Welcome to the International Business Campus. To support your studies at UCD, we have a multi-faceted team trained to provide a quality student experience. Please find here the staff contacts for the different programmes offered through our International Business Campus.
Dr Orna O’Brien
Orna joined UCD in 2002, after graduating with an MBS (Michael Smurfit Graduate School). In 2010, Orna completed her doctorate at University of Edinburgh in educational policy. She has also completed qualifications in University Teaching and Learning, Training and Continuing Education and Education Technology. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Orna is module coordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate HRM and Research Methods modules in Ireland and overseas.
Overseas Programme Manager
Michele is the Oversea's Programme Manager for the Centre for Distance Learning. Previously, Michele worked in the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD as both Programme Administrator and Manager. Prior to joining UCD, Michele worked as a Hotel, Conference & Banqueting Manager and holds a Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management from DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Michele holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from UCD and a Master’s in Business Studies specialising in HRM.
Programme Manager, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka Programmes
Sarah is the Admissions Manager for all of the School’s overseas programmes. She has been in UCD since 2008 previously working as an Administrator in the Admissions Office, UCD Adult Education Centre, Veterinary Nursing, Medical Bureau of Road Safety in UCD, as well as previously working as the Programme Administrator for the Singapore programmes here in CDL. Sarah holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Economics & Politics from UCD
Dr Kate Collins
Programme Manager and Learning Support Officer
Kate joined UCD in 2012 after completing her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology on the topic of workplace learning. Before joining the Centre for Distance Learning, Kate acted as the Senior Programme Manager for the E-CAM European HPC Centre of Excellence. Kate has lectured in Scientific Writing at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and delivered transferable skills modules in UCD. Kate also holds a MSc Marketing from DIT and a BA from University College Dublin.
Dr Annette Skade
Programme Manager and Learning Support Officer for the Bachelor of Business Studies
Annette joined the Centre for Distance Learning after working as ADAPT Humanities Student Support lead in the College of Arts and Humanities at UCD. She has tutored in English Literature at DCU and in Academic Writing, Critical Reading and Study Skills at the University of Surrey. She has a Degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy, a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, an MA in Poetry Studies and was awarded a PhD in English Literature from DCU in 2021.
Programme Manager/Learning Support Officer, MSc Programmes
Gerard is the Programme Manager and Learning Support Officer for the School’s MSc in Management (Part-Time) programme. He holds a B.A in English and History from the University of Limerick, an M.A in Modern Irish History from UCD, and a Professional Diploma in Education from UCD. He joined UCD in 2012 and worked in the Applied Language Centre. Since 2015, he has held Assessment, Programme Management and Admission roles in the CDL. He has also taught English and History at secondary school level in Dublin.
Edna da Silva
Assessment and Accounts Administrator, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka Programmes
Edna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Executive Secretarial Studies from UNIESP (Uniao das Instituicoes do Estado de Sao Paulo – Brazil). She is currently undertaking a part-time MSc in Management with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Edna has been working in UCD since 2010 in a number of roles including Customer Services Supervisor at the College of Business.
Dr Christina Burke
Programme Manager, Singapore Programmes
Christina is the Overseas Programme Manager for Singapore programmes in CDL. Prior to joining CDL in 2014, she has held a number of positions in the university. She has previously been employed in various roles in the private sector including the insurance industry. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics & History and a Master’s Degree in Economic Science from University College Dublin. She completed her Doctorate in Education at the University of Glasgow in 2021.
Shanshan is the Asia Manager and based full-time in Singapore. Prior to joining UCD she worked in
various roles in the management consulting and PR industry in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Ireland, and delivered a wide range of consulting projects across various industries in public and private sectors. Shanshan was awarded an MSc. in Management Consultancy from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, Ireland. She is a native speaker of Cantonese, Mandarin and fluent in English.
Local Faculty - Asia
UCD College of Business has a number of local faculty who are based full-time in Asia to support students. Please find their details below.
Dr Cubie Lau
Faculty Member, Singapore
Cubie is a full-time faculty member for University College Dublin (UCD) based in Singapore. She received her PhD from UCD, and undergraduate degree in Hong Kong and masters degrees from both the UK and Hong Kong. Prior to joining UCD in Singapore, Cubie held a one-year visiting position at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Business Ethics.
Dr Markus Vanharanta
Faculty, Hong Kong
Prior to joining UCD's Asian program, Markus held a faculty position at the University of Lancaster. He has been a Senior Fellow in the Foundation for Management Education, a Visiting Fellow in the City University of Hong Kong, and an ASDA-FME Post-Doctoral Fellow in the University of Lancaster. Born in Finland, Markus spent many of his formative years in Japan, Hong Kong, the USA and the UK. He also has extensive international lecturing experience in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Dr Yung Chiang Yang
Lecturer of Finance
Yung Chiang is Lecturer of Finance at University College Dublin (UCD) College of Business. He teaches corporate finance, investments, derivative securities, and international finance at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Before joining UCD, he was a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast for five years. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from Nanyang Technological University.
Dr Susan Calderon Urbina
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Susan holds a PhD in Marketing from IE Business School at IE University, an MBA from Nanyang Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Lima. Before joining UCD, Susan was a lecturer at IE University, the Catholic University of Peru, and the University of Lima, among others. Susan has practical experience as an entrepreneur and has also worked for different global media strategies for brands and products such as Movistar.