Conference Organizing Committee



Dr. Anshu Arora, AIB-SE 2016 Chapter Chair

Anshu Arora served as the 2014 AIB-SE Academic Program Chair and is now assuming the role of Conference Chair. She is the Director of Global Logistics and International Business Education Research (G-LIBER)’ Center of Excellence and Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business Administration, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), USA and holds a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management from Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), UK. Dr. Arora has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis and Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona. She was awarded Ph.D. in the area of Hypermedia CMEs from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. Dr. Arora is the winner of Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) faculty internship – Visiting Professor Program (VPP) 2010 in New York City. Dr. Arora has more than a decade of industrial and academic experience.

Dr. Susan Forquer Gupta, AIB-SE 2016 Conference Chair

Dr. Susan Gupta is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Monmouth University. Her research is focused on cross cultural differences in managerial decision making (B2B), culture measures, as well as cultural differences in brand meaning and branding in global markets. She has published in Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal (CCM), the International Marketing Review (IMR), Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing (JBIM), and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, among others. She spent a semester as a visiting scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (1995) and has given a number of invited speaker presentations around the globe, including India, Czech Republic, Hungary, and the United States. She has served in a number of officer roles including president of the Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB), which supports mentoring, networking, and gender research in international business, as well as was appointed to the AIB Strategy Committee, and chaired its subcommittee the AIB Membership Task Force. Previous to her current position at Monmouth University, she was on the marketing faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



Dr. Jeff Kappen, AIB-SE 2016 Academic Program Chair

Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen is an assistant professor of International Business at Drake University. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Beloit College in International Relations and Modern Languages, an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. His current research projects look at integration efforts among emerging markets such as the BRICS, transnational institutions and networks, and the role of language in multinational firms. Before returning to academia, Dr. Kappen spent ten years working with companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100, which included over three years working and studying in Europe and South America.



Dr. Stanford Westjohn, AIB-SE 2016 Communications and Membership Director

Stan is assistant professor of marketing and international business at The University of Toledo. While his research record demonstrates an ability to successfully cover a variety of topics, his primary focus is on consumer level research, particularly as it relates to international marketing.   He has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review. In addition, his work has been recognized with awards from AMA, AIB, MMA and International Marketing Review.

Dr. Irina Naoumova, AIB-SE 2016 Sponsorship Director

Dr. Irina Naoumova is an associate professor of management and the Director of the Barney Institute for Entrepreneurship at the University of Hartford.

Irina has published over 80 research and conference papers, workshop materials and monographs, including in the Journal of International Business Studies, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and Journal of World Business.

She is a member of the Board of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, a consortium of American and East European universities registered under the umbrella of UNESCO. She also serves as an expert to the UN Economic Commission for Europe on SME good governance. Together with the group of five international experts, she was involved in the extensive work on suggestions for the Black Sea Region countries on coordination of SME support. As an expert consultant for small companies Irina enjoys ongoing relationship with her clients in USA, Russia, Central Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.


Dr. Mohamad (Mo) Sepehri, Treasurer

Mo Sepehri has a double Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has over 30 years of experience in market analysis and research. Prior to his graduate education, Mo served at several international corporations as the Director of Marketing, Director of the International Division, and the Assistant General Manager (VP level). He is a consultant and research analyst to business corporations, and has served as expert advisor and consultant to a number of city, county, and state governments in the areas of consumer research, transportation, market feasibility, economic impact and the “Blue Laws”.

Mo has written numerous scholarly works that have been published in professional publications. The ranges of topics include information technology and global business, leadership for the twenty first century, curriculum studies, behavioral and consumer market studies, and securities and exchange market analyses. He has been acknowledged in the Journal of Operations Management as an “outstanding contributor” on several occasions. Mo is a member of China Business Education Council in Jacksonville and is a board member/executive officer of the Academy of International Business–Southeast (USA) and he currently serves as the treasurer. He also serves on the Executive Board of the International Visitor Corps in Jacksonville and he has the designation of Citizen Diplomat by the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Peter Magnusson, AIB-SE 2016 Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Peter Magnusson is an associate professor of international marketing at the University of Alabama. He served as the AIB-SE 2013 Conference Program Chair, the 2014 AIB-SE Conference Chair, 2015 AIB SE Chapter Chair and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of AIB SE.

Dr. Magnusson’s research is focused on issues related to international marketing strategy, including export marketing and localization vs. standardization. Another stream of research is focused on issues related to country of origin and global branding. His research has been published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Development Processes, and International Marketing Review, among others. He also serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review.


Dr. Matthew C. Mitchell, AIB-SE Past Chair

Matthew C. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of International Business at Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration. He earned his PhD from the nation’s top ranked International Business program at the University of South Carolina. Before pursuing a PhD, Matthew worked in the global telecommunications industry. In 2001 he was a member of the global team that rolled-out the first Sony, Ericsson, and Nokia PDA/smart-phones in Europe. Matthew has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries and has been invited as a consultant and guest lecturer in companies, NGOs, and universities around the world. Matthew’s research investigates organizational legitimacy, culture, and the relationship between business and religion during times of globalization and increasing environmental uncertainty. His most recent research project involved interviewing more than 80 religious clerics and global executives across four countries – Egypt, Israel, Sweden, and the United States.