International Advisory Board

In furthering the implementation of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management’s internationalization strategy, an International Advisory Board was established in 2016 to complement HHL’s board structure. The aim of the board is to further strengthen HHL’s profile through the exchange of experiences from an international perspective. Central topics to be discussed in the board’s meetings focus on the development of HHL as well as on current topics in business school education relevant to all institutions. During the selection of board members, special attention has been paid to internationality and diversity. The board was reappointed in 2023.

Emeric Abrignani
Head of International Development | KEDGE Business School
Elsa del Castillo Mory
Professor of Business Administration | Universidad del Pacífico, Peru
Alexandra Esquivel
Director International Programs | INCAE Business School
Dan LeClair, Ph.D.
CEO | Global Business School Network (GBSN)
Mary Pang, Ph.D.
Professor of Management and Associate Dean | College of Business, City University of Hong Kong
Florence Ramillon
Director of International Relations & Development | TBS Education
Samantha Walbrugh-Parsadh
Head of International Affairs | Stellenbosch Business School

Emeric Abrignani, France

Emeric Abrignani has worked in marketing, HR, and international relations for different multinationals, NGOs and institutions in countries such as the USA, Türkiye, Austria, France, Germany. His latest missions for both public and private HEIs gave him the opportunity to design and implement strategies/action plans (e.g. internationalisation, marketing, student recruitment, sustainable development), advise university presidents and board members, be an active member in dozens of institutional committees, establish and manage International Offices, coordinate international activities (brand-marketing, student-recruitment, partnerships, ranking/accreditation-activities), design and teach innovative university courses, establish Sustainable Development action plans.

Emeric Abrignani currently operates as the Head of International Development at KEDGE Business School, CEO at EA Higher Education Consulting (Internationalization, Marketing and Management projects for different HEIs) and Elected member of the EAIE Admission & Recognition Expert Committee.


    Elsa del Castillo Mory, Peru

    General Director of the Graduate School and Past President of Universidad del Pacífico, Peru, full-time professor in the field of Business Administration and member of the Research Center. She holds a doctorate in Economics and Business Sciences from Deusto University and an Executive MBA from IE University (Spain), as well as a  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from  Universidad del Pacífico (Perú). She is a Certified Ontological Business Coach by Newfield Consulting- ECORE (Chile).

    Her areas of expertise are strategic management, CSR, leadership and talent management. She is an author, lecturer, researcher and consultant on those fields. In addition, she is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Diversity at IE, in Spain.

    She has been a board member at Scotiabank Peru and at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Peru, and is a member of the Advisory Council at the Peruvian subsidiaries of  Llorente y Cuenca and Ayuda en Acción. For several years she was a Member of the AACSB International Initial Accreditation Committee, and Member of the Board of the Peruvian Association of Human Resources (APERHU) and Perú Sostenible.

    Ranked No 1, leading the MERCO ranking 2021-2022-2023 of leaders in the education sector in Peru.

      Alexandra Esquivel, Costa Rica

      Originally from Costa Rica, Alexandra Esquivel is a dedicated higher-education professional. Her mission is to help students improve their communication skills, especially in English, and to motivate them to participate in academic exchanges worldwide. She’s currently the Director of International Programs at INCAE Business, where she also teaches English for Business since 2005.

      She has taught children and adults for almost 30 years. During her master’s program at Ohio University, she was the first Latin American to teach English as a foreign language in the University’s intensive English program. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in Education in the year 2000, she returned to Costa Rica and taught in the Master of Applied Linguistics at University of Costa Rica. Between 2001 and 2005 she was the Academic Director at Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano (Bi-national cultural center).

      At INCAE she manages the relationships with partner schools, including incoming and outgoing student exchanges, dual degree programs, study tours, and other cooperation activities. She also taught Managerial Communication in the MBA program. She has served in HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management’s International Board since 2017.

        Dan LeClair, Ph.D., USA

        As CEO of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), Dan is helping business schools work together and connect with business, government, and civil society to foster inclusive and sustainable development. Prior to GBSN, Dan was instrumental in transforming AACSB from a US accrediting body to a global thought leader and internationally respected quality assurance agency. He led AACSB’s strategic development, major advocacy investments, and the global expansion of its professional development portfolio. He is credited with starting the organization’s knowledge services area and shepherding a three-year process to reconstruct accreditation standards on a platform of engagement, innovation, and impact.

        Dan was officially recognized by the UN for pioneering efforts in the formation of its Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). He was a founding member and now is a Fellow of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) initiative. Dan also played the lead role in creating a think-tank joint venture between the EFMD and AACSB and, throughout his career, has participated in many industry-level task forces for a wide range of organizations, including the Chartered Association of Business Schools, British Academy, Graduate Management Admission Council, Executive MBA Council, and Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.

          Mary Pang, Ph.D., Hong Kong

          Mary Pang received her education in the United Kingdom, graduating with a B.Sc. (Hons) Economics (Business Administration) from Cardiff University, then obtaining a Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Warwick. In 1993 Mary joined the City University of Hong Kong, where she is now concurrently a Professor of Management and Associate Dean (Internationalization) in the College of Business. A recipient of the City University of Hong Kong’s Teaching Excellence Award, Mary’s research interests and publications are in the areas of occupational choice, career development as well as teaching and learning. Since 2002 Mary has spearheaded Internationalization strategies for the business school. Mary has been a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), Singapore Management University (Singapore), Aston University (UK) and the University of Mannheim (Germany).

            Florence Ramillon, France

            • Director of International Relations & Development at TBS Education
            • Member of Board of Directors, Campus France Expert for Bienvenue en France Label, Animator of the International Experts Group for the CDEFM
            • UNIVERSEH Governance Representative for TBS, International Attaché for the European Project Beyond UNIVERSEH

            Within her current position, Florence Ramillon is in charge of the international strategy for TBS which includes the development and the management of the network of partner universities as well as student and faculty exchanges for all campuses of TBS (Toulouse, Paris, Barcelona, Casablanca) and the international positioning of TBS. She manages the international recruitment, supports the strengthening the internationalization of the school and its competitiveness on the international market. She represents TBS at national, European and international events. She also participates in Global Business Education conferences in many countries. She is also heavily involved in various accreditation projects such as EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB as well as other national audits.

              Samantha Walbrugh-Parsadh, South Africa

              Samantha Walbrugh-Parsadh is Head of International Affairs at Stellenbosch Business School. She joined Stellenbosch Business School in 2014, and her responsibility spans development and execution of internationalisation policy and strategy. Her leadership and integration of internationalisation activities include initiating, developing, and implementing the internationalisation of Stellenbosch Business School’s core activities of research, teaching and learning, and social impact. Prior to joining Stellenbosch Business School, she was Assistant Director in the International Office at Stellenbosch University main campus for 10 years, managing various internationalisation programmes and new initiatives. Her experience spans from working within the Marketing and Communication Division; the Office of the Rector and Vice-Chancellor; as well as the Institutional Advancement Division at Stellenbosch University.

              She is married to Dr Adrian Parsadh, and they have two children, Chloé (21) and Zachary (16).