The CIMBA Leadership Team
CIMBA’s leadership team is broad and diverse. In Italy, it includes Founder and President Al Ringleb and Executive Director Cristina Turchet. In the United States, it includes University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Dean Sarah Fisher Gardial and CIMBA Director Brandelle Unkrich. And around the world, it includes a Board of Advisors that helps CIMBA support its mission of leading the way in global business education through study abroad, MBA, and executive programs.
Founder and President
Dr. Al Ringleb teaches business law to CIMBA undergraduates and statistics to MBA students. He is also at the heart of the research and teaching related to the CIMBA Leadership Institute. Dr. Al, as he is known to students, holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Economics from Kansas State University. He has received several research grants including a grant for a transportable education program for Latin America. He has developed full-time MBA campuses in Italy and Germany, developed the Institutes for International Business Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Croatia, and has served on numerous academic boards, including the Open Universities of Europe, the Institute for Pacific Asia, and the Forum of Scientists and Specialists for Soviet-American Dialogue. Dr. Al received the Distinguished Teaching Award and Research Fellow for the Center for International Business Studies from Texas A&M University; Faculty Extern for Esso Eastern in Hong Kong; and the Earhart Fellow for Mont Pelrin Society Meetings in St. Vincent, Italy. He also was a charter member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. He is the author of numerous published research articles and has co-authored two books.Read More Contact
Cristina Turchet is executive director for CIMBA in Italy, where she manages and oversees all of the daily CIMBA operations, including working with prospective and current students, parents, and faculty in the study abroad, MBA, and executive programs. She also teaches Kepner-Tregoe (KT) problem-solving and decision-making courses to CIMBA students at all levels, bringing her real world experiences into the classroom. Turchet earned a degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Venice before working as a marketing manager for a leading software company and earning her MBA from CIMBA’s first graduating class through Clemson University. In addition to teaching CIMBA students, Turchet continues to train managers and entrepreneurs at some of Europe’s leading companies.Read More Contact
University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Dean
Sarah Fisher Gardial was named dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 2012. Previously, she was the Beaman Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee where her leadership roles included Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, as well as the College of Business Administration's Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Assistant Dean for the Full-time MBA. She is also former president of the MBA Roundtable, an association of national and international MBA leaders focused on curricular innovation, and she was a previous chair for the annual conference of the Graduate Management Admissions Council. At the University of Tennessee, Gardial was the recipient of several teaching awards and taught in undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and management development programs. Her primary research interests are in the areas of customer value and satisfaction, including the publication of a book, numerous articles for journals and conferences, and speaking and workshop engagements. Over the years, she has worked with a variety of companies including Procter and Gamble, Frito-Lay, Eastman Chemical, and TRW. She earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Arkansas and her doctorate in marketing in 1986 from the University of Houston.Read More Contact
Director (University of Iowa)
Brandelle Unkrich is the director of CIMBA Italy in the United States, overseeing study abroad and MBA staff located at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Previously, Unkrich worked at the Tippie College of Business with the MBA-PM program, CIMBA MBA, and Hong Kong MBA. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked in human resources as an executive team leader for Target Corporation where she guided leadership development and growth for department managers.Read More Contact
Meet the Consortium Staff
The Consortium’s staff is committed to ensuring superb all-around learning experiences for all participants, students, faculty and executives. Staff is available to support, encourage and share in the international journey and adventure.