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:

  • Erick Mueller
    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.

  • Rubin Pillay
    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

    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.