Our faculty members are duly qualified and are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines and serve as advisors in guiding and assisting our students toward the completion of their specific educational programs. CIBU recognizes our faculty members as being instrumental in fulfilling our commitment of developing tomorrow’s global business leaders today.
Our faculty uses the Scandinavian methodology for teaching. That means your teachers work together so that your course work in all of your classes relates to each other. We even collaborate to make sure your workload is evenly spread across all your classes and across your semester.
Brian P. Hawkins, MBA – Acting President / Dean, Student Affairs
Dan Ershadi, MBA – Chief Financial Officer
Marcus Benniefield, DBA – Dean, Academic Affairs / Compliance Officer
Ognjen Kovacevic, M.A. – Librarian / Information Resource Manager
Prasha Singh, BSc – Comptroller
Teaching specialization: Business and Information Technology
Bachelor of Science Hotel and Restaurant Management Concentration in Accounting, Alliant International University
Teaching specialization: Accounting, Hospitality Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management
Jannet Armendariz serves as an instructor for CIBU MBA program. Jannet has her background in hospitality, accounting and marketing holds a Master’s Degree in international Business administration with emphasis in Marketing and a Bachelor in Hotel and Restaurant Administration with emphasis in Accounting both from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Currently employed as the Director of Services at The US Grant Hotel a Luxury Collection by Marriott for the past 4 years. She has over 17 years of experience in the hotel industry having worked in several departments such as Front Office, Accounting and Housekeeping. She has had the opportunity of task forcing and being part of the opening of new Starwood hotels such as W DC, W South Beach, Westin Lombard, Elemis Nebraska, Westin National Harbor, Sheraton Denver and Four Points by Sheraton Virginia.
Teaching specialization: Statistics, Methodology, Marketing, Research Methodology, Survey Methods
Teaching specialization: Business Communications, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management, Leadership, Business Strategy, English Composition, and Intercultural Communications
Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Economic History, Finance, Organizational Development and Culture
Master of Science Economics, Arizona State University
Teaching specialization: Economics
M.A., Organizational Leadership, Point Loma Nazarene University
Teaching specialization: Career Development, Leadership and Management, Organizational Development, Human Resources, and a variety of foundational business courses.
Susi Haugh, M.Ed., M.A.O. L., SPHR, offers over 25 years of business experience gained in a variety of industries, including hospitality, sales and marketing, staffing, not-for-profit, and higher education. A long-term member of university adjunct faculty teams, she has held several leadership positions and most recently served as Director of Business Programs for International Students at University of California, San Diego. She was an integral part of the establishment of a new AAA-rated property in San Diego as the HR Manager with The Lodge at Torrey Pines. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Spanish, she spent a year abroad in Mexico City. She has also been involved in career development and transition, having been a Certified Associate with Lee Hecht Harrison. She earned a Professional Certificate in HR Management from UCSD Extension, and her Master’s Degree from SDSU in Educational Technology, with ability to develop and deliver on-line courses as well as face-to-face. She is a Board-Certified Coach, and has recently completed a second master’s degree in in Organizational Leadership from PLNU. Passionate about helping others identify and use their strengths to the best of their ability, she is also trained and certified in administering and evaluating results through Gallup’s StrengthsFinder. She is a member of CIBU’s international adjunct team, having taught in both Wenzhou University, China, and Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam. Feel free to check out her LinkedIn profile! https://www.linkedin.com/in/susihaugh/
A graduate of the University of San Diego and Thunderbird. In 1993, Brian founded an agency, Catalyst Marketing, emphasizing strategic marketing, advertising, branding, sales and special event planning. He has lived and worked in Italy, France, and Denmark, and he speaks 6 languages. Brian’s agency managed clients in Mexico, South Africa and Europe including; AT&T, Kellogg’s, Kimberly Clark, BMW, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Monsanto, True Value Hardware, American Red Cross, Reuben H Fleet Science Center, City of San Diego, and California State Parks.
With more than 20 years professional experience in marketing, advertising, market research, retail marketing, public relations and promotions in the US, Europe and Africa, Brian has worked with retailers, product manufacturers, service providers, governmental and non-governmental agencies and media organizations. A serial entrepreneur, in 2013, he joined two partners in creating StyleSeek™ (www.styleseek.com), a style-based algorithm capable of connecting consumers with brands and retailers in a highly accurate manner, that company has since been acquired by Raise. In 2014, he crowdfunded PreFAB Space (www.prefabsd.com), a combination co-working, special event, pop-up retail space for start-up entrepreneurs in the lifestyle industry. In just one year, he successfully incubated 10 start-ups.
Brian has been teaching marketing, advertising, creative copy writing, cause marketing, trend spotting, and global business courses since 1999 at UCSD. In 2009, he joined the faculty of California International Business University, where he is today Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Special Programs.
Teaching specialization: Human Resource Management, Event Management, Business Internship, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
Teaching specialization: Marketing, Strategic Global Management, Business Law, Business Ethics, Management
Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major, Sociology minor
Teaching specialization: Business Ethics, Business Law, Sociology, Psychology, graduate instructor, undergraduate instructor
Avneet Sidhu is a San Diego attorney, advising private and public entity clients on matters involving real property, environmental compliance, land use entitlement, and development. In the private sector, she advises clients on purchase and sale agreements and leases, appraisals related to highest and best use, financing documents and title issues. The assets involved with each deal vary, and include vacant land, single family residences, retail centers, and office buildings. In the public sector, Avneet serves as Deputy City Attorney for the city of San Marcos where she provides legal counsel for the Planning Commission.
Avneet is also adjunct professor at California International Business University. As a teacher, Avneet uses her legal background and research skills to provide high-level instruction and analysis, with the goal of practical application across fields. In addition to teaching business, law, and ethics courses, Avneet’s expertise spans a wide range of social impact areas, including psychology, sociology, and criminology; and, specific topics including jury decision-making, adolescent health, and research methodology
Throughout her legal career and as a teacher, Avneet focuses on developing and encouraging in others the critical thinking, clear communication skills, and quantitative and qualitative analysis necessary for success across fields.
Bachelor of Arts Economics, San Diego State University
Teaching specialization: Business Law, Business Ethics, American Government, doctoral instructor, graduate instructor, undergraduate instructor
Judge Sturgeon has over 40 years’ experience in the legal field. He was a criminal trial attorney before being appointed to the bench in 1988. The San Diego Trial Lawyers Association named him 1990 and 2014 Trial Judge of the Year. Judge Sturgeon is the former Dean of the California Judicial College. He has taught many classes in Business Ethics and Legal Studies for many years. He has sat on many boards of directors of various organizations in which ethics play a part.
Judge Sturgeon also has served as guest speaker for a variety of community organizations and clubs. Some of his speaking topics include domestic violence, driving under the influence law, civil litigation, criminal litigation, and ethics in the courtroom. Judge Sturgeon continues to be an active speaker on a variety of community subjects.
Teaching specialization: Strategic Global Marketing, Executive Leadership
Teaching specialization: International Politics and Economics, Economic Development, International Management
Dr. Wendt serves as the president for CIBU and is also a professor at the MBA program. He has a background in international economics and holds a Ph.D. and MSc from Roskilde University in Denmark. Before joining CIBU, Dr. Wendt was a senior adviser working with innovation policy and international trade under the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has worked several years as international adviser and trade expert at the Confederation of Danish industry and has advised the Danish Government and the European Commission on Free Trade Agreements. Dr. Wendt has been research fellow and external lecturer at Roskilde University and published a number of articles and teaching material within international politics and economics.
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Dr. Sharghi has taught at a number of universities both on-ground and online for the past 30 years and produced and edited books in the areas of finance and accounting for managers. His specialties include managerial finance, managerial economics and international marketing, business and finance. Additional professional and academic experiences include: Financial Manager of Security Pacific Corporation, Asset/Liability Management ($14 Billion); Financial Manager of Great American Bank, Budget and Financial Planning Group; Member of American Financial Association; and faculty member at the College of Business Administration, California State University. Dr. Sharghi teaches in the areas of Finance, Economics and Management.