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. 

The Center for Global Leadership strives to promote international interactions among faculty, students, and executives that lead to the invention and exploitation of mutual and sustainable educational and commercial opportunities. The Merage School offers a comprehensive list of international business courses and residentials to numerous countries around the world.

  • 60%

    faculty members fluently speak a second language

  • 70%

    doctoral students from foreign countries

  • Faculty Research

    Our faculty members conduct research in more than 30 countries on six continents.
  • Over 50%

    MBA students are from abroad
  • 38%

    Undergraduate freshmen born outside of the U.S.

  • 50%

    Undergraduates are second-generation immigrants & speak a second language

Center Directors

John Graham Professor Emeritus John L. Graham is the Academic Director for the Center for Global Leadership 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. 

William Hernandez Requejo

William Hernández Requejo joins the Center for Global Leadership 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 Paul Merage School of Business 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, William 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.

Advisory Board

  • Neil Sahota, Chairman, IBM
  • Mark Lam,
  • Katie Bianchi, Capital Group
  • John Long, Highridge Partners, Inc.
  • Mary Broude
  • Alex Lopez, Boeing
  • Darwin Chen, Kingston Technology Company
  • Lynda Lawrence, IdeaWorks Consulting
  • Gilbert Davila, Davila Multicultural Insights
  • Paul Merage, MIG Capital | Suncore Products, LLC
  • Jorge Daboub, SVP Business Development
  • James Reid, Sagitta Corporation
  • Edwin Fuller, Laguna Strategic Advisors
  • Russ Rosenzweig, Round Table Group
  • Leon Gianneschi, Elgian Strategic, LLC
  • Yoshihiro Sano, Pacific Alliance Group
  • Sean Kelley, Toyota Motor Sales USA
  • Nam K. Woo, Woosong University
  • Larry Kugelman
  • Dean Yoost, Pacific LifeCorp


UCI Partners

Academic Partners

Through the UCI Education Abroad Program our students 
are eligible for study abroad programs at universities in 45 countries around the world. We also maintain relationships with a variety of other universities for our MBA and Executive Education programs including:

  • University of Havana (Havana, Cuba)
  • Aarhus University (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • University of Cantabria (Santander, Spain)
  • Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)
  • Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Corvinus BUES (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
  • HEC Paris (Paris, France)
  • ESSEC Business School (Paris, France and Singapore)
  • Fudan University (Shanghai, China)
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong, China)
  • Maastricht University (Maastricht, Netherlands)
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, PUC (Santiago, Chile) 
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Vienna, Austria)
  • Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)
  • China Europe International Business School, CEIBS (Shanghai, China)
  • University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba, Japan)

Community and Governmental Partners

  • Merage School Team Takes 1st Place in Notre Dame MBA Tech Innovation Challenge

    A team of three Full-Time MBA students from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business competed in the Notre Dame MBA Tech Innovation Challenge, taking home first place and a cool $6,000. The final event was held April 22 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Focused on blockchain, this year’s case competition final event featured seven teams from top universities across the country.

  • Center for Global Leadership Awards First MBA Global Health Peacebuilding Scholarship

    Joseph Zakaria, MD/MBA ’19, has been selected as the first Merage School MBA Global Health Peacebuilding Scholarship recipient. As part of the award, he will participate in the upcoming Cuba residential and serve as ambassador for the Center for Global Leadership and the MBA Peacebuilding Initiative.

  • How to create social good through artificial intelligence

    In line with its commitment to social good and innovation towards the UN's 17 SDGs, IBM has launched Watson for Social Good to help organizations leverage AI for the betterment of the world.

  • FEMBA Program Climbs 10 Spots, Full-Time MBA Up Two in Latest US News Rankings Report

    The Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business has moved up 10 spots to rank 32nd among the nation’s Top MBA Programs, 19th among public universities and fourth in California in the 2019 Best Business Schools rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The Merage School’s Full Time MBA program climbed two spots, coming in at 42nd nationally.