The Franklin Master of Science program in International Management has an exceptional faculty, composed of esteemed Franklin professors who bring an unparalleled, diverse level of expertise and a commitment to experiential learning. The faculty members at Franklin are renowned for their extraordinary teaching abilities, cutting-edge research, and extensive industry experience. View the individual profiles below for more detailed information about faculty areas of expertise.

Building on the faculty's dedication to providing exceptional education, the MSIM Sunday Reading is a weekly publication highlighting a current and relevant topic chosen by a professor of the Master of Science in International Management for their courses. The Franklin community gets an inside look at the coursework and specializations offered at MSIM and expert commentary on international issues affecting our world today.


Assistant Professor, International Management

Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 5
Phone: +41 91 986 53 42

Tatiana Balushkina

Associate Professor, Political Science

Ph.D. University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
M.A. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, Office 16 
Phone: +41 91 985 22 63

Bernd Bucher

Assistant Professor, Data Science 

PhD Geography and Earth Science, McMaster University 
MA Political Science, University of Windsor 
BA Environmental Studies, Bishops University

Office: North Campus Villa Loft, Office 14
Phone: +41 78 249 2293

Charles Burke

Chair of the Academic Division of Environment, Math, Psychology and Health
Associate Professor, Biology and Environmental Sciences 

Ph.D. Montana State University, United States 
M.S. Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland

Office: Villa, North Campus, Loft  
Phone: +41 91 986 36 62

Patrick Della Croce

Adjunct Professor, Economics

Ph.D. in Monetary Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
M.Sc. in European Political Economy, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 9
Phone: +41 91 986 53 41

Vera Dianova

Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures
Associate Professor, Italian and Comparative Literary & Cultural studies

Ph.D. The University of Chicago
M.A. The University of Chicago
B.A. Connecticut College

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 6
Phone: +41 91 986 53 17

Fabio Ferrari

Adjunct Professor, Global Issues and Leadership

MA European Studies, Hamburg University, Germany
MSc Global Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
BA Communication and Social Sciences, Erfurt University, Germany


Jonas Haertle

Adjunct Professor, Innovation and Design thinking

PhD in Technology and Innovation Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Michael Lewrick

Adjunct Professor


Wout Maerschalck

CO-Director of ALP (Academic Literacies Program)

M.A. Monterey Institute of International Studies
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Office: Villa, Kaletsch Campus, Office 7
Phone: +41 91 985 22 98

Tracie Mac Kenzie


Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy,
Master Degree in Economics for Arts, Culture and Communication, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 1
Phone: +41 91 985 22 78

Giulia Miniero

Adjunct Professor, Marketing

PhD, University of Valencia
MPA, Bocconi University
B.Sc. Massachusetts State University

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Faculty Office 2
Phone: +41 91 985 22 60 

Piergiacomo Mion Dalle Carbonare

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Ph.D., The New School for Social Research, United States
M.A., University of Bergamo, Italy 

Office: Villa, North Campus, Loft 

Martino Ongis

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Università della Svizzera italiana - USI, Switzerland
M.A. Istituto Universitario Lingue Moderne - IULM, Italy
MBA Jefferson University, US


Michela Ornati

Adjunct professor, digital entrepreneurship and transformation

M.Sc. Bocconi University, Milan
B.Sc. Bocconi University, Milan


Andrea Quartarone

Adjunct Professor, Arts and Luxury

Master of Business Administration (MBA-HSG)
Exec. Diploma HSG “Programme for Leadership Development (PLD)”
Master of Arts in History of Art


Jonathan Levy

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. Birkbeck College, University of London, UK


Carlo Rizzo

Assistant Professor, International Management

Ph.D. Communication Sciences, Specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
M.Sc. Business Administration, Specialization in International Management, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
B.Sc. International Business Administration, University of Vienna, Austria

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 5
Phone: +41 91 985 22 77

Mario Schultz

Adjunct Professor, Business and Economics

M.A. Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Global Management Programme, INSEAD

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 2
Phone: +41 79 899 25 92

Bernard Sinnaeve

Associate Professor, Political Science

Ph.D. University of St.Gallen
M.A. University of Zurich

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, Office 5
Phone: +41 91 986 36 38

Oliver Strijbis

Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D. in Finance, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
M.S. in Finance, Baton Rouge, USA
B.S. in International Economics and Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 2
Phone: +41 91 986 53 24

David Suleiman

Adjunct Professor

Juris Doctor, Harvard University
M.A.L.D., International Business/International Law, Fletcher School
B.A. European/International Relations, Amherst College


Gabe Shawn Varges

Assistant Professor, Comparative Politics

Ph.D. European University Institute, Italy
Master of Research European University Institute, Italy
M.A. University of Florence, Italy
B.A. University of Florence, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Office 3
Phone: +41 91 986 53 33

Elisa Volpi

Instructor, Art History and Studio Art

Ph.D. The University of Chicago, USA
M.A. The University of Chicago, USA
B.F.A. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Dottore, Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne, Feltre (BL), Italy
Diploma Conservatorio di Novara, Italy

Office: Kaletsch Campus, Graduate Studies
Phone: +41 91 985 22 69

Clarice Zdanski

MSIM Sunday Reading initiative further enhances the learning experience for students. Each week, a selected professor curates content related to their area of expertise, providing insightful perspectives on global topics. This initiative not only showcases the depth of knowledge within the faculty but also keeps students engaged with current international affairs, aligning with the program's ethos of blending academic rigor with real-world relevance. Students and the broader Franklin community benefit from this enriching resource, gaining a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of international management.

Design Thinking for Humanity!

Join Michael Lewrick, Adjunct Professor at Franklin, as he explains the transformative journey from Human-Centered Design to Design Thinking for Humanity, shaping a future that cares for our planet and society.

Test it in a Field Experiment!

In his article, Professor Oliver Strijbis explores how field experimentation in the social sciences has evolved and explains how MSIM students at Franklin are given the flexibility to experiment for the improvement of society at large.

Making and Implementing Strategic Choices in the Global Arena

Professor Bernard Sinnaeve provides some interesting podcasts and streaming tips to learn more about why and how companies go international, a topic covered in the International Management course.

Why is defining Digital Transformation so (wonderfully) difficult?

Learn more about the difficult task of defining “digital transformation” in a universal way and the implications of this difficulty, a topic addressed in Prof. Andrea Quartarone's course, Digital Transformation.

What does Silicon Valley Bank's collapse mean for startups?

Professor David Suleiman in his article addresses how the failure of a Bay-area bank, Silicon Valley Bank, has affected startups, a topic addressed in his Advanced Corporate Finance course. 

Intuition: the Springboard to Success

Professor Charles Burke analyses counterintuitive approaches in business, education, and AI, highlighting small schools' benefits.

Great Leadership and Difficult Questions

Prof. Vera Dianova, discusses the importance of a broad-based, value-driven, transdisciplinary management education in future leadership roles, and explains how her course on International Trade, Production and Finance is an essential component to the toolkit of future business leaders.

Six of Nine – Is the planet running out of time?

Mario Schultz, Assistant Professor of International Management in his article addresses how nine planetary boundaries allow us to ponder corporate responsibilities as sustainability becomes increasingly formidable.

What can GEN AI do for the customer experience?

In her article, Giulia Miniero, Chair of the Academic Division of Business & Economics and Associate Professor of Marketing, addresses how generative artificial intelligence (GEN AI) can be successfully integrated to improve customer experience, a topic addressed in her Strategic Marketing course.