Peggy Takahashi

Department Chair
(415) 422-6884

Peggy K. Takahashi, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Programs Associate Dean, is a highly accomplished academic with a primary focus on international business management with research interests in organizational strategy and policy, comparative studies of East Asian business (with a concentration on Japan), Keiretsu and Alliance. Dr. Takahashi's undergraduate courses are designed to help students examine organizational behavior in global firms at both the macro and micro levels. They...


PhD, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, CA, MBA emphasis on International Business and Manufacturing, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, CA, MA, Asian Studies, emphasis on Economic History and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA, BA, Asian Studies, Pomona College, CA (year of study at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4558

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding, PhD, CFA, teaches Principles of Finance and International Financial Management at USF. Ding’s research spans international finance, corporate finance, and asset pricing. Her work has been published in numerous highly respected academic journals, including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Empirical Finance, etc. Ding is a recipient of best-paper awards at the Asian Finance Association Conference and China...


PhD, Finance, School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada, MA, Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, Canada, MA, Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China, BA, Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China

Nicholas Imparato

(415) 422-6740

Nicholas Imparato is a professor of marketing and management at the University of San Francisco and formerly a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1996-2012). During a lengthy series of special leaves of absence from the university, he held positions as a senior executive and board member at publicly listed (NYSE, NASDAQ) and closely held companies here and in Europe. As a speaker and adviser in over 35 countries with Visa, IBM, and other organizations, Professor...

Kevin Lo

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6139

Kevin Lo, associate professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership and Communication, is a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on emotional and cultural intelligence. Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences to encourage his students to recognize a wide range of management and organizational...


University of Hawaii, PhD in International Management, 2007, University of San Francisco, MBA, 2001, University of San Francisco, MA in Asia Pacific Studies, 2001, Brown University, BA in East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, 1996


Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Mindfulness and Self-Care

Xiaohua Yang

(415) 422-4330

Professor Xiaohua Yang teaches international business and is the founding director of the China Business Studies Initiative in the School of Management at the USF. She specializes in the internationalization of Chinese firms, MNE corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, international R&D strategic alliances, and foreign market entry strategies. She has taught and lectured in the USA, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Europe, and is a recipient of multiple Best Paper Awards...


Ph.D., International Business/Strategic Management, School of Business, University of Kansas, M.S., College of Business Administration, Iowa State University, B.A., Shanghai University of International Studies


Vivian Faustino

Adjunct Professor

Vivian Faustino specializes in international business, entrepreneurship, and international marketing. She has 20 years of banking and consulting experience in Asia and North America and has served in senior management positions in various financial institutions. Passionate about education that is accessible and inclusive, Vivian dedicated her advocacy work in teaching at refugee camps across the world through Jesuit Worldwide Learning. She also founded the Center for Entrepreneurship and...


Columbia University - New York, NY Doctoral Candidate, Adult Learning and Leadership, Ateneo De Manila University - Manila, Philippines Master in Business Administration (MBA)


International business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Banking and finance, Adult learning and leadership

Stanley Kwong

Adjunct Professor

Stanley Kwong brings to USF over 30 years of international management, marketing and teaching experience in the US, China, India, and Central Europe. Professor Kwong is recognized as a leading expert on marketing strategy, branding, and investments policies and is frequently interviewed on branding in China and Chinese investments in the U.S. by top media, such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SingTao News, and Chinese World Journal. He is a highly desired guest speaker at industry...


MBA, Management Science, University of Southern California at Los Angeles, MS, Education Administration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, Economics and Asian Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook


International Marketing, US China Trade policies, Managing multinational corporations

Isabelle Lescent-Giles

Adjunct Faculty

Isabelle Lescent-Giles is adjunct faculty of international business at the University of San Francisco and a tenured associate professor of economic history at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, where she taught for 10 years. Before relocating to San Francisco, she was trained as a business historian in the city of Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and has taught at New York University, Oxford University, University of Bordeaux (France) and the University of Paris-Sorbonne. As an...

Veronica Pugin

Adjunct Professor

Professor Veronica Pugin teaches international business and has a background in business, economics, and impactful tech. In business, she managed the Latin America expansion for a Silicon Valley financial inclusion tech start-up, consulted Fortune 500 companies on their international operations, led market strategy for a civic tech start-up, founded an impactful media entrepreneurial venture, and developed a model for measuring macroeconomic risk for one of the world's leading tech companies....


Stanford University, MBA, Claremont McKenna College, BA in Economics/International Relations, Newbigin House of Studies, Theological Fellowship


Cross-sector impact and strategy, Economic development, Economic equity, Global business and society, International business (Latin America focus)

Contact Info

Admission: Undergraduate

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment

University of San Francisco
Main Campus
Lone Mountain, Second Floor
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6563