Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa

The Faculty

Four faculty members coordinate the program, present the courses, and coach the consulting teams. They are augmented by a number of outstanding subject matter experts from South Africa. The faculty members include:

  • Dr. Michael Morris

    James W. Walter Clinical Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurship
    Academic Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center
    Warrington College of Business
    University of Florida
    Email (michael.morris at warrington.ufl.edu)

    Michael Morris is the George and Lisa Etheridge Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. He founded the EESA program in 1997 at the University of Cape Town. Formerly the Mitchell Chair in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University and the Witting Chair at Syracuse University, his entrepreneurship programs have consistently been ranked among the top ten by US News and World Report, Fortune Small Business, and the Princeton Review/ Entrepreneur Magazine. A widely published author and researcher, Dr. Morris has written six books and over 100 peer-reviewed academic articles in the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, among others. He is the co-editor of the Entrepreneurship Series published by Prentice-Hall. Morris is currently President of the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and has served as Chair of the American Marketing Association’s Task Force on Marketing and Entrepreneurship and as editor of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. In addition, he has been a principal in three entrepreneurial start-ups. Twice honored by Pi Sigma Epsilon as national Faculty Advisor of the Year, Dr. Morris has received Edwin M. and Gloria W. Appel Prize for contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and is a recipient of the regional Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (South Africa, 1993) and has been inducted as a “21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow” by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

  • Professor Erick Mueller

    Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence
    Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
    Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

    Mueller is the Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI as one of 12 children. He attended college at The University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, earning a BBA degree and has an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Erick started his career with DOT First Aid & Safety where he was promoted from a student intern to Vice President. He helped the organization grow from $2.2 million in annual sales to over $5 million in two years. He has founded four companies, enjoying the ride and successfully selling one. One company was a flaming failure, of which countless lessons were learned. He founded Vision, Co, a corporate training and consulting organization. He was then Vice President of Sales for Achieve.com, an interactive educational web service. He created the new selling process and led it from 0 customers to over 10,000. In 2002, he co-founded and was Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Real Measure, a computer-based instrumentation business. Erick next co-founded EyeThink Corporation and is currently co-founder and Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Funovation, a company that sells laser maze ventures around the world In addition, he is a clinical professor in entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado where he’s been recognized as the highest rated Professor in the College. In 2006, he served an appointment as Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Jamie Kraft

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center
    Warrington College of Business
    University of Florida
    Email (jamie.kraft at warrington.ufl.edu)

    Jamie came to the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the University of Florida from Deloitte Consulting where he spent several years as a management consultant focusing primarily on economic performance evaluation, competitive assessment and strategic development for clients in the manufacturing and consumer products industries. He graduated from the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and from the University of Florida as a Matherly Scholar with a Masters degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance, Operations Management, and Business Strategy. Before starting with the Center, Jamie spent one year in Paris studying the French language. He is the Center’s Director, has served as the instructor for an undergraduate New Venture Creation course focusing on technology commercialization and currently manages the Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Study Program.

  • Dr. Rubin Pillay

    PhD, MD, MBA, MSc, BScHon(Pharm)
    Daniel White Jordan Clinical Professor
    Director, Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Academy
    School of Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business
    Email (rubin.pillay at okstate.edu)

    Rubin Pillay is the Daniel White Jordan Clinical Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Academy at the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business. He is a family physician with a post graduate qualification in Clinical Pharmacology. He also holds a PhD (Bus. Adm) MBA and MSc (Health management). Prior to taking up his current position, he headed up programs in Health Leadership at the McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government (Pa, USA) and the School of Business and Finance (Cape Town, South Africa). He has extensive international teaching and consulting experience and has published widely in the field of Strategic Health leadership. His current interests are in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship with a particular focus on the health sector.


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Phone: 352.392.2397
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