Instructors

BOOST is run by a uniquely multidisciplinary, diverse team of accomplished scholars interested in research with real-world impact.

Dr. Yusaf Akbar teaches business strategy. His experience includes coaching and teaching thousands of executives in more than 40 countries and providing strategic consulting to both major companies and startups in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Emerging Markets, and has a forthcoming book in 2018 with the title Strategic Management in Emerging Markets.

Dr. Jean-Louis Fabiani teaches the sociology of high performance and professional success. He studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure and got his PhD at EHESS (Paris). He has held various positions in the academic world as well as in the cultural sphere. He is the author of 12 books, including Les Philosophes de la République (1988), l'Education populaire et le théâtre (2008) and Pierre Bourdieu: Un structuralisme héroïque (2016).

Dr. Christophe Heintz teaches about the irrational choices that we all make, and how some contexts of choice help us make better decisions. His research focuses on the role of adaptive cognition in shaping economic behavior and cultural evolution.

Dr. Marc Kaufmann teaches how to think with economic models, and how to use them to ask the right questions. He studied at Cambridge, ULB, Berkeley, and Harvard. He studies the perceptions and beliefs people hold and how this affects their decisions and specifically their productivity.

Dr. Maciej Kisilowski, a graduate of Yale, Princeton, and INSEAD, teaches strategy for nonprofit and public-sector careers. With extensive experience in working with public sector executives in many countries, he is the author of Administrategy. His book on the topic has been translated into several languages. He is the 2016 recipient of the CEU Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Violetta Zentai teaches gender and ethnic dimensions of professional success and performance. She is a cultural anthropologist focused on ethnic and gender inequalities, post-socialist capitalist transformations, political and policy debates on social inclusion, and pro-equality civil society formations. At CEU, she co-directs the Center for Policy Studies and is on faculty at the School of Public Policy and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Esztella Fazekas is BOOST Teaching Associate and coach. She has graduated from the Executive MBA Program at CEU. She has extensive work experience with government, international development agencies (UKTI, USAID), NGOs (Financial Services Volunteer Corps), research and education institutions, and consultancies (A.T. Kearney). Her current professional interests center on EU-funded innovation projects.

Mia Karabegovic runs a study assessing the impact of BOOST on  professional development and strategic behaviors. She holds a master's in psychology, and is currently working on a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Heintz at CEU Department of Cognitive science. Her research focuses on contextual cues that influence self-advertising in cooperative situations, and the evolutionary mechanisms behind driving these behaviors.