Blandine Chantepie-Kari, international strategist with 15+ years of experience, specializes in international trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction programs, and ecosystem building.
In March 2020, Blandine joined Temple University – Small Business Development Center as an Instructor & International Business Consultant, and to support the new International Incubator. Since March 2021, she became Program Manager, International Programs. She is managing the ENRICH in the USA – European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs – program funded by the European Commission. As a consortium partner, Temple SBDC leads the ENRICH initiative in the USA with the support of NCURA National Council of University Research Administrators.
Since February 2016, Blandine is also the Vice President, University & Entrepreneurship – Soft Landing Programs of the European American Enterprise Council, member of the Enterprise European Network (EEN). As a grant writer, she has developed and contributed to different governmental funded transatlantic programs and initiatives.
In 2018, Blandine was the initiator and manager of the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) 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 “V.I.E” 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 Business, 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 program 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.