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The Faculty

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, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research UVA Darden School of Business
An internationally renowned scholar and educator in the field of entrepreneurship, "Venkat" teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. As a corporate planning executive in a major Indian firm, he was a part of a founding team that created and developed a highly successful new business venture. He consults with Fortune 500 firms and advises companies, universities and governments on strategy. He has been a speaker and adviser for the Entrepreneurial Forum, a program of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce aimed at promoting trade through entrepreneurship around the world. The Academy of Management, the largest professional body of management educators in the world, has recognized his ground breaking research by awarding him the inaugural IDEA award for Foundational Research in entrepreneurship. He has taught in New Zealand for 10 years.

Professor Alec Horniman, Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration
Professor Horniman teaches in the ethics, strategy and leadership areas at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He has taught in New Zealand for 24 years. He is also a senior fellow in the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics and served as founding director of the Olsson Center, one of the first university-based ethics centers. Horniman has developed a number of executive education experiences ranging in length from several days to multiple weeks. His current teaching and research interests focus on the areas of strategy, leadership, individual and organizational change, high performance, and the moral and ethical issues of leadership.

Before joining Darden, he spent a number of years in the United States Army and with the aerospace firm of North American Aviation. While doing doctoral work, he was a special consultant to the secretary of defense. He also taught at California State at Northridge and Suffolk University in Boston.

Francis E. Warnock, the James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration,
Warnock is an expert on international capital flows, international portfolio allocation and financial sector development. His professional career started on Wall Street, where he was a commodity trading advisor and before coming to Darden, Warnock developed his expertise in international capital flows as a senior economist in the international finance division at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Warnock is research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, senior fellow at the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and consultant in Bloomberg's Financial Products Group. He is a serial consultant at the European Central Bank and the Bank for International Settlements Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific.

In the recent past, he has been a research fellow at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Council for Foreign Relations; co-led a multi-team Inter-American Development Bank project on housing finance systems in Latin America; and been a consultant to the IMF and to the World Bank.
His work has been featured in the Financial Times, the Economist, Barron's, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and his publications have appeared in a number of international top tier journals.

He was recently awarded the All-University Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Virginia

Martin Davidson, Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
Martin Davidson teaches, conducts research and consults with global leaders on how they can use diversity strategically to generate superior business performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top managerial and academic publications including Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and the International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries.

His book, " The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed," introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diverse and inclusive organizations.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs, he consults with a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies and social profit organizations. He has been a member of the Darden faculty since 1998. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work and to view his weekly blog, "In My Opinion,"
visit www.leveragingdifference.com