Alexander Zak, Ph.D. is an award winning faculty member at UC San Diego, who teaches a broad range of graduate courses at the Rady School of Management, the Jacobs School of Engineering and the School of Theater and Dance. He is a thought leader, a trusted advisor and an educator, with a broad range of global experience in building leadership capacity to solve complex business problems, develop insight, execute and drive change. His expertise is in creating business value by orchestrating experiential learning, consulting and coaching engagements focused on visionary outcomes.
Zak is a charismatic speaker who consistently receives outstanding evaluations from audiences around the world on a diverse range of topics: personal and team leadership, client relationships and business development, strategy and execution, engineering management, as well as numerous others.
Zak has taught, coached and served clients, within some of the world's leading multinational corporations and professional service firms for over a decade, including: McKinsey & Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, Egon Zehender, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Warburg Pincus, Permira, Cisco, EMC, Avaya, ViaSat, Ericsson, Infosys, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Ford Motor Co., Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand, Disney, Genentech, CB&I, Skanska and Cargill.
Zak holds a doctorate in engineering and masters in management. His work and research is in strategic problem solving methodologies, management of complexity in enterprise systems and development of executive leadership capacity. Zak is fluent in English and Russian and is certified in MBTI ®.