Finance Faculty

Simon De Zordo

Lecturer | Lawyer and Senior Associate, Loyce Legal (Bolzano, Italy)
simon.dezordo [at]

Simon De Zordo is a lawyer and Senior Associate at Loyce Legal, a law firm specializing in corporate law with offices in Bolzano, Milan, and Brunico. He focuses primarily on corporate and public procurement law, including extraordinary transactions like M&A, particularly in the energy and environmental sectors, as well as the legal aspects of business transfers. He is an author of professional articles and newspaper columns, and a speaker on these subjects.

Salvatore D’Ambra

Lecturer | Legal Advisor, Liechtenstein National Administration (Liechtenstein)

Salvatore D’Ambra is a legal and business administration graduate. He completed his studies at the University of Innsbruck, Università degli Studi di Padova, University of Liechtenstein, Middlesex University (UK) and California Lutheran University (USA), among others. He has been working in the areas of capital markets, finance, compliance and corporate governance as well as digitalization for over ten years. Salvatore D’Ambra worked for several years at the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority as a banking supervisor; he is currently a senior advisor to the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, particularly in the areas of capital markets and digitalization, including the special topics of governance, artificial intelligence, blockchain, ESG and sustainability reporting.

Anton Kager

Lecturer | Manager Sales Strategy & Operations, Amazon Web Services (Munich, Germany)

Anton Kager is Manager Sales Strategy & Operations at Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Munich. In his role, he acts as an internal business partner to the senior leadership of the AWS sales organization, assisting in identifying, establishing, and implementing strategic and operational priorities. Previously, he held various positions within the Amazon Marketplace business unit, granting him a comprehensive insight into the services and products offered, such as fulfillment options or Amazon Advertising. This included collaboration with some of the largest third-party sellers on the Amazon Marketplace. Anton Kager holds an MBA in Digital Business from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), a master’s degree in International Economic and Business Studies from the University of Innsbruck, and gained international experience during an exchange year at the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Andrés C. Pizzinini

Lecturer | Independent Consultant and Philosopher (Bressanone, Italy)

Dr. Andrés C. Pizzinini studied painting in Urbino and philosophy, theology, and classical philology in Innsbruck. After several years of work experience at the Foundation of Castles in Bolzano and at the Vinzentinum in Bressanone, Dr. Pizzinini has been fully dedicated to research and teaching activities at universities, research institutions, and higher education institutions both domestically and abroad since 2019. Among them are TU Wien, FH Rosenheim, ITHF Hamburg, PTH Bressanone, and the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. His main areas of expertise are rhetoric, urban planning history, architectural theory, aesthetics, and philosophy.

Michelle de Klerk

Lecturer | Luxury Industry Expert, Consultant, Journaist and Moderator (London, United Kingdom)

Having lived and worked internationally, Michelle has worn many hats – from investigative journalist to commodities editor, marketer, business development consultant and entrepreneur. With extensive experience as a luxury marketer, communications and business development consultant, Michelle specializes in creating an environment in which businesses are empowered to connect with new clients and open up new channels of business. Her projects have included work with luxury brands in the travel, lifestyle and fashion industries including LVMH, Wedgwood, Rolls-Royce HR Owen, Iconic Luxury Hotels, Explora, Last Word, The Telegraph, White Desert, Extraordinary Adventure Club and Mantis Collection (acquired by Accor). Michelle also has a particular interest in women and their power as consumers and ambassadors. In 2014 she founded The Women’s Chapter, an invitation-only, networking group and event platform for high impact women with more than 5,500 founders and senior professionals in the community.

Dr. Stefan Gruber

Lecturer | Economist and Professor (Innsbruck, Austria)
stefan.gruber [at]

Dr. Stefan Gruber is an economist, professor, and coach. He has been teaching for over 20 years at the Universities of Innsbruck and Bozen, the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Umit Tirol, and the Landeshotelfachschule Kaiserhof. He is also a Research Fellow at the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, an expert at the ifo Institute in Munich as part of the Economic Expert Survey, as well as a coach and juror in the startup field. The University of Applied Sciences Kufstein has honored him with the title of Guest Professor. Stefan Gruber has extensive experience in both academic and applied research in the areas of Economic Geography, Regional Economics, and Health Economics, and is well acquainted with South Tyrol through his work. He holds a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Innsbruck.

Dr. Karola Obojes-Wahler

Lecturer | Biosafety Officer, Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Mannheim, Germany)
karola.obojes-wahler [at]

Dr. rer. nat. Karola Obojes-Wahler is currently Biosafety Officer of the company Roche Diagnostics GmbH in Mannheim, Germany. Karola has extensive experience in customer service and application support of pharma companies. In her career, she got the MBA scholarship at MCI the Entrepreneurial School together with Südstern. Additionally, she obtained the postdoctoral fellowships Armand Frappier and Louis Pasteur for working in Laval, Canada. Karola holds a PhD degree in Virology from the University of Würzburg and Diploma degrees in Genetics and Microbiology of the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck.

Andrea Castillo

Lecturer | Business Transformation Design Consultant and Former SAP Catalyst (Berlin, Germany)

Andrea worked for 5 years for SAP, Europe’s biggest and the world’s third-largest software company. As a Business Transformation Consultant, she supported organizations (internal and external) in their digitalization processes. She develops creative concepts and experiences following design practices to support internal and external stakeholders in driving change.

Michaela Christine Wolf

Lecturer | Consultant, Coach and Connector in the Luxury Industry (Innsbruck, Austria)
mcw [at]

The award-winning luxury brand and management consultant founded a luxury brand consultancy based in London-UK and Innsbruck-Austria in 2013. With 25 years of international experience in the strategic and operational development and sales of luxury brands, she was an early adopter of the changing face of luxury. Since 2017, she has specialized in empowering leaders to develop unique, sustainable brands and implement them successfully and authentically with employees. Her core competencies include: Holistic success support from brand strategy to implementation, brand positioning and growth support; Covering customer needs (emotional, social, functional); Emotionalized, authentic customer communication; Coaching and potential development of executives & teams; Building unique gatekeeper networks.


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