Biographies of Lecturers
Alexandros Psychogios
Professor of International HRM, Birmingham City Business School (UK)
Module: Brain Adaptive Leadership
BSc in Political Science & Public Administration (University of Athens, Greece)
MSc in Public Policy & Public Finance (University of Athens, Greece)
MA in Public Services Management (University of York, UK)
PhD in Industrial & Business Studies (University of Warwick, UK)
Dr. Alexandros Psychogios is a Professor of International HRM in Birmingham City Business School at Birmingham City University. He is also a Research Visitor in South Eastern European Research Centre (SEERC) and Associate Researcher in GNOSIS Research Group of the Management School at the University of Liverpool.

His specialization and research interests are on Organizational Behavior, Leadership & Complexity, International Human Resource Management, and Total Quality & Performance Management. His publication record focuses on a variety of OB/HR issues in different, but rather challenging, contexts like economies in transition, SMEs in crisis, the public sector, etc. He has published several articles in journals like the International Journal of Human Resource Management and Journal of Human Resource Management, Emergence: Complexity & Organization, Brain Science & Leadership, TQM & Business Excellence, Employee Relations, the International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, etc. Prof. Psychogios is the co-author of the book: Neuroscience for leaders: A Brain Adaptive Leadership Approach, published by Kogan Page in London (

Prof. Psychogios has a wide-range experience of participating in various consultancy and research projects on issues like leadership, human resource management, total quality management, performance management and reward systems. He participated in many professional and executive training courses offered in both private and public organizations. Moreover, he has been invited to many professional and academic conferences as an expert speaker on issues like leadership, complexity, and performance management.

In 2009 he has co-founded Entranet Ltd, a technology oriented company that develops variety of different technological innovations based on speech technology (
Leslie T. Szamosi
Dr, MBA Academic Director, The University of Sheffield International Faculty (UK)
Module: HR Management and Organisational Behaviour
PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (Carleton University, Canada)
M.M.S. in International Business and Marketing (Carleton University, Canada)
BComm (Hons.) in Marketing (Carleton University and University of Victoria, Canada)
Dr Szamosi is a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Director of the Executive MBA programme at CITY College, International Faculty of The University of Sheffield. He has taught at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and EMBA levels. He has been an EMBA Unit Leader for Current Issues in Management while participating in two other units (Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods).

Dr Szamosi has worked both in the private and public sectors in Canada. Following five years as the Marketing Manager for an international bio-technology and optoelectronics company in Ottawa (Canada), he worked as a private consultant for diverse organisations such as the European Union (KOMVER II Project), Digital Electronics (now part of Compaq Computers), Human Resources Development Canada, Industry Canada, KPMG Management, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (C.I.B.C.), British Columbia Telecom (BC TEL), and the Society of Management Accountants. Recently he has worked as an independent expert to the European Union (FP-6 / FP-7) as well as consulting and researching throughout South-Eastern Europe.

His current research interests are in the areas of Organisational Development, Human Resource Management, Change Management / Reengineering, International Marketing / Business, Technology Transfer, and Knowledge Management.
Christos Liassides
Academic Director of Postgraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sheffield International Faculty (UK)
Module: Role of Marketing Communications Strategies in an Ultra-competitive Marketplace
MBA (European Option), University of Birmingham, UK
B.Eng. (Hons) in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK
Chris Liassides is a faculty member of the Business Administration and Economics Department of CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield. He worked as a senior auditor for ROBSON RHODES - Chartered Accountants and as a consultant engineer for THE BEINHAM MEIKE PARTNERSHIP, in the UK.

Chris Liassides also has extensive experience in the Property Development sector and a 22-year teaching experience in Business Studies. Recently, he has participated in two EU-funded research projects. He is also acting as a Marketing consultant for STEROPAL SA., MAKRO Hellas, Ramada Encore Hotel, Kiev, and other organizations.

Research Interests: International Marketing, Marketing of Tourism, Service Quality Perception, Customer Satisfaction, Advertising. Integrated Marketing Communications.
Giovanni Serafini
Lecturer in International Business and Management, Essex Business School (UK)
Module: Management Change and Innovation
PhD in Management 2016, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Executive MBA 2007, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Human Resources Management Certificate 1999, Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, United States of America
BA in Hospitality Management / Swiss Higher Diploma in Hotel Management 1995, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom / IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Switzerland
Swiss Diploma in Hotel Management 1992 – 1994, Alpine Center, Greece / IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Switzerland
Lecturer in International Business and Management
• Teaching Portfolio (BSc Tourism Management/Entrepreneurship/Marketing/Business Administration)
o The International Business Environment
o Communication and Intercultural Skills
o The Internationalisation of the Service Sector
• Course Leader: organisation and launch of the new BSc in Tourism Management
o Three-year undergraduate course starting in the 2017/2018 Academic Year
• PhD Chair
• Capstone/Research project supervisor
• Masters degree dissertation supervisor
• Departmental Study Abroad Officer (DSAO) – Essex Business School, Southend Campus
• Teaching Awards:
o Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy (since May 2018)
o Teaching skills recognition: University of Essex Excellence in Teaching Award (received July 2017)

• Lecturer
• Dissertation supervisor for:
o Executive MBA degree
o Masters degree

• Programme External Examiner
o FdA International Hospitality Management
o BA International Hospitality Management
Chris Dressler
CEO of CoreValue, Founder of Dressler Consulting LLC (US, NYC)
Module: Strategic and Operational Management
BA Degree in Economics and Computer Science (University of Missouri, Columbia, US)
Academic Exchange Program (Imperial College, London, UK)
Chris is a results-oriented, people-focused, IT Executive with over 30 years of technology experience. His expertise encompasses Architecture, Software Development, Big Data, Data Communications, and Networking. Prior to his appointment as CEO of CoreValue, Chris held a number engineering and executive management positions with leading global companies such as Bertelsmann Media Group (BMG), Siemens, Cablevision, Alliance Data Systems (ADS), and the Holzbrink Media Group.

In addition to working in the United States and Canada, Chris has worked in a number of European countries including Germany, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. This background has enabled Chris to gain a deep understanding the importance and impact of culture on an organization.

Chris also founded Dressler Consulting in 2003, developing a niche in the media space where he has consulted for major consumer media properties such as Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, BMG Records, Gruner + Jahr, Latina Media Ventures, Kaplan, Inc., DoubleClick, Bigfoot Interactive, etc. Chris serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies and universities.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in economics and computer science. Chris is an active member and former Co-Chair of the "CTO Club of NY", an invitation only organization of technology executives based in Manhattan.
Rolf Zinne
CFO of BASF Ukraine,
Head of BASF SE Representative Office in Georgia (Germany)
Module: Practical Finance for Executives: An Introduction to Finance Function
BASF SE, Germany:

Head of PMO Finance
Global Finance Transformation, Head of Book-to-Report

BASF Italia, Italy Controller

BASF Generics, Germany CFO

Knoll AG, Switzerland CFO
Rolf is 33 years with BASF group. BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. He came after extensive sales experience and international business studies. Looking for a truly international career, BASF was the best partner.

Starting in BASF Pharma, Rolf gained experience in controlling overseas subsidiaries in Latin America. Particularly the experience in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico was valuable. The target was to be successful in a high inflation and high currency devaluation environment, what BASF managed to achieve.

During his time in Management Accounting product costing became not only a valuable skill but more the question "how to consolidate costs and results for product decisions over a chain of several production sites?". The development of respective IT tools is particularly well developed in BASF.

In Switzerland the the focus was on producing chemicals with competitive cost and making the site efficient. Using Swiss tax advantages and a holding structure are of course a part of it. The other part was introducing a certified quality system and building up a supplier valuation system.

Being CFO in an American joint venture in the pharmaceutical generics business startup brought valuable cross-border implementation experiences.

While Controller for Italy and Greece we came from more national and separated business organizations to being transnationally organized to being efficient and

customer focused. It is merging local organizations and acquired business into one effective country business platform.

To transform BASF Finance into a truly global organization, BASF Finance and IS choose one single SAP system and one set of global accounting processes of which Rolf was responsible for the Book-to-Report processes. Later he worked with the BASF Finance president as Program Management Office to coordinate all activities for the full globalization of Finance.

In Ukraine he took over a Finance function producing immense currency losses in 2014, to convert it into a profit-making Finance function since then.
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