Frontier Market Scouts Team

Yuwei Shi

Dr. Yuwei Shi is the founding director of the Frontier Market Scouts Program, and co-founder and board director of Sanghata. He is dean and professor of strategic management at Graduate School of International Policy and Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies. His expertise is in the areas of competitive strategy, venture and business model development and evaluation. Yuwei is board director of Scholarly Exchange, a web services company based in Brookline, MA, and advising partner at Indachin, an investment advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, London, Geneva, and Silicon Valley, California. He earned his bachelor of engineering degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, master of comparative law from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and PhD in organization, strategy and international management from University of Texas at Dallas School of Management.

Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Taylor Meyer, MA is Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has a BA in Journalism, International Relations, and Spanish, from Butler University and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; she works with Monterey Institute faculty and staff to offer professional certificate trainings, executive education courses, and semester-long internship/field assignment programs. Ms. Meyer has extensive experience working with academic communities, both as a staff and faculty member. She worked at Butler University’s Office of International Student Services in Indianapolis and in the creation of the Monterey College of Law’s Mandell-Gisnett Center for Conflict Management in Monterey, California. She has also served as a public relations consultant for four educational institutions and several start-ups in Central California. She manages the certification effort for the FMS program, ensuring that students across the world have access to FMS and can obtain relative credit. You can reach Carolyn at:; 831-647-6417 

Erina McWilliam-Lopez

Erina McWilliam-Lopez is the Graduate School of International Policy and Management Special Programs Manager at the Monterey Insitute of International Studies (MIIS). Erina received a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in French from Salem State University in Massachusetts. While completing her MPA degree at MIIS, Erina developed a keen interest in online tools that enhance community building and advocacy initiatives. Prior to her new role at the Institute, Erina was the Digital Strategies Specialist at a local educational publishing company. You can reach Erina at:; 831-647-4645. 

Nicole Manapol

Nicole Manapol is an MPA candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at the Monterey Institute with a focus on Business, Sustainability and Development. Nicole received a B.S. in International Affairs with a concentration in Middle East History from Georgetown University. Originally from the East Coast, Nicole has worked in the field of international development over the past 10 years in Central America, the Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa, implementing organizational capacity building programs with a wide range of NGOs, educational institutions and social enterprises. Nicole recently joined the FMS team to support partnership development. You can reach Nicole at