In an effort to reach out to predominantly minority-serving institutions in the DC area and assist with the internationalization of their business curriculum, GW-CIBER has launched its HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Fellows Program. Under this initiative, the Center has established partnerships with three universities – Howard, Morgan State, and University of the District of Columbia – by appointing a faculty member from each school to serve as a GW-CIBER Fellow for the 2010-2014 grant period. The Fellows will receive the advanced training necessary to offer high quality, full-length courses related to business in developing countries through activities spanning the four-year grant period. These activities include: (i) participation in GW-CIBERs Faculty Development Workshop on Emerging and Developing Markets; (ii) participation in an overseas faculty study tour to gain exposure to the opportunities and challenges of doing business in developing economies; (iii) work with a GW faculty member on a mentorship basis; (iv) participation in GW-CIBER’s Request-for-Proposal competition; and (v) organization of a business training workshop for minority entrepreneurs with assistance from the HBCU Fellows.

GW-CIBER is pleased to work with the following Fellows during the 2010-2014 grant period:

Dr. Masoud Kavoossi, Professor of International Business, School of Business, Howard University
Masoud Kavoossi is currently a tenured professor who teaches International Business, International Business Strategy, and International Management at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has had graduate and undergraduate appointments at American University, Washington, D.C., Sellinger School of Business, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and R.H. Smith School of Business. He was awarded Distinguished University Chair Professor at Shandong Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT), P.R. China, 2010, Distinguished University Chair Professor of International Business at South Western University of Finance Economics (SWUFE), P.R. China, and a visiting scholar/lecturer to the Kuopio Polytechnic Intercultural Business Program, Finland. In addition, he has served as graduate faculty of Industrial Management Institute, Tehran, Iran among others. He is the author of numerous scholarly journal articles and cases including his book “Globalization of Business and the Middle East”.
He is a holder of the 2003-04, Fulbright-Johannes Kepler Distinguished Chair Professor of International Business in Austria. Dr. Kavoossi received his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
His areas of specialization include international business issues pertaining to the Middle East, with an emphasis on the business environment. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker at the Iisalmi Polytechnic, Finland. He is a recipient of A. W. Mellon, Endowed lectureship at the American University of Paris. Professor Kavoossi is a recipient of 2004 Howard University Senate Award for Interdisciplinary Inspirational Teaching.

Dr. Nikolai Ostapenko, Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business, University of the District of Columbia
Dr. Nikolai (Nick) Ostapenko currently serves as an Associate Professor with the School of Business and Public Administration of the University of the District of Columbia as well as president, board director and consultant for international humanitarian organizations in Washington, D. C. Nikolai holds Ph.D. and Dr. Sc. degrees from St. Petersburg University with a specialty in Developmental Economics and International Economic Theory, as well as B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Industrial Administration and Marketing Management. His previous experience includes faculty and research positions with the renowned universities in England, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. He has held many visiting and research appointments in several countries, including The GW-CIBER research fellow, The British Council fellow, Stockholm University scholar, St. Petersburg University and Moscow University research scholar in residence. An expert in the area of transnational management and international development, Dr. Ostapenko has published over 142 academic books, articles and research papers worldwide. He also teaches part-time at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Darlington Richards, Associate Professor of Management & International Business, Earl Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University
Darlington Richards, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Management and International Business in the Earl Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University. His background is in Law and Management. Dr. Richards, who had also taught at the University of Baltimore, is a Visiting Professor at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), He has at various times been a Consultant to the Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center (EDAC), at Morgan State University. He serves as both a Fellow and Consultant to the International Dispute Resolution Institute. Dr. Richards graduated from Law Schools at both the University of Jos and the Nigerian Law School, has a Masters Degree in Tax Law from the University of Baltimore, and PhD in Management from Sheffield H. University’s School of Business and Finance. Dr. Richards teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, in areas of International Business, International Marketing, Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Law and Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. His research interests include Privatization and Market Deregulation, Market Reform and Change Management, Law Reform for Emerging Economies and Ethics in Business. He has published extensively in these areas, in several refereed journals and book chapters. He is a reviewer for a number of Publishers and refereed Journals, including Thomson, McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall, the Baltic Journal of Management, International Management Development Association, Thunderbird International Business Review and International Academy of African Business and Development. He has also presented at various International and national conferences, seminars and workshops, where he has chaired tracks/sessions. Dr Richards has won many awards and commendations, including the Emerald Literati Award, Morgan State University Outstanding Service Award, University of Baltimore Outstanding Service Award, and the IAABD Recognition of Service Award.