Dr. Amit Arora, AIB-SE 2024 Immediate Past Chapter Chair

Dr. Amit Arora, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Co-Director of Nicholas J. Giuffre Center for Supply Chain Management at Bloomsburg University. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor and Director of Global Logistics & International Business Education and Research Center at Savannah State University. He has been serving as a Track Chair for AIB-SE since 2015. Amit graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Georgia Southern University in 2014. He is a certified Supply Chain Operations Reference scholar by the Supply Chain Council. He teaches courses in Transportation, Logistics, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Innovation, Quality, Strategic Management, and Business Research. His current research interests are sustainability strategies in supply chain management, supply chain collaboration, and experiential innovative gaming exercises for teaching. He has co-authored articles in logistics, marketing, international business, and pedagogical journals. He has published in the International Journal of Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, and Journal of Promotion Management, among others. Amit serves as Principal Investigator, Co-PI, and collaborator for various funded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and VentureWell. He has extensive industry experience, having worked in the auto industry in India for about 10 years.


Dr. Wendy Ritz, AIB-SE 2024 Conference Chair

Dr. Wendy Ritz draws on more than 20 years of international sales and marketing experience to introduce college students to a more applied learning environment. She strives to use projects that promote community engagement to expose students to real-world business dilemmas both domestically and abroad. In summer 2019, she served as a faculty member with Florida State University’s International Programs in Valencia, Spain. Wendy continues to remain current in industry and is a Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) Fellow. She serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Marketing Education. She serves as Associate Editor for the Personal Selling and Sales track for the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science.


Dr. Brittney Bauer, AIB-SE 2024 Marketing & Membership Director

Dr. Brittney Bauer is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her dual Ph.D. in marketing and international business from Saint Louis University in 2019. Furthermore, she received a Certificate for University Teaching Skills from the Center of Teaching Excellence and a Research Methods Minor during her doctoral studies. Dr. Bauer received the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 College of Business Outstanding Research Awards. Her work has been published in well-respected journals such as the International Journal of Research in Marketing, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Product & Brand Management, and Academy of Management Perspectives. Dr. Bauer has an extensive research pipeline currently under review at top marketing and international business journals, and her work has also been noted in the media. She is an editorial review board member and ad-hoc reviewer for various academic journals. Moreover, Dr. Bauer is an active member of the American Marketing AssociationAcademy of Marketing Science, and Academy of International Business, and has performed various leadership roles for their respective annual meetings. She has also earned several Best Reviewer and Best Paper Awards at these national and international conferences.



Dr. Malika Richards, AIB-SE 2024 Chapter Chair

Dr. Malika Richards is a Professor of Management at Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Berks. She obtained her Ph.D. in International Business and Strategic Management from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Prior to graduate studies, she studied in Japan and Taiwan, and worked in Thailand for five years. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar at Soochow University, Taiwan. Subsequently, she was invited back to Soochow University three times as a Visiting Professor, at one point receiving among the top 10% in teaching evaluations. In 2013, She was a Visiting Professor at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Her research interests are the impact of culture on international management and multinational firm strategy. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of International Management, International Business Review, Journal of Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies. Malika has served several years in the role of Treasurer to the International Management division of the Academy of Management. This is one of the largest divisions in the Academy. She has served as Track-Chair for AIB-SE several times. In 2015, she was elected Vice President of the Women in the Academy of International Business (WAIB). From 2017–2019, she served as WAIB President.





Dr. Ru-Shiun Liou, AIB-SE 2024 Academic Program Chair

Dr. Liou is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Tampa and has been an active contributor to discovery scholarship in top-tier academic journals, including the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review and Journal of Business Research, among others. In the past decade, she has published over 20 papers on the topics of emerging market firms’ managers and acquisitions, cross-cultural management and global sustainability. She also contributed to the professional community by serving in various leadership roles, such as the editorial review board, and has a long history of supporting the Academy of International Business-Southeast Chapter.


Dr. Kai Xu, AIB-SE 2024 Program Chair Elect

Dr. Kai Xu is a Lutcher Brown Fellow and associate professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She joined the UTSA faculty in 2015 after her graduation from Texas A&M University. Dr. Xu has teaching and research interests in strategic management. Her research interests broadly focus on two areas: international strategy and corporate governance. She is interested in and has been working on such topics as the application of institutional theory in international context; family firm international strategies; and corporate governance issues in emerging economies. Her work has been published in the Journal of Operations ManagementJournal of World Business and Long Range Planning, among others.


Dr. Mohamad (Mo) Sepehri, Dean, School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia, AIB-SE 2024 Chapter Treasurer

Dr. Mo Sepehri has a double Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has over 30 years of experience in market analysis and research. Prior to his graduate education, Mo served at several international corporations as the Director of Marketing, Director of the International Division, and the Assistant General Manager (VP level). He is a consultant and research analyst to business corporations, and has served as expert advisor and consultant to a number of city, county, and state governments in the areas of consumer research, transportation, market feasibility, economic impact and the “Blue Laws”. Mo has written numerous scholarly works that have been published in professional publications. The ranges of topics include information technology and global business, leadership for the twenty first century, curriculum studies, behavioral and consumer market studies, and securities and exchange market analyses. He has been acknowledged in the Journal of Operations Management as an “outstanding contributor” on several occasions. Mo is a member of China Business Education Council in Jacksonville and is a board member/executive officer of the Academy of International Business–Southeast (USA) and he currently serves as the treasurer. He also serves on the Executive Board of the International Visitor Corps in Jacksonville and he has the designation of Citizen Diplomat by the U.S. Department of State.