Ashland University Professor Speaks in Switzerland

Ashland University Professor Speaks in Switzerland

2/11/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Sivakumar Venkataramany, professor of international business in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, was a guest expert speaker at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, last month.

“It was my privilege to participate as a speaker in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Investment for Productive Capacity-Building and Sustainable Development held in Geneva, Switzerland, from Jan. 28 to 30,” Venkataramany said. “While many volunteers offered to speak, it was nice of Madam Chairperson to recognize me and call upon me by name.”

Experts attending the session explored four sub-themes, which were "Regional integration: the trade and investment nexus," "Regional value chains and productive capacity building," "Regional integration and policy coherence" and "Regional integration and sustainable development."

The meeting identified ways and means to further promote investment for sustainable development and inclusive growth in the regional context, including through making use of UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development.

Venkataramany joined Ashland University in 1999. He received his MBA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. His teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance and emerging markets. His research focuses on foreign direct investment in developing economies, international banking and micro-finance.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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