Our Team

Meet our experts, faculty, staff and our advisory board to find out who stands behind the Institute.

Experts & Faculty

Prof. Dr. Christopher Kummer


Prof. Dr. Aswath Damodaran


Meet our faculty

Compounding both academic excellence and internationally renowned business experience, the IMAA faculty have helped propel our institute to the forefront of M&A global education. Our growing faculty of more than 60 professors represent a diverse group of professionals, coming from over 20 countries; they work as corporate executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, consultants and professors. Their expertise makes them subject matter experts, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. This intersection of practical industry insight, theoretical knowledge, and passion for teaching that our faculty brings to each training strikes at the heart of what IMAA seeks to be.

Prof. David J. Brophy, PhD


Professor of Finance at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Director of the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance

Prof. Andrew Campbell


Professor at Ashridge, Director of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Programme Director of Making Successful Acquisitions, former Consultant with McKinsey & Company in London and Los Angeles.

Dr. Keith Dunbar


Managing Director at Potentious Consulting; M&A Thought Leader Award Winner from Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, and Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jose Carlos Erustes Calvo


Manager at Ericsson and Professor at Hult International Business School

Dr. Mohammad Faisal Ahammad


Reader (Associate Professor) in International Business Strategy at Sheffield Business School

Andre Gan


Managing Partner at Wong & Partners / BakerMcKenzie, Malaysia Corporate and Securities, Head of Competition Group

Prof. Dr. Kamal Ghosh Ray

Faculty; Senior Fellow

Director and Professor for Finance & Accounting at Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management

Dr. Stefan Jentzsch


Mohamed Khodeir


Corporate Commercial Partner at Al Tamimi & Company and former CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones

Darryl Kinneally


EY, Singapore Partner, Tax M&A

Prof. Dr. Kai Lucks


President of the German Association for Mergers & Acquisitions (BM&A), former head of Post Merger Integration at Siemens, and Honorary Professor appointed by the Ministry of Art, Culture, Sciences in Bavaria.

Dhruv Mehra


Principal and Asia M&A Transaction Services Leader for Mercer. Formerly on the HR M&A advisory team for a Big Four accounting firm in the US.

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez


Chairman of the Board at the Project Management Institute; Director Project Management Office at GSK, former Head of Post Merger Integration at BNP Paribas Fortis  and Visiting Professor at Solvay Business School, IE Business School and Vlerick Business School

Dr. Karl Popp


Director Post Merger Integration at SAP SE; founding member of the German Association for PMI

Mark Pearson


CEO AGM Transitions, Faculty for M&A HR

Roula Khaled


Roula Khaled is a General Counsel at Khazna Data Center. She has over 10 years of experience leading and advising on business transformations and facilitating mergers and acquisitions. Her areas of focus encompass – corporate, commercial, intellectual property and litigation.

Anirvan Sen, CPMI


Founder and CEO of Fifth Chrome Advisory, Founder and Partner askme Partners; Cross-Border M&A Integration and Business Growth Expert

Dr. Alexander Herzfeldt

Associate Partner, Siemens Advanta Consulting (SAC) with 10 years of experience in M&A projects (pre-deal and PMI) in multiple industries: Strategic Advisor, Researcher in the field of M&A and Service Science.

Seng Leong Teh


EY, Singapore & Indonesia Partner, Transaction Support and ASEAN Transaction Support Leader

Christopher Young


Director at Sobel & Co. and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School

Peter J. Clark

Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL School of Management, expert in Corporate Finance & Valuation

Dr. Stefan Gurmann, M.B.L.-HSG

Partner at Kerres; Specialization in Corporate/Commercial Law, M&A, Litigation/Insolvency Law

Markus Bläuel

Christian Fichtinger

Christopher Harrison

CIO at The Falconwood Corperation and Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law

Kirstin Gallagher

Managing Director, M&A Tax Group at KPMG New York

Sue Frerichs

President Frix Consulting, more than 20 years of M&A transaction and PMI experience

Karim Elmorsi

Co-Founder and Partner at askme Partners

Rick Marchese

Director at Lares Loreno Private Capital

Prof. Dr. Daniel Graewe, LLM

Founder and Managing Partner at Graewe Legal; Lecturer at Nordakademie Hochschule der Wirtschaft

Nitin Kumar, CPMI

Senior Managing Director of Technology, Media & Telecom at FTI Consulting

Brian Kenet

Senior Business Advisor, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Accountants and Advisors

Mihai C. Tiplea

Former CFO at ADE Aerospace; Expert in Financial Due Diligence and Financial Integration

Donald H. Noble

CEO at Accelebron, Partner at Florida CFO Group, Professor of Corporate and Personal Finance

Chris Mellen

Senior Managing Director with Valuation Research Corporation (VRC)

Michael Klawon

Founder and CEO of smartmerger.com

David Olsson

Co-Founder of Navima, an M&A Technology Platform & IMAA faculty member with 16 years of experience in both private equity and corporate pre- and post-deal activities. In addition, David boasts six years of consultancy experience, further enriching his industry knowledge. Throughout his professional journey, he has played a pivotal role in over 35 transactions, predominantly focusing on cross-border deals.

Dr. Hermann Ali Hinderer


Dr. Hermann Ali Hinderer is a Partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek with extensive experience with regards to all legal aspects of an M&A transaction. He has been admitted as a lawyer since 2004 in Germany and 2009 in California, USA. Hermann has advised corporate investors and private equity funds on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions (buy-side and sell-side) accross a broad range of industries, including but not limited to automotive, IT, health-care and mechanical engineering. A special mention is to be made about his extremely broad and in-depth knowledge and his ability to quickly identify pitfalls in a transaction.

Staff of Imaa

Meet the team

Our international and highly qualified staff are here to support you. Please feel free to reach out anytime so that we can better understand your needs and professional development goals.

Christopher Kummer

CEO & Founder

Caroline Kummer

Chief Revenue Officer

Marko Markovic

Director of Program Management & Research

Miriam Scharf

Head of Marketing IMAA

Nicole Jokic

Director Business Development AMERICAS & Team Lead Inbound Sales

Julia Pohl

Account Manager & Support

Nima Noghrehkar

Program & Community Manager

Roberta Haas

Finance & Accounting

Stephan Mor

Sales Manager EMEA

Lamia Dalle

Director Business Development MENA/GCC

Nikka Maxine Zamora

Social Media & Community Manager

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Rexa Oblina

Business Development Manager

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Ricky Martin Villafane

Multimedia Designer

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Available Programs

International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IM&A)

This training goes beyond the introduction level and theoretical concepts as it’s designed with ready-to-use tools and practices for industry professionals. Every session is crafted and taught by our M&A veterans who share their insights and know-how gained through years of real-world practice.

Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP)

The Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP) is a program designed to meet the needs of auditing, consulting, deal advisory, investment banking, and legal professionals. The M&AP covers all aspects of the transaction process and provides insight into running a successful M&A boutique. Gain knowledge in best practices for the M&A process, valuation, due diligence and also for a unique module on Running a Successful M&A Practice. Gaining the M&AP designation signals to employers, colleagues and clients that you invest in being the best M&A practitioner you can be.

Legal Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (LM&A)

Promising deals can go awry because of poor understanding of legal aspects or simply, a lack of preparation and negligence. The Legal Mergers and Acquisitions Expert certification training program covers all relevant topics within the M&A process from a legal standpoint: pre-deal, during due diligence and negotiations, as well as post acquisition. Join a global network of legal experts and M&A professionals interested in legal issues and become a LM&A Charterholder!

Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI)

The Certified Post Merger Integration Expert (CPMI) is a tailored program to address the needs of advisors, Human Resource professionals, Project Managers, management consultants, change specialists, corporate M&A and integration teams. The program covers all aspect of the post-merger integration process from planning to implementation. The CPMI program is the only globally oriented Post Merger integration certification in existence and is internationally recognized.

HR Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (HRM&A)

The HRM&A program is designed to meet the needs of Human Resource professionals involved in M&A transactions in both corporate and consulting roles. The HRM&A program covers all aspects of the transaction process relevant for HR including strategy, due diligence, Post Merger Integration (Best of PMI), and compensation and benefits. Gain knowledge in best practices for the M&A process and better understand the HR function and its significance during pre-deal or the post-merger integration phase. The HRM&A designation prepares HR practitioners in preparing for the challenges and practical realities of M&A transactions.

Valuation Training with Prof. Aswath Damodaran

The objective of the training is to provide the fundamentals of each approach to valuation, together with limitations and caveats on the use of each, as well as extended examples of the application of each.

International Hospitality Mergers & Acquisitions Expert (IHM&A)

As a dedicated training for professionals involved in transactions in the hospitality industry this program does not only provide introduction to M&A and its theoretical concepts but is designed with ready-to-use tools and practices for industry professionals. Every session is crafted and taught by our M&A veterans and Hospitality experts who share their insights and know-how gained through years of real-world practice.

Contact us


276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 704
New York, NY 10001
United States of America


Nussdorferstrasse 52/5
1090 Vienna


Hagenholzstrasse 81a
8050 Zurich

10 Anson Road #29-04A
International Plaza
Singapore 079903


4th Floor
Building A2
Dubai South Free Zone
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Unit 21-S
Fifth Avenue Place
5th Ave. cor 21st Drive
Fort Bonifacio
1630 Taguig, Phillipines

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