Academic Board


Occidental Culture & Religion Department

Mirta R. Acero, PhD
Occidental Identity
Mirta is Doctor in European Identity and constitutional European Framework, researcher, writer, professor of Modern and Contemporary History and also specialises in Foreign Trade and International Relations, she has acquired various experiences combining university degrees in History of Art, Modern and Contemporary History, expertise in History of Music and Art Market and also International Affairs with her experience around Europe. She has made networking as an academic and also through the business world. Also, she has been applying her expertise as a lecturer and as a consultant in North-Central, West and South of Europe. She collaborates as an academic member of IRELAC -International Relations between Europe, Latin America and The Caribbean-, a Brussels institution connected with EU and its ECLAC -Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean-; she is also a member of 3QC a Think-Tank based at Regent´s University in London.

Mercedes Rubio, PhD

Ancient & Classical Heritage

Dr. Mercedes Rubio graduated in Humanities (Philosophy Department) at the University of Navarra (Spain), obtained the Diplome Européen d’Études Médiévales (Brussels SIEPM – Rome La Sapienza) and received a PhD degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2002. Her publications cover a wide range of topics in Greek, Latin and Hebrew Philosophy and Theology, with particular attention to the fields of theory of knowledge and philosophy of language. Her Doctoral dissertation, Aquinas and Maimonides on the Possibility of the Knowledge of God, won the Shlomo Pines Prize and was later published in the Series “Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought.” She is a faculty member of the Polis Institute of Languages and Humanities in Jerusalem, where she also holds the positions of Director of Research and Director of Institutional Relations, and is also Assistant Editor of the Bibliographia Thomistica section of the Corpus Thomisticum international Project.

George Alexander

Geostrategy of Religions

Mr. George Alexandre is a writer, orator, human resource trainer, and Pan-Orthodox Christian activist. He was instrumental in founding Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society, an organization dedicated to Pan-Orthodox Christian unity. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kerala and a Masters in Research in Social Sciences from the Mahatma Gandhi University. He has written several books and numerous articles. His areas of interest include human resources and community development, church management, Orthodox Christian journalism, Christian persecution, NGO management, contemporary Orthodoxy, inter-Orthodox dialogue and Pan-Orthodox studies.


Iván López Casanova

 Family and Interpersonal Relations

Iván López Casanova. General Surgeon and Gastroenterology at the University Hospi­tal of the Canary Is­lands (Santa Cruz de Tenerife). Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Un­iversity of La Lagun­a. Master’s Degree in Family Education from the International University of Catalon­ia. Master’s Degree in Personal Anthropology from the Catholic University of Valenci­a. Writer. Spain


Raad Salam Naaman, PhD

Comparative Cultures & Middle East Affairs

Professor, writer, international lecturer and interpreter, Doctor in Arab Philology and Islamic Studies, researcher in comparative religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, expert in Biblical Theological Studies and Middle East, Ancient History of Mesopotamia, Religious Sciences and also Economist. Member of Honor in the Chaldean Global Union, President Chaldean Union in Spain. Native from Nínive (Irak) and Spanish citizen, he has developed his studies between Basora and Madrid. An active member of debates on radio and television in different parts of the world he works sealing deeply under the roots of islamic tradition and Judeo-Christian values from Ancient heritage to our contemporary times to improve our social skills through the understanding of current conflicts-. He is the author of numerous publications, mastering Arabic -Ancient, classical and dialectal-, Aramaic, Biblical ancient Hebrew, Spanish and English.

David I. Bernstein, PhD

Jewish Culture

Mr. David I. Bernstein is the Dean of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Religious Education from New York University. He also attended Yeshivat HaMivtar. In addition, David is the Educational Consultant for Heritage Seminars and has led more than 50 Jewish heritage trips to Poland, Prague, Budapest, and Berlin. He has been the Dean of Pardes since 1998. Previously, he was the director of Midreshet Lindenbaum, popularly known as Brovender’s, for 12 years. David was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel School for Jewish Education in Jerusalem from 1996-1998. Before moving to Israel in 1984, David was the director of informal education at the Ramaz Upper School in New York City, where he created and taught a 2-year curriculum integrating world and Jewish history.

International Business

Ariane Agostini

International Leadership

Mrs. Ariane Agostini is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Regent’s University London, where she also is responsible for teacher education on a postgraduate level. Prior to joining Regent’s, Ariane worked as an executive coach, trainer and consultant with clients such as Apple, Deutsche Bank, Ford Motor Company, Virgin, Unilever and Sandoz. She has over 15 years of management experience in corporate settings. Prior to working in the UK, she lived and worked in seven countries and speaks six languages. She has a MSc in Cross-Cultural Management from the Vrije Universiteit, a BA in Hospitality Management from the Hotelschool the Hague, a Postgraduate Diploma in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from University of Westminster. In addition, she has trained in leadership, coaching, facilitation, conflict resolution and other areas with organisations such as CTI (The Coaches Training Institute), Gordon Training International, CFOR, and others. She is also trained as a Dance of Awareness facilitator. Ariane firmly believes in the innate creative potential present in all human beings, and that its expression is essential for individuals and organisations to learn, change, grow and thrive. This is the approach she is bringing to her work in leadership and education.


Roberto Agostini
Roberto has a wide international experience gained in various industries and cultures, both in large corporations and in start-up companies. This gives him the ability to see what needs to be set in place for a company to grow smoothly, with a proven track record of successfully implementing transformational change within Investment Management, FMCG, Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing. He will be in charge to develop the area of Accountancy and Administration at OSI Occidental Studies Institute.

Michael Giffoni

International Diplomacy & Business Intelligence

Mr. Michael L. Giffoni, as Italian and European EU Diplomat, during his career he has covered important positions as “Antici officer” to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU ( 2000-2004 ), Head of the EU task force for Western Balkans ( 2005-2008 ), first Italian Ambassador to Kosovo ( 2008-2013) and Head of the Unit for Northern Africa, Mediterranean and Arab Transition at the Italian Foreign Ministry ( 2013-14).

Razvan Hoinaru
Global Economy & Finances
Graduated with an award from the University of Sheffield, UK BA(Hons) International History and Politics, MA Public Administration from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration Bucharest, MSc International Business Economics and Management from KU Leuven, Belgium, still a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. Business minded, policy consultant by vocation, an economist by education, and historian by heart, all together and all separately recommend Rav as a ‘man of social sciences and society’. He work has spanned across public affairs agencies, government bodies, private companies, lobby and Parliament in-house policy development and advocacy. Holding almost 10 years of experience at the European Parliament as cabinet member for the (former) vice-chair of Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Chairman of the IFRS Permanent Team, MEP Theodor Stolojan, Raz met with representatives from both public and private sectors to discuss how to add in ‘adding value’ and find winning combinations, especially in financial reporting standards. As an academic he has been teaching at Queen Mary University of London, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania, organised conferences on the IASB’s work, sustainability and contributed to two Financial Reporting Council (FRC) UK studies, along with co-editing his first book New Models for Financing and Financial Reporting for European SMEs: A Practitioners’ view (Palgrave Macmillan), forthcoming 2019.

Serghei Sinchin
Serghei Sinchin graduated from the Modern Humanitarian Institute, Faculty of Computer Science. He is an information technology specialist, a web programmer, a developer of sites and applications. He has been working in programming for more than eight years with frameworks like CodeIgbiter, Laravel, Symphony & work in CMS – WordPress, Joomla. Specialist in the fields of HTML, Css, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, Java, C #, php, Xamarin, reactJS. He works as well with the programs Android Studio, Visual Studio, Photoshop, Adobe Egde and many others.

Andrius Adamonis
New Technologies & Blockchain
Andrius has graduated Vilnius Gedimino technical university, Technomathematics (bachelor degree in mathematics) and Open-source software (master degree in information technology engineering). Currently, he is writing his PhD at Vilnius University, in the information technology engineering field, more specific Blockchain technology. Andrius got interested in Blockchain technology more than two years ago while he was working as an IT specialist in the Central Bank of Lithuania. Currently, Andrius is working as a Blockchain project manager in the Central Bank of Lithuania. He is a member of EU Blockchain observatory and forum. He is an active participant and speaker in various FinTech conferences around Europe.

Louis de Bruin

Blockchain in Europe & Institutional Sector
Louis de Bruin has been successfully developing and implementing cutting edge technology at business and government organizations worldwide for over 30 years. He is leading developments that integrate Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things enabling the coming generation of business and government systems that are autonomous, sustainable, and resilient. He currently serves as Blockchain Thought Leader for IBM Global Business Services in Europe and is on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Centre for Resilience Engineering of the four collaborating Technical Universities in the Netherlands. Louis is working with the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric effort, an open source technology used to develop enterprise-grade Blockchains. He is also active in bridging the business world with the academic field by being a guest lecturer at various universities. At the YES!Delft start-up community, Louis mentors start-ups in the Blockchain space. He also serves as board member at the WSB foundation that drives the adoption of renewable energy and actively works with schools and universities to help young people to build a future with sustainable energy. Louis is a frequent speaker at international events and co-author of the book “Working with Blockchain”. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven.
Global Affairs
Dr-Giorgio-Alberti-Senior Advisor of Global Policy Expert - OSI Foundation

Giorgio Alberti, PhD

Global Policy

Giorgio Alberti is an expert in Democratic Processes and the rise and development of Populist Movements which threaten its stability and very existence. His early research on the organizaton of Indian Communities in the Central Sierra of Perú led him to discover particular forms of local, participatory democracy, which contrasted with oligarchic style of government at the national level. Since then, the question of democracy and the search for the determinants of its good performance and stability have been at the center of his interests, particularly in the Latin american setting, where democrcy is still unstable and fragile.He held the chair of Theory of Political Development at the University of Bologna (Italy), taught at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University and was also visiting professor at Columbia and Cornell Universities (USA).

András Lénárt, PhD
Institutional Speech
András Lénárt is Senior Lecturer of University of Szeged (Hungary) and visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and Huelva (Spain). His research interests include the relation between cinema and history, Spanish and Latin American history, politics and culture, Inter-American Studies, and Propaganda Studies. His more than 70 publications, written in Spanish, English and Hungarian, have appeared in Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, German and Canadian journals, volumes of essays and books, and also on the website of the US Library of Congress, National Film Registry. He is the author of Spanish Cinema under the Franco Regime: Ideology, Propaganda and Film Policy, published in Hungarian in 2014. He is a member of the General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of various international associations, such as EAAS (European Association for American Studies) and AHILA (Association for European Historians of Latin America). He is a founding member of the Hungarian Research Centre for Inter-American Studies and the Hungarian Research Group for Caribbean Studies.

Christian Ghymers, PhD

Global Governance & Macro Policies

Christian Ghymers is expert in International Economics. President of the «Institut Interdisciplinary pour les Relations entre l’Union Européenne et l’Amérique Latine et les Caraïbes» (IRELAC – ICHEC, Brussels), Vice-President of the Robert Triffin International Association – RTI, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, and President of the accredited Belgo-Chilean Chamber of Commerce. In policy making he is specialized in governance issues (crisis management), regional integration, international monetary issues, and coordination of macroeconomic policies. He was Adviser in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Belgium (1978-1986), in the European Commission (1986-2013, DG Economy and Finance- ECFIN) and Coordinator of macroeconomic policies (Euro-area, G-7 – G-20), Governor’s adviser to several African Central banks 1992 and 1994, as Senior Adviser to the ECLAC/UN 2000-2003, as Senior Adviser to IMF Joint Vienna Institute 2009-2011) as well as consultant to other institutions in Latin America and Africa. He published around 60 works in Economics and Political Economy and several works on the Latin American independence ideas and constitutional philosophy. He was also Visiting Fellow at Bank of England (1981), the New-York Federal Reserve Bank (1984), the Brookings Institution (1984, Washington DC), and “Maître de Conférence” at the “Université Catholique de Louvain” (UCL, Belgium) and at the “Ecole Normale d’Administration” (ENA, Strasbourg, France).

Dr.-Christian-Ghymers - Senior Advisor of Global Governance&Macro Policies - OSI Foundation

General Bartolomeu- Constantin Savoiu
Bartolomeu Constantin SĂVOIU is a retired General of the Romanian Army, politician, international economic affairs adviser and Christian-Orthodox militant. He is also a French citizen. His activity is laying on 50 years (1968-2018). He has a B.Sc. and M.B.A. in Foreign Trade and International Economy and he followed the Reserve Officers Military School of Logistics and Administration. After a short career as a government employee in the Ministry of the Foreign Trade, he started in Paris a career in international commerce. He was elected 10 years as Judge of the Labour Tribunal in Paris (Conseil des Prud`hommes). He was part at Gaullist Party U.D.R. (Union pour la Défense de la République), successively becoming R.P.R. (Rassemblement pour la République) and U.M.P. (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire), leaded always by the great statesman and politician Jacques Chirac, Minister, Prime Minister, Mayor of Paris and finally President of the French Republic (1995-2007). He was activist, militant and member of the Central Committee (National Council) of R.P.R. In 2006 he returned to Romania to be promoted as a Brigadier General. Vice-President of C.I.O.R. (Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve – NATO) and President of the Romanian Reserve Officers Association. He was Vice-President of the Romanian National Party (Partidul Naţional Român – P.N.R.), Romanian National Liberal Party (Partidul Naţional Liberal – P.N.L.) that merged with the Democratic Party (Partidul Democrat – P.D.) He founded a new Romanian Party: Alliance Law and Order (Alianţa Lege şi Ordine – A.L.O.) to defending the traditional values of the Judeo-Christian society, the common European roots, the North-Atlantic Treaty, the Western World and fighting for the preservation of the European identity in front of the Islamic invasion of our countries.

David Caixal
Doctorate and Licentiate in History from the University of Barcelona, Master in Military History from the Sorbonne University and Director of the Observatory (Ocatry) against the Jihadist Threat and Islamist Radicalization of INISEG. Analyst in International Geostrategy, Counterterrorism and Military History at the US Naval Postgraduate School / United States Homeland Security University and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.General Director in Spain of SECINDEF (Security, Intelligence & Defense) Israel-USA International Consulting Counterterrorism, Spanish-Israeli-American consultant specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence and Director of the “Research Group First World War Centenary 1914-1918 Imperial War Museum-SECINDEF”. Member of “The Society for Army Historical Research” (Advancing the study of British military history for the next generation- University Research Grants, London). Member of the “Research Group of the International Research Group for Conflict, Borderlands and Minorities of the Rey Juan Carlos I University

Antonio Mora Guanche
Innovation & Science
PhD Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid specialized in innovation. He has done studies at the Universities of Berkeley and Harvard. General Director of Industry of the Canary Islands Government. Member of the Council of public companies of external promotion and regional industrial development. Management of European Funds. Manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Strategic Consulting Group), based in Madrid, where he carried out projects in public institutions and private companies in various sectors. Vice-Manager of University and Managing Director of Foundation for the university development. Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of La Laguna.

Finn Majlergaard, PhD

Cultural Conflict & Global Resolutions

Finn Majlergaard is the founder and CEO of Gugin, a global operating consulting firm specialised in helping companies and organisations leverage the cultural diversity. Gugin facilitates post-merger integration processes, corporate culture development and offers a wide range of workshops and courses. Dr. Majlergaard is also a professor at several business schools and universities around the world. He has published 2 books on leveraging cultural diversity. He holds a doctoral degree from International School of Management in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

Jon Pettigrew
UK & Common Wealth
Jon Pettigrew is an experienced international business operator with recent consultancy expertise. He is a Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at two Universities in London in Cross-Cultural Communication and Perspectives. Jon has particular experience, for 10 years, with European based clients from Japan, many in the City of London, but also with industrial and government organisations. He is also experienced with clients from most EU countries and independent countries, formerly part of the USSR or its satellites. Since 2017 Jon has worked in this latter field on a continuing special project for the UK Foreign Office. Jon worked in the wine trade for 10 years, travelled widely and speaks French and German well. He has a qualification in Japanese and in Latin. He has taken courses in Spanish and is now learning Bulgarian. Jon took the post-experience Cranfield MBA and founded a pioneering internet music business in phase 1 of the web.

Julien Fouchet

EU Affairs
Julien Fouchet, Master in Public Law, is the President of AUDE, Association for the Unification of Law in Europe. He also chairs the IEFBB, European Institute and Francophonie of the Bordeaux Bar. Julien Fouchet teaches courses in European law and urban planning law for European citizens and entrepreneurs as well as real estate professionals.

Raphael Louis, PhD

Canadian Affairs

Raphael Louis is a United Nations (UN) E-Government and Knowledge in Government Management Certified, Global Healthcare Reform Expert and holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Community Development at Saint Peter and Saint Paul College and University for his lifetime humanitarian achievement, and Doctor of Humanitarian Services (Honoris Causa) at the World organization of Natural Medicine (WONM). He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the ‘International Council’ founded in Solothurn (Switzerland) as a small round with the name International Council for Practice-Based Research and Sustainability and a first class network of Prime-Ministers, Ministers, Presidents, Chairmen, CEO’s and other leaders of international institutions and organizations, groups and companies. Hon. H.E. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis track record of executive experience is quite notable within a broad cross-section of public, private, not-for-profit, academic organizations, philanthropic, chivalric and corporate entities at the local, national and global levels. His Chivalric and Executive achievement is remarkable. He has been bestowed the honors of Sir Knight (SK) by the Knights of Columbus, the Color Corps and Patriotic Degree (KoC), White Knight Prior, and Knight Commander for British Columbia Canada by the Order of Saint Paul (OSP) and is a top management and executive board member within several world renowned institutions.

Dr-Giorgio-Alberti-Senior Advisor of Global Policy Expert - OSI Foundation

Giorgio Alberti, PhD

Global Policy

Giorgio Alberti is an expert in Democratic Processes and the rise and development of Populist Movements which threaten its stability and very existence. His early research on the organizaton of Indian Communities in the Central Sierra of Perú led him to discover particular forms of local, participatory democracy, which contrasted with oligarchic style of government at the national level. Since then, the question of democracy and the search for the determinants of its good performance and stability have been at the center of his interests, particularly in the Latin american setting, where democrcy is still unstable and fragile.He held the chair of Theory of Political Development at the University of Bologna (Italy), taught at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University and was also visiting professor at Columbia and Cornell Universities (USA).

Gabriel Ben Tasgal
Israeli Affairs
Director in Israel of the Public Diplomacy Program – “HaTzad HaSheni,” which is dedicated to building bridges between Israel and the Spanish-speaking world. Within the framework of the public diplomacy project, it established educational contents, developing several internet pages and varied contents. He trained in Political Science (BA), International Relations (BA) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Advertising and Marketing (School of Publicists of Tel Aviv), Political Science (MA) the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Advertising and Public Relations (MA)by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is a professional tour guide in Yad Ben-Tzvi in Jerusalem. He specializes in Israeli and Middle Eastern politics and Islamic terrorism. From the age of 15, he is an educator in non-formal education training centres, currently, among other tasks, he collaborates with formal cational centers. For a decade and a half, he was a news producer for European television networks in the Middle East, founded a newsagency (Guysen in Spanish) and served as an analyst in various media.

Dean Hoffman
North American Affairs
Dean A. Hoffman holds degrees in Communications Studies and English from the University of California and a Leverhulme Trust postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Dundee in Scotland. A recognized scholar of late medieval and early modern criminality, popular culture and the carnivalesque, he has published in multilingual journals and addressed learned societies both in the USA and the United Kingdom. Dr. Hoffman has also authored auteurist film criticism devoted to iconoclastic directors like Orson Welles and Sam Peckinpah, and has developed a range of original course offerings in cinema and media studies, including classes which explore the morphology of the Cold War film and the multilevel sociocultural contexts of such landmark works as Black Hawk Down, Spielberg’s Munich, and Apocalypse Now.

Tomás Hely Moreno Zambrano
Latino-American Affairs
Manager and Director of Industrial and Telecommunications Companies (CATV) in Venezuela. Exiled voluntarily in the USA under the condition of Resident. Professor at the Banking and Finance School of the Metropolitan University. Public Policy Manager with presidents Carlos Andrés Pérez, Ramón J Velázquez and Rafael Caldera. He was part of the Federation of Public Accountants of Venezuela. Co-founder of the MDL Political Movement and Movement for Liberal Democracy.