krueger aAnne O. Krueger

Professor of International Economics; Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; The Johns Hopkins University
Degrees: Ph.D. (Economics) University of Wisconsin, 1958
M.S. (Economics) University of Wisconsin, 1956
B.A. (Economics) Oberlin College, 1953

Previous Employment:
Special Advisor to the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, 2006-2007
First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, 2001-2006
Stanford University, 1993-2001
Herald L. and Caroline L. Ritch Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Economics Director, Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution Duke University, 1987-1993, Arts and Sciences Professor of Economics
The World Bank, 1982-86, Vice President, Economics and Research
University of Minnesota 1966-1982 Professor of Economics

gazaryan aArtashes Gazaryan

Since 1992, Dr Gazaryan has been active as a consultant for many international bodies – UNCHS Habitat, UNDP, OSI, the Council of Europe (from 1994-2004 he was a member of the CE Committee of Independent Experts), the World Bank, etc., and has participated in numerous technical assistance projects in CEE and CIS, often in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and other Western institutions. From 1993 to 2000, he was a leading lecturer of the Master’s Course on Public Administration and Management at Klaipeda University.

Meanwhile, he served as a leading trainer to the School of Democracy and Administration, conducting a wide range of training interventions for different business organizations in Lithuania and Russia. His main topics were Problem Solving, Information Processes, Quality Management (in 1998, he was registered by IRCA as a QMS auditor), Marketing and Strategic Management, as well as Training Trainers (in May 2006, he directed a TOT on Organizational Development for trainers from 10 CEE countries). Since 2003, he has been conducting training courses on Problem Solving and Project Management for MBA students at the Academy of Public Economy, affiliated with the Government of Russia. Currently, his main occupation is providing consulting and training interventions for developing organizations and businesses.

He has published four books in Russian (Informational Provision for the Management Process in 1987, Theoretical and Practical Pre-requisites and Problems of Local Self-Government Organization in Post Totalitarian Societies in 1992, Methodological Foundations for Strategic Planning in 2003, The Manager and Organization in 2011) and one book in English (Organizational Development: the Manual for Managers and Trainers in 2006), as well as about 70 articles in various magazines, published in 15 countries. Since 1993, he has been a Member-Correspondent of the Scientific Committee of the Assembly of European Regions (Barcelona); since 1997, he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Municipal Management Magazine (Moscow), and since 1999 he has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Review of Administrative Sciences (Brussels). From 2000 to 2004, he was President of the Lithuanian Association of Management Advisors (AMA).

simonov aAndrei Simonov

Professor Simonov is Associate Professor at the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, where he teaches finance to undergraduates, MBA students, and doctoral candidates. Prior to this, he taught at the Stockholm School of Economics and the School of Business at Stockholm University. He is also the J.P. Morgan Visiting Professor at the New Economic School in Moscow and worked as a research fellow at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. A recent recipient of the Hendrik Zwarensteyn Memorial Endowed Research Award, Professor Simonov earned an MS in Physics, a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Moscow State University, and a PhD in Finance from INSEAD.


Leonard KCarol S. Leonard

Carol Leonard was an Oxford University Lecturer in Regional Studies of the Post-Communist States and has been a Fellow at St. Anthony’s College since 1997. She has previously worked at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, the State University of New York, and at Harvard University’s Russian Research Centre. Dr. Leonard received her doctorate in history at Indiana University in Bloomington and has also studied at the California Institute of Technology. She has authored several books, the most recent being Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom (2010) and Privatization and Transition in Russia in the Early 1990s (with David Pitt-Watson) (Routledge Explorations in Economic History).





Sam PotolicchioSam Potolicchio

Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Sam Potolicchio teaches Politics and Public Policy and Research Methods for the Semester in Washington Program at Georgetown University and is the Distinguished Professor and Chair in Global Leadership Studies at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia's largest university.

Dr. Potolicchio is also the Senior Lecturer for the Lugar Academy of the University of Indianapolis. He is the founder, president, and academic director of the Preparing Global Leaders’ Summit in Moscow, Russia at the Russian Presidential Academy, Preparing Global Leaders Institute in Macedonia, and Preparing Global Leaders Academy in Amman, Jordan.

Potolicchio is the academic director for Georgetown’s Global Visiting Student Program and is a founding faculty member of programs in Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Hungary. He advises top political officials, business leaders, and governments in more than 20 countries, including CEO's, members of parliament, and high-ranking appointed officials in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe.

He is currently a lecturer on American Politics at Georgetown’s Global Education Institute where he lectures to high-level government officials and businessmen from China and Japan. He received a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Georgetown, his master's in Theological Studies from Harvard, and a bachelor's, master's and doctorate from Georgetown in Government.

strup alanChristopher Alan Stroop

Christopher Stroop holds a PhD in history and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities from Stanford University. Stroop’s dissertation, “Providential Empire: Russia’s Religious Intelligentsia and the First World War,” put forth an original interpretive framework for approaching Russian religious philosophy as Christian ideology, by focusing on the inherently political nature of the conception of Providence developed by Russian religious philosophers. In the process, it contributes to our understanding of the relationship between religion and nationalism. He further developed his concept of the “politics of Providentialism” in an article for The Russian Review, in which he also gestured toward a comparative perspective and stressed the importance of bringing religious ideas into modern intellectual history. Stroop continues to write and publish about Russian philosophy and religious thought in war and revolution, while he is also working on situating modern traditionalist Russian Christianity in a broader context. In addition to thinking broadly about how to cross-fertilize the emerging interdisciplinary literature on rethinking secularism with Russian studies, he is currently working on unpacking the influence of early twentieth-century Russian Christian intellectuals on Western religious anti-Communist discourse.




kovalchik dDorota Kowalczyk

Dorota has extensive teaching experience in a wide array of countries. Her professional experience includes prior work as a PhD intern at the European Central Bank (Germany), associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Poland), risk analyst at GE Money Bank (Poland), and junior researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Dorota served as a Teaching fellow at the European University at St. Petersburg (Russia) and the Gdynia Maritime University (Poland). She has also been a teaching fellow and instructor at the Ural Federal University (Russia). In 2011, Dorota joined the faculty of the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA Prague) and teaches MBA and BBA courses in investment, finance, and banking. She received the Czech National Bank Grant for Research Project No. C4/2009 (2009 – 2011), several scholarships and stipends, including a European Union scholarship to study at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden), participated in research seminars and conferences as well as in the McKinsey’s European Corporate Finance Summit (2007). Her academic expertise is in empirical finance, banking, and applied econometrics.




platzerLisandro Platzer

Lisandro Platzer, as an experienced executive in the Services and Real Estate industries, has being collaborating with RANEPA since 2010, offering mentorship, thesis supervision, leading lectures, master classes, and since 2014 has his own course of Business Process Management.

Mr. Platzer is the Deputy Managing Director in Hospitality and Retail Systems, the industry-leading solution provider in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, where he is responsible for the finances and operations of the group since 2015.

Living in Russia since 1993, Lisandro participated in the transformation and formation of the modern hospitality industry in Russia. A well-known industry executive, Lisandro ran different investment, real estate holdings, and hospitality groups, including Intourist Hotel Group and Korston Hotels and Malls, with properties and projects in Russia and across Europe. He started his development and hospitality management career with hotel openings in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Riga.

Lisandro is a Physicist from RPFU, Moscow and holds MBA degrees from the London Business School and Columbia University, Graduate School of Business.


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