Monika performs multiple functions at Duke I&E working with Howie Rhee, Managing Director for Student and Alumni Affairs, and Interim Director Kip Frey. She coordinates long-standing Duke I&E programs such as Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, the Duke Startup Challenge, the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN) and StartupConnect as well as more recent initiatives such as StudioDuke.

Monika has extensive experience in program and project management. She has directed and managed collaborative initiatives with major institutions such as the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Discovery Channel. Prior to joining Duke I&E, Monika oversaw the transition of the Washington, D.C.-based Textile Museum’s exhibition department to the newly constructed state-of-the-art George Washington University Museum.

Her enthusiasm for entrepreneurship took root in 2007, when she joined the then one-person startup Exhibits Development Group. As Director of Curatorial Affairs, Monika provided operational oversight of the rapidly expanding company and curatorial vision for more than twenty five touring museum exhibitions. Most notably, she directed the blockbuster exhibition “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” an exclusive collaborative effort with the Discovery Channel. In 2012, Monika founded Exhibitions et al., Inc, offering consulting services to museums and private collectors in support of programming, marketing and strategic planning.

Monika holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explored concepts of cultural identity in multicultural societies such as those that developed in the greater Mediterranean region during the era of the crusades. Other research investigated the intersection between visual art and rhetoric in medieval society and its role in the conscious shaping of habits of thought and learning.

Throughout her academic and professional careers, Monika has championed cross disciplinary approaches and lateral thinking. She is a strong advocate for the arts and humanities and their integral importance and practical applicability to the worlds of business, science and industry. Above all, she wants to broaden traditional perceptions of academic disciplines based on the conviction that creativity and innovation are not the purview of any given field but flourish when boundaries are bridged and paradigms reevaluated.

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