Team

Sara Araujo

Latin America Managing Director of Development International Development

Latin America Managing Director of Development International Development

Sara Araujo has been the Director of Development for Latin America at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2014. Under her charge, she oversees seeking and consolidating relationships with graduates, higher and secondary education institutions, companies, foundations, and government organizations in the areas of Fundraising, development of consulting projects, academic and scientific collaboration between peers and training.

Among the initiatives developed in Latin America are the development of scholarship programs for deserving students with economic difficulties to study in the United States, establishment of research programs financed by donors, construction of doctoral training programs for governments of the region, consolidation of advisory and consulting programs for governments and industrial associations in areas of technology transfer, soft landings, and specific topics of interest to the industry.

Sara Araujo has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, a specialization in Negotiation and International Relations from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and a master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

Sara Araujo has more than 13 years of work experience in the public and private sectors. She has worked in the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia and in the Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Colombia -COLCIENCIAS as director of the Office of International Relations.

Connect with Sara:
sara.aroujo@dev.gatech.edu

David Bridges

Vice President, Enterprise Innovation Institute

As the head of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, David leads the largest, oldest, and most successful economic development organization at any university in the country. It is home to more than a dozen economic development programs which (1) build and scale startups, (2) grow existing small and medium-sized enterprises, including manufacturing firms, and (3) energize ecosystem builders (communities, governments, universities, and non-profits). These programs serve the State of Georgia, with programmatic reach across the Southeast region, the United States, and five continents around the world.

Prior to his appointment as vice president, Bridges was Director of the Economic Development Lab (EDL) within the Enterprise Innovation Institute. EDL works with communities in Georgia on projects such as workforce development, fiscal and economic impact analyses, strategic planning, and downtown redevelopment. This lab also works globally and has conducted innovation policy research and implemented innovation ecosystem building projects in 23 countries around the world.

Since joining the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, David has worked in various practice areas serving manufacturing firms, national labs, international governments, and innovation ecosystems. He has been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on more than $20 million in grants and has authored, co-authored, or significantly contributed to over $40 million in winning proposals. David has won more than 100 proposals from U.S. federal agencies, plus universities, governments, and non-profits from around the world. He is a Principal Research Faculty member and a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker in China, South Africa, and across Latin America on nascent, innovation ecosystem building.

Prior to joining EI², he was a general management consultant and a brand manager at three consumer package goods companies. Bridges has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Georgia State University.

Juli Golemi

Director, EI2 Global

Juli Golemi is the Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s EIGlobal, which fosters economic opportunity around the world through inclusive, sustainable, impactful collaborations with universities, innovators, governments, and nonprofit organizations. She is an economist with more than 15 years of experience in economic/fiscal impact analysis and compilation of qualitative and quantitative data for organizations with a focus on improving local and state economies.

Juli has expertise in turning complex data into information that leads to strategic decisions and the realization of aggressive goals. She has been engaged in economic development projects for more than a decade and her recent work is focused on innovation-led initiatives, where she has focused primarily on the assessment of communities’ innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship programming needs. In her current role, leads collaborative projects across the Enterprise Innovation Institute and its programs, including the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Center for Economic Development Research, and the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency Business Center.

Prior to joining the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Juli was Director and Economist at the Economic Strategy Center, an economic development research and analysis firm. In that role, she managed a variety of projects including economic and fiscal analysis, benchmarking analysis, and program performance evaluations.

Maria de los Ángeles Jiménez Rojas

Director of Operations Georgia Tech Medellín Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Maria previously served as Technology Transfer Coordinator at CES University Medellin one of the best in the city, overseeing various inter-institutional projects in areas such as Biotechnology, Simulation, and Education and fostering connections with the National System of Science, Technology, and Innovation. She also has a background in national and international cooperation through her involvement with the Colombian Association of Universities and collaborative work with networks of university executives, primarily, she worked in collaboration with the National Network of University Entrepreneurship to connect with various regional innovation ecosystems.

Xinying Lin

associate project manager with EI2 Global at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2),

Xinying is an associate project manager with EI2 Global at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the economic development and extension arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this role, she assists projects that foster and develop professionals in technology transfer and commercialization in innovation ecosystems in different regions.

Xinying obtained an M.S. degree in Global Media and Culture and a B.S. degree in Global Economics and Modern Languages from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Viviana Montenegro

Program Manager, EI2 Global

In her role as a program manager and research faculty in EI² Global, Viviana assists with projects that foster and strengthen innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and economic development in different regions in the United States and worldwide. In this capacity, she works with an array of diverse partners and clients that include universities, university business incubators, non-profit organizations, economic development agencies, and the private sector. 

Viviana previously worked for G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, where she oversaw the data collection and analysis for the DARE Index and the CRPD Progress Report Project on ICT Accessibility. Prior to that, she served as Director of Economic Development at CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where she managed the capacity building Global Airport Programs implemented for government officials, airport authorities, and business leaders from developing countries to promote economic development around the world. Viviana holds a master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University in California; a diploma in Business Management and Administration from Universidad de Chile; and a bachelor’s degree in Translation from Universidad Católica de Chile.

Connect with Viviana:
viviana.montenegro@innovate.gatech.edu

Brandy Nagel

Program Manager with EI2 GLOBAL AT THE ENTERPRISE INNOVATION INSTITUTE

Brandy Nagel is a program manager with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) Global team. In this role, she works with communities and organizations around the world to drive innovation-led economic development. As an entrepreneurship educator, Nagel helps both new and established businesses identify customer segments, revenue streams, distribution channels, and potential partners to grow their businesses. With a focus on innovation and revenue diversification, Nagel works with business owners large and small to develop new business models. She has been involved in university commercialization programs since 2012, working with students, faculty, and staff on spinning up technology-based startups. In addition to her work with early-stage entrepreneurs, she nurtures mentor networks and faculty learning communities focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. Her recent projects include teaching a faculty development program on innovation and entrepreneurship, delivering a workshop on business model canvas and customer discovery, and developing a mentor network to support a community of entrepreneurs.

Brandy earned her Masters in Business Administration at Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business.

Daniel Otálora

Development Assistant for Latin America

Daniel works as Development Assistant for Latin America at Georgia Tech. He has built almost entirely his professional career at the Institute. 

He joined Georgia Tech in 2016 with the mission of supporting the different processes of strengthening relationships with graduates, corporations, universities, and organizations in the region under the leadership of Sara Araujo. 

 

After 8 years of being part of the Georgia Tech international development team, Daniel also supports the EI2 at the Georgia Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Medellín on all internal and external communication and logistics needs for the Center’s mission in the city. 

 

Daniel previously worked with the Colombian Institute for the Evaluation of Education (ICFES) as a mentor and qualifier of written text tests for the State Exam of Higher Education in Colombia. 

Daniel is a Social Communicator and Journalist with an emphasis in Broadcast Media Production for TV from Universidad Central in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Alberto Ponce

Program Manager, EI2 Global, Enterprise Innovation Institute

Alberto Ponce is a Program Manager with EI2 – Global group in at the Enterprise Innovation Institute. Under Juli Golemi’s leadership he is supporting projects that develop entrepreneurship ecosystems in Latin America and is leading the Soft Landings program. In his previous roles, he leveraged his expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation methodologies, specializing in medical device and digital health development, leading multiple business incubators and accelerator programs, as well as establishing and leading a binational entrepreneurship community.

Connect with Alberto:
alberto.ponce@innovate.gatech.edu