Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Director

Valerie Hoffman

Hadi Esfahani, Director of CSAMES, is a Professor of Economics and Business Administration. Dr. Esfahani is a distinguished scholar and educator in economics with a long and successful career at Illinois. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in the political economy of development; the role of country institutions in the formation and reform of fiscal, trade, and regulatory policies, especially in the Middle East region. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on regulation in developing countries. He was previously CSAMES director from 2009 to 2011.





Angela Williams, Associate Director

Angela Williams Associate Director

Angela Williams began working at CSAMES as the Outreach Coordinator in 2008. She completed her MA and BA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, and has studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. Her research has focused on hip hop music and culture in the Arab world, specifically in Egypt. She has taught Arabic at Parkland College in Champaign. Angela is currently working toward a doctorate in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, in the Division of Global Studies in Education, focusing on the intersections of popular culture, education policy, gender, race and global studies. Her dissertation will explore the lived experiences of Arab female rap artists and their implications on education policy.



Jovita Terpetschnig, Office Support Associate

Jovita Terpetschnig, Office Support Associate

Jovita Terpetschnig was born in Mumbai, India. She has a Masters degree in Sociology from the SNDT Women's University in Mumbai. Her interests span natural medicinie, cooking, gardening, and many others. She is also interested in linguistics and culture and speaks four Indian languages. She has previously worked in administrative positions both in India and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She brings to the office organizational and bookkeeping skills as well as a keen interest in increasing cultural awareness of South Asian countries.


Shahbaz S. Gill, South Asian Programs Advisor

Jovita Terpetschnig, Office Support Associate

Shahbaz S. Gill obtained a PhD from the University of Malaya and completed his Post Doctoral research at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His name was included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and placed among the top 10% professors by ICES at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His current research interests are: Future of High Performance Work Systems in South Asia; Terrorism and its impact on marketing and business environment; and Religiosity and perception of organizational justice.