Boards & Committees

Board Members

UNICON’s board members provide innovative insights to keep the organization at the forefront of industry trends. Through taking a comprehensive business approach, our board members equip UNICON’s member schools with the resources and initiatives they need to improve their performance globally. Thanks to their diverse backgrounds and experience in executive education, our board members create a community that is open to collaboration and supports the growth of all members.
Dr. Markus Frank
University of St. Gallen
UNICON Board Chair
2021-2022
Dr. Markus Frank is Executive Director, Head Custom Programmes for St. Gallen. Dr. Frank is well-known for his expertise in Strategic Management, Change Management, Organizational/Management.
Peter Methot
Rutgers University
UNICON Board Vice-Chair
2021-2022
Peter runs strategic and operational activities for corporate and professional education at Rutgers Business School. He covers the digitization and mobile deployment of all Executive Education programs as well as program development and business management.
Lise Hammergren
BI Norwegian Business School
UNICON Chair Emeritus
2021-2022
Lise Hammergren serves as Executive Vice President at BI Norwegian Business School. Ms. Hammergren was Marketing Director at Lilleborg, Director Orkla Brands Marketing and Sales, Assistant Director at Schibsted and European Brand Manager at Unilever.
Eric Bergemann
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Eric serves as the Senior Director of Executive Programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he oversees non-degree executive programs. He also leads development for business and Executive Education.
Shalini Bhatia
Stanford University
Shalini Bhatia is Director of Program and Business Development for Stanford Graduate School of Business. She leads the faculty engagement initiative and previously managed the Executive Education Financial Times Ranking process.
Devin Bigoness
Cornell University
As Executive Director for Custom Programs at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Devin is responsible for the design, development and strategy for the growth and success of non-degree customized executive education offerings.
Kan Cai
Tsinghua University
PBC School of Finance
Kan leads PBC School of Finance as the director of marketing for the new Center for Executive Education. He has extensive experience in consulting and developing new training programs in business model transition and innovation.
Jean Choy
University of Washington
Foster School of Business
For more than 25 years, Jean has helped public and private organizations grow globally. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, where she’s raised visibility and reputation thanks to her proficiency in English, Japanese, and Korean.
Aldemir Drummond
Fundação Dom Cabral
Aldemir teaches at Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) as a Professor of Strategy and Organizations, leading the Executive MBA, open enrollment and customized programs. He’s taught middle-to-senior-level executives from reputable companies such as ABB, Novartis and Volkswagen.
Katharina Lange
IMD – International Institute for Management Development
In her versatile Executive Education experience, Katharina has designed and delivered programs in Europe, greater APAC and the Middle East. She is currently an Affiliate Professor of Leadership at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
Mark Lewis
Chicago Booth Executive Education
Mark Lewis has served a key role in the development of Executive Education programs for Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of Executive Education at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, leading business administration and development.
Bill Scheurer
UNICON Executive Director, Secretary, Treasurer
Bill has extensive experience in Executive Education and currently leads UNICON as Executive Director. He provides a solid business strategy and high-performance execution by tapping into his global network of expertise.
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Marina Karban
Moscow School of
Management SKOLKOVO
Marina has worked in Executive Education since 2005 and serves as the Head of the Educational Programs Unit as Associate Dean for Programs. She covers many facets of program development, including design, management and initiation.
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Committees

There are several standing committees that are responsible for driving specific areas of the UNICON membership experience. The committees cover a wide range of areas from Finance to Marketing and Communications. Please click each committee link to learn more.

WHAT WE DO:

The Benchmarking Committee conducts periodic surveys of member schools to cover metrics, trends, and strategic insights to help members improve their work in Executive Education.

GOAL:

The mission of the Benchmarking Committee (BC) is to design, develop, execute and distribute reports of benchmarking surveys and studies on strategically selected topics. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Mark Lewis (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Serge Lafrance (Off-board Co-chair, 2021-2022), Rodrigo Amantea Pinto, Sheryl Axline, Cüneyt Evirgen, Jonathan Gurevitch, Alina O’Connor, Terance Wolfe

WHAT WE DO:

The Continuity Committee focuses on strategies and processes to bring continued success to the Board. The committee offers a Leadership Academy, an eight-month program for university-based education professionals seeking to transition into leadership roles.  

GOAL:

The mission of the Continuity Committee is to develop and maintain a pipeline of qualified board candidates, manage the annual board membership vote, and as needed “appointments” to the board.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Lise Hammergren (Chair 2021-2022), Mónica Sacristán Fanjul (Off-board Co-chair, 2021-2022), Dr. Markus Frank (Ex-officio),
Melanie Weaver Barnett, Clark Callahan, Peter Hirst, Tina Narron, Marco Serrato, Cathleen Shea, Della Wong, Gabriel Aramouni, Jean Choy

WHAT WE DO:

The Communications Committee supports the internal and external communications priorities of the organization, including web-based communications and public relations. 

GOAL:

The mission of the Communications Committee is to strategically manage both internal and external messages that will keep target markets informed and position UNICON as the voice of the industry.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Peter Methot (Co-chair 2021-2022), Aldemir Drummond (Co-chair 2021-2022), Rob Dietel (Off-board Co-chair, 2021-2022),
Jon Kaupla

WHAT WE DO:

The Conference Committee maintains a pipeline of potential host schools and supports them in planning and hosting relevant, high-quality conferences.  

GOALS:

  • Share industry best practices.
  • Discuss current issues affecting the industry.
  • Build relationships to expand network and promote collaboration.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Devin Bigoness (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Shalini Bhatia (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Nicholas Hamilton-Archer (Off-board Co-chair 2021-2022), Sharon Doopan, Keith Groya, Gene Mage

WHAT WE DO:

The Finance Committee provides budget oversight and direction, while overseeing the organization’s financial and accounting practices. 

GOAL:

The mission of the Finance Committee is to provide a thorough and accurate oversight of all UNICON finance reports and transactions. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Lise Hammergren (Chair, 2021-2022)

WHAT WE DO:

The Membership Committee seeks to enrich our member community, advise on membership strategy for the UNICON board, cultivate the pipeline of new member schools and make recommendations regarding new and ongoing relationships.  

GOAL:

The mission of the Membership Committee (MC) is to strategically shape UNICON membership in accordance with the will of the Board. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Kan CAI (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Della Wong (Off-board Co-chair, 2021-2022), Helen Brophy, Katarzyna Kozicz Fonseca, Shaun Rozyn, Patricia Treviño

WHAT WE DO:

The Research Committee guides and coordinates cutting-edge research at UNICON to deepen the understanding of the role of executive education while providing practical knowledge for members and other practitioners.  

GOAL: 

The mission of UNICON’s Research Committee is to discover new knowledge and innovative practices in university-based executive education and the industry category. We do this by commissioning and distributing research on important strategic themes for the UNICON membership.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Katharina Lange (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Eric Bergemann (Co-chair, 2021-2022), Melanie Weaver Barnett, Alan Chen, Lisa Hughes, Andreas Löhmer, Meg Regan, Monica Sacristan Fanjul, Tim Sylvester, Dina Venezky

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Join UNICON

Does your business school have a serious commitment to quality executive education and development and is interested in joining UNICON? Learn more about our application process, including membership criteria, policies, guidelines, and more.