Meet the Instructors
DANIEL J. ISENBERG
Daniel Isenberg is founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform, Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.
From 1981-7 and 2005-9 Dan was a professor at the Harvard Business School, and in the interim (1987-2005) was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel.
Dan has authored one book Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press 2013), published over 35 digital and print articles on entrepreneurship in the Harvard Business Review, and has been featured in the Economist, Forbes, Bloomberg, Quartz, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, etc.
Dan has been a pioneer in the concept and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems, and he launched and directs Manizales-Mas, Scale Up Milwaukee, ScaleratorNEO, and created the Scalerator and Scale Up Ecosystems methodologies.
Between 2009-2013 Dan conducted World Economic Forum events at Davos, Africa, Europe, and China. In 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Dan the Pio Manzu Award for “Innovations in Economic Development.” Dan is an active investor in early and late stage ventures. He holds the Ph.D. degree in social psychology from Harvard University.
Elaine Eisenman served for 12 years as Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, the number one ranked college for entrepreneurship education. Elaine’s career includes experience as a corporate general manager, human resources executive including at American Express, Enhance Financial Services, The Children’s Place, as well as several leading consulting firms. Her areas of expertise include executive selection, transition, and succession, and the alignment of strategy, selection, compensation, and performance during periods of growth and transformation. Elaine is a frequent keynote speaker.
Elaine is author of books and many articles, I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business (Wiley), “Power in the Post‐Sarbanes Oxley Boardroom,” “Public Policy: Enabler or Inhibitor of Entrepreneurial Companies,” and “Why CEOs Become Blindsided.” She has been cited or interviewed in the WSJ, and ABC’s 20/20. Elaine has served on the boards of DSW, Inc. UST, and Active International and is a founding member and member of the boards of Women Corporate Directors and The Belizean Grove. Elaine earned a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, and an MS from Columbia University.
Kevin Mulcahy teaches on entrepreneurship, innovation and financing growth. He currently specializes in delivering workshops and teaching classes for scale-up accelerator programs globally. He has previously taught entrepreneurship and new venture creation courses for undergraduate and MBA level students.
Kevin’s principal area of research is on the trends that shape the future of work. Outside Babson College, Kevin is a partner with Future Workplace and the cohost of The Future Workplace Network, a membership community for senior HR executives. He delivers corporate workshops on “future proofing” business and HR strategies. Kevin is co-author of “The Future Workplace Experience” (McGraw Hill).
Previously, Kevin has served as the practice head of a research consulting firm, in several executive roles at Sprint and as the CEO of an international telecom business. He also coaches on leadership effectiveness on Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School. He has been active on the boards of small companies in Japan, Ireland and the US. He received his BA degree in Management Science from Trinity College in Dublin and his MBA from Boston College.
CANADIAN LEAD COORDINATOR
Dhirendra is Professor and the Dr J Herbert Smith ACOA Chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. Dhirendra utilizes his expertise from the telecom sector and extensive academic background in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, masters of business administration, and engineering, to promote a bright future for New Brunswick.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, design, engineering, innovation, and leadership, Dhirendra ignites this same passion in others through his teaching at UNB, local entrepreneurial community outreach, and the creation of programs such as the Masters of Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (MTME) program, Technology Commercialization Program, Summer Institute and Energia Ventures.
Recognition of his tireless efforts and vision are demonstrated through UNB’s 2014 award from Startup Canada as “Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year”, his nomination as a finalist for Industry Champion by KIRA, and his nomination as a finalist for Progress Media’s Innovation in Practice award. Dhirendra was nominated for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award and selected by a panel of judges as a Top 75 finalist. Most recently, he received the Entrepreneur Promotion Award by Startup Canada (2017), as well as the Outstanding Educator Award by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick in 2018.
Tim Marken teaches revenue generation and growth, including sales, sales management, and marketing and is an expert in helping owners achieve their growth potential. Among other positions, Tim led US sales and operations for the Gartner Group, building his operation to 300 people and growing revenues four-fold, and later led their acquisitions of 25 companies globally. He has also served as chief revenue officer for the Boston Globe, EVP of sales at Marquis Jet where he also grew revenue four-fold, and was an award-winning sales rep and manager at Xerox for eight years. Tim has been a founder and partner in marketing, consultancy and event management firms.
Tim has taught entrepreneurship, sales and marketing at Babson Executive Education for over 15 years and serves on the Babson College Advisory Board. An accomplished sportsman, Timhas completed the Boston Marathon 11 times. He received the B.S. at Babson and the M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1991).