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Shyam Kamath, Ph.D.

Board Member
Dean (Retired), College of Business, CSU Monterey Bay

Shyam Kamath, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized scholar and educator who has gained recognition as a global innovator and expert in the areas of international economics, business management, and business program innovation. He has more than 35 years of experience in international education management, international economic development and management, sustainable enterprise formation, global business consulting and university teaching. His distinguished career has also focused on building programs and institutions that benefit those who are underserved and underrepresented while focusing on economic opportunity and community building.

Dr. Kamath served as the founding Dean of the College of Business at CSU, Monterey Bay and has held academic and administrative positions at leading universities in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards and multiple outstanding professor and educator awards. Previously, he was an entrepreneur as a co-founder of three start-ups, has pioneered a number of academic start-ups and has worked for a national government agency and leading international firms in the energy equipment and consumer goods industries. He has been a consultant to four governments and over 100 companies and non-profits worldwide. He has published over 80 articles in leading peer-reviewed scholarly and trade journals and is the author or co-author of three books. Dean Kamath serves on the boards/advisory councils of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Rancho Cielo, the HOPE Collaborative (Boston, MA), MBEP’s Techno-economic Committee, the Seaside C-Jobs Commission, Hartnell College Foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee, Junior Achievement, CSUMB’s College of Business Advisory Council, IIED Advisory Council and the Sustainable Hospitality Management Council. He also serves on the advisory board of the for-profit company, LeaderJam (Boston, MA) and has served as the CEO of a Monterey-based non-profit organization. His previous board experience includes serving on the board of a number of technology companies.

With his background in the micro-lending industry and quintuple bottom-line consulting and practice, Shyam was attracted by California FarmLink’s focus on small and underserved farmers and communities and its triple-bottom line ethos.