Gina Poncini

Gina Poncini

Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences

Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)2 401 8526

Fax: +971-(0)2-4018325


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.

    • BUSS301 Corporate Leadership and Human Resource Management
    • ENGR311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design

Teaching interests: Crisis and Risk Management Communication

  • Female entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and team meetings
  • Ethnographic methods and multidisciplinary approaches
  • Economics education in the United Arab Emirates
  • Risk communication in travel and tourism concerning health, safety and security

Articles in international refereed journals

  • Poncini, G. 2013. Investigating Communication at International Industry Events. Ibérica 26: 131-150. ISSN 1139-7241.
  • Rusk, M., Poncini, G. and McGowan, P. 2011. Using Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Community Building and Regeneration. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal 5(5): 117-128.
  • Poncini, G. 2007. Exploring the Image of New World Wine Producers: Website Texts for Wineries in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 17(1): 105-125.
  • Poncini, G. 2003. Multicultural Business Meetings and the Role of Languages Other than English. The Journal of Intercultural Studies 24(1): 17-32.
  • Bargiela-Chiappini, F. (Co-editor), Bülow-Møller, A., Nickerson, C. (Co-editor), Poncini, G., Zhu, Y. 2003. Five Perspectives on Intercultural Business Communication, Business Communication Quarterly 66(3): 73-96.
  • Poncini, G. 2002. Investigating Discourse at Business Meetings with Multicultural Participation. IRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 40 (4): 345-373.


  • Porrini, P., Hiris L. and Poncini, G. (2009). Above the Board: How Ethical CEOs Create Honest Organizations. McGraw-Hill, NY.
  • Poncini, G. 2004, 2007. Discursive Strategies in Multicultural Business Meetings. Peter Lang, Bern.

Edited volumes

  • Garzone, G., Poncini, G. and Catenaccio P. (eds.) 2007. Multimodality in Corporate Communication. Web Genres and Discursive Identity. Milan: Franco Angeli.
  • Satzger, A. and Poncini, G. (eds.) 2002. International Perspectives on Business Communication: From Past Approaches to Future Trends. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

  • Poncini, G. and Turra, E. 2008. An Italian Perspective on International Meetings, Management and Language. In Tietze, S. (ed.) International Management and Language. London: Routledge, 171-187.
  • Poncini, G. 2007. Corporate Podcasts and Blogs: Exploring the Voices of Emerging Genres. In Garzone, G., Poncini, G., and Catenaccio, P. (eds.) Multimodality in Corporate Communication. Web Genres and Discursive Identity. Milan: Franco Angeli, 147-166.
  • Poncini, G. and Hiris, L. 2007. When (Un)ethical Behavior is an Issue for the Industry: An Examination of CEO Letters of Securities Brokerage Firms. In Garzone, G. and Sarangi, S. (eds.). Discourse, Ideology and Specialized Communication. Bern: Peter Lang, 207-232.
  • Poncini, G. 2007. Communicating Within and Across Professional Worlds in an Intercultural Setting. In Garzone, G. and Ilie, C. (eds.) The Role of English in Institutional and Business Settings: An Intercultural Perspective. Bern: Peter Lang, 283-311.
  • Poncini, G. 2006. Specialized Discourse about Mergers and Acquisitions: Exploring a Cross-Border Deal. In Flowerdew, J. and Gotti, M. (eds.) New Trends in Specialized Discourse. Bern: Peter Lang, 131-151.
  • Poncini, G. 2006. The Challenge of Communicating in a Changing Tourism Market. In Palusci, O. and Francesconi, S. (eds.) Translating Tourism: Linguistic/Cultural Representations. Trento: University of Trento, 137-153.
  • Poncini, G. 2006. Evaluation in Written and Spoken Business Discourse: Integrating Research into Teaching. In Palmer-Silveira, J., Ruiz-Garrido, M., e Fortunat-Gómez, I. (eds.) Intercultural and International Business Communication. Theory, Research and Teaching. Bern: Peter Lang, 307-335.
  • Poncini, G. 2005. Can a Geographical Indication Help Rewrite Local Traditions and History? The Case of Bitto Cheese. In Julliot, C. (ed.) Linguistica e proprietà intellettuale. Milan: Franco Angeli, 87-100.
  • Poncini, G. 2004. Specialized Lexis: Exploring Common Ground and Roles at Multicultural Business Meetings. In Gouveia, C., Silvestre, C. and Azuaga, L. (eds.) Discourse, Communication and the Enterprise: Linguistic Perspectives. Lisbon: ULICES University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, 99-114.
  • Poncini, G. 2002. Dealing with Sources of Conflict in Business Meetings. In Gotti, M., Heller, D. and Dossena, M. (eds.). Conflict and Negotiation in Specialized Texts. Bern: Peter Lang, 273-294.
  • Poncini, G. 1999. Videoconferencing, in Helms, M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Management, 4th ed., Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Group, 985-988.