tanviDr. Tanvi Kothari
Associate Professor, International Business and Strategic Management
Dr. Kothari is an Associate Professor in the School of Global Innovation and Leadership in the business college. In her role as a faculty member she has led many initiatives to globalize the campus, led study abroad programs and participates in international conferences and workshops. Recently, she was selected as the 2013-14 Salzburg Fellow. Extensively published, she contributes substantially as a scholar in entrepreneurship and international business. Her research focuses on internationalization of innovations originating in emerging markets, specifically India and China. Prior to joining SJSU in 2012, Dr. Kothari was a faculty member at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Fox School of Business, Temple University. She earned a doctorate in Business Administration and a Master’s from Temple University and Bachelor’s from Mumbai University, India. Dr. Kothari has held management and research positions with international companies and research organizations like Thomas Cook, Philadelphia Marriott, Melrose Hotel Co. and the National Laboratory of Tourism & eCommerce.


Dr. Bobbi Makani
Dr. Makani is a member of the faculty in the School of Global Innovation and Leadership at the Lucas College of Business. She served as the Sr. Director of Collaboration and Academic Technology Integration at SJSU ITS. She is concurrently CommUniverCity’s Director of Community Engaged Learning. She was the Director of Silicon Valley Social Innovation Initiative for the Global Leadership Advancement Center; Director of Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge; Director of MST Tax Engagement Opportunities; and E-campus’ Faculty-in-Residence. She designed and launched SJSU’s first online Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, a global community of over 1200 members. Dr. Makani is an active serial entrepreneur, having founded & managed companies in food, retail, health, project management and social media. She was a key member of a medical university startup in Asia and was involved in public health assessment and education. She was a former board member of Los Gatos Art Association and is a lecturer of Chinese Brush painting. Dr. Makani’s work at SJSU is in the areas of academic technology, entrepreneurship, community-engaged learning, and assessment of learning.


Dr. Malu Roldan
Associate Dean, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
Dr. Roldan is Associate Dean, undergraduate programs at San José State’s Lucas College of Business and Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS), where she’s taught the capstone MIS strategy course, since joining SJSU in 1999. Dr. Roldan’s research focuses on the impact, adoption, and use of emerging technologies in education and other social ventures. As the College’s Director of Accreditation from 2009 to 2011, she worked to transform the accreditation process and increase participation in the College’s assessment activities. Those efforts enabled the College to achieve re-accreditation in Spring 2011. As Associate Dean, Dr. Roldan is responsible for enhancing the business schools’ education and success for students through a wide range of programs, including SJSU global experience offerings, such as Global Career Day. Dr. Roldan received her doctorate in management from UCLA, and conducted post-doctorate work on e-commerce at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Jeanne Sawyer

Dr. Sawyer has taught various classes in The School of Information Systems & Technology since joining the faculty in 2002. She designed and currently teaches the MIS Honors Practicum. In addition to teaching, Jeanne is Program Advisor for the Thompson Global Internship Program and has co-led study tours for Gary J. Sbona Honors students to Chile/Argentina and to central Europe. Jeanne is also Principal of The Sawyer Partnership, a consultancy based in San Jose. Her PhD in Computer Science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.