United States

Dr. Geoffrey Stewart

Director – Louisiana Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Center; Moody Company Endowed Chair in Regional Business Development

University of Louisiana, Lafayette


Dr. Geoffrey Stewart

Dr. Geoffrey Stewart is the Moody Companies/BORSF Endowed Chair in Regional Business Development and the Director of the Louisiana Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Center (LEED) at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has 15+ years of experience in applied research and course service projects to augment regional economic development initiatives focusing on the resilience of Louisiana communities. Since 2018, Geoff’s research teams have leveraged funding from USDA Rural Development and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board to evaluate the coastal and freshwater seafood supply chains. These studies culminated with comprehensive economic development strategies for both the coastal and freshwater industries. In response to COVID-19, the LEED Center has assisted over 200 minority, low-income and rural entrepreneurs through its 6 session small business programs. These programs have produced over 30 new LLCs in just 18 months. Geoff has a BS/MBA from UL Lafayette and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Partnership opportunities:

Stemming from ACE New Orleans, I have a much clearer perspective on how the ACxchange can assist my University, region and state. Specific areas that I would like to learn more about and explore during ACE Ecuador include: economic development partnerships, academic/research exchanges, R&D collaborative projects, business/innovation/entrepreneurial centers, and opportunities surrounding soft-landing services. Research & Development – University based research in energy, biopharma, cyber security, big data, life sciences, engineering, disaster resilience, public-private partnerships, & marine sciences.


Stemming from my experience and role at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, I can provide technical assistance in the areas of low-income, minority, and rural entrepreneurship and economic development strategies within the seafood industry. Additionally, I can provide connections to fellow participants with industry and economic development leaders at the local, regional, and state levels. Lastly, the University of Louisiana, Lafayette is actively seeking R&D partnerships in the areas of energy, biopharma, cyber security, big data, life sciences, engineering, disaster resilience, public-private partnerships, and marine sciences. The University is looking for biopharma research partners within its recently funded bio-safety level 3 contract research organization and contract drug manufacturing organization and energy research partners within the Louisiana Energy Institute and the Green Hydrogen Center of Excellence. Lastly, the university is seeking industry collaboration within its NSF Center of Excellence in Big Data (Center for Visual and Data Informatics).

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