About Us

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About Us

The Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability (CGLS) has a mission to build leaders with a global sustainable vision. Understanding cultural idiosyncrasies is the key to success in international business. No matter the industry, in today's global economy every organization is impacted by cultural differences in some way. The successful business leader thinks globally and is mindful of not only cultural and language barriers, but legal and political issues that may affect an organization both internally and externally.

We promote interactions among faculty, students and the business community to drive international cooperation and collaboration that leads to mutual and sustainable educational and commercial opportunities.

We believe that the most pressing global issue is sustainability in all its manifestations and seek to drive its convergence in technology, finance, climate science and related fields of study. It is our desire to influence leadership in this critical global dilemma. Learn more about sustainability at UC Irvine here.

Leadership 

Leadership

Executive Director

William Hernández Requejo

 

William Hernandez

William Hernández Requejo joins the Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability team as executive director. He is a UCI alumnus and graduate of Georgetown University Law Center with his JD in international law. William has taught at UCI since 1981 and for the Merage School for over a decade with excellent reviews. He has also taught at Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid and was the founding director of the Asturias Business School in Spain. He is currently very much involved in developing our relationship with the University of Havana. Most recently, Hernandez was recognized as an international expert by the United Nations Development Program in the area of Foreign Investment Negotiations. In addition to his work at UCI, Hernandez has also led a locally based, international consulting firm specializing in the area of international business development and negotiation.

Academic Director

Professor Emeritus John L. Graham

 

John Graham

Professor Emeritus John L. Graham is the academic director for the Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability and is an expert in global marketing, international business negotiations, and business in Greater China and Japan. He has co-authored several books as well as published extensively in academic and management journals including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Higher Education. Graham has been interviewed by numerous local, national, and international broadcast media outlets, including NBC Nightly News and the BBC, and written several articles for the Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, and The New York Times. He has also been a consultant for executive groups for major corporations, associations and institutions.

 

Advisory Board and Partners

We gratefully recognize the following individuals and companies that have given their time and resources in support of the center and our programs. Our academic partners include a variety of universities for our MBA and Executive Education programs which graciously allow our students to study abroad at universities in 45 countries around the world in conjunction with the UCI Education Abroad Program.

Community Advisory Board:

  • Beverly, Mike & Sarah Weston (CPF Solar)
  • Bianchi, Katie (Capital Group)
  • Bokota, Paul (Spectrum Brands)
  • Broude, Mary
  • Chen, Darwin (Kingston Technology Company)
  • Daboub, Jorge (SVP Business Development)
  • Davila, Gilbert (Davila Multicultural Insights)
  • Fuller, Edwin (Laguna Strategic Advisors)
  • Gallagher, Brian
  • Gianneschim Leon (Elgian Strategic, LLC)
  • Graham, Bill (DVO)
  • Hackett, David (Stillwater Associates)
  • Johnson, Christian (Edwards)
  • Kellen, Peggy (The Climate Registry)
  • Kelley, Sean (Toyota Motor Sales USA)
  • Kugelman, Larry
  • Lam, Mark (Live365.com)
  • Lawrence, Lynda (IdeaWorks Consulting)
  • Long, John (Highridge Partners, Inc.)
  • Lopez, Alex (Boeing)
  • Merage, Paul (MIG Capital | Suncore Products, LLC)
  • Patz, Tim (Edwards)
  • Phillips, David (UCOP Sustainability)
  • Reid, James (Sagitta Corporation)
  • Rosenzweig, Russ (Round Table Group)
  • Sahota, Neil (IBM)
  • San Vicente, Arturo (Microsoft)
  • Sano, Yoshihiro (Pacific Alliance Group)
  • Tabbert, Mark (Citizens’ Climate Lobby)
  • Weghorst, Paul (IRWD)
  • Woo, Nam K. (Woosong University)
  • Yannett, Mark (Spectrum Brands)
  • Yoost, Dean (Pacific LifeCorp)

Academic Advisory Board:

  • Amin, Alpesh (Medicine)
  • Bollens, Scott (Social Ecology)
  • Brouwer, Jack (APEP, Engineering)
  • Brase, Wendell (UCI and UCOP Sustainability)
  • Camacho, Alex (Law)
  • Cohen, Linda (Economics, Chair Faculty Senate)
  • Coulson, Ed (The Merage School, Center for Real Estate)
  • Davis, Kristen (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Davis, Steve (Earth System Science)
  • DiMento, Joe (Law)
  • Feldman, David (Social Ecology)
  • Gui, Luyi (Merage)
  • Huxman, Travis (Biological Sciences)
  • Kugelman, Larry (UCI Citizen Peace Building Award)
  • Li, G.P. (CalIT2)
  • Ogunseitan, Oladele (Public Health)
  • Rignot, Eric (Earth System Science)
  • Robinson-Dorn, Michael (Law)
  • Samuelsen, Scott (APEP, Engineering)
  • Tomlinson, Bill (ICS)
  • Velicogna, Isabella (Earth System Science)
  • Whiteley, John (Social Ecology)

Paul Bokota

“The Center has been a leader in bringing together a cross-functional group of advisers and participants to address critical global issues. The focus on sustainability is especially beneficial given UCI’s leadership in this area and will allow the Center to continue to lead by combining academic/scientific and business perspectives and communicating these perspectives to the broader community.” - Paul Bokota, Vice-President and Division General Counsel, Spectrum Brands

Paul Bokota

For UCI Students

For UCI Students

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The goals of our international business programs are to contribute to the scholarly research in this area and share that knowledge in the classroom. We provide our students with the tools to effectively manage global enterprise.

We teach our students best practices in supervising employees and operations in foreign countries and effective implementation of global business strategies. Our learning environment includes a diverse faculty and student body as well as a diverse group of international academic and commercial partners enabling students to develop personal relationships and international networks that will serve them well into the future.

Curriculum 

Curriculum

China and The Global Order

MGMT 111

This undergraduate-level course introduces you to China's economic and military relations with the world. You will assess the likelihood for conflict and how to strategically manage business risk in an environment of regional conflict. It includes an original documentary series and engaging discussion.

Sister Cities

International Management

MGMT 128

As an undergraduate student in this course, you will study the impact of different cultures, politics and economic systems on assumptions, expectations and organizational practices relevant to conducting business in different national settings. Gain an understanding of the challenges of cross-national management and resources utilized to work and conduct business outside the United States.

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Global Strategic Alliances in Sustainability (GSAS)

This undergraduate course is focused on cooperative efforts across organizations aimed at developing effective cross-disciplinary responses to the climate crisis. We will address the following questions:

  • Why and how should organizations cooperate to address the climate crisis?
  • What are the motivations and techniques that would facilitate an integrated-organization, systemic approach to climate change?
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Leadership Opportunities in Global Sustainability (LOGS)

MGMT 190

This undergraduate course includes lectures by sustainability leaders and stakeholders from academia as well as policymakers and commerce executives from all over the world. We will review the concept of sustainability, “the ability to endure,” the data associated with such a bold claim as “climate change is real,” address pending critical issues, and learn how leaders deal with those critical issues.

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Negotiations

MGMTMBA 225

Using a combination of theory and practice via negotiation simulations, you will expand your negotiating skills and develop your ability to analyze different negotiation situations and contexts in this graduate-level course.

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Global Marketing

MGMTMBA 254

You will gain an understanding of the problems and perspectives of marketing across national boundaries and develop analytical abilities for structuring and controlling marketing programs related to overseas business in this graduate-level course. Financial, legal and cultural barriers to international marketing are emphasized.

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MBA International Residential Courses

International residential courses are a highlight of our MBA programs and provide a unique, first-hand opportunity to learn about the macroeconomic, cultural and political issues faced by critical global business players. Recent locations include:

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Dubai
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Myanmar
  • India
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
MBA International Residential Courses students

Peace Building MBA

The inspiration for this program comes from the Peace through Commerce initiative sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) along with the US Peace Corps, the UC Irvine Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and the Merage School Strategic Plan. Through this program, we provide opportunities for our students to engage with students from other countries in an educational joint venture fellowship program that builds ethical leadership through service in other countries.

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Peace Building MBA

Independent Studies

MGMT 199, MGMTMBA 299

Receive course credit in an individual study under the direction of William Hernandez or John Graham. Past projects include:

  • Collaborating with the Irvine Ranch Water District to create an executive education program
  • Creating proposals to partner with international institutions
  • Researching the importance of integrating sustainability in business curriculum

Photo Contest

CGLS Photo Contest Submission

Photo Contest

The Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability holds an annual photo contest related to international commerce. This is a great opportunity to share your unique perspective and experience with the global economy with other members of the Merage School community. Contest submissions may be photos from anywhere in the world and include a caption that tells the story of that experience.

Contest Details: 

  • Submit entries and any questions to cgls@merage.uci.edu
  • Submit up to three high resolution images (300 dpi) with an educational caption for each submission (200 words max)
  • Up to three entries will be selected as winners of the 2019 contest
  • Winners will share a cash prize of $1,000 and the images will be enlarged and framed for placement around SB1

Opportunities 

In the Green

In the Green is a student organization at UCI with a focus on sustainability from a business standpoint; we strive to empower students to achieve real and responsible business solutions that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

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Climatepedia

Climatepedia’s mission is to provide a reliable source of climate change information by connecting the public with academia.

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Initially the program has focused on Spain, the coastal city of Santander, in collaboration with the University of Cantabria. In this program students are able to apply to for world caliber internships that are regionally based or within a larger European context. In addition, various efforts are under way to secure similar programs in Colombia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Anyone interested in this program should contact CGLS directly.

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In the Green

In the Green is a student organization at UCI with a focus on sustainability from a business standpoint; we strive to empower students to achieve real and responsible business solutions that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

LEARN MORE

Climatepedia

Climatepedia’s mission is to provide a reliable source of climate change information by connecting the public with academia.

LEARN MORE

Initially the program has focused on Spain, the coastal city of Santander, in collaboration with the University of Cantabria. In this program students are able to apply to for world caliber internships that are regionally based or within a larger European context. In addition, various efforts are under way to secure similar programs in Colombia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Anyone interested in this program should contact CGLS directly.

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Research

The Center conducts both applied and academic research pertaining to U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Cuba relations and international challenges related to global climate change. 

As the faculty expands, the Merage School is focusing its efforts to further develop our pre-existing strengths in the international arena. Funding for endowed chairs in international business is key in this endeavor.

 

Get Involved

There are many opportunities within the Center for executives and academics to share knowledge and experiences with the next generation: 

Become an Advisor
We gratefully recognize individuals who have generously given their time and resources in support of the center and our programs. Our board members serve as advisors that can serve on numerous foci such as student engagement and CGLS initiatives.

Become a Speaker
Innovators and academics frequently headline CGLS speaker events and partnered student organizations' events.

Invest in Our Future
Support the Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability by sponsoring events. The Center’s programming depends on the generosity of the business community, and your contributions make a big impact on the work we do. For more information, please visit our Involvement page.

Events 

Events

Virtual Town Hall with Congressman Mike Levin

Representative Levin will speak to students about the issue of climate change in the context of the latest climate assessments. He will refer to his assignments on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the National Resources Committee.

Why Business Sustainability Matters

A group of panelists discuss the meaning of sustainability in a business context and the importance of awareness surrounding the environmental and social impacts of business practices.

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Contact Us 

Contact Us

William Hernandez
Executive Director

949.824.7528
whernand@uci.edu

John Graham
Academic Director

949.824.8468
jgraham@uci.edu