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The Faculty

Professor Alan Beckenstein, A.B., Lafayette College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor Beckenstein is the Area Coordinator for the Global Economies and Markets group at The Darden School. His areas of specialisation include global economies and markets and business-government relations. With his research and teaching also encompassing regulation issues and global competition Alan also consults to governmentagencies and international corporations. Prior to joining the DardenFaculty, Alan was a research associate of the Brookings Institution and was a management consultant. Alan demystifies economics and provides strong links between the theory and practical experiencesfor those in business and government. Alan has been a regular visitorto New Zealand and has widely consulted with New Zealand business leaders and Government over the last two decades.

Professor Alec Horniman A.B Middlebury College: M.B.A., University of California, D.B.A., Harvard University
Professor Horniman is Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of BusinessAdministration, and Senior Fellow in the Olsson Centre for the study ofApplied Ethics at the Darden School. His current teaching and research interests are in the areas of strategy, leadership and change, high performance business and the moral and ethical issues in leadership.Prior to joining Darden, Alec worked in the Military and in the aerospaceindustry. He has also served as a special consultant to the Secretary of Defence. Alec has a long-standing relationship with New Zealand business and Government organisations. He is passionate about leading for high performance and positively challenges the status quo.  

Professor Sankaran Venkataraman M.A., Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India; M.B.A., Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
MasterCard Professor of Business Administration and Research Director, Batten Institute, at the Darden School, University of Virginia.  He teaches,researches and consults in the areas of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. In 2008, the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management recognised his research as foundational to the field. Prior to joining the Darden team he was part of a group that created and developed a highly successful new business venture with Fortune 500 companies as well as with several small companies. His experiences and entrepreneurial background will be very relevant to the New Zealand environment.

Professor Geoffrey Lewis PhD (London) MBA Melbourne BAppSc Adelaide
Professorial Fellow — Strategy at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne, and a former faculty member at The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Geoff consults to leading corporations in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia in addition to his teaching and research activities and has conducted major strategic reviews for a broad range of organisations. Geoff’s association with the EY Executive Programme has been long-standing and his significant academic and business related experiences are practical and timely for New Zealand organisations.