The Executive Team

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Dr. Vas Taras

Dr. Vas Taras is an Associate Professor of International Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the founder and coordinator of the X-Culture Project which he launched in 2010. He received his PhD in Human Resource Management and Organizational Dynamics from the University of Calgary, Canada and his Master’s in Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He teaches International Business at the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research revolves around cross-cultural and global virtual teams and experiential approaches to international business education. His research team is particularly interested in the potential of large and diverse crowds of amateurs in solving complex business problems. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and the Editorial Board member of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Management, and Management Research Review. He is a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards for his work in International Business. He has lived, worked and studied in half a dozen countries and has experience as a manager, businessman, and business consultant.

Karen Lynden

Karen Lynden

Karen Lynden serves as Lecturer within the Department of Management at the Cameron School of Business, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Karen’s teaching philosophy is centered on experiential and project-based learning. She is an active X-Culture faculty participant (2014-ongoing). Karen began her role as X-Culture Coaching Program Director in 2019. She serves on the leadership team for X-Culture Global Business Week, with a role in faculty professional development programming for the annual symposium. She also serves as XCAB as Coordinator. Karen is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Cross Cultural & Strategic Management Journal, a member of the Editorial and Review Board for the European Journal of International Management, and an executive committee member of the Academy of International Business Teaching and Education Shared Interest Group.


Leilani Baumanis

Professor at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL. A member of the X-Culture Executive team since 2016. Professor Baumanis has taught courses in Principles of Management, Foundations of Business, International Business, International Culture and Protocol, Foreign Country Studies (India & China); Export Practices and Procedures; Human Resource Management, Human Resource Training and Development, Human Resource Strategy and Organizational Behavior.

XCAB: X-Culture Advisory Board 2020-2021

Name University Country
Abdulrahman Chikhouni Mount Royal University Canada
Alejandra Tenorio Universidad Panamericana Mexico
Alex Assouad Belmont University United States
Alfredo Jimenez KEDGE business school France
Amit Arora University of the District of Columbia United States
Ana Colovic NEOMA Business School France
Ana Maria Soares University of Minho Portugal
Anna Matysek-Jedrych Poznan University of Economics and Business Poland
Anna Svirina Kazan National Research Technical University Russia
Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas Universidad de La Sabana Colombia
Anshu Arora University of the District of Columbia United States
Ben Mamoun Saint Louis University United States
Carri Reisdorf Elon University United States
Charles Wankel St. John’s University, New York United States
Clifford Wymbs Baruch College/CUNY United States
Cristina Robledo-Ardila Universidad EAFIT Colombia
Daniel Rottig Florida Gulf Coast University United States
Daria Panina Texas A&M University United States
David Baker University of Louisiana at Lafayette United States
Ding-Yu Jiang National Chung-Cheng University Taiwan, ROC
Dirk Boehe Massey Business School New Zealand
Donata Vianelli Università di Trieste Italy
Elena Iarkova the University of Tyumen Russia
Ernesto Tavoletti University of Macerata Italy
Gordon Perchthold Singapore Management University Singapore
Gregory Kivenzor University of Connecticut United States
Ilan Alon University of Agder Norway
James Rajasekar  Sultan Qaboos University Oman
Jarin Eisenberg Swell Startups United States
Jieqiong Ma Hofstra University United States
Justin Kraemer Mae Fah Luang United States
Karen Lynden UNC Greensboro United States
Leighton Wilks University of Calgary Canada
Leilani Baumanis Johnson and Wales United States
LeRoy Hambrick Earlham College United States
Liviu Florea Washburn University United States
Longzhu Dong University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire United States
Louise Curran Toulouse Business School France
Magali Da Silva Cabrera Universidad ORT Uruguay Uruguay
Mahesh (Michael) Raisinghani T.W.U. United States
Marjaana Gunkel Free University of Bozen-Bolzano Italy
Marne Arthaud-Day Kansas State University United States
Nataliya Acc-Nikmehr CSU Long Beach United States
Nicole Franziska Richter University of Southern Denmark Denmark
Omer Genc Youngstown State University United States
Peter Magnusson University of Alabama United States
Raghu Kurthakoti Arcadia University United States
Ramya Venkateswaran Indian Institute of Management Calcutta India
Revti Raman Sharma Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand New Zealand
Ricardo Vallenilla IESA Venezuela
Richard Griffith Institute for Cross Cultural Management at Florida Tech United States
Robert Stephens Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania United States
Ru-Shiun Liou University of Tampa United States
Shelly Daly Lindenwood University United States
Sherry Andre Florida International University United States
Srdan Zdravkovic Bryant University United States
Stefano Elia Politecnico di Milano Italy
Stephan Gerschewski University of Kent United Kingdom
Stephanie Perroud HEG-FR – School of Management Fribourg Switzerland
Sumati Varma University of Delhi India
Tim Muth Florida Institute of Technology United States
Tom Robinson Industy Partner United States
Valerie Bell Professor (retired), CEO Canada
Vas Taras UNC Greensboro United States
Wan Li University of New Brunswick Canada
William Johnson Penn State Erie, The Behrend College United States