Prof Gaston Fornes

Dean UBI Europe & MBA Programme Director


PhD, University of Bath, UK

MBA, University of Southern California, US, and Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile

BBA, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina

Selected Achievements

Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

 Fellow, London School of Economics – Inter American Development Bank

Foreign Expert, Shanghai Government

Liupan Mountain Friendship Award, Ningxia Government (China)

High-End Foreign Expert, Shanghai University

Spain Representative and Member of the Management Committee, COST China in Europe Research Network, EU

Selected Publications


Fornes, G. E., Cardoza, G., & Altamira, M. (2021). Do political and business relations help emerging markets’ SMEs in their national and international expansion? Evidence from Brazil and China. International Journal of Emerging Markets.

Ilie, C., Fornes, G., Cardoza, G., & Mondragon Quintana, J. C. (2020). Development of Business Schools in Emerging Markets: Learning through Adoption and Adaptation. Sustainability, 12(20), [8448].

Fornes, G. E., Monfort, A., Ilie, C., Koo, C. K. T., & Cardoza, G. (2019). Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability in MBAs. Understanding the Motivations for the Incorporation of ERS in Less Traditional Markets. Sustainability.

Fornes, G., & Mendez, A. (2018). The China-Latin America Axis. Emerging Markets and their Role in an Increasingly Globalised World. 2nd Ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Fornes, G., & Cardoza, G. (2018). Internationalisation of Chinese SMEs: The perception of disadvantages of foreignness. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 55(9), 2086-2105.

Cardoza, G., Fornes, G., Farber, V., Gonzalez Duarte, R., & Ruiz Gutierrez, J. (2016). Barriers and public policies affecting the international expansion of Latin American SMEs: Evidence from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. Journal of Business Research, 69(6), 2030-2039.

Cardoza, G., & Fornes, GE. (2011). The internationalisation of SMEs from China: The case of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 28, 737 – 759.

Professional Experience

Non-Executive Dean, UBI Business School

Dean, Graduate School & Executive Education; ESIC Business School, Spain

Foreign Expert, Ningxia Government, China

Founder, Operations, and Marketing Director, Member of the Board; ABP Alimentos y Servicios, Chile