Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI)

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Meet the DCGI Team

Meet the Darden Center for Global Initiatives leaders working to advance the school’s impact and reach around the world.

  • DCGI Faculty and Staff

    R. Marc Johnson  
    Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives  
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    Marc Johnson is Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives 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 Learn.

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

    Larry Mueller   
    Assistant Dean, Global Advising 
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    Larry Mueller was named assistant dean of Global Advising in July 2017. He serves as an adviser to the international student population at Darden. He also focuses attention on further globalization of the Darden curriculum, creating new global business relationships and seeking new case study opportunities.

    Mueller joined the Darden School faculty in 1993 and most recently served as assistant dean for the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), leading operations that focus the MBA education in global venues. In that role, he developed relationships with global companies and their C-suite constituents, which lead to company visits and international in-class speakers. He also worked with faculty colleagues to initiate the development of new case studies that pertain to the MBA skills and disciplines being taught during international visits. He oversaw and managed the logistics and hospitality operations and vendor contracts for GEMBA residencies in the United States, Brazil, China, France, Germany and India.

    Previously at Darden, Mueller served two years as executive director for the Darden Center for Global Initiatives, served 16 years as director of financial aid, and taught in both the residential MBA and Executive Education.

    Mueller has served as a consultant to Marriott Hotels, Singapore Airlines, Singapore’s Service Quality Centre and Citigroup. He was also senior catering services operation manager for Marriott Hotels and local chairman of the company’s service quality committee.

    Mueller received his Ph.D. in management and administration from the University of Virginia, MBA from the Darden School, and bachelor’s degree in economics from UVA.

    Mueller currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Center for Christian Study, faculty advisor to the Virginia Gentlemen, academic advisor for the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences, faculty fellow to Brown Residential College, and development advisor to the Virginia Glee Club.

    Kristen Pappas  
    Director for Global Programs  
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    Kristen Pappas serves as the 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  
    Director for Global Engagement  
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    As the 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.

    Doris Cao
    Director of China Initiatives
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    Doris Cao, based in Shanghai, China, has significant experience working with U.S. business schools entering into and developing their presence in the China market.  She has served as Associate Director of the USC Marshall School of Business  Shanghai Office, supporting their Global Executive MBA Program delivered jointly with Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2012.  In this role she has led the team for operations and execution of marketing, admission, student/alumni relations, faculty service and administration, developing marketing and recruitment plans throughout Southeast Asia for the program, overseeing operations, and managing key accounts for business development in China and the region.  Previously, Doris served as  Program Manager for the Rutgers Business School Shanghai Office and as Director of Public Relations for the Shanghai Angel Charity Foundation. She holds an Executive MBA from Rutgers Business School and a BA from Shanghai International  Studies University.  

    Ladi Carr 
    Director for Global Executive Programs 
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    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, 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.

    Hai Yan Chen 
    Global Programs Manager  
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    Hai Yan Chen serves as the Global Programs Manager and supports the Director of Global Programs in developing international academic programs to enhance Darden student experience. Some of her focus areas include managing Darden Worldwide Courses and connecting students to Global Consulting Projects.

    She holds a Master of Arts in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech (VT) and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Business from Emory & Henry College (EHC). Previously, Hai Yan served as the Assistant Director and Recruitment Coordinator for the EHC Honors Program, Graduate Assistant for VT Student Affairs Office of Family and Alumni Relations, and International Programs Associate for the VT Pamplin College of Business.

    Her passion for global education stems from her study abroad experience in Germany during undergrad, as well as exposure to cultural dissonance throughout her transition to the U.S. at a young age. Hai Yan is excited to use her skills to support the global student learning experience at Darden.  

    Lauren Wallace 
    Global Engagement Manager 
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    Lauren Wallace serves as the Global Engagement Manager by supporting and managing key components of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives engagement activities both at Darden and abroad. She manages CGI's international partner programs, coordinates leadership travel arrangements, supports strategic international events, 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. Lauren is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from James Madison University. Passionate about bridging cultures and working towards a just world, Lauren is glad to contribute to Darden’s global community. 

    Stephanie Swing  
    Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Initiatives and Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management  
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    Stephanie serves as the Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Initiatives and the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.  She is responsible for integrating projects, financial operations, office administration, and logistics to enhance the activities each Center. In her role she works to promote communication among the Centers and throughout the Enterprise.   

    Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Minor in Geology from East Carolina University. Prior to Darden, she served in a similar role in the Office of Global Affairs at her alma mater. 

    Meaghan Patrick
    Global Programs Manager
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    Meaghan Patrick is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Spanish. There, she discovered a passion for international education through her own experiences abroad as a student. She joins the Center for Global Initiatives with nearly five years of experience at an educational travel company.

    In her last role, she partnered with universities from around the country to develop short-term custom international programs that align with their curriculum goals. She has managed education abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate groups alike to nearly 30 countries around the world. She has personally traveled to more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

    Meaghan is currently working on a graduate certificate in leadership and project management from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at UVA. In her free time, she likes to cook, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family. 

  • DCGI Fellows

    The Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) sponsors a fellowship for thought leaders from the United States and around the world. Fellows come to Darden to work with Darden faculty to:

    • Collaborate on research
    • Develop case teaching materials
    • Write cases based on home countries
    • Observe classes to become more effective teachers
    • Share their practical knowledge with current students

    Completed cases are made available through Darden Business Publishing. The International Finance Conference’s (IFCs) Global Business School Network, an ongoing partner with DCGI, recommends international junior faculty members as fellows for the center. DCGI assists fellows with logistical support and acclimation to the area. 
     

    2017-2019 Fellow

    LEANDRO GUISSONI

    Dr. Leandro Guissoni is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He serves as the course head of Marketing Analytics. Professor Guissoni has developed research projects in collaboration with leading companies and executives in Brazil such as Nielsen, Natura, Johnson&Johnson and Magazine Luiza. Professor Guissoni has won awards for his teaching every year. He has served as the chair of FGV’s Latin American Retail Annual Conference since 2015, which aims to encourage knowledge generation and dissemination in retailing among Latin American business schools.

    Guissoni's books Marketing MetricsTrade Marketing and Shopper Marketing have sold more than 10,000 copies in Brazil and the latter was selected as the 2011 Book of the Year in Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Sao Paulo. During his PhD (2010-2012) he served as a visiting Ph.D. student at the Darden School of Business and worked on research that was published in the Journal of Retailing. He was a partner of Markestrat (2008-2015) and he is a Business Advisor of ToolboxTM, a local consultancy in Brazil that has served large global and local consumer packaged goods companies. Prior, he worked in the Marketing Department at Coca-Cola in Brazil.

    Guissoni’s specializes in retailing, marketing analytics, distribution channel management. Recent case studies and publications on these topics have been featured by The Washington Post, Darden Business Publishing and Harvard Business Publishing. He is also working on a project to help increase profitability of Ecommerce operations in Brazil.

     

    2014-2018 Fellow

    MARITO GARCIA

    Dr. Marito Garcia was a staff member of the World Bank, Washington D.C. and worked in various capacities, including as Sector Manager for Education in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and as Lead Economist and program manager of several key programs such as the new economy skills and early childhood development programs in the Africa region. Prior to his work at the World Bank, he was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. As Sector Manager for Education at the World Bank, he managed an investment portfolio of 52 countries in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. 

    Dr. Garcia has led several innovations in education and social sector service delivery, such as the application of online-learning using MOOCs, the development of new economy skills development like microwork or online free-lancing for Africa, introduction of e-books and e-readers in schools, and youth employment initiatives tied to online-learning competencies. He is author of 10 books and more than 25 major publications in economics, education, conditional cash transfers programs, youth employment and workforce development, technology in education, food security and nutrition, and early childhood development. Dr. Garcia has won a number of professional awards (in 2001, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) for innovations and excellence at the World Bank and U.S. Library Journal Award for best book of 2009. He completed his Ph.D. in Development Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands; and Executive Program for World Bank Managers at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University (Boston, MA).  
     

    2013 Fellow

    HEINI SHI

    Dr. Heini Shi has lived in China since 2007, where she develops and teaches leadership programs at top global business schools, including the Darden School of Business, IE Business School and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2012, she was a visiting fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu, HI. Heini was the founding director of the international department at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, where she managed international partnerships and designed executive education programs.

    Prior to working in China, Heini worked in Europe and the United States as program manager at the World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and United Nations Development Program, where she designed and managed economic policy and social development projects for more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She was also a legal advisor at Allen & Overy, where she consulted with European firms on their Chinese investments. She has also co-edited the Global Information Technology Report (2004–05), a joint publication of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and INSEAD. Heini graduated from the University of Turin, Italy and holds a Ph.D. of international economic law from Bocconi Business University in Milan, Italy. Heini is a fluent speaker of Chinese, English, Italian and French. 
     

    2010 Fellow

    JOHN HUNTER

    John Hunter is a local elementary school teacher who developed "The World Peace Game," which he uses to teach peace and collaboration to students of all ages. Hunter is working with Darden faculty to increase their understanding, use and promotion of high-engagement learning in a global context.