Graduate School of Business

MBA Programme



Visiting Faculty

Professor Arvinder S. Chawla is currently holding the position of Vice Chancellor at RIMT University in Punjab.

With a career spanning over 39 years in the teaching profession, Prof. A.S. Chawla held various leadership positions in Punjabi University, Patiala and the University of Rwanda. His important assignments in Punjabi University include Dean Academic Affairs (2014-16) Dean Research (2016-17), Registrar (2011-2014) Dean, Colleges Development Council (2010- 2011), Dean Faculty of Business Studies (2008-2010), Head school of management Studies, Dean, Resource Mobilization and Advancement (2007-2017), Director International Students (2015-2017) Director, Centre for Management and Information technology, Mohali. In the University of Rwanda, he was Dean, Faculty of Management Studies (2002-2004) Professor and Head Department of Finance (2000-2002). Besides being a Professor of Management for two decades and holding several administrative positions, he has been the member of all statutory and other administrative bodies of Punjabi University— University Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council, Board of Finance, Board of Planning and Monitoring, University Research Board, Faculty and Board of Studies. He has also been a member of Senate of Thapar University, Governing Council and Board of management of RBU, Academic Council of LPU and Member of Board of Studies and Research boards of Kurukshetra University, Himachal Pradesh. University and Guru Nanak Dev University, Member of Managing Board of Human Resource Management Centre of GNDU.

Prof. Chawla has been a member of various Research Project Evaluation Committees and Inspection Committees of AICTE and National Board of Accreditation, member of Expert Committee for Award of Commonwealth Fellowship and on Editorial and Advisory Boards of several research journals.

In his professional career, he worked as Financial Advisor in a Kenyan Business Conglomerate (1995-1997). He participated in "Making Markets Work" and CPCL at Harvard Business School and was associated with Harvard Business School for coordinating their Executive Education initiative in East and South African Region. He also coordinated various projects in collaboration with USAID, Ministry of Health - Government of Rwanda.

Prof. Chawla is a widely traveled person. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Wilkes University, USA and University of South Pacific, Fiji. He has also been involved with universities in more than two dozen countries (including USA, Canada, Germany, Scotland, France, China, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Ethiopia) for forging academic collaborations.

He has supervised 25 students for Ph. D. degree, has 65 research papers, articles published in reputed journals and authored/edited 11 books. He has also been the member of professional societies and on the board of Directors of Priknit Retails limited and Forward Market Commission in India. He is a training consultant with many government and private organizations in India and had run MDP’s for organizations Namely PSEB (now PSPCL), HSEB, NFL, Public sector banks in the areas of leadership, team building, Finance for non-finance executives.

Known for his academic and administrative skills Prof. Chawla has walked through his 39 years of professional journey with a positive approach in facing challenges and has always carried people along towards both organizational and individual growth.


Mata’afa Dr. Desmond U. Amosa is currently working as a private consultant following his service at Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration (PICPA), National University of Samoa, and the University of the South Pacific (USP).  As a private consultant, Mata’afa recently co-led a national study on Domestic Violence in Samoa funded by DFAT through the Samoa Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD). The study is being published by MWCSD in 2017 and is now used as a blueprint for the Government of Samoa’s national strategy to combat family violence. He is currently engaged as a private consultant for the USP Graduate School of Business; National University of Samoa; Samoa Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports; and World Life Fund (WWF).

Prior to becoming a private consultant, Mata’afa worked as a Regional Adviser for Capacity Development and Training for senior public officials in the region through the Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration (PICPA) for the last five years. Mata’afa has conducted more than 50 workshops for senior public officials in the region on Project and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E); Public Policy Analysis and Implementation; Public Service Ethics and Decision-Making; and Leadership in the Public Sector.

Mata’afa also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Samoa (NUS) following his service as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific. 

His main areas of interest in teaching and researching are public policy and administration, public policy monitoring and evaluation; administrative ethics, budgeting, governance and public sector management. He has published extensively on these subjects in international journals focusing on Pacific Island Countries including Samoa. His latest book published by the Commonwealth Secretariat is on Social Policies in Samoa.


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. 

His PhD thesis was declared to test the influence of social capital and networking ties on HR selection and decision making 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. 

Qualification Accreditation 

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 specialized research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice). 

Professional Working Experience

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.  Hence, he has taught a diverse crop of students from the South Pacific Islands, NZ and Australian managers whilst lecturing at Universities in Fiji, NZ and Australia, hence has extensive experience in consulting 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 for almost 22yrs.  

Publications

Has published a couple of papers and his publications will continue to grow given that his interests include researching the Pacific Rim and Developing Economies on how Social Capital, Networking Ties and Meritocracy influence the application of Management ideologies and its major sub-functions including HRM, International HRM, Strategic Management, Project Management and Management. 

Paper/Book Reviewer

Invited by the International Journal of Human Resources Management to review the paper titled: Contributions to the Planning of Human Resources in the Territorial Level on 20/09/16. 

Member of the reviewing team for the book titled – Organizational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Application by Wood, Zeffane, Fromholtz and Fitzgerald – published with Wiley Inc – ISBN 0470809515. 

Invited by Cengage Inc to review two chapters in the HRM textbook titled, Nankervis 10e for 2018 publication

In that regards, Dr Vosikata is keen to continue as a book reviewer and publisher in the future.

Public Policy Consultant

Dr Vosikata was also contracted as a Performance Appraisal expert by the ADB in 2015 and did some research on the importance of Performance Appraisal Measurement and Job Analysis (JA). Further, he has also consulted and currently reviewing certain South Pacific Island economies’ public sector HR systems, processes, practices and policies and their alignment to the strategic direction and bottom line. In this work, the objective is to identify disconnects and recommend the relevant policy changes as the guided by a rhetorical theoretical framework, given the current organizational characteristic data.


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.


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


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.











Mr Mesake Nawari, 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.


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. 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. 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.


Dr Neville Schefe developed his teaching skills in his early career with an education qualification and teaching secondary mathematics, physics and computing. After gaining his computer science qualifications he performed several public sector related roles where he held executive positions that required significant information system driven changes to organisations. While researching knowledge management practices in call centres, he managed strategic deployments of technology, software, good practice and business process improvements. After directing the transformation of the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, he researched the impact of complexity on IS driven organisational transformations and was awarded a PhD. He now does sessional teaching at several universities in decision support systems, business analysis and project management.






 

 


Emmanuel Joseph Iyabora is a private consultant, formerly engaged as the Policy Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet of Solomon Islands. He is also a visiting faculty at the University of the South Pacific’s Graduate School of Business in Suva, Fiji. He devoted the last 10 years of his work in academia; teaching accounting, finance, management information systems, management accounting, taxation law, and audit and assurance service courses at the University of Fiji, and taught accounting and financial management courses at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.

Prior to academia, Emmanuel had spent more than 20 years of work experience in the corporate setting, 10 years of which he had held managerial positions with various institutions and organisations in the Solomon Islands. He had held the Manager Finance position of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, the Manager Finance of the Solomon Airlines Ltd, and the Manager Accounts and Information Technology at the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. He had also held an advisory position with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), as the Financial Accounts Advisor for the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) of Solomon Islands in 2009, the Business Analyst/Project Coordinator of the SOE reforms at the CBL Practising Accountants in 2005, and the General Secretary of SICA Secretariat in 2003 to 2004.

Emmanuel had previously been a member of various Committees, Boards and Councils in Solomon Islands: a member of the Civil Registration Legislative Review Taskforce, a member of the Intervention Task Force of Solomon Islands - providing the oversight role for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003, a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Islands Development Trust, a member of the Gaming & Lotteries Board, and a member of the Council of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education in 2004.

Emmanuel is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He holds an MBA and BA (Accounting and Management) at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; a Diploma in Business Finance at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. He is also an associate member of the CPA Australia, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners USA, and the Institute of the Solomon Islands Accountants. Emmanuel’s research areas of interest include corporate governance, financial management, and international financial reporting standards, audit reporting, fraud examination and business influentials.


Dr. David Mapuru is a consultant, with the Graduate School of Business at the USP Solomon Island Campus. Dr. Mapuru teaches MBA423 Human Resources Management in the USP Regional Campuses. He was a former teaching staff of the School of Management and Public Administrations at the Solomon Islands Campus. Dr. Mapuru graduated with a PhD in Management and Public Administrations from the University of the South Pacific on March 2018. As a researcher, he was trained to apply western epistemology to solve management and governance problems affecting Common-Pool Resources (CPRs) that are commonly shared such as fisheries, minerals, forestry, environment and others. Dr. Mapuru specializes in both collaborative management approach and public sector management. Additionally, Dr. Mapuru’s Master’s thesis training has given him insights on Public Sector management and its effectiveness in managing CPRs particularly tuna fisheries at the national level. These have equip him with research methodology skills (quantitative, qualitative and ethnographic) in identifying, solving and analyzing management related problems.





Dr. Luke Forau holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field of Economics from the University of New South Wales, Canberra, a Master’s Degree in International and Development Economics from the Australian National, University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Public Administration and Economics from the University of South Pacific. Dr. Forau teaches MBA439- Business Economics at the USP Solomon Island Campus. Dr. Luke Forau is the Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI). He was appointed the Governor on the 1st October 2019 and will hold office for a period of six (6) years. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Governor, and before that position, he was the Advisor to the Governor’s Office for three years, starting from 2016 to 17th September 2018. He has been with the Central Bank since January 1999 and has also served as the Chief Manager of the Economics, Research & Statistics Department. Dr. Luke Forau is also the current President and Chairman of the Economic Association of Solomon Islands (EASI).





Prof. Alex Douglas is an academic with over 25 years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Quality Management at The Management University of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor of Service Quality Management at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He left that post in 2014. He has developed modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes more recently a Service Quality Module for an MSc programme at the University of the West of Scotland for both normal delivery and blended learning delivery for distance learning students. Professor Douglas has taught MBA430A- Project Management at the USP Solomon Island Campus.

At undergraduate level, he has taught Operations Management and all aspects of Quality Management. At postgraduate level he has taught Operations Management, Quality Management and Project Management on an MSc Change Management and MBA (Executive and International) programmes as well as supervised over 100 MBA dissertations and supervised 4 successful PhD students.

He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and have developed and delivered accredited commercial short courses leading to the attainment of Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belts.. He has also developed short courses on Research Methods and Customer Service / Customer Care. He has also delivered short courses on “How to pass a PhD” and “Writing for Publication”.

With regards to research and scholarly activity he has published over 100 refereed conference and journal papers, many in Association of Business Schools (ABS) ranked journals.

He is also editor of the TQM Journal, a role he has had for the past 15 years, and has won awards for his research papers and journal editing. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of a number of international journals, including: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, International Journal for Excellence in Healthcare Management, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, SDMIMD Journal of Management, International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management, International Journal of Quality and Innovation, Piccola Impresa / Small Business Journal (Italy). He has also peer reviewed research papers for a number of international journals including: International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Management Decision, Industrial Management and Data Systems, International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, International Journal of Learning, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Higher Education Research and Development, Journal of Business Economic and Management Review, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Studies in Higher Education, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, The Journal of Cleaner Production, Nursing Research and Practice, Health Services Management and The International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior.

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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)

Professor James McMaster is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business. He joined USP in 1999 as Director of the Pacific Institute of Management and Development (PIMD). PIMD was responsible for the USP Master of Business Administration program and for the delivery of executive management development programs. Professor McMaster designed over sixty management development short courses and he delivered the courses in ten Pacific Island countries. These courses provided advanced training for senior managers in strategic corporate planning, corporate governance training for the directors of public enterprises, public policy analysis, project planning and evaluation, development planning and enterprise performance evaluation and management improvement. From 2006 to March 2010 he was the head of the Graduate School of Business at USP.  Since the year 2000, he has taught MBA courses in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands. He currently teaches South Pacific Business Environment and Business Economics on the MBA program in Suva and at the regional campuses.

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 last eighteen 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.


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), Canada. 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 80 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 International Business Review, 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 2010/2011-2017/18 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.


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