Meet our Leaders
As AIB Western Europe’s main governing body, our leadership team is responsible for member outreach, facilitating professional development opportunities, and organizing our annual Chapter Conference.
Below, you’ll find background details on each of our team members, our roles and responsibilities, and contact information to help you connect with us online.
The Chapter Chair oversees all executive committee functions, including membership outreach, event coordination, and financial management.
Fabian Jintae Froese
Fabian J. Froese is a chaired professor and executive director of the department of business administration at the University of Goettingen, Germany. At his current institution, he has developed and implemented a master of global business program, with a double-degree option with Nanjing University, China.
After studying business administration at the University of Mannheim, Germany, he obtained a doctorate in international management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and another doctorate in sociology from Waseda University, Japan. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of International Business at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.
His research interests lie in international human resource management and cross-cultural management with a regional focus on Europe and Asia. His work has been published in refereed journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, International Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, and Management International Review. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Business & Management (Palgrave, 2017 impact factor: 1.179).
The Vice Chair of Events, in conjunction with the Chapter Executive Board, is responsible for all chapter events, including at least one major conference, to be organized annually.
Dr. Andri Georgiadou is the Director of the Equality Inclusion and Diversity (EQUIDY) Center in Cyprus and a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Penn State University, USA. She worked as an Associate Professor in Human Resource Management and Program Director for the MSc in Global Business at the University of Hertfordshire and London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK before returning to Cyprus.
She has authored and/or co-authored a plethora of scientific papers published in prestigious international journals such as European Management Review, Tourism Management, and is also a reviewer in many international scientific journals and conferences. Andri has been invited as a Keynote Speaker at international conferences and workshops organized at renowned universities including the University of Southern California, the Rutgers University of New Jersey, and international business networks such as the European Women’s Management Development International Network.
She served as the chairwoman/member of many organizational/ scientific committees at various international conferences. In addition to her academic career, she has a professional background in business and organizations, having worked as a staff member in multinational corporations such as HSBC and as a consultant and mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
Andri specializes in human resources management, leadership and team development. Her research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from relational and interdisciplinary perspectives. She is a recipient of the 2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award; the 2016 European Management Review Best Reviewer Award, and the 2014 Graduate Scholar Award for Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. In 2019, she was elected regional representative for Southern Europe for Academy of International Business (AIB) Western Europe chapter, and she was appointed Deputy Chair and Vice Chair Events for the same chapter.
The Vice-Chair of Outreach is responsible for the chapter’s member engagement activities, keeping IB scholars in their region informed of all ongoing initiatives.
Bersant Hobdari is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at Copenhagen Business School. He obtained his doctorate in Business and Economics from Copenhagen Business School in 2003. He started his academic career at Simon Fraser University, before rejoining Copenhagen Business School as faculty member.
Before his doctoral studies, he worked in public service in Tirana, Albania. His research intersects the areas of international business and economics, and finance and corporate governance. Among the topics he has researched are the drivers of strategies and performance of emerging market firms, the institutional determinants of MNEs’ board composition and dynamics, and the internationalization implications of blockholder conflicts. Geographically, his research interests span both developed, and developing and emerging markets.
His work has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of World Business, Journal of Corporate Finance, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of International Management, etc. In addition, he has served as guest editor of special issues for various journals such as European Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and International Journal of Emerging Markets.
Dr. Hobdari is also an accomplished instructor and communicator. He has taught extensively in the areas of international economics and international business as well as methods applications in applied business research. He has taught both at the undergraduate and graduate level for which he has consistently received exceptional teaching evaluations.
Beyond teaching, he serves as Academic Director of a Bachelor of Science program in International Business, with the primary responsibilities including, among others, program and curriculum development, and international cooperation. He has also successfully supervised doctoral students, who, upon graduation, have pursued not only academic but also private sector careers. He speaks fluent English and Albanian (mother tongue) and possesses very good mastering of Danish and Italian.
Dr. Hobdari has been long-time member of the Academy of International Business and Academy of Management and has continuously served as reviewer for major conferences of the field. In addition, he serves as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Emerging Markets.
Vice-Chair, Junior Scholar Engagement
Vice-Chair, Junior Scholar Outreach
The Vice-Chair of Junior Scholar Engagement leads the chapter’s outreach efforts to current PhD students and early-career researchers throughout the region.
Mirko Benischke is an Assistant Professor of Global Strategy in the Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He holds a PhD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
His teaching interests are focused in the areas of strategy, corporate governance, and international business. He has taught a variety of courses at the executive (full-time MBA and executive education), graduate, and undergraduate levels. In 2018, he was awarded the “Professor of the Year Award” for his undergraduate course on International Business.
His research focuses on three main themes: (1) the effect of compensation design on strategic decision-making of senior executives (CEOs, top management teams, and Board of Directors), (2) multinational corporations’ internationalization strategies, and (3) (cross-border) mergers and acquisitions. Mirko’s research primarily draws on behavioral decision-making and institutional theory. His research has been awarded the prestigious Haynes Prize by the Academy of International Business and has been accepted for publication in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and the Academy of Management Perspectives. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of World Business and Global Strategy Journal; he also served as Representative-at-Large for the Global Strategy Interest Group (Strategic Management Society).
In 2018, he became a high performing member of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).
Secretary and Treasurer
Secretary and Treasurer
The Secretary and Treasurer is responsible for all financial transactions of the AIB Western Europe Chapter, including the preparation of budgets for approval by the Executive Committee and a statement of the Chapter’s financial position for submission, through the Chair, to the AIB Secretariat.
Vittoria G. Scalera
Vittoria G. Scalera is an assistant professor of International Business at the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. She received her Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano School of Management, where she also worked as post-doctoral research fellow. She is also John H. Dunning Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School, University of Reading. She has been visiting scholar at the Fox School of Business, Temple University (2013-2014), at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (2017) and at Bocconi University (2018).
Her research mainly lies at the intersection between international business and innovation management, where she focuses on innovation strategies in multinational firms, international knowledge sourcing, global innovation networks, and emerging countries’ technological catch-up. She is also interested in the international strategy and performance of government-owned institutions.
Her research has received several awards, including the 2017 Temple/ Academy of International Business Conference Best Paper Award, and has been finalist for different awards at the Academy of International Business, such as the Alan M. Rugman Young Scholar Award (formerly Haynes Prize), the Aalto University School of Business “That’s Interesting!” Award and the Best Paper Award in Emerging Economies Research. Her works have been published or are forthcoming in leading academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of International Management, Small Business Economics, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management, among others.
In 2018 Vittoria has been awarded a three-year individual research grant (250,000 EUR – the VENI award) by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct a cross-national project on global knowledge networks, migration and firm innovation. She has been actively involved over the years in different service roles for the academic community. She regularly acts as reviewer for the conferences organized by the Academy of International Business, the European International Business Academy, the DRUID, the Strategic Management Society, and the Academy of Management (TIM and IM divisions – where she has also been awarded the Best Reviewer Award of the IM Division).
Vittoria is an active member of the Academy of International Business, where she has served as session chair, panel session organizer and participant, and volunteer. In addition, she serves on the editorial review board of Journal of World Business, where she also covers the role of Social Media Coordinator. Further, she is currently co-editor of two special issues of the Journal of World Business.