Dr. Mansur Hasib, is the only cybersecurity professional in the world with 12 years experience as Chief Information Officer (CIO), a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Cybersecurity (Information Assurance), and the internationally recognized CISSP (cybersecurity), PMP (project management), and CPHIMS (healthcare) certifications.


Dr. Hasib has authored two books and is a Contributing Writer for Information Week. He currently teaches cybersecurity leadership to graduate students and practicing executives at several US National Centers of Excellence in Cybersecurity Education. He is also a Stars Mentor for executives of startup cybersecurity companies at Mach37 a cybersecurity accelerator. 

Soumya Sivakumar, PhD,  is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Director, Bachelor of Business Administration program at Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, USA.


Dr. Sivakumar’s research interests include consumer post-purchase responses to satisfaction and dissatisfaction, service recovery, green marketing, customer relationship management, and services marketing. Her recent publications include “Effectiveness of a Board Game in Fostering a Customer Relationship Orientation in Business Students,” Journal of Relationship Management, 2008 (Mummalaneni and Sivakumar).

Maja Daraboš, PhD, is a Senior Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Organization and Management, Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb, Croatia.


Maja holds a MBA degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business, Zagreb. Her doctorate thesis is entitled "Strategy Patterns and Corporate Competitive Advantage in Hypercompetition”. As well, she attended and completed several additional educational programs, and is also a member of the South East Europe Corporate Governance Academic Network and the President of the Organizing Committee for the International OFEL Conference on Corporate Governance.

SBMER'14 Honorary Guest Speakers

SBMER'14 Conference Keynote

Ravi Chinta, PhD, is University Research Chair, University of Phoenix. Ravi has 35 years of experience with 13 in academia and 22 in industry. Ravi brings a unique blend of skills that span across academia and industry; across 14 diverse nations; across private start-ups and global firms; and across strategic planning & business development and operations management. 


Ravi has over 40 publications in journals such as Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Small Business Management, Long Range Planning, Management Research News, Journal of Technology Management in China, International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, and International Journal of Business and Globalization, etc.

Victoria M. Grady, PhD

President & Principal Consultant

Pivot Point Business Solutions

Assistant Professorial Lecturer

George Washington University 


Dr. Grady dissertation focused on the inherent loss of stability suffered by organizations introducing and implementing organizational change initiatives. The research resulted in a validated model explaining the tendency of individuals, often subconsciously, to struggle, resist, and potentially disrupt the organizational change initiative


Ravi Chinta


Strategic Business Management & Economic Research Conference

Washington, DC, September 17, 2014

Glenn Freezman began his career in sales at the ripe old age of 12, selling pretzels at Philly sporting events and parade routes from New York to Maryland, netting enough money to buy an Oldsmobile Firenza, right off the showroom floor for cash.  He accomplished that after paying to get the family home out of foreclosure and the family cars off the repossession lot. 


He went off to college, in Hawaii, at 18, and 3 months later he dropped out of college, after just one semester, to come home and run his family’s candy store, “We’re Not All Nuts,” so his dad could look after his mom, as she was dying from cancer. He fulfilled his mom’s dream, to turn the one store into many, and soon had five stores locally. He then did her dream one better, and took it national.


After 28 years in business, sales and entrepreneurship are in Glenn’s blood. Today Glenn shares his wit, wisdom, and Street Smart lessons about success in business and life so that his clients and audiences can avoid earning a PhD in the school of hard knocks, blow through the seemingly impossible, and lead richer and fuller lives.