Dr. María Victoria López
Gender & Body Politics in Latin America
María Victoria is currently a political advisor to the National Ministry of Internal Affairs of Argentina and a Professor of Contemporary History of Argentina at various institutions. She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences, with a focus in Political Science, from the University of Buenos Aires, a landmark higher education institution where she has also taught courses in Latin American History, Political Theory and Civic Education during the last 13 years. María speaks Spanish, Italian, English and French, she is a published author, has participated as Visiting Researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and completed a fellowship at the CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research).See Maria's Video
Paula is originally from Argentina and received her MBA in Business Administration from the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Since 2004 she has taught multiple courses in the fields of Business and Marketing at the University of Palermo, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Torcuato Di Tella University, University of Belgrano, UADE Business School, University of Salvador as well as at the Army Polytechnic School in Ecuador and the European Open Business School in Bolivia. Paula has provided Marketing Consulting Services in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil during the last 27 years, for companies such as GeoAgris (Argentine company, computer science applied to the agro), Ipiranga Argentina (Brazilian Petrol Company) and Starrett Argentina (American Tools Company). At CEA she has taught the International Marketing course for the past 10 years.
Dr. Griselda Lassaga
Griselda holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Belgrano and serves as the current Argentina Center President of the Latin American Society of Strategy (SLADE), and has been a researcher and educator on sustainability for 16 years. Griselda is also the Academic Director of the MBA Double Diploma Alliances initiative between several business schools in Europe and the University of Belgrano, CEA’s partner institution in Buenos Aires, where she also currently teaches the “Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility” course at a graduate level and “Social Economy” at an undergraduate level. Her book “Corresponsabilidad” has been printed three times since 2010, and her current research is focused on women in leadership and cultural change for sustainable development.
Dr. Dovilé Daveluy
Media & Democracy in the Digital Age
Dr. Daveluy is a permanent faculty member at a leading Parisian business school. She is interested in the role of business in society and the impact of big businesses on democracy as well as the new forms of journalism and digital activism. She routinely teaches courses on Media and Democracy, Citizen Journalism, and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry. She holds an M.A. in Political Science and Economy from the Central European University and a Ph.D. in Media Studies and Journalism from Rutgers University.
Dr. Linnéa Tilly
History of Paris: An Architectural Perspective
Specializing in Parisian Architecture and Urbanism, Dr. Linnéa Tilly is a Research & Teaching Fellow in the History of Architecture and Construction at one of France’s leading Architecture schools. She has participated and contributed to several multidisciplinary French and European research projects. At CEA she routinely teaches courses in History of Architecture as well as 19th Century Art: Impressionism & Post Impressionism. She holds an M.A. in Art History from University Le Mirail II in Toulouse, an M.S. from the Center of Higher Renaissance studies (C.E.S.R), at the University F. Rabelais in Tours and a Ph.D. from Paris IV la Sorbonne University (Centre André Chastel). Linnea’s publications include works on transfer, collections and adaptations of technologies and building models, notably in between France and Sweden.
Pascal Yrissou is a business development professional experienced in operational and financial auditing, corporate finance, M&A and International project management. He has handled transactions spanning the globe: acquisitions and joint ventures in Europe, the US, China and Russia; structuring operations for French groups in Europe, the US, Russia, China and South Korea. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility within multinational corporations in the banking, transportation, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition to teaching courses in International Business and Leadership at CEA since 2012, Mr. Yrissou has taught, for the past five years, in the Executive Education program at the prestigious Centrale Paris Engineering School. Mr. Yrissou holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and he is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor society. His publications include works on the Euro zone and on Russia.
Dr. Stephen J. Cadwell
Popular Culture in Ireland
Dr. Cadwell holds BA degrees in Philosophy, French and History from University College Dublin as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the same institution. He has also completed post-doctoral research at the University of Limerick. Dr. Cadwell has over 13 years of teaching experience, 3 of which are specific to North American students in the study abroad context. He has taught Popular Culture in Ireland at the CEA Study Center for a number of year. Highlights from Dr. Cadwell’s Pop Culture course are lectures on Cultural Nationalism in painting, where students learn definitions and concepts involved in Cultural Nationalism. Students examine paintings from Norway, France, and the United States and also paintings from the Irish National Gallery collection. These are used to prompt students to engage with what they are seeing, not in terms of art criticism but in terms of narratives of national identity. Dr. Cadwell is known for engaging students in lively class discussions and his innovative walking tours of Dublin.
Damien holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Irish from Maynooth University. He also holds a Master’s in Business Management from Dublin City University. Prior to his role at CEA Dublin, Damien worked as a Relationship Manager in Commercial Finance for Allied Irish Banks. He also spent a year in Perth, Australia as a Team Leader for Sales & Marketing Consultancy, Appco. In 2016, he became Assistant Director at CEA Study Abroad and the International School of Business Dublin. In 2018, Damien founded ’50 things to do’, an e-commerce business specialising in products promoting activities in Dublin. Damien’s teaching philosophy views education as a transformational process. He provides students with detailed course information as foundational, and encourages them to immerse themselves in discussion to advance a higher level of critical thinking and analysis. Damien’s classes are focused on an interactive classroom, which allows students to integrate with their peers, with the lecturer, and to move from a mindset of apathy to one of inquiry.
Gráinne has taught Social Psychology with CEA Dublin since 2019. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at University College Dublin as an Irish Research Council Scholar, where her Master’s thesis was awarded the Mary Kelly Medal in 2015. Prior to her entry into the field of sociology, Grainne taught Art and Design at post primary level for ten years, and published several textbooks on the subject. She has taught sociology and social psychology to Irish and American students since 2017 and currently lectures at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. With a background in theatre and stand-up comedy, as well as a TedX talk as part of the Fulbright Commission events in 2016, Grainne's lectures often incorporate humorous perspectives on film and television clips, as well as an array of interesting guest lectures, from film directors and performers to fellow academics.
Dr Grace O'Keeffe
History of Ireland
Grace O'Keeffe holds a BA (Hons), MPhil and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin all in Irish History. Dr. O’Keeffe taught undergraduate History classes at Trinity for several years, focusing on Irish and British medieval history. For the last decade, during the summer months and outside of the academic year, she has conducted history walking tours in Dublin, to both local and international audiences. Dr. O’Keeffe’s teaching philosophy is to help students understand Irish history not as simply one event following another, but as a complicated and constantly evolving interaction of local and international influences. Students come away from her classes with an understanding of how we evaluate history and provide students with the tools to critically evaluate what they read - a skill students they can carry into their other subjects.
Dr. Ivan Robertson
Communication & Global Competence
Ivan Robertson has a BFA from New York University, an MFA from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin as well. Ivan is a native New Yorker that has made Dublin his home for the last 20 years. It is this ‘fish out of water’ experience that gives him the backdrop to lecture in Communications and Global Competence where he examines the social, cultural and political ramifications of being a “global citizen”. Having gone through that culture shock himself, he asks students to look at their own cultural identities and how their cultural influences effect their relationships with others, especially in the their new cultural context of Dublin. Ivan, a published writer, is a born story teller and a natural narrator who runs highly interactive, discussion-based classes. Ivan’s Ph.D. focused on the creative processes of certain New York districts and he draws on those creative findings to run highly entertaining and stimulating classes and study visits. Ivan has a wealth of experience in teaching and lecturing to Irish, International and US students across Dublin’s top institutions.
Dr. Caroline West
Psychology of Marketing
Dr. Caroline West holds a Ph.D. from Dublin City University. Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on Sexuality Studies and Cultural Studies. Caroline also holds an MA in Sexuality Studies, a Higher Diploma in Psychoanalysis, and a BA in Social Science, both from DCU (Dublin City University). Caroline has presented her research nationally and internationally to a mix of academics and students on the university circuit and also to a wider mainstream TV, radio and newspaper audiences, as she is a regular media contributer and commentator in Irish media. Caroline has been teaching at third level since 2015, and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students across Ireland. She runs one day intensive training workshops for therapists and psychology students. Caroline utilizes the work of Carl Rodgers and uses blended learning in order to facilitate different learning styles of students. Her lectures encourage critical thinking and promote research literacy, applying marketing theories to marketing on a variety of platforms such as traditional marketing, social media marketing, and the use of celebrity influencers. Her industry, media and academic connections mean that she has access to an amazing wealth of leading guest speakers and insightful study visits.
Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Clive is a British professor and entrepreneur who has been living in Italy for over 20 years. He holds an MBA from Aston University (Birmingham, UK). He has been teaching for 12 years at graduate and postgraduate level in the UK system and 9 years with North American students. He teaches a variety of business topics, such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, food Business, family business, governance, ethics, mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. Clive is an entrepreneur, business owner and business consultant, who can convey the academic rationale and the practicalities of business in European and Global contexts.See Clive's Video
Dr. Zachary Androus
Sport & Culture
Zachary has a Ph.D. in Anthropology with an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice from American University, Washington, DC. His expertise ranges from research methodology to indigeneity, sovereignty, and nationalism, sport, gender, and endangered language revitalization. He has been teaching for 17 years, including fourteen in study abroad. Zachary is a very active scholar and, among other things, he has directed an ethnographic field school and has organized international research conferences. He was an invited guest professor at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and has several publications on sport, nationalism, and sovereignty. Zachary is also a master goldsmith.
Dr. Katharina Giraldi-Haller
The Great Masters: Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael
Katharina is Austrian by birth and a Florentine at heart. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna and specialized in Italian Art History and International Modern Art. Her interests include Italian art from the medieval to modern periods, in forensic methods, and diagnostics. She is currently working on the psychological stakes of art competitions and artists’ rivalry. She has been teaching for 20 years, many of which with north American and British Universities and Institutions. This year she received a Grant at Washington University to participate at the CAA 2020 (in February) in Chicago with the paper ‘Mapping Cosimo I. de Medici & Propaganda, the Laurentian Library and the Garden in Villa Castello’.
Dr. Angela Oberer
Secrets, Signs & Symbols in Italian Art: Exercises in Iconography;The Great Masters: Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael
Angela is a German art historian and chose Florence as her second home. She obtained her Ph.D. from Technische Universität in Berlin and her main interests include Italian Renaissance and women artists, even though she is currently working on Italian Rococo. She has 20 years teaching experience with North American students. She won the Kress Foundation Scholarship, New York, to carry out research at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. She is about to publish her latest book entitled, The Life and Work of Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757), Queen of Pastel, which is forthcoming (July 2020).
Dr. Lorenzo Picchi
The Policies of Organized Crime: Mafia and anti-Mafia in Italy
Lorenzo began his teaching career in 2003 after completing his BA and MA in political science at the University of Florence, Italy. He earned his Ph.D. at Freie University, Berlin, Germany. His academic experience includes journal articles and conference presentations. His field of research is mainly in the area of Italian mafias. He is an honorary member of the Antimafia organization Fondazione Caponnetto and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Florence News. Lorenzo has been teaching the online course “Mafia: Evolution of a Criminal Enterprise” for University of New Haven (UNH) since the fall of 2010 after being trained on online teaching methodologies at UNH.
Joanna is a psychologist, life coach, researcher and lecturer in Positive Psychology at the CEA Study Abroad in Rome. She has worked at various educational institutions in Italy, Portugal, Poland, the UK and Ireland. Her main academic interests include positive and cross-cultural psychology, mindfulness, compassion and promotion of mental health and well-being. Joanna has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Psychology both from the University of Warsaw. She has completed postgraduate studies in Life Coaching as well as in Counseling and Coaching Skills. Along with teaching, counseling and holding workshops on personal growth, she is completing her Ph.D. in Psychology of Well-Being at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, on the role of gratitude in life.See Joanna's Video
Ieva Jakobsone Bellomi
Latvian by birth and a certified lawyer, Ieva obtained an M.B.A. from Boston University and a Finance and Accounting Diploma from the London School of Economics. Before moving to Rome, Ieva worked for over 10 years in economic and commercial public diplomacy in the Baltic States, Russia, United Kingdom and China. Ieva was in fact one of the earliest public policy experts promoting the China’s One Belt One Road initiatives in the Eastern and Central European countries. In addition, Ieva holds over 5 years of corporate experience working for the British FTSE 250 companies in London in the field of international business analysis, corporate strategy and change management. Currently she serves as a non-executive director at CYPE Investment Consulting Co (Beijing) residing in Europe and consulting Chinese companies on the European markets. At CEA, Ieva teaches International Business and supervises students enrolled in the Internship program.
Italian Language & Culture
Mario Cacciafeste is a native of Rome. After studying Classics in high school, he graduated in Humanities at La Sapienza University and earned his Diploma as teacher of Italian as a Second Language at Dilit International House of Rome. In the past he has taught Italian language and culture at UPTER, Università Popolare per la Terza Età and has collaborated with various embassies and institutions such as the Parsec Association and the Centre for Migration Studies (CSER). Prior to joining CEA in 2008, Mario taught for various study abroad programs including Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of California and DePaul University.
Italian Language & Culture
Born in Rome, Ippolita graduated in Contemporary Italian Literature from La Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on Vitaliano Brancati, and obtained a Ditals II Certification to teach Italian as a foreign language from the University of Siena. Additionally, she is completing an MA Degree at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome specializing in the transmission of the Italian language. In the past Ippolita has been actively engaged in service learning, focusing on the integration of Nomad children in Italian secondary schools and training fellow teachers. Ippolita has taught for over 15 years at the Pontificia Università Urbaniana, the American Academy, the Spanish Academy, the FAO U.N. Agency, the Pontifical Swiss Guards, as well as various study abroad programs affiliated with Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Washington and John Cabot University.
Dr. Marcello Di Paola
Business Ethics; Environmental Ethics; Smart Cities
Marcello is currently a Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Political Science at LUISS University Rome, and recently held a post as Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at Vienna University. Marcello designed CEA’s Ethics and Sustainability Program, teaching courses like Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Smart Cities, Sustainable Economies and Business Innovation. Half Sicilian and half Dutch by birth, Marcello holds an M.A. Degree from University College Utrecht (2001), a Master of Science from the London School of Economics (2003), and a Ph.D. from LUISS University (2010).His most recent books include: Canned Heat: Ethics and Politics of Global Climate Change, with G. Pellegrino (Routledge, 2014); Gardens of Consequence: A Philosophy of Urban Environmentalism (Springer, 2017); The Global Environment: Ethical and Political Issues (Routledge, 2018).
Italian Language & Culture
Elda, as her students affectionately call her, was born in Rome and graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature from Roma Tre University. Specializing in Russian, in 2001 she was awarded a six-month scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and moved to Moscow. Since then Elda has earned a Diploma as teacher of Italian as a Second Language from Dilit International House of Rome and has worked as interpreter and teacher both in Russia and Italy. Since 2008 she has been teaching for study abroad programs affiliated with the University of New Mexico and CEA.
Operations Management; Cross-Cultural Management
A native of Miami, Florida, Marshall received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has additionally taken extensive graduate coursework in counselling psychology at New York University. Marshall comes to CEA to teach Cross-Cultural Management and Basic Operations Management from a 12-year career in diverse business and finance sectors in the U.S. and Europe. He has worked on Wall Street on investment banking and risk arbitrage for firms like Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as well as in trading for BNP Paribas. He further worked in the areas of corporate management, marketing strategy, management consulting, and real estate. Before joining CEA, Marshall has taught at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Fordham University, University of Connecticut, American University of Rome, University of Malta and Loyola University Chicago.
David joined CEA Rome in Fall 2017 to teach International Finance. Additionally, he has taught on finance, economics and the entertainment industry in various institutions in Rome, including the American University of Rome and the Rome Business School. He also teaches graduate seminars for the M.B.A. program of the Institut Superieur de Gestion in Paris, France. Prior to entering the academic world, David served as Finance Director for The Walt Disney Company. After working at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, he became Finance Director in the UK and then Italy, where he was in charge of all cinema, video, and DVD financial operations. He is currently completing his Ph.D. with the International School of Management in Paris.
Dr. James Schwarten
Critical Perspectives on Italy; Social History of the Italian Mafia
James received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has lived in Italy intermittently since 1989. His academic interests include Italian organized crime, sociology, anthropology, translation, and literature. James has taught at the Umbra Institute in Perugiaand the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago. He currently teaches literature and sociology courses at John Cabot University, including Contemporary Italian Society.. A member of the CEA faculty since 2008, his courses are among the most popular. James is well known for his English translations of classics in contemporary Italian literature, such as Dacia Maraini’s Extravagance and Three Other Plays and On Mafia: Small Personal Thoughts. He has organized a major art exhibit in Rome on Nordic painters in the mountain village of Civita D'Antino (Abruzzo) at the turn of the 20th century, and he is a certified sommelier.
Rob was born in the Greater Philadelphia area, USA, and got his BS from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in Food Marketing and English. He directed a non-profit organization in the US food distribution sector, and then he moved to Barcelona, where he completed his International Masters in Conflict Resolution from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Rob has more than 20 years of experience teaching courses in Intercultural Relations, Conflict Resolution, Cross-cultural Management, Business English, and Communication at several universities as well as for private clients such as Sara Lee, Bayer, Motorola, and Wrigley. Moreover, he is an Intercultural Consultant for BGRS, Dwellworks and BBi Communication, and has experience in offering online training sessions and presentations for expatriate intercultural programs. He is a founding board member of SIETAR Spain (a European-wide professional association on intercultural studies) and was President of SIETAR Europa in 2009-10. Rob is extremely passionate about innovation in education and is currently engaged in a new program to teach virtual intercultural communication courses with enrolled students located in different countries.See Rob's Video
Ariadna was born in Barcelona and lived in London for six years. She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a BA degree in Art History, specializing in Twentieth Century Avant-garde Art. Afterwards, she left for London and got her master’s degree in Museum Management at the University of Greenwich, focusing her research on the examination of advantages and drawbacks of staging blockbuster exhibitions. In 2004, Ariadna came back to Barcelona where she started working as a researcher and project manager assistant organizing history exhibitions before becoming a professor. She has been working at CEA as a faculty member for more than 13 years, and has extensive experience teaching Art History courses on visual arts, architecture and urban design. Ariadna has recently finished a postgraduate course in Contemporary Art at the online university UOC, which she is currently extending to a master's degree. She has specialized in public art, encompassing a vast array of visual interventions in public space from authorized artistic interventions to graffiti, and has designed a variety of cultural activities on this subject. She has a passion for Asian cultures and has traveled to many countries in Asia exploring their art, traditions and culture.See Ariadna's Video
Dr. Marga Carnicé
Social Media: Digital Identity & the Virtual Community
Marga was born in Catalonia and received her Ph.D. in Social Communication from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has extensive experience teaching at the university level at different local institutions, including Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat de Barcelona, TecnoCampus Mataró-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia-ESCAC, and ESERP Business School. Her area of expertise is Audiovisual and Film Studies, in which she has carried out several research projects, published academic articles and given numerous conference presentations.
Dr. Marina Díaz
Contemporary Spain: History, Politics & Society
Born in Madrid, Marina moved to the United States to get her Ph.D. in History from Tufts University, Massachusetts. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience in college and study abroad settings in Spain, England and the United States and has taught virtual courses at Open University of Catalonia. Marina has been working at CEA Barcelona as a faculty member for more than 10 years and has developed and taught several courses in her areas of expertise such asSpanish history and politics, Jewish history and nationalist movements.
Born in Mexico, Myriam graduated in Industrial Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico and got her MBA from EGADE de Monterrey, México. She moved to Barcelona, where she completed a Master’s in Research with a focus in Marketing from the Univeritat Autónoma de Barcelona and became aware of her passion for teaching. Since then she has been teaching International Marketing, International Finance and International Business courses at the university level for more than 15 years and has more than 10 years of experience teaching online courses at Open University of Catalonia. Myriam loves traveling abroad, getting to know new cultures around the world but mostly spending as much time as she can with her family.
Supply Chain Management
Alex was born in Catalonia and graduated in Agricultural & Food Engineering from University of Lleida before getting his MBA from ESADE Business School. Alex has been teaching business and management courses at the university level for the last 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience working in Industrial companies, in the areas of Supply Chain, Sales/Marketing and Business development. He is currently working as the European Industrial Sales Manager for SWM International, which he combines with his job in the education field.
Entrepreneurship: The Art of Creative Business; International Internship: The Multicultural Workplace
A native of New York City, Kevin has been residing in and in love with Seville for over 15 years. Having completed a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Management from ESIC Sevilla and holding positions in Consulting and Sales at several Spanish and International firms in Seville, Kevin is a seasoned professional well-prepared to support CEA students in and out of the classroom. He first joined CEA as faculty for courses in Entrepreneurship and the Internship Seminar, and has since transitioned to take over Seville's International Internship coordination. In this role, Kevin serves students with unique, hands-on, international experience, overseeing the placement process and cultivating host companies in diverse fields, as well as a strong commitment to our student's professional development. He also continues to teach CEA’s Internship Seminar and the Entrepreneurship courses.See Kevin's Video
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disease, Wellness & Healthcare
Sevillian from birth, Ana learned to nurture an affinity with the English language from a young age as her family hosted American exchange students. But it was when she lived and worked for 5 years in the UK, that she truly fell in love with the language. After completing her MS in Pharmaceutical Science, she went on to complete a Master's Degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Seville. After that she first held positions as a pharmacist dealing with patients in Spain and the National Health Service in the UK. She then combined her role as a Business and Marketing Consultant and Trainer for Healthcare Staff for pharmacies within the Pharmaceutical Industry. These experiences allow her to be a skilled professor for CEA students. Ana spends her spare time pursuing her passions of learning, technology, English and supporting others. She collaborates with a number of local groups such as an Entrepreneurship association providing knowledge as a coach for Startup Weekends Edition’and a local NGO, Pharmacists Without Borders.
Beginning Spanish I & Intermediate Spanish I
Born and raised in Seville, Elena has been teaching languages for over twenty years for organizations such as CEA and the University of Seville. She is passionate for languages and speaks Spanish, English, French and German, and has also studied Italian and Latin formally. Elena has a Master’s in English Language and Literature from the University of Seville, with a second degree in German Language. She enjoys being involved in seminars and conferences about language teaching and the use of new technologies in class and has taken several training courses and seminars on online teaching. Presently, she is involved in a MOOC on Spanish Online Methodology. Elena has worked in both the education and tourism sectors, both of which have always kept her in contact with other cultures and languages and given her the opportunity of travelling widely. She has an extremely proactive approach to teaching, keeping her students engaged by incorporating in-class and out-of-class activities, culture differences projects, and music.