Faculty & Research

Faculty & Research

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CEU Business School’s faculty is nearly as diverse as its student body. Currently, we host lecturers from 11 countries on 3 continents. Reflecting CEU Business School’s dual commitment to both excellent academic research and practically relevant management education, our faculty consists of both academicians involved in leading-edge research and practitioners with many years of in-depth industry experience, most of whom are adjunct lecturers who are out in the field every day and are thus able to bring the latest developments in business into the classroom.

Learn more about some of our core program professors here.

Yusaf Akbar, Director of Katalyt EMBA teaches courses on transnational strategy development and international business. He received his DPhil from the University of Sussex. Yusaf’s main research interests are international trade and investment, management development in Central and East Europe, and non-market strategies of emerging-market multinationals. He has taught at universities and business schools all over the world, including University of Michigan, Stockholm School of Economics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Queen’s University, Canada, European Business School, London, ISM Paris, University of Warsaw and University of Montenegro.

Michael LaBelle, Director of Accelerated One-year MBA Program, is an assistant professor at the Central European University Business School and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. He teaches courses on energy policies and technologies, including sustainability and innovation. His research is centered on the interaction of government institutions and private companies and how they foster innovation in energy technologies and contribute to a low carbon future. Professor LaBelle’s current research concentrates on the policies and regulations behind Central Europe’s energy systems, including geopolitics of gas and electricity markets. He has published widely on the attempt to foster a shale gas industry in Eastern Europe, notably in Bulgaria and Poland. In addition, he is conducting research on smart energy technologies and how policies and regulations influence innovation in the energy sector in the CEE region. Previous work assessed the efforts of institutions in the European Union to encourage the use of new low or zero carbon technologies in the energy sector, including energy efficiency measures. Much of his research involves issues of risk governance, with special attention paid to the sunk cost of energy investments. In addition, he has written peer reviewed articles and consulting publications on the strategic movement of energy firms and the regulatory environment in the Central Eastern European region. Notably, in 2012 he presented a report for the European Parliament on the political-economic factors influencing shale gas development in Poland and Bulgaria.

Previously, Dr. LaBelle was a member of the Atlantic Council’s Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network. He worked in the CEU Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) and at the Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK) at Corvinus University. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Energy Regulators Regional Association and with energy consulting companies and European universities. He holds an MSc and PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristo

 Peter Szilagyi is Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the MSc in Finance at CEU Business School. He maintains a fellowship at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he served in 2007-2014 and was Director of the MPhil in Finance. He had previously obtained a PhD from Tilburg University and held a research fellowship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has been an external fixed-income consultant to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and before entering academia worked for the BBC World Service.
Peter’s research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, international finance, and law and economics. He is Editor of Elsevier's Journal of Multinational Financial Management, and Subject Editor of Emerging Markets Review and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money. He holds one of the first research grants awarded by the SWIFT Institute.


The School’s research is devoted to topics on emerging markets with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe in a global context. Current research covers a wide range of theoretical, empirical and policy-related issues.

At the moment, three distinguished research centers exist at CEU Business School:

The Center for Business and Society explores the societal circumstances of business, fosters research in sustainability, and is committed to promote Corporate Social Responsibility in the region and in emerging markets worldwide.

The Initiative for Regulatory Innovation (IRI) aims to assess the state of economic regulation in the region and contributes to its continuous improvement. It brings together public and business leaders from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Center for Integrity in Business and Government serves as a regional center of excellence in integrity education, and brings new visibility and credibility to the field.

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