Global Career Opportunities / Breakout Session #3 bios

3:15 - 4:15 PM:  Career Opportunities Outside the U.S.  / Breakout Session #3.

Dina Dommett ’93 PhD (Italian) is executive director, Leadership Programmes, at the London Business School. Within three years of completing her Yale PhD, she began a successful career in management education, working mainly at top business schools (Columbia, NYU Stern, London School of Economics and Duke Corporate Education, and now London Business School) as well as consulting and technology firms Monitor and Marconi plc. She credits her creative three year stint at the Museum of Television & Radio – first as an unpaid intern, then in the education department – for helping her make the transition from an academic to a professional in business education.  A member of the Yale GSAA Executive Committee since 2008, Dina is delighted to participate again in this year’s Careers workshop.

Bernt Hagtvet ’74 MPhil (Political Science) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. His prime interests are European politics, fascism, European social democracy and the Nordic welfare state, human rights, democratic theory, intellectuals, and breakdowns in democracies, and recently political mass violence and genocides. Before his professorship, he served as Research Director in the Human Rights Programme at the Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. He has published books in Norwegian on civil disobedience, democratic authority, Norwegian fascism, the Dreyfus Affair, ideologies in the 20th century, and a book called The Black Book of Genocides, dealing with mass violence in the 20th century, and political intellectuals. He has been awarded the Norwegian Humanist Prize and the Prize for Public Understanding of Research by the University of Oslo.

R. Nagarajan ’86 PhD (Engineering & Applied Science) is currently Dean of International & Alumni Relations, and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras. He obtained his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from IIT Madras, and a Ph.D. in the same field from Yale. From 1986 - 1988, he served as Research Faculty in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; during this tenure, he served as coordinator for research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy. From 1988 – 2003, Dr. Nagarajan was a Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM Storage Systems’ Development Laboratory in San Jose, CA, where he oversaw elimination of ozone-depleting chemicals from IBM’s manufacturing operations, and directed many ground-breaking efforts in the areas of chemical integration & micro-contamination control for hard disk drives. Dr. Nagarajan returned to Chennai in 2003, and served as G.S. Laddha Visiting Professor at A.C. College of Technology for one semester, prior to taking up his position as Professor at IIT Madras in February 2004. His teaching and research endeavors are focused on nano-technology and ultrasonic process-intensification. 

Gene Wang ’99 PhD (Immunobiology) is head of clinical development for a division at GlaxoSmithKline in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  He earned a medical degree from Peking University before embarking on his PhD at Yale.  As a graduate student, he was always interested in the intersection of biology, medicine and business. After completing residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry on the development of innovative new medicines.  In the last decade, a few of his many projects have become successful, including vorinostat, gardasil, rolapitant and adalimumab.   Gene is currently focusing on future medicines that will target human innate immunity pathways.