The Academic Board looks into the academic quality and rigor of the EMERITUS courses. It also ensures that the content, duration, entry and graduation requirements of the courses are appropriate for the type of diploma and certificate awarded. The Academic Board also sets the academic policies of EMERITUS and reviews them periodically. The Examination Board undertakes the development of examination and assessment procedures.
Bob HalperinAcademic Director
& Chairman of Academic Board
“Learning and leadership are two sides of the same coin. Every great leader knows continual investment in their own learning is essential to their continued success as a leader.”Bob brings to EMERITUS two decades of executive education, consulting, and senior management experience including leadership roles at Harvard Business School (Managing Director, Custom Executive Education), Babson College (Associate Dean), MIT Sloan School of Management (Executive Director of Executive Education), and Young Presidents Organization (Chief Education Officer). Bob is a Research Affiliate at, and from 2010 to 2013 served as Executive Director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, a research center that explores how people and computers can be connected so that – collectively – they can act more intelligently than any individuals or groups have done before. Bob has facilitated leadership development programs with Harvard Business Publishing, MIT Sloan School’s Innovation Period, Wharton Executive Education, Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education, Northeastern University’s Graduate Program in Leadership, and the Irish Management Institute, and has presented on leadership development and organizational change topics to executive and academic audiences in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Bob received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in economics from Brandeis University.
Ashley ChiampoLearning Director,
Chairman of Examination Board
& Member of Academic Board
“I see leaders transform themselves every day in my line of work – it’s entirely possible. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes hard work, and a good support structure and team to walk the journey with you.”Ashley Chiampo is an expert in executive learning and behavior change. She brings to EMERITUS over 20 years of experience in helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. Her background includes working with CXOs and senior managers in private companies, international development organizations, and multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations. Ashley focuses on developing leaders for the global workplace. She has spent over ten years creating and implementing impactful leadership development programming for business professionals in the US at the MIT Sloan School of Management and for seven years in India at iDiscoveri and New Global Mind Consulting. Prior to this, she was a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and a mechanical engineer for PTC. Ashley holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BA from Brown University.
Gabriel LeeSenior Director, Asia Pacific
& Member of Academic and Examination Board
"History is shaped by unique leaders of vision, courage, integrity, intelligence and the uncommon ability to fire up and unite others to accomplish shared goals."Gabriel is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their career goals as well as enabling companies to build resilient leadership teams through quality education and training. He has devoted over 20 years to a management career in the private educations sector. He was responsible for the setting up and operations of the Manchester Business School (The University of Manchester) international centre and world renowned video game development institute DigiPen Institute of Technology, both in Singapore as their founding Director. Gabriel graduated from The University of Manchester with an MBA. At EMERITUS, he heads the operational team to grow its Asia Pacific markets.
Ashwin DameraExecutive Director
& Member of Academic Board
“I believe quality education can be transformational. I’m excited to be working with highly reputed academic institutions in bringing transformational education to a global audience.”Ashwin is passionate about making quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world. At EMERITUS, he focuses his efforts on university outreach and academic collaborations. Additionally, he spearheads the Institute’s strategy and expansion in global markets. Ashwin started his career at Citigroup and spent many years there in multiple roles. He did a brief but eye-opening internship for Dave Barger (current CEO JetBlue Airways) in New York. In 2005, he co-founded Travelguru, a company that was later acquired by Travelocity in 2009. Since then, he has been working in the higher education space. An angel investor and advisor to multiple startups and entrepreneurs, Ashwin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jawahir MorarjiDirector Global Delivery and Engagement
& Member of Academic and Examination Board
“Learning should be continuous and a lifelong process - we must continue to evolve as we grow. Making education accessible globally is an imperative step in achieving this goal.”Jawahir has over a decade of work experience in education and management consulting. He has provided companies guidance on strategy, customer experience, policy, operations, innovation, program management and talent development. For over 14 years Jawahir has led and managed global teams across Deloitte, K12 Inc., American Express and KPMG. He brings with him extensive experience in the education and customer experience space guiding clients in developing transformational solutions and improving their customer experience. Jawahir holds an MBA from University of Maryland at College Park and a graduate degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University.
Lisa RohrerPractice Head
& Member of Examination Board
“I am inspired by our mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities to working professionals across the globe. Through innovation in the online experience, we can create a participative approach where learners engage deeply with the material, make connections to their daily life, and experience lasting impact.”Lisa brings 20 years of experience as an organizational researcher, consultant and educator. Her diverse background includes executive education programming at Harvard and Georgetown along with broad case writing and consulting experience in Asia, South America, North America and Europe where she has worked extensively with executives of global organizations on issues centered around leadership and strategy. In addition to her work with EMERITUS, Lisa is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law Center and teaches graduate leadership courses at Harvard and American University. Lisa started her career in corporate finance and was the CEO of a mid-sized market research firm specializing in customer satisfaction research. Lisa received a PhD from the joint program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, an AM in Sociology from Harvard University, and a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College.