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Dr. Gaston FORNES


Dr. FORNES got his PhD in Management from the University of Bath (UK).He got more than 15  years of teaching experience and around 15 years of corporate/consultancy experience. At present, Dr Gaston Fornes holds a joint Senior Lecturer position between the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol (UK) and ESIC Business and Marketing School (Spain); in the former he is the Chair of Quality Enhancement and in the latter is the China Centre Director and also Director of the International MBA and Master in Marketing programmes. He completed his Post-Doctoral Studies at IE Business School (Spain) after receiving a PhD in Management from the University of Bath (UK). He also holds an MBA degree from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile) with a period of studies at University of Southern California (USA), and a First Degree in Business from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina).

Dr Fornes started his professional career at the Citibank in 1993 and then funded what became a mid-sized company with operations in Chile and Argentina. Since 2005 he has combined academic and executive responsibilities. Also in 2005 he started to be professionally involved with China where in 2010, for his work with SMEs, he received the Liupan Mountain Friendship Award from the Ningxia Government for his “contribution to Ningxia’s economy and society”, and then in 2014 he received the Foreign Expert Award from the Shanghai Government. Dr Fornes has published widely on management in emerging countries, including one of the first books on foreign exchange exposure in these markets and one on the economic relations between China and Latin America, for the latter he was awarded the London School of Economics – Latin American Development Bank Fellowship in 2015. His research has been featured in mass media like El Pais or Cinco Dias, and in reputable academic journals like Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asia Pacific Business Review, or AIB Insights. A full list of publications can be found here: .

Dr Fornes is a recognised expert on emerging markets, a topic in which he is periodically consulted by the mass and specialised media. A search under his name shows more than ten pages on his professional and academic activities in China and other emerging economies (especially Latin America). Dr Fornes is visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Nanjing University (China), Shanghai International Studies University (China), Shanghai University (China) and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China), and has held a visiting professorship at the University of Bath (UK), Universidad San Andres (Argentina), Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile) and IE Business School (Spain); he has also taught at the Party School of the Communist Party of China. He is Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Member of the UK’s ESRC Peer Review College. Dr Fornes has reached summit in the Andes and runs marathons.

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