Faculty Information

All Business Education for In-house Counsel programs are taught by the faculty of Boston University Questrom School of Business. Please click on their names below to view their biographies.

Ana Albuquerque

Associate Professor, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Ana Albuquerque completed her PhD in accounting, her MS and MBA degrees at the University of Rochester, and a BA at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Portugal. Her research interests lie on the impact of regulation and financial reporting on executive compensation and incentives. Professor Albuquerque has published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Francois Brochet

Assistant Professor, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Francois Brochet is an assistant professor of accounting at Boston University. Prior to joining BU, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School for six years, and a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management for one year. He received a MS in Management from HEC Paris in 2001, and his PhD from New York University in 2007. Prior to entering academia, he worked in M&A advisory for LCF Rothschild in Paris, and buy-side equity research for Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and Allianz Asset Management in Munich.

Marcus Goncalves

Adjunct Professor, Department of Administrative and Computer Sciences
Boston University Metropolitan College

Marcus Goncalves, M.S.C.I.S., Ed.D, is an Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the International Business program at Nichols College. Additionally, for the past 12 years, Marcus has been an adjunct Professor at both Boston University and at Brandeis University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of knowledge, project, operations, change, and risk management. He has more than 25 years of IT and project management consulting experience in the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe. He is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of information systems and technologies, knowledge and project management. Marcus is a member of the Project Management Institute and the President of MGCG, Inc., an international management-consulting firm specialized in organizational development, FCPA, and international project management.

Born in Brazil, Marcus holds a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Southwest University and a doctoral degree from Boston University’s School of Education with a Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, Training, and Policy. Dr. Goncalves is a trilingual speaker (English, Spanish and Portuguese) with research interests regarding the rise of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries and the impact of informal economies on global markets.

William Kahn

Professor, Organizational Behavior Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

William Kahn is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at the Boston University School of Management where he has taught since receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University. His teaching, research and consulting focuses on the creation of effective working relationships across functions, departments, hierarchical levels and organizational cultures. As a core faculty member of the Executive MBA Program, he teaches courses on managing teams, organizational change and leadership. He was awarded the School of Management's Broderick Prize for Teaching in 1994.

Professor Kahn has published widely in academic journals on subjects ranging from organizational change and consultation, motivation at work, and leadership. He is currently involved in a number of research and consulting projects with health care organizations that focus on managing change and the creation of cultures of effectiveness and collaboration.

Melvyn A. J. Menezes

Associate Professor, Marketing Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Professor Menezes, a faculty member at Boston University, is a management educator, consultant and former member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School. During his 30 years of experience in academia, business and consulting, Professor Menezes has worked in a wide variety of industry and service sectors, including computers, telecommunications, high-tech and consumer products.

Mr. Menezes’ primary areas of expertise are marketing strategy, marketing high-tech products, customer and market focus, identification of growth opportunities, strategy, distribution channels and customer service. He has designed and delivered Executive Education Programs for managers at a number of large global corporations. He is also very experienced at facilitating executives in problem-solving workshop sessions and has successfully mobilized executive teams and galvanized them for action through strong and effective presentations and facilitation. His clients have included General Electric, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Merck, Amgen, DuPont, Mobil, Time Warner and Sears. Professor Menezes was on the Harvard Business School faculty from 1985 to 1992. He then joined Gemini Consulting (1992-1996) and played significant roles as a key member of the Innovation Group, as head of Gemini’s Global Faculty team, as Client Engagement Manager and as leader of the Service Quality Center of Excellence. From 1975 to 1981, he worked for the Gabriel Group (India), where he held a variety of management positions including Product Manager and Regional Manager.

Professor Menezes received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eddie Riedl

Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar / Professor, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Eddie Riedl is a Professor of Accounting and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar in the Questrom School of Business, having joined Boston University in 2011. He previously was a professor at the Harvard Business School from 2002-2011. He graduated from Regis High School in New York City, the only all-scholarship high school in the country. He received a combined BBA/MBA at Pace University in 1992, and his PhD from Penn State University in 2002.

Prior to entering academia, he worked at a Big 6 auditor, in internal audit at a Fortune 500 oil company, and in corporate reporting at a real estate brokerage house. During his career, he attained the professional designations of CPA, CMA, and CIA.

His research focuses on two of the most pressing issues in financial reporting today: fair value accounting, and international accounting/IFRS. He has published in the top-tier accounting (The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research) and management journals (Management Science), with over 75 presentations at universities around the world, including Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, London Business School, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research has been recognized with the Competitive Manuscript Award (given in recognition for the top accounting dissertation), and he is among the 700 most-downloaded authors on SSRN. He has served on a number of doctoral committees at both HBS and BU, and published extensively with doctoral students and junior accounting faculty.

Eddie teaches classes at the undergraduate, MBA, executive, and doctoral levels. Both of his undergraduate and graduate "Financial Statement Analysis" courses have consistently ranked among the three highest-rated courses at BU's Questrom School of Business for the past 4 years. He has taught executive programs for a number of Fortune 500 firms, including BP, Ericsson, IBM, and TE Connectivity. His case studies have sold over 50,000 copies to date, with a focus on financial reporting and valuation topics in the real estate, financial services, agriculture, chemical, restaurant, and incarceration industries.

William Samuelson

Professor, Finance & Economics Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Professor Samuelson earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. His research interests include decision making, microeconomics, game theory, experimental economics, bargaining, and competitive bidding.

He has written numerous articles for scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Management Science, Operations Research, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is co-author of two books, Game Theory and Business Applications and Managerial Economics (6th Edition). He was awarded the John Russell award for teaching excellence by the Executive MBA students in 1999.

Michael Smith

Associate Professor, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Boston University School of Management. After working four years in the mortgage banking industry and four years as a futures trader, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D. in Business in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University, he was a member of the faculty at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Cross-Continent MBA.

Professor Smith’s teaching interests include financial and managerial accounting, especially financial reporting and analysis of financial statements. He has taught in several full-time, executive and weekend executive MBA programs.

Professor Smith has broad research interests including multinational transfer pricing, executive compensation, financial disclosure and accounting microstructure. His research has been published in several academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; Contemporary Accounting Research; Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance; and Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Rachel S. Spooner

Senior Lecturer, Markets, Public Policy & Law Department
Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Rachel Spooner is a Senior Lecturer in the Markets, Public Policy and Law Department and has been at Boston University since 2000. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for the Honorable William C. Conner in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rachel worked in the Trial Department of Goodwin Procter LLP for five years, working on commercial, securities, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as doing extensive pro bono work for prisoners, indigent criminal defendants, and on a death penalty case. Rachel teaches Business Law and Ethics courses for both undergraduates and MBA students at Questrom School of Business. She is the Coordinator for the law courses at Questrom, and the Faculty Liaison for the Business Law Concentration. As the Ethics Lead for the MBA program, she developed the required Ethics, Responsibility and Values Course for MBA students, and is responsible for the integration of ethics across the MBA curriculum. In 2014, Rachel was awarded the Beckwith Award for Undergraduate Teaching, chosen by student vote as the outstanding teacher of the year for the undergraduate program. In that same year, Rachel was awarded the Questrom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership for her work in Ethics at Questrom.

Rick Welch

Adjunct Lecturer
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mr. Welch is an Adjunct lecturer at Boston University in the School of Management.   He has over 20 years of information technology project management experience. In Mr. Welch's full time position, he is the Senior Vice President of Services at Demandware, a leading provider of Web based ecommerce platforms.  Prior to this role Mr. Welch was Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a non-profit consortium of New England Companies and Universities.  Before that, Mr. Welch was the SVP of Services for Unica Corporation, a Marketing Automation software vendor. Mr. Welch led Unica's customer facing consulting and maintenance business and was an officer of this $100M public (nasdaq) company.  Prior to joining Unica, he spent ten years as an executive at RSA Security Inc. where he was SVP of RSA's Data Security Software Division.   Previous to RSA, Mr. Welch held technology leadership positions at Genesys Software and at Digital Equipment Corporation where he gained a broad understanding of software and hardware based information technology solutions. Mr. Welch received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from Boston University. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMI/PMP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mark T. Williams

Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mark T. Williams is an academic, author and risk management expert. Prior to joining Boston University he worked as a trust banker, senior trading floor executive and as a Federal Reserve Bank examiner.

Since 2002, he has been on the finance faculty at Boston University specializing in banking, energy and capital markets related matters. He teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2008 he was awarded the Boston University Beckwith Prize for excellence in teaching.

Williams frequently appears in the national media and has been a guest columnist for the Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters.com, Forbes.com, Business Insider, Boston Globe and Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2010, his book Uncontrolled Risk, detailing the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and root causes of the financial crisis was published by McGraw Hill. www.uncontrolledrisk.com. In 2013 he coauthored Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis. This work won a best book award at the New England Book Show.

In 2014 he provided Congressional testimony and New York State banking commission testimony relating to the risks associated with virtual currencies. In addition to teaching and expert witness work, he services on several boards including The Learning Prep School, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on learning disabled children. Since 2010, he has served on the board of Appleton Partners LLC, a Boston-based, wealth-management company. In 2012 he joined Standard & Poor’s Academic Advisory Council.

Williams holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Boston University. He is also a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professional, a member of the Boston Analyst Security Association and International Association of Financial Engineers.

Ray Wilson

Senior Lecturer, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Ray Wilson is an Executive in Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Boston University Questrom School of Business, and a Senior Lecturer at Law at the Boston University School of Law. He teaches a wide range of accounting and finance courses in both the graduate and undergraduate business programs, as well as in the School of Law, including Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Financial Reporting and Analysis, and Corporate Financial Management. Ray co-developed and serves as Faculty Lead for the MSMS program, a one year master’s program built around experiential learning, corporate partnerships, and student mentoring. This program was recently named by Poets & Quants as one of the most innovative business school ideas of 2015.

Ray draws on over 25 years of business experience to integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of the subjects he teaches. Prior to his appointment at BU, Ray served as a senior executive for both public and private companies. At Scitex America Corp., a technology company, he served over 12 years in a variety of roles, including CFO, VP of Marketing, and EVP of Business Operations. During this time the company grew from $20m to over $300m. In the late 90’s, Ray co-founded Protocol Direct Marketing, an internet marketing and support company. As CFO he helped lead Protocol’s growth from start-up to over $225m in four years. Since then he has started, grown and sold several small businesses, including marketing and financial services companies. Today, in addition to his work at Boston University, Ray provides financial training for top tier law firms around the world. Ray holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Bentley University.