Kirk Zeller , DBA

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Academic Background

I graduated cum laude from the International School of Management with a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). My DBA dissertation is entitled "European Market Entry Strategies for Venture Capital Financed Medical Device Companies: Where, When, How, and Why" and a summary of the research can be viewed by clicking the DBA dissertation to the left.  DBA study was completed jointly through the International School of Management (Paris), St. Johns University's business school (Manhattan campus, New York), and Temple University's Tokyo campus.

I have completed a Executive Masters of Business Administration degree at the University of London's Imperial College London specializing in Biopharma & Health Technology Entrepreneurship. These combined specializations focused on the building of healthcare ventures. My masters thesis was "Financing and Beyond: The Role of Venture Capital in Silicon Valley Based Medical Device Companies" and a summary of the findings can be accessed by clicking the icons on the left of this page. The MBA also included a study mission to South Africa with tours of leading South African companies and lectures from professors of Pretoria University. In addition I completed a finance course at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Imperial College London, formerly known as Imperial College of Science, Medicine, and Technology, is one of the world's leading technology institutes with League Tables ranked it 3rd in Europe and 10th in the world for science. Imperial College London has become larger in recent years under the direction of former GlaxoSmithKline CEO, Sir Richard Sykes. Eleven Nobel prize winners have been affiliated with Imperial and many medical innovations, including penicillin, have been developed by scientists from Imperial College London. At the time I was at Imperial the Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programs ranked Imperial College London's Executive MBA program as one of the world's top ten. In other surveys Imperial's MBA has been rated the number one program in Europe for Entrepreneurship. Her Majesty The Queen visited Imperial in 2004 for the opening of the Business School.

BA International Business
My undergraduate major was International Business and much of it was completed in Japan. The coursework in Japan included study of the Japanese language, society, history, culture, politics, economics, and business at Nanzan University. I was the first ever western finalist in NHK's (Japan's national public broadcast network) annual nationally televised speech contest, Youth Day Message and I lived with a Japanese host family for 2 years. I also participated in a Japanese exchange program to Canada.

Coursework at Senshu University focused on Japanese business including tours and in-depth study of leading Japanese companies such as Sony, Matsushita, Nissan, Seiyu, and Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln I was elected by faculty to Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars) and was selected as a Fulbright research grant alternate in 1992. I co-founded and served as President of ASIS (Association of Students for International Studies) to promote study abroad programs, prepare students for study abroad, and aid students coping with reverse culture shock. I also served as the AIESEC (an international economics and commerce organization) Fundraising Director and helped to facilitate internship opportunities for students from overseas.

Executive Education 

HSM 2015 

Doing Business in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil 


Harvard University 2014 

Cross Cultural Communication in Business

Cambridge, Massachusetts 


Amity University 2013 

Doing Business in India, Marketing in India, and India Economy New Delhi, India 


Fudan University 2012 

Chinese Economy, Doing Business in China, and Marketing in China

Shanghai, China 


M.I.T. 2002 

Finance for Executives

Cambridge, Massachusetts 

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