Faculty- Business and Management

Department Administration

Department Head

Dr. Nikolaos Antonakakis
Country of Origin: Greece
Current Position: Department Head, Associate Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: BSc in Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, 2005; MSc in International and Financial Economics, University of Strathclyde, 2006; PhD in Economics, University of Strathclyde, 2010
Academic Area: Economics; Webster 2015 - present
E-Mail: nikolaos.antonakakis@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Mon 15:30-17:00 and by individual appointment

Department Coordinator

Mag. Daniela Machian
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Business and Management Department Coordinator, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: Magister, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 2006
E-Mail: daniela.machian@webster.ac.at

Office Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00-17:00, Fri 9:00-13:00

Graduate Advisor

Dr. Luba Habodaszova
Country of Origin: Slovakia
Current Position: Graduate Advisor & Faculty Member, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: BA, University of Economics, Bratislava, 1994; MA, Department of Economics, Central European University, Prague, 1995; Doctorate, Department of Economics, Indiana University, 2003
Academic Area: Economics; Webster, 2005 – present
E-Mail: luba.habodaszova@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Mon 15:30-17:00 and by individual appointment

Undergraduate Advisor

Mag. Ralph Schoellhammer, MA
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Enrollment Manager, Faculty Member, Undergraduate Advisor & Coordinator of the ECON Reading Group
Education: ABD (Political Science), University of Kentucky (Exp. 2014); MA, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2013; Magister (Economics) Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, 2007
Academic Area: Macroeconomics, Political Theory, Geopolitics; Webster, 2013 – present
E-Mail: ralph.schoellhammer@webster.ac.at

Research Faculty

Dr. Maria Madlberger
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Full Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: Magister, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 1998; Doctorate, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 2002; Habilitation, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 2009
Academic Area: Business, Marketing, and Information Technology; Webster, 2009 – present
E-Mail: maria.madlberger@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall 1, 2016): Wed 16:00-17:00 and by individual appointment
Office Hours (Fall 2, 2016): Wed 13:00-14:00 and by individual appointment

Dr. Pernille Eskerod
Country of Origin: Denmark
Current Position: Full Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: BSc and MSc Economics and Business Administration, Aarhus School of Business, 1989 and 1992; PhD Management, Southern Denmark Business School, 1996
Academic Area: Management; Webster 2015 - present
E-Mail: pernille.eskerod@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Wed 16:00-18:00 and by individual appointment

Dr. Nada Mumdziev
Country of Origin: Croatia
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: MSc in Business Economics, University of Split, 2005; PhD in Management, University of Vienna, 2013
Academic Area: International Management; Webster 2015 - present
E-Mail: nada.mumdziev@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Wed 10:00-12:00 and by individual appointment

Dr. Vassilis Polimenis
Country of Origin: Greece
Current Position: Visiting Full Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Other Position: Associate Professor of Finance, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Education: PhD Finance, Wharton Business School – University of Pennsylvania, 2001; MSc Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1991; Dipl.-Ing. Computer Engineering, University of Patras, 1989
Academic Area: Finance
E-Mail: vassilis.polimenis@webster.ac.at

Faculty Members

Mr. Christian Newman, MSe
Country of Origin: United States of America
Current Position: Faculty Member, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: BS and MS, Portland State University, 1994 and 1996
Academic Area: Business, Economics, Management; Webster, 2000 – present
E-Mail: christian.newman@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Mon 15:00-17:00 and by individual appointment

Prof. Dr. Menbere Workie Tiruneh, Ph.D.
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Current Position: Associate Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: Professor of economics (2014). University of Economics, Bratislava; Habilitation (2008). Field of specialization: Finance, Banking and Investments – University of economics, Slovakia; PhD in Development Economics (2004), University of Munich, Germany; PhD in Finances, Banking and Investments (2000), University of Economics, Bratislava
Academic Area: Economics, Finance
E-Mail: menbere.workie@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Tu 15:00-17:30 and by individual appointment

Mr. Johan Winbladh, MSc
Country of Origin: Sweden
Current Position: Faculty Member
Education: MSc Stockholm School of Economics
Academic Area: Finance and Investments
E-Mail: johan.winbladh@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Mon & Thu 16:00-18:00 and by individual appointment

Mr. Emil Tsenov, MBA
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Current Position: Faculty Member
Education: BA, American University in Bulgaria, 1995; MA, Sofia University (Bulgaria), 1996: M.B.A., INSEAD Fontainebleau (France), 1999
Academic Area: Marketing
E-Mail: emil.tsenov@webster.ac.at

Office Hours (Fall, 2016): Mon 15:30-17:00 and by individual appointment

Mr. Ibrahim Wazir, MA
Country of Origin: Lebanon
Current Position: Teacher, American International School of Vienna
Education: B.A., Haigazian College, 1973; M.A., Webster Vienna, 1982
Academic Area: Mathematics (Math Coordinator); Webster, 1984 – present

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Florin Abazi
Country of Origin: Macedonia
Current Position: Programme Coordinator (IT Specialist), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – Vienna
Education: BA, Webster Vienna, 1999; MA, Webster Vienna, 2002
Academic Area: Information Technology (IT Coordinator); Webster, 2001 – present

Dr. Mehdi Ali
Country of Origin: Iraq
Current Position: President, Mehdi Ali Associates, International Advisory and Consultancy, Vienna
Education: BS, Economics, University of Baghdad, Iraq, 1965;
MSc Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science;
Doctorate in Economics, University of Cambridge, England, 1975
Academic Area: Economics; Webster, 2005 – present

Ms. Edita Bečič, MA
Country of Origin: Slovenia
Current Position: Senior Franchise Consultant and Recruitment Manager
Education: BA in International Business and MA in National Economy, 2004 and 2007, University of Ljubljana
Academic Area: Entrepreneurship; Webster, 2016 – present

Mag. Katharina Brazda
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Business and Management
Education: Magister, Geophysics, University of Vienna, 2007
Academic Area: Mathematics; Webster, 2014 – present

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Claus Ebster
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Associate Professor, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, University of Vienna; President, Market Mentor Consulting
Education: Magister, University of Vienna, 1989; M.B.A., Fordham University, 1991; MS, Northwestern University, 1992; Doctorate, University of Vienna, 2000; Habilitation, University of Vienna, 2007
Academic Area: Marketing, Management; Webster, 2002 – present

Ms. Sharon Cooper Ehrlich, MBA
Country of Origin: United States of America
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Business
Education: MBA, Adelphi University, New York; 1994
Academic Area: Business; Webster, 2015 – present

Mr. Alaa’a El-Husseini, MSc, MBA
Country of Origin: Palestine
Current Position: Al Habtoor Group,Chief Operating Officer (2007 – 2012); Adjunct Faculty, Finance
Education: Doctoral of BA (DBA) Program, Grenoble Ecole de Management; MBA, Professional Finance, Danube University Krems, 2009; MSc, International Hotel Management, University of Surrey, 1993
Academic Area: Finance; Webster, 2013 – present

Mr. Massimiliano Falcinelli
Country of Origin: Italy
Current Position: Head of Security Infrastructure, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna
Education: Electronic Engineering, University of Perugia
Academic Area: Information Technology; Webster, 2014 – present

Dr. Paul Martin Frentz
Country of Origin: Germany
Current Position: Founder/CEO, Frenz Cross Cultural Consulting, Vienna
Education: Dipl. Kfm. and PhD, University of Hamburg, 1981 and 1989; MPA, Harvard University, 1991
Academic Area: Management; Webster, 2013 – present

Dr. Eric Frey
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Managing Editor, Der Standard, Vienna
Education: BA and MPA, Princeton University, 1985 and 1986; Doctorate, University of Vienna, 2001
Academic Area: International Relations; Webster, 2004 – present

Ms. Samia Geldner, MA
Country of Origin: Libya/Germany
Current Position: English Department Head, Webster Vienna Private University
Education: BA,The American College of Switzerland, 1983; MA, Stanford University, 1989
Academic Area: English as a Second Language; Composition, English Literature; Webster, 1989 – present

DI Daria Horvat, MBA
Country of Origin: Slovenia
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Business and Management
Education: MSc, Technical Physics, Technical University Graz 2001; MBA, Webster Vienna Private University, 2006
Academic Area: Mathematics; Webster, 2015 - present

Dipl. Ing. Remzi Kirkgoeze
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Business and Management
Academic Area: Information Technology; Webster, 2014 – present

Dr. Christian Kreuzer
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Director of the Department of Finance, Accounting and Taxation, FHW University, Vienna
Education: Magister and Doctorate, University of Vienna, 1988 and 1995
Academic Area: Finance; Webster 1998 – present

Dr. Noriyuki Kushida
Country of Origin: Japan
Current Position: Software Engineer: CTBTO: International Data Centre/Scientific Applicaton
Education: PhD in Quantum Engineering and Systems Science, University of Tokyo, 2005
Academic Area: IT; Webster 2016 – present

Mr. Charles La Fond, MBA
Country of Origin: United States of America
Current Position: Independent Trainer and Consultant
Education: B.A., St. John’ s University, 1978; M.B.A., Thunderbird School of Global Management, 1980
Academic Area: Management; Webster, 1992 – present

Mag. Paola Lopez
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Mathematics
Education: Magister, Mathematics, University of Vienna, 2013
Academic Area: Mathematics; Webster, 2015 – present

Mr. David Pamphlett, MA, FCA
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Current Position: Adjunct Professor, Business and Management
Education: BA, University of Wales; MA, Webster Vienna; FCA Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Academic Area: Accounting, Management, Marketing; Webster, 1995 – present

Mr. Scott Partee, MS
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Business and Management
Academic Area: Information Technology; Webster, 2014 – present

Mag. Svetlana Pehlivanova-Porenta
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Current Position: Independent Business Consulting, Vienna,  April 2008 - present
Education: Executive MBA, Donau Universität Krems, Austria, 2000
Academic Area: Management Theory and Practices; Webster, 2008 – present

Dr. Hanno Poeschl, MSc, MBA
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Director of Studies, Lauder Business School, Vienna; Lecturer at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems/Austria; Lecturer at FH BFI University of applied sciences
Education: BA, Lycée Francais de Vienne, 1986, MBA Open University Business School Milton Keynes
Academic Area: Finance, Strategic Management, General Management; Webster, 2004 – present

Dr. Rudolf Rössel, MBA
Country of Origin: Slovakia
Current Position: Consultancy, Chief Technology Officer, Premier Heart CEE, Lecturer, City University of Seattle, Bratislava
Education: BS, City University of Seattle, 1999; MBA, City University of Seattle, 2002; PhD, School Of Management in Trencin, 2016
Academic Area: Computer Science; Webster, 2010 – present

Mag. Walter Schönthaler
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Head of Marketing & Communications, TÜV AUSTRIA Holding AG
Education: Magister, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, 1978
Academic Area: Marketing, Management; Webster, 2012 – present

Dr. Roman G. Seligo
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Partner, Ward Howell International
Education: Magister and Doctorate, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, 1997 and 2000
Academic Area: Marketing, Sales; Webster 2014 – present

Dr. A. Nicholas Simon
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Attorney, law firm Andréewitch & Simon
Education: BA, Haverford College, 1977; JD, Boston University School of Law, 1980; Doctorate, University of Vienna, 1985
Academic Area: Business Law; Webster, 1985 – present

Dr. Julia Skobeleva
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: dream-plan-act Vienna. Austria, Managing Partner Good Brand, Senior Consultant
Education: Doctorate, Economics and Business Administration, Vienna University of Business Administration, 1984
Academic Area: Economics, Global Competitive strategies; Webster, 2011 – present

Mag. Claudia Suarez-Gapp, MBA
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Director of Consumer Insights DACH, BE, NL; Prokurist, the Nielsen Company
Education: Magister Business Administration, Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, 1989; M.B.A., London Business School, London and Instituto de Empresa , Madrid, 1991
Academic Area: Marketing; Webster, 2015 – present

Mr. Miguel Suarez Vasquez, MSc, MBA
Country of Origin: Peru
Current Position: Director of Supply Chain Center of Excellence, Swarovski
Education: MSc, Pontificia Universidad Católica, 1989; MBA, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid & London Business School, London, 1991
Academic Area: Business; Webster, 2014 – present

Dipl. Kfm. Peter Sunley
Country of Origin: New Zealand/Austria
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Webster Vienna
Education: Dipl. Kfm., University of Vienna, 1968
Academic Area: Marketing; Webster, 1988 – present

Mr. Gordon van der Veen, MA
Country of Origin: India
Current Position: Managing Partner, Van Der Veen Management Services KG; Managing Director, Management Systems Integration Limited
Education: B.Com., Bangalore University, 1974; Postgraduate Diploma, St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration, 1977; MA, Webster Vienna, 1985
Academic Area: Accounting, Finance, Management; Webster, 1989 – present

Mr. Ioan Stelian Vlad, MS
Country of Origin: Romania
Current Position: Systems Analyst-Programmer, International Atromic Energy Agency (Vienna)
Education: MS, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 1986
Academic Area: Computer Science; Webster, 2002 – present

Dr. Rania Wazir
Country of Origin: Austria/Lebanon
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics
Education: BSc, Stanford University, 1995; MSc and PhD, Brown University, 1998, 2001
Academic Area: Mathematics; Webster, 2012 – present

Dipl.Kfm. Norbert Wetzel, MBA
Country of Origin: Austria
Current Position: Member of the Board of IBM Österreich Pensionskasse AG; Adjunct Faculty, Business and Management
Education: Dipl.Kfm., Hochschule für Welthandel, 1962; MBA, Columbia Business School (Columbia University), New York City, 1964
Academic Area: Finance and Human Resources Management; Webster; 1992 - present