Raul Deju, Ph.D.
Dr. Raul A. Deju is the Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Professor of Business at John F. Kennedy University. He has formerly served as Chairman, CEO and COO of major international public companies. Dr. Deju, a former adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and St. Mary’s College and a seasoned executive, brings his entrepreneurship experience having created small companies from a number of large companies traded in major stock exchanges as well as serving in advisory committees for the Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Deju is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and four books and was listed in 2005 as one of the 25 Leading Hispanics in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a recipient of recognitions for his philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the Latino community. Dr. Deju is responsible for Core Training and curricular design for the Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Business Accelerator.
Dina Finta currently serves as Assistant Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is responsible for developing the IEL program. She also trains and mentors the program participants.
Previously she was Youth Business America’s Director of Mentoring and has instructed, advised, and mentored many entrepreneurs in launching their businesses. She is a successful entrepreneur who founded and served as President and CEO of Momentum – a business skills and technology training company in Louisiana and Texas. Dina’s numerous affiliations and community service activities have included serving on the Board of the YMCA, Professional Women’s Network and the Partner Council of Habitat for Humanity. She was also recognized as one of Louisiana’s 40 under 40 businesspeople to watch in 2004. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Dina and her business received a Microsoft Partner Award for her efforts in providing aid to those impacted by the storm and devastating flooding that followed. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in the statewide effort to rebuild small businesses.
IEL Lead Instructor/Mentor