The Idea Center @ Miami Dade College
Mr. Romi Bhatia became the new Executive Director of the Idea Center at Miami Dade College in August 2017. The Idea Center is the innovation and entrepreneurship hub for MDC and the South Florida community. Mr. Bhatia arrived to Miami-Dade College with a 17-year career in international development spanning numerous developing countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He brings extensive knowledge and experience in small enterprise development and impact investing through his work at the United States Agency for International Development. Mr. Bhatia spearheaded USAID’s approach to diaspora engagement launching the first Global Diaspora Forum and the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance in 2013. Prior to joining the USAID, Mr. Bhatia spent six years at Microfinance International Corporation serving as the VP for International Programs. From 2009-2017, Mr. Bhatia taught microfinance and crowdfunding as an adjunct lecturer at the George Washington University School of Business.