Dr. Sivakumar Venkataramany joined Ashland University in 1999. He received his MBA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance and emerging markets. Sivakumarês research focuses on foreign direct investment in developing economies, international banking and micro-finance. He received an Ashland University Mentor award in 2005. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and has numerous publications in international business journals.