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Stevan Holmberg
Stevan Holmberg

Stevan Holmberg, Director

Professor Holmberg as the Director of the Sustainable and Entrepreneurship Initiative leads the Entrepreneurship Initiative and entrepreneurship academic programs, including the 1776 strategic partnership and the Entrepreneurship Incubator and the Entrepreneurship Venture Fund, which are open to all American University students. 

He teaches graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and in Entrepreneurship Practicum: New Venture Creation.

His interests include entrepreneurship and innovation; new venture creation, business plans, and growth strategies; green and clean-tech entrepreneurship; social and nonprofit entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and innovation in Sweden, Denmark, and Europe; franchising; strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions; and applied strategic management in a global environment.

He is a frequent visitor to and paper presenter in Denmark and Sweden with a focus on green and clean-tech entrepreneurship, electric/hybrid vehicles and innovation.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa; an MBA from Indiana University; and a DBA from Indiana University.

Bill Bellows

Bill Bellows

Bill Bellows, Co-Director, Incubator

Bill Bellows is a co-founder and former Managing Partner of Copithorne & Bellows, a Silicon-Valley based global consulting firm for technology companies that provided market research and business strategy, competitive positioning, industry analyst and marketing communications services to multi-national technology firms. The firm was acquired in 1996 by Omnicom, a $22 billion advertising and marketing holding company.

Professor Bellows left in 2000 and served as President of Veritect, Inc., a Northern Virginia subsidiary of Veridian Corporation, later acquired by General Dynamics. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Red Creek Communications and played a significant role in the acquisition of the company by Sonic Wall, now owned by Dell Computer. 

He is a co-founder and leader of OneWhitePixel, an early-stage mobile app development company based in Reston, VA and Utrecht, NL.

Professor Bellows has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering.

Tommy White

Tommy White

Tommy White, Co-Director, Incubator

Tommy White is a co-founder and former CEO and director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), an innovative company that provides advisory services and accredited training to key government and private sector officials from emerging market countries on economic growth and infrastructure development strategies.

White has had a dynamic career as an entrepreneur and cross sectional business leader/manager, having founded and grown three companies with successful exits in all three. In addition to his entrepreneurial and business leadership insights, he has specific expertise in U.S. government (FAR) and multilateral agency contracting & business development, as well as 25+ years working in emerging country markets.

Barbara Bird

Barbara Bird

Barbara Bird, Chair, Management Department

Professor Bird's research interests include entrepreneurial cognition and entrepreneurial behavior and Hispanic entrepreneurship. She has research projects examining new venture liabilities of newness and strategic alliances. She authored Entrepreneurial Behavior and several scholarly journal articles in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

She is past chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and currently serves as Historian. Her travels have taken her to EU, Brazil, Peru, China, Turkey and Syria.


Richard Linowes, Assistant Professor, Management Department

Professor Linowes teaches Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Ventures and Business Policy and Strategy. His interests include global leadership, cross-cultural management, and sustainability. 

His professional management experience includes several years with Accenture and Goldman Sachs, where he helped plan the firm’s international expansion. Linowes' research focuses on business in emerging markets and the globalization of management. He studies the challenges of managing cross-culturally and how American and Japanese multinationals adjust to countries around the world. With USAID backing, he has produced a large collection of case studies profiling businesses in emerging markets. He has taught U.S. State Department foreign service officers to manage cross-culturally. 

Dr. Linowes develops innovative approaches to management education and was a Fulbright Scholar for pedagogical innovation. He has taught in several countries and has traveled extensively around the world. Recently he was visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. 

B.A., Princeton University; M.S., University of Michigan; D.B.A., Harvard University

jay pope

Jay Pope, Executive-in-Residence, Management Department

Professor Pope is an Executive-in-Residence in the Management Department of Kogod, where he teaches a course in Global Corporate Citizenship and Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship. He also advises the JD/MBA Club. His past teaching experience includes one year as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor and six years as a part-time Associate Adjunct Professor at Loyola College in Maryland, where he taught courses in the legal environment of business, international business law, and ethics, moral and social responsibility. 

Professor Pope has been a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Jay C. Pope since 2002. In addition to practicing law, he compiled over twenty years of corporate management, financial and technical experience with organizations of varying size, culture and specialization.

bob sicinia

Robert Sicinia, Executive-in-Residence, International Business Department

Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senor executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for thirteen years in Latin America for Citibank, where he served as Country Manager of Colombia and Division Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He became CFO of Citibank's entire International Consumer Group and later, of Citibank's US credit card business. Professor Sicina joined American Express in 1992 and went on to become President of American Express Bank Ltd. and a member of its Board of Directors. Subsequently, he was named President of the Latin American Division for the corporation. 

Professor Sicina has since worked in executive positions of several entrepreneurial endeavors and remains active as a consultant and leader of development programs for Chinese executives. He also leads student teams that help entrepreneurs in conflict regions create business plans and find funding for their ventures. He is the Executive Director of the Strategic Regions Enterprise Network (a member of Partners for a New Beginning) and a member of the International Advisory board of Partners of the Americas.

Professor Sicinia teaches Peace through Entrepreneurship for both graduate and undergraduate students.