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Meet The G2 Experience Team

 

Sophie Lechner

Founder and CEO

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Sophie had a French mother and a Pakistani father and grew up in several countries, so navigating cultures is second nature to her. When she realized that many people struggle with cultural differences she became passionate about the subject. Over her 25 years of professional experience she has led dozens of cross functional teams across many countries, with British Petroleum, Pfizer and Bayer. At Pfizer she created the role of Alliance Manager to facilitate relationships between Pfizer and its partners, where disagreements most often came down to cultural differences. She later managed professional education for several billion-dollar global brands, and led multinational conferences and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.  Prior to founding Global Commerce Education, Inc., Sophie was a consultant providing strategy and marketing guidance to clients in the pharma, small business and non-profit sectors.

Sophie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a double Masters in English and French law from the Sorbonne (Paris) and King’s College (London).

Gene Detroyer

Executive Director

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For the last 10 years Gene has taught International Business and Entrepreneurship at academic institutions around the world including the European School of Economics (New York campus) the Weller International Business School in Paris. France, the New York Institute of Business and Finance, and the International School of Guizhou University of Finance and Economics in Guiyang, China.

 

Prior to his teaching career, Gene successfully started and exited two companies, one in media and one in pharmaceuticals. This followed a 17-year corporate career, first as an executive with the consumer products division of Exxon Mobil, then as General Manager of the U.S. consumer products division of VanLeer Group, a Dutch company.

 

Gene is a member of the BrainTrust at RetailWire, the retailing industry's premier online discussion forum. The BrainTrust is a panel of industry experts who contribute to daily virtual round tables of industry opinion. Gene is a speaker in the U.S. and abroad at conferences and seminars, has appeared on CNBC and is frequently quoted in Forbes. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Marc Friedman

Director of

Professional Relations

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Marc was previously a Partner at Dentons, a global law firm, where he was in the Venture, and Intellectual Property and Technology practices. He specialized in assisting foreign businesses in establishing operations in the U.S. as a part of a globalization  trategy. This included business formation and organization, employee relations, intellectual property protection, commercial contracts and more. In addition, Marc was an acclaimed trial and appellate lawyer with more than 45 years of experience representing technology and other companies in intellectual property, technology and other business disputes. He is in the Who's Who of Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and New York SuperLawyers.

Marc is a known pioneer in technology law. A well-known authority on the subject matter of technology including intellectual property, Marc has published more than 100 articles and is the author of A Vendor's Guide to Computer Contracting, a widely read treatise.

He frequently lectures throughout North America, South America, Europe and Australia, and at several US law schools. Marc is a former president of the International Technology Law Association. 

Marc also maintains a vibrant Executive Coaching practice.

Bettina Bellande

Director

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Bettina is the Founder, President and Managing Director of Pegasus International. In 1989, Bettina’s multicultural background, her love of languages and travel and her deep appreciation for cultural diversity, combined with her creativity, led her to launch Pegasus International, a boutique destination management company. She created this company with one goal in mind: to deliver uniquely tailored events and experiences to multi-national corporations. Operating for over 20 years, Pegasus has designed and executed events that have engaged, enlightened and energized thousands of participants. In short, Bettina knows how to make cultural learning both memorable and actionable.

Global leaders across multiple industries and countries have trusted Pegasus to deliver events that drive home the power of engagement. Bettina brings a unique combination of experience, passion and cultural expertise to the G2 Experience. She has planned unparalleled business cultural events that contribute in giving G2 Experience participants the intercultural competence they need.

Bettina studied at Lyçée Français de NY and Columbia Business School and enjoys lively conversations in French, English, Spanish and Italian. She is also a personal coach and the Founder of MuZe Wellness.

 

Teresa

Arosemena

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Professor, Academia

Interamericana de Panamá

Panamá City, Panamá

Philip

Berry

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Chief Human Resources Officer

Clinton Foundation,

New York

Chris

Hayes

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Managing Director

OneWorldGlobal

Formally EVP, Global Market Entry, Edelman, Washington D.C., USA

Maryalice

Mazzara

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Director of Educational Programs

State University of New York

(SUNY) Office of Global Affairs,

New York

Joseph Onochie

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Professor

City University of New York

(CUNY), New York

 

Our curated faculty around the world is comprised of senior professionals with exceptional credentials - including specific experience in both your home country and your target market. Our experts have decades of industry experience and have either been in your shoes or advised companies just like yours. Our faculty is what makes the G2 Experience a high quality learning experience, while giving you the practical know-how and tools that you need to succeed.

Teresa

Arosemena

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Professor, Academia

Interamericana de Panamá

Panamá City, Panamá

Tamer Atabarut

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Director & Faculty Member

Bogazici University

Istanbul, Turkey

Amanda

Barraza de Wong

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Attorney

Morgan & Morgan

Panama City, Panama

Norbert

Benaiche

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Principal

Barclays CPA, LLC

New York, NY, USA

Jabril

Bensedrine

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Founder & Managing Director

The Triana Group

New York, NY, USA

Philip

Berry

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Chief Human Resources Officer

Clinton Foundation, New York

Emmanuel Besserve

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Co-Founder &

VP Sales & Marketing

mercabuzz

Panama City, Panama

Jesus

Bonilla

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President &

Managing Director

TMG Global Marketing

Panama City, Panama

Vanina

Joulin Batejat

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Managing Director USAFrance

LLC Dba ReussirUSA.com

San Diego, CA, USA

Sophie

Boyer Chammard

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Business Development,

Hogan Lovells

Paris, France

Winthrop Carty

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Executive Director

Melton Foundation

Cambridge, MA, USA

Guillermo

Cisneros

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Founder Unnivers

Senior Advisor,

Global Initiatives

Berklee College of Music

Professor ESADE

Boston, MA, USA

Michael

T. Cone

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Managing Partner

NY and D.C.

Fisher Broyles

New York, NY, USA

Murat Daoudov

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President Middle East

Development Network MDN²

Lecturer Marmara University

Istanbul, Turkey

Gene

Detroyer

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Executive Director

Global Commerce Education

New York, NY

Burcu

Erturk Kilic

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International Relations Supervisor, Lifelong Learning Center at Bogazici University,

Istanbul, Turkey

Benedicte

Fauvarque-Cosson

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Professeur de droit Prive

Université Pantheon-Assas

Paris, France

David

Fieldman

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Executive Trainer, Educator, Editor, Writer

Haidian District

Beijing, China

Jaime

Figueroa

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Writer, Photographer, Author

Panama City, Panama

Dean

Foster

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President & Founder, DFA

Intercultural Global Solutions

New York, NY, USA

Marc Friedman

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Director Professional Relations

Global Commerce Education

New York, NY, USA

Franz

Garcia de Paredes

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Founder & Senior Managing Director

Latin American Synergies

Panama City, Panama

John

Gordon

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Board of Directors

Columbia Business School

President

USA Corporate Services

New York, NY, USA

Kai

Hammerich

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Managing Director

Korn Ferry

Copenhagen, Denmark

Matt

Harbison

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CEO Laureate Panama at

Laureate International Universities

Panama City, Panama

Chris

Hayes

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Managing Director

OneWorldGlobal

Formally EVP, Global Market Entry, Edelman, Washington D.C., USA

Lynn

Hijar

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Founder & CEO

International Business Networks, Inc

San Diego, CA, USA

Stefanie

Holland

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Director of International Government & Regulatory Affairs,

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Washington, D.C., USA

Shin

Kishioka

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President

ITA Export and Import

Chicago, IL, USA

Susanne

Kubofcik

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Senior Manager

Learning & Development

Itochu International

New York, NY, USA

Sophie

Lechner

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Founder and CEO

Global Commerce Education

New York, NY, USA

Dewanand

Mahadew

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Managing Director

Dutch Council for International Business

Professor UBIS UNIVERSITY (Geneva)

The Hague, Netherlands

Maryalice

Mazzara

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Director of Educational Programs

State University of New York

(SUNY) Office of Global Affairs,

New York, USA

Al

McClain

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CEO, Co-Founder

RetailWire

Palm Beach, FL, USA

Andy

Molinsky

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Author & Management Professor at Brandeis University's International Business School

Boston, MA, USA

Rick

Moss

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President, Founder

RetailWire

New York, NY, USA

Bahadour

Moussa

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Associate Director

Partner Management (Europe)

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

Paris, France

Doris

Nagel

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Founding Partner

Globalocity

Chicago, IL, USA

Fred Obediente

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Director

INDESA Capital

Panama City, Panama

Ian

Oliver

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Founder

Africa Talent Management

Washington, D.C., USA

Joseph

Onochie

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Professor

City University of New York (CUNY)

New York, NY, USA

Krishna

Rohit Misra

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Executive Director

US-India Importers' Council (USIIC)

Mumbai, India

Frank

Sanchez

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Under Secretary at US

Department of Commerce

International Trade (Retired 2013)

Fellow Brookings Institution

Washington, D.C., USA

Helena

Verellen

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VP International Marketing & Communications

World Wrestling Entertainment

New York, NY, USA

Lin

Yang

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President

Innovation Ideas Institute

Guest Lecturer for China Public Policy

at Harvard University

New York, NY,

Levent

Yarar

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Director of Executive Education Center

Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul, Turkey

Daniel

Zaretsky

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Founder & Host

Global Entrepreneurship Week Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Michael

A. Zakkour

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Author & Vice President

China/APAC

Thompkins International

New York, NY

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