Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI)

DCGI - People


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

    Marc JohnsonR. Marc Johnson  
    Senior Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Strategic and Global Initiatives  

    Marc Johnson is Senior Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Strategic and Global Initiatives in the Dean's Office of 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 UVA School of Education and Human Development 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.

    Larry MuellerLarry Mueller   
    Assistant Dean, Global Advising 

    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 led 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 programs.

    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 PappasKristen Pappas  
    Director for Global Programs  

    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.

    Kate BeachKatherine Beach
    Director for Global Engagement  

    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 UVA School of Education and Human Development. 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 CaoDoris Cao
    Director of China Initiatives

    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 CarrLadi Carr 
    Director for Global Executive 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 twelve global executive 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. 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.

    Lauren Wallace

    Lauren Wallace
    Global Engagement Manager 

    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

    Stephanie Swing
    Operations and Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Initiatives and Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management  

    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. 

    Hai Yan DendyHai Yan Dendy 
    Global Programs Manager  

    Hai Yan Dendy serves as a Global Programs Manager supporting the Darden Worldwide Courses and Exchange Programs. 

    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.

    David DrabDavid Dráb
    Global Business Analyst


    Originally from the Czech Republic, David Dráb serves as Darden’s Global Business Analyst, working closely with the Darden Center for Global Initiatives and the Dean’s Office. David collects and analyzes data and prepares reports on Darden’s global engagements, as well as working with the Dean’s Office to manage enterprise metrics and reporting for key initiatives. He works across departments on tasks such as program evaluation, records management, tracking key performance indicators, data visualization and process improvement.
    David holds an MLitt in Marketing from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Information Systems from the Technical University in Liberec, Czech Republic. Prior to obtaining his master’s degree, David worked as a Relationship Manager at a Digital Marketing Agency in Czech. Most recently, David worked for the University of St Andrews as a Portfolio Officer in the Business Transformation office. David managed and led University-wide projects such as the analysis and centralization of the University’s governing documentation, and the implementation of a new search engine to effectively target prospective students. With a passion for international students and higher education, David is excited to join the team at Darden and use his international experience to support analysis-driven decision making. 

    Hemant DasHemant Das
    Providing Principal Advisor Services for India Initiatives through Sannam S4
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    Hemant serves as the Principal Advisor for India Initiatives through Darden's partner Sannam S4. Hemant works collaboratively across the Darden Enterprise, leading efforts to advance the school’s impact and engagement in India and the region. He is a key liaison for Darden to alumni, corporate partners, current/prospective students, and business and educational institutions in the region. 

    Prior to supporting Darden's efforts in India and the Southeast Asia region, Hemant was responsible for a portfolio of executive education programs run in collaboration with top global business schools including Columbia Business School, University of Cambridge Judge Business School and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley across different locations in North America, Europe and Asia. In that role, he  partnered with faculty, marketing, advisory teams and local executives to design programs across a range of areas including digital transformation, financial leadership, leadership, general management and data analytics.

    Hemant holds an Executive MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has worked in different sectors including retail, e-commerce, travel, advertising and higher education in India and the UK.

    Hemant currently lives and works in Mumbai, India. He has lived and worked in London, UK for a few years before moving back to India.

  • 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


    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.


    2014-2019 Fellow


    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


    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 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.