Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility



Esperanza Duran, PhD
Esperanza holds a BA from El Colegio de México, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Oxford University. She has taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, and University College, Dublin. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and written and edited books. She was senior economist in the IMF and World Gold Council, country officer and economist in the World Bank, and founding executive director of the Agency of International Trade Information and Cooperation.

Ritsa Panagiotou, DPhil
Ritsa holds an MPhil and a DPhil in international relations from Oxford University. She is senior research fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research in Athens and a visiting professor at the International Centre for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies. She was a research associate at the European Business School in France, a visiting professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business and University of Athens, and a visiting research fellow at the European University Institute. She has published in journals including Contemporary Southeast EuropeSoutheast European and Black Sea Studies, and the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Ritsa lectures at the College Year Athens.

Demetris Kamaras, PhD
Demetris holds a BA in economics, an MA in communications policy, and a PhD in journalism from City University in London. He is a journalism professor, journalist, political analyst, and communications specialist and founded dailyGreece.net, Private Information Network, and alyunaniya.com. He’s interested in political communication, next-gen web apps, digital R&D, internet ethics, and social networks. He taught at the University of Indianapolis Athens from 1999 to 2013 and has published online and in print. His first co-authored book is Digital Communication, and his recent publications include Elections and the Internet and Crisis Talk: Greece, parts one and two. Demetris lectures at the College Year Athens.

Aimee Placas, PhD
Aimee holds a PhD in anthropology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has presented and published on issues related to the anthropology of money, consumerism, kinship, gender and sexuality, and Europeanization. She’s currently writing a book on the story of consumer credit’s emergence in Greece over the past 15 years, from the first credit cards to the first personal bankruptcies. She is also conducting a new research project on the lives of individuals in Greece who have passed through bankruptcy during the financial crisis. Aimee is lecturing at the College Year Athens.

Michael Akerib, PhD
Michael is a consultant with extensive experience in both large groups and SMEs. He has been active as an academic and professional trainer. Over the last 25 years he has held a variety of positions (lecturer, program director, dean, rector, and managing director of a business school) both in Switzerland and abroad. He developed the first MBA programs franchised abroad by a Swiss university and directed the programs. His international experience as an educator covers Afghanistan, Albania, Bahrain, China, the Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, and Sweden. He has published extensively on transformative thinking, geo-strategy, and post-humanity. His hobbies include short story writing.

Attila Shelley, PhD
Attila has dual Swiss and American nationality and teaches courses in financial and strategic management, Islamic finance, and general management and leadership. He received his BSc in applied physics from Princeton University and his MBA and PhD from Stanford University. He has 25 years’ teaching experience in the US, the Middle East, and Europe, including the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, the Central European University Business School, the University of Jordan in Amman, Webster University, and Geneva Business School. He has worked in management and consulting positions at companies including The Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Barclays Bank. He is a management and financial consultant and workshop leader to companies in various fields, especially in the Middle East.

Muktar Djumaliev, PhD
Muktar is ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to EU, Benelux, and France with the residence in Brussels. He has 25 years of experience serving the Kyrgyz Republic internationally as ambassador and domestically in senior leadership positions. He served as extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to USA and Canada (2010–2015) and ambassador to Switzerland (2004–2010). He represented his country as a chief of the mission in the United Nations office in Geneva and the World Trade Organization. In 2001–2003, as the first deputy minister of economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, he was involved in the policy development of the country related to the international trade and multilateral trading system. Ambassador Djumaliev has extensive expertise in building consensus through diplomacy, conciliation, and stakeholder buy-in on diverse tasks, including parliamentary capacity-building initiatives. He has a proven record in promoting transparency, good governance, and oversight through public website enhancements and other creative approaches designed to publicize government functions and encourage civil society participation in and feedback on government service delivery.

Christoph Stückelberger, PhD
Christoph is founder and president of Globethics.net Foundation, a global ethics network based in Geneva and with ten offices on four continents. He is executive director of Geneva Agape Foundation; professor emeritus at the University of Basel; distinguished professor at the Technical University MEPhI in Moscow; and visiting professor at GOU University in Enugu, Nigeria, and Kingdom Business College in Beijing. He received an honorary doctorate from the UPC University in Kinshasa for his long-term engagement in Africa.

His main fields of research are economic/business ethics, trade ethics, finance ethics, tax ethics, political ethics, development ethics, environmental ethics, and philanthropy. He has published, as author and editor, many books and hundreds of articles on applied ethics, including Ethics in Higher Education (ed with Divya Singh, 2016), Responsible Leadership, and four volumes of Global Ethics Applied.

Maxim Artamonov, PhD
Maxim has a PhD from the University of Geneva and is fluent in several European languages. He is founder and secretary-general of the Swiss-Russian Business Association, an acknowledged leader in the establishment and development of international economic relationships, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. He is a founding partner of Orion Solutions, a family and front office service registered in Dubai.