Research Staff

Research Staff

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IRI Director

Dr. Maciej Kisilowski, IRI Director and Assistant Professor of Law and Public Management. Maciej received master in law degree from Yale Law School, M.P.A. in economics and public policy from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD. He also holds Ph.D. in law and M.A. with distinction from Warsaw University and is currently completing another doctorate in legal science at Yale. His research interests include theory of regulation and public management. He has taught at Yale and Warsaw University College of Technology and Business and has consulted numerous public and nonprofit organizations, including Secretariat-General of the European Commission, Committee for Economic Development (Washington D.C.) and Offices of the President and the Prime Minister of Poland. His recent publications include the book "Law of Nonprofit Organizations – Functional Analysis” [Prawo Sektora Pozarz?dowego – Analiza Funkcjonalna] published in 2009 by LexisNexis Poland.

IRI Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Yusaf H. Akbar, IRI Affiliated Faculty and Associate Professor of Management. Yusaf's current research interests are focused on two related topics (a) non-market strategies of multinational firms in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (b) the internationalization capabilities of SMEs into emerging markets. He has recently completed Visiting Researcher positions at University of Trieste and the Wirtschaftsuniversiteit in Vienna. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Air Transport Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Journal of World Business, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Thunderbird International Business Review and World Competition. He has published two books the first entitled EU Enlargement and Central Europe: Regulatory Convergence and the Multinational Enterprise and another volume, Global Antitrust: Trade and Competition Linkages. He has authored or co-authored numerous business case studies of both large and smaller entrepreneurial firms including ING Insurance, T-Systems Hungary, Datwyler, Vienna International Airport, Zwack Unicum and Hummus Bar. His consulting and professional references include Citibank, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens and Toyota. In addition, Yusaf has trained large professional service, IT and media companies in Eastern Europe including At Media, Poland; Kurylowicz & Co., Poland (the country’s largest architectural practice); bTV Bulgaria and Telenor Globul.

Dr. Caterina Sganga, IRI Affiliated Faculty and Assistant Professor of Law and Management. Caterina Sganga is Assistant Professor at CEU Legal Studies Department and CEU Business School (joint appointment) since August 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Private Comparative Law from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an LL.B. and J.D. from University of Pisa. Before joining CEU she worked as post-doctoral research fellow in Intellectual Property at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where she also served as executive coordinator of the Permanent Observatory of Personal Injury Damages. Beside her activities in Pisa, Caterina held visiting teaching appointments at CEU and the Europa-Kolleg of the University of Hamburg, was a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and a visiting researcher at the Center for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University (Montreal). Her current research interests focus on comparative intellectual property, IP strategic management, and the interplay between IP law and fundamental rights. She has authored several book chapters and articles on comparative tort law, property law and copyright law, published in Italian and American law journals. Caterina is also avvocato at the Italian State Bar and attorney-at-law at the New York State Bar.

IRI Research Associates

Leszek Stypułkowski is a Senior Research Associate at IRI. An experienced executive thinker and hands-on, multi-level manager with confirmed achievements both in private owned, multinational and public quoted companies. In 2007, at the age of 29 Leszek became one of the youngest CEOs of a public company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Leszek led a number of successful restructuring and development projects, including i.e. the PMPG SA, the publisher of Wprost, Poland’s leading political weekly. At present, Leszek heads Index Copernicus – an international platform for sharing, promotion, and evaluation of science. Leszek partners to Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education in a Pol-on project, one of the most innovative and compels evaluation project for public sector worldwide. Leszek graduated with M.A. in management from Warsaw School of Economics. At IRI, Leszek brings his extensive managerial experience to help the Center effectively communicate with business community, in order to make IRI’s research as practical and business – relevant as possible.

Esztella Fazekas is a Research Associate at IRI and an EMBA participant at CEU Business School. A development specialist with more than 10 years of professional experience in the profit and nonprofit sector, Esztella has background in international development, program management, project and business administration, communication and human rights. Esztella has worked, among others, for US Agency for International Development, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Chilean Branch of Amnesty International. She holds two bachelor degree: in Economic Diplomacy and International Management from Budapest Business School and in Business and Management Studies from an International Business School in Budapest. At IRI, Esztella is responsible for the fundraising strategy as well as for the communication of our research results with our corporate and governmental partners.

Ewa Cukrowska is a Research Associate at IRI and a doctorate candidate in economics at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She holds a MA degree in economics with distinction from the Central European University and a BA with a specialization in quantitative methods in economics and information systems from the Warsaw School of Economics. Her research interests involve mainly applied econometric modeling in the field of labor economics. In her doctoral research she deals with an empirical exploration of gender based inequalities at the labor markets of Central Eastern European countries, with a special focus on the impact of fertility and child rearing on the divergence of men’s and women’s earnings. Before joining IRI team she has been engaged in the activities of several research centers and international think tanks working on social economics.

Former Research Associates

Jana Jaseckova holds a law degree from the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik in Kosice in Slovakia and LL.M in Comparative Constitutional Law with specialization in EU law from Central European University in Budapest. She was working for Open Society Justice Initiative in Budapest for National Criminal Justice Reform program as a Legal Fellow. Since 2009 she is enrolled in a SJD program at Central European University, where she is researching parliamentary functions in comparative perspective.

Timea Pal is a doctoral candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA with a specialization in comparative and international political economy. Timea's research focuses on the regulation and developmental implications of global productions networks, with a regional emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe. She holds an MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a BA in Business Economics from the West University of Timisoara, Romania.

Elena-Codrina Rusu is a graduate of the full-time MBA program at CEU Business School. She holds Bachelor of Economics and Master in Human Resource Management from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania. She has significant work experience as the European Structural Funds consultant in Romania. At IRI, she developed original case studies on business-government interactions and coordinated applications for research grants.

Ivelina Genchovska is a graduate of the full-time MBA program at CEU Business School. She also holds Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Marketing management, and BA in European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria. Before joining CEU Business School and IRI she has worked as Financial Controller at ExxonMobil Hungary. At IRI she was responsible for editing Regulatory Innovation - a monthly update of the Center - as well as providing research support to IRI Co-Directors.

Martin Hergert studied Business Administration in a dual degree program of TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany and CEU Business School. During his studies, he specialized in Finance, Real Estate Studies and Economics of the Public Sector and graduated first-of-class from CEU Business School’s 2009/2010 fulltime MBA course. At IRI he researched on the latest reforms of the German pension system to complete his German degree with a thesis (“Diplomarbeit”). He also consulted on web design and online communication.

Elena Tosana is a graduate of the full-time MBA program at CEU Business School. She also holds a Masters Degree in Far Eastern Languages and Culture and possesses more than 10 years’ experience in designing and implementing corporate strategies specifically formulated for the fast-paced, ever changing Chinese and Asia Pacific markets. Calling on her own European heritage and her extensive experience in Asia, Elena has led the investment projects of renown Italian SMEs in China; in 2008 she joined the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, a semi-governmental body, covering the position of Secretary General and dedicating herself to the consolidation of bilateral political and commercial relations between the two countries. At IRI, Elena was responsible for relations with IRI strategic partners and for providing research support to IRI Co-Directors.

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