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PhD Students

Mohamad Hassan ABOU DAYA

Mohamad is a PhD student in the Finance department. He has an MSc in Finance. His research interests include market finance as well as advanced valuation techniques. Mohamad currently researches the dependence structure of the options market. Besides work, Mohamad likes strength training and hiking.

Supervisor: Prof. Carol Bernard
Research Team: Finance, Innovation and Governance 
Contact: mohamad-hassan.abou-daya(at)

Sandiso BAZANA

Sandiso has a Master of Commerce degree in ​​Industrial Psychology from the University of Fort Hare (UFH). He has worked in Higher Education since 2013, lecturing and supervising student research at the University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University in South Africa. He has taught subjects such as Organizational and Industrial Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Development, and Multiculturalism. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as; the Journal of Psychology in Africa, New Voices in Psychology, Transformation in Higher Education, Journal of Psychology (India), etc. including media outlets such as World University News, Conversations, and South African-based News24 and Mail, and the Guardian.

Supervisor: Prof. Gazi Islam
Research Team:  Organization, Work, Identity and Career
Email: sandiso.bazana(at)


Aristide is a PhD candidate in Management and Organisation Studies, working in AFMO research team, under the supervision of Prof. Ismael Al-Amoudi. His research interests lie in issues of identities, ethics and happiness in managerial organisations and alternative organisations, more specifically in notions of authenticity as nurtured or hindered in current structural/cultural contexts. Previously, Aristide completed a Master in Management at ESSEC and a Bachelor in Humanities at Paris 10-Nanterre University.   

Supervisor: Prof. Ismael Al-Amoudi
Research Team: Alternative Forms of Markets and Organisations
Contact: aristide.bertrand(at)


Xenia is a PhD student in the MTS department. She is mainly interested in feminism, post-colonialism and Marxist theory. Her research interest focuses on critical reflections on businesses’ role in society and capitalism as a development agent. Before coming to GEM, she studied a MSc in Diversity and Change Management at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and worked in the NGO sector and management consulting. Outside of university, she loves to go for long hikes with her husky in the mountains. 

Supervisor: Lea Stadtler
Team: Strategy, Innovation, and Society
Contact: xenia.becker(at)

Benedetta CANFORA 

Benedetta is a PhD student in the Energy Management team. Her research interest lies in the more Consumer Behavior-related aspects of Energy. In particular, she explores naïve human beliefs as barriers to the adoption of sustainable innovations. She has a MSc in Marketing Analytics and Metrics from LUISS University, Italy, and worked there as a Teaching and Research assistant before joining GEM. Beside work, Benedetta loves discovering new places with her motorbike.

Supervisor: Prof. Marie-Charlotte Guetlein
Team: Energy Management
Contact: benedetta.canfora(at)

Yang CAO

Yang is a PhD student in Finance. He holds an MSc in Finance and B.B.A in Finance from China. Yang has years of research assistantship from undergraduate study and this fill him with passion in research. Yang’s research interests include corporate governance, innovation and textual analysis. He currently researches the interplay between CEO and board, and the M&A topics. When he is not working, Yang loves reading history and writing blogs.

Supervisor: Prof. Kiesel Florian
Research Team: Finance, Innovation and Governance
Contact: yang.cao(at)

Rebecca CARDOT

Rebecca is a PhD student of the Finance, Innovation and Governance research team. Before joining the PhD program, she worked in the banking sector in the Fund industry in Luxemburg and in liquidity management in France. She is a former Master student of Grenoble Ecole de Management and holds the MSc Management (DESMA) and the MSc Finance of the school. Her research interests are around the interactions of new technologies, like Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, and the financial markets, taking into account sustainability concerns. When she is not working, she loves hiking in the mountains and doing yoga as often as possible.

Supervisors: Prof. Carole Bernard and Prof. Jamil Jaballah
Research team: Finance, Innovation and Governance
Contact: rebecca.cardot(at)


Nilo holds a Bachelor (2015) and a Master of Science (2019) degree in Administration, both with emphasis in Organization Studies, and from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, and has experience with horizontally-managed cooperatives. Nilo researches technology, environmental issues and post-development, understanding alternative organizing as a transversal issue inflicting in each topic.

Supervisors: Prof. Marcos Barros and Prof. Hélène Picard
Research Team: Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations
Contact: nilo.coradini-de-freitas(at)

Stephanie DAHER

Stephanie is a Ph.D. student, Teaching and Research Assistant at GEM in Management and Organization Studies. Her research interest lies in the intersection of radical anthropological perspectives and Organization Studies, with special attention to Indigenous/Amerindians Cosmologies and Philosophy (Amerindian Perspectivism) and the possibilities of rethinking Organizational concepts and practices through this knowledge. She holds a master's degree in Business Management from the Technological University Federal do Paraná – Brazil. 

Supervisors: Prof. Gazi Islam and Prof. Paul Stewart
Research Team: Organizations, Work, Identity and Careers
Contact: stephanie.daher(at)


Renuka is a PhD student in the Strategy, Collective Action and Technology Team. She holds a master’s in management research from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and her thesis was on technology usage in the Healthcare industry. Her research interests lie in the domains of technology and innovation management in the Healthcare industry, and she hopes to work in the areas of innovation management in the healthcare sector. She has five years of work experience in the IT industry of which two years she had spent in Tokyo, Japan and she hopes to combine her tech exposure with her research. 

Supervisors: Prof. Jojo Jacob and Prof. Arusyak Zakaryan
Research team: Strategy, Collective Action and Technology
Email: renuka-devi.somasundaram-karthikeyan(at)


Lesman is a PhD candidate, Teaching and Research Assistant at Grenoble Ecole de Management. His research is focused on Marketing Strategy and Innovation, interested in customized data and evidence ecosystems to provide actionable information and advocate specific policy paths to enhance impact. Lesman is a Fulbright Scholar and a Muskie Fellow, holding a master’s from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s from Jean Moulin Lyon 3. His professional experience includes the World Bank, the Wilson Center and Coca-Cola HBC. Lesman enjoys sports and spending time with his dog.

Supervisors: Prof. Corinne Faure and Prof. Mariia Koval
Research Team: Marketing Strategy and Innovation
Contact: lesman.ghazaryan(at)


Marcelo Gonzalez is a PhD student and Teaching and Research Assistant at Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France. Before joining GEM, he received his master of science’s degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom. He also has a master’s in Business Management from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile and holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. He is especially interested in conducting research related to Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Inequality, Regional Studies and Discrimination in Entrepreneurship. He has over a decade of experience in IT Consultancy, in positions such as Senior Manager in Deloitte, Digital Transformation Manager and Information Technology Manager in Ernst & Young (EY) and IT Consultant in everis.

Supervisors: Prof. Daniela Maresch and Prof. Martina Battisti
Research Team: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Contact: marcelo.gonzalez(at)

Xinyu GUO

Xinyu is a PhD student and research assistant in the Energy Management team. Her current research interests are concentrated on green energy transition, and she’s particularly fascinated with discovering the triggers in the industrial adoption of renewable energy technologies, but also the new business models derived from the green shift. She has published her findings in a peer-reviewed journal. She holds a master degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management and has worked in market and strategy departments in several industries prior to entering academia. She also has teaching experience as a guest speaker in bachelor courses. Xinyu has lived, studied, and worked in China, Indonesia, France, and Belgium and is fluent in Chinese, Cantonese, and English (French is in progress). She likes dancing, swimming, boxing, skateboarding and hiking.

Supervisor: Prof. Anne-Lorène Vernay
Research Team: Energy Management
Contact: xinyu.guo(at)


Julien holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the French Naval Academy and an MBA from HEC Paris. He has worked in the Canadian renewable energy industry for over a decade, managing technology innovation projects for the electric utility BC Hydro & Power, and supporting offgrid First Nations with renewable microgrid projects. He joins the Energy Management team and plans to research the mechanisms through which the political economy of capitalism hinders the energy transition. In his rapidly shrinking spare time, Julien enjoys skiing, rock-climbing, mountain-biking, trail-running and, pre-covid, martial arts such as boxing, muay thai and jiu jitsu.

Supervisor: Prof. Sébastien Houde
Research Team: Energy Management
Contact: Julien.lafaille(at)


Christine is a PhD student in Marketing. Prior to GEM, she has been a senior marketer in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Food industries. Christine has over a decade of experience in developing and commercializing sustainable, innovative products onto the global markets. She has a BBA in Information Systems and a MBA, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the United States. A true global citizen, Christine has lived in many parts of world: China, UAE, USA, Canada, and now she has started a new life chapter in France.  

Research interests: Sustainability Marketing, Innovation, New Product Development and Introduction, Business-to-Business Marketing, Food Waste

Supervisors: Prof. Christophe Haon and Prof. Shekhar Misra
Team: Marketing Strategy and Innovation
Contact: kai.lesage(at)


Josh Mahaney is a PhD Student in Marketing. After earning a Master of Science degree in Creative Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo State, Josh Mahaney worked for six years for both Disney Parks & Resorts and an NBA (National Basketball Association) team in the fields of creativity, innovation, and marketing. Josh now researches in the same fields to discover how employees can better diffuse their ideas inside organizations. When he is not researching and studying, Josh is usually either enjoying the Grenoble outdoors or indoors for the food.

Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Gillier and Prof. Fiona Schweitzer
Research Team: Marketing Strategy and Innovation
Contact: Joshua.Mahaney(at)


Rajarshi is a PhD student in the Consumer Behavior Research Team. Prior to joining the PhD program at Grenoble Ecole de Management, he did his Master’s in Business Administration in Marketing concentration from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad and Bachelor in Production Engineering from Jadavpur University. He has three years of professional experience in sales and marketing domain for the heavy-duty industrial products. Rajarshi is particularly interested in consumer decision-making, judgement, consumer hierarchy of satisfaction, etc. Outside of research, he is passionate about football, guitar and travelling.

Supervisor: Prof. Ignazio Ziano and Prof. Robert Mai
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Contact: rajarshi.majumder(at)


Having several years of experience as a marketing manager and also as an architecture project manager, Mona joined GEM's rigorous PhD program to follow her passion for understanding the psychology of consumption. Her goal is to apply and expand this understanding in fascinating state-of-the-art application areas where innovation and technology help us build a brighter future!

Supervisor: Prof. Laurie Balbo
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Contact: mona.masoumzadeh(at)


Ipek is a Ph.D. student in the department of marketing. Her research area is consumer behavior, specifically consumer animosity. She took her BSc Business Administration degree from Bilkent University, Turkey, with a major degree in marketing and innovation management. Shortly after, she worked at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey as an assistant specialist for Horizon 2020 Supports & Awards. In 2019, she completed her MSc. degree in Marketing Management at Bocconi University, Italy. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant for an ANR Funded Research Project on consumer animosity.

Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Trendel and Prof. Robert Mai
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Contact: ipek-nur.nibat(at)


Velmurugan is a PhD Student in Marketing. He works with the Marketing Strategy and Innovation (MSI) research team. His research interests include innovation, service management, and technology. Before joining the PhD program, he worked as a Product Manager at Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), an Indian subsidiary of Unilever. He joined the company as a Unilever Future Leadership Trainee (UFLP Trainee) in 2016 and has six years of work experience. Velmurugan holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (2016) from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree (2014) from the College of Engineering Guindy (CEG), Anna University. Besides work, he is interested in learning the French language. 

Supervisor: Prof. Fiona Schweitzer
Research Team: Marketing Strategy and Innovation
Contact: velmurugan.palanichamy(at)


Luise is conducting research within the Consumer Behavior team. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in International Management and Business Administration (Lancaster University and Reutlingen University) as well as two Master’s degrees in Marketing (University of St Andrews) and Human Decision Science (Maastricht University). She has more than four years of professional marketing experience and strong knowledge of the beauty industry. Luise is particularly interested in judgment, decision-making, applied ethics, and sustainability. Outside of research too, she has a passion for healthy nutrition, road cycling, and non-violent communication.

Supervisor: Prof. Anika Schumacher
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Contact: luise.rademacher(at)

Jan Philipp REINEKE

Jan is a PhD student in the Strategy, Collective Action, and Technology research team. Their interest lies in technology in healthcare, specifically assistive technology for disabled people, and how it affects practices of care and assistance between individuals and groups. Within GEM, Jan is also working on the RealWorld 4 Clinic project, funded by EIT Health (part of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology). Prior to joining the school, they obtained an MSc in Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Society from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

Supervisors: Prof. Charles-Clemens Rüling, Prof. Stéphanie Gauttier
Research Team: Strategy, Innovation and Society
Contact: jan-philipp.reineke(at)


Manuel F. Ramírez is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant at Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France. Prior to joining GEM, he was an Assistant Professor at Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), in the Industrial Engineering Institute. He is especially interested in organizational studies, with a focus on hegemony, identity, resistance and the relationship between organizations and the Anthropocene. His previous professional career in Chile includes employment as Network Planning Innovation Director, LATAM Airlines; founder of Discants, a web-based startup, and Consultant in Virtus Partners, a strategic consultancy firm.

Supervisor: Prof. Gazi Islam
Research Team: Organization, Work, Identity and Careers 
Contact: manuel.ramirez(at)


Adélie is part of the Alternative Form of Organizations (AFMO team and studies social enterprises, their business models and their governance. Especially interested in energy transition, she studies energy cooperatives and work with GEM Energy team on the H2020 European project SONNET (social innovation in energy transitions). She holds a master's specialized in social economy from Grenoble institute of political sciences and received several prizes for her master's thesis.

Supervisor: Prof. Marcos Barros
Research Team: Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations
Contact: adelie.ranville(at)

Swaroop RAO

Swaroop is a PhD student working with the Energy Management Team. Having studied energy engineering and policy at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany, and Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, he works with Dr. David Grover at GEM on studying the socioeconomic impacts of clean energy investments. He has also previously worked on and continues to work on European and German energy policy.

Supervisor: Prof. David Grover
Research Team: Energy Management
Contact: swaroop.rao(at)


Subhan is a PhD scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is motivated to enhance knowledge by conducting investigations into determinants of knowledge Economy, Green Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurs Behavior, Startup Survival and Firm Exist Strategies. He has two years of professional experience as a coordinator and trainer at the Student Start-up Business Center (SSBC), COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan. During his tenure, he was engaged as a mentor and facilitator with more than thirty startups. He also worked as an entrepreneur and ran his own social venture. He holds Masters in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from IAE Aix Marseille University and a Master’s in Management Sciences from COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan. He also holds E-Course Certifications on Climate Change and Green Economy from United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Supervisors: Dr. Procher Vivien and Dr. Mei Maggie-Qiuzhu
Research Team: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sumayya SHAIKH

Sumayya is a PhD student in Marketing. She has several years of experience in evaluating fine dining restaurants, luxury hotels and retail services in UAE. She has also formerly worked as a marketing manager in India. Sumayya is a part of the consumer behavior team and is interested in conducting research within the area of food marketing. She is also passionate about food outside of her work, and spends her time traveling and exploring cuisines around the world.

Supervisors: Prof. Carolina Werle and Prof. Amanda Pruski Yamim
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Contact: Sumayya.shaikh(at)


Mahdi is a PhD student in the Finance department. He has an MSc in Financial Mathematics and A BSc in Applied Mathematics. His research interests are statistics and finance, especially in risk management, portfolio selection, denoising methods, and applications of regression models in modeling financial markets.

Supervisors: Prof. Carole Bernard, Prof. Philippe Dupuy, and Prof. Gareth W. Peters
Research Team: Finance, Innovation, and Governance
Email: mahdi.sojoudi(at)


Amogha is a PhD student in the Information Systems for Society team. She has a master’s degree in Computational Engineering with a focus on Artificial Intelligence. She worked as a machine learning developer and later as a project analyst in the corporate space, apart from volunteering to provide technical solutions to practical problems in rural India. Her research interests include the challenges and solutions to effectively employ artificial intelligence in the managerial space. Given her experience, she is uniquely positioned to objectively examine the existing implementation gap and provide pragmatic solutions. Being an ardent reader, she enjoys crime thrillers and loves writing her technical blog on slower days.

Supervisor: Prof. Isabella Seeber
Research Team: Information Systems for Society 
Email: Amogha.Sudarshan(at)


Vincent is a member of the Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations research team. He is focused on the mountain sector as a sector in transition. Before that, Vincent was already studying in GEM for his master degree in the « Programme Grande Ecole ». Grenoble and its surroundings are the perfect place for Vincent who loves hiking, skiing and running in the moutains during his free time.

Supervisor: Prof. Daudigeos Thibault
Research Team: Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations
Contact: vincent.vindevoghel(at) 

Min WU

Min is a PhD student in Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations(AFMO) team. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Taiwan, and a master’s in management of grande école from IÉSEG School of Management, France. Her research interests include positive leadership(servant leadership), negative leadership, and Followership. She holds a Taiwan commercial high school teacher certificate, which allowed her to build up teaching experience. In addition, she worked in a trading company and an NGO, where she had a chance to observe, verify, and compare leadership theories in the reality. She enjoys cooking, baking, water sports, and accrobranche.

Research Team: Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations
Contact: min.wu(at)

Xingming YANG

Xingming is a doctoral student in marketing. She is interested in issues related to retail and sustainable marketing. Apart from research, she enjoys swimming, travelling and hanging out with friends.

Supervisors: Prof. Corinne Faure and Prof. Marion Garnier
Research Team: Consumer Behavior
Email: xingming.yang(at)


Congratulations to our 2022 PhD in Business Administration Graduates!

Updated on 03 May 2023 at 9h49 am