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Instructors & Mentors

2019 Mentors

Kari Leong headshot

Dr. Kari Leong is an international entrepreneur, educator and community leader. She is the co-founder of Bubble Tea Supply, the first USA company to manufacture and distribute bubble tea products online since 2001. In 2005, Dr. Leong developed the social entrepreneurship media company Greater Good Inc. Greater Good Radio, TV and book have won multiple national and local awards. She is currently developing an entrepreneurial training program called StartUP Founder.

Dr. Leong has been recognized for her leadership in Hawaii as SBA’s Small Business Journalist of the Year, Region IX, PBN’s Forty Under 40, Pacific Century Fellows, and StartUp Weekend and Global StartUp Battle Winner. She received her BA in Journalism and Education, and MA in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from Gonzaga University. She received her EdD from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Doris Masser is a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business, where she teaches business and marketing. Doris' research focus is sustainable consumer behavior in tourism. The aim of her research is to explore whether consumers can have meaningful travel experiences outside of the corporate tourism path. Doris guided several groups of student and young professionals from Hawaii, South East Asia, and the Pacific Islands through workshops related to startup up impact enterprises. She is the co-founder of travel2change, a 501(c)3 non profit organization connecting travelers with local communities to create a positive impact in Hawaii. She also mentored peer trainings and helped with curriculum design for educational trainings at the East-West Center.

Originally from Austria, she holds two master's degrees in Strategic Management and Public Health Management from universities in Austria, as well as an International Marketing Diploma from UC Berkeley.

Kate Poljakova

Kate Poljakova was born and raised in Slovakia and moved to Hawaii after she got recruited to play for University of Hawaii (UH) Division 1 Women Tennis team. After she became a team captain in her junior year, she led her team to first ever conference championship in UH Women Tennis team history. In addition to her student- athlete achievements, she was selected to represent Shidler College of Business in CFA Research Challenge. After winning the local round, her team got placed in the top 20 teams within North and South Americas region. During her studies, Kate also worked as an Academic Mentor and Financial/Accounting Tutor for student- athletes.

Kate graduated from University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business in Spring 2014, where she earned a BBA in Finance and International Business. In her role as Venture Analyst at Sultan Ventures, she focuses on financial analysis and operation support. She is also a Program Associate for XLR8UH assisting with program management.

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Peter Rowan is currently the Executive Director of PACE (Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship), and an instructor at the Shidler College of Business. He also serves as the Angel-in-Residence at XLR8UH. He was Corporate Vice President, New Ventures at Coinstar from 2001-2010. During his tenure, the company grew from $150 million to $1.3 billion in revenue, entered new lines of business and introduced innovative growth initiatives like its DVD kiosks, money transfer, and e-payment programs. At Coinstar, Peter led more than 20 acquisitions, investments and divestitures, including its investment in Redbox.

Peter has taught entrepreneurship and new venture strategy since 2005. He is active in the entrepreneurial community as an advisor, mentor and investor. He has a BA in Russian History from Cornell University, an MA in International Policy Studies and an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.