International Business Academy, Denmark

L-R: Albert Elam (Coach), David Hejda, Aurelia-Ana Sadovei, Claudia Klonowska, Tadeas Bochna, Didde Skødt Falk (Coach)


About the Team

Albert Elam (Coach)
Al is a lecturer in Finance, Accounting, Strategy, and Leadership at IBA, specializing in International Finance. Before entering academia, he had a 23-year career in the United States Air Force, where he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also owned a small consulting firm for 27 years, and sold his client list in 2007. Al enjoys music, movies, reading crime and action novels, basketball, and American football.

David Hejda
David, 21, grew up in the Czech Republic.  Previously focused on information services, he is currently pursuing a degree in marketing management at IBA. David loves learning new things, especially languages. His passion for travel has taken him to many countries across Europe, but he plans to travel even more. His interests include reading, drawing and consulting.

Aurelia-Ana Sadovei
Aurelia-Ana, 23, hails from Moldova, and is currently studying international sales and marketing management. Previously enrolled in medical school, she moved to Denmark to pursue her passion in marketing. Since arriving at IBA, Aurelia-Ana has participated in marketing weeks in Paris and Vienna, and completed an internship in Belfast. Her main interests are sustainability and health care. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading.

Claudia Klonowska
Claudia, 20, is currently completing a degree in marketing management. She has roots in many countries and is fluent in four languages.  Claudia considers herself multicultural, open-minded, hard-working, and passionate about learning and self-improvement. She is passionate about the environment and believes that sustainability is what the future is about.

Tadeas Bochna
Tadeáš, 21, is from the Slovak Republic. While passionate about his studies in marketing and management, he is also interested in philosophy, artificial intelligence and physics, which he regards as the cornerstones of the future. Tadeáš is also a proud biohacking enthusiast. He plans to secure a management position with a hedge fund or investment bank, and sees politics in his future.

Didde Skødt Falk (Coach)
Didde is a Career Coordinator at IBA, where she oversees the school’s alumni network, assists students with internships and career placement, and supports the case competition program. During her previous life as an IBA student, she won several business competitions and earned a bronze medal at the NIBS 2018 Competition in Guatemala. Didde’s biggest passion is travelling, meeting people, and learning about different cultures. She enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Ivan Hassinggaard (Coach, not pictured)
Ivan is an Associate Professor in International Marketing, Sales and Innovation at IBA, as well as the co-author of a well-known Danish marketing textbook. Prior to entering academia, he had a seven-year career with Danske Bank Group, focused on group marketing activities across brands. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, ages 6 and 10.