Meet our Team

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship team collaborates with many initiatives and entrepreneurship-focused programs at the George Washington University, as well as in the community at-large.

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Jim Chung

Associate Vice President for Research 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the Assoc. VP for Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at GW, and a principal investigator in the NSF I-Corps Hub: Mid-Atlantic Region. He was previously the Director of both the Mtech VentureAccelerator and Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund at the University of Maryland. He started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, and has done private equity and M&A for a public company.

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Bob Smith

Director, I-Corps at GW
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Bob is the Director of I-Corps at GW, where he manages the strategic direction of GW’s I-Corps and Global Lean Startup programs. Prior to joining GW, he was director of Virginia’s Innovation Commercialization program (ICAP). There he worked with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth, assisting in their new venture development initiatives by providing instruction and counseling programs based on the Lean Startup method of business model development. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s I-Corp program’s DC node. He’s also a Mentor-in-Residence at George Washington University. 

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Kate Heath

Director, Student Entrepreneurship
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Kate is the Director of Student Entrepreneurship at GW, where she sets strategy and directs initiatives to engage and support undergraduate and graduate students in entrepreneurial activities at all GW schools. She and her team partner with students, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the year to bring high value educational and experiential opportunities to the GW community, including the New Venture Competition, Summer Startup Accelerator, GW Innovation Exchange, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I+E) Lab.

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Sean Connelly

Administrative Supervisor
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Sean Connelly is the Administrative Supervisor in the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE). Sean is primarily responsible for managing all internal administrative functions of OIE. He manages the office finances and directs the budget planning for OIE.

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Kerry Slattery

Program Manager, International Entrepreneurship
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Kerry Slattery is Program Manager, International Entrepreneurship for GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Kerry spent 6 years in Southeast Asia building an English-based business school for the Ministry of Education (MoEYS) of Cambodia. As Dean of the NUM International College she recruited foreign and local staff, sent Cambodian students abroad on scholarship, and established partnerships with universities in Bhutan, Belgium, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Myanmar, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. As Program Manager, Kerry is eager to expand OIE's international presence and partnerships.

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Michael Ferrier

Program Coordinator, Student Entrepreneurship
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Michael Ferrier is the Program Coordinator of Student Entrepreneurship. 2020 Graduate of GW CCAS with three years of experience in project facilitation, team leadership, development, and management. Proven track record delivering strategic advice across various fields successfully incorporating academic leadership and human capital management theory into diverse practical business and leadership experiences. Passionate about building and maintaining excellent client relationships, leading individuals and team members, planning, and executing impactful projects while engaging with diverse ideas.

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Sarah Leary

Program Manager
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Sarah Leary is Program Manager for the GW’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She manages the operations behind the OIE’s many Lean Startup programs including I-Corps, Virginia’s Innovation Commercialization program (ICAP), Entrepreneur Development Network DC (EDNDC), and international Lean Startup programs. Before coming to GW, she worked at American University (AU) as the Climate Action Manager. There she was responsible for climate change related programs and the development of a cross campus initiative called the Year of Climate Action launching Fall 2022.

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Jessica Nguyen

Program Manager
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Jessica Nguyen is the Program Manager of Student Entrepreneurship within GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Jessica is responsible for bringing educational and experiential opportunity to the GW community and beyond. In particular, Jessica manages the New Venture Competition (NVC), GW Innovation Exchange, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I+E) Lab.

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Mohammad Dembele

Office Operations Associate
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Mohammad Dembele is the Office Operations Associate for GW’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He assists with the operation of various student-facing programs including Mentors-In-Residence and the Innovator Access Program.

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Ryan Salandy

Web Developer
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Ryan Salandy is the Web Developer for GW’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He manages the the design and development of OIE’s and NVC’s website utilizing data analytics to make informed decisions.

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Giulio Busulini

Senior Advisor

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Giulio Busulini is a Senior advisor cooperating with a broad range of educational and scientific institutions in the United States and Europe.

From 2010 to 2019, he served as the Science and Technology Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. In that position, he worked with leading US Federal Agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security, as well as NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, giving him an exceptional understanding of the operation of the U.S innovation system.

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