Staff & Administration

Martine Haas

Director, The Lauder Institute
Lauder Professor and Professor of Management

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Martine R. Haas is the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, and Lauder Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a tenured Professor of Management at the Wharton School, where she has taught since 2007. A native of South Africa and a US/UK citizen, her current research focuses on collaboration and innovation within multinational firms, knowledge sharing, and global teamwork. She has published academic and managerial articles in leading journals, served in senior editorial roles and on numerous editorial boards, and received scholarly awards from the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business, as well as awards for teaching excellence at Wharton in both the MBA and undergraduate programs. Before joining Penn, she served on the faculty at Cornell University and as a visiting faculty member at London Business School. She has also worked for McKinsey & Company in London and for the international aid agency Oxfam. She earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior (joint program between Harvard Business School and Arts & Sciences) and an MA in Sociology from Harvard University, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and a BA with Honors in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

Regina Abrami

Director, Lauder Global Program;
Head, Lauder International Studies Faculty;
Senior Lecturer, Political Science;
Senior Fellow, Management Department

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Dr. Regina M. Abrami is the Director of the Lauder Institute’s Global Program and Head of its International Studies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Lauder Institute, she is broadly responsible for interdisciplinary curricular development in support of the university’s joint-degree MBA-MA program in International Studies. Dr. Abrami brings to the Lauder Institute a passion for, and expertise in, experiential education, with focus on issues of political economy, intercultural group dynamics, strategic foresight, and qualitative field-based learning.

Dr. Abrami earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was both a Reinhard Bendix and John L. Simpson Memorial Fellow. She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Phi Beta Kappa, and a former Fellow of the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

Haimanti Banerjee

Associate Director, Language & Culture Programs

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Haimanti joined the Lauder Institute in 2009 where she provides guidance on pedagogy and administrative support for approximately ten academic year language programs and the summer immersion programs. Additionally, she works with Penn’s Office of Risk Management and Student Health Services in her role as the Institute’s point-person for health, safety and security issues related to international travel.

She has been teaching Bengali at Penn since 1995, and has also taught Hindi and English as a Second Language. She was awarded federal grants for language projects in Bengali and Hindi, such as the multi-year International Research and Studies grant and the STARTALK grant, and has developed and supervised the design of Hindi learning materials for project funded by US Department of Education. At Penn, she received the School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Award.

Prior to joining Lauder, she was the Assistant Director at Penn’s South Asia Center. She received an M. Phil. in English Literature from Delhi University (India) and subsequently completed her graduate work and PA certification in Elementary Education at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She is ACTFL ILR certified tester-rater in Bengali and a member of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Marcy R. Bevan

Director, Admissions & Alumni Relations

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For more than 30 years, Marcy has been overseeing admissions, alumni relations and the coordination of special events for the Lauder Institute. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Marcy earned her B.A. in English from Mills College and her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kim is the Career Advisor for the Lauder Program’s students and is based out of New York City. She regularly meets with and guides students in regard to their career and internship plans acting as an additional resource to Wharton’s career management office.

Kara Keenan Sweeney

Director of Admissions Marketing and Financial Aid

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Kara joined The Lauder Institute in 2015 and oversees marketing and financial aid for admissions and works jointly with the Co-Director of Admissions on recruitment events and application review. Prior to joining Lauder, Kara worked for Penn’s Graduate School of Education, as well as INSEAD and Columbia Business School. Kara grew up in the Philadelphia area, but was born in Norway and has lived in six countries on three continents. She earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in English and Political Science from Trinity College.

Sonja Lee Chen

Senior Associate Director, Lauder External Affairs

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Sonja leads the Lauder Institute’s development and alumni relations engagement through Wharton’s External Affairs office. Prior to her work with Lauder, Sonja partnered with Penn’s Office of the Chaplain to support student clubs on campus. Sonja has lived on three continents, delivering programs and organizational leadership to non-profit organizations in New York City, Dublin, and Philadelphia. Sonja earned her M.A. in Urban Mission from Westminster Theological Seminary and her B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Kenric Tsethlikai

Managing Director, The Lauder Institute

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As Managing Director of the Lauder Institute, Kenric oversees the joint MBA/MA in International Studies and JD/MA in International Studies degree programs. He supervises daily operations in all areas from recruiting and admissions to graduation, from business administration to external affairs, and from research to outreach programs. In this role, Kenric serves as the primary advisor to students for academic matters and graduation requirements and thus works closely with the Wharton Graduate Division and the Penn School of Arts & Sciences in planning and executing the Institute’s programs and activities. Kenric arrived at the Lauder Institute in 2008 as Director of Lauder’s Language and Culture Programs to provide oversight to the nine Lauder Language and Culture Programs on campus and abroad.  Prior to that, he worked at Stanford University where he completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in French. Kenric also holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

María del Milagro Lozada Cerna

Director, Lauder Language and Culture Programs;
Head of the Language and Cultures Faculty;
Director, Spanish Program

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Dr. María del Milagro Lozada Cerna, or Mili for short, is Director of the Lauder Spanish Program and Faculty Head of the Lauder Language and Culture Programs.  She is responsible for overseeing the curriculum of the two-year language programs and summer immersions for approximately ten languages and four regional programs.  Mili also developed and runs the Lauder Intercultural Venture (LIV) program, including overseeing faculty members from different disciplines and academic institutions.  As a member of the Lauder Spanish faculty, she is passionate about helping students master languages and understand complex social contexts and cultural diversity.

At the Lauder Institute since 2011, Mili previously taught classes in Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture at various institutions, including Temple University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests lie primarily in language acquisition and intercultural development, experiential learning, and Latin American detective fiction, narrative, film studies, and cultural studies.

Mili earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Temple University, an M.A. in Communication Sciences from Universidad Católica de Santa María (Perú), and a Marketing Certification from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

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Kim’s responsibilities includes the Lauder Culture Quest, coordinating bi-annual Board of Governors meetings, and overseeing various campus speaker events. She serves as a liaison to the Wharton School of Business and other offices of the University of Pennsylvania.

Danielle Rochford

Program Coordinator

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Danielle joined the Lauder Institute as a Program Coordinator in October 2013. She currently coordinates the Lauder Intercultural Venture program, the Jacobson Global Venture Award, and Lauder’s social media channels. Prior to working at the Lauder Institute, she worked in New York City as a corporate event planner. Danielle graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a bachelor degree in Communication and German Literature is currently finishing a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Rozecki

Administrative Coordinator

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Katie joined the Lauder Institute in 2014. As the Administrative Coordinator, her responsibilities include: supporting faculty, staff, and students with any administrative needs that may arise; scheduling and proctoring the students’ Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs); and scheduling and maintaining the Lauder Institute’s database of classrooms and academic courses. Katie was born and raised in Philadelphia, and earned her B.S. in Interior Design from Philadelphia University. Prior to joining the Lauder Institute, she was the Administrative Assistant and Production Manager for both Eventricity and The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants.

Jenny Seng-Russo

Program Manager, International Studies Program

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Jenny joined the Lauder Institute in 2018. She works with faculty and students to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and learning in the International Studies Program and the Global Program. She also supports the operation of the Institute’s enrollment, registration, and conferral process. Jenny holds an M.S.Ed in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.A. in the English: concentrations in writing, Asian studies, and education. Prior to Lauder, she was an International Initiatives and Recruitment Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania’s English Language Program where she developed and maintained relationships with international partners, welcomed international students to Penn, and coordinated and taught in short-term Business English courses.

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Since he came to Lauder in 2004, Ed has been responsible for managing the financial and budgetary affairs of the Institute. Prior to joining Lauder, he was the Business and Communications Manager for the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and Program Manager for the Wharton International Forum, an executive education program held in various countries around the world for heads of global companies. He holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Pennsylvania.

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