Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Professor Cha conducts a two-pronged approach to research on leadership: leading through shared values (values-based leadership) and leading in the context of demographic differences (diversity management). Her research has appeared in publications including the Journal of Applied Psychology and Harvard Business Review. She has received multiple awards for her research, including two awards from the Academy of Management, the Accenture Award for a significant contribution to management, and a near- $100,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Professor Cha holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior, awarded jointly by Harvard Business School and the Harvard Psychology Department. She also earned an MA in Social Psychology and a BA in Psychology (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. She was recently featured as “Professor of the Week” in the Financial Times.
Warren Leon has been active in the United States on energy and environmental issues for the past two decades, working with state government agencies to increase their effectiveness on a variety of subjects. He is Senior Advisor to the national Clean Energy States Alliance and also serves as a consultant to other organizations. From 2003 to 2009, he held several positions at the quasi-public Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, including as director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a state fund that annually awarded $40 million to advance clean energy. Before that, he was executive director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and deputy director for programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Warren is co-author of the influential book The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices (1999), with over 100,000 copies sold, and also co-authored Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer's Guide to Protecting Our Health and the Environment (2002). He was lead author and project coordinator for the recently released An International Strategy for Massachusetts (2010), recommending ways for the state to expand exports and foreign direct investment
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Andy Molinsky is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Brandeis IBS, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior and MA in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in International Affairs from Brown University. Professor Molinsky's research examines the challenges people face in performing emotionally demanding aspects of their jobs. His work specifically focuses on the difficulties involved in adapting behavior in foreign cultural environments as well as the moral and psychological challenges involved in performing "necessary evils" (causing harm for a perceived greater good) in professional work. One of Professor Molinsky's current courses, Managing Across Cultures, is based on his research on "cross-cultural code-switching," aiming to give students the skills, opportunities, and courage to operate effectively in unfamiliar and emotionally difficult foreign cultural situations.
Kevin Steinberg is Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary at the World Economic Forum USA, the North American affiliate which acts as the headquarters for various industries within the Centre for Business Engagement based in New York as well as for the Forum's North American and Latin American activities. In this role, he oversees industry teams, leads the Membership and Partnership Department, and guides institutional strategy. He has led several initiatives, including the launch of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow community, the organization of worldwide Industry Summits, and the Foundation-level strategy projects. He is an ex-officio member of the Forum's Managing Board and a member of both the Board of Directors for Claridge, Inc and the New Center for Arts and Culture. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Mr. Steinberg spent ten years in wholesale and investment banking practice with McKinsey & Company.
Visiting Professor of the Practice at Brandeis International Business School
Executive Board Member of VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG
Dr. Barbknecht is a Member of the Executive Board of VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG (Leipzig, Germany) one of the leading energy companies in Germany. He has worked at VNG for over 20 years in a variety of different functions. This has allowed him to gain top management experience in the fields of legal affairs, strategic coordination, international gas procurement, international gas sales, international gas trading, international gas market sales and portfolio management.
In addition to his occupation at VNG he is Managing Director of VNG – Erdgascommerz GmbH (Leipzig, Germany) and a member of the Supervisory Boards of several VNG subsidiaries as well as gas distributing companies. Dr. Barbknecht also is a member of several German, as well as international organizations. For instance, he is a Member of the Finance Committee of the World Energy Council.
Aside from his academic appointment at Brandeis International Business School, Dr. Barbknecht is also an Honory Professor at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Freiberg, Germany).