2013 Consulting Abroad Project Descriptions
Project Description: The company is a leading automotive manufacturer in India – Mahindra & Mahindra – Automotive Division. Students will be working on projects in the area of demand and supply chain management for selected segments of their vehicles.
Instructor: Dr. Sanjay Jain is an Associate Industry Professor with the Department of Decision Sciences at GWSB. Dr. Jain joined GW in 2005 and has taught a number of different classes in the MS in project management and MBA programs. Prior to joining GWU, he was a research faculty member at the Grado Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech for over three and a half years. His prior industry experience includes work at Accenture in Reston, VA, at General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI, and international work experience at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Singapore. He received a Bachelors of Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee, India, a Post Graduate Diploma from National Institute for Training in Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. For more details, please visit his webpage at http://home.gwu.edu/~jain.
Instructor: Dr. Shivraj Kanungo is Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at the George Washington University. His research areas include the value of information technology in organizations, process improvement and measurement systems, and behavioral issues in decision modeling. He likes to employ multiple approaches that include statistical modeling, system dynamics modeling and qualitative methods. He teaches courses on quantitative modeling, designing and developing decision support systems, and research methods.
He consults extensively with industry and his books include “CMMI Implementation: Embarking on High Maturity Practices,” “Making Information Technology Work,” “Computer and Network Technologies and Applications,” and “Information Technology at Work: A Collection of Managerial Experiences.”
Journals that have published his research include System Dynamics Review, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Strategic Information Systems, International Journal of Information Management, International Journal of Information Systems, Software Process: Improvement and Practice, Information Technology and People, Computers in Human Behavior, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems and International Journal of Knowledge Management.
Dr. Kanungo’s undergraduate degree is from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, (Pilani), his M.S. degree in Management Information Systems is from Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) and his Ph.D. degree in Information and Decision Systems is from The George Washington University, Washington DC.
Project Description: The first is Universal McCann (UM) – Peru, which is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies, inc., which is one of the four largest advertising agencies in the world with over 41,000 employees and $6.5 billion in sales. The projects they have asked us to undertake are as follows: 1. Advise them how to increase digital media investment, which is lower in Lima than other Latin American markets, and 2. Advise them how to increase the retail sales of a major department store, which is planning several new stores in Peru.
The second client company is Sodexo Peru. Sodexo is a food services and facilities management company. The parent Sodexo is French, and has almost 400,000 employees on over 34,000 sites in 80 countries. Sodexo has worldwide sales of over $20 billion. In Peru, Sodexo has specialized in facilities management for the mining and oil & gas sectors. They have asked us how to increase both sales and profits from their facilities management practice.
Instructor: Michael Curley is an attorney by training but has spent the majority of his career in finance. During the 2012-13 academic year, Mr. Curley is a Visiting Professor at the George Washington University School of Business, teaching Environmental Law, Environmental Finance, Environmental Management Systems and other energy and environment related courses. He is the founder of the International Center for Environmental Finance, which was funded with a $3 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and worked in the former Soviet Union, Central America and Asia to develop market-based programs to finance environmental infrastructure. While doing so, he built 15 rural water systems in Kazakhstan and developed the Country’s rural water finance policy. For several years Mr. Curley served as Senior Financial Advisor to the Office of International Affairs at EPA. In 2007, he founded Environmental Finance LLC, as his personal consulting firm from which he has recently advised the Shell (U.K.) Foundation and the World Resources Institute on climate change finance and finance for sustainable urban transport through the Foundation’s work with the “P8”, which are the eight largest pension funds in the world convened by the Prince of Wales under the auspices of Cambridge University to encourage their investment in climate change projects. He also wrote the business plan for, and advised the National League of Cities on, a new mutually owned municipal bond insurance company.
Mr. Curley is a pioneer in the financial guaranty insurance industry. In the 1980’s, Mr. Curley raised the venture capital for, and founded, the third municipal bond insurance company in the world, where he served as president and CEO until he sold the company to the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank.
Mr. Curley served as the President and CEO of the New York Job Development Authority, the State’s economic development bank. He also served as deputy secretary and general counsel of the New York State Department of Economic Development. He was also counsel to the New York State Science & Technology Foundation, the State’s venture capital agency. Prior to that, Mr. Curley served as the Parliamentarian of the New York State Assembly and associate counsel to the Speaker. Early in his career, he served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Richard D. McCarthy in Washington. After leaving government in 1979, Mr. Curley became a partner in the New York City law firm of Shea & Gould.
Mr. Curley is the author of a textbook, the Handbook of Project Finance for Water and Wastewater Systems, published by Times/Mirror Books. He is now writing his second book, for publishers Taylor & Francis, the working title of which is “Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment”. He has also written a monograph on environmental finance and over two-dozen published articles and reports on environmental finance and economic development. Mr. Curley has been asked by the Johns Hopkins University Press to write the final chapter in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s upcoming book, The Environmental Entrepreneur, scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2013. Mr. Curley is a member of the National Press Club. He founded the Environmental Finance Centers at the University of Maryland, at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and at Cleveland State University. He served as a Senior Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University where he taught graduate courses in Environmental Law, Environmental Finance, Environmental Management Systems, Venture Capital and Energy & Environmental Economics in both the Whiting School of Engineering and the Carey Business School. Mr. Curley was also an Adjunct Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University where he taught Venture Capital as well as Capital Markets & Investment Banking. He also taught Environmental Law & Finance at the Vermont Law School and is a member of the Environmental Law Institute.
In 1990, Mr. Curley was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) at EPA, where he served for 21 years under four Presidents. Mr. Curley also served on the board of directors of the International Rural Water Foundation, and was co-chair of the Environmental Finance and Budget Subcommittee of Maryland Governor Martin J. O’Malley’s Transition Team. He is on the Advisory Board of the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership and is a member of the Global Missions Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Governor William Donald Schafer appointed him to the “Blue Ribbon Panel on the Financing of the Chesapeake Tributaries”; and, while living in New York City, Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed him to the board of directors of the United Nations Development Corporation.
Project Description: Students will be working with a handful of SMEs recognized by the Rwanda Development Board as high growth potential organizations to provide aftercare with the goal of sustaining the growth. SMEs will be in the agriculture sector.
Instructor: Reid. W. Click is Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University, where he teaches courses in international financial management, macroeconomics for the global economy, and international economics. He received M.B.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in Economics and International Business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Professor Click is an expert on international financial risk and risk management. His academic research is predominantly empirical, and examines exchange rates and exchange rate risk; political risk; firm value; central banking; international commercial banking; and the integration of financial markets. His research has been published in leading journals, including Economics Letters; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; Japan and the World Economy; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; International Journal of Finance and Economics; Journal of Asian Economics; Development Policy Review; and Journal of International Business Studies. He is currently serving as Associate Editor in the field of international finance for the Journal of Asian Economics.
Dr. Click has been a consultant for several international organizations. He currently serves as an advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Development Credit on matters pertaining to international financial risk and risk management. He has also advised the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Project Description: Students are divided across 5 clients in the CleanTech sector.
- CELLFAB has developed a new cell reinforcement product with applications primarily in the construction business. Students will focus mainly on identification of key strategic partners and presenting a suitable business model based on licensing.
- DISWIC has a patented technology, which serves the company’s vision to eliminate or heavily reducing the use of chemicals in the purification of liquids. GMBA students will create a market entry plan for the US market, specifically focusing on opportunities in the realm of industrial water purification.
- Swedish Firefly is a world leader in spark detection and fire/dust explosion protection systems. The GMBA students are tasked with providing expert consultancy and actionable recommendations on how Firefly can achieve high-quality growth in the North American marketplace.
- Hexicon is a Swedish design and engineering company developing floating platforms for offshore wind energy production. GMBA students are tasked with providing recommendations for careful strategic planning and potential partnerships with domestic U.S. partners in order for Hexicon to penetrate the U.S market.
- WFSS is a new Swedish company that develops and produces marina fuel stations, which set new world standards for safe fuel storage. WFSS has commissioned the GMBA students to conduct a thorough market analysis and develop a market entry plan for its marina fuel station in the U.S., with special focus on the greater Washington DC area.
Originally from Sweden, Dr. Helm holds a M.Sc. in International Business and Economics with German (Internationella Ekonomlinjen) from Lunds Universitet, Sweden, as well as an MA in Germanic Studies from the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Georgetown University in 2002. In 2009 she completed the AACSB Post Doctoral Bridge to Business Program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a specialization in Marketing & Management. Professor Helm is currently pursuing research on cross-cultural differences in consumer perceptions of green products.
In her capacity as GW-CIBER Business Language Co-Coordinator, she is involved in research on business case methodology. Together with her colleague, Dr. Margaret Gonglewski, she has developed a video-based e-Handbook on Teaching with Business Cases.
Project Description: SÜTAŞ, the leading dairy producer in Turkey, has recently made a strategic decision to grow internationally while maintaining its leading role in the Turkish market. As a result of this decision it made its first investment outside of Turkey in the Macedonian capital of Skopje, in the Balkans. SÜTAŞ plans to keep growing internationally and position its production facilities close to their target markets. Students are doing three projects focusing on market entry strategy, product development & marketing, and finance – all drafted with this objective in mind as SÜTAŞ would like to become an international player.
Instructor: Abdullah Akyuz is currently the President of Momentum Consulting, a consultancy firm specialized in finance and business development. He is also a Board member of two financial companies. Between 1983-1990, he served on the Capital Markets Board, the Turkish equivalent of the SEC, as an economist. In June 1990, he became the Director of the Bonds and Bills Market of the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE). In May 1994, he became the Executive Vice-Chairman of the ISE, overseeing the operations of several departments until his departure. He led the team which set up the world’s first “organized repo market” at the ISE, which soon became the largest organized financial market in Turkey. Mr. Akyuz has also served as a Board Member of the ISE-Settlement and Custody Bank, Inc., as well as a member of Treasury’s “Domestic Borrowing Advisory Board”. Between 1999 and 2011, he served as the President of TUSIAD-US (Turkish Industry and Business Association’s US Rep Office) in Washington, DC. He has published numerous articles in the fields of Turkish economy, securities markets and US-Turkey relations. Abdullah Akyuz received his B.A. degree in Economics and Finance from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Ankara (1983), his M.A. degree in Economics from the University of California-Davis (1986), and graduated from Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program (1996). He currently resides in both Istanbul and Washington, DC.