Professor Kathleen Fitzsimmons, M.B.A.

Program Director. Professor Fitzsimmons is an American academic and manager with extensive experience in business and academia, an MBA from Harvard Business School and 20+ years in Italy. She is a high-energy, creative team-builder and project manager. Known for her student focus, Prof. Fitzsimmons has created a number of programs at AUR to create opportunities for students, including the AURA study abroad program, the Emory Honors Exchange, the AUR Business Club, AUR Campus Girl Scouts, consulting projects with local organizations and the series of Business Field Studies. She applies her experience and expertise in strategy to AUR, wrote the University’s first strategic plan, has chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, contributed to the Middle States Accreditation process and oversaw the University’s first external program review.
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Professor Alexander Aidan PhD

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Professor Vassilissa Carangio PhD

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Professor Rosa Fusco MA

Rosa Fusco has been working in education for over 20 years. She graduated from the Open University and received a Master’s degree from the Institute of Education in the UK with a specialization in education and technology.

Rosa is currently Director of Computer Services at The American University of Rome. Her office manages the IT infrastructure at AUR which includes administrative and academic technology for the institution. In addition to her many duties, Rosa works closely with faculty in supporting their use of technology in teaching and also in developing online content for AUR courses. She teaches module 2 of the co-taught course Applications for Business in the Business Curriculum. Rosa’s research interests include exploring learning spaces and opportunities in online environments.
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Professor Rya Kaufman MA

Adjunct Faculty. Rya Kaufman is a creative director specialized in web design and marketing. With over 20 years of experience, she works with international clients from a diverse range of industries including education, advocacy, technology and wellness. Rya teaches the Web Marketing module in the Computer Applications for Business course, in which students gain experience in building a promotional website as well as learn to utilize social media and email marketing applications to publicize a business

Professor Marshall Langer, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor. Marshall Langer has been an Adjunct Professor at AUR since 2004. He earned his Bachelor’s in Finance from Boston University and an MBA from The Wharton School in Marketing and Management, and has done graduate work in Counseling Psychology at New York University. Marshall entered academia after a 12-year career in finance in the U.S. and Europe, in investment banking and risk arbitrage with firms such as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp and BNP Paribas. Marshall is also a Trained Group Counselor (which serves him well in the popular Business Psych course!). 
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Professor Yasmina (Rim) Limam PhD

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Professor Theresa Lindo MBA

Adjunct Faculty. Theresa Lindo teaches in the AUR Business and English Writing programs, and tutors in the Writing Center. A former US diplomat and international trade officer, she spent 17+ years in government and the private sector in diplomacy, international trade, marketing communications, corporate expansion and partnerships in the US, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Ecuador and China. She is Head of Marketing & Corporate Partnerships for the geopolitical think tank Eastwest European Institute. She earned a Barchelor’s in Mass Communications from Boston University, an MBA in International Business and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
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Professor Josephine Luzon, D.B.A.

Adjunct Professor. Dr. Josephine Luzon teaches Financial Accounting (ACC 201) and Managerial Accounting (ACC 202) at The American University of Rome. She is the  Finance Manager of Bioversity International, an international agricultural research nonprofit organization (a member of the  CGIAR, which is part of the World Bank group). AUR is fortunate that Josephine takes time out of her busy professional life to share with our students lessons and experience garnered in her impressive 27 year career spanning an array of leadership positions in finance and administration, budgeting, accounting, auditing, and management information and control systems.
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Professor Roberto Pirozzi, J.D.

Adjunct Faculty. Roberto Pirozzi gained his Bachelor and Master diplomas at the University of LUMSA, Rome, and obtained an MA in Laws in comparative Legal Systems at the Pace University School of Law, New York.
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Professor David Pollon, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor. Prior to entering the academic world, Professor Pollon made his career in the international financial arena working for The Walt Disney Company. After serving as Finance Director at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, he became Finance Director in the UK and then Italy, where he was in charge of all cinema, video, and DVD financial operations. 
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Professor Laura Prota, PhD

Professor. Specialized in social network analysis and rural development, Laura Prota adopts a relational approach to study the configuration of agricultural production and innovation systems under globalization. She published on issues related to the specificity of Southeast Asian market transition with a particular focus on place and path dependent trajectories of development, land markets, persistent poverty, gender and labor rights. 
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Professor Anna Sasso, MSc

Professor. Anna Sasso is a marketing specialist, lecturer, and consultant. She combines her business education and managerial experience with passion for human potential to help students and professionals uncover their unique value and expand their careers. Her professional motto is: ‘To create sustainable competitive advantage through a quality education and lifelong learning.’
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Professor Robert Sonnabend, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor. Robert Sonnabend teaches courses in marketing, management, and communications in both the Business Studies and Communication Department. Teaching at AUR for eight years, he comes from an international business background. A global sales executive with a manufacturing background, he developed distribution channels in China and India, including manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China and Bangalore, India, for mid-size computers and software.
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Professor Silvano Susi, M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor. Professor Susi is one of AUR's longest-serving professors. He gained his BA at Sapienza, University of Rome, and his MBA at the American University in Washington DC.
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Professor Nicolò Tartaglia MBA

Nicolò Tartaglia teaches International  Business in the Business Administration Department. He joined AUR in 2020, and has decades of teaching experience in both the Italian system and in various U.S. Study Abroad programs. Global Business, Made in Italy, and International Management are his areas of specialization. Nicolò is founding partner of a business consulting firm based in Rome. He has consulted for several Italian SMEs in key sectors such as food, fashion, and mechanics. He has also participated in internationalization projects and lead business missions in South America, China, North Europe. Professor Tartaglia's priority in the classroom is to share his global business experience to help students become globally aware and develop their cultural intelligence in order to become successful future managers.
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Professor Mary Ward MA

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