Roy G. C. Damary

Current Positions:

  • President, Foundation of the Institut Supérieur des Affaires et du Management (INSAM: the Graduate Institute of Business and Management)
  • Head of Business Studies, Robert Kennedy University, Switzerland
  • Managing Director, Technomic Consultants SA

Academic Qualifications:

  • M.A. in Engineering Science with First Class Honours from Oxford University (1963-1966)
  • M.B.A. with High Distinction (Baker Scholar), Harvard Business School (1972-1974)
  • PhD Lausanne University (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) (1988-2000). “Russia: the Transition to a Market Economy and the Emergence of Russian Business Practice”
  • Roy Damary combines a long experience in practical consultancy and running his own business with academic management and teaching experience in marketing, accounting and finance, and entrepreneurship.

Previous Positions:

  • Managing Director, Technomic Consultants Europe (Strategic Marketing Consultancy) (1972-1984)
  • Head of the MBA Programme, Webster University, Geneva (1984-1994)
  • Economic Adviser, Bridport & Cie., Geneva (fixed-income advisers) (1998-2013 with continued relationship)
  • Research Engineer, Battelle Institute, Geneva (1966-1972)

Honorary Positions:

  • From 2012: Visiting Professor, Ural State Forest Engineering University
  • From 1981: Licensed Lay Reader, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Geneva


  • English mother tongue, fluent French, working German and Russian

Bernard Ivaldi

Dr Bernard Ivaldi is a specialist in International and Bi-lingual education, and was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship in Bi-lingual Education at N.Y.U.

He has served as Director General of the International School of Geneva and of the Geneva Campus of Webster University. He is also involved in entrepreneurial activities, especially in the fields of education and health. He was the Founding President of INSAM.

He is currently serving on the Governing Board of The International Education Agency a Geneva based NGO with consultative status with Ecosoc.

Natalia Konstantinovna Pryadilina
Visiting Lecturer and Ural Region Representative of INSAM

Ms Pryadilina is “Dozent” (Reader) in the Department of Forestry Business of the Ural State Forestry University (USFEU), Ekaterinburg, where she teaches within the discipline of "Economics and Production Management". She holds degree in Economics and Management Forestry from the Ural State Forestry Academy, and earned he "Candidature" (the equivalent of a Western PhD) in 2001 at USFEU. The title of her thesis: "Improving the Internal Economic Incentives to Reduce the Environmental Pollution of Forestry Enterprises".

Ms Pryadilina achieved a Certificate of Professional Development in the Pedagogy and Psychology of Higher Education from the Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University, as well a Diploma in Further Education in Social Psychology and Counselling at the Ural State University named after Gorky.

In addition to her university work and studies, Ms Pryadilina has practical experience in the finance industry in the fields of securities investment and insurance.

Galina Avakiants

Galina Avakiants is a linguist and social anthropologist. She holds an MBA in finance and she has taught at universities in Russia, Japan and Switzerland. She is an expert in foreign languages teaching, translation, cross-cultural communication, minorities and indigenous rights in relationship with NGOs. As an independent consultant she is dealing with recruitment, coaching, organizational behaviour, psychology, corporate fraud, negotiations and conflict resolution.

Graduate of the St. Petersburg State University, Ph.D. studies at the Ethnology and Anthropology Institute, Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, she has obtained her MBA in Geneva. Among her publications we can mention "Teaching Russian in Japan" summing up her experience at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

Currently at UBIS – University of Business and International Studies, Geneva