Date & Time: 18 June 2024, 15:00 UTC (View Local Time)

Hosts: AIB Teaching & Education Shared Interest Group& AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy

Point of Contact: Aušrinė Šilenskytė (


Event Recording Access: Current AIB members will be able to access a recording of this event in the “AIB Video Archive” section of our login portal. New webinar recordings are typically posted within five business days of the original event date.

Event Overview: We will discuss what it takes to build a strong foundation for a successful international academic career, particularly in the field of international business. Participants will receive many practical tips on how to successfully navigate their doctoral education from choosing a topic through graduation. Senior scholars will provide insights on how to develop and present groundbreaking research to diverse stakeholders. These topics will be connected through presentation and discussion on the newly established AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy, which aims to address contemporary challenges and opportunities in IB doctoral education. The webinar is ideal for doctoral researchers (in PhD and DBA programs), their supervisors, and those involved in teaching and managing doctoral programs in the field of International Business, from around the world.


Gary Knight is the Helen Simpson Jackson Chair and Professor of Global Management at Willamette University in Salem and Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a Fellow and President-elect of the AIB. Previously he served as AIB Vice President (Program); Chair of the AIB US-West chapter; inaugural chair of the ‘SMEs, Entrepreneurship, and Born Global’ track of the AIB annual conference; and chair of various AIB awards. He has (co-)authored some 60 refereed articles in International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of World Business, and numerous other scholarly journals. Along with S. Tamer Cavusgil, he won the Decade Award at JIBS for their article on born global firms. Gary also won a JIBS Silver Medal for intellectual contributions to the journal. Gary’s research emphasizes international entrepreneurship, internationalization, international marketing, and technology’s role in international business. In terms of impact, he is consistently ranked among the top-cited scholars in international management, international marketing, and international entrepreneurship. The U.S. House of Representatives invited him to provide expert testimony on international business. Prior to joining academia, he was export manager of a medium-sized company, directing the firm’s international operations in Asia, Europe, and North America. Previously he was Professor and Director of the International Business Program at Florida State University.

Antonella Zucchella is professor of Marketing and of Circular entrepreneurship at the University of Pavia in Italy. She has been visiting professor in various universities in Europe and the US and visiting researcher at Harvard Business School in 2019. Her research interests are in international entrepreneurship, international business, sustainability and circular entrepreneurship. She published several articles in international journals and is also author of books on entrepreneurship. She has been awarded by International Business Review for the best article in 2018, she received the Emerald literati award for most outstanding paper in Multinational Business Review in 2017, twice awarded for the best paper in the International Business conference AIB. She has been keynote speaker in several international conferences.

Katerina Boncheva is a third year Ph.D. candidate in international marketing and strategy Cardiff University, UK, with research focus on the interplay between strategy and international business in the realm of reverse internationalization, encompassing international exit and re-entry dynamics. She is part of the inaugural cohort of the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy, as one of only 13 global doctoral scholars selected. Katerina supports teaching across six marketing and management modules at Cardiff Business School and is Associate Fellow of Advance Higher Education.

Alexander Tonn is a doctoral candidate in political economy at the University of St. Gallen and a research assistant at the chair of macroeconomics as well as the China Competence Center. Before joining academia, he worked as an economic policy advisor for a member of the German Parliament in Berlin. International work and study experiences brought him, among others, to Denmark, Tanzania, and, most recently, China. Alexander is part of the inaugural cohort of the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy.

Theuns Mans is a seasoned Wealth Manager and University Lecturer in South Africa. He is also a doctoral researcher at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria, South Africa). His main research interests are related to Entrepreneurship and International Business in Africa. Theuns is part of the inaugural cohort of the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy.

Giuseppe Pirrone is a doctoral researcher at the University of Pavia and the University of Bergamo (Italy) and is proudly a member of the inaugural cohort at the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy. His main research interests are related to International Business/International Entrepreneurship, in particular the topic of Business scaling. Giuseppe researches at the Agile lab as part of the Institute for Transformative Innovation Research at the University of Pavia, lectures at the FHV University of Applied Sciences (Austria), and is actively involved in teaching and innovative educational projects regarding Entrepreneurial Internationalization.

Cazembe Monds is a 4th year Ph.D. student studying at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, USA, and is current earning his degree in International Business. His current research interest surrounds both cross-cultural and interorganizational trust, and within his dissertation within underexplored contexts and emerging markets. Cazembe has presented his research 2023 World Investment Forum organization by UNCTAD in Abu Dhabi. He is also a part of the inaugural AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy program cohort.


Aušrinė Šilenskytė is a Program Manager (Bachelor’s in International Business) and an Ambassador for Internationalization at the School of Management, University of Vaasa, Finland. She also serves as a Chair at the Academy of International Business Teaching and Education Shared Interest Group and is a Governing Board member at the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy. Šilenskytė holds a PhD in the area of international management, is an alumnus of the prestigious Nord-IB program, and her research centers around strategy implementation, blockchain adoption in international business management, and innovations in business education, particularly related to social sustainability. Aušrinė has received several international awards for her research and as an educator. She also has led several international research and education development projects involving industry-academia collaborations.