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    Darden Center for Global Initiatives
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business
    100 Darden Boulevard
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA




    Marc Johnson

    R. Marc Johnson
    Executive Director for Global Affairs

    Marc Johnson is Executive Director for Global Affairs for the Darden School.  In addition to leading the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI), he guides and advocates for Darden’s global engagement, partnerships and strategy, working alongside leaders across the enterprise to advance the school’s impact and reach around the world.  He also works closely with key stakeholders in various schools and departments at the University of Virginia to further university-wide efforts globally. He previously served at Darden as the Associate Director of the Tayloe Murphy Center, focusing on economic development through entrepreneurship in Virginia communities facing economic challenges. Prior to coming to the Darden School, Johnson served as Assistant Director and Director of Programs at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA, where he oversaw programs on Virginia politics and leadership for groups ranging from high school students to working adults. Johnson holds an MBA from the Darden School and an M.Ed. from the Curry School at UVA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Government, with a focus on International Relations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary and is a member of the Virginia Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

    He currently teaches political leadership and civics in the Sorensen Institute's programs and has taught entrepreneurship and nonprofit management for the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is the co-author of several entrepreneurship case studies and, in 2006, co-authored an article in Academic Exchange Quarterly on the effectiveness of civic education programs in preparing college students for leadership roles in politics and public life. Johnson also serves on the Global Business School Network Advisory Board for Experiential Learning.

    Dennis Yang

    Dennis Yang 
    Academic Director of the Asia Initiative and Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business 

    Dennis Yang is the Academic Director of the Asia Initiative at Darden and the Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration. He has taught first-year MBA and GEMBA classes on Global Economies and Markets and is developing an elective course on China and Asia.

    Yang's research focuses primarily on economic development and growth, as well as labor economics, especially in the context of China and economic transition. His work has covered a wide range of topics including household behavior, education, savings, poverty and famine, long-term growth, China's population policies, wage structure, and income distribution. He has published in leading economics journals, such as American Economic Review , Journal of Political Economy , Economic Journal , Journal of Economic Perspectives , Journal of Monetary Economics and the  Journal of Development Economics . He has also co-edited three books on economic reforms in China and served on the editorial boards of several international economics journals.

    Yang has held other positions worldwide. He is a senior research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany. He is also the President-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies and holds the Chang Jiang Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He has undertaken consulting work for international organizations such as the World Bank and The Conference Board as well as other leading multinational companies.

    A native of China, Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Darden in 2012, he served on the economics faculty at Duke University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Kristen Pappas

    Kristen Pappas
    Associate Director for Global Programs

    Kristen Pappas serves as the Associate Director for Global Programs. One of her main areas of focus is overseeing the various international academic programs that the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) coordinates for Darden students. Pappas joined Darden in 2009 and has served in various roles. Most recently she served as the Interim Associate Director of Student Affairs. Pappas earned a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Dayton. From 2007–09, she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Field at the Semester at Sea Program. She obtained a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and taught Business English in Santiago, Chile for one year. Pappas is an avid traveler and has traveled throughout South America, Asia and Europe.

    Katherine Beach

    Katherine Beach
    Associate Director for Global Engagement

    As the Associate Director for Global Engagement, Kate Beach leads the Darden Center for Global Initiatives activities and engagement with external stakeholders, including outreach, communication and marketing. She oversees the planning and execution of the Center's engagement events in key markets, manages relationships with key stakeholders, including the Dean's Global Advisory Council, and works with faculty on collaboration with partner schools for design and offering of International Partner Programs. Alongside Darden's Communications and Marketing team, Kate promotes Darden's global activities, interfacing with other departments to gather and share global stories through various Darden and DCGI print and online publications.

    Prior to joining DCGI, Kate earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. While a graduate student and afterwards, she worked in various positions at the Institute for Shipboard Education, most recently as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar. Kate has visited approximately 30 countries around the world and she is passionate about creating greater global understanding and collaboration.

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    Ladi Carr
    Associate Director for Executive Global Programs

    Ladislava “Ladi" Carr manages global, in-country learning experiences for students enrolled in the executive formats of Darden's MBA program (EMBA and GEMBA), with primary responsibility for delivering four major, global residencies each year. Ladi works closely with Darden faculty and the Executive MBA program teams to execute immersive international experiences and to explore new and expanded learning opportunities for the executive-format students. She also works closely with Kristen Pappas, Associate Director for Global Programs, in the planning and delivery of global programming for the residential MBAs. Prior to joining the CGI team Ladi was the Associate Director for the Global Executive MBA program at Darden and had previously managed international post-graduate education programs the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    A native of the Czech Republic, Ladi earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at Charles University in Prague. She is a TED translator, loves travel and cultural immersions. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.

    Kristen Fisher

    Kristen Fisher

    Operations and Administrative Coordinator for Darden Center for Global Initiatives, Mayo Center for Asset Management, and the Institute for Business in Society


    In her role as coordinator for DCGI, Kristen is responsible for integrating Center projects, financial operations, office administration and logistics to enhance the Center’s activities.  As the coordinator for three of Darden’s Centers of Excellence she works to improve communications among the Centers and throughout the Enterprise. Before coming to Darden, Kristen worked for Albemarle County as a Project Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant. There, she successfully designed and implemented a campaign to reduce drinking and driving in the area.

    While a student at the University of Virginia, Kristen had the opportunity to do an exchange program with the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. She is thrilled to be working for an organization which helps to give others a life-changing experience of their own.


    Trisha Hongcharti
    Global Programs Associate

    Trisha Hongcharti serves as the Global Programs Associate and primarily supports the work of the Associate Director of Global Programs and the Associate Director for Executive Global Programs in delivering excellent student service and ensuring the successful implementation of the range of global programming sponsored by CGI for MBA students, including Global Business Experiences, Executive Global Residencies, Global Consulting Projects and Exchange.

    Trisha manages the administrative aspects of the development and implementation of global academic programs including related systems such as travel management, student travel registrations, student itineraries for self-managed travel, student travel insurance enrollments, etc. She manages the student exchange program and provides support to the Associate Directors in working with student affinity clubs.

    She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. As a student, she worked at the UVA Career Center, where she discovered her passion for student affairs. Her academic and professional interests include diversity and inclusion in higher education, career counseling, and college access and success.

    Lauren Wallace

    Lauren Wallace

    Global Engagement Coordinator


    Lauren Wallace serves as the Global Engagement Coordinator and supports the work of the Associate Director for Global Engagement in arranging all logistics for international events both abroad and at Darden. She manages travel arrangements, coordinates guest schedules, and serves as the primary point of contact for all logistical needs for visitors and Darden faculty and staff involved with global engagement activities. Lauren also works with external vendors, alumni, and key stakeholders, and supports the CGI’s communications and marketing portfolio.

    Prior to her work at Darden, Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from James Madison University, where she also completed a Humanitarian Affairs Minor and a Global Religions and Global Issues Minor. She participated in the 2015 INU Global Citizenship and Peace Seminar in Hiroshima, Japan and studied abroad in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Passionate about bridging cultures and working towards a just world, Lauren is glad to contribute to Darden’s global community.