KMI Faculty

KMI is proud to work with a roster of distinguished faculty members from around the world to deliver programs and achieve our goals


Professor of International Business, The George Washington University

Dr Y. S. Park, ICAS fellow, is currently professor of international finance at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He has been teaching at the University for the past 21 years. In addition to George Washington University, he also taught at Georgetown University and Columbia University.

Before joining academia 22 years ago, he had worked for the World Bank as a senior economist and then served as the financial advisor at the Samsung Group, currently the largest business group in Korea. Currently, Yoon Shik is a member of the boards of directors of Samsung Corporation, a large Korean trading and construction company in Seoul, and the Korea Economic Institute of America, Inc. in Washington. He is also president of the Korea Economic Society, whose members are economic and finance professionals at the World Bank, IMF, and various U S government agencies working in the metropolitan Washington area.

Among his many publications are Project Financing and International Financial Markets (1999), and four other books as well as many articles and reports in the fields of international banking and finance. Regarding his research on Korea in recent years, Yoon Shik written extensively on financial crisis, financial reforms, corporate governance, and new accounting standards, among others. Prof Park has also been a frequent contributor of columns on economic and financial matters at major Korean dailies.

Dr Park has been a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), U.S. Federal Reserve, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), U.S. Export-Import Bank, Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department, New York State Banking Department, Pohang Iron and Steel Corporation (POSCO), Korea Institute for Economy and Technology, and other private and public institutions around the world.

In addition to his MBA in finance and MA in economics, Yoon Shik has received two doctorate degrees: doctor of business administration (DBA) in international finance from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and PhD in economics from George Washington University.


Professor of Business Administration, The Catholic University of Korea
President, International Council for Small Business
Visiting Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim is a Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea. He received a PhD from Seoul National University, Korea, and has researched at the University of Tokyo, and MIT as a visiting scholar. His research interests are modularization with IT, inter-firm relationship at the automotive industry, and supply chain management.

Dr. Kim is the current President for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Board of Directors. He is Past-President of the Asian Council for Small Business, the Asian regional affiliate of ICSB. Through his role as Past-President, he hosted the 2014 Annual ACSB Asian SME Conference in Seoul, South Korea. He is also one of the Chief Researchers of HeBEx Healthiness of Business Ecosystems, a new and innovative report seeking to assess the relative healthiness of a country’s creativity, opportunity, and productivity.


Executive Director, The Korean Management Institute 
Executive Director, International Council of Small Business (ICSB)
Associate Teaching Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business. He is an award winning author and teacher, just been recently awarded the Most Outstanding faculty voted by students five years consecutive – 2015-2011. Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the school of business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe and represented in over eighty countries.

Dr. El Tarabishy created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference ( that is hosted at the George Washington University. The GW October conference connects the latest and most cutting edge of entrepreneurship research to the most pressing and important national and international policy to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. The intersection of these two important topics makes the conference vital for global development.



President and CEO of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 
Visiting Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Aug. 2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration, Hoseo University, Korea
Aug. 2003 Ph.D. in Business Management, Kyunghee University, Korea
May 1987 MBA, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 1973 Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Korea
Feb. 1971 BA in Electronics Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea



H.E. Ambassador OH JOON

Visiting Distinguished Research Professor in Resident, The George Washington University School of Business

His excellency served as the President of the Economic and Social Council until 2016. Ambassador Joon also served as the President of the Conference of States’ Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Previously, Ambassador Joon served as President of the Security Council from 2013-2014.

In his positions, Ambassador Joon has been an active leader on behalf of the United Nations on a variety of important issues involving relations between North Korea and it’s neighbors South Korea, China, and Russia. Most recently, Ambassador Joon spoke out about the need for governments to work together to realize and mitigate disasters caused by climate change and El Nino.

Prior to his role at the UN, Ambassador Joon he was Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Singapore from 2010-13 and Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul from 2008-10.


Visiting Distinguished Research Professor in Resident, The George Washington University School of Business
Professor of Accounting at Seoul National University

Su-Keun Kwak is Professor of Accounting at Seoul National University. Professor Kwak also currently serves as President of the Korean Academic Society of Business Administration. Professor Kwak obtained a B.B.A. in 1977 and studied in the M.A. program at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, USA) in 1987. Prior to joining the faculty of Seoul National University, he taught at Kookmin University. He also was a visiting professor at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 1994. He served as Dean of College of Business Administration during 2007 and 2009. He also served as President of the Korean Association of Small Business Studies. His research interests are mainly in the areas of corporate governance, valuation, M&A, and auditing. His research has been published in several books including M&A cases in Korea.

Professor Kwak has served for numerous governmental or non-profit organizations including Securities and Futures Commission of Financial Supervisory Commission, Committee of Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation, Evaluation Committee for Financial Accounting Standards at Financial Supervisory Service, and Committee for Governmental Administration Reform.


Director of Strategy and Development, The Korean Management Institute 
Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Paul Michael Swiercz is a professor and chairman of the Department of Management (2005-2008, 2013-present) at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dr. Swiercz has published more than 35 refereed research articles; his case studies on Home Depot and Delta Airlines have appeared in six best selling strategy text books. His case study — Food Lion vs. the UFCW: Time for a Change? — was selected for the Best Case Award by the 2002 Academy of Management. He has been interviewed by numerous news organizations including CNN and has taught and presented seminars in Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, Trinidad and Brazil.

Dr. Swiercz served as editor (1998-2002) of the journal Human Resource Planning and is director of the Strategic HRM Partnership Project at GWU, developer of the SWIF Learning (Student Written – Instructor Facilitated Case Writing) and co-developer of the Cognitive Intrusion of Work Scale (CIW). In his capacity as a consultant and trainer he has directed workshops for ATT, General Motors, Cornell University, Telecom Egypt, the State of Georgia, China Petrochemical Corporation, the Pentagon, and others.

Dr. Swiercz is the founder and principal in the firm Executive Selection and Development International (ESDI) and developer of the workshop Strategic Business Thinking: A Skill Building Workshop for Competitive Thinkers.


Associate Dean for Executive Education, Program Director Master of Science in Finance, Professor of Finance, The George Washington University

George Jabbour is the associate dean for executive education, professor of finance, and director of the Masters in Finance Program at the George Washington University School of Business. He has been a consultant and conducting professional training for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. (USA), Vienna (Austria) and Islamabad (Pakistan), for The International Training Banking Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Center of Excellence in Management in Kuwait, and for Kipco Asset Management Group (KAMCO) in Kuwait. Dr. Jabbour was a visiting professor at Franklin College in Lugano (Switzerland), Dongseo University (South Korea), Holy Spirit University-Kaslik (Lebanon), Renmin University of Beijing (China), and Sorbonne University in Paris (France).

He developed curriculum for Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees in business and finance. He has several publications in professional refereed journals. Dr. Jabbour co-authored “The Option Trader Handbook” for trade adjustments. His research papers were presented in the United States and around the world. Dr. Jabbour is a member of several leading professional finance organizations and is member of the editorial advisory board of three journals. Four of his co-authored papers won the best paper award. Dr. Jabbour has received several Teaching Excellence Awards.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jabbour is very active in equity and derivatives trading. He was senior financial analyst at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and a consultant to several American corporations and international organizations. He has a doctorate in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration in finance, a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.


Associate Professor of Decision Sciences, The George Washington University

Young Hoon Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management as well as Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting professor at the Florida International University, a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute, and currently holds a guest research professor position at the department of information science and operations management, faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Kwak serves as a specialty editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE) and an associate editor for Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE) and serves on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald) and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM).

Dr. Kwak is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend. His research that was partially funded by PMI titled “Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines” received the 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award. He recently published a new book (2014) titled “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs” (PMI Publications).

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations and presented and published over hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly works appear in California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Risk Management: An International Journal, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Journal of Management in Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, Korean Management Review and other prestigious academic outlets.

Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include strategic issues of project management; project control; project performance evaluation and improvement; management of technology; and engineering, construction, and infrastructure project management.


Managing Director of Growth Dialogue & Professor of Practice of International Business, The George Washington University

Danny Leipziger is the managing director of the Growth Dialogue, a network that works to extend economic growth to as many places on the planet as possible. Driven by a passionate belief that without growth, sustainable development and improvements in people’s lives are impossible, the Growth Dialogue seeks to connect high level policymakers and thought leaders with those whose policy decisions can benefit from practical experience and the latest work on economic growth.

Dr. Leipziger formerly headed the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) vice presidency, a network of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, lending, and analytic work for the World Bank’s client countries. In this capacity, he provided strategic leadership and direction to regional PREM units as well as groups working on economic policy formulation in the area of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance.

He was heavily involved in positioning the Bank on major economic policy issues and in managing the Bank’s overall interactions on these issues with key partner institutions – including the IMF, OECD, WTO, EU and the G8/G20. He led the repositioning of the World Bank on econonomic growth and launched the Bank’s Gender Action Plan. He advised to three World Bank Presidents and represented the Bank at major international conferences.

Dr. Leipziger has also provided commentary and analysis in both English and Spanish to newspapers such as the Financial Times and Le Monde, as well as to television networks such as the BBC, CNN, and Bloomberg Television.


Associate Professor of International Business, The George Washington University

Liesl Riddle is an associate professor of international business and international affairs at the George Washington University School of Business. She also is the co-director of GWSB’s OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on corporate boards.

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. She was a founding member and director of the university’s Diaspora Research Program. Dr. Riddle is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.