People

 

To deliver customized, world-class offerings, WDI engages expert instructors and consultants to lead, teach, and direct efforts with local partners. We welcome new faculty affiliates. Contact us if you would like to work with us.

 

Matt Brown

Dr. Matt Brown brings 20 years of teaching organizational behavior and leadership development both in academic and business contexts, along with significant experience in executive education and business consulting. He is currently a Management and Organization faculty member at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, where he works for the executive education program, teaches BBA management courses, advises MBA action learning projects. As a WDI Faculty Affiliate, Brown has taught and researched entrepreneurship in emerging economies for the last five years. Through WDI, Brown has trained entrepreneurs in Bahrain the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and in Kigali, Rwanda for the Goldman Sachs 10000 Women Entrepreneurs Program (2009-2014). He has served as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting and Dension Consulting, LLC Brown holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management from the University of Michigan.

Read Dr. Brown’s white paper on his experience training entrepreneurs in Rwanda here.

 

“I think that entrepreneurship training is much more than teaching technical business skills and completing solid business plans…entrepreneurship is a mindset shift as much as it is a set of skills and capabilities. In addition, the entrepreneurial mindset varies from culture to culture. I believe the challenges are significantly different for entrepreneurs in emerging markets and are particularly acute with respect to accessing capital. What I learned in Rwanda is that our efforts to educate our women entrepreneurs, while effective on many levels, were voided by excessively high-interest loans and expensive banking products that limited business owner growth and earnings. What I have learned is that entrepreneurs are huge assets to a community and need to be encouraged as much as simply trained.

 

Julie Felker

JFelker - web-readyDr. Julie Felker is a faculty affiliate and senior consultant to the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. She teaches a variety of courses including Strategic Talent Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Change Management, and Developing Management Skills. Most recently, Julie worked with WDI in Papua New Guinea to assess entrepreneurship education at three universities in order to understand their needs and priorities in the context of local economic conditions. In addition, she developed and delivered a week-long train-the-trainer workshop in Bahrain to university faculty, consultants, and trainers, aimed at building leadership capabilities of local entrepreneurs. Finally, in Rwanda, she trained 330 women business owners in Human Resources and Organizational Management as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative. Previously, Julie spent 15 years as a senior academic leader in the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Julie earned her Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Lawrence Technological University.

 

“I believe that my work in entrepreneurship training has…broken down barriers, especially for women who have, as a result of training, developed greater confidence in their ability to start and manage sustainable small businesses. It has been an engine for employment growth and provided income to be reinvested in the business and the broader economy. To be part of a global educational community that has a direct impact on the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and the economic development of emerging markets is a responsibility that I take very seriously.”

 

Eric Fretz

ericfretzDr. Eric Fretz teaches “Entrepreneurial Creativity,” one of the core courses in the University of Michigan’s minor in entrepreneurship. In his “train the trainer” abilities, Eric has taught hundreds of teachers how to teach and create curriculum, in sectors such as military, government, and public service. In addition, he teaches academic success “learning to learn” classes to undergraduate students / student veterans on multiple campuses, including the University of Michigan, and UNLV. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

 

 

“I get tremendous satisfaction from seeing the great work my students do when they are turned loose, properly motivated, and given the tools to succeed. Their brilliance and drive can really astound! So many of them report back that their work in my classes launched them into interests and activities they had not really considered, and I love that.  I like to joke that my job is to ‘set students on fire’ – and they seem to like it.”

 

Michael Metzger

michaelmetzgerDr. Michael Metzger’s research focuses on university-based economic development, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer. Michael’s teaching interests include Marketing Management, Marketing Research, International Marketing, and Social Marketing. He also studies developing Latin American economies, sustainable technologies and business practices. His work in emerging Latin American markets has ranged from helping small Costa Rican floral shops achieve access to a global market, researching Bolivian social entrepreneurs engaged in the exportation of branded organic real quinoa cultivated by indigenous cooperatives, to researching social entrepreneurs that have created entire socially inclusive industries for rural Costa Ricans.  He has also worked with sustainable tourism destinations and private firms throughout Latin America promoting economically, environmentally sustainable models. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan.

“The heart of my consulting, research and teaching is discovering economic and ecological niche business models that thrive in local markets as they leverage local knowledge and talent and unique environmental resources and geography available to them to create and promote sustainable social, environmental and economic justice. This work is more than an engaging intellectual exercise, or professional vocation for me.  It is a more gratifying pursuit than I could have imagined.  It is my passion.”

 

Peter Scott

peterscottAs a WDI Faculty Affiliate, Peter Scott recently developed a train-the-trainer guide for incubators and universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the Center for Private Enterprise (CIPE), where he also leads workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly design thinking. Peter has also led train-the-trainer workshops for university faculty in Papua New Guinea on how to strategically teach entrepreneurship, within the disciplines of health sciences, business, law, technology, and arts. Peter has taught entrepreneurship in South Korea, China, Pakistan, and the United States. In addition to his teaching experience, Peter has set marketing strategy, developed company finances, written business plans, and raised investment capital with over 20 technology startups in industries spanning software, manufacturing, clean technology, and life sciences. He is currently CEO/Founder of Stealth Baseball Analytics Company.

”What I have brought to and learned from the different international projects varies by country. [For example,] from the Bahraini project I learned how important the overall entrepreneur ecosystem is [for developing entrepreneurs]. Having worked in the U.S. with startups for over 15 years, I have taken for granted the legal structure and cultural strengths of the country. In many countries not only is it a crime to go bankrupt, but the court system does not allow for the enforcement of contracts.”

 

Our team is committed to delivering professional offerings which are supported by our full range of skillsets. We look forward to working with you.

Amy Gillett

Gillett0283-resz1cAmy Gillett leads the development of entrepreneurship programs at WDI’s Entrepreneurship Development Center. In this role, she brings her 15 years of experience in designing and delivering management education programs in 24 countries. She has worked with partners such as the US State Department and Goldman Sachs to develop high-impact programs for entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Morocco, and the Czech Republic. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women project she oversaw provided business training to over 300 small business owners from throughout Rwanda. She has also overseen entrepreneurship train-the-trainer programs and curriculum development projects in Bahrain and Papua New Guinea. Amy has experience in designing elearning modules and in developing hybrid programs that combine virtual training with face to face delivery for great impact.

“Through our programs, we’ve helped hundreds of small business owners in developing economies scale their businesses. This means a better life for them and their families. It also means that they can offer jobs to others — often people struggling to get by. When people are productively employed in society, the economy grows and civil society flourishes.”

 

Nathan Rauh-Bieri   

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Nathan Rauh-Bieri coordinates on-the-ground programs, builds relationships with local partners, and researches pedagogical best practices to ensure WDI’s Entrepreneurship Development Center best serves the needs of local practitioners. Nathan writes on education, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment. He has coordinated programs for SME owner/managers in Eastern Europe and supported STRIDE, a project training Philippine professors to write and teach multidisciplinary case studies. Nathan is passionate about education that engages the whole person.

 

 

“At its best, entrepreneurship development begins with actual human persons, with their particular contexts, abilities, and hopes; empowers them to see fresh ways forward within current conditions; and equips them to initiate local, bottom-up economic change. When done well, entrepreneurship contributes to wider efforts to confront poverty, build community assets, and promote economic equity.”

 

Diana Paez-Cook

Paez-Cook0868-resz2Diana Paez-Cook brings ten years of experience designing and implementing projects in various sectors, most recently around the role of higher education institutions in supporting entrepreneurship development and economic growth in Barbados, the Philippines, and various countries in the Central America and the Caribbean region. Specifically, Diana worked to increase academia-industry interactions to develop more and better aligned opportunities for workforce development. She has also supported micro, small and medium enterprises through specialized Small Business Development Centers established in the region following the U.S. model. Diana is particularly interested in helping women and youth entrepreneurs to get the knowledge and tools they need to be successful, as she sees them as key contributors to global economic growth and a source of immense – yet still relatively untapped – potential.

“I am passionate about designing entrepreneurship programs that can lead to tangible results for entrepreneurs with the grit, resourcefulness and commitment to start their own business, and deeply appreciate the uniqueness of contexts in which we work.”

 

Kristin Babbie

Babbie0729-reszC1Kristin Babbie is trained in program design and delivery, and leverages this skill to support WDI’s EDC’s entrepreneurship programs. Prior to joining WDI, Kristin provided research and advisory services to entrepreneurs with triple bottom line businesses or ideas at an accelerator. Kristin has worked on a variety of enterprises, including: an aquaponics company in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia; an urban herb farm that produces teas and frozen popsicles; data and sensor technology for the agriculture sector; and a hop farm that sought to produce inputs for local beer producers. Kristin has also conducted research at a youth empowerment center in Kenya related to youth perceptions of agricultural livelihoods. Kristin views entrepreneurship as playing a key role in developing economies to: address unemployment, especially among youth; introduce innovative solutions to local challenges; and build the transferable skills required to start a business or move into the workforce.

“I am particularly passionate about women’s entrepreneurship. Women-led businesses can lead to empowerment for women, as well as have significant positive social and economic impacts on families.”

 

Sandra Draheim

Sandra Draheim has more than 25 years of global marketing experience including leadership positions at both ad agencies and corporations within the retailing, automotive, building products, financial and public sectors. She has led many cross-functional teams in developing successful marketing campaigns that incorporated strategic, integrated marketing communications. Sandy manages all WDI marketing and also heads WDI’s case publishing operations. Most recently, she has led distribution, publishing and marketing efforts for the multi-year, Philippines-based STRIDE Project which will include over 85 business cases by mid 2017.

 

“The marketing and dissemination of entrepreneurial ideas, processes, and best practices is crucial to advancing positive change in emerging markets. But we should also remember the importance of sharing failures because they are both commonplace and expected within an entrepreneurial environment. Then, by adhering to proven marketing fundamentals, it’s possible to shape strong, entrepreneurial mindsets focused on the unique market dynamics within specific regions of the world.”

 

WDI maintains strong connections with faculty members from around the world who have taken part in our offerings. Our faculty network is always growing. Contact us to join our our network.

Anji Ben Hamed Amara (Bahrain)

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Dr. Anji Ben Hamed Amara is an Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at Ahlia University’s (Bahrain) College of Business and Finance. Courses that Dr. Anji has taught include: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Strategy, and New Venture Creation. Dr. Anji is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Ahlia University.

 

 

 

Aurelia Braguta (Moldova)

 

Dr. Aurelia Braguta is the Founder and President of the National Association of Young Managers of Moldova and an Associate Professor at the State University of Moldova. Dr. Braguta established the first business incubator for students in Moldova and was a Director of the Business Incubator of the Academy of Economic Studies in Chisinau, Moldova. As an Associate professor, she teaches ethics and CSR in business and small business development.

 

Dinah Pura T. Depositario (Philippines)

 

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Dr. Dinah Pura T. Depositario is a Professor of the Department of Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (DAME), College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños. She designed and is co-teaching a graduate entrepreneurship course, “Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship.” She was one of the proponents of her department’s undergraduate General Education course, “Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit”. She was also the lead proponent of a Philippine Department of Science and Technology funded project entitled,” “Harnessing UPLB’s Capacity for Techno-Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization: Key to Better-Placed AFNR Graduates.”

 

Abderrahman Hassi (Morocco)

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Abderrahman Hassi teaches Management and Entrepreneurship at Al Akhawayn University, Morocco. Dr. Hassi’s current research focuses, among others, on entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial journeys and self-entrepreneurship. Abderrahman is an advocate of teaching entrepreneurship in early education and initiated the Never too early to learn entrepreneurship initiative in the Atlas region where he voluntarily teaches custom-designed entrepreneurship activities to elementary school students in Morocco.

 

Besnik A. Krasniqi (Kosovo)

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Besnik A. Krasniqi teaches Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Research Methods at University of Prishtina in graduate and postgraduate studies. A Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, he holds MA and PhD in Economics from Staffordshire University (UK) and has authored several books, research articles, numerus research reports. He is a funding director of the Business Support Centre in Kosova.

 

Lameea Al-Tahoo (Bahrain)

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Dr. Lameea Al-Tahoo is an Assistant Professor and Associate Dean at Ahlia University’s (Bahrain) College of Business and Finance. “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Strategy” is one of the courses she teaches to MBA students at Ahlia. As Advisor of the College’s Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Al-Tahoo coaches and trains faculty members from various disciplines on how to embed entrepreneurship skills into their curricula.

 

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