Dr. Robert Valli’s career trajectory spans academic administration, non-profit policy development, investment banking, and Silicon Valley ventures. His work in academia has focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary programs and global engagement. His international academic collaborations include universities in a dozen countries across six continents.
Dr. Valli came to SNU Tahoe from Long Island University Post, where he was Vice President and Dean of the College of Management. While at LIU Post, Dr. Valli initiated the client-paid, student-run consulting program LIU-iQ. Student consultants in the program execute semester-long business cases for domestic and international companies. He collaborated on multiple interdisciplinary programs, such as the M.S. in Data Analytics and Strategic Business Intelligence, the B.S. in Sports Management, and LIU’s one-year Global MBA program. Global MBA students study at LIU in New York, Fudan University in China, and Cambridge University in the U.K.
Before his tenure at LIU, Dr. Valli was with business consultancy programs in the College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He started at Illinois Business Consulting, the nation’s largest fee-based, student-run consulting firm. IBC conducts 50 projects each year, with companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startups and nonprofits. He then became the director of the Innovation Immersion Program/International Consulting Network. This program builds collaboration between Illinois students and global technology clusters through international consulting projects, networking opportunities, and professional development.
Dr. Valli received his Ph.D. in Technology Management in 2009 from the Cambridge University Department of Engineering, his SEP from the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1995, and his B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California Berkeley in 1982. Between his career in the business sector and his move to academia, he worked with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for two years in the area of advancing innovation. The foundation’s focus is on improving education and boosting entrepreneurship in the Kansas City area.
Coming to SNU gives Dr. Valli and his family the opportunity to return to the West Coast. His grown children and their families live in California, and his younger children are excited to ski Tahoe!