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International Business Team



    Andrés Gallo, Ph.D 
Director, International Business Flagship
Professor, Economics
(904) 620 -1694

Dr. Gallo specializes in international economics issues, with focus on Latin America and economic development. He has written more than 30 research papers and participated in numerous conferences as presenter and speaker. He has focus on the political economy of property rights in diverse areas, including the US patent system, biotechnology and property rights in the context of economic development. Dr. Gallo has applied econometric techniques to address different issues in these areas of research. His teaching expertise includes international economics, econometrics, economic development, study abroad and Latin American economics. He has taught in several universities around the world and has led several study abroad courses to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Spain and Ghana.
    Pingying Zhang, Ph.D
Director, Center for International Business Studies
Professor, Management
(904) 620-2249

Dr. Zhang specializes in the area of strategy and entrepreneurship. She has written more than 20 research papers and presented research articles in numerous conferences. Dr. Zhang is particularly interested in researching group dynamics in boards of directors and risk-taking behavior in an entrepreneurial environment. Her teaching expertise includes strategy and business policy, organization theory, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and doing business in China.
Kate Mattingly Learch    

Kate Mattingly Learch, MBA
Director of Study Abroad, International Business Flagship
(904) 620-2521



After studying Spanish in Mexico and Italian and art history in Italy, Kate completed her undergraduate program in Linguistics at the University of Florida, and spent two years teaching English in Kazakhstan as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.  She then returned to the University of Florida to earn an MBA with a concentration in Marketing.  During this time, she spent a summer studying the economics of the EU through the University of Manchester.  Kate joined the UNF International Business Flagship Program in 2007 and loves guiding students through these transformational experiences.  Items she can’t travel without include powdered laundry detergent and tiny gifts from Florida.


Stephanie Hale

    Stephanie Worley, BA
Office Manager, International Business Flagship
(904) 620-5124

Stephanie’s first international experience was in 2008, when she and her former high school orchestra were invited to Beijing, China to perform in a music festival held in honor of the Summer Olympic games. Afterward, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a BA in English Literature. Since then, she has traveled to Tokyo, Japan, Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico, London, England, and Paris, France. She is currently enrolled in UNF’s Master of Arts in International Affairs program. 


AlyssaKyff     Alyssa Kyff, M.Ed
Advisor, Semester Study Abroad
(904) 620-5317

Alyssa Kyff hails from the Buckeye State (Mansfield, Ohio to be exact) and is very excited to now be residing in the Sunshine State! She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Education from Ashland University and shortly after graduating, she taught high school Spanish. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Kent State University. As an undergraduate student, Alyssa studied abroad twice – first, during a summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico and then for a semester in Alicante, Spain. Alyssa highly values her experiences abroad so much that she has decided to make a career out of it. She enjoys drawing from her personal experiences to encourage and assist UNF students pursuing study abroad opportunities. 


        Advisor, Short-term Study Abroad


Alyssa H.     Alyssa Heredia
Graduate Assistant

Alyssa Heredia is a graduate student pursuing her MBA with Accounting at the University of North Florida.  She is an international student from Belize who fell in love with the campus while doing her bachelor’s degree.  Upon graduating she returned to Belize, where she worked as a Senior Auditor for two years before coming back to pursue a Master’s degree.  While in Belize, she also worked as a liaison for students in Belize to promote UNF.  Belize is now included in the top 5 countries for international students at UNF.

  Globi-headshot     Globi

After numerous years travelling and studying overseas, Globi decided to return to its alma mater, UNF.  Globi graduated from UNF with high honors as a International Business major and Global Studies minor. UNF students and staff alike have fallen for Globi’s bubbly personality, willingness to adapt to new environments, and love for learning. Besides hanging out on campus and promoting the IB office, Globi enjoys checking for new friend requests on Facebook