Social Entrepreneurship Takes Center Stage at Sonoma State University

Social Sustainability, Wine Technology, and Legal Experts Joins Business Faculty Fall 2019
August 22, 2019
nadiya parekh

Nadiya Parekh PhD

Rohnert Park, CA – The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University today announced the addition of social entrepreneurship and social finance expert, Dr. Nadiya Parekh, as assistant professor of Social Entrepreneurship starting Fall Semester 2019. Alicia H. Cronbach, founder and principal of Cronbach Law Group and vice president of legal and corporate affairs and secretary at Duckhorn Wine Company, and Pierre Costa, founder of Somm Digital, will also be joining the SBE as business lecturers this fall semester. 

“Social responsibility is important for maintaining a balance between the economy and the ecosystems, and is a topic and discipline that students and professionals are ever more interested in,” said Dr. Daniel Petree, interim dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. “Dr. Nadiya Parekh’s expertise in social entrepreneurship and financing will add tremendous value to our academic and co-curricular Entrepreneurship program.”

“Teaching social entrepreneurship as a force for good is an important step to helping future leaders learn how to produce socially-conscious solutions that yield better outcomes for communities and the planet,” said Dr. Nadiya Parekh. “I look forward to partnering with the SBE faculty members to identify ways we can infuse social entrepreneurship into SBE pedagogies and co-curricular opportunities.”

Dr. Nadiya Parekh received her Ph.D. in Management with specialization in Social Entrepreneurship Finance from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India, where she taught social financing as a component of the globally acclaimed and innovative masters course in Social Entrepreneurship at its Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Parekh’s research interests include microcredit business models, crowdfunding, financial practices, and inclusive finance models, among others. Professor Parekh has taught courses such as Financial Management for Social Entrepreneurship, Basic Accounting for Social Entrepreneurs, Quantitative Research Methods & Computer Aided Statistical Application for Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability of Social Entrepreneurship Models, Microfinance and Financial Inclusion and Finance for Human Resource Managers. She was previously a research and analytics practitioner at a social impact investment firm exploring the economics of social venture financing. Currently, she is co-authoring a book on dual-goal entrepreneurship.

Ms. Cronbach has 10-plus years of experience providing legal counsel to wineries, including Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company, and, currently, Duckhorn Wine Company. In May 2019, she founded Cronbach Law Group, a boutique law firm specializing in regulatory transaction readiness for buyers and sellers. Ms. Cronbach earned her juris doctorate from the Empire College School of Law and her undergraduate degree from CSU, Chico. Mr. Costa is a digital marketing consultant specializing in wineries. He has extensive background in the digital marketing and technology industry, and is a certified sommelier. Since 2014, he has worked closely with wine brands such as Naked Wines, Inglenook Winery, and Delicato Family Vineyards. Mr. Costa earned his M.B.A. from the UCD Michael Smurfi Graduate School of Business. 

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