Welcome to the Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College

Kayhan Koleyni (PhD), Richard Lahijani (MTax, CPA), Giacomo Di Pasquale (PhD), and Edward Ai (PhD) joined the Nicolais School of Business in fall 2023 as new faculty members. Their expertise in economics, finance, and accounting, coupled with their excellent teaching, research, and student-focus have made them a tremendous asset to our school.

Sajad Ebrahimi (PhD), Emma Li-Ore (PhD), and Jing Chen (PhD) joined the Nicolais School of Business in fall 2022! Their expertise in supply chain and logistics, accounting, and marketing have helped us redesign and strengthen our academic curriculum with a lens to the future of work.



Our mission is to develop the next generation of business leaders who are data-informed decision makers, effective communicators, resilient, inclusive, and ethical business leaders and responsible global citizens.

We continue to create new opportunities for our students to get involved in the local and global community and we develop impactful programs to help our students thrive.

In the classroom, our students are challenged to get comfortable with messy business problems, be intellectually curious, and develop resilience. Our innovative teaching methods focus on experiential learning and students work to solve real problems for businesses and non-profit companies of all sizes.

Our co-curricular programs such as the Career Activator and Wagner SELECT prepare students to be career-ready young professionals upon graduation. 

Come join us as we continue to invest in student success and take the Nicolais School of Business to new heights.

Aarti S. Ivanic, Ph.D.

Dean and Associate Professor
Nicolais School of Business


Richard Lahijani

Clinical Professor, Business, Nicolais School

richard.lahijani@wagner.edu Campus Hall Room 205

Emma Li-Ore

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Business, Nicolais School



Zhexu Ai

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

zhexu.ai@wagner.edu Campus Hall 222

Assistant professor in finance. I am a dedicated teacher, researcher, and finance practitioner.

Richard LaRocca

Professor, Business, Nicolais School

richard.larocca@wagner.edu Campus Hall 230

Chair of Academic Honesty Committee
D.P.S., Finance, Economics


Frank DeSimone

Associate Professor, Business, Nicolais School

718-420-4491 frank.desimone@wagner.edu Campus Hall 216

Ph.D., International Management, International School of Management (ISM)

Sajad Ebrahimi

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

sajad.ebrahimi@wagner.edu Campus Hall 220


Paul Barretta

Interim Dean, Business, Nicolais School

Associate Professor, Business, Nicolais School

paul.barretta@wagner.edu Campus Hall 219


Ph.D., Marketing

Jing Chen

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

jing.chen@wagner.edu Campus Hall 221

Aarti Ivanic

Dean of the Nicolais School of Business, Business, Nicolais School

aarti.ivanic@wagner.edu Campus Hall 225


Giacomo Di Pasquale

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

giacomo.di-pasquale@wagner.edu Campus Hall 227

Assistant Professor of Economics at Wagner College. Research interest include income inequality, poverty and migration.

Kayhan Koleyni

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

kayhan.koleyni@wagner.edu 230 Campus Hall

Assistant Professor of Economics and MBA Coordinator


Amy Eshleman

Director of Assessment, Office of Human Resources

Professor, Psychology Department

esh@wagner.edu 112 Parker Hall

Interests: social psychology, prejudice, stigma, gender, behavioral economics

Zohreh Shahvar

Associate Professor/Chair, Math & Computer Science

zshahvar@wagner.edu Megerle Science Building 114

Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Application of Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation in Engineering


Arleen Wilk

Academic Administrative Assistant, Business, Nicolais School

718-390-3447 awilk@wagner.edu Campus Hall 223


Rosa Santana

Director of Career Planning & Development, Office of Career Planning and Development


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