SPEC Faculty & Staff

SPEC Faculty & Staff

Daniel Orr
Developer of Software

Rosario Chaves
Professor of Applied Economics

1989: Degree in Economics and Business Administration. Economy Section. university of Seville

2002: Ph.D. in Economy in the University of Seville. Dissertation: “The Globalization of services in the Andalusian economy. The case of Advanced Business Services.”

  • Extraordinary Doctoral Award 2002/2003.
  • Prize for Doctoral Theses by the Institute of Statistics of
  • Andalusia

Professor of the Department of Applied Economics II in University of Seville and member of the research group: “Regional Analysis: Andalusian Economy” (AREA) since 1994. He has participated in some thirty Research Projects and has been responsible for a dozen of them. She has presented communications in more than a dozen International Congresses and more than thirty at the national and / or regional level, and published various articles in different journals.

2005-Present: Member of the writing team of the Socioeconomic Report of Andalusia of the Economic and Social Council of Andalusia (CES-A in the Spanish acronym).
2010-Present: Collaborator in the Institute of Economics, Evaluation and Employment Studies (I3E)
2012-Present: Member of the research team of the Carlos Román Chair of the University of Seville
2012-Present: Member of the panel of experts of the Spanish Evaluation Society
2015-Present: Member of the research team of the Paulo Freire Chair of the University of Seville
2015-Present: Member of the Economic and Social Council (CES) of the City Council of Seville as part of the technical team
2015-16: Coordination of the Master in Economic Consulting and Applied Analysis
2017-Present: Vice Dean of Research and International Relations at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Christian Alvear
University of the Andes

MBA and Commercial Engineer, with a 32-year experience in Marketing and Business director positions, on Telecommunications and Banking companies. Marketing Professor at Universidad de los Andes (CHILE), since 2004, teaching several classes like Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, Brand Strategy, among others.

Founder of www.audiolander.comwww.comprayvende.cl, and www.alvear.coach. Currently, CEO and Partner at SCAN, a Market Intelligence company, based in Santiago, Chile.

Witold P. Wolny, Ph.D.
Director of International Programs at UVA-Wise

Witold P. Wolny has been the Director of International Programs at UVA-Wise since establishment of this position in 2006. He previously served as Director of International Affairs and Professor of Phenomenology of Religion at CEU College in Seville, Spain. Working at UVA-Wise in a dual role as tenured professor of religious studies, instructor of Classical Guitar and administrator of International Offices, he designed comprehensive internationalization of UVA-Wise through establishment of international partnerships, study abroad programs and policies for students, promoting Faculty-led trips and global education initiatives. He created and chairs the International Committee and is supervising its six Executive Subcommittees. The SPEC program, developed in cooperation with one of these Subcommittees, has been granted with a $500,000 from UVA’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Mr. Wolny has publications on International Education and topics related to Contemporary Science, Culture and Religion.

David M. Klocek, Ph.D.
Director, Summer Program in Entrepreneurship and Cybersecurity (SPEC)

David M. Klocek has been the Director of the Summer Program in Entrepreneurship and Cybersecurity since its inception in late 2017. He had served as a member of the development subcommittee of the U.Va. College at Wise international committee which first proposed such a program. He has been the Director of Assessment and Evaluation at the U.Va. College at Wise since September 2014. He previously served as an assistant dean, faculty chair, and admissions chair, as well as a professor of political science at the Institute of World Politics, a regionally-accredited graduate school of national security and international politics in Washington, DC; as an associate professor of political science at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan; and as social sciences department chair and assistant professor of political science at St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Prior to his work in higher education, he was an intelligence officer in the Central Intelligence Agency. He earned doctoral and bachelor’s degrees at Georgetown University and a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan. Mr. Klocek has publications in the areas of Eastern European international politics, political philosophy, and religion and politics.