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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.
Jean Choy
University of Washington
UNICON Board Chair
2023-2024
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.
Eric Bergemann
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
UNICON Board Vice-Chair 2023-2024
Eric serves as a Senior Director of Executive Programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is capability development leader in Program & Instructional Design Methodology and Improvement
Aisha Azhar
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Aisha has led pioneering executive education initiatives on board governance, agribusiness management, venture advancement, women entrepreneurship and digital transformation in the financial services. For the past 13 years, she has driven executive education strategy, client relationships, program design, development and execution across multiple mediums.
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.
Jane Crombleholme
Alliance Manchester Business School
Jane joined the School in 2004 tasked with pulling together 12 different providers of open enrolment and customized executive education into one Executive Education Centre. She has now developed the Centre to deliver programmes across the UK, Europe the USA, Australia and the Middle East.
Aldemir Drummond
Fundação Dom Cabral
Aldemir is a professor of Strategy and Organizations at Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), where he teaches at both Executive Education and Degree Programs. In his career at FDC, Aldemir has led, designed and delivered programs in Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia, several of them in partnership with local schools.
Lisa Hughes
Harvard Business School
Since 2007, Lisa has thrived in the role of Portfolio Director, having led over 300 program iterations. Her career as a global executive includes strong business development, relationship management, and product innovation experience. Transitions and innovation are her particular interests, vocationally.

Serge Lafrance

HEC Montréal
Serge Lafrance has over 30 years of experience in management, business growth, marketing consulting, and teaching. He has held various executive positions in both Canada and the United States. Serge serves as Director of Executive Education (ED) and Adjunct Professor at HEC Montreal, since 2016.
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).
Dennis Lanham
Santa Clara University
Dennis Lanham serves as Sr. Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Silicon Valley Executive Center, Santa Clara University. He is a seasoned learning and development executive leader with 20+ years of combined experience in university-based executive education, global member services and program management.
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.
Shaun Royzn
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Shaun has over 17 years of experience in global higher and executive education. Notable career achievements include establishing the GIBS/Harvard Business School partnership program for African executives, which is now in its fifth year of delivery. He also designed the Bloomberg Financial Journalism Program for Africa and the General Electric African Leaders program.

Melanie Weaver Barnett

UNICON Executive Director, Secretary, Treasurer
Before joining UNICON, Melanie Weaver Barnett was chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She has served as chair of the board of directors for UNICON and on the boards of the Alumni Association and the Advisory Board for Intercollegiate Athletics.
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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 commissions periodic surveys of member schools. These surveys include metrics,
trends and strategic insights into the University-based Executive Education Industry that can enable members to
improve the quality of their work in the field of non-degree executive education.

Goals and Objectives:

For the coming year:

• Publish the 2023 UNICON Membership Benchmark Survey
• Create several pulse surveys to track key trends in non degree executive education industry
• Continue collaborative efforts with partners to track trends in corporate learning

Benchmarking Committee Guidelines 8-16-23

Committee Members:

Mark Lewis (Co-chair, 2023-2024), Serge Lafrance (Co-chair, 2023-2024), Fatos Aksel, Luiz Buccos Silveira, Cüneyt Evirgen, Pamela Knight, Stuart WellsYazmin NorwoodDavid Kutas

What We Do:

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

Goals and Objectives:

Communications Committee Guidelines_08-16-23

Committee Members:

Aldemir Drummond (Co-chair 2023-2024), Shaun Rozyn, (Co-chair 2023-2024), Jon Kaupla (Off-Board Co-Chair 2023-2024), Kate Feeney Anderson, Fareeha Muzaffar, Marta Pimentel, Kat Shanahan 

What We Do:

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

Goals and Objectives:

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

Conference Committee Guidelines

Committee Members:

Shalini Bhatia (Co-chair, 2023-2024), Dennis Lanham (Co-chair, 2023-2024),  Nicholas Hamilton-Archer (Off-board Co-chair 2023-2024), Sharon Doopan, Keith Groya, Gene Mage

What We Do:

The Continuity Committee focuses upon strategies and processes for uninterrupted succession to the Board.

The Continuity Committee oversees the Leadership Academy for aspiring individuals at the director level.

Goals and Objectives:

Continuity Committee Guidelines 7-26-23

Committee Members:

Serge Lafrance, (Chair, 2023-2024), Mónica Sacristán Fanjul (Off-board Co-chair, 2023-2024), Jean Choy, Ex-officio, Gabriel Aramouni, Clark Callahan, Lise Hammergren, Peter Hirst, Peter Methot, Tina Narron, Cathleen Shea, Marco Serrato, Della Wong

What We Do:

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

The committee is responsible for developing the financial strategy for UNICON, monitoring financial transactions, various financial reports, and the annual audit. The committee also monitors our investments and makes investment recommendations to the board.

The committee is comprised of the board chair, board vice chair, and the executive director.

Goals and Objectives:

Finance Committee Guidelines_08-23-23

Committee Members:

Jean Choy, (Chair 2023-2024), Eric Bergemann, (Vice-Chair 2023-2024), Melanie Weaver Barnett

What We Do:

We aim at representing the multiple facets and different perspectives of global university-based executive education
through our membership base. As the membership committee, we seek to enrich the existing community with new
active members and advise the UNICON board on membership strategy, cultivate the pipeline of new member
schools and make recommendations regarding new and ongoing membership.

Goals and Objectives:

For the coming year we want to particularly strengthen our membership base in Asia and Africa. At the same time, we want to nurture the relations to our existing members’ schools and keep engagement level high.

We will review applications for membership and make recommendations to the board according to our guidelines.

Membership Committee Guidelines 08-16-23

Committee Members:

Jane Crombleholme, (Co-chair 2023-2024), Katharina Lange, (Co-chair 2023-24), Della Wong, (Off-board Co-chair 2023-2024),  Katarzyna Kozicz Fonseca, Matthew Gibb , Kellie McCaffrey, Patricia Ivette Treviño, Stephanie StawickiKristen Robillard 

What We Do:

Cutting-edge research is one of UNICON’s cornerstone activities, guided and coordinated by the Research
Committee. UNICON-sponsored research seeks to deepen the understanding of the role of executive education,
while generating practical knowledge for members and other practitioners.

Members benefit from UNICON research, as it can expand their knowledge of the field, while keeping them informed
of recent developments. 

Goals and Objectives: 

Research Committee Guidelines 7-22-21

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Lisa Hughes, (Co-chair, 2023-2024), Aisha Azhar, (Co-chair, 2023-2024), Alan ChenSara GaoAni Kharajian, Andreas Löhmer, Matt McNeice, Meg Regan, Lisa Rohrer, Aileen ZhangSheryl AxlineTerry Wolfe

Interested in Joining or Contacting a Committee?
Contact UNICON and learn more about the work committees do and how to contribute.

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.