My Purpose: Female Entrepreneurs

Posted On December 15, 2020
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Congratulations to GSU’s David Bruce, Pedro Carrillo, and Maria Luiza Carvalho A. Pinho for being one of the seven selected projects to receive funding from the  U.S. Consulate General in Recife!


My Purpose: Female Entrepreneurs (Meu Propósito)

Pernambuco-Georgia Partners UPE/FCAP: My Purpose: Female Entrepreneurs will combat inequalities through empowerment of and income generation for women in the community of Caranguejo Tabaiares in Recife, offering training in entrepreneurship and financial empowerment. Meu Propósito will work in partnership with the Pernambuco-Georgia Partners and UPE/FCAP. Meu Propósito is an NGO that uses financial education towards community economic development. Pernambuco-Georgia Partners is a member of Partners of the Americas inter-American volunteer network, and UPE/FCAP is the Pernambuco State University School of Business Administration and Law.








Dr. Maria Luiza Pinho
International Business Instructor, Georgia State University
Board Member, BACC-SE

Maria Luiza Pinho is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Marketing at the Institute of International Business at J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University, where she has been a Research Scholar and Instructor since 2018.  She is also a Research Associate for Center for International Business Research at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, since 2013. Previously, she was an assistant professor of different disciplines in Marketing and Research Methods at IBMEC-RJ. Her research spans a range of topics in business with a particular focus on international marketing and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Additionally, Maria Luiza brings with her fifteen years’ experience as an executive for Michelin where she occupied several positions. She holds a Bachelor in Psychology; an MSc in Business Administration and she received her Ph.D. in International Business at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2018.








Dr. Pedro E. Carrillo
Senior Lecturer, International Business
Georgia State University

Pedro E. Carrillo has dual citizenship in Venezuela and the United States, with thirty years experience in diplomatic relations in financial institutions for regional development, bilateral and multi-lateral negotiation and U.S. congressional relations. He has served in the Venezuelan Foreign Service for more than 20 years. He has also served as a Program Coordinator in San José de Costa Rica for the Inter-American Development Bank and worked for government agencies and private banking institutions.

His graduate work was done at the School of Advanced International Studies “SAIS” of the Johns Hopkins University in International Public Policy. Carillo has been teaching for The Institute of International Business of the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University since January 1996, and was also an Adjunct Professor at Oglethorpe University teaching for their MBA program. He has been a guest speaker at many universities and institutions in various countries:

  • Argentina: Universidad del Salvador, Fundación Bank Boston, and CEMA.
  • Colombia: Cámara de Comercio de Cali / PROEXPORT.
  • Costa Rica: The Autonomous Central American University, UACA, and La Unversidad Para La Paz.
  • Chile: Universidad Diego Portales.
  • Egypt: University of Alexandria’s PMBA and the Cairo Cohort.
  • South Africa: University of Pretoria.
  • USA: Georgetown University, American University, The Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State, the Graduate School of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Towson State University, and Central Virginia Community College.
  • Venezuela, Universidad del Zulia, and Universidad de Los Andes, among others.

The combination of both professional experience and academic achievement has proven to be an excellent instrument to convey theory applied to real life situations. He is now teaching full-time a variety of courses (BUSA 3000 – Globalization & Business Practices, IB3090 – Introduction to International Business, IB 4020 – International Trade Management, IB8090 – International Business Environment, and MBBUS 670 – Global Enterprise) at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also co-director in the coordination and execution of the Study Abroad Programs: Management in Transition Economies: The Case of Eastern Europe (IB 8410/IB 4410); Management in Different World Regions: The Case of South America, Argentina and Brazil (IB4410/IB8410); and has also directed two PMBA Study Abroad Programs to South Africa: International Business in Emerging Economies, The Case of South Africa.

He is co-founder and director of USLAT, the U.S. Latin America Trade Initiatives, working with Latin American companies entering the U.S. market and American companies doing business in Latin America.

He is a member of the Academy of International Business; the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association; and the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

He was elected to serve in the GSU Senate, representing the Institute of International Business for three consecutive terms, serving in the Budget, Commencement, Cultural Diversity, and the Admissions and Standards committees. He also was appointed by the Dean of the College of Business to the Study Abroad Advisory Committee.

He is a member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since 2002. He also serves in the Global Commerce Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and has been a guest speaker for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

He has being a licensed Real Estate salesperson for the state of Georgia since 1994, and a Real Estate Instructor since March of 2002. He is a member of the Metro South Board of Realtors and the Georgia Realtors Educators Association. In addition, he teaches for the Graduate Realtor Institute of the Georgia Association of Realtors.








Dr. David Bruce
International Business Consultant
Formerly Professor at Georgia State University

Having returned to Atlanta after being based in Silicon Valley (California) 2018-2019, Bruce served as the co-director of the US-Latin America Trade Program in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. USLAT maintains a network of partners across Latin America. It creates teams of consultants including university professors and top-ranked outside consultants. These teams provide executive education and in the mode of action-learning assist companies in identifying opportunities and implementing strategies for market entry. This includes Latin American companies interested in the U.S. market and U.S. companies seeking to expand in Latin America.

For many years, Bruce co-directed study abroad programs in Central Europe (Hungary and Czech Republic) and South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile). He specialized in executive education and consulting related to Commercial Diplomacy (business-government and community relations from the point-or-view of business managers).

Formerly the Chairman of the Brazilian American Chamber of Georgia and President of the Georgia-Pernambuco Sister-State Organization, Bruce currently served as the Brazil Task Force chair at Georgia State University.