Blandine Chantepie-Kari, international strategist with 15+ years of experience, specializes in international trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction programs and ecosystem building.
This March 2020, Blandine joined Temple University – Small Business Development Center as an Instructor & International Business Consultant, and to support the new International Incubator.
Since February 2016, Blandine is the Vice President, University & Entrepreneurship – Soft Landing Programs of the European American Enterprise Council, member of the Enterprise European Network and consortium partner of ENRICH in the USA (European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs) and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs initiatives – funded by the European Commission.
Blandine was the initiator of the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) and under the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians directed this EDA-funded initiative in partnership with the University City Science Center. GSA is engaging local STEM startups to plan their international development by leveraging local successful immigrant professionals and international communities.
Previously, Blandine served as Co-Director of Trade Services for the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC). In that role, she launched the first soft-landing program to welcome French trainees (under the VIE program) in U.S. incubators. Prior, Blandine served as Communications Manager of the GO15 non-profit organization gathering the World’s largest power grid operators. She served as US Director of Sales & Business Development for the Medical and Railway Divisions of the French company Claremont. Blandine also served as Project Manager – Montreal Office, Branch Manager – Philadelphia Office, then North East Project Manager for the French economic development agency Enterprise Rhône-Alpes International (ERAI).
Blandine received a Master’s Degree in Economics, majoring in International Trade, from the International School of Business and Management of Lille (IESEG) in France. She researched and completed her Master’s thesis as a grad student in the Border Studies Department of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). During her studies, she was also a Research Assistant at UTEP’s Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research & Planning. And she was part of a one-year Erasmus student exchange programme at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.
Over the years, in Europe, Canada, and United-States, Blandine has acquired valuable experience in a wide range of industries, including Biotech/MedTech, CleanTech, IoT, SmartCity, Manufacturing, and Consumer Goods.
Since July 2018, Blandine is delighted to serve on the FACC Philadelphia’s Board of Directors.