Behind great causes are great people
Lead Faculty Dennis Shaughnessy
Founder & Executive Director
Dennis Shaughnessy founded the Social Enterprise Institute, an academic unit within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and is its first and only Executive Director. Professor Shaughnessy provided the seed capital to start SEI in 2007, and remains its principal donor. Professor Shaughnessy created the undergraduate curriculum for social enterprise studies at NU in 2008, which now lead to either a business major within the entrepreneurship concentration or an interdisciplinary minor. He also introduced social enterprise to the MBA program at NU. His courses range from an introduction to global social enterprise and economic development, to impact investing and microfinance, as well as field research programs in the Dominican Republic (Haiti), South Africa and Nicaragua. These unique field programs and on campus courses and seminars have led to NU’s social enterprise program being one of the largest and most diverse among undergraduate institutions worldwide, with nearly 500 students from NU and partner institutions engaged in social enterprise research, learning and service each year. He also created and teaches seminars in social enterprise in NU’s Honors Program, including impact investing programs in which students invest capital from outside donors in organizations providing enterprise solutions to global poverty. Professor Shaughnessy is also the faculty advisor to the SEI Student Association, the SEI Newsletter and the SE Review, and has won numerous awards for his teaching. In addition to his role as Executive Professor at NU, Professor Shaughnessy is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at TSiBA of Cape Town, South Africa (a free university for disadvantaged students) and INTEC of Santo Domingo, DR, where he teaches courses in social enterprise. Professor Shaughnessy is an investor and a philanthropist as well, supporting social enterprises that bring innovative and high impact solutions to global poverty. In addition to his work at NU and SEI, Professor Shaughnessy has more than 25 years of experience as a business executive, corporate director, lawyer and public servant. His advanced degrees include a doctorate in law (Univ. Maryland), and masters degrees in business (NU) and social policy (Univ. Michigan).
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Gordon Adomdza, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to joining the DMSB faculty at Northeastern University, Professor Adomdza was a lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He also worked with Continuum Innovation, in Boston, on projects towards the development of design-innovation curriculum; with the Canadian Innovation Centre, in Ontario, on market analyses for new ventures; and with General Leasing & Finance Co. Ltd., in Ghana, as a financial analyst.
Gordon’s research interests are in the areas of micro-level entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship, with a developing interest in innovation & design for the base of the pyramid, as well as sustainable business models for social entrepreneurship. He teaches courses in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship to undergrads and grads at Northeastern. The innovation course identifies ideas through design strategy and was co-developed with Continuum Innovation. Gordon also teaches a course utilizing human centered design and innovation concepts for emerging markets and the base of the pyramid.
Gordon graduated from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2008 with a Ph.D in Management of Technology, an MASc in Management Science and an MA in Applied Economics. He also got a BA in Economics from University of Ghana, West Africa.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Sophie Bacq, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration. Professor Bacq received her PhD in Economic and Management Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, governance and management issues in hybrid organizations, and international new ventures. She has published book chapters and articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is the author and editor of several forthcoming books. Professor Bacq’s teaching experience covers entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, social entrepreneurship, as well as field trip experience in India, among others.
Prior to joining Northeastern University, Professor Bacq was a Visiting Scholar at New York University Stern School of Business. She holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain and studied a semester at the National University of Singapore in 2005.
Associate Director of Programs
Emily is responsible for the program management, development, and advancement of the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) at Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business. She manages both on campus and international field research programs, as well as leads efforts to raise the external profile of SEI and drives philanthropy fundraising in support of SEI’s program. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she was an associate in communications and investor relations at Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund. She also worked at Harvard University’s Program on Intrastate Conflict as a research assistant for the “2010 Index of African Governance” and as a micro enterprise project coordinator for Warm Heart Worldwide in rural Thailand. Emily graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs & Political Science.
Project Manager & President, SE Review
Olivia is senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with minors in Business Administration and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to her current role as Project Manager and President of the Social Enterprise Review, Olivia worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Associate at the Social Enterprise Institute. Olivia has participated in SEI’s field study programs to the Dominican Republic and South Africa in 2011 and 2012, respectively. She looks forward to another experience in the field during SEI’s capstone trip to Jamaica this spring.
During her time at Northeastern, Olivia completed co-ops at City Year, a non-profit working to bridge the achievement gap in under-performing schools and Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting firm based in Boston. Following graduation, she will join the 2014 Teach for America corps and serve as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Urban Engagement Manager
Melissa is a Business student concentrating in Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship and pursuing a minor in Urban Studies. She first became involved with the Social Enterprise Institute during her freshman year by volunteering with the Citizen Schools program. She is now the Urban Engagement Coordinator for SEI, organizing the Citizen Schools Writing Coach program. She participated in the 2011 South Africa Field Study Program in Cape Town and has previously served on the E-Board of Net Impact. She completed her first co-op in Spring 2012 at Oxfam America, working in the Community Engagement Department. Melissa completed her second co-op at the Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund where she assisted with marketing and communications along with project work focused on saving at tax time and college readiness and financial access.
Managing Editor, SE Review
Audrey is an Honors student pursuing a BSBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Finance with minors in Spanish and International Affairs. Audrey has worked closely with the Social Enterprise Institute since 2010 and is currently the Managing Editor of the Social Enterprise Review. In addition to her work with SEI, Audrey serves as an Investment Analyst and Coach at IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator. Much of Audrey’s time at IDEA has been dedicated to expanding its social venture portfolio.
Audrey completed her second and final co-op at The Boston Consulting Group, the world’s leading advisor in business strategy. There, she gained exposure to BCG’s Social Impact practice area and their clients within it. Audrey has also co-oped at Root Capital, a social lender that invests in agricultural SMEs in Africa and Latin America. In addition to completing two co-ops, Audrey has interned for Grameen America, a microfinance organization that provides financial services to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States.
Audrey has traveled to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and South Africa with SEI to consult with social enterprises and micro-entrepreneurs. In July 2013 she traveled to Ghana to conduct her own research surrounding entrepreneurship and innovation in West Africa.
Audrey is looking forward to a career in the social enterprise space in either a consulting or investing capacity. She hopes to gain experience in these fields through continued work, study and travel with the Social Enterprise Institute.
India Program Fellow
Gail is a Political Science and Business Combined major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a minor in International Affairs. She has been a Teaching Assistant and Honors Scholar, and went on the Dominican Field Study. She is currently on the executive board of the SEI Student Association and a contributor to the SE Review.
Program Assistant, Capstone
Ali Matalon is an honors student at Northeastern University and a Social Enterprise Honors Scholars. Ali has not yet declared a major but is hoping to find a field of study that allows her to pursue her interests in international issues, as well as, issues in her home community. She is currently pursuing both Spanish and Social Global Entrepreneurship minors and will be attending the SEI– led, Dialogue of Civilizations in the Dominican Republic this summer. Ali Matalon is a Jamaican student and has travelled to various parts of Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ali enjoys meeting new people, writing spoken word poetry and hopes to continue exploring different parts of the world through service projects and co– op opportunities.
Communications Associate, SEI SA
Becky Darling is an international affairs and human services dual major, she is also pursuing minors in social entrepreneurship and communications. Her first co-op was with Root Cause, a non-profit consulting firm which focuses on collaboration as a way to foster social innovation. Becky has also interned at Invested Development, an impact investing firm for innovative technology startups in emerging markets. Additionally, as a founding member of reweave, an organization that provides resources for social enterprises to facilitate social impact, she developed marketing strategies and helped to curate the online social marketplace.
In 2013, Becky traveled to Nicaragua with SEI’s capstone course and created a business plan for a women’s jewelry cooperative in La Chureca, Managua. This plan was also presented at the Clinton Global Initiative University last spring, with 3 other SEI students
Communications Associate, SEI SA
Molly is an honors student pursuing an International Affairs major with minors in Spanish and Social Entrepreneurship. She came to Northeastern with a number of goals, including one of learning more about ways in which to combat poverty. With this goal in mind, she took Professor Shaughnessy’s seminar class and has since become very interested in the field of Social Entrepreneurship. She is excited to be learning more about microfinance while participating in the Dominican Republic Field Study Program during the summer of 2013. She volunteers for the Citizen Schools Program as a writing coach for an 8th grader at Orchard Gardens School. In the future, Molly hopes to co-op with social businesses working to fight the vicious cycle of poverty.
President, SEI SA
Aline Beylerian is an honors student who enjoyed taking Professor Shaughnessy’s Voices of Development Freshman Inquiry class. Aline is majoring in Economics, minoring in Global Social Entrepreneurship, Arabic, and International Affairs. She is also a very active member of the SEI Student Association’s E-Board. She attends Leadership Council meetings for Global Advocacy and Impact Organizations and is the Student Government Association’s Liaison to SEI Student Association. Helping others is a priority of Aline’s as she is the Service Coordinator for SEI where she coordinates monthly volunteer activities for students and was a writing coach for 8th grade students from Orchard Gardens through the Citizen Schools program this past year. At Northeastern, she also enjoys participating in activities including tutoring Arabic for the Peer Tutoring Program and being a part of the Armenian Students Association. Aline hopes to continue to travel the world while helping people through Social Enterprise.
Nico is a Business student with concentrations in Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2011, he participated in the SEI Dominican Republic Field Study program where he was first introduced to social entrepreneurship. In the two years following, he continued pursuing social entrepreneurship courses and joined SEI once again on the capstone spring break trip to Nicaragua where he had the opportunity to study how small coffee farmer cooperatives operate. His capstone project involved designing and implementing a drip irrigation system in Mata Los Indios, Dominican Republic to help the community increase their level of income from the sales of their crops and to provide an increase of job opportunities for the residents. Nico’s past co-ops include working for PBS, General Electric, and this coming year he will be working for Bluewolf. Nico plans to graduate in May 2014 and pursue a career in consulting, hoping one day to be a part of a consulting organization that works with small enterprises and entrepreneurs in the developing world
Social Media Officer, SEI SA
Estefania Arenas is an International Affairs major with minors in African Studies and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Before coming to Northeastern, Estefania was very interested in the work of multi-lateral international organizations and development. During her first year in Boston, she enrolled in a Globalization class where she first learned about social entrepreneurship. Estefania is currently the Social Media guru with the SEI Student Association at Northeastern. She is originally from Venezuela.
Treasurer, SEI SA
Miranda is an honors student pursuing majors in International Business and Finance with minors in Spanish, International Affairs, and Global Social Entrepreneurship. Miranda currently serves as an advocate at LIFT Roxbury, working to help clients with issues of homelessness, unemployment, and education. She also volunteers for ETHOS and 8th Grade Academy as a writing coach. In addition to being involved in the Social Entrepreneurship Institute Student Association, Miranda is an active member of the Northeastern International Relations Council, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is looking to pursue travel opportunities and co-ops focused on social innovation and financial services in Latin America. Miranda is inspired by the transformative potential of using business for global good and is excited to be one of the many passionate students involved with the Social Enterprise Institute.