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Berna Polat Aksu
Berna Polat Aksu is currently an associate professor at Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration, Stull professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Regional Economy. Aksu's research focuses on strategy, global management and entrepreneurship. Aksu has also studied corporate governance, ethics and sustainability. She can address business issues relating to start-ups, angel and venture capital, competitive strategies, dynamic new markets, and corporate social responsibility.

J. Tomas Gomez-Arias
J. Tomas Gomez-Arias is currently a Professor of Marketing and Global Business at Saint Mary's College of California. He has also been an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of A Coruña, Spain, where he was also Director of its MBA program, Director of the Entrepreneurship and Management Program, and Leader of the Marketing Group. He also served as Chief Trade Officer at the Consulate General of Spain in Hong Kong. He is on the editorial board of the European Journal of Innovation Management and his work has been published in the European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, International Journal of Bank Marketing, Management Decision, Journal of International Business and Economy, and Journal of Consumer Marketing. He holds a Ph.D. and a Licenciatura in Business Science from the University of Leon, Spain, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Roy Allen
Roy E. Allen, teaches and publishes in the field of international political economy, with emphasis on economic globalization, financial stability and economic sustainability. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Allen was a member of the first large delegation of financial market professionals from the U.S. and Canada to visit the U.S.S.R. and observe Mikel Gorbachev’s democratic reforms. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, with a specialty in international trade.

Larisa Genin
Larisa V. Genin is Associate Dean in the School of Economics and Business Administration. She teaches Principles of Marketing, Strategic Marketing Management (capstone course), Introduction to Business and Marketing Across Cultures. Dr. Genin’s scholarly interests are in the areas of globalization, innovation, Internet/Ecommerce and Marketing Education. With over ten years of professional experience in strategic management, marketing and business development, she has held senior management positions at various high tech companies in Bay Area. The author of more than fifteen scholarly publications, she received a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Management from Golden Gate University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of San Francisco.

William Lee
Bill Lee is Chair of the Economics Department (since 2000), having taught at Saint Mary's since 1982. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. from the University of California – Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s, he was a research economist at SRI International in the areas of Transportation Economics and Resource Economics and was also a private consultant specializing in economic impact studies. His research interests include regional economic analysis, economics pedagogy and sports economics.

Asbjorn Moseidjord
Asbjorn Moseidjord is a professor of economics in the School of Economics and Business Administration. His current teaching is in the areas of financial markets and macroeconomics as well as energy and environment issues. He has published extensively on public policy towards the energy industries, recently having focused on green power and the global warming challenge. His varied background includes consulting for the Norwegian government on trade issues, being a seafood company executive, and acting as an economic consultant to companies in the finance and energy industries. Dr. Moseidjord received his Ph.D. from the University of California – Santa Barbara.

Kristine L. Chase
Kristine L. Chase is a Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Business at Saint Mary's, and was the founding Director of the Center for the Regional Economy. Her research interests include the structure and impact of higher education on the economy, as well as monetary policy and banking regulation. She has co-authored several economic impact studies of the East Bay economy, as well as published articles on banking regulation and central banking. Dr. Chase also has served on several public and private boards and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee at Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay. Her Ph.D. in Economics is from the University of Maryland, College Park, with an emphasis on banking market competition and regulation.

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