Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences
Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 (0)2 401 8526
Dr. Gina Poncini received her PhD from Birmingham University (UK, 2002), where her doctoral research focused on multicultural business meetings. Her MA is from the University of New Hampshire (U.S.) and her BS is from Central Connecticut State University (US).
Dr. Poncini joined Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Spring 2017 as Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science, where she teaches corporate leadership and HR management and innovation and entrepreneurship.
Previously she was Associate Professor in the College of Business at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Campus (2013-2016), and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan, Italy (2005-2013 as associate professor, tenured as of 2008, and 2004-2005 as assistant professor). She also taught at New York University (NYU) in Florence as an adjunct professor (2006-2009), the University of Lugano, Switzerland (1996-2006), and Franklin College Switzerland (1988-2000).
Her research interest include entrepreneurship; innovation and team meetings; discourse analysis; ethnographic methods and multidisciplinary approaches; and risk communication in travel and tourism, especially with regard to health, safety and security. She is PI or co-PI of a number of grants, including a multidisciplinary grant on Emirati female entrepreneurship and labor force participation based at the London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Centre and a grant on economics education in the UAE. She has been on member of doctoral and postdoctoral examination committees, including at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University); and Universitat Jaume I, Castellón.
Dr. Poncini was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Researcher Award by the Association for Business Communication (ABC). Her book Discursive Strategies in Multicultural Business Meetings (Peter Lang, Bern) won the ABC 2005 Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication.
Her work has appeared in books and journals, including Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Business Communication Quarterly, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, and International Review of Applied Linguistics. She served two four-year elected terms as Association for Business Communication Vice President Europe and member of the Board of Directors and has managerial experience in the international banking sector.