Katarína Mathernová (EU) and Jeffrey Franks (IMF) join VeCo’s Teaching Faculty!

Vesalius College is excited to announce the appointment of two outstanding policy-makers of international organisations as new Adjunct Professors in the Departments of Business Studies and International Affairs. Dr. Katarína Mathernová (European Commission) and Dr. Jeffrey Franks (International Monetary Fund) bring their wealth of experience, practical insights, and academic rigour to the College’s undergraduate teaching in the fields of ‘Statebuilding, Reform and Good Governance’ as well as ‘International Finance’ respectively.



Dr. Katarína Mathernová has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in International Affairs and is currently Deputy Director-General in the European Commission’s Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). She focuses on relations with the Eastern Partnership Countries, international financial institutions, and on migration/refugee issues.

Previous to her work for the European Commission, she has also had an accomplished career in international organisations and national government, including senior positions at the World Bank, and the Office of Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, as well as a distinguished legal career in Corporate Finance Law.

Dr. Mathernová holds an LLM from the University of Michigan and a Doctor Juris from Comenius University.

She will bring her vast experience, insights, and passions a 300-level International Affairs course titled International Approaches to State-building, Reform and Good Governance”, co-taught with Dr. Svitlana Kobzar (Professor of International Affairs and Policy Officer of the European Endowment for Democracy) and Dr. Vsevolod Samokhvalov (PhD, Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College).

Dr. Jeffrey Franks has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in Global Business Studies and International Affairs and is currently the Head of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) office in Brussels and Senior Resident Representative to the European Union.

Previously, he spent nearly 3 years as mission chief for Pakistan. Throughout his 24-years career at the International Monetary Fund, he has held numerous other assignments working mainly on Europe and Latin America, including heading the resident offices in Ukraine and Ecuador, and leading teams on Romania, France, Belgium, and Paraguay.

Dr. Franks received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard, and has Master’s degrees from Princeton and Oxford universities.

He will bring his outstanding insights to a 300-level Business Studies course titled “International Finance”.

On the appointments, Professor Joachim Koops (Dean of Vesalius College) commented: “the Faculty and students of Vesalius College are delighted about these two outstanding additions to the College’s faculty and we are excited to bring Mathernová’s and Dr Franks’ expertise, insights and passion for teaching to the class-room. Dr. Mathernová is one of the most accomplished and rigorous officials in the European Commission and Dr. Franks is one the leading and most experiences officials in the IMF. Both bring not only practical experience to the class-room, but also their first-class education and academic as well as analytical rigour. I am very grateful for their decision to join the College’s growing faculty.”

Please note: Dr Mathernová will deliver her inaugural lecture on 22nd January at 7PM at Vesalius College on the topic “The European Union and the New Populist world: Reflecting on the vision and Addressing Challenges of the Periphery”.