Marco Aponte-Moreno

Marco Aponte-Moreno


Professional Overview: 

Dr Aponte-Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Global Business at the School of Economics and Business Administration. He specializes in the economic and political situation of Venezuela, his native country. His research also examines how leaders use linguistic elements and artistic techniques in their efforts to inspire followers across cultures. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the leadership discourse of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez over a period of nine years. He has written extensively about the political, economic, social and business environment of Venezuela. His work has appeared in numerous international media outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The World Policy Journal, and the International Policy Digest.

School of Economics and Business Administration » Management and Entrepreneurship
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  • PhD, City University of New York – Graduate Center, 2008
  • MBA, Nicholls State University, Thibodeaux, Louisiana, 1995
  • BA, University of Paris - Sorbonne, 1993 

Professional Experience

Teaching experience:

  • University College London, 2012 – 2016
  • University of Surrey, 2010 – 2012
  • Aston University, 2008 – 2010
  • Princeton University, 2005 – 2008
  • City University of New York, 2003 – 2005

Industry experience:

  • Assistant Vice President, Corporate Finance, Mizuho Corporate Bank, New York, NY.
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Sugar Division, ED&F Mann Group, New York, NY.
  • Business Analyst, International Finance Division, Crédit Lyonnais Bank, New York, NY.
  • Credit Analyst, Corporate Finance, Banque Sudameris, Miami, FL.

Courses Taught

GMAN513 - Managing Global Competition

BUSAD180 - Global Business

BUSAD185 - Managing the Global Firm


Conference Presentations, Panels and Workshops

  • Communicating Authenticity across Cultures: Telling Personal Stories in Leadership Contexts.” (2017) (with K. Koulouris). The 77th Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
  • Global and Diverse Leadership Forum (2017) (with J. L. Chin, C. Shealy, T. Sasao, R. Elkington, A. Roh, R. Staton, L. Sternberger, D. Thornberger, L. Brewster. The International Council of Psychologists Annual Conference, New York, NY.
  • “Leadership Lessons from El Sistema, Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras.” (2016) 18th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • “Why Leadership Must Include the Imagination.” Panel discussion to be held at the 18th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. November 5, 2016. Atlanta, GA. (Aponte-Moreno M. with Harvey M., LaMagdeleine D., Ciulla J.B & Bezio K.).
  • “Leadership Lessons from El Sistema, Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras.” 18th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. November 3, 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  • “The Art of Storytelling in Communicating Authentic Leadership across Cultures.” 17th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. October 16, 2015. Barcelona, Spain.
  • “Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity Across Real and Imagined Borders.” Panel discussion held at the 17th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. October 16, 2015. Barcelona, Spain. (Aponte-Moreno M. with Golman-Schuyler K., Jironet K., Reams J., Etmanski C. and Page B.).
  • “Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity.” Workshop delivered at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. November 2, 2014. San Diego, CA. (with Goldman-Schuyler K., Lid-Falkman L., Etmanski C., Fulton M., Gigliotti R., Raffo D, Deane R., Stilger R. & Reams J.).
  • “The Art of Teaching Leadership Communication: Lessons from the Theater.” 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. October 31, 2014. San Diego, CA.
  • “Castro and Chávez: Anti-American Metaphors and Metonymies within the Framework of the Bilateral Cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela.” 8th International Conference on Researching and Applying Metaphor. July 1, 2010. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Academic articles and chapters

  • “Classical Music as an Instrument to Foster Leadership Skills for Social Change: The Case of Venezuela’s El Sistema” (2017) Journal of Social Change, v. 9(1).
  • “Writing and Enacting Ethical Dilemmas: Using Drama to Foster Responsible Leadership Behavior” (2017) Journal of Leadership Studies, v. 11 (2).
  • Aponte-Moreno, M. & Koulouris K. (2017) Telling personal stories to communicate authentic leadership: A cross-cultural perspective. In Chin, J. L., Trimble, J. E., & Garcia, J. E. (eds.), Global and culturally diverse leaders and leadership: New dimensions, opportunities and challenges for business, industry, education and society. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Aponte-Moreno, M. (2014) Embodying Authentic Leadership: An Actor's Perspective. In Schuyler, K., Baugher, J., Jironet, K. and Lid-Falkman, L., (eds.) Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity. New York: Jossey-Bass.
  • Dippold D, Angouri J, Hagen S, Aponte-Moreno M. (2013) Assessing and Reviewing Cultural Transaction in International Companies (report based on research project commissioned by the UK Arts and Humanities Council). London: Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Aponte-Moreno, M & Lattig, L. (2012) Hugo Chávez: Rhetoric Made in Havana. World Policy Journal, v. 29: 33-42 (with Lance Lattig).
  • Aponte-Moreno, M. (2012) Making Short Films as a Motivational Tool in Higher Education In Camera, Action and the Brain. Maher Bahloul & Carolyn Graham (eds.), Cambridge: CSP.
  • Aponte-Moreno M. & Herrera N. (2008) Everyday use of Spanish among bilingual teachers in New York City and their attitudes toward the language. LL Journal, v.3(1).


  • Aponte-Moreno, M. Metaphors in Hugo Chavez's Political Discourse: Conceptualizing Nation, Revolution, and Opposition (2009) Saarbrücken:VDM. [Monograph based on PhD dissertation].

Media Contributions


  • “Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse.” Chicago Tribune (November 3, 2017)
  • “Why Trump’s sanctions against Venezuela won’t work.” HuffPost (with L. Lattig, September 14, 2017)
  • “Cuba, missing piece for ending Venezuela’s crisis.” The Globe Post (with L. Lattig, August 12, 2017)
  • “The death of Venezuela’s Revolution will not be televised.” World Policy Institute (September 14, 2016)
  • 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).
  • 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).

Expert opinions:

  • “Venezuela’s dwindling democracy.” The Newsmaker. TRT World (Television) (December 13, 2017)
  • “Economic crisis in Venezuela.” This Morning with Alex Jensen. TBS Radio (November 28, 2017)
  •, 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.

Active Research Projects

Working Papers

  •  “Transformational Leadership: Lessons from the Venezuela’s system of youth orchestras” (2018)[Status: revised and resubmitted to the Journal of Leadership Studies].
  • Global and Diverse Leadership Project (collaboration in inter-disciplinary project on global leadership led by Professor Jean Lau Chin, Adelphi University. Status: data collection in progress).
  • “Combining Rhetoric and Theater to Develop and Teach Leadership Communication Skills” (2018) [Status: draft in progress. Target Journal: Journal of Leadership Education].

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
  • Project Innovation Award from the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP), Aston University.
  • Recipient of MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY.
  • Recipient of Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, CUNY.
  • Recipient of the CUNY University Fellowship.


Scholarly Interests: 
  • Leadership and cross-cultural management
  • Venezuelan politics
  • Languages and cultures
  • Theater and performance