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Briefing Session

Please join us for the briefing session on the 8th of April from 17h00-19h00.

Zoom Link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278970222

Opening Ceremony: Guest Speaker

Mr Chris Donnelly
CEO Verb Brands

Named in Forbes 30 under 30, Chris Donnelly is the founder of VERB Brands; a luxury digital agency based in London, New York & Shanghai. VERB specialises in creating digital strategies for brands through website and eCommerce platform build/optimization and conducting SEO, PPC, programmatic and social media campaigns for luxury brands. Having seen the demand, Chris has recently launched VERB China to help western luxury brands launch and grow in China. 

 

Having started the company at university when he was 21, he has grown the company organically, working on omnichannel digital projects for international brands such as Jimmy Choo, Bugatti, Clive Christian, The Wolseley, Claridges to name a few. VERB is now one of the most recognised luxury digital agencies in the world.

“The Leading Digital Agency for Luxury & Premium Brands.”

 

Based in London & New York, VERB is a performance-based digital agency that drives strategy, growth, and revenue. VERB provides SEO, PPC, organic & paid social, programmatic services, websites and content for some of the world’s leading brands.”

Verb is a service business that is primarily based in the UK, it was started in 2013.

Professor Issam Ghazzawi received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, his Masters in Labor and Human Resources (MLHR) from The Ohio State University, and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Sul Ross State University. He has taught management and organizational studies courses and has over 20 years of executive management experience.”

 

 

 

DATESA TIMELA TimeActivity
8 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMBriefing – Prof Ricardo Britto
12 April5PM-5:45PM8AM-8:45AMSpeed Networking
12 April6PM-7:30PM9AM-10:30AMOpening Ceremony Guest Speaker – Chris Donnelly
14 April5PM-6:30PM8AM-9:30AMVirtual Amazing Race
14 April6:45PM-7:45PM9:45AM-10:45AMPresentation – Ball Bottling Company
20 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
22 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
29 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
4 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
6 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
11 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Issam Ghazzawi
11 May7:30PM-8:30PM10:30AM-11:30AMFarewell address: Navigating Your Way Through Covid 19 – Matthew Khoury
11 May8:30PM-9PM11:30AM-12PMClosing Ceremony

Paul J. Abbondante, Ph.D., has extensive experience as an investment banker and chief financial officer.  He was the Chief Financial Officer of Genève International Corporation, a FINRA broker-dealer specializing in investment banking, from 2000 to 2016.  Prior to that, he was President of Irvine Securities, also a FINRA broker dealer, and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations.  The duties included investment analysis, due diligence, and the management of 25 brokers.  In his previous positions as CFO with Triple Crown Industries, Inc. and Capital Network, Inc., he was responsible for the allocation of corporate funds along with the financial analysis and modeling that preceded the spending decisions. Triple Crown Industries was publicly traded and he submitted quarterly and annual reports to be filed with the SEC.  Dr. Abbondante has taught economics and finance at the University of California at Los Angeles, California Polytechnic University at Pomona, and Chapman University.  He received his doctoral degree in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He also had series 7 (registered representative), series 24 (general securities principal), and series 27 (financial and operations principal) securities licenses.

DATESA TIMELA TimeActivity
8 April5PM-7PM8-10AMBriefing – Prof Ricardo Britto
12 April5PM-5:45PM8AM-8:45AMSpeed Networking
12 April6PM-7:30PM9AM-10:30AMOpening Ceremony Guest Speaker – Chris Donnelly
14 April5PM-6:30PM8AM-9:30AMVirtual Amazing Race
14 April6:45PM-7:45PM9:45AM-10:45AMPresentation – Ball Bottling Company
19 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
21 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
26 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
28 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
4 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
11 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Paul Abbondante
11 May7:30PM-8:30PM10:30AM-11:30AMFarewell address: Navigating Your Way Through Covid 19 – Matthew Khoury
11 May8:30PM-9PM11:30AM-12PMClosing Ceremony

Dr. Kathy Duncan is a Professor of Management at the University of La Verne. She is the Program Director for the Master’s in Leadership and Management program. Before coming to academia, Kathy had over twenty years of experience in healthcare including clinical, management, and educator positions as a registered nurse. Dr. Duncan has presented at a number of academic and leadership conferences. As a consultant, Kathy facilitates team building, strategic planning, and conflict resolution with teams in healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations.

DATESA TIMELA TimeActivity
8 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMBriefing – Prof Ricardo Britto
12 April5PM-5:45PM8AM-8:45AMSpeed Networking
12 April6PM-7:30PM9AM-10:30AMOpening Ceremony Guest Speaker – Chris Donnelly
14 April5PM-6:30PM8AM-9:30AMVirtual Amazing Race
14 April6:45PM-7:45PM9:45AM-10:45AMPresentation – Ball Bottling Company
20 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
22 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
29 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
4 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
6 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
11 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Dr Kathy Duncan
11 May7:30PM-8:30PM10:30AM-11:30AMFarewell address: Navigating Your Way Through Covid 19 – Matthew Khoury
11 May8:30PM-9PM11:30AM-12PMClosing Ceremony

Prof. Frank Fialho is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at the University of La Verne and holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration, in addition he has more than 40 years of Marketing and Professional Selling experience

DATESA TIMELA TimeActivity
8 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMBriefing – Prof Ricardo Britto
12 April5PM-5:45PM8AM-8:45AMSpeed Networking
12 April6PM-7:30PM9AM-10:30AMOpening Ceremony Guest Speaker – Chris Donnelly
14 April5PM-6:30PM8AM-9:30AMVirtual Amazing Race
14 April6:45PM-7:45PM9:45AM-10:45AMPresentation – Ball Bottling Company
20 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
22 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
29 April5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
4 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
6 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
11 May5PM-7PM8AM-10AMLecture – Prof Frank Fialho
11 May7:30PM-8:30PM10:30AM-11:30AMFarewell address: Navigating Your Way Through Covid 19 – Matthew Khoury
11 May8:30PM-9PM11:30AM-12PMClosing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony: Guest Speaker

Matthew Khoury
CEO/Co-Founder
Loke Global

Graduated from University of South Australia, Matthew Khoury co-founded Loke Global in Australia in 2012.

 

LOKE builds branded ordering, loyalty and marketing technology for retail and hospitality brands. It provides both web and native apps in customer’s brand with the widest selection of tools to build revenue and customer data. LOKE’s bespoke platform includes customisable segmentation and tracking tools, allowing its customers to create powerful and meaningful journeys while enhancing customer’s interaction with businesses. It offers a feature set normally only achieved by combining multiple platforms.

 

After the successful launch in Australia and Singapore, Matt moved to London to expand Loke’s operation into the UK in 2018. When Covid-19 hit UK in March 2020, Matt led his team to change its business model over night, they have pivoted extremely successfully to focus on providing ordering platforms, for delivery services, to small and medium sized hospitality businesses.

 

Its customers include Shake Shack, Nandos, Baskin Robbins, National Australia Bank, Milestone Group, Gelato Messina, City Pub Group and many more, it has offices in Sydney, Singapore, London and Aukland.