Our Team

Juli Golemi

Position: Director, EI² Global
Email: juli.golemi@innovate.gatech.edu

Juli Golemi is the Director of Innovation Ecosystems at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²). She is an economist with over fifteen years of experience in economic/fiscal impact analysis and compilation of qualitative and quantitative data for organizations with a focus on improving local and state economies. Juli has expertise in turning complex data into information that leads to strategic decisions and the realization of aggressive goals. She has been engaged in economic development projects for more than a decade and her recent work is focused on innovation-led economic development projects, focusing primarily on the assessment of communities’ innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship programming needs. In her current role, Juli has led collaborative projects across EI2 with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). Prior to joining EI², Ms. Golemi was the Director and Economist of the Economic Strategy Center, an economic development research and analysis firm where she managed a variety of projects including economic and fiscal analysis, benchmarking analysis, and program performance evaluations.

Director, EI² Global

Juli Golemi

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Annick Ducher

Position: Program Manager
Email: annick.ducher@innovate.gatech.edu

Annick joined the Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) as a Global Program Manager in 2024. In this role, Annick leads the development and implementation of global innovation and entrepreneurship programs. These programs aim to foster and strengthen innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and economic development worldwide.

Prior to joining EI2, Annick worked for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), where she managed a portfolio of projects aimed at accelerating tech innovation in the agrifood and health sectors in European countries. She has previously worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France.

She has a master’s degree in international development from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Program Manager

Annick Ducher

Doreen Kincaid

Position: Program Manager
Email: doreen.kincaid@innovate.gatech.edu

Ms. Kincaid joined the Economic Development Lab at EI2 in 2018.  She brings with her 10 plus years of experience in various project roles.  EI2, she has been responsible for managing the FEMA Climate Resilience grant, FEMA Recovery & Resilience grant, Enterprise 6 and Innovation Intern programs, hosting delegations for workshops and immersion programs from Central America, South America and Africa, fostering the development of an internal customer relationship management system, and supporting EDL’s continuing education programs.

Prior to joining EI2, she worked for Georgia State University, ING Americas, Coca-Cola Company and Federal Reserve Bank.  She holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management.

Program Manager

Doreen Kincaid

Lauren Lange

Position: Program Mananger
Email: lauren.lange@innovate.gatech.edu

Lauren Lange is a program manager in Innovation Ecosystems within the Economic Development Lab. She supports the Innovation & Technology Commercialization Professional (ITCP) Program by teaching guest lectures and hosting interactive sessions for clients.  Additionally, Lauren manages the ITCP Internship Program, which recruits talented student employees to support ITCP’s multilingual course offerings while gaining valuable career experience in innovation. In addition to the ITCP Program, Lauren supports the Soft Landings Program and other Innovation Ecosystem initiatives. She joined the team after seven years of working in entrepreneurial education at the Advanced Technology Development Center, Georgia’s state startup incubator.

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Chinese from the Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech. While completing her bachelor’s, she interned at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and The Carter Center – China Program.  She earned her master’s degree from Georgia Tech in International Affairs, specializing in global development and science and technology.

Program Mananger

Lauren Lange

Xinying Lin

Position: Program Manager
Email: xinying.lin@innovate.gatech.edu

Xinying is an associate project manager with Innovation Ecosystems group at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the economic development and extension arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this role, she assists projects that foster and develop professionals in technology transfer and commercialization in innovation ecosystems in different regions. 

Xinying obtained an M.S. degree in Global Media and Culture and a B.S. degree in Global Economics and Modern Languages from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Program Manager

Xinying Lin

Viviana Montenegro

Position: Program Manager
Email: viviana.montenegro@innovate.gatech.edu

Viviana is an Associate Program Manager and Research Faculty I in the Economic Development Lab at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), where she assists with projects that foster and strengthen innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and economic development in different regions in the U.S.A. and worldwide. Under this capacity, she works with diverse partners such as universities, university business incubators, non-profit organizations, economic development agencies, and the private sector.

Viviana previously worked for G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, where she oversaw the data collection and analysis for the DARE Index and the CRPD Progress Report Project on ICT Accessibility. Prior to that, she served as Director of Economic Development at CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where she managed the capacity building Global Airport Programs implemented for government officials, airport authorities, and businessmen from developing countries to promote economic development around the world. Viviana holds an M.A. degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University in California, a Diploma in Business Management and Administration from Universidad de Chile, and a bachelor’s degree in Translation from Universidad Católica de Chile.

Program Manager

Viviana Montenegro

Brandy Nagel

Position: Program Manager
Email: brandynagel@gtvault.onmicrosoft.com

Brandy Nagel is a program manager with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) Global team. In this role, she works with communities and organizations around the world to drive innovation-led economic development. As an entrepreneurship educator, Nagel helps both new and established businesses identify customer segments, distribution channels, and potential partners to grow their businesses. With a focus on innovation and revenue diversification, Nagel works with business owners large and small to develop new business models. She has been involved in university commercialization programs since 2012, working with students, faculty, and staff on spinning up technology-based startups. In addition to her work with early-stage entrepreneurs, she nurtures mentor networks and faculty learning communities focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. Her recent projects include teaching a faculty development program on innovation and entrepreneurship, delivering a workshop on business model canvas and customer discovery, developing a mentor network to support a community of entrepreneurs, and establishing an entrepreneurship support program at an underserved community center.

Program Manager

Brandy Nagel

Alberto Ponce

Position: Program Manager
Email: alberto.ponce@innovate.gatech.edu

Alberto Ponce is an associate project manager in Innovation Ecosystems within the Economic Development Lab. In this role, he will be supporting projects that further economic development efforts in Latin America, as well as supporting the Soft Landings program, helping foreign companies firmly establish themselves in the U.S Market.

Alberto has experience running entrepreneurship programs, previously serving as the Innovation Center Coordinator for the Medical Center of the Americas in El Paso, Texas. He is a Native from Mexico, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

Program Manager

Alberto Ponce

Krystle Richardson

Position: Program Operations Manager
Email: krystle.richardson@innovate.gatech.edu

Krystle Richardson is the Program Operations Manager for EI2 Global, a department of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the economic development and technology extension arm of Georgia Tech. In her role, she is responsible for managing the Enterprise 6 Internship Program, hosting international delegations for workshops and immersion programs, and supporting EI2 Global’s continuing education programs.

Krystle Richardson has an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL., and a dual MSc degree in International Applied Communication from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom and Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Krystle Richardson has more than 10 years of experience working in the fields of health and education working at organizations such as Morehouse School of Medicine, Grady Health System, and the American Heart Association prior to joining Georgia Tech.

Program Operations Manager

Krystle Richardson