The Edge

CYRUS’s competitive edge is the areas of specialization, knowledge, and interest of its members and their cultural awareness about the regions.

Brief Bios of Some of the CYRUS Members in Alphabetical Order

Mrs. Jila Asgary, Sr. Statistical Modeler & Analyst

Jila Asgary has vast statistical knowledge, and at present is working at Deluxe Corporation head quartered in Minnesota.  She and her team are working closely with Integrated Marketing team to target high ranked Business customers. Jila as Sr. Statistical Modeler is responsible to build Mathematical Logistic Regression,  Generalized Linear Regression, Boosting Tree, CHAID, Neural Networks, Cluster Analysis, Response Optimization, and Text Mining Models that score and rank customers based on NLP (Next Logical Products), and LTV (Life Time Value) desirable customers.  She and her team also create statistical insight of Segmentation, Profiling Analysis, and Experimental Testing.  She is working with large database which includes millions of records, and the main software’s used are SAS, Statistica, Enterprise Miner, and Oracle.  In addition, she is responsible for mentoring junior level Modelers, and evaluating their progress. Jila has over 12 years of experience in her area of expertise.

Jila Asgary earned her B.A. and her Master in School Psychology from university of Houston and University of Texas, respectively. She initially majored as Mechanical Engineer at Polytechnic University, Tehran Iran.

Dr. Nader Asgary

Nader Asgary is currently a Professor of Management and Economics at Bentley University.  He was named Associate Provost for International Relations and Director of the Cronin International Center in 2006.   As Associate Provost, he manages all things “international” at Bentley, and led many initiatives to enhance the globalization agenda of the University.  He also develops relationships with international institutions worldwide, through study abroad programs, faculty research, and other endeavors.  Dr. Asgary has been the principal investigator (PI) on several large public and private grants. The primarily purpose of these grants has been to support student exchange, faculty development, dual degree programs, economic development, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Asgary has published in numerous national and international journals, such as Economic Inquiry and Journal of Business Ethics, has participated in many international and national conference presentations and has been a guest speaker and professional journal reviewer. Dr. Asgary has been a member of evaluating teams’ for accreditation on behalf of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC, and other organizations. He has taught courses in International Business, International Economics, International Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economics, Economic Development, Econometrics, and Finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 20 years, and he has been the recipient of many educator awards.   Dr. Asgary studied at Texas A & M University, where he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and then worked in the public and private sectors for a few years. He received his MA and PhD in economics at the University of Houston.

Dr. Gabrielle Bedewi, Global Demography and Segmentation Leader

Nielsen Measurement Sciences/Population Center of Innovation

Dr. Gabrielle Bedewi is responsible for driving global standardizations and innovations in demographic methods, including segmentation and cartography, across all Nielsen MSci groups. Prior to joining Nielsen, Dr. Bedewi directed the administrative and operational activities for the Center for Pricing Excellence at The Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.  She has over 20 years of teaching and business experience in data mining, statistical modeling and analysis, business strategy, database marketing, and marketing research.

Before her appointment at the Simon School, Dr. Bedewi was chief knowledge officer at SIGMA Marketing Group, where her primary responsibilities included consulting and directing the development of predictive modeling, segmentation systems and marketing research initiatives across several vertical industries including consumer products, business-to-business, financial, investment and retail services.

Dr. Bedewi started her consulting career at Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C., as an actuary, in its employee benefit services group.  Her demography and segmentation experience began as director of statistical modeling at Claritas in Arlington, VA. Dr. Bedewi has over 25 publications and presentations to her credit, and serves on the executive board of the Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association.  She also holds the following degrees: B. Com. (summa cum laude), Statistics and Insurance, Kuwait University; M.B.A., Executive Program, University of Rochester; Ph.D. (honor society), Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland.

DR. Ahmad Etebari

Ahmad Etebari, Ph.D., is a professor of finance at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. He joined the Whittemore School faculty in 1980, and has been chair of the School’s Accounting and Finance Department since 1995. Previously he has held visiting positions at the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, and University of Waikato in New Zealand, Bond University in Australia, and University of Tehran in Iran.

Dr. Etebari’s teaching and research interests are in corporate finance and investments. He won the 1992 Whittemore School Teaching Excellence Award and has published in national and international professional journals. Currently he serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Northeast Business & Economic Studies, Investment Management and Financial Innovations, and Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management and as an ad-hoc reviewer for several finance journals.  He is a member of the Whittemore School’s Executive Committee, iCapital’s Investment Committee, and Mulith, Inc.’s advisory board. He is also the Executive Director and Past President of the Northeast Business & Economics Association.

Dr. Bahram Grami

Dr. Bahram Grami received his B.S. in agricultural sciences from Tehran University, his M.S. in plant breeding and plant pathology from American University of Beirut, and his PhD in plant science and genetics from University of Manitoba, Canada (1977). He served as a researcher and project director at the Agricultural Research Organization, Tehran,  (1965-1979, excluding the study periods abroad) and as assistant professor at the college of agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology until 1985. He edited the synopses of Agricultural Research in Iran during decades, in five volumes, and prepared a computerized list of all theses, articles and books by the Iranian Agricultural Colleges, up to 1982.

Dr. Grami continued his academic and scholarly work at the University of California, Davis, for ten years (1985-95). He served as a visiting professor to University of Hong Kong (1995-96), scientific editor in American Association of Cereal Chemists and American Phytopathological Society until 2003, educational consultant at the Office of the President of Qatar University (2003-2004), and instructor of “Cross-Cultural Understanding” in Bahrain (2007). He has paid multiple visits to Tajikistan and several Middle Eastern countries. Dr. Grami is the author of some 130 articles in English and Persian. The 2nd edition of his latest book, Flowers and Plants in a Thousand Years of Persian Poetry, was published in 2010. He is currently a consulting editor, flora, with the Encyclopedia Iranica. (

Dr. Shariar Khaksari

Dr. Khaksari is currently a professor of Finance at Suffolk University. He is an expert in global business and international finance. Dr. Khaksari is the former Dean of International Programs at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.   He has designed and developed several programs including: Global Seminars, Global MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Financial Services and Banking programs. Dr. Khaksari was the founder of The American Institute of Advanced Finance (AIAF), a Chartered Financial Analyst review company that was acquired by The Washington Post Company in 1999. He is currently CEO of the Global Learning Company.

Dr. Khaksari has published several books and his research has been published in top tier finance and economic journals. He has served as the co-editor of the International Journal of Finance.  Shahriar has developed and conducted executive training and consulting for both domestic and international firms such as: The Gillette Company, Pierson, Kraft General Foods, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, State Street Bank, Strong Funds, and some of the largest Russian banks. Dr. Khaksari serves on Harvard University’s Scientific Advisory Board for the School of Public Health. He is the past president of The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.  He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from St. Louis University and is a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA).

Dr. Robert McNulty

Robert McNulty is the director of programs at the Center for Business Ethics (CBE), Bentley University. He joined CBE after many years in both business and academia.  At CBE, Dr. McNulty is responsible for managing many aspects of CBE’s various programs and overseeing the Center’s research activities. In this capacity, he also conceived and implemented CBE’s Business for Peace initiative, through which he arranged to bring scholars from Afghanistan (2008), Iraq (2009), and a group of four scholars, two from Israel and two from the Palestinian territories.  He has taught in Bentley’s philosophy department, as well as in the Bentley in Bahrain program. Additionally, he has taught at Columbia University and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Prior to entering academia he had a lengthy career in international business, specializing in the application of strategic communications to assist countries in their economic development efforts. In this regard, he worked in various capacities with Indonesia for over a dozen years. He has also served as a consultant to many Fortune 500 and foreign based firms. For more than a decade and a half, the focus of his work has been ethics, both in its theoretical and applied forms.

Dr. McNulty also founded Applied Ethics, Inc. (AE) in July 2007, a nonprofit organization with the mission to seek ethical solutions to significant social issues through projects, education, counseling, and advocacy. A tax exempt nongovernmental organization, Applied Ethics is concerned with a variety of ethical issues, but the focus of Dr. McNulty’s efforts has been to support constructive alternatives to violence, especially with respect to the conflict in Afghanistan, through the Pax Populi program which seeks to advance the development of civil society in Afghanistan by creating helpful people-to-people, institution-to-institution and community-to-community partnerships between people in the United States and Afghanistan. As part of this program, he traveled to Afghanistan in September 2009 and July 2011. In September 2010, he helped arrange to bring the first student from Afghanistan to study in the United States through the Pax Populi Educational Outreach program.  He has also launched the Pax Populi Tutoring Services, through which university students in the US and American English as a Second Language teachers in South Korea, the United States, and elsewhere teach English to students in Afghanistan via Skype. (For more information see

Dr. Farhang Niroomand

Dr. Farhang Niroomand earned his Ph.D in International Economics from Michigan State University. Before his current position as the Dean of Business School at the University of Houston –Victoria, he served as Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Programs, and Chair of Department of Economics and International Business at the University of Southern Mississippi.   He has been the recipient of many awards, including two Excellence in Teaching Awards, BellSouth Outstanding Faculty Award, Louis K. Brandt Faculty Publications Award, and the 2008 Mississippi World Trade Center’s award for International Trade Education.

Dean Niroomand’s list of professional accomplishments includes his appointment as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world’s largest academic honor societies and his appointment to the Mississippi District Export Council. Dr. Niroomand has been the principal investigator on several large public grants. The primarily purpose of these grants have been to support international programs, faculty and student exchanges, faculty development, economic development, and internationalization of the institution.

Dr. Niroomand’s scholarly works have appeared in many academic journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Letters, Review of World Economics, Journal of Economic Studies, Applied Economics, Journal of World Trade, Journal of Developing Areas, International Trade Journal, Journal of Economics and Finance, Competitiveness Review and Journal of Global Business. Dr. Niroomand has been named a Princeton Premier Honored Member in Business.

Mrs. Farideh Namazi

Farideh Namazi is a leading real estate investment expert in New England. She is the managing director and owner of FARS Realty group, LLC with operation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and the president of FARS Real Estate Investment LLC. She has been involved in regional real estate for more than fifteen years, as investor, broker and analyst. She also has extensive back ground in international banking. She has worked in financial institution in Vienna Austria, as business developer, and in International Bank of Iran and Japan in the foreign exchange division. Additionally, Farideh was controller of a local New Hampshire newspaper and mortgage broker for a number of years.

Farideh has a bachelor degree in Business and a Master degree in economics and finance from Webster University, St Louis Missouri. She has taught various economics and finance courses at graduate and under grate level at the Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Massood Samii

Dr. Massood V. Samii is professor and Chairman of International Business department at Southern New Hampshire University. He teaches courses in International Business Environment, International Business Strategy, and Foreign Direct investment (at doctoral level).  As a senior lecturer at MIT’s he has taught project finance at the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering. Previously, he was with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he conducted research on global energy and oil markets. He served at OPEC Secretariat in Vienna Austria for a number of years as a senior economist and the head of the finance section.

Dr. Samii has lectured and published widely on issues of energy, economic development, and international business. His articles have appeared in the journals of Energy Policy, Energy and Development, OPEC Review, and Petroleum Management. He has been an official representative to the IMF Interim Committee, World Bank Development Committee, and UNCTAD Trade and Development Committee. His area of research includes Risk Analysis and Management for Foreign Direct Investment, Real Options, Privatization, and International Energy Industry.

Dr. Alf H. Walle

Seasoned economic development specialist with experience as a teacher, writer, and consultant.  Skill at dealing with developing regions and indigenous people.

Training includes Doctorate with advanced degrees in business, anthropology, cross-cultural studies, and traditional cultures. Also possesses a degree/professional certification in substance abuse counseling focusing on cultural stress and its relationship to dysfunction. Particularly interested in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and their relationship to economic development and community stability.

Recent international living and working experience in Belize, China, coupled with serving on an around the world voyage with the Semester at Sea program.  Former professor of tribal management who worked above the Arctic Circle providing indigenous people with the tools and training needed to make appropriate and sustainable business, social, and political decisions. Dr. Walle is an excellent strategist, skilled ethnographer, and prolific writer.

Dr. Joseph Weiss

Dr. Joseph Weiss is Professor of Management and a Research Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.  He is past chair of the national Academy of Management Consulting Division and is co-chair of the HICSS (Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences) Information Technology/Project Management mini-track. He served as a Fulbright Senior Program Specialist in Moscow and Madrid and was an evaluator of that program. He has lectured and taught in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He has written several books, including Business Ethics, A Stakeholder & Issues Management Approach 5th ed. (Cengage Learning), 5-Phase Project Management (Basic Books), Organizational Behavior & Change 2nd ed. (South-West/Thomson Learning), Managing Change in the Workplace  (University of Phoenix), Leadership (Bridgepoint, 2011), and Change Management (Bridgepoint, 2011). He received an Innovative Teaching Award from Bentley and a Teaching Excellence Award from the National Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin.