EMBA Faculty

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Yusaf Akbar, 
International Business 
Business and Society
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Dr. Yusaf H. Akbar is Associate Professor in Management at the Central European University Business School in Budapest, Hungary. With extensive teaching, research and consulting experience in emerging markets, currently engaged in consulting and executive education in Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, he has recently completed Visiting Researcher positions at University of Trieste and the Wirtschaftsuniversiteit in Vienna. His consulting and professional references include bTV Bulgaria (division of Time-Warner), Citibank, Deutsche Telekom Telenor Globul, Siemens and Toyota. In addition, Yusaf has trained executives all over the world and across sectors: Stockholm School of Economics – FEM Leadership Program, WDI University of Michigan/SSE Riga – Strategic Management Program,  Jeronimo Martins Polska (JMP) – Business Development Seminar,  InBev Global Leadership Program – Senior Management from InBev’s operations in Central and East Europe and Latin America, ETEX – International Business Strategy Seminar – Top management from Latin America, Europe and Asia,  Raiffeisen Banking Academy – Strategy and Leadership Seminar,  CIB Banca San Paolo – Controlling and Management, Morgan Stanley – Strategic Management .

He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Air Transport Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Journal of World Business, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Thunderbird International Business Review and World Competition. He has published two books the first entitled EU Enlargement and Central Europe: Regulatory Convergence and the Multinational Enterprise and another volume, Global Antitrust: Trade and Competition Linkages.


Marenglen Berisha
Financial Accounting;
Managerial Accounting
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MBA in Management (Concentration in Accounting), Keller Graduate School of Management, New York, 2009
BA in Business Administration (Concentration in Accounting), American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, 2006 

Teaching Interests: Accounting and finance 

Research Interests: Risk management, banking, accounting education

Nedyalko Delchev, Public Speaking
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In 1985 Nedyalko Delchev studied Literature in Veliko Tarnovo University, where he received a headache and was bored to death by scholastic course offerings. Next academic year he moved to Sofia  and started his studies in the Law Department of Sofia University. For the next two years his family was happily foreseeing him in a velvet outfit, proclaiming justice, and performing up to the expectations of the respectful status quo. However, the stage of the court seemed to be too narrow for Delchev, and he suddenly derailed from what his parents thought would be a very promising career in law. He was spending his time in the theaters, art cinemas, fine art galleries and other inappropriate for one serious young man places… Finally he disappointed them completely by graduating from National Academy for Theatre and Cinema Arts (NATFIZ).The shameful fact occurred in 1992. None of his parents attended the sorrowful event. Actually there was no such event, because the diploma was given to his secretary.
Later on, Delchev studied Theatre Management in the UK and Film Studies – again in NATFIZ (he never stopped studying considering this as a state of mind rather than a process of obtaining a degree). More importantly, when Delchev was 21 years old he created a self-study plan with approximately 142 semesters and expected year of graduation: 2057.

Dimo Dimov, Entrepreneurship
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Dimo Dimov is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. He brings eclectic rigor to understanding and managing entrepreneurship as a journey. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Business Venturing Insights and has been recognized as one of the top 100 professors of entrepreneurship worldwide. Dimo holds a PhD from London Business School and has been on the faculties at Newcastle University (UK), University of Connecticut (USA), and IE Business School (Spain). Before entering academia, he was finance director with Marriott International, overseeing two hospitality businesses in Budapest, Hungary.

Dimo’s expertise is in the initiation, acceleration, and funding of entrepreneurial ventures. He has received much academic acclaim for his research, synthesized in a recent book, The Reflective Entrepreneur. Dimo teaches entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance across all programme levels and works with both start-ups and established companies to facilitate the development of mindsets and structures for innovative performance.


Didar Erdinç, Ph.D.
Managerial Economics
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Didar Erdinc teaches econometrics, advanced macroeconomics (micro foundations of macroeconomics), economics of reform and transition, European economic integration and European enlargement. She has a number of publications in the field of credit markets, business cycles, monetary policy, asymmetric information, Bulgarian banking, monetary policy in the Euro zone, EU enlargement. 

Prof. Erdinç holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California, U.S.A., where in 1989 she earned her M.A. in Economics. He previously graduated Economics at the Economics Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Michelle Jezycki,
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Ms. Jezycki is the President of Trifecta Consulting based in Washington DC with an office in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She has 26 years of Human Resources Management experience and has served as the HR Director for the United States Senate. Ms. Jezycki serves clients in the US, as well as abroad and specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, performance management, team building and assessment and strategic planning. Ms. Jezycki brings her real life experience into the classroom, providing viable scenarios and current events to her students for the most applicable and realistic experience possible.

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Daniela Kolusheva,
Corporate Finance
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After graduating from the American University in Bulgaria with dual degrees in Economics and Business Administration, Daniela started off her career as assistant financial controller in the manufacturing of power tools industry and then supervised the management accounting department of the water utility company in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

In 2004 Daniela moved to Boston, USA to complete a PhD degree in International Economics and Finance focusing on portfolio construction. In the USA, Daniela worked as quantitative research associate at State Street Global Advisors, and taught a variety of courses in statistics, applied econometrics and international monetary economics at Harvard University and Brandeis University.

In 2010, Daniela became an Assistant Professor in Finance at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Over the course of her academic career, Daniela has taught a variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD-level courses in the fields of Finance, Data Analysis and Forecasting.

Daniela’s research has been presented at various academic and professional conferences in the USA, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands. More recently, in her research agenda, Daniela has been focusing on advanced analytics in fraud detection and credit risk. Daniela is currently working as a data scientist and analytics consultant for the R&D group of Experian, a global information services company.

Vinod Lall, Ph.D.
Operations Management;
Supply Chain Management
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Vinod Lall, Ph.D., CSCP is the co-chair and  professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the AACSB accredited Paseka School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with teaching responsibilities in supply chain management, operations management, project management and business analytics. He was the team lead in developing a joint program in Business Analytics with Computer Science and Mathematics department and a joint program in Global Supply Chain Management with Project Management department.

Since 2003, he has been involved in offering a graduate course in logistics and supply chain management to US Navy personnel through the Department of Engineering Management at Old Dominion University.  Every Summer and Fall Semester, he teaches an Executive MBA course in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management for American University Bulgaria at the Elieff Center in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Other international teaching assignments at the graduate level have taken Vinod to Ecuador, India and Thailand. He has designed, developed and delivered online MBA courses in Operations and Supply Chain Management for numerous institutes.

He has an active research agenda and has been successful in meeting his personal goal of one peer reviewed journal article very year since 2000. Vinod’s recent research activities have focused on the application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) for selection decisions, application of the Six Sigma methodology to services and transactional data and Supply Chain Management for Disaster Recovery and Humanitarian Efforts.

In August 2006, Vinod earned the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential by APICS, The American Society for Operations Management. In 2013, he was appointed to be a member of the CSCP subcommittee.  The subcommittee is responsible for developing and maintaining the CSCP body of knowledge. In January 2017, he was selected to be the subject matter expert team lead to develop CourXam modules for Operations Management. CourXam is a product with content and exam being developed by Cengage Learning.

Vinod and his wife Rita have been married for 31 years.  They are the proud parents of two daughters - Naveena (24) and Anjali who unexpectedly passed away is June 2014 at the age of 18.

Luis Filipe Lages, Marketing, Innovation and International Business
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Luís Filipe Lages (PhD Warwick, Post-Doc MIT & Stanford) is the Creator of the Value Creation Wheel. He is Full Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal. He held(s) visiting positions in several schools across the globe such as AUGB, London Business School, MIT-Engineering School, MIT-Sloan School of Management and Stanford-Graduate School of Business. His fields of consultancy, teaching and research are problem-solving, value creation, marketing strategy, international marketing, innovation and technology transfer to the market. His work has been presented to corporate, business, governmental and university audiences across the globe and appeared in the main international business media such as Time & Wall Street Journal. He has spent over two decades developing the Value Creation Wheel (VCW), a real-life problem solving framework which helps to solve the top priority problems, challenges and paradoxes of organizations (from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies), governments, societies, and individuals.

His research has been published in more than 30 peer reviewed journal articles and over 100 conference proceedings. His work in the fields of Innovation, Value Creation, Marketing, and International Business is published in leading refereed journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and R&D Management. Among others, he is on the Editorial Board of International Marketing Review.

e-mail:  lflages@novasbe.pt  www.lflages.com  www.valuecreationweheel.com


Stephen McGuire, Ph.D.
Organizational Design and Management
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Steve McGuire is a Professor of Management and Director of theEntrepreneurship Institute at California State University, Los Angeles, where he received the university Outstanding Professor Award. He previously taught at Georgetown University (Washington), the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon), Moscow University Touro (Moscow), and The George Washington University (Washington), where he was awarded the Bender Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Steve is a former partner of the HayGroup, where he was CEO of Hay Portugal and later Director, Hay International Business Group. He worked as a management consultant for major organizations in 23 countries. In Los Angeles, Steve works one-on-one with students and members of the community to move from a business idea to a business plan to a new venture. His carries out empirical and case study research on culture and entrepreneurship, and the relationships between cultural values, conflict styles, ethics, and entrepreneurship among people in different countries. 

Steve McGuire has a PhD in Business Administration from The George Washington University, B.A. at Providence College, and M.B.A. at IESE (Barcelona), Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT), The University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal), and The Sorbonne (Paris).

Lucia Miree, Ph.D. Human Resources Management
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Lucia Miree has been a professor for over thirty years. She has lived and worked overseas with the last twelve years in Bulgaria. She is currently a Dean of Faculty and Professor of Business at AUBG where she teaches Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and a number of elective seminars in compensation and benefits, training, and performance management.

Lucia Miree graduated from Florida State University with her masters and doctorate work in Organizational Behavior and Communication. She later completed a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in healthcare management in Boston University. She has an undergraduate degree in foreign languages (Spanish and French) from Auburn University.


Thomas Higgins, Social Entrepreneurship 
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Thomas Higgins is an investor, development professional, and social entrepreneur, who has been living and working in Bulgaria for the past 21 years. Tom is CEO and Co-Founder of Yatoto, a social network and syndicated digital advertising network specializing in renewable advertising, and Co-Managing Partner of Empower Capital. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of AUBG, a member of the Advisory Board of Teach For Bulgaria and a member of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria.


Desislava Dikova, Business Strategy
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Desislava Dikova is Professor in International Business CEE focus at WU Wien/ Vienna University of Economics & Business. She previosuly held positions at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and King's College London, the UK. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, an Executive Master in International and European relations from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and a Master of Science in International Economics from the Academy of Economics D.A.Tzenov, Bulgaria.

Desislava Dikova  is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of East West Business (published by Taylor Francis) and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Business Studies since 2007 and serves as an add hoc reviewer for multiple journals such as International Business Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies and others. For her outstanding research she has been awarded twice the Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award (2007, 2009), the 2009 WAIB Emerald Award for Highly Commended Paper, she has also been the Academy of International Business Best Paper Nominee in 2009, and the Academy of Management International Management Best Paper Finalist in 2006 and 2008.


Natalija Dievina, Business Communication
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Natalija Dievina is a visiting Fulbright Scholar teaching communication at AUBG for spring semester. Her home is Latvia, but she has been living in Bulgaria for several years, where she works for ServiceSource Bulgaria as a leadership development trainer. From 2013 until now, she has worked for Apple Int. where she is a certified Central and Eastern European Apple Sales Coach, a CIS Mentor and Coach, and a Sales Manager Coach. She also organizes and conducts business trainings, group and individual seminars, as well as business organizations coaching for Amber trainings Ltd, where she is a member of the board of directors for 12 years.


  • M.S., Pedagogy, Riga Stradina University
  • B.A., Management, Riga Technical University


  • Dienas Bizness, Rokasgrāmatas, Uzņēmumu vadības izdevumi, Eksporta Ceļvedis, Eksporta tirgi, to kultūratšķirības (2014) http://handbooks.lv/rokasgramatas/uznemumu-vadibas...
  • ANSE Conference /Summer University, Kaunas, Lithuania,  August 2013. Leading the workshop “Supervisor’s role and activities in rebuilding trust in organisation. Case analysis.” http://www.anse.eu/tl_files/anse/docs/history/2013...
  • Latvijas Biznesa Konsultantu Asociācija (LBKA) “Kāpēc pārmaiņas nenotiek” 2010.
  • Co-Author of the book “Supervīzija: teorija un prakse” (2016)
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