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Meet our PhD in Management Students

The next cohort for a PhD in Management will be admitted in August 2023.

Vikram Gulati


Over the past 30 years Vikram has had a successful career managing various information technology businesses. Over the last 14 years he has been CEO of multiple IT services organizations. The smallest being a startup operation of just a few people to teams as large as three thousand spread out globally. He is an Engineer, MBA by education and lives in West Windsor (near Princeton) NJ USA.
Over the years of experience, he has built special interest in the areas of strategy, technology, and building a culture of high-performance teams. Research and applicability of the field of Consciousness to science and management is something that he has been very interested in. He has mentored numerous startups and actively consults technology services and private equity firms in strategy and value creation.
Vikram is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management degree at MIU.

He is married to Sangeeta and they have two daughters. Nupur is a Resident Physician in Charlotte NC and Manasi is in her final year at the Culinary Institute of America NY training to be a chef.

Shawn Diddy


Shawn Brogan Diddy is a current Ph.D. Researcher and Marketing Specialist at Maharishi International University located in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Prior to completing her MA in Mass Communications:TV/Film/Journalism at Towson University, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at The University of Northern Iowa. She served on the board of Women in Film and Television of Maryland and currently serves on the board of the Fairfield Media Center. After spending 20 years in brand development and as a television and online media host, she blends her media experience with research to develop corporate training and management coaching programs. She holds certifications as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, as well as Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise. She has enjoyed the study of Consciousness and Human Potential throughout her career, including the mind-body-breath connection. Her current research focuses on the effect of the practice of Transcendental Meditation on stress and Emotional Intelligence in female leaders.

Kennedy Kamfwa


Kennedy Kamfwa is from Zambia and works as a Wealth Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. He manages funds for retail, high net -worth and institutional clients over a medium to long term investment horizon. His clients receive effective and efficient service such that they develop a sense of happiness. As a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst, Kennedy gets to construct optimal portfolios that help clients attain long-term financial goals.
Currently, Kennedy is pursuing a Ph.D. in management at MIU, focusing on consciousness to create a dignified organizational culture. He is looking into the possibility of how moral commitment, freedom, ethics, and accountability would activate human dignity and capabilities. Previous research indicates that satisfaction, empowerment, justice, pride, well-being, and community participation generate citizenship behavior and increases retention rates while reducing counterproductive behaviors. Therefore, Kennedy is interested in demonstrating that dignity and well-being will inspire innovation, productivity, engagement, stakeholder goodwill, and, ultimately, build customer loyalty.

Emanuel Schachinger


Emanuel Schachinger is currently a Ph.D. researcher in Sustainable Management at MIU, where he studies the connections between sustainability, human development, and organizational change and teaches for the College of Business Administration as well as the Department of Sustainable Living for which he spent 6 months in Hawaii developing a new program, centered on leadership, sustainability, Hawaiian culture, and consciousness. He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from MUM. Amongst other classes, he has taught Leadership for Sustainability, Strategic Management for Sustainability, Conceptual Maps for Change Makers, Managing for the Environment, and Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management, and is co-author of a chapter on Consciousness Development for Responsible Management in “Educating for Responsible Management: Putting theory into practice.” He worked with sustainability-consulting firm True Market Solutions as a consultant, with the non-profit Bonnell Building Project to help organize community events, and with MUM as a facilitator and workshop host. Besides that, he is excited about growing vegetables in his garden, transforming our society into a more sustainable one, riding his bike, and traveling to new and exciting places.

Ye Shi (Linlin)


Ye Shi was a senior officer in the Taxation Department in China for 10 years, supervised the collection of business taxes, and educated organizational and individual taxpayers on tax codes. She has been working at Maharishi International University since 2009, and teaches courses in accounting and lean management.
Ye Shi and Andrew Bargerstock recently co-authored Are We Leaning Away from Standard Costing? This paper has been recognized as the 2017 IMA Lybrand Gold Medal Award winner for the Best Article published in the peer-reviewed Strategic Finance journal.
Shi and Bargerstock also co-authored a management accounting ethics paper that was named IMA’s 2014 Carl Menconi Award: Best Case Study in Business Ethics (title: Watson Water Technologies).
Ye Shi is also a two-time national award winner for Lean Accounting accomplishments (2013, 2016).

Nakita Bruno Green


Nakita Bruno Green is a current Ph.D. Researcher and Senior Graduate Instructor at Maharishi International University located in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Prior to completing her MBA at Maharishi International University, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Her current research focuses on understanding the relationship between Sustainable Innovation and Human Psychological Development. Together with the dean of the college of Business at MIU, Dr. Dennis Heaton, she recently published a Chapter titled Sustainable Development and Consciousness Development; Realizing a Sustainable World through Management Education in the book Advancing Innovation and Sustainable outcomes in International Graduate Education. In 2019 she presented a paper titled Sustainable Imagination and Sustainable Innovation, a conceptual framework, at the Imagination for Social Change conference in Ottawa, Canada. She is passionate about Consciousness Development and using research, consulting and entrepreneurship to create a more holistic and sustainable world for all.

Margaret Rose Werd

Experienced teacher. Strong professional, Executive director Mt Rushmore Management, LLC with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Skilled in Investor Relations, Securities, Trading Systems, Risk Management, and Investment Management. President, H.O.E. Corp, consulting in eCommerce, Interior and Floral Design, and Diplomacy. Trustee, Rainbow Quicksilver Mines, Liquidating Trust.
PhD. Researcher focused on Management at Maharishi International University. Re-certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. Published researcher on Maharishi Vastu Architecture.