As a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker and educator Dr. Rob Fuller is an internationally known expert on growing entrepreneurial ventures, especially within the constraints of an existing business. His expertise, derived from nearly a quarter of a century of hands-on research into the topic, includes how companies grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies sometimes fail. Rob’s specialized experience includes teaching, coaching and mentoring several thousand entrepreneurs on four continents, often in emerging economies. He has successfully worked in 56 countries.
Dr. Fuller dedicated seven years to working with CEOs and company founders in the Middle East and North Africa, who grew their existing companies and created over 1,100 new companies and over 4,700 new jobs during that timeframe. Over 47 percent of the alumni of that program were women entrepreneurs. Rob was instrumental in creating the U.S.-Russia Center for Entrepreneurship with offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Nizhniy Novgorod. He also created and led the Centers for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Bahrain and Morocco, and the CSO Leadership Institute (Leadership Institute for Civil Society Organizations in the MENA Region), based in Casablanca, Morocco.
At the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management, Dr. Fuller teaches Entrepreneurship in the capstone Innovation to Market program for undergraduate students. As part of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) global Youth Entrepreneurship program, he has also created a business plan curriculum for high school students that culminates each year in a city-wide high school business plan competition. The winners of that competition have gone on to the global competition for three years in a row, and won first place in the global competition in 2016.