualified (AACSB) Global Strategy, International Business and HRM Professor; and a 20 year veteran of Disaster Management research and publishing. Molly teaches for California State University San Bernardino in their fast growing Palm Desert campus. Most years she spends (at least) one quarter outside her home base (the US), teaching and consulting in all parts of the world. Currently, she is very busy at the USP teaching Strategic Management in both Suva and Nadi. In addition, she is continuing research and publishing on Analysis of Global Catastrophes and Resiliency Leadership.
Ian Michael holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Ian has experience in business and management since 1980, in industry and academia. He held senior positions in industries like Travel & Tourism, Education, Advertising, and Pharmaceutical.
Ian is a “Globalista”, with experience in Asia, Pacific, Australia, Middle East and former Soviet Union nations like Georgia. He considers himself a “Global Marketing Guru”, working in business consulting, and research, and heads global teams from across the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Georgia, India, Nepal, and USA.
Ian is passionate and a specialist in Branding and Neuromarketing, his recent project is creating a Nation Brand for the United Arab Emirates, he leads a team using Neuromarketing techniques to achieve this project objectives. He is a Certified trainer for The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) UK, ifs School of Finance (incorporated by Royal Charter) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK. Ian is a trainer for organizations like Sabic, Saudi Arabia, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Emirates NBD Bank, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Mashreq Bank, and other leading organizations in the Middle East region. His innate knowledge of the Middle-East and Asian markets acts as a good conduit in setting up businesses in these markets.
Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI)
Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM)
Dr. Gurdip Singh Batra is Professor and Head at the School of Management Studies and Director, Centre for Business Policy Research and Development at Punjabi University, Patiala. He coordinated a course on Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Wilkes University, Pennsylvania USA. He is visiting faculty at the University of South Pacific Fiji, Samoa and Kingdom of Tonga.
He did his post Doctoral research on Corporate Financial Reporting from the College of Business Administration; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2002. He is Commonwealth-AMDISA Fellow and worked on a research project on Environmental Disclosures at National University of Singapore and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He visited North America, South America, South East Asia and various Asia-Pacific countries on different Academic and Research assignments.
He was conferred with the Young Researcher Award by the Indian Accounting Association for his accomplishments in the accounting area. He has worked on a UGC major research project on Entrepreneurship Development in Small Scale Industries. He has also worked on another sponsored project on Foreign Investments and its Impact on the Corporate Sector. Presently he is working on a research project on Impact of Information Technology on Capital Budgeting and Management Accounting: Evidence from Indian Companies, jointly with School of Accounting and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
He has more than 34 years of research, training, consultancy and academic experience. He has about 20 books and more than 100 research papers published to his credit in various national and International journals of repute. He is a member of editorial board of various national and International journals. His teaching areas include Accounting, Finance, Strategy and Corporate Entrepreneurship. He is associated with organizing number of Seminars, Workshops and the Industrial Training programs in India and abroad.
He was conferred with the Young Researcher Award by the Indian Accounting Association. He was honoured with the life time achievement award by Economic Growth and Research Association of India in 2012. He is recipient of Management Excellence Award 2015 by Himachal Pradesh Commerce and Management Association for his overall contribution in promoting corporatization, Institution building and management excellence.
He is an expert committee member of Ministry of Human Resource Development GOI for various professional assignments. He has been a member of Syndicate, Senate and Finance Committee of Punjabi University. He is member of academic and administrative bodies of various universities and Institutions in the country and abroad.
Professor ( Dr) A.S.Chawla is currently holding the position of Professor, School of Management Studies and Dean International Relations at Punjabi University, Patiala, India .He also holds the position of the Registrar the same university. Professor Chawla has been in the teaching Business Administration at masters level for last 33 years. During this period he also worked for one and half years as Financial Advisor in Kenyan conglomerate and three and half years as Professor and Dean Business Faculty at KIST Kigali, Rwanda. He has been associated with Harvard Business School (USA) for Executive Education and coordinated the Program on Making Markets Work in East and South African region. He has been associated with Harvard Business School and participated in CPCL at Harvard Business School. Dr Chawla is Adjunct Professor at Wilkes University, USA and has also been involved with Wilkes University and Kutztown University for various academic activities. Professor Chawla has got to his credit 48 publications in reputed journals and has also published ten books. Professor Chawla has handled many projects including projects for USAID, World Bank and World Vision, Ministry of Health, Rwanda. He is involved with numerous public and private sector undertakings for training consultancy. He is also on the board of directors of two companies in India. Dr Chawla teaches Business Administration classes and handles subjects in the area of finance and general management.
Dr. Desmond U. Amosa is currently the Advisor for the newly established Pacific Islands Center of Public Administration (PICPA). Prior to joining PICPA, he was the Dean for the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Samoa (NUS). Prior to joining NUS, he was working as a senior official at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Commission in Samoa, and later on as a senior lecturer for the School of Management and Public Administration at the University of the South Pacific and an Advisor for the newly established Pacific Island Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). His main area of interest in teaching and researching is in local government, public policy and administration, administrative ethics, budgeting and public sector management. Desmond has published several journal articles on the public sector reforms in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. His latest journal publication – “Are Fiji’s Government Commercial Companies in Competent Hand?” is published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration vol(33) 2. This is in addition to his latest book: Social Policies in Samoa published in 2012 by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
Dr. Robert Hull earned a B.S. Degree in mathematics and physics, a M.S. Ed. degree in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in mathematical economics and econometrics all from Northern Illinois University, in the U.S.A. During his career he taught a variety of courses in the fields of mathematics, economics, finance, and decision science. He has been on the faculty of Illinois Benedictine University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Maryland, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Hull retired from Western Illinois University in 2001, where he now holds the title of Professor Emeritus. Since retirement he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of the South Pacific, teaching in Fiji and the Cook Islands. During his career he has taught in Australia, Malaysia, Holland, Spain, France, the Virgin Islands, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. His original interest was in the area of derivative securities, having received a grant from the Chicago Board of Trade to conduct a study on the T-Bill futures market. During the latter part of his career he focused on the area of real estate finance. He has taught Quantitative Business Analysis and Operations and Quality Management on the MBA Program.
Jeff Born is a Professor of Finance and head of the Finance Group at Northeastern University in the United States. He earned a BS in Business Administration (1977) and a MA in Economics (1978) at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). In 1996 Professor Born was named one of the 25 most accomplished graduates of the CBA at BGSU. Dr. Born was awarded his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He has been teaching International Finance, Investments and Financial Management since returning to Boston in January 2008. From January 2006 to December 2007 Jeff served as Professor and founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at USP. Dr. Born has published 4 monographs, 27 articles in double blind refereed academic journals, and 8 articles have been publishing in editorial refereed academic and professional journals. Professor Born is in the top 3% of those who have published in the 16 academic journals that define the ‘core’ of finance literature in its first 50 years (1953-2002). He has taught Finance on the MBA Program.
Dr Cristanna M. Cook, Ph.D. (USA), visiting scholar from Husson in Bangor, Maine, USA, where she holds the position of Associate Professor of Business Administration. She is also Adjunct Professor of mathematics in the Department of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. She has been consultant to numerous international, national, and state-level organizations including non-profits. Her areas of interest and skill are economic and quantitative business analysis, marketing management, marketing research, international marketing, and computer technology including Web design. Dr Cook has taught Quantitative Business Analysis, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Economics on the USP MBA Program.
Shamsuddin Ahmed, PhD. a Professor at the Graduate School of Business, USP. He teaches operations management, quantitative methods, MIS courses in the MBA program. He holds a Master of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University, Canada and PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. His industry experience incorporates management of project in supply chain environment. As an industrial engineer with senior managerial capacities, he coordinated quality control, systems planning, operations scheduling functions in project and production management setting. Professor Ahmed taught in several universities in India, Middle East, Pacific Island Countries, Central Asia including IIT-Bombay; United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), King Abdul Aziz University (KAU); Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) and American University of the Middle East. His teaching portfolio includes operations management, SCM, quantitative methods, statistics, research methods, simulations, operations research, facilities and project planning. Professor Ahmed received research, faculty and service awards from KIMEP, KAAU and UAEU.
His research interest includes multi-objective decision analysis, non-linear programming, decision support systems, system modeling, simulation, TQM, SCM, forecasting, six sigma process control in hospital resources management and neural network applications. He published more than sixty scholarly peer reviewed articles in international journals, book chapters and conference proceeding. Professor Ahmed founded and edited an interdisciplinary journal managed by KIMEP. He designed and developed a number of software in statistical computing, machine learning and systems simulations. His consulting works in Middle East and Central Asia include strategic financial forecasting, budgeting and quality management.
Dr. Stephen Pratt joined the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Assistant Professor in January 2013. He graduated with his PhD in 2009 from the University of Nottingham, UK. He received his Bachelors of Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1993 and his Masters of Economics from the same institution in 2000.
Previously, Dr. Pratt has been serving as a Senior Lecturer with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of the South Pacific (USP), based in Suva, Fiji. He has been there since January 2009 teaching on a range of courses, such as Sustainable Tourism, International Tourism, Tourism Marketing as well as Tourism Economics which combines his academic roots with his interest in the tourism sector. He has taught at both the undergraduate and MBA level and is currently supervising several post graduate students. He is currently Adjunct Research Associate at USP.
His current research interests include the economic impacts of tourism; destination marketing; cruise tourism and film tourism. More recently he is developing an interest in sustainable tourism and cultural tourism. He received USP’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Research Publication for 2011.
Selected Publications & Research Papers
Refereed Journal Articles
Pratt, S. (forthcoming) ‘The Borat effect: film-induced tourism gone wrong’, Tourism Economics, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/te.2014.0394
Pratt, S. (forthcoming) ‘Potential Economic Contribution of Regional Tourism Development in China: A Comparative Analysis’, International Journal of Tourism Research, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jtr.1990/pdf
A Chartered Marketer (CIM, UK) and behavioural consultant (US), Prof. Dr. Patrick K C Low was teaching MBA in Leadership, Managing Negotiations, Change Management and Organizational Behaviour in Universiti Brunei Darussalam and is an Associate of the University of South Australia. And his previous recent appointment was the Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Marketing in the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP)/ Acting Dean Summer 2 2006. The then Visiting Professor of University of Malaya in Jan – Feb 2007 has an International PhD in Business and Management from the University of South Australia and his various work experiences include manufacturing, civil service, banking, trade/ sales distribution, training/ management consulting and the academia. A practitioner-academician, Prof. Patrick Low also holds a Master of Business (International Marketing) from the CURTIN University of Technology and a BA - Political Science and Philosophy (Singapore). Awarded the Research Excellence 2013 by the Franklin Publications and the Researcher of the Year 2004/5 for Bang College of Business, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP), Professor Patrick Low, a prolific writer, is also the author of several books including (2006 (3rd.edition), 2002 revised, 2000) Strategic Customer Management (one of Border’s Top 10 Business Books as featured in Asian Entrepreneur), and Springer’s Leading Successfully in Asia (2013) and Successful Negotiating in Asia (2010). An advisory board member of the Emerald Insight’s Management Decision (2007 - 2014), Prof Low was also the Section Editor of Springer’s Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR) published 2015) and Encyclopaedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (2014) and he also managed several co-authors in writing several CSR topics in these two books.
Dr Peter Faga Mario retired from both private and public sector services in Fiji in December 2008 and joined the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji in January 2009, as a Lecturer with their MBA Program.
He holds a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration (DBA) and a Master of Management Degree (MMgt) both from Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) from the Australian Quality College, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
He is a former Professional Insurer and Reinsurer (General Insurance) and Fund Manager. Before his retirement, he was a registered and licensed Investment and Financial Adviser by the Capital Markets Development Authority of Fiji (CMDA).
Prior to joining USP as an academic, he worked in the private sector in Fiji from 1969 for 12 years at Southern Pacific Ins/National Ins/Tower Insurance (General Insurance Industry). In 1981, he became CEO of the Fiji Reinsurance Corporation Limited (Fiji Re) for 18 years. He joined the Unit Trust of Fiji (Management) Limited in 1999 and was CEO for 9 years. The Fiji Reinsurance and Unit Trust of Fiji are both Public Enterprises owned by the Government of Fiji.
Dr. Mario was also a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).
He has taught Strategic Management, Marketing and Human Resources Management (HRM) at the USP Graduate School of Business MBA Program for over 7 years. During this period, he taught at USP Campuses throughout Fiji (Suva, Labasa, Nadi), Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu (Oct/Nov., 2017). From February to June 2017, he was employed by Delaware State University (DSU), USA, as a Visiting Scholar of Management and taught Strategic Business Management and International Business Management to undergraduate students at the Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT), Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, Peoples Republic China. Dr. Mario hail from the island of Rotuma, Fiji. He now lives permanently with his family in Papakura, South Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr Sunia Vosikata is a regionally trained academic achieving credible qualification from the following reputable regional institutions: USP (Fiji) – BA (Economics and Management), MBA; University of Waikato (NZ) – MMS (Masters in Management Studies), UNSW (Australia) – PhD Philosophy (Management), PGCert - Higher Teaching (In progress), FULT (Foundation of university learning and teaching. Currently, he is a post-doctoral academic and researcher and a visiting lecturer with the Graduate School of Business at USP. He has also worked as a lecturer for Central Queensland University (Fiji campus) for 1.5 years, at USP’s School of Management and Public Administration for 7 years, the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato and has been Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales@The Australian Defence Force Academy – UG &PG for 3 ½ years, teaching HRM, Managing People Across Culture and Project Management. Dr Vosikata is a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) institution and his most recent qualification (PhD Philosophy (Management) is accredited under the AQF and classified at the highest level of 10: (Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice). He has taught many South Pacific Islands, NZ and Australian managers, hence has extensive experience in teaching current and future managers on contemporary management theories and ideologies. Dr Vosikata was also employed by the Fiji Government in the Ministry of Home Affairs & Immigration (last post held was Immigration Officer) for almost 22yrs. His PhD thesis was declared to test the influence of social capital and networking ties on HR selection and decision policies for the Fiji Public Service. In that regards, a key substantive contribution of the thesis for the public service is how social capital and networking ties influence the meritocracy of HR selection and decision. The findings are crucial for developing countries like Fiji and also important for comparable and developed economies. His publications will continue to grow given that his interests include researching the Pacific Rim and Developing Economies on how Social Capital, Networking Ties, Meritocracy of HR selection and Decision Making influence the application of Management ideologies and its major sub-functions. Dr Vosikata has also reviewed an Organisational Behavior textbook by Wiley Inc and is keen to continue as a book reviewer and publisher in the future.
Dr George Downie is trained originally with Ernst & Young in the City of London, He is an experienced accountant, company director, management consultant and academic. He is a director of williamsgrant, Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers, where he specialises in corporate finance, operations and business strategy. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow (pending) of the Institute for Securities and Investments. He consults to a wide range of clients internationally. Together with his practice colleagues he helps entrepreneurial businesses grow and support owners and managers in developing their business and themselves.
He is actively involved in business, accounting and finance education. He has more than fifteen years experience on university and professional body faculties. He runs specialist professional workshops for both small and large, well known clients such as Oracle, HSBC Group, National Australia Bank, Coutts, CSRC and Motorola. He has an extensive international operational track record and pride myself on bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to business challenges.
His research and publications cover a range of business topic areas. He is also an experienced non-executive director with an in depth knowledge of governance and the operation of audit, remuneration and appointment committees.
Naibuka Saune is currently the Investment Consultant for the Fiji National Provident Fund, primarily involved in investment management & strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A),corporate finance and direct funds management. A graduate of the University of the South Pacific (BA), University of New South Wales (MPhil) and University of Technology Sydney (PhD). He has had Funds Management and Equities Research experience with Plato Investment Management, a Sydney based quant fund with circa AUD$600million funds under management. More recently he worked at Liverpool Partners, a boutique Private Equity & Corporate Advisory firm based in Sydney, primarily being involved with M&A, Strategic and Operational management matters, Restructures, and Divestment/sale of assets.
He has teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels in local and international institutions such the University of the South Pacific, University of New South Wales and University Technology Sydney. The major thrust of Naibuka’s research focuses on the intersection of financial economics and accounting. In particular, his work has examined the effect of accounting and non-accounting data on firms’ value, and the use of accounting numbers in security valuations. Naibuka’s research has been published in leading international journals, including the Accounting and Finance; Australian Accounting Review and the Journal of Asia Pacific Business.
Dr. Ranjan Vaidya has recently been awarded a doctorate degree in Information Systems by the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Before joining the doctoral programme at the University of Auckland, Dr. Vaidya worked at the Centre for Electronic Governance, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Forest Management. At the Centre for Electronic Governance, he was working on World Bank sponsored impact assessment study of computerised citizen service centres, jointly conducted with the Information Systems and Innovation Group, London School of Economics. At the forest management institute, he was involved in various evaluation studies of forestry schemes of Government of India. Dr. Vaidya is the winner of the University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship. His doctoral thesis was also nominated for the best doctoral thesis of the Professors and Heads of Information Systems (PH-IS), New Zealand. His research articles have been presented in form of book chapters and conference proceedings (IFIP working group 8.6 and 9.4). His research interests include impact assessment of ICT and e-governance projects, applications of qualitative research methods in assessment of information technology projects, applications of critical research in information systems. The teaching interests of Dr. Vaidya particularly include both applications of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining the University of South pacific, he was teaching quantitative techniques at the University of Auckland Business School.
Prof. (Dr.) Saurabh Agarwal is currently Professor of Accounting and Finance, Indian Institute of Finance (www.iif.edu). He has been actively engaged with teaching and research activities at the Indian Institute of Finance (IIF). He has sought his education from some of the Ivy League institutions in India – Delhi School of Economics; Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi); Shri Ram College of Commerce (University of Delhi); Modern School (Bharakhamba Road) and Delhi Public School (Mathura Road). His Doctorate work on “A Goal Programming Portfolio Section Model” has been done at the prestigious Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi).
Prof. Agarwal is the Convener of the Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Committee (ISO/TC 258) of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Government of India. He is a nominated member of Capital Market Committee at Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), expert Sub-Committee of Industry and Finance at Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and Young Business Leaders Forum of PHDCCI. He is also on the Advisory Committee of ICFIF (2011), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. On the research front, he has Fourteen (14) refereed research publications in indexed/peer reviewed international journals, Two (2) conference publications and Thirty Two (32) book reviews to his credit. He has been awarded Accredited Management Teacher (AMT) by All India Management Association (AIMA) and Best Research Paper Award by Indian Institute of Management (IIM Ahmedabad) in 2010. He is member of the American Finance Association, USA, Professor’s Forum of India, India and Indian Econometric Association, India.
His biographical note figures in Emerald Who’s Who in Asia. He has delivered series of Keynote addresses/Chair at International Conferences hosted by IIT Kharagpur, INDIA ; ASSOCHAM and at the 13th West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business (WLICSMB 2011) hosted by the Hangzhou Municipal Government and Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, CHINA. He has chaired sessions in seminars of Venture Capital Association of India (VCAI) and participated in interactions in over Ten (10) countries on behalf of IIF including OECD Climate Summit (2007 and 2008) and ADB Board of Governors Meeting (2006, 2007 & 2014).
Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez currently holds a tenured position as Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at University of La Frontera, Chile. He earned a PhD in Forest Science (majored in Environmental & Resource Economics) (2010) from the University Austral of Chile. Previously, He earned a Master of Business Economics, by coursework (2002) and a BSc in Forestry (1996) from University of Concepcion, Chile. Dr. Gonzalez worked for USP as Lecturer in Environmental & Resource Economics at the School of Economics in 2013 and 2014. He joined the Graduate School of Business in 2015 as visiting lecturer for the course MBA 434 “South Pacific Business Environment” at Majuro Campus. Dr. Gonzalez also is an adjunct Fellow of the PaCE-SD program at USP. He has worked as Assistant Professor of Environmental & Resource Economics in Chile since 2008 and also spent one sabbatical semester (2-2011) as visiting lecturer of Welfare Economics and Economics of Developing countries at the UNE Business School, University of New England, Australia. Dr. Gonzalez has research experience in economics of land-use, panel data analysis and policy evaluation. Other research interests are in conservation policies under subsistence, valuation & assessment of the environment, including marine and coastal resources and, forests.
Prof (Dr) Peter F. Heil, a German national, is Professor of International Management (retired) from the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He is a specialist in Strategic Management and Marketing with a broad record of teaching and consulting. At USP he is remembered in the MBA-Programme since teaching International Marketing in 2003. Then in 2009 he engaged in Suva at RMP of SPC as a research consultant for shipping services to small island states.
To the benefit of all students Prof Heil continuously integrated teaching, research and industry consulting activities. His sound professional experience as member of the staff to the CEO in Germany’s leading IT-company Nixdorf, his research on new methods to assess national transport infrastructure in the German Centre for Aviation and Aeronautics Research and three years with the Institute of Statistics at University of Mannheim, Germany, compose his outstanding methodological expertise to analyse and to solve complex problems in industry.
Among his most recent assignments, Prof Heil’s consulting for an American global player to employ social media for the revival of a declining brand in Germany stands out. Equally, before retiring Prof Heil assisted the German leader in the segment of specialized high-tech printing with markets all over Europe to identify his marketing strategy to maintain competitiveness. During all decades Prof Heil was a member in various panels, commissions and a consultant to the three German Federal Ministries of Transport, of Technology and of International Cooperation.
After his graduation in Business Administration Prof Heil prepared his doctoral thesis at the University of California. He got his doctoral degree in Statistics in 1977 from the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he was assistant professor for four years. In the following years Prof Heil worked as a university consultant and lecturer in Algeria. This experience was fundamental for numerous international professional assignments in Benin, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Nepal, PR China, Rwanda, Tunisia, Zaire (Congo).
Prof Heil organized regularly field trips to Shanghai, China, to introduce his students into the new industrial dynamics of the Chinese economy. Participating and presenting at international congresses reflects his persistent engagement to improve and to be open for other cultures, facilitated by his language skills in English and in French. His teaching and research is adapted to the local needs and constraints and prepares students for competition and success in industry or academia. Primarily his research interests comprise modern marketing, export marketing, internationalization of SME, organization and technology.
Publication on Fiji
Report Fiji and Globalization
Professor Sudhi Rao is currently professor of Information Systems and dean of Student Affairs at the MYRA School of Business, Mysore, India. Prior to joining MYRA, Sudhi was an enterprise architect with Honeywell. He has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of IT. Previously he developed ERP solutions for small and medium sized enterprises. He also has worked as a consultant and technology architect ath large companies such as Bearing Point (KPMG), Computer Associates, World Bank and JP Morgan Chase. His areas of interest include eCommerce, Information Security and Enerprise Systems and application of technology on a broader basis, including implementation. In addition to MYRA, he has also taught courses at the International School of Information Systems (ISIM), Mysore University and at the University of South Pacific, Fiji. He has a bachelors in mech. engg from NIE, Mysore, masters in industrial engineering from NITIE, Mumbai and a Ph.D in Decision Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
Sergei Peregonchuk received his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois (Urbana – Champaign, USA) and his PhD in Economics from the University of Lvov (Ukraine). He came to Mount Royal in 2004. He currently teaches Introductory Micro/Macro Economics and Business Statistics. His research interests are globalization of the world economy and methodology of teaching economics. He is coauthor of two books on modern transnational corporations. He likes rock climbing, hiking, skiing.
Dr. Serguey Khovansky earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics (with emphasis on Financial Economics) from the University of Virginia. He has large experience in teaching various finance related courses: Financial Management, Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Econometrics, and Financial Derivatives. His research interests include financial modelling, financial econometrics, financial derivatives, and empirical finance. He publishes in the Journal of Banking and Finance and serves as a reviewer to a number of journals. He presented his research in numerous conferences, such as Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, Eastern Finance Association, North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society, Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance, Quantitative Methods in Finance.
Dr. Hussam Abu Azab received his Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He has been teaching in Management Information Systems, IT Skills and Quantitative business analysis for MBA and BBA, since 2009. In addition he is teaching in School of engineering so many related courses for Postgraduate and undergraduate, since 2001. His research interests include eBusiness an eGoverment modeling, also it includes so many computer engineering and database techniques and aerospace researches. His articles are published in refereed journals such as ACM and Parallel Computing and International Journal of Information Engineering. He has attended several international and regional conferences. He is also a reviewer for so many conferences worldwide.
Dr. Anirudha Bansod has experience in Sales & Marketing in various countries in Consumer Durable, Industrial products, Retailing, Distribution, Channel, Product and Brand Management and Relationship Orientation. He completed his Masters from Massey University, New Zealand and PhD from The University of Notre Dame, Australia. His research interests are in Strategic business, Strategic marketing, Relationship Marketing, Sales person characteristics and Power selling. Prior to Academic area, he was working in the industry in various positions which include General Manager and Regional Director. He worked in India, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, PNG and Fiji. He visited 27 countries for work purpose.
Mr Mesake Nawari, (Senior Fellow) joined the MBA Program in January 2009. He holds a Master of Commerce in Finance and Banking (Distinction) from the University of Sydney and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Financial Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the South Pacific. He was the first Group Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Television Group and prior to this role he was the first General Manager of Fijian Holdings Unit Trust and FHL Securities, a licensed stock broking business. Mesake was also the first CEO of the South Pacific Stock Exchange and Manager of the Unit Trust of Fiji and Fiji Stock Brokers. He set up the first trading floor in Suva and took over the management of Unit Trust of Fiji from the Fiji Development Bank in 1996. He was also involved in the setting up and licensing of the first broking house and traders, credit referencing agency, and the Central Share Registry in Fiji. He was also the first and youngest trustee of the Fijian Trust Fund (FTF), a $40m fund set up to finance the operations and functions of the Great Council of Chiefs. He has been recently appointed the Chairman of the South Pacific Stock Exchange. He teaches Accounting for Decision Making, Financial Markets and Institutions and Finance on the MBA Program.Mesake’s areas of interest include corporate planning, performance management, investment appraisals, financial re-engineering, corporate governance and executive development.
Mr Mesake Nawari
Section/Department: Graduate School of Business
Location: Statham Campus
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Dr Sergey Titov earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at State University of Management (Moscow, Russia), MBA degree at Manchester Business School. He started his career as an entrepreneur in construction working closely with hundreds of different suppliers and clients. Then he moved to consulting sector participating in pre-feasibility studies for development projects and in strategic consulting projects. He had an extensive consulting experience in the project management area in such industries as construction and telecommunications. During the last 7 years he has also concentrated on his academic career doing consulting and research projects in parallel. He has taught Project Management, Operations Management and Strategic Project Management for graduates and post-graduates at Moscow Technological Institute (Moscow, Russia), Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), State University of Management (Moscow, Russia) and other institutions. His teaching, research and consulting interests are connected with and revolve around different areas of project management, including risk, resources and contract management. At present he works as Dean of Economics and Management Faculty at Moscow Technological Institute.
Professor Ruud Heijblom, Mba, PhD has an academic background in business administration studies in the Netherlands and abroad. He earned his degrees at Nyenrode Business University, Nl. (1969), University of Oregon, Usa, (BA-1970), Hasselt University, Belgium, (MBA-1975), Clayton University, Usa, (PhD-1985). He is the (co) author of eight marketing- and management books and 18 articles in (international) journals. As (associate) Professor he lectures at various business schools in the Netherlands: Twente School of Management/TSM, IBO/Groningen University, Netherlands Business Academy. Since 2013 he is staff member of the MBA faculty at the Graduate School of Business of the USP. He lectures Strategic Management and Glo-Bus Business Simulation Game at the campuses of USP.
He has lectured abroad extensively: Henley Management College/Brunel University (UK), University of Derby (UK), University of Greenwich/Saxion (UK), Open University (UK), Kingston University (UK), New Port University (Usa), Western Carolina University (Usa); University of the Free State at Bloemfontein (S.A), Kroc University (Ukraine); FOM, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Otago University at Dunedin (NZ). In 2010 he was awarded 3rd Ranking Tutor of the Year in honor of outstanding performance and dedication at NBA, Nl.
Topics: Corporate Strategy & Strategic management, Change Management, International Marketing Strategy, Services Management, Innovation Strategy & Creativity, Consultancy tools & skills, Glo-Bus Business Simulation Game.
His management career was at major international corporations: Heineken, Quaker Oats, Carnation, Initial Services, TNT. He has extensive experience as seminar speaker at executive seminars and conferences. As a preferred certified Business Assessor/Auditor he served 15 years the EFBQ (European Foundation for Business Qualification) in Europe. In 1989 he founded his own strategic management and marketing consultancy Marketing Koers, for which he acts as director and management consultant. For corporations he researches and develops innovative corporate and marketing strategies, from the perspective of new business models, business spirituality, business alignment and sustainability.
Prof. Probir Kumar Banerjee obtained his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the City University of Hong Kong, MBA from Fort Fays State University, USA and B.Sc. (Engg) degree from IIT, BHU, Varanasi. He is a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur and is currently engaged in course development, teaching and research at GSB, Fiji. His prior academic engagements were as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong, Senior Research Fellow at University of Malaya, and Associate Professor at Swinburne University of Technology at their Malaysian campus. Before moving to academia, he held senior level managerial and consultancy positions in diverse industry verticals in India, Hong Kong, and Canada.
His research focuses on the socio-technical aspects of IT adoption, usage and impact in the SME and public administration contexts of developing countries. He has over 40 publications in reputed journals and international conferences, several of which have been published by A* and A category journals (ABDC ranked) such as Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Journal of Global Information Management, Behaviour and Information Technology, Communications of the ACM, and the Journal of B2B Marketing. His research on Malaysia’s healthcare readiness was funded by a research grant awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. He is Associate Editor of ‘’Internet Research’’ (A ranked in the ABDC list with impact factor of 2.93) and he also serves on the editorial board of several reputed US journals. He has chaired tracks and presented papers in major international conferences, conducted qualitative research workshops for Ph.D. students and faculty members, reviewed doctoral thesis, supervised doctoral students and served on doctoral dissertation defense panels for universities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India. He is also an experienced teaching case writer and several of his teaching cases are distributed by Harvard Business School Publishing and Hong Kong University.
Prof. Banerjee has developed and taught courses on IT Project Management, MIS, Qualitative Research Methods, Systems Analysis and Design, IS Strategy, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Systems at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. He has also developed and taught management development programs for senior executives and moderated panel discussions by industry experts and senior government officers on strategic IT related issues affecting industry and government in India.
Dr. Gyanendra Singh Sisodia (Senior Lecturer) joined the MBA programme in 2016. He has earned a Ph.D in Management (with distinction) from University of Porto, Portugal; and also holds a PostDoctorate in Management awarded by Department of Marketing of Ghent University, Belgium.
Dr. Sisodia has 10+ years of rich experience across teaching, research and industry. Earlier to joining the GSB, Dr. Gyanendra had been working for Amrita University, BIT Mesra Ranchi, RMSI Pvt. Ltd., and had been a visiting faculty to Banaras Hindu University and Jammu University. He has published articles with leading international research journals (including Elsevier’s Renewable Energy and Taylor and Francis group’s Applied Economics and Applied Economics Letters) in the area of Energy and participated in various Asian and European conferences. Dr. Sisodia is also an editor and reviewer for few of the international journals. He has been awarded Erasmus Mundus scholarship by European commission for doctoral research in Europe, and has also been awarded European Commission’s fellowship to pursue PostDoctoral research at Ghent University in Belgium. He has previously taught courses such as Management of Information Systems, GeoMarketing, Services Marketing, GIS Analysis for Decision Makers, etc.
Dr. Sisodia’s research interests involve Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Renewable energy investments and marketing, Renewable energy business modelling, Project evaluation and business risks, Environmental economics, impact assessment, management and policy, etc.
Dr. Saroj Kumar Datta, is currently working as Academic Advisor for Tecnia Institute of Advanced Studies, New Delhi (Accredited A grade by NAAC, India). He is the former Director General, Accurate Group of Institutions, and Pro-Vice Chancellor , School of Business, Galgotias University, India; Dean, VIT Business School, VIT University, India and also Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Mody Institute of Technology & Science (a Deemed University), Rajasthan. Dr. Datta served as a full time visiting Professor, Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and fulltime Professor at IMT Ghaziabad. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (with Hons.) from Jadavpur University, Post Graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Burdwan. He has more than 27 years of experience in blue-chip multinationals after which Prof. Datta has been actively involved in teaching, consultancy and research in the area of Marketing & Strategic Management for over two decades. He has also published research papers in number of well reputed international as well as national journals and serves as a member of the editorial board of three international journals. Dr. Datta can be reached at dattasaroj(at)gmail.com or +917042759330.
Dr. Delroy Chevers (Senior Lecturer) joined the MBA programme in 2017. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Dr. Chevers has over 24 years of rich experience in teaching, research and industry. He has published articles with top-tier international research journals in the areas of Information Systems and Operations Sustainability and participated in many international conferences. He teaches Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Information Systems. Over the years, he has achieved many teaching and research awards. Dr. Chevers research interests are in Operations Sustainability, Software Process Improvement (SPI), and Information Systems Quality and Success.
Dr Nilanjan Chattopadhyay is a Professor of Information Management at TAPMI School of Business and Dean Faculty of Management and Commerce at Manipal University Jaipur. He is leading three schools under the faculty with more than 1000 students and also heading the Corporate Interaction cell of the University.
In nearly two decades in business schools, Dr Chattopadhyay has not only been a sought after teacher, but has also led building of successful MBA and Corporate Training programs. Apart from teaching and research, he has lead corporate interaction, alumni relationship and student admissions at some of the top Business Schools in India. For nearly 15 years, he was member of faculty at three best business schools in India, including S P Jain Institute of Management Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
In his last assignment as Dean, School of Business and Corporate Executive Education in Manipal University Dubai, Dr Chattopadhyay relaunched the MBA and BBA programs to make them more contemporary, Industry oriented and Participant centric in collaboration with CIMA, ACCA and universities in Europe. He designed and delivered a number of long term and intensive corporate executive training programs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India for large corporations like Genpact, NIIT, ONGC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Costa Coffee, Daman Insurance.
More than 30 of his research papers are published in reputed international journals from Emerald and Inderscience. He has chaired sessions in prestigious international conferences all over the globe. As visiting faculty he has taught in Israel, Italy and Thailand apart from India and UAE.
He obtained his doctoral degree in Management from University of Rajasthan. He also holds a MBA from IBS Hyderabad, apart from being a Cost Accountant and Advanced Diploma holder in Finance.
His teaching interests are in Electronic Business, Emergent Technologies and New Opportunities, Entrepreneurship and Business Development apart from Management Information System, on which he has a highly popular book published by Cengage.
His research interest is in Services management; Innovative application of information technology in business; Taxation of digital goods.
Dr. Bijay Kumar Kandel is visiting professor of Graduate School of Business at the University of South Pacific, Fiji, Business and Management Information Systems in Business School at the Kathmandu University, Nepal, and Oriental University, India. Dr. Kandel earned his Ph.D. in Management from Sri Sri University. He is also a Fellow member of British Computing Society. He has over 13 years of teaching and research experience. His/ teaching interests cover a range of topics including; Business Computing, Management Information System, Strategic Management, International Business Management and Business Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Kandel research interests are Technology Management, Use of Information Technology (IT) in Small Family Business, IT in South Asian countries, Innovation and Business Research Methodologies. He is particularly interested in the discovery of the impact of new technologies on rural business owners to determine if they are included or excluded from new technology trends. He has published widely on a broad range of subjects. His current research focuses on global information systems, systems development, the impact of information technologies, and technology issues in Small Family Businesses.
Dr. A B M Shawkat Ali is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, The University of Fiji, Fiji. He is the Founding Director, Centre for Smart Technologies, Dean for the School of Science and Technology, The University of Fiji. He is working as a Founding Director of i-LaB Australia. He has obtained PhD from Monash University, Australia in the area of Information Systems. He is an IEEE Senior Member and currently working to establish IEEE Pacific sub-section. His research interests include Computational Intelligence, Big Data, Data Mining, Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, Threat Intelligence and Biomedical Engineering. He has published more than 150 research papers in international journals and conferences. His h-index is 23. He has also published several book chapters and seven books. His Data Mining book has been considering as a text book over 30 universities around the world. Dr. Ali has received few awards including the Vice-Chancellor research excellence award 2014, Top 10 Course Designers, CQUniversity, 2010, Excellence in Supervision Award, CQUniversity, 2007 and the Post Graduation Publication Award, Monash University, 2004.
Visiting Research Fellows
David Parker (Visiting Fellow) BA MSc PhD CEng CertEd is a Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Queensland specialising in process analytics, project management and operations management. His consultancy and research interests include lean systems, strategic service operations, project-based management and supply chain management. His most recent book publications are Managing Projects, Mana aging People (2008) Palgrave-McMillan, and Operating System Models in Operations Management: An integrated approach (2OO8), Cambridge University Press. He has extensive academic journal articles and conference papers; and has consulted to British Airways, Saab, Fonterra, Qld Treasury, Marks & Spencer, GE Money, HSBC, Tl Engineering, Triumph, Sports Girl, amongst numerous other international firms.
Dr. Greg Nyilasy (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is Lecturer at the Department of Marketing and Management at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His main research interests are ethical issues in consumer behaviour such as green marketing, advertising effects, and marketing practitioner cognition. His research has appeared in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, International Journal of Advertising and Admap. Before re-entering the academic world, Greg was a strategic planner at JWT and head of R&D at Omnicom market research consultancy, Hall & Partners, both in New York.
Dr. David Gargett (Visiting Fellow) is a Research Leader at the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, which is the research arm of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Canberra. His past research interests have encompassed traffic growth, congestion in Australian cities, Greenhouse Gas emissions from transport, road safety, growth in transport activity, and world oil supply. He is currently (until August) a visiting fellow at USP, researching sustainable transport in Fiji and modeling global climate change.
Research Publications at USP:
Global Warming Equations 2 Ice-Sea Level
Global Warming Equations Excel File
Solar Cycles Analysis
Dr Ofer Zwikael's research focuses on the selection, management and evaluation of projects with emphasis on public sector management. Dr Zwikael is the author of two books and more than 100 scholarly peer-reviewed papers that have appeared in a variety of academic journals and conference proceedings, including top journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management and the British Journal of Management. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management. Dr Zwikael is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has served on the Executive Boards of three Project Management Institute chapters. He has lead, trained, mentored and consulted projects and program groups in dozens of organisations, including Motorola, Nestle, Teva (Israel), IRL, PINZ (New Zealand) and Nationwide Bank (UK). Dr Zwikael is the recipient of the International Project Management Association's Outstanding Research Contributions Award.
Reinout E. de Vries is Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. He earned his PhD at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He worked in various Management and Psychology departments such as the University of Amsterdam, the University of the South Pacific, University of Western Australia, and VU University Amsterdam. He has published more than 50 international peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals (> 20 articles as first author), such as the Personality and Social Psychology Review (impact > 8.0) and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (impact > 4.0). He is cited more than 1500 times in Google Scholar. His main research interests are in the areas of personality, communication styles, leadership, and unethical behaviors in and outside organizations. For more details on his work, please type ‘Researchgate Reinout de Vries’ in Google or ‘Reinout de Vries’ in Google Scholar.
Program Advisory Committee
Mr Isikeli Tikoduadua
CEO of HFC Bank
Prof. Arvind Patel
Acting Dean FBE, USP
Prof. RD Pathak
Head of GSB, FBE, USP
Prof. James McMaster
Professor, GSB, FBE, USP
Mr. Mesake Nawari
Visiting Lecturer, GSB, FBE, USP
Mr. Vajira Piyasena
CEO, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited
Mr. Nesbitt Hazelman
CEO Fiji Employers Federation
Mrs. Kelera Taloga
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education
Ms. Mereia Volavola
Ms. Lisa Apted
Mr. Patteson Oti
Solomon Islands High Commissioner
Mr. Ram Bajekal
Group CEO, Flour Mills of Fiji
Mr. Pradeep Lal
CEO Vodafone Fiji Ltd
Dr. Salanieta Saketa
Private Health Consultant
Mr. Nouzab Fareed
Group CEO Fijian Holdings
Mr. Kanti Tappoo
Executive Chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies
Dr. dt ogilvie is Dean and Professor of Business Strategy at the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is formerly Professor of Business Strategy & Urban Entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, Founding Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Founding Director of the Scholars Training and Enrichment Program, and was Associate Provost of Information Technology Strategy and CIO at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Newark. She was also Professeur Associe Invite de Gestion Strategique a l'Universite de Reims, Champagne-Ardennes, France, where she was a Fellow of EUROP (Equipe Universitaire de Recherche sur les Organisations et leurs Performances) a Reims. Dr. ogilvie is a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, a GE Teaching Fellow, and an IC2 Global Fellow, and was an Institute for Research on Women Funded Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Women and Work, a School of Business Fellow, and a BEST Fellow.
Mr. Razim Buksh was appointed the Director of Fiji’s Financial Intelligence Unit in 2006.
Razim is a Financial Sector Specialist on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and has participated as an expert assessor on international review teams.
Razim has comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience on AML/CFT compliance and regulatory requirements in Fiji.
Razim was instrumental in developing and implementing Fiji’s AML/CFT regime for the last 10 years. He is also the advisor to Ministry of Justice and the Reserve Bank of Fiji on national and international AML/CFT initiatives.
Razim has 23 years working experience with the Reserve Bank of Fiji.
Razim holds an Executive Fellowship in Governance from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. He is a member of the Fiji institute of Internal Auditors and an associate member of the Fiji Institute of Bankers. Razim is married to Sofina and has 3 children.
Ms. Lisa Apted is a tax partner with KPMG Fiji. In addition to her client responsibilities, she is also the firm's Ethics and Independence Partner and Risk Management Partner. Lisa started with KPMG as a graduate in July 1991, making this her 20th year with KPMG.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce (in Accounting) from the Auckland University. She is a Chartered Accountant member of both the Fiji Institute of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a Fiji registered tax agent. She is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Lisa is a past president and current Council member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants.
Lisa is a trustee of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and the Fiji New Zealand Education Trust.
Lisa is married to Bradley Bower (a MBA alumnus) and they have two boys, Connor (8) and Toby (5). A former active sportsperson, Lisa now likes spending her spare time with her children and with family and friends.
Mr. Nouzab Fareed is the Group Chief Executive Officer for Fijian Holdings Group. He is a Board Director for 20 companies in the Group. In addition, he is also a Board Director of South Pacific Stock Exchange.
Fareed is the President of Fiji – PNG Business Council and the Vice President of Fiji Chamber of Commerce. He is Board member for Fiji Employers & Commerce Federation, CPA Australia – Fiji Chapter and Fiji Exporters Council. He is a Past - President of Fiji Institute of Accountants as well as Australian Institute of Directors – Fiji Chapter.
Fareed has more than 25 years of Executive Experience including Investment Banking. Prior to joining FHL, he was the Director Business Development with Mercantile Merchant Bank Ltd in Sri Lanka. He was a Board Director for FedEx and Western Union in Sri Lanka. His diverse exposure covers from Education, IT, Tourism, Media, Commodity Broking, to Finance, Financial Services & Manufacturing.
Fareed is a Chartered Accountant (Fiji) and a Fellow of CPA (Australia). He is also Chartered Marketer (UK), a Licensed Investment Advisor (Fiji), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) of USA. He is a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has a MBA in Banking & Marketing and a Master of Arts in International Economics.
He is a guest lecturer for MBA Program at several universities in Sri Lanka and has made presentations at several international conferences.
Fareed has received Executive Training from Harvard Business School, University of Oxford, Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Graduate Business School of Auckland, Asian Productivity Organization and AOTS (Japan).
Nouzab Fareed is the only Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in South Pacific and is a keen International Traveler and has visited 84 countries.
Mr. Ram Bajekal is a Chartered Accountant from India and a Fulbright Fellow in Management Studies from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
He has spent most of his working life in India with diverse organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hindustan Photo Films, Unilever Group and the Murugappa Group. This is his second stint in Fiji, having worked here between 2004 and 2006 with the Carpenters Group, during which time he also visited PNG extensively. After 25 years of what he calls corporate sector "rat race", Ram took a three year sabbatical to work with an NGO in rural India, imparting business skills to low-income communities engaged in micro-enterprise. He returned to Fiji in 2009 to take up an assignment with the FMF Group and says it is his fondness for Fiji and the work-life balance it provides that tempted him back to the corporate world.
Ram is very fond of sports and spends his afternoons playing one of many games he loves, being golf, cricket, hockey or most recently, badminton. He lives in Suva with his wife Ameeta and their dog Basanti.
Mr. Mahendra Tappoo is a third generation Fiji born person of Indian origin. His father, the late Mr. Tappoo Kanji, came to Fiji in 1932. Born in Sigatoka, Mahendra did his Primary and Secondary education in Fiji.
In 1971 he pursued his university education in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1974, he graduated as a Lawyer from Auckland University and was subsequently admitted to the NZ Bar as a Barrister & Solicitor. After working for a prestigious Law Firm of Churton, Brainsby & Hart in Auckland, Mahendra returned to Fiji in early 1976 to serve his home country. He became an associate Barrister & Solicitor with a leading law firm of Koya & Co led by the illustrious Mr Siddiq Koya, a leading politician and lawyer in Fiji. He subsequently joined the law firm of Anand, Tappoo Krishna & co as a partner. However, with the family business founded by his father expanding rapidly, family manpower was in critical need, and Mahendra joined the family business along with his other brothers to take the business to where it is today. Since 1983, Mahendra has been the Executive Director of one of Fiji’s largest and most successful corporations, the Tappoo Group of Companies. The Tappoo Group is a widely diversified Business which has spread its wings from running Fiji’s most prestigious shopping malls and retail operations at the airport, downtown and hotels, to wholesaling, manufacturing, motor vehicle, travel, fuel and other associated businesses.
An accomplished singer who took to singing as a hobby, Mahendra was the first from Fiji to release an international music album recorded in India. His debut album entitled Prabhu Vardan was a collection of new devotional songs composed by the legendary Padmashri Anup Jalota. This was followed by two more releases - a ‘Ghazal’ album entitled “Saanjh Ke Saaye” and then a collection of classic songs of the legendary Mukesh entitled “Pyar Ka Aalam”. He performed the songs of Mukesh and devotional songs on stage on numerous occasions for religious, social and charitable institutions. Mahendra is also a philanthropist who has been involved with various charitable and social projects including chairing a Unity of Faiths event in Fiji in the early 2000’s. Currently as the Chairman of the Sai Prema Foundation of Fiji, he is spearheading various medi-care, socio-care and edu-care based projects to serve the poor and needy in Fiji, including a Multi-faith Spiritual Centre in Pacific Harbour, a Mobile Hospital to serve the rural villages and free Pediatric Cardiac Surgeries for the poor and underprivileged children of Fiji.
Ms Reshika Chandra
Reshika provides administrative and financial support to the Graduate School of Business team. She has worked for retail, manufacturing and finance industry as Accountant and Risk & Compliance Officer. A graduate from the University of the South Pacific with BA in Accounting Financial Management and Information Systems, she also completed Master of Arts in Professional Accounting.
Telephone: (679) 3231360
Facsimile: (679) 3231397
Mr Amitesh Kumar
IT User Consultant
Amitesh has a Masters in Information Systems from The University of the South Pacific. He has completed Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of the South Pacific, and various professional certifications including CCNA, MCDST, Comptia A+ and ITIL Certification. Prior to joining GSB in 2013 Amitesh worked at USP's Continuing and Community Education as ICT Training Coordinator looking after ICT and Project Management courses. His core role at GSB is teaching and learning support which includes Moodle support, Coordinator for GSB Admissions Test, IT & A/V equipment support, GSB Website updating, and Coordinator for learning support workshops. Amitesh has more than 8 years of tertiary teaching experience and his core interest areas are in ERP systems, Computer Networking and Project Management.
Telephone: (679) 3231375
Facsimile: (679) 3231397
Mr Atilesh Nand
Telephone: (679) 3231377
Facsimile: (679) 3231397
Ms Mere Yaya
Clerk / Typist
Telephone: (679) 3231391
Facsimile: (679) 3231397
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