Marco Aponte-Moreno, PhD

An Associate Professor of Global Business and Leadership at the School of Economics and Business Administration, Aponte-Moreno's research explores the connection between leadership and the performing arts. He also specializes in leadership in Venezuelan politics. 

Marco Aponte-Moreno

Marco Aponte-Moreno is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Business Administration, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership and global business. His research looks at how the arts in general, and theater in particular, can be used to develop leadership skills in cross-cultural settings. He also studies how the immigration experience shapes the way immigrants lead. Professor Aponte-Moreno is originally from Venezuela and has written extensively about his country's current economic and political crisis. His doctoral dissertation is the most comprehensive analysis to date on the use of metaphors in the leadership discourse of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. 

More information about Professor Aponte-Moreno's research work can be found here: 

Professor Aponte-Moreno can be reached by email at or on his mobile phone at (510) 542-7400.



His press articles include:

  • Beyond Brexit, the world’s still turning: global stories you might have missed. The Conversation (June 29, 2016).

  • Venezuela amps up media repression by sentencing newspaper editor to prison. The Conversation (with L. Lattig, March 31, 2016).

  • Expert opinions:

  •, December 5, 2016. "Tintori chains herself in the Vatican for freedom in Venezuela" (Published in Spanish: Tintori se encadena en el Vaticano por libertad en Venezuela.

  • El Colombiano, July 28, 2016. “Obstacles to the referendum against Maduro exasperate a fed-up opposition (Published in Spanish: Trabas al referendo contra Maduro exaperan a una oposición hasteada).

  • El Colombiano, June 22, 2016.“Organization of American States maintains its position regarding Venezuela” (Published in Spanish: OEA sigue firme ante Venezuela). 

  • Australian News (, May 24, 2016. “Experts fear Venezuela on the brink of military coup following country’s largest ever ‘war games’”.

  • BBC Radio 4, March 10, 2013. Radio interview for the Last Word program on Hugo Chávez’s death.

  • 2015: the year in elections. The Conversation (January 1, 2016).

  • Venezuela’s government faces a lose-lose election, but will it ever accept defeat. The Conversation (with L. Lattig, December 3, 2015).

  • Brazil and Venezuela’s unpopular leaders remain friends, for now. The Conversation (with L. Lattig, June 24, 2015. Portuguese version in Folha de Sao Paulo, July 5, 2015).

  • The jailed opposition leader who might hold the key to Venezuela’s future. The Conversation (with L. Lattig, May 26, 2015).

  • As crisis in Venezuela deepens, Maduro’s iron fist tightens. International Policy Digest (with L. Lattig, March 5, 2015).

  • After Chávez. The Times Higher Education (October 16, 2014)

  • The World’s Best Leaders Are Cast as Themselves in a Play That Never Ends. The Guardian. (August 15, 2014).

More information about Professor Aponte-Moreno's research work can be found here: