Joel Cowan is a Professor of the Practice at the Ernest Scheller, Jr. College of Business at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cowan began his career in banking and real estate development and investment. He founded the new town of Peachtree City and the first upscale shopping center in the South—Phipps Plaza. Cowan’s international focus is on Central Asia and its neighboring countries including China. He co-founded the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy in Istanbul, sponsored programs aimed at educating young women in Afghanistan and Tajikistan and is active in social impact investing in the region. He is active on boards of the EastWest Institute, International Relief and Development and the Council for a Community of Democracies in Washington. Cowan was formerly a Board Member of Continental Airlines and World Airways.