Rebecca Bellinger

Executive Director, Center for Global Business 
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland

Rebecca L. Bellinger is executive director of the Center for Global Business, a Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business that is funded in part by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education known as CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research). As head of the department, she oversees the School’s strategic international and government agency partnerships, CIBER grant activities, student global programs both on campus and abroad, internationalization in the curriculum, faculty internationalization programs, and new global initiatives. She co-leads the biennial CIBER Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Program in Cuba. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of International Business Education and Research and was appointed in 2018 by Secretary Wilbur Ross to serve a four-year term on the Maryland-D.C. District Export Council. She previously served on the Executive Board of the Global Business School Network (GBSN). She holds the NASBITE International credential of Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

Rebecca is a founding member of the Leadership Forum on Global Business Education. She is an active member of several other professional associations including NAFSA (Association of International Educators), NASBITE International, and the Association of International Education Administrators. Previous senior leadership positions include University Director of International Programs and Services at Pace University and Director of International Programs at the School of International Service, American University.

In 2016, Rebecca led the Smith School to become the first academic partner of the Maryland Department of Commerce MAPIT (Maryland Partners in International Trade) program and created the Maryland Export Consulting Program to support the export mission of MD businesses and create exchanges between companies and students. She also developed the first Export Management Bootcamp, a training program for industry professionals, to support the export mission of the state. She is currently spearheading an initiative to map the export assistance resources in the region with the MD-DC District Export Council, U.S. Export Assistance Center Baltimore, and the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Select publications and presentations:

Bellinger, R. and K. Prasad, editors (2018). Cuba in transition: Lessons from a faculty development in international business program. Center for International Business Education and Research, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Bellinger, R. (2017, May 11). Why Cuba’s brain drain looks completely different. Smith Brain Trust. Reprinted as Verdadera fuga de cerebrs en Cuba es interna: profesionales van tras las propinas del turismo in Noticias Martí (2017, May 16).

Bellinger, R. and K. Prasad (2017, February 27). Cuba in transition: Lessons from leading a faculty development program. Webinar of National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), Baltimore, Md.

Bellinger, R. (2017, April 23). Career coach: Tips for doing business abroad.The Washington Post.

Bellinger, R. (2016, November 25). Career coach: Thriving in a global marketplace. The Washington Post.

Bellinger, R, and J. Dirkx and S. Dufour (2015, April 7). Graduate-level internationalization: Student mobility trends and models. Presentation at the Forum of Education Abroad Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA