International Business Experts to Share Insights with Southeast Students


by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 13, 2011 – Two leading international business experts will speak to students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business this month.

Colin Taylor, a retired Nestle manager, will speak during a Common Hour presentation at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Dempster Hall Room 125. In addition, Eliane Karsaklian, a former professor at the Sorbonne and currently a professor at Negotia, one of France’s leading business schools, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Dempster Hall Room 126. Both events are free and open to the public.

Taylor, originally from England, has managed Nestle facilities worldwide, including in Poland, and immediately prior to his retirement, he was manager for West Africa. He now runs a consulting firm, “Taylor Matters,” with home base in the United Arab Emirates. Taylor will be visiting the Harrison College of Business Sept. 9-20.

“Colin brings a wealth of real-world experience into the class,” said Dr. Peter Gordon, director of International Business Programs at Southeast. “He has managed in diverse environments and adapted to a number of different cultures and in vastly different economic situations. He has run a business operation in Europe and in Third World Africa. He can tell students, first-hand, how to prepare for a career in a global marketplace.”

Karsaklian has extensive experience in places as diverse as Brazil and Armenia. She is now teaching at Negotia, which was founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She will be speaking to a variety of classes during her visit.

“Eliane brings a European perspective to class,” Gordon says. “Having had extensive experience in Latin America and Europe, she brings a global perspective to class. She can view developments in the U.S. with an external view, that of a native non-English speaker.”

Gordon says students need to take advantage of as much international experience as they can while they are in college.

“For business majors, almost every potential employer is operating in a global environment and is seeking students with an international perspective,” he said. “Students should take advantage of every international learning opportunity that they can while attending Southeast.”