Alesa Lightbourne, PhD, is Director of International Relations at the S.P. Jain School of Global Management, and its former Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Communications. She holds a PhD in communications from La Salle University, an MA in literature/writing from University of Washington, and a BA (honors) in anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz.
An avid student of global culture and a lifelong teacher, Dr. Lightbourne has lived and taught in six countries (US, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Kurdish Iraq and Singapore). She has been Professor of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Employee of the Quarter, and also received the Director’s Award for her academic contributions at various colleges and universities.
Dr. Lightbourne’s 9 published books include non-fiction corporate histories, inspirational coffee-table books, "how-to" handbooks, and a motivational parable that won Best Hispanic Business Book in 2004, a global award. More than 600 of her articles and stories have appeared in literary, business, women’s, religious and sports magazines. She has been listed in Who’s Who of International Writers and Who’s Who of American Women.
Dr. Lightbourne is a licensed mediator assisting with conflict resolution in both civil and community disputes. She also founded and managed a corporate communications company whose clients included Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser and Sage Software.
Being a social entrepreneur is of foremost importance to Dr Lightbourne. She has spent her entire adult life trying to improve educational opportunities everywhere and contribute to a more peaceful and just planet. She lives in California, and travels frequently.