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Administration. Leading with Distinction

It is no accident that the UCLA Anderson Global Access Program is one of the world's most successful field study programs. Since 1998, GAP has been guided by a highly distinguished panel of administrators. Seasoned, smart, successful in both business and education, they set the standard that has made GAP exceptional.

 
    • Bob Foster
      Director, Adjunct Professor
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    • Elwin Svenson
      Executive Director,
      Vice Chancellor Emeritus
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    • Paul Brandano
      Executive Director for Marketing
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  • Michelle Garcia
    Associate Director
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  • Claudia Olivares
    Assistant Director
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  • Elliot Emmer
    Program Manager
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Faculty Advisors. A Sounding Board of Success.

Each GAP team is assigned a faculty advisor whose primary role is to offer counsel on field study work. The Global Access Program is student-directed—which means students provide the main force, direction, and decision-making. While faculty advisors help direct the students, they do not directly engage with the company. This is an important factor in the quality and success of the projects.

Many GAP faculty advisors have directly managed and provided consulting services to leading companies around the world. This hands-on experience makes them invaluable as both advisors and teachers during the 6-month GAP project. The classes they teach during this period focus on business plan development, high-technology management, and international entrepreneurship. Additional course material covers: market assessment, competitive analysis, product development, finance, human relations, operations, sales and marketing strategies, venture capital initiation, and strategic partnerships & alliances.