Meet Dr. Maja Zelihic

Dr. Maja Zelihic, Fulbright Specialist, Co-founder Dima Innovations,  Professor, Department Chair Advanced Management Studies Division

In addition to being a Fulbright Specialist and NAFSA Global Partner, global speaker, author, and e-learning implementation specialist, Dr. Zelihic is a thought leader in the fields of leadership, management, perception, conflict negotiation and online learning.

What I Do?

An international speaker, researcher, and educator, Dr. Maja is an expert who helps academics and organizational leaders make positive change in their organizations as they implement and select e-learning technology and solutions in order to improve their educational institutions and organizations.

Dr. Zelihic draws on her decades of work experience in e-learning technology and implementation, corporate training, mortgage lending, social media, education, and academic publishing.

In 2018, Dr. Zelihic became a Fulbright Specialist for the Fulbright Program offered by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and World Learning.

Dr. Zelihic conducted a series of comprehensive research ventures in Zambia, Haiti, Cuba, and Mexico. She also held multiple workshops in India. She is a global researcher and lecturer having lectured and presented in Europe, Middle East, Africa, the US, and the Caribbean. She completed her Fulbright research in Zambia.

My Mission & Goals

The Power of Perception: Eliminating Boundaries to Create Successful Business Leaders


  • Kathleen Wescott, Learning and Development Consultant

    Dr. Maja Zelihic was a subject matter expert of all things processing and organizational management related. She is able to use her knowledge to create and facilitate interactive training classes that engaged the trainees and deliver value to the company and was essential for developing career success for her students. It was a pleasure working with such a talented individual and I was honored to have that time with her.

    Kathleen Wescott, Learning and Development ConsultantNewRez LLC
  • Kitty Gundelfinger, SHRM-CPm HR and Recruiting Manager
    Dr. Maja Zelihic is one of the few people I have met who can do the work of 3 people flawlessly in any position she was in. Her facilitation, communication skills and attention to detail are also second to none. I can’t wait to see all she accomplishes in her distinguished career and would not be surprised if she were the reciprocate of some major awards for her thoughts and ideas.
    Kitty Gundelfinger, SHRM-CPm HR and Recruiting ManagerGreenshades Software
  • Chera Deresa, Dean
    Dr. Maja is a Fulbright Specialist and Internationally renowned speaker who travels the world researching, writing, and speaking about in the area of leadership, among others included, empowering global leaders, managing the intergenerational workforce, unconscious bias, and gender issues in the workplace. She is an excellent presenter has an unforgettable mark at Mulungushi University, Zambia.
    Chera Deresa, Dean Mulungshi University Zambia
  • Alecia Webb
    Dr. Maja Zelihic’s life experiences, world travels, and extensive knowledge gives her a valuable basis from which to provide excellent presentations that teem with practical applications. Her love of teaching and ability to genuinely listen to and engage her audience provides an exemplary experience for participants.
    Alecia WebbCampus Director, Brenau University
  • Dr. Diane Hamilton
    I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Maja Zelihic in several capacities, from reporting to her, being her peer, and co-authoring a book.  In every situation, she impressed me.  She has that rare combination of people skills, analytical skills, and a serious work ethic.  It is very unusual to find someone who has such a significant research background, who can lead and manage people with the finesse of someone with a strong sales background.  
    Dr. Diane Hamilton CEO Tonerra, Business Behavioral Expert

Co-Founder Dima Innovations

The Forbes School of Business and Technology, University of Arizona Global, Professor Department Chair, Advanced Management Studies Division

Maja Zelihic

About Me

Dr. Maja (Maya) Zelihic is a Fulbright Specialist, Full Professor, and a Department Chair of the Advanced Management Studies at the Forbes School of Business and Technology and a co-founder of Dima Innovations.  Dr. Zelihic is a Global Dialogue Partner at NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Dr. Zelihic serves on the Board of Advisors of the International Fellowship Program in Arbitration and Scientific Assessment, the comprehensive global academic review platform. She also serves as an industry advisory member at the Amity University Novel Communication Lab (AUNCL). She is an expert in e-learning development and implementation in the developing world. Dr. Zelihc is a Board member at the Center for Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business and Technology, launched in June of 2020.

She is published in over 20+ peer-reviewed journals, and her research ventures took her to Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Jordan, Zambia, the Balkan region, and many other parts of the world. She is a global speaker, having presented in 20 countries across the globe. In addition to being a Fulbright specialist, she is a four-time recipient of the University Fellows research grants, which enabled many of her global research ventures. Her book on Perception, co-authored with Dr. Diane Hamilton,  was published in December 2020. Her chapter contribution to the International Leadership Research Handbook is in the final stages of publishing.

In 2016 Dr. Zelihic was honored to be the recipient of both the 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award (nominated by her peers) and Forbes School of Business President’s Award for the Excellence in Scholarship. She is a three-time University Fellows grant recipient. Her research ventures and global lectures/workshops were done in Europe, Asia, Africa, the US, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Zelihic’s articles have been published in various refereed journals, such as the Springer’s Quality and Quantity Journal, Life Science Journal, Journal of American Business Review, Journal of Strategic and International Studies, Global Business, South African Interdisciplinary Journal,  and International Management International Journal.

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Women Dialogues

Women Entrepreneurship Congress WEC2020

Go For 10 Podcast Interview - The Power of Perception

How perception shapes behavior at work | Dr. Maja Zelihic | peopleHum

Dr. Diane Hamilton and Dr. Maja Zelihic share "The Power of Perception" with Dr. Abraham Khoureis

Dr. Maja Zelihic shares with Dr. Abraham Khoureis her co-authored book about the Power of Perception

Dr. Maja Zelihić - Kriza liderstva u doba pandemije COVID-19 i stvaranje nove generacije lidera kao odgovor na nesigurna vremena

“Embracing & Leading Change: Challenges & Strategies to Reinvent and Innovate”

WOMEN IN TECH - Global Movement UAE conference

Peernovation Podcast Dr Maja Zelihic On The Power Of Perception