Institute of International Business
As a first-year Ph.D. student studying Marketing and International Business, Cazembe Monds is excited to be starting the next step in his academic career. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Morehouse College and an Associate's degree in General Studies from Bainbridge State College. He hails from South Georgia, and when not working, he loves to get out and enjoy nature by hiking, backpacking, and canoeing.
Francesca Sanguineti is a first-year doctoral student in Marketing at Georgia State University. She has chosen to specialize in International Business after doing her Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management at the University of Pavia, Italy. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pavia, waiting for her dissertation. The managerial roles that she covered in the retail fashion industry influenced her choice of pursuing a career in research and academia.
Francesca is a curious, hard-working individual who values team efforts and recognizes the opportunities of living in a multicultural environment. The international experiences she had helped develop an open, flexible, and adaptable mindset. The managerial experiences improved her problem-solving abilities and boosted her communication and team-building skills.
Her research interest fields are International Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Fashion, and Circular Economy.
Elena Poliakova is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Her primary research interests include the role of language in international business and intercultural negotiations. Elena’s research also explores brand storytelling, cross‐cultural management, international marketing campaigns, and diaspora investment promotion. Her research has been presented at various international conferences and published in academic journals, such as the Journal of International Business Policy and the Journal of Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management. Elena is a recipient of GW-CIBER 2018 and GSU-CIBER 2020 summer scholarships and a Negotiation and Team Resources (NTR) 2020 Grant. A native of Moscow, Russia, Elena earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in the spheres of marketing and education in Russia, Germany, and the United States.