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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, Beach 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, Beach earned a 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. Beach has visited approximately 30 countries around the world and she is passionate about creating greater global understanding and collaboration.

    Cheryl Adams

    Cheryl Adams
    Global Program Operations and Events Manager

    Cheryl Adams began her employment at The Darden School of Business as a Recruiting Coordinator in the Career Services and Placement Office in 1983. After being promoted and successfully working as Marketing Program Administrator in the Executive Education department, in 2006, Adams was approached by the Director of the Tayloe Murphy International Center of The Darden School of Business to coordinate all of the Center’s activities and initiatives. Adams worked with exchange program managers from over 18 international partner business schools, coordinated and managed Global Business Experience programs in 6 countries for 145 MBA students, organized Executive MBA programs from partner schools to Darden, coordinated international visitor schedules and implemented numerous process improvements, such as collecting funds from students, outsourcing and contractual agreements leading a growing business. She then became the Global Program Operations and Events Manager for the Center for Global Initiatives at the School where she currently improves processes and manages operations.

    Adams enjoys, first and foremost, her family and friends, playing golf, writing songs on the piano and being outdoors. She is an entrepreneur at heart and with the ultimate goal of making a difference in the healthcare and IT markets.

    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.