Meet the Panel Participants for the Upcoming MIM Q&A Forum

PSU’s Master in International Management Program would like to introduce the panel participants for the upcoming November 17th MIM Q&A Forum and Networking event. This event is a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and students who are interested in topics such as higher education, international business, and Asia.

Come listen to the panel discuss their experiences as students in the Master in International Management program, learn how the MIM program curriculum has provided an edge in their careers, and find out why the a MIM degree is relevant  in today’s world.

This forum is open to the public — perspective students, alumni, business professionals, members of the business community, current students, professors, and anyone who is interested in the discussion topics. RSVP required as seating is limited (there are 18 tickets left as of this blog post). For more information and to RSVP go to: We look forward to meeting you!


DR. CLIFF ALLEN: Academic Director, Master of International Management Program

Cliff Allen holds a Doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degree in Economics from San Jose State University.

Allen was most recently the Senior VP of Product Line Management and Operations at General Dynamics: Itronix, based in Spokane, Washington. Itronix is a world leader in the design and manufacture of rugged wireless computing solutions for mobile workers. At Itronix, Allen oversaw the Product Marketing, Design R&D, Manufacturing and Supply Chain throughout Taiwan, China, and the U.S.

Prior to Itronix, Allen was the Vice President of Manufacturing for 3Com Corporation. He led the Operations of Palm Organizer Products and the Mobile Communications Division.


MARIO SCHMIT: Trade Lane Manager, DHL Global Forwarding (MIM’08)

Mario Schmit, originally from Belgium, discovered the MIM program at a fair in Shanghai, China. He was attracted to the program because of the focus on Asia and the unique curriculum. He found that the diverse student body and community engagement opportunities set the MIM program apart. Now Schmit calls Portland home. He promotes DHL U.S. throughout Western European markets. Schmit travels to Europe several times a year and supports local business opportunities abroad.


JACK CHIU: Project Manager, LG International (MIM’09)

Jack Chiu applied to the MIM program as he transitioned to a new career. He wanted to leverage his global family-run business background as he entered a new side of international business. Chiu changed his career focus from working production side for a manufacturing firm to managing the supply chain of a global organization.

Chiu credits the MIM program for the time management skills and business knowledge that he utilizes in his current position at LG International. His favorite responsibility is working with an outsourcing team in Wuxi, China, to find sourcing solutions for U.S. customers.


JAMES BEGG: Current MIM (FT) student at Portland State University (MIM’10)

James Begg was born in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Marketing from the University of Tasmania. Begg has traveled throughout Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and the U.S.A.

Begg worked in Melbourne for two years in events marketing and management. He then moved to New Zealand where he began a career in hotel management. His MIM specializations are marketing, sustainability, and Japanese. On the MIM Asia trip Begg learned a lot about the Asian business environment and created a strong bond with the rest of the cohort. Currently, he is working on a MIM exit project involving Nike’s emerging markets–measuring and reducing the carbon footprint of Nike’s supply chain. In addition, Begg works for Guayaki in marketing and promotions, interns at Portland Roasting Coffee, and is working on a case study of Burgerville through PSU.


ALI MONDRAGON: Current MIM (PT) student at Portland State University (MIM’11)

Ali Mondragon is a part time student in the Masters in International Management program at Portland State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Oregon Health and Science University and has been working as a pediatric intensive care nurse at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Mondragon feels that a MIM degree along with the experiences she obtains during her 27 months in the program will make her more competitive in the global playing field. She hopes to combine her experience in health care with a future career that involves travel, international relations, learning and exploring other cultures and languages. More recently Mondragon has completed a six-month internship assisting Mercy Corps with their Global Envision initiative. Upcoming plans include volunteer work in Vietnam with Cardiostart, a non-profit international medical team that provides free heart surgeries in developing countries.


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