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Institute Staff

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Manuel G. Serapio PhD

Faculty Director Associate Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Business School
  • Institute for International Business (IIB)
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)


Primary Phone:303-315-8436

Karen Freidhof

Karen Freidhof MBA, MSIB

Assistant Director
  • Institute for International Business (IIB)
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)


Primary Phone:303-315-8884

Business School Building, Room 5204

Institute Associates

Wayne Cascio

Wayne Cascio, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Reynolds Chair Professor in Global Leadership, Faculty Coordinator, Research

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications
  • The shifting boundaries of talent management (with V. Vaiman, D. G.  Collings, and B. W. Swider). Human Resource Management, 60(2), 253-257, 2021.
  • Antecedents and consequences of employment and asset restructuring (with A. Chatrath and R. Christie-David). Academy of Management Journal, 64(2), 587-613, 2021. Summary and infographic in AOM Insights, Sept. 1, 2020.
  • Methodological practices in international business research: An after-action review of challenges and solutions (with H. Aguinis and R. Ramani). Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 1593-1608, 2020.
  • Global talent management and performance in multi-national enterprises: A multilevel perspective (with D. Collings and K. Mellahi). Journal of Management, 45(2), 540-566, 2019.
  • Science’s reproducibility and replicability crisis: International business is not immune (with H. Aguinis and R. Ramani). Journal of International Business Studies, 48, 653-663, 2017.

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Ji Chen

Senior Instructor, Finance, International Finance Faculty Coordinator, China Initiatives
  • Business School
  • Institute for International Business (IIB)
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)


Primary Phone:303-315-8403

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Merrily Kautt BA, MPA, PHD-ABD

Senior Instructor, International Business Faculty Coordinator, Outreach and Partnerships
  • Business School
  • Institute for International Business (IIB)
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)


Primary Phone:303-315-8886

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Jingting Liu PhD

Assistant Professor, International Business
  • Business School
  • Institute for International Business (IIB)
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

Affiliated Faculty

Francisco Conejo

Francisco Conejo, PhD

Senior Instructor, Marketing, International Marketing, Managing for Sustainability

Lawrence Cunningham

Lawrence Cunningham

Professor, Marketing, International Marketing

Michael Harper

Michael Harper, PhD

Senior Instructor, Business Analytics, Managing for Sustainability, Global Supply Chain

Madhavan Parthasarathy

Madhavan Parthasarathy, PhD

Director, Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship; Discipline Director, Entrepreneurship; Professor, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Marketing

Mary Lee Stansifer

Mary Lee Stansifer, PhD

Senior Instructor, Marketing, International Marketing

Jon Wilkerson

Jon Wilkerson

Lecturer, International Business

Instructional and Practice Group Faculty

Stacey Espinosa

Senior Director, Product Management VisaNet + AI, Visa

Course: INTB 6800 - Special Topics: Global Payments in Cross-Border E-Commerce

Stacey Espinosa was a Senior Director at Visa where she led the data and analytics strategy for Visa Direct in North America and Latin America. Visa Direct is Visa’s instant payments service and fastest growing product. In this position, Ms. Espinosa focused on bridging the gap between the business and technical worlds and using data and analytics to optimize Visa Direct’s approval rates for cardholders worldwide. In November 2021, Stacey joined the Artificial Intelligence Team (AI) at Visa as Product Manager of VisaNet + AI (Artificial Intelligence). Her direct experience working at Visa, leading global teams and transitioning into AI, make her a value-added subject matter expert on digital globalization, AI, and global payments. Ms. Espinosa is a frequent speaker/lecturer in forums and workshops to educate people about the digital transformation in payments and how this transformation is impacting economies worldwide. In August 2021, Ms. Espinosa was a featured speaker at Georgia State University CIBER and CU CIBER IB Pedagogy Workshop on Global Payments and Cross-Border E-Commerce. 

Julie Tracy Lockwood

Associate Partner, IBM Consulting

Course: INTB 6600 - Blockchain and Emerging Technologies

Julie Lockwood is Associate Partner with IBM Consulting with oversight of the company’s technology platforms and supply chain assets. She manages products for IBM built on IBM Cloud and has led IBM initiatives on Blockchain in the global supply chain. The technology her team builds services the consumer-packaged goods, manufacturing & distribution, food processing, and medical and telecom industries. Ms. Lockwood leads a diverse, global team of 30 plus team members. Ms. Lockwood is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP) and has served as a local chapter President and Treasurer.

Adam Pollack

Director, Orthodontic Partnerships, Corus Orthodontics

Courses: INTB 4400 - Environments of International Business; INTB 4410 - Operations of International Business

Adam Pollack is an International Corporate Executive with a talent for developing strategy, motivating teams and meeting goals in all areas of an organization; his energy, creativity and enthusiasm attract employees and drive new business in both domestic and international markets. 

Adam began his career at RMO, Inc. in 1999 as the Latin American Sales Representative. He travelled throughout Latin America working with key business partners to increase market share in the region.  Later he transitioned to manage both Latin American and Asia.  His success led to his promotion to International Sales Manager, which included creating, developing and managing sales and new business partner relationships in Europe, India, China, and Australia. 

With over 20 years of management experience, Adam has been able to develop exceptional employees and successfully integrate teams throughout the organization.  As the Chief Operating Officer of Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, he has a long list of accomplishments that include the creation of cross functional teams to tackle a wide variety of company challenges domestically and internationally that resulted in overall better operational efficiency and corporate success.

Currently Adam is the Director of Orthodontic Partnerships at Corus Orthodontists.  He is responsible for driving profitable growth through acquisition and partnerships of orthodontic offices into the Corus business model.  He actively works with financial information, Profit & Loss statements and negotiates acquisitions on behalf of Corus Orthodontists.

Bonnie Shields

Global Supply Chain Expert, Vice President of Business Development, OW Logistics USA LLC

Course: INTB 6800 - Global Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation

Ms. Shields is a Global Supply Chain expert with twenty-five years international experience.  Her expertise includes sourcing, multi-modal transportation, customs, 3PL, landed cost analysis, and soup to nuts global supply chain strategy.  She specializes in Asia/US imports and CA/US/MX cross border supply chains. Industries include beverages, electronics, automotive, bicycles, and apparel supporting small entrepreneurs as well as big box retailers.  Core competencies include business development, operational transformation, and systems integrations.  

Physical Address

Institute for International Business
University of Colorado Denver
1475 Lawrence Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

Mailing Address

Institute for International Business
Campus Box 195
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


(303) 315-8887



Institute for International Business

CU Denver

Business School

1475 Lawrence Street

5th Floor, Suites 5204-5208

Denver, CO 80202


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