BMI Executive Institute adds 4 new professors

BMI Executive Institute has added four outstanding new professors from some of the world’s top business schools to its faculty: Glorià Batllori and Jan Brinckmann from ESADE Business School, Rudy Aernoudt of Ghent University, and Steven Poelmans from Antwerp Management School. They will teach in BMI’s Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes and conduct in-company trainings.

With this addition, BMI has increased its faculty to 30 professors.  

“At BMI we have a unique model of 100% visiting faculty which enables us to give our participants access to the latest knowledge and practices, so they can stay at the top of their game. We continuously evaluate our collaboration with professors and are continually looking for new additions to be able to offer the best quality,” says Jurga Bendikaitė-Ursavas, the Director General at BMI Executive Institute.  

Meet the new members of the BMI faculty:  

Prof. Gloria Batllori has been a Professor of Finance at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, since 2000. Her areas of special expertise are valuation and financial analysis. Her research centres on the identification and analysis of performance indicators that lead to increased enterprise valuation. 

Prof. Batllori previously worked for the Spanish Government in an international trade role, based in Los Angeles. She also worked in strategic consulting at The Mac Group before later founding her own consulting firm, Diedro Advising. She has advised clients in numerous industries including banking, food, construction, textile and retail, mainly on valuation for M&A transactions and valuation of startups.  

In teaching Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis, she continuously updates topics and materials to suit today’s needs and conditions. At BMI, Gloria will be teaching  entrepreneurial finance as part of the EMBA Brussels track and corporate finance within shorter executive programmes.  

Prof. Rudy Aernoudt teaches at Ghent University in Belgium, with a focus on the global economic environment.  

He is a former chief economist and corporate finance veteran with an impressive background, including experience at MIT, the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Social and Economic Committee. He is a co-founder of the European Business Angels Network and the Foundation for Research on Education and Entrepreneurship.  

Prof. Aernoudt has shared his expert knowledge in numerous magazine articles and has published more than 30 books and over 300 papers on corporate finance, politics, and economics. In teaching internationally, he stresses the use of up-to-date facts, figures and news with regard to corporate finance and management.  

At BMI, he will teach economics within the EMBA programme and will conduct in-company trainings.  

Dr. Jan Brinckmann is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at ESADE Business School, where he serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab for the ESADE MBA programme, head of the EWorks accelerator, and Director of the MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the ESADE Entrepreneurship Research Group. He also teaches High Technology Venturing at the University of Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and at the Korean University Business School.   

Dr Brinckmann has founded companies, including the fashion marketplace Favcorner, as well as an investment and advisory holding firm for high-tech ventures. He is member of company boards and an active business angel. 

At BMI, he will teach the field seminar on fintech/biotech startups for both EMBA tracks.  

Steven Peolmans is a Professor of Neuroscience and Strategic Leadership and a cohort coach for the Executive PhD program at Antwerp Management School. He is the founder and director of the NeuroTrainingLab™, a leadership development methodology that uses competency assessment and neurophysiological indicators. 

Steven Poelmans is also a founding member of the European Academy of Management and an international member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He will teach leadership as part of the EMBA Vilnius track.