Our Alumni

Paula Smith, PhD
PhD By Portfolio
Presentation Intelligence ® and Leadership Communication Coach at Dr. Paula Smith (Self-employed)
Perth, Australia

Anthony Cairns, PhD
PhD Doctorate of Philosophy in Management
ISO Delivery Consultant at iCoriolis Limited
Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

Thomas Draper, PhD
PhD Doctorate of Philosophy in Management
Lecturer at Prague City University

Claudia Cappelletti
Master in Tourism & Hospitality Management
Hotel General Manager at Hotel Stubel Suites & Cafe
Quito, Ecuador

Dr. Ellis Laura Griffith
PhD By Portfolio
Regional People Leader at McKinsey & Company
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“I entered this program having always aspired to and never found the time to work toward and earn a PhD. I entered the program with a large dose of curiosity and a small dose of worry – about the online experience, about interacting with professors, about the authentic rigor of the program – as it was brand new at the time.

Having grown up in a household with a University Professor and having chosen my own profession in the business world, I often thought about the gap between these two worlds. I often wondered at how to close that gap and to bring practical applications of advanced principles to business in order to elevate  priorities, to push strategic thinking, to relieve the classic analysis paralysis, and move quickly to operationalize excellence.

As SSBR I found the answer to this age old quandary. I found excellent and applicable materials, phenomenal globally minded mentorship, and a new type of academic rigor – one that pushed my thinking and creativity and has changed the way that I think about my work. Every small worry was quickly resolved as I came to understand that they were simply for the unknown and that the innovation which is the hallmark of SSBR is exactly what we need right now – to marry academia and business and to advance our ability to collaborate and think and act together toward a better future.”

Naftali Rumpaisum
Head of New Business at Global Water Intelligence (GWI)
Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

“Studying at SSBR has been a great experience for me and especially with the support from our professors. They made the whole process feel seamless even though it was fully online. The SSBR business course helped me in my professional development and I am applying what I have learned in real time. The key business practices have prepared me to step into a more senior role and become a better leader and strategist.”

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