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Board of Advisors of the School of Business and Economics

Lord David Alliance (United Kingdom)

  • Member of the House of Lords (London, United Kingdom)

  • Chairman of N Brown Group Plc (operates in 67 countries with a 22% market share, employing 77,000 people)

  • Retired as Chairman from Coats Plc in 1999

  • Serves on a number of Boards and charitable institutions including the Prince's Youth Business Trust, the Council for Industry and Higher Education and the Weisman Institute

  • Founder of the Alliance Foundation to support the relief of poverty and advancement of religious education and medical knowledge


  • Doctorate of Sciences from Heriot Watt University

  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from the University of Manchester

Patrick Choffel (France)

  • Formerly Regional President of ALICO, subsidiary of American International Group (AIG), Middle East, Africa and South-Asia, based in Dubai (UAE)


  • DiplĂ´me de l'ESCP, Paris, France

  • Master of Science

John L. Langton (United Kingdom)

  • Formerly Chief Executive and Secretary General of International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), Zurich, Switzerland

  • Member of the governing council of the Centre for the Study of Finaicial Innovation (CSFI), London, UK


  • Doctor of Laws (Honorary degree), University of Reading, United Kingdom

Dr. Parviz Mina (France)

  • International Petroleum Advisor

  • Former Secretary of the Iranian Petroleum Institute

  • Former Member of OPEC's Long Term Strategy Committee


  • B.Sc and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Birmingham, England

Farah Nayeri (United Kingdom)

  • Senior Correspondent at Bloomberg News, London

  • Formerly journalist at Time and AFP (Agence France Presse) and regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Business Week


  • B.A. in International Affairs, American University of Paris

  • M.A. in International Journalism, Centre for Journalism Studies, City University of London, United Kingdom.

Dr. Gerardo Della Paolera (France, Argentina)

  • Former President of the American University of Paris

  • Former Founding President and Rector of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) , Buenos Aires, Argentina (1990-2001)


  • M.A. in Economics, University of Chicago, USA

  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago, USA

Jonathan S. Paris (United States)

  • Middle East policy analyst and Senior Advisor at MBI International and Partners (hotel, food, construction and port services conglomerate based in London, Paris and the Middle East)

  • Former Middle East Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1995-2000)

  • Former Member of Saint Antony's College, Oxford, United Kingdom (2004-2005 and 2006-2007)

  • Former Vice President of Merrill Lynch International Bank


  • Graduate of Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude)

  • Graduate of Stanford Law School

Puja Schams (United Kingdom)

  • Ex-Portfolio Manager at Axial Investment Management, London, UK

  • Ex-Portfolio Manager at ABP Investments, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • MBA in Finance, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  • B.S. in Finance, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, USA

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

  • Member of the CFA Institute

Khosrow A. Shahabi (France)

  • Founder and Senior Executive Vice President of KSINVEST, Paris, France

  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

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Christian Karastojanov Canada
M.A., School of International Relations
Class of 2000

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