Meet Our Professors
Management and Organisation Assist. Professor
Nedim Čelebić holds an MBA from Henderson State University (USA) and Ph.D. in Business and Management from Faculty of Economics, University in Sarajevo. He was Executive Director of several manufacturing and service companies as well as strategic management consultant for numerous international organisations such as UNDP, GIZ, EU, USAID. Having a years’ long experience in managing and consulting different companies, international organisations and public institutions, he brings a practical approach to teaching students with different backgrounds. Currently, Prof. Čelebić serves as Director of Burch Business Center and Burch Startup Incubator at the International Burch University.
Adisa Omerbegović Arapović
Economy Assoc. Professor
Adisa Omerbegovic Arapovic holds an MBA and Ph.D. in International Finance and Macroeconomics. She was Accounting and Finance Manager of YBK Holding (Malaysia) and has worked as financial modeling consultant for numerous companies. Having a years’ long experience in teaching accounting and finance at an MBA program in University of Delaware (USA), she brings a unique approach to teaching students with no economic background these valuable skills. Besides her broad academic research and teaching background, she was also Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. Currently, Prof. Arapović serves as Vice Rector for Education at the International Burch University.
Business Finance Assist. Professor
Sanel Halilbegovic gained his BA, MBA and PhD in Finance. Coming to Burch in 2015, he took with him over 20 years of professional and hands-on experience in finance, investments and trading.During his colorful and prestigious career he worked for firms of all sorts and sizes from manufacturing, financial services, insurance, trading etc. High-points in his career include working for Kyocera Group as a head of financial analysis team and managing a $2 billion budget and a Midwest division of AON Risk Services. He is an avid stock and options trader with over 20 years of trading experience that includes 4 years of working as a day trader. Prof Halilbegovic was also varsity sportsmen and besides extensive experience he brings to the table a competitive spirit, high energy and passion for finance.
Marketing Assist. Professor
Currently, Mersid serves Vice Dean position at Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, International Burch University. He is also a Management Department Head. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Production Management and MBA and a PhD degree in Marketing. The first from Sarajevo University, the other two from International Burch University. He is a founder of Social and Business Development Center, the NGO that serves to a business word as well as a society as a whole. Mersid is a digital marketing consultant. Through his Melody marketing agency and together with MAGAZA, partner agency from Wien, Austria, he helps many companies in BiH and EU to grow their business.
International Business Lecturer
Malcolm Duerod is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of science in Business Administration. He graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in general management focusing on investments and venture capital. He worked on Wall Street for close to 10 years at Wells Fargo Advisors, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan/Chase. Malcolm started his own financial advisory and consulting firm and has advised clients on various investments for over 20 years. In addition, he worked on a import/export deal for distribution of medical products from China to the USA. Malcolm is active in the NGO sector and serves as director of Nada Mladima UG, an economic empowerment charity. Since arriving in country he has been a lecturer and mentor for close to a decade. Currently he is pursuing his PhD on entrepreneurial ecosystems and is on the board of trustees of International Burch University.
Experts from the Industry as Guest Lecturers
Mr. Cero work experience includes employment with numerous international organizations either as a full-time employee or as a consultant/adviser (OSCE, USAID, UNDP, US Embassy). His areas of expertise include financial management and strategy development for all levels of government, with special emphases on revenue maximization, cost optimization, fiscal relations and strategic planning. In the past, he performed executive functions in areas of finance and marketing in several large local and foreign companies in automotive, IT and FMCG sectors. Since 2012, he is a founder and CEO of TRON Systems d.o.o., company providing finance advisory and business intelligence services and operating the best Business Intelligence System in Bosnia and Herzegovina used by the 90% of the banking sector, as well as a large number of companies and government agencies.