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Center for International Business Studies

The Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) is the research arm of the International Business Flagship Program. CIBS offers faculty development opportunities, promotes campus internationalization initiatives, and hosts an annual conference on international business for theorists and practitioners in Northeast Florida and abroad.

Research & Conference


The internationalization of the Coggin College of Business begins with a faculty that exhibits strong teaching credentials and outstanding scholarly work in the international business field. Coggin College of Business faculty are writing and teaching about the international aspects of accounting, economics, finance, logistics, management and marketing. These faculty are recognized through their affiliations with the Center for International Business Studies.

Conferences and Workshops

The interface of faculty scholarship and practitioner expertise is a key part of the International Business Flagship program. Our most recent conference, Value Creation in the Global Economy, was a great success. Now we are excited to host our first annual International Business Workshop Series and certificate program.

Our Team

International Business & Study Abroad Team

Contact Information

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Andrés Gallo, Ph.D

Director of International Business

Professor of 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.

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Paul Fadil, Ph.D

Director, Center for International Business Studies

Professor of Management

(904) 620-1333

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Kate Mattingly Learch, MBA

Director of Study Abroad, International Business

(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 UF to earn an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and spend a summer studying the economics of the EU through the University of Manchester.  In 2007, Kate came home to Jacksonville to join the UNF International Business Flagship Program, and co-created Global Engagement in 2020.  She maintains membership in NAFSA Association of International Educators and the Institute of International Education, and has given conference presentations on topics such as UNF’s GlobalMBA program, creating undergraduate dual degree programs, and building international alumni networks. Kate has studied Spanish, Italian, and Russian (though she speaks none of them fluently, unfortunately!)  Kate cherishes the relationships she builds with colleagues overseas and the exciting international, transformational, academic opportunities she helps create for students in Northeast Florida and beyond.

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Sergio Kelsor, B.A.

Study Abroad Advisor, International Business

(904) 620-5317

UNF alumnus Sergio Kelsor attributes his love for travel, language study, and global politics directly to his experiences studying abroad, completing required coursework and intensive language programs with a semester spent in both Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China each. In 2010, with a degree in International Studies, he began teaching English as a second language to adult refugees that resettled in the Jacksonville area. Sergio would soon carry his experience back to Beijing, where he would teach English as a foreign language and eventually serve as a leading administrator of a private foreign language academy for 5 years. Though difficult at times, Sergio worked diligently at developing his Mandarin Chinese language skill, thereby improving his standard of living, expanding his social circle, and forming lifelong friendships in the city he now considers a second home. While working abroad, he also took every opportunity to continue traveling, visiting several cities throughout China and countries around the world. Before returning to Jacksonville in 2020, Sergio has since traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Denmark, The Czech Republic, France, and Italy. 

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International Business Coordinator
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International Business

After numerous years travelling and studying overseas, Globi decided to return to its alma mater, UNF. Globi graduated from UNF summa cum laude with major in International Business and a minor in Global Studies. 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 study abroad, Globi enjoys checking for new connections on social media (Facebook).