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 Management, Journal 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.