Faculty

A world-class international faculty who are the established leaders  in their areas of specialization and are integrally involved in the science of positive psychology.

Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D.
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Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D.

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- Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
- Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan and Ross Business School- PhD, Stanford University (Psychology with minor in Organizational Behavior)

Dr. Frederickson is one of the core founders of Positive Psychology, along with Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson. One of themost highly-cited contributors to psychological science, she is best known for developing the “Broaden and Build” theory and the science ofPositivity, which describes how positive emotions serve as drivers of growth, performance and human flourishing. Her research and teachinghave been recognized with numerous honors, including the 2000 American Psychological Association’s Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology.

In the EXMPLS she focuses on the science of positive emotions and their role in behavior and performance.
Peter Huang, Ph.D.
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Peter Huang, Ph.D.

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-Professor and Chair, University of Colorado Law School
- PhD, Harvard University(Applied Mathematics)
- JD, Stanford University (Law)
- AB, Princeton University (Economics)

Dr. Huang is an expert in the application of positive psychology and neuroscience to the field of law. His numerous publications applyresearch from economics, finance, neuroscience, cognitive, and social psychology to analyze legal rules and institutions.

In the EXMPLSprogram, Dr. Huang works with participants to develop methods for constructive conflict resolution and negotiation and new understandingsabout how emotions and moods affect decision making, and judgment. In particular, he focuses on a robust finding of positive psychologyand how positive emotions improve aspects of decision making.
Jeanne Liedtka, DBA
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Jeanne Liedtka, DBA

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- Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business
- DBA, Boston University (Management Policy)
- MBA, Harvard Business School
- BS, Boston University (Accounting)

Dr. Liedtka is an expert in the rapidly growing application of design thinking to business. In the EXMPLS program, she works with participantsthe ability to turn abstract ideas into practical applications for maximal business growth.

She covers the mind-set, techniques, and vocabularyof design thinking, unpack the mysterious connection between design and growth, and teach leaders, in a straightforward way, how to exploit design’s exciting potential.

She also explores how design thinking can be used to unlock creative right-brain capabilities to solve a range of problems. This approach has become a necessary component of successful business practice, helping managers turn abstract concepts into everyday tools that growbusiness, while minimizing risk.
Bernd Schmitt, Ph.D.
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Bernd Schmitt, Ph.D.

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- Professor of International Business, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
- Director, Center on Global Brand Leadership, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
- PhD, Cornell University (Psychology))
- MSc, University of Heidelberg

Dr. Schmitt is considered one of the pioneers in Experiential Marketing and is widely recognized for his major contributions to branding,marketing, and management through his unique focus on creativity, innovation and the customer experience. Schmitt has written for The New York Times, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times, and is also the author of several books including the newly published HappyCustomers Everywhere, which have been translated into more than 20 languages.

In the EXMPLS program, Dr. Schmitt links positive psychology to marketing strategy, to provide a compelling framework for putting the customer at the center of the business success. Innovation programs succeed when they consider not just functional improvements toproducts, but how they bring joy to customers.

In Schmitt’s view, customers are the drivers of innovation that enable businesses to craft successful products and services that will drive not only sales but loyalty and advocacy. Dr. Schmitt helps participants leverage customer insight and create meaningful ways to engage with, and delight, their customers and partners.
Juan Humberto Young, Ph.D.
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Juan Humberto Young, Ph.D.

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- PhD, Case Western Reserve University (Management)
- MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- MPA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
- Ms, University of Pennsylvania(Applied Positive Psychology)
- Ms, Stern School of Business New York University (Risk Management)
Professor of Positive Psychology, University of St. Gallen

Dr. Young is one of the pioneers in designing and delivering services that apply positive psychology to functional areas of management suchas strategy, financial management, risk, and management control. Dr. Young has more than 34 years of professional experience in consulting,finance and banking. Dr. Young served as a Senior VP at UBS, Senior Manager of Strategic Management Practices for Latin-America at KPMG as CFO in three industrial companies, and as a positive organizational consultant to companies in banking, transportation, airport management, media, energy, tourism, health care, and public administration.

In the EXMPLS program, Dr. Young introduces participants to novel views of strategic management. Within a positive behavioral framework, participantslook at strategy as a continuous flow of activities that produce innovation and adaptation in response to the constant changing environment.
Lee Newman, Ph.D.
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Lee Newman, Ph.D.

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- Professor of Behavioral Science, IE University)
- Dean, IE School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Dean of Innovation and Behavior, IE Business School
- PhD, University of Michigan (Psychology and Computer Sciences)
- MBA , MIT Sloan School of Management (Strategy, and Innovation)
- SN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Technology & Policy))
BSc, Brown University (Electrical Engineering)

Dr. Newman’s research and teaching focus on translating and applying behavioral science to helping professionals understand and regulatebehavioral biases that threaten the quality of thinking and the effectiveness of decision making. His emphasis is on training more effectiveleadership behaviors in the everyday situations that professionals face in the workplace.

In the EXMPLS program, Dr. Newman works withparticipants to reveal common biases and errors in thinking and decision making, and draws on the science of habits and motivation to helpparticipants gain new insights into behavioral change and develop a plan for implementing simple and impactful changes in their thinking processes.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Newman has served as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company focused on businessre-engineering and organizational performance improvement, and founded and served as a senior manager in two technology ventures.
Johannes Glarner, Ph.D
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Johannes Glarner, Ph.D

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- PhD, University of Zurich(German Literature and Philosophy)
- MA, University of Zurich (Philosophy, Literature and Music)
- Yoga Teacher Diploma, US Yoga Alliance

Dr. Glarner has been engaged in extensive Yoga training since 1980, including Jivanmukti, Kundalini and Yogehswari. He has completedin-depth philosophical studies related to Yoga (including Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Samkhya, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, and Tantra) andcurrently serves as yoga trainer for yoga teachers in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Glarner teaches the Positive Fitness component of the EXMPLS program, designed to help participants develop the posture, breathing, energy control and other physical aspects that promote confidence and leadership attitudes through yoga practices.
Michel Avital, Ph.D.
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Michel Avital, Ph.D.

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- Professor of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School
- PhD, Case Western Reserve University (Management Information Systems)
- MBA, City University of New York (Business Policy & Computer Information Systems)
- BA, Tel Aviv University (Economics and Business)

Design and innovation are the leitmotif in Michel’s work that focuses on examining the crossroads of information, technology, and people inthe context of human organizations. Building on positive methods of inquiry, he has published articles on topics such as generative systems design, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and sustainable value.

In the EXMPLS program, Dr. Avital develops a rigorous and empirically grounded set of principles for designing information systems to buildbetter organizations. By encouraging human strengths and positive change, he shows EXMPLS participants in how to use technology totransform business by enabling and promoting the best in individuals and foster betterment in organizational teams
Dian Marie Hosking, Ph.D.
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Dian Marie Hosking, Ph.D.

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- Professor of Relational Process, Utrecht University School of Governance
- Professor of Organizational Psychology, Tilburg University
- PhD Honoris Causa, Turku School of Economics, Finland (Economics)
- PhD, University of Warwick (Psychology)
- BA, University of Sheffield (Psychology)

Dr. Hosking is a psychologist with a background in social and organizational psychology, management and organization development. In theEXMPLS program she presents the Appreciative Inquiry methodology to transform organizations based on:

1. Discovering (finding out and appreciate what gives life and energy to people, their work and their organization),

2. Dreaming (dream or envision how the organization ideallymight look in the anticipated future),

3. Designing (create or design organizational structures, processes and relationships that support the dream) and

4. Destiny (sustain the developments and innovations of the inquiry process and to nurture a collective sense of destiny).
Alois Stutzer, Ph.D.
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Alois Stutzer, Ph.D.

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- Ph.D. University of Zurich (Economics)
Dr. Alois Stutzer is considered one of the leading scholars in the economic analysis of happiness and his work is cited throughout the social sciences. He studied economics at the University of Zurich where he also received his Ph.D. in 2001.
In 2002, he stayed as a research fellow at the Center for Law and Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.
He has been a full professor for public choice and public economics at the Department of Business and Economics, University of Basel since 2009. Alois Stutzer’s researchinterests include political economics, public economics, law and economics, and economics and psychology.

In the EXMPLS program, Dr. Stutzer develops a mind map of modern happiness research in economics. An introduction to the current state of knowledge in this new area is provided. It enables participants to critically think about the new development and to independently exploreit further. Together with the participants, he works out inspiring alternative ways of thinking about questions on well-being at the individual, the group or firm, and the societal level. Moreover, potential insights for the organizational context are discussed.
Denise Quinlan, Ph.D.
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Denise Quinlan, Ph.D.

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Dr. Denise Quinlan is PhD in Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.Diploma in International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, Italy. Diploma of Advanced European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.B.A. (Hons.), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Denise Quinlan links positive psychology strengths-based team building. Adopting a strengths-based approach to team building provides a pathway to address each of these team challenges by increasing connectedness, team social capital and engagement and thereby promoting team resilience. In this module participants will explore how a strengths-focused approach to team building can engender the high quality connections that promote these organisational outcomes.
Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.
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Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.

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Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada. Trainedunder Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Rashid‘s expertise include strength-based resilience, personal and professional growth andengagement. Dr. Rashid has trained a wide-range of professionals internationally.

Published in peer-reviewed journals, an invited keynote speaker, Dr. Rashid’s work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation and at theTEDx. Dr. Rashid initiated and leads award winning Flourish, a strength-based preventative mental health initiative at UTSC.

In the EXMPLS Dr. Rashid’s module helps participants to gain a comprehensive, coherent and contextual understanding of character strengths in relation to self-development.