With two international residencies, classes taught in cohorts, and experienced faculty who are leaders in their respective fields. the Georgetown Executive MBA offers a world-class business education in a schedule designed for busy executives.

Degree Program Team

Paul Almeida 
Professor of Strategy and International Business / Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education

Paul Almeida is senior associate dean for Executive Education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, focusing on strategy, academics, public relations, and business development. He also is professor of strategy and international business, and co-director of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program. Almeida’s research examines innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and informal collaborations across firms and countries, and has been published in several leading journals. Almeida has conducted executive education and corporate seminars with numerous organizations in the United States and around the world, including Microsoft, Gucci, Rolls Royce, IBM, Samsung, Sprint, the World Bank, OPIC, the US Chamber of Commerce, AREVA, National Public Radio and the Social Security Administration. He received a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

"It has been my privilege to serve on Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business faculty for more than 15 years, researching, teaching and advising students, executives and organizations.  My work and experience continues to reinforce a humble lesson – the most effective, time-tested theories, principles and approaches will work only when their respond to each organization’s unique challenges and opportunities.  That’s why we design our executive education programs with you – and your goals – in mind."


Elie Farhat 
Assistant Dean for Executive Outreach

Elie Farhat is responsible for the recruiting and outreach efforts for our executive degrees and open-enrollment certificate programs.  Previously, Farhat served as the Director of Graduate Programs at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. He was responsible for all recruiting activities pertaining to their Executive and Corporate MBA programs as well as operational implementation and service delivery. Farhat holds a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.


George Liebensfeld 
Director of Academic Affairs for Executive Education

George Liebensfeld’s overarching goal is to build faculty resources for degree and non-degree executive education, ensuring that teaching in Georgetown’s Executive Education programs is of the highest quality. He has an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Korea in 1996, and has worked and lived in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.


Lonya "Loni" Smith 
Assistant Dean, Executive Degree Programs

Loni Smith is responsible for ensuring the successful operation of Georgetown University’s executive degree programs. In her role, she leads a team of program management staff and oversees all administrative and operational activities related to the successful day-to-day delivery of degree programs in the Office of Executive Education. Loni has substantial experience in business education, curriculum design, financial planning and budgeting, and project management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and is a native of Wilmington, Delaware.


Jesse Avila
Assistant Recruiter

Jesse Avila is responsible for assisting in recruitment efforts. He guides prospective students through the application and admissions process for the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA and the Corporate International Master’s programs. Prior to joining the Office of Executive Education, Jesse served as an operations assistant for the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Technology at Georgetown University. He is a native of Los Angeles County and holds a B.A. in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University.


Cristina Cardenal
Program Development Coordinator

Cristina Cardenal coordinates new program development efforts alongside the Associate Director of Program Development. She provides support for international and online degree program projects. Prior to joining the Office of Executive Education, Cristina served as a specialist in the Office of Public Affairs at Georgetown University where she contributed to the successful approval of the 2010 Campus Plan. She is from Miami, Fla. Cristina holds a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University, and is currently pursuing her MBA in Georgetown McDonough's Evening Program.


Taira Crockett
Admissions Operations Coordinator

Taira Crockett handles all operations pertaining to application processing and applicant engagement. Her primary responsibility is working closely with applicants throughout the admissions process. Taira’s previous experience within higher education spans The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, and Georgetown’s own Law Center in the heart of Downtown D.C. Taira is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and African and African-American Studies from Wright State University.


Megan Finck
Assistant Director, Executive Degree Programs

Megan Finck manages program operations and delivery for the Global Executive MBA and Corporate International Master’s programs, which are run in collaboration with partner schools in Spain and Brazil. She works with each student from the time of admission through graduation to ensure a seamless program experience. Previously, she worked in education program management at NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the U.S. Green Building Council. Megan is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. degree in Spanish from Messiah College, where she spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Barcelona, Spain.


Adam Hahn
Associate Director, Program Development

Adam Hahn manages the design and development of all new online, domestic, and international degree programs. Prior to joining Georgetown, Adam worked for a private company that provided counterintelligence training to the federal government. He is a native of Nebraska and holds a M.A. degree in Foreign Policy from American University and a B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Kaitlin McGrath
Assistant Director, Executive Degree Programs

Kaitlin McGrath manages program operations and delivery for the Executive MBA program. She is responsible for ensuring the quality of the EMBA student experience from admission to graduation. Prior to joining the Executive Education team at Georgetown University, Kaitlin held a position at a leading law firm in Washington, D.C. She is a native of Cape Cod, Mass., and holds a B.A. in Politics, Law, and the Courts from Suffolk University.


Miriam Okine Davies 
Associate Director, Master of Science in Finance Program

Miriam Okine Davies manages the delivery of the Master of Science in Finance program. In this role, she handles program operations and assists in ensuring a high-quality MSF student experience. Miriam has experience in higher education and education policy. Prior to joining the Executive Education team, she was a research associate with the Urban Institute and managed graduate programs in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Miriam holds a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College, where she minored in English Literature and Public Policy. She is a native of Gaithersburg, Md.

Kirsten Sands 
Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Kirsten Sands supports the recruitment of mid-senior level professionals both domestically and abroad. Kirsten also is responsible for managing the Lifelong Learning Initiative, through which alumni of Executive Degree Programs have the opportunity to return to the classroom and audit elective courses. She supports various other projects across the school, including marketing efforts and the development of new technology platforms to create more efficiency and enhance the student/alumni experience. Kirsten is a recipient of the 2013 Dean's Award in recognition for outstanding service to the McDonough School of Business. She is a native of Bucks County, Pa., an alumna of Susquehanna University, and a current graduate student at Georgetown University.


Benjamin Wagner
Assistant Director, Executive Degree Programs

Benjamin Wagner plans and executes Executive Master’s in Leadership degree programs. He is responsible for leading faculty and student communications, delivering residency programs in the United States and abroad, and managing program logistics. Ben has worked in research and development, and marketing communications for a diverse range of international clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Marketing, from Lebanon Valley College.