Current Faculty

Michael Cohen, Ph.D.

Thesis Research Advisor

Michael Cohen, PhD is Director of Student Counseling & Disability Services at Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC); and President of the Michael Cohen Group, LLC (MCG), an internationally renowned applied research and consulting firm. Dr. Cohen is a psychologist, clinician, researcher and educator with forty years’ experience in the areas of mental health and post-secondary, adult & life-span learning & education. Dr. Cohen is widely published, a member of the American Psychological & Counseling Associations (APA & ACA), and received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Christine Farrugia, Ph.D.

Teaching “Research Methods.”

She is currently the Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at Manhattanville College and formerly the Director of Research Initiatives at Columbia University School of Professional Studies and the Deputy Head of Research at the Institute of International Education, NYC. Co-Author (with J. Wingard) of a forthcoming book on The Future of Work: Optimizing the Talent Pipeline from the Stanford University Press. She received her Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany, her Ed.M. and M.A. from Columbia University, and her BA from Hunter College. In 2012, she was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Michelle Gabriel

Teaching “Sustainable Fashion Business Strategy.”

Michelle is currently the Director of Career Services & Strategic Partnerships at GCNYC. As an impact and sustainability strategist, educator, and researcher, she is focused on redefining operational and theoretical models for positive impact. In her role as faculty at GCNYC, Michelle brings with her years of experience in supply chain, sourcing, product development, branding, design, production, and business strategy for impact and sustainability-focused fashion brands. Michelle holds an MS in International Fashion Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian New York College and her BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati.

David Grad

Teaching “Value-Based Leadership Skills for an Interconnected World.”

David is Co-Founder of the learning and development Tech Start-Up, Elevator9 and Senior Consultant with the Kaufman Partnership, where he is an executive coach and facilitator of corporate leadership programs. He is also Executive Vice President of the leadership development firm, KPartners. Previously, David had a 23 year career as an Emmy-winning creative strategist, producer & consultant for executives, brands & social enterprises. His media career spanned roles including Executive Producer leading teams at MTV’s in-house agency, creative director of social impact campaigns, television host and actor in plays, independent films and commercials. He earned his MS in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, a BA in Mass Communication and a BA in Theatre from Florida State University.

Prasan Kumar

Teaching “Purpose-Driven Marketing and Communications.”

Prasan is a Strategy and Marketing expert with over 15 years of experience across B2B and B2C industries, bringing data-driven thinking to all. An enthusiastic business management professional, he has led communications development for several Fortune 500 companies, managed deployment of multimillion dollar global technology infrastructure and led the launch of a retail e-commerce business. His past experiences include working at Ogilvy, in Management Consulting and at an Investment Bank.  A creative at heart, he is also the author of a children’s book. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, another masters from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelors from Rutgers University.

Amisha Parekh

Teaching “Business Strategy as an Instrument for Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability.”

Amisha is the Product Manager for Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg, she was formerly Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy at Deloitte. Her career has taken her to Procter & Gamble and Walmart in roles from brand management to sustainability strategy. She earned her MBA (Corporate Strategy) from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Policy and Behavior (also from the University of Michigan), and a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton. She is the co-author of High-Performance Hospitality: Sustainable Hotel Case Studies, one of the first books published on sustainability in the hospitality industry.

Gastón de los Reyes

Director of the Center for Social Impact & Innovation

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Social Impact & Innovation. A scholar specializing in CSR and social entrepreneurship as well as business ethics, policy, and strategy, Gastón has presented widely on these topics and has published numerous articles in academic journals including Business Ethics QuarterlyCalifornia Management Review, and Journal of Cleaner Production. Gastón earned a Ph.D. in Ethics and Legal Studies from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. His first appointment was with the George Washington University School of Business’s Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, teaching business ethics and social entrepreneurship. Before his doctoral studies, Gastón practiced law, studied philosophy, and worked in finance.

Dmitri Shuster

Teaching “Global Ethics, Compliance and Governance.”

He is currently an advisor to QBIX – a social network and community app and most recently was a Co-Head of Global Trading Division & Global Head of Foreign Exchange, of Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as well as a Board Member of Global FX Division of the Global Financial Markets Association. He received his BBA from Baruch College and his MBA from Stern School of Business, NYU and is presently a candidate for the DBA in Finance at the University of Manchester, UK.

Adrian Studer

Teaching “Enterprise Risk Management.”

Adrian brings over 25 years of financial services experience in global finance, business development and front office roles. For the last three years, he advises financial institutions in the transition to innovative technologies. Until recently, he was leading the Risk, Regulatory and Compliance practice for a New York based management consulting firm, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of a RegTech startup. Previously, he worked as Managing Director at Credit Suisse in New York, most recently as Head of Financial Management of the Americas Wealth Management Division and prior to that, as Global Head of Regulatory for Credit Suisse Group and for Credit Suisse First Boston, a global investment bank.

Seisei Tatebe-Goddu

Teaching “Navigating Global Change: Business Practices for the Common Good.”

Seisei is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Future Now Fund and Future Now, organizations which are building the power to improve Americans’ lives by winning state legislative majorities and working with them to achieve goals for the common good. Previously, she was the founding COO of Run for Something, Deputy Director of Operations for the North Carolina Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, and founder/managing director of a consulting group that worked with over 70 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe on strategy and organizational development challenges. She earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.

Diana Won

Teaching “Impact through Social Entrepreneurship.”

She is currently Program Manager, The Pershing Square Foundation where she manages a $20 million annual portfolio of grants across programs areas including sourcing, due diligence, grants management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. From 2015-2016, she was a Henry Luce Scholar and Social Impact Consultant for the M.Y. Social Company in Seoul, South Korea. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received her MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and her BA from Rutgers University.