Dr. Richard Hayes

Title: Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurship Development

Professional Capacity and Areas of Specialty: Dr. Richard Hayes serves as a Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurship Development for the Africa Business Group. He also is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Frank Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in New York.

Prior to joining the faculty at Hofstra, Dr. Hayes was a member of the faculty at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where he won numerous teaching awards including being named Graduate Professor of the Year at NCCU for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 academic years as well as Undergraduate Professor of the Year for the 2005-2006 academic year. His corporate experience includes a stint as an Information Technology Consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a Communications Specialist for Bank of America and an Accounting Analyst for the Northern Trust Company. In addition, he completed an internship for the Honorable United States Congressman Mel Watt in his Charlotte field office.

Dr. Hayes has presented research at the annual meetings for the Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Association, Western Academy of Management and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is a member of multiple honor societies, including the Delta of Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society and Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society.

His research areas include entrepreneurial activity both in the United States and in emerging economies, management of innovation and the management of family-owned enterprises. Since 2006, Dr. Hayes has taught a summer graduate course in managing organizations at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. From January – July 2014, he also served as a visiting Teaching Professor at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus where he taught courses on Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hayes received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Business Administration from Morehouse College, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Duke University Divinity School.