Dr. Gaston Fornes

Non-Executive Dean / MBA Programme Director, UBI Brussels


Spanish, English

Education Qualification

Doctor of Philosophy - University of Bath, School of Management, United Kingdom

Master of Business Administration - Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA accredited), Chile

MBA Exchange - Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Licenciado en Administracion (5-year UG Degree in Management, Economics, and Accounting) - Facultad de Ciencias Economicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina

Recent Professional Academic Experience

Prof Fornes started his professional career at the Citibank and then funded what became a mid-sized company with operations in Chile and Argentina, sold in 2003. 

Since 2005 he has combined academic and executive responsibilities, including the development of two new business. 

Also in 2005 he started to be professionally involved with China where, for his work with SMEs, he received the Liupan Mountain Friendship Award from the Ningxia Government, and then the Foreign Expert Award from the Shanghai Government. 

Also, for his work on the economic and business relations between China and Latin America he was awarded the London School of Economics – Latin American Development Bank Fellowship. Gaston Fornes is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his research has been featured in Fortune, CGTN, the BBC, RFI, Radio Ciudad, El Pais and Cinco Dias.

Selected Publications & Other Achievements

Fornes, G., Monfort, A., Ilie, C., Koo, C., & 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 Globalized World. 2nd Ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Fornes, G., & Cardoza, G. (2018). Internationalization of Chinese SMEs: The perception of disadvantages of foreignness. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. DOI: 10.1080/1540496X.2018.1518218

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, G. E., Li, P., Xu, N., & Xu, S. (2015). China goes global: public policies' influence on small- and medium-sized enterprises' international expansion. Asia Pacific Business Review, 21(2), 188-210.

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