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Demosthenes Vardiabasis Professor of Economics

Demosthenes Vardiabasis, PhD

Professor of Economics and International Business
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Vardiabasis has over 25 years of experience as a professor, entrepreneur, executive, and consultant. He has founded several companies and has served as a chairman and CEO of the IQ Now Corporation, which was acquired by a public company and of Health Windows, which provided services to such companies as American Express, Hilton, Yamaha, and Honeywell. As a consultant, Dr. Vardiabasis has worked with companies representing a wide range of industries, including: Baxter Healthcare, Northwest Airlines, ICTS Europe, Edison Utilities, Northgate Supermarkets, El Proyecto, Brinks, Greek National Tourism Organization, Korean government, Latin Business Association, and the Arthritis Foundation. He has been an advisor and board member of several start-up companies. He served as a member of the U.S. committee to assist Russian Reform and of the National Policy Forum, chaired by U. S. Senator Phil Gramm. Recently he was appointed as Economic Commissioner in California by Governor Schwarzenegger. Dr. Vardiabasis, through his company, Global Strategic Edge, is currently working with executives and entrepreneurs on business strategy and creative operational solutions.

Dr. Vardiabasis has published extensively in refereed journals, business magazines, and conference proceedings. He is the editor of a five-volume book on economics, published by Salem Press and has contributed to the book International Trade: Global Commodity Price Stabilization, published by Quorum Books. A number of his articles have appeared in Annual Editions in Marketing, Business Insights, International Journal of Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Journal of Commerce, Southwestern Economic Review, Business to Business, Journal of Economic Review, Japanese Management News, Developments in Marketing Science, Management Insight, and the Los Angeles Times.


  • University of Southern California, Doctor of Philosophy
  • University of Essex, Master of Arts

  • University of Pireus, Bachelor of Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • US-China Entertainment Industry Relations
  • Film, TV, Tourism
  • Social Media as Competitive Advantage