Lead Faculty Dennis Shaughnessy

Founder & Executive Director

Dennis ShaughnessyDennis 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 Jamaica.  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).

Contact: d.shaughnessy@northeastern.edu

Sophie Bacq, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Bacq_SophieSophie 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.

Contact: s.bacq@northeastern.edu

C. Sara Minard, PhD.

Executive Professor, Assistant Academic Specialist

Sara MinardDr. C. Sara Minard is a socio-economist, lecturer, writer, development practitioner and policy analyst with 20 years of experience working in the areas of economic development policy, market-based approaches to development, design methods for development practice, social entrepreneurship, social finance, and program design, monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Northeastern, Dr. Minard taught for five years in the Economic and Political Development concentration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she launched the school’s first courses in social entrepreneurship for development and social enterprise in India, and taught the core courses in methods for development practice.

Prior to Columbia, Dr. Minard’s economic policy research expertise includes five years at the OECD (Paris) leading research and policy dialogues on private sector development, informal economy and policy coherence for development in 18 countries in West Africa, and consultancies with the World Bank, IFC and UN agencies where she has designed strategies on socially responsible investing and banking, as well as policy strategies for creating enabling environments for social enterprise, including the tools for social impact assessment and reporting. She served for two years as the Chair of Columbia University’s Advisory Education Sub-Committee on Socially Responsible Investing and sits on several social enterprise boards.

Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Economics from Sciences Po in Paris (highest honors) and a dual-degree Masters in International and Public Affairs from Columbia/SIPA and Sciences Po. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Wolof, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.

Contact: c.minard@northeastern.edu


Cayman Macdonald

Logistics Coordinator

Cayman is a fifth-year student majoring in International Affairs and Political Science with minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship, History, and Food Systems, Sustainability, Health, and Equity. Cayman has volunteered as a student teacher for BizKids and as a mentor with the 8GA Citizen Schools Writing Coach Program. She was the project coordinator on a microfinance project that started last fall and she is now the CEO of the product of that project: Masiphumelele Community Innovations, a non-profit microfinance company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Cayman’s first co-op was at CODEPINK in Washington, D.C. working on various peace and justice campaigns. Her second co-op was at the Fullbridge Program in Boston designing online higher education courses. In 2015, Cayman attended the Field Study Program to South Africa and decided she had to go back. For her final co-op, she worked as a teacher and project manager at SEI’s partner institution in South Africa, TSiBA. Cayman will be returning to Cape Town in March to cycle in the Cape Town Argus to raise funds for at least one student scholarship to TSiBA. To support her fundraising efforts, please visit her fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/Cayman-2017/

Contact: macdonald.cay@husky.neu.edu

Ritu Bhargava

Newsletter Coordinator

Ritu BhargavaRitu is in her senior year at Northeastern and graduating in December 2016. She is from California and is studying Criminal Justice and Political Science with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and International Affairs. Though part of the Criminal Justice Honors Society, she makes time to be the Newsletter Coordinator of SEI, Communications Manager of buildOn, and participate in SEISA events. Ritu loves traveling and began her career at Northeastern through NUin Ireland. She participated in the South Africa dialogue and is going on a second dialogue to the Balkans. A few of her hobbies include painting, watching New Girl, playing field hockey, and taking long walks around Boston.


Chris Osborne

Events Coordinator

Chris Osborne is in his third year at Northeastern studying Philosophy.


Mabel Gonzalez-Nunez

Alternative Spring Break Coordinator

Mabel Gonzalez Nunez is in her second year at Northeastern studying International Affairs. She is originally from Boston.