Assoc. Prof. Dr. Francesca Bargiela

Dr. Francesca Bargiela is currently Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. She has been working in business discourse, intercultural communication, qualitative methodology and politeness studies for the last twenty years. In the Nineties, she conducted collaborative research on intercultural communication in business following bilateral British- Council funded projects with colleagues in several European countries. More recently, she has extended her network of contacts to East and South East Asia and has instigated the creation of a research network of colleagues from several Asian countries with a focus on the role of English as a language of Asian business (ELAB).

Assoc. Prof Francesca Bargiela is a member of the Linguistic Politeness Group (LPRG) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Politeness Research (Mouton de Gruyter). In the research projects with business practitioners she has used qualitative methods and interpretive epistemologies such as ethnography, sense-making, social constructionism and Goffmanian sociology. This interest arose from the need to combine the original pragmalinguistic approach to business discourse analysis (which she developed in her doctoral thesis) with perspectives from management and organization studies. She is currently looking at philosophical hermeneutics as an alternative to the ethnocentric ‘cultural’ paradigm that dominates much of cross- and intercultural research.



Dato’ Sharifah Mohd. Ismail

Currently the President of Institute of Marketing Malaysia, Dato’ Sharifah Mohd. Ismail leads a non-profit/non-government organization (NGO) committed to providing training and education programmes . Prior to this, Sharifah was the Senior General Manager Corporate Communications Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd. In this capacity, she managed all aspects of public relations and corporate communications for the company. With over 30 years of experience in Telekom Malaysia, Sharifah brings with her a wealth of experience in corporate communications, marketing and customer service. She holds a Masters in Mass Communications from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam. She is also a Certified Professional Marketeer awarded by the Asia Pacific Marketing Federation.





Associate Professor Dr. Catherine Nickerson

Catherine Nickerson is an Associate Professor of Business Communication in the College of Business Sciences at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She has held senior positions in India and in the Netherlands, and she has also lived and worked in the United States and the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the Universities of Durham (BA) and Birmingham (MA) in the United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. from the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In 2008 she received the Association for Business Communication’s Distinguished Publication Award and in 2009 the Association’s Outstanding Researcher Award. Dr Nickerson's work has been published widely and she has given numerous international conference papers and guest lectures at institutions around the world. Her current research interests include the use of English as an international language in business contexts, the use of English as a lingua franca in the Gulf Region, and the communication of Corporate Social Responsibility.



Professor Dr. Naoki Kameda

Naoki Kameda, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, where he has taught international business communication and international business transactions. He has also taught communication and presentations in the MBA program, and been teaching “Doing Business with the Japanese” to foreign students in English at Doshisha Business School. He completed his coursework for the Ph.D. in Commerce at the graduate school of Nihon University in 1977. He was awarded his Ph.D. (by thesis) by Doshisha University in 2006. Dr. Kameda was CEO of an audio manufacturer for thirteen years before assuming his present position in 1993. During his career as a business person for a quarter of century he visited about forty countries/regions and did business with people from sixty different countries/regions. He is the author of more than a dozen books related to Business Communication.  He has written nearly sixty academic papers, more than ten of which have been published in the USA and four in the UK. Professor Kameda is Executive Director of the Doshisha’s International Institute of American Studies. He is Executive Director of the Japan Business Communication Association, the sister organization of the Association for Business Communication, and a director at large of the Academy for International Business Transactions. He has been an active member of the Association for Business Communication since 1972. Dr. Kameda was the conference chair of the 3rd ABC Asia-Pacific Conference held at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, in 2000. He won the 1995 Trade Promotion Award given to outstanding literary works related to trade by The Trade Promotion Foundation, Japan, and the 1997 Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication by the Association for Business Communication.



Associate Professor Shameem Rafik Galea

Assoc. Prof. Shameem Rafik-Galea is from the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research interests are in the area of Organizational Discourse, Language and Communication in the Workplace, Language for Specific Purposes and Bilingualism and Multilingualism. She is presently involved in a number of exciting research projects such as “ Management Communication Practices and Language Use in Agricultural Based and Agricultural Related Malaysian Multinational Corporations”; “Advancing a Critical Linguistic Discourse Theory on the Discourse of Malaysian Financial Market Analysis”, and “ Language Use and Communication in the Malaysia Family Domain,”.
Presently, she sits on the editorial board of several journals amongst them is the Journal of Professional Communication, The Pan–Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics Journal, PERTANIKA Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, and the Modern Language Journal (Malaysia). She is also one of the editors for the “Handbook of Business Communication” to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press.









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