VP Soft-landing Programs
Blandine Chantepie-Kari, international strategist with 15+ years of experience, specializes in international trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction programs, and ecosystem building. Since June 2021, Blandine is the first Philadelphian elected Consular Councilor to defend the interests of the French citizens abroad located in the 6th district of the United States including DC, DE, MD, PA, VA and WV.
In January 2014, as the Co-Director of Trade Services/Services aux Entreprises for the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Blandine created the Global Access soft-landing program for incubators and InAGrad (Innovation After Graduation) program for universities in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (WCNP) and the European American Enterprise Council (EAEC). Global Access welcomes international companies ready to invest, launch or expand their business in the United States. InAGrad supports international students, foreign entrepreneurs and researchers in the start of their deep tech US ventures.
Since February 2016, Blandine is currently the Vice President, University & Entrepreneurship - Soft Landing Programs. EAEC is member of the Enterprise European Network and consortium partner of ENRICH in the USA initiative (European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs) - funded by the European Commission.
Blandine was also the initiator of the Global Startup Accelerator (GSA) and joined in February 2018 the WCNP to direct this EDA funded initiative. With the GSA program, the WCNP, in partnership with the University City Science Center, is engaging local STEM startups to plan their international development by leveraging local successful immigrant professionals and international communities.
Previously, Blandine worked with the French company Claremont as the US Director of Sales & Business Development for the Medical and Railway Divisions. In 2005, she joined the Montréal, Québec Branch of Enterprise Rhône-Alpes International (ERAI),the French business development agency of the Rhône-Alpes region. After four years, ERAI US, based in Atlanta, Georgia, hired her to open and manage their Northeastern US Branch in Philadelphia. She also served as a Project Manager for the Regional Council of Picardie in France.
Blandine received a Master’s Degree in Economics, majoring in International Management, from the International School of Business and Management of Lille (IESEG) in France. She researched and completed her Master’s thesis as a grad student in the Border Studies Department of the University of Texas at El Paso.
Over the years, Blandine has acquired valuable experience in a wide range of industries, including Healthcare, Environment, Information Technology, Packaging, Consumer Goods, Defense, Transportation, Electrical and Electronics Manufacturing, Entertainment, Textiles, and Food.
Blandine is delighted to serve on the FACC Philadelphia's Board of Directors and was elected in July 2018 as the Chair of the Trade Services/Services aux Entreprises Committee.
About the European American Enterprise Council (EAEC)
The European American Enterprise Council (EAEC) is a private member-driven social enterprise and NETWORK (eight US and EU chapters).
EAEC is part of the European Commission's Enterprise Europe Network, and aims at promoting Transatlantic cooperation, collaboration, trade and investment between European and North-American companies, institutions and economic regions while fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.