About Us

The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country.

FIU Business established its CIBER with a U.S. Department of Education grant of $1.33 million, which will have a total impact of more than $2.7 million with matching funds from the college. The FIU Business CIBER is one of just 16 to be funded nationwide and the only one in Florida. The CIBER supports such activities as Undergraduate Research Associate Program; interdisciplinary programs incorporating foreign language and international studies training; international internships and study abroad programs; international trade missions; PhD-level seminars, webinars, and workshops; and faculty research and development programs in South Korea, India, and Latin America.


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Advisory Council

Our advisory council is comprised of top international researchers, global professionals, local professional associations and community college representatives. 

  • College of Business Representatives

    Joyce Elam
    Dean Emerita, College of Business

    Sumit Kundu
    CIBER Director, Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar Chair in International Management
    Assoc. Dean, International Programs, Professor and James K. Batten Eminent Scholar Chair in International Business

    Modesto A. Maidique
    FIU President Emeritus and Professor, Department of Global Leadership and Management

    William Newburry
    Chair, Department of International Business, Professor of International Business and Strategic Management, and Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business

    Jacqueline Sousa
    Director, Office of Executive and Professional Education

    Mary Ann Von Glinow
    Former CIBER Director, Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar Chair in International Management

  • International Studies or Foreign Language Representatives

    Pascale Becel
    Chair, Department of Modern Languages, FIU

    Shlomi Dinar
    Dean, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
    Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations

    Frank Mora
    Former Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations
    Nominee to serve as the United States ambassador to the Organization of American States.

    Maida Watson
    Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, FIU

  • Representatives of Other Academic Institutions

    Marjorie Lyles
    Incoming AIB President

    David Moore
    Dean, International Education, Broward College

    Sonia Verdu
    Professor, Law School, Universidad del Istmo

  • Representatives of Local and Regional Businesses

    Stephanie Carvajalino
    Co-Founder and CCO of The Biz Nation

    Alex Cater
    Principal and Lead Consultant, Cater Investment Group
    Adjunct Professor, Florida Memorial University

    Maribel Diz
    Vice President, Visa, Inc.

    Maria Drew
    President, HR Strategist Group

    Gary Goldfarb
    Chief Strategy Officer, Interport Logistics

    Manny Mencia
    Former Sr. Vice President, International Trade Division, Enterprise, Florida, Inc.

    Nick Mysore
    President & CEO of Vim Vitae
    Director of Market Strategy & Intelligence for Verizon
    Senior Director of Enterprise Strategy for ConAgra

    Deepak Ohri
    CEO at Iebua Hotels and Resorts co. Ltd

    Edgardo Pappacena
    CEO, Cani Investments

    Gary Spulak
    President, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

    Rossana Tabares
    Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Talent Strategies