List of academic staff
Eric Abhyankar, MA, MSc.
Mr. Abhyankar is the Managing Partner and Founder of ExpandRight Transformations, a corporate strategic transformation consulting boutique firm based in Prague, Czech Republic. Mr. Abhyankar is also a Professor of Finance and Project Management at the City University of Seattleand also lectures at the MBA programs of the University of Finance and Administration, Prague,the University of Management, Slovakia , BHMS, Switzerland and IBS, Romania. His client roster includes DHL, OMD, Plastika, L&T, CreditInfoSolutions, PunjLloyd and others.
In his career spanning 25 years, Mr. Abhyankar has served in various senior positions in IBM Global Services, DHL, UBS and AT&T in the US, Europe and Asia and is on the Business Advisory board of multiple institutions. His core strenghts are Technology and Finance.
Mr. Abhyankar has multiple graduate degrees from University of South Carolina, George Washington University and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Ing. Jana Adámková, MBA
Jana Adámková completed Master of Business Administration program at City University of Seattle with major in global management. In addition, she received bachelor degree in Communication and master degree in Business Management and Corporate Finance. Jana Adámková started her career as PB/DI trainer and trading assistant in Komerční banka – Société Générale Group. She also held different managerial positions in international companies both in the Czech Republic and the USA. Currently she is serving as an advisor: retention of top performers - key managers and staff during M&A, pro-active employee communications and cultural integration during M&A. She is also a visiting lecturer at the City University of Seattle.
Ing. Hana Bosch, MBA
Hana graduated from Silesian University Opava, Faculty of Business Studies, major in Economics, Marketing Management and Finance. During her university studies, she also studied abroad - at the University of Hull in the UK. In 2013, she earned her MBA - major in Global Management - at City University of Seattle. In addition, she is also holding Certificate in Marketing - CIMA A.
Hana brings various and rich professional background from the range of different industries and markets. Throughout her career up to now, she has been specializing mainly in Strategic International Marketing and General Management. After the university, she has started to work for Tesco in the Czech Republic & Slovakia and later in Central European Region. Afterwards in 2004, she has moved to the Netherlands and joined Unilever N.V. in Rotterdam to work on a global project. After that, she has spent some time with Reebok EMEA in Amsterdam in Regional Trade Marketing and in 2009, she has relocated back to the Czech Republic. In Prague, she has joined NESTLÉ as a Country Business Manager for Czech Republic & Slovakia, responsible for their Out-Of-Home Business Unit. Her last position was the Marketing Director for Central & Southern Europe for Brown Forman, covering 20+ markets in Europe.
Currently Hana is visiting lecturer at City University of Seattle, teaching People and Systems in Organisations Course at the MBA Program. In her approach to lecturing this course, she strongly believes that is very important to support the business theory with number of case studies, “real-life” practical examples and business insights from various industries, markets and company cultures.
James Caldwell, J. D.
This is to introduce James Caldwell, J.D. After 15 years of experience in the high tech corporate sector in the U.S as a transactional attorney and senior administrator, Mr. Caldwell joined City U’s staff in 1998 as a full time instructor, soon to support its BSBA and MBA programs throughout its European sites.
Mr. Caldwell teaches a variety of related courses, from international business law, international business, international trade and logistics, legal issues in the workplace, political science, principles of management and managerial communications.
Over the last 18 years, he has delivered these courses in 15 cities in 7 countries in Europe, and in Beijing, China.
He maintains a personal consulting practice in the advising and review of international contracts in the English language, as well as editing translations and recording soundtracks.
Mr. Caldwell was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by City University of Seattle in 2013.
Various seminars have been offered by Mr. Caldwell to academic, commercial and government audiences, including Entrepreneurship, Preparing a Company to Export, How to Survive in the Corporate Sector, Negotiation of International Contracts, and National Differences in Political Economy: Implications for Business and Foreign Direct Investment.
Mr. Caldwell received his J.D. (Doctor of Law) degree from The University of Baltimore School of Law (U.S.) in 1983 and his undergraduate degree was in German from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (U.S.) in 1980.
Mr. Caldwell resides in Trencin, Slovakia.
Oldrich Duty, MSc, BA (Hons), HND
Oldrich Duty graduated from Teesside University (UK) / Prague College (CZ) in MSc International Management (with Distinction) as well as a BA (First Honors). He is TEFL (PASS 1 - excellent pass) and Marketing LCCI certified. In addition, he holds qualifications in business performance and guerrilla marketing coaching as well as a NLP qualification. Recently he serves as Head of Academics and a principal lecturer at OurCollege.com and Chief Strategic Officer as well as Chief Trainer at Creobiz Profi He has been also a lecturer and a dissertation supervisor for a variety of the strategy/leadership/marketing-related subject areas at London School of Business and Finance. He has been guest lecturing at Charles University. His lecturing style is highly interactive and respectful to different learning styles. He has published strategy and international management-related books in English.
"Your destiny is not written in the stars but in your mind.”
John Graham, Ph.D.
John Graham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whittier College, an MBA from City University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Matej Bel. His major research interests are in intercultural communication and organizational culture. He has been teaching courses in Communications, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Strategic Management for various institutes in Europe since 2001. In addition to teaching, John also engages in consulting and corporate training.
Jan Hebnar is a lecturer with extensive experience in fields of business and government relations. Beginning his career with the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, he soon became the director of the EU Market Department and led his team accomplish a series of important negotiations with the EU.
In 2009, Mr. Hebnar was transferred to the Czech Embassy in China, assuming position of deputy head of commercial section of the embassy with the mission to improve Czech-China trade relations.
With the ambition to dive deep into the Chinese business world, Jan returned to China in 2013 as the managing director of a well established European engineering group to lead its business presence in the Greater China area.
In his spare time, Jan continues with his passion of opening doors for western business to Chinese market through cooperating with the consulting firm Sinovia, and lectures at well established economic universities on topics concerning intercultural management, strategic management and international negotiation.
He is also an author of book “Doing business in China.”
Ing. Katerina Kalinova
Katerina graduated from the University of Economics, Prague, specialization in Finance and Accounting. Afterwards she improved her qualification through the studies at the CFA Institute, American association of investment professionals.
She started her career as the assistant of auditor in BDO. Later she worked in the Austrian investment company EPIC, where she was a member of the analytical team. Her assignment included participation in the M&A projects, analysis and monitoring of the energy sector, asset management projects as well as restructuring and development projects. Respectful companies such as EdF, E.ON, RWE or City of Prague belonged to the clients.
Currently Katerina works as a guest lecturer at the University of Finance and Administration and the City University of Seattle. She also lectures professional development seminars. She prefers interactive teaching style with many practical examples, which enables students to be actively involved in the teaching process. And last but not least, teaching must be fun, for students as well as lecturer!
Ciaran Seamus Kelly, MA
MA, International Affairs, The George Washington University 1990
BA, Political Science, California State University, Long Beach 1987
BA, History, California State University, Long Beach 1987
Mr. Kelly brings more than 30 years of international business management to VSFS. After putting himself through school via Disney and Commodore, he franchised and expanded his family Interior Design Business (in Beverly Hills) from a one site location to 19 sites all over the USA. After moving to Czech Republic, Mr. Kelly then entered the automotive industry, being the Sales, Operations and Marketing Director for AAA AUTO Group 1999 - 2010. He then spent three years with VW Group in business development for international markets for Skoda Auto. Mr. Kelly was the General Manager for ZEPTER CR/SK and he currently serves on Zepter Board of Advisors. Mr. Kelly is married, has 6 children and coaches (4 times CR National Champion) and referees American football in CR.
Ing. Miroslav Lapour, MBA
Miroslav works at Makro Cash and Carry as Head of Business Development and Project Office.
While reporting directly to CEO and being responsible for midterm and long term business strategy Miroslav facilitates translation of the strategy to operational plans for multiple business channels and customer segments through a portfolio of business projects, including change of core IT systems as well as culture changes program. He is leading the change and transformation of the organization in both countries.
Miroslav joined Makro after several years working in different managing roles in ICT area for different industry verticals (IT Cloud consultancy, eCommerce, Retail, Manufacturing, Government). The latest assignments were Chief Operation Officer for Netmail - IT cloud consultancy company, where he delivered Cloud based SaaS product to Romanian leading bank, lead a transformation project to evaluate and to deploy cutting edge cloud based Container Technology for a leading bank in Central Europe and lead a change and technology project to open the same bank to public through technology means (API). Before Netmail Miroslav worked as Chief Technology Officer for UK based eMarketing, eCommerce and eTechnology Agency and previously Chief Information Officer for a blue chip retail giant (Tesco) supporting businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia where Miroslav delivered several innovative solutions exploiting new processes and technology (Tesco Online, Self Checkout POS, ESEL).
Miroslav completed MBA at VŠFS in 2011. He is married and has 2 children.
PhDr. Zuzi Leskova, Ph.D.
Zuzi has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications and a Master’s degree in Media Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague). Her PhD research project focused on university marketing resulting in doctoral degree she obtained at Victoria University in Melbourne in 2017. Zuzi is an extrovert, an explorer and an experimenter. Being an extrovert, she teaches public speaking at several universities in Prague, she continually explores both theoretical and professional areas of communication and she is currently experimenting with employer branding at Česká spořitelna where she works as a Brand Strategist. Zuzi wears colorful dress and writes books about little things that make our life bigger. Above all her work, she enjoys lecturing the most. Believing in students and their creative potential, she places a great emphasis on helping them learn instead of "just teaching". The rule number one of all of her classes is to have fun - because when we like what we do, we do it better!
Andrej Mazan, M.Sc., MBA
Mr. Andrej Mazan has specialized in Marketing & Sales Management for more than 24 years. He has managed marketing and sales operations for multinational companies such as Komerční banka, T-Mobile, Vodafone, European Directories or Sanoma Media Group.
Mr. Mazan has an extensive experience in Strategic Marketing, Sales Management, Partnerships, Product Development, CRM, Customer Experience and International Projects Management in a multi-cultural environment. He holds the MSc. degree in the International Business Management from the University of Economics and the MBA degree from the City University of Seattle, Washington state (USA).
As a teacher, Mr. Mazan has gained his first educational experience as a Teaching Assistant at the City University in Seattle during his stay in the USA. As the Adjunct Faculty member at the City University of Seattle, he has been teaching specialized marketing courses (e.g. Applied Marketing, Consumer Behavior) in the European MBA Program across Europe for several years.
He has also become a faculty member at the VŠFS Prague and since 2012 he has been teaching various marketing courses (e.g. CRM, Corporate Marketing Management, Marketing Techniques) at both Bachelor and Master level.
Ing. Přemysl Písař, MBA
Přemysl started with own business as a student of Horticulture in 1996 with minimum investment. He developed this business and now he is the owner and managing director of 3 companies, which are operating in the field of landscape gardening, garden centers and plant nurseries. These companies are the gardening industry leaders in the Pilsen region and they are also operating in the region of Prague. Přemysl’s business is also oriented towards active cooperation with foreign institutions, suppliers and customers from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. Přemysl is able to share his experience and knowledge with his students.
After 15 years of running and managing his own business, Přemysl has decided to start study at the University of Finance and Administration in Prague. He earned his Master’s degree in 2017 (graduated with honor) and the same year he has completed his MBA studies at City University of Seattle (received prestigious award “Dean’s List of Honor”) in Global Management. He is currently doing his doctoral studies and carrying out his own research about SMEs management with specialization on controlling, business management, managerial accounting and communication. Přemysl is also lecturer of Management and Finance Program at the University of Finance and Administration.
Apart from business and academics, Přemysl is an external advisor for advanced ERP systems implementations, a business process optimizing based on controlling.
Futhermore, Přemysl´s passion is education and knowledge. His motto is “people are limited only by own mind; my mind is able to imagine great things”.
Kristijan Smilevski completed Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New York in Prague. He is the professor in different Universities in CEE, lecturing Project Management, Business Strategies, Global Competition, and different Management subjects at both Bachelor and the Master degree programs. Mr. Smilevski is also a Professor of Project Management at the City University of Seattle, also lectures at the Masters programs of the Anglo American University Master degree in Prague as well as part of the committee of the State Final Examination.
In his career spanning more than 15 years, Mr. Smilevski has served in various senior positions, executive and managerial level positions in international global companies, international business organizations, small business corporations and consulting executive to international global companies. His core strengths are Consulting, Technology and Management.
Jan Vlachý, doc. Ing., Ph.D.
Mr. Jan Vlachý studied at the Czech Technical University, obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Economic in Prague and a Higher Doctorate in Finance at the Technical University in Ostrava.
He has been working in various capacities, primarily related to Financial Management, Financial Markets and Financial Services, for over twenty years, currently lecturing several courses on Finance and serving as Vice-Dean at the Czech Technical University. He is also a visiting lecturer at the City University of Seattle, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as four books.