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Professor Ivo Pezzuto

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Favorite book: The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael E. Porter

Born in Italy but raised and educated in the US, I am a New Yorker at heart. I believe that diversity has always been part of my world; it is a great source of enrichment. In today’s globalized economy, diversity is about discovering the world from other people’s perspectives.

ISM is a natural fit with my personality since it is a truly inspiring and exciting global community of talented professionals and passionate learners. Being a passionate and open-minded analyst and learner, I enjoy teaching and researching economics and business-related topics more than anything else since it is about doing some of the things I love the most: researching, learning, sharing ideas and connecting with others, helping others to pursue their career goals and dreams to succeed. It’s sort of a mission for me.

Alison Knight, ISM’s General Director, will be in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, March 29-31. She will be attending and presenting at a workshop titled "Africa's Higher Education Institutions in an Age of Discontinuity," hosted by the Association of African Universities. Following that, she will be in Berlin, Germany, April 2-5, speaking on a panel, "Disrupting Executive Learning," at the 5th Annual Executive Learning Forum on Sunday, and then attending the ATHEA conference and Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information about the workshop in Zimbabwe, go to
Matthew Andrews, ISM’s Director of Academic Affairs, will be attending the 2017 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in San Francisco, April 18-21, 2017. He will be presenting his paper "Turbulent and Dynamic Titles: The Importance of Tacit Knowledge and Organizational Learning in a Young E-Commerce Company" on the first day at the Hilton Parc 55 Hotel. For more information about this conference on “Celebrating Excellence in Business Education,” go to

ISM Dean César Baena shares his insights on business in Brazil in preparation for ISM's 2017 Doing Business in Brazil program. As part of his analysis, Dean Baena discusses how Brazil is the economic engine of South America, as well as how this emerging market is linked to other South American countries. To read his insights, please continue below.

DBA candidate Vara Kuppam recently filed a nomination for the Coppell (Texas) Independent School District (ISD) Place 5 in this May’s School Board election. Vara was featured on the front page of his local paper, Citizens’ Advocate: He is quoted as saying he would like to bring his global experience to build “next generation innovators and global leaders from Coppell ISD students.”