Headshot photo of Saint Mary's faculty Jeem Sirivar

Jeem Sirivar

Headshot photo of Saint Mary's faculty Jeem Sirivar
Department: Management and Entrepreneurship
Office Location: Galileo Room 318

Professional Overview

Bio: Jeem Sirivar is a Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College where he teaches entrepreneurship, strategy, and managing creativity and innovation in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department. His research interests include entrepreneurship education and barriers to entrepreneurship. Jeem was previously an Adjunct Instructor teaching Entrepreneurship at Golden Gate University.  Jeem is also Founder and Principal at Levo Business Advisors where he consults and advises small to medium-sized businesses on growth strategies and navigating the challenges faced by scaling their businesses.  Prior to his current roles, Jeem began his career in marketing and general management at leading consumer products companies General Mills, H.J Heinz, and Del Monte Foods, where he was a Director of Marketing. He has extensive experience developing growth strategies, driving innovation, impactful marketing, and P&L leadership. Jeem is also an experienced entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over his career. Most recently he acquired, grew, and sold a packaged natural/organic snack food brand.

Courses Taught: 

  • MGT 301 Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 883 New Venture Creation and Finance
  • MGT 771 Social Entrepreneurship from a Global Perspective
  • MGT 770 Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 496 Business Strategy
  • MGT 639 Consulting Capstone Project 
  • MGT 705 Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • MGT 883 Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Mindset

Conference Presentations:

  • Sirivar, J., Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023, "Minority barriers to entrepreneurship: How do barriers affect nascent African American entrepreneurs’ decisions and actions?," Race in Entrepreneurship PDW, Boston, MA, United States. (August 4, 2023).
  • Sirivar, J., Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 2023, "Barriers’ Effect on Nascent African American Entrepreneurs’ Decisions and Actions," Minority Entrepreneurship Track, Birmingham, United Kingdom. (November 9, 2023).


  • DBA, (In Progress) Expected graduation: March 2024. St Mary’s College of California, 2024.
  • MBA, Business Administration. University of Western Ontario; Richard Ivey School of Business, 1999.
  • HBA - Honors Bachelor of Arts, General Management University of Western Ontario, 1996
  • BA, Philosophy and Political Science. University of Western Ontario, 1994.