Meet the Faculty
Companies that are accepted into the Scalerator NEO program will receive training and mentoring along with structured assignments from experts over the course of the program. The core faculty will be from Babson College and other experts, local and international. For the past 20 years, Babson has been ranked above Harvard, Stanford and MIT for its practical entrepreneurship education.
Vincent "Vini" Onyemah (Scalerator Faculty Director) teaches Marketing Management, Business Development, Professional Selling, and Sales Force Management at Babson College. He has started two companies and worked in industry before pursuing his academic career. Vini has over 15 years of practical selling experience, starting when he was twelve years old in Nigeria working for his parents, and including work as independent sales agent in Europe. He has taught and conducted consulting projects in over twenty-five countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and North America. He also consults for the IFC / World Bank and teaches in several international Executive Education programs. He is field director for Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP), an accelerated growth-focused program for scaling up businesses and cities around the world. In this capacity, he has implemented Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and Scalerator projects such as Manizales Mas (Colombia), Scale Up Milwaukee (USA), and Scale Up Rio (Brazil)
His principal areas of research are Business Development, Entrepreneurial and Professional Selling, Customer Relationship Management, and Sales Force Management. He has won a number of research and teaching awards, including the M. Wayne DeLozier Best Conference Paper Award, Academy of Marketing Science, American Marketing Association (AMA) Sales SIG Doctoral Dissertation Award, and Boston University’s Beckwith Award for Teaching Excellence and Service.
Vini earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), his M.B.A. from IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), and his B.S. from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria).
Dr. Elaine Eisenman (Managing Partner, Saeje Advisors) is a seasoned executive, advisor to high growth companies, and Corporate Board member. She is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship, leadership, and governance, and her advisory practice focuses on CEO transition and succession, the alignment of strategy, culture, and compensation during periods of growth, mergers, and transformation, and Board governance. As both a Board member and consultant, she has led numerous CEO succession initiatives utilizing both internal and external searches.
Elaine has served on public company boards since 1996, when she joined the United States Tobacco, Inc. (NYSE) board. She is currently a Board member of DSW, Inc. (NYSE), and the Board of Miravan, a privately held consumer products company. Until recently, she served on the Board of Harvard Vanguard Health Associates, a $1.5 Billion non-profit health care organization as well as serving as the Chair of the parent company, Atrius Health, Compensation Committee. Elaine is also on the Advisory Board of Qwalify, an HR technology company. She has served on the boards of several private companies, including Active International, a privately held international barter company, and HRLogic, a Fidelity Capital start-up, as well as the boards of several family businesses.
She is a founding member, advisory board member and Boston chapter co-chair of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation, an organization for women public board members with over 3000 members over 100 global and domestic chapters. Most recently, she served as a commissioner for the report, Seeing Far and Wide: Moving to a Visionary Board, cosponsored by KPMG and Directors and Boards Magazine. For several years, she was a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services, consulting to a wide variety of Public Boards.
For the past eleven years, she was Dean of Executive and Enterprise Education at Babson College, a key operating position responsible for the strategy and growth of this top rated executive education division as well as for all non-degree programs in entrepreneurship. She was responsible for the management and operations of the Babson Executive Conference Center. She also served as a faculty member in numerous global executive and entrepreneurship programs, including Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Manizales Mas, a Colombian economic growth initiative, Milwaukee Scalerator, the Saltire Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Leaders, and the Kenyan Women Entrepreneurs’ Grow and Scale Program, sponsored by Banco Santander and the Women for Africa Foundation.
Elaine has held senior executive positions at both public companies such as American Express, Enhance Financial Services Co., and The Children’s Place, and private companies such as PDI International, a global consulting firm-acquired by KornFerry, where she both built and was General Manager of the Northeast region, and Management & Capital Partners, a retained executive recruitment, management consulting, and venture capital firm, where she was Chairman.
Elaine earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, an MS from Columbia University, and a BS from Boston University. Her areas of expertise include executive selection, transition, and succession, plus the alignment of strategy, selection, compensation, and performance during periods of growth and transformation. Additionally, she has managed the human side of acquisition and integration through multiple acquisitions for three companies. She has extensive experience in corporate governance and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, focusing on boardroom dynamics, CEO succession, and the role of the compensation committee.
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. He is the author of Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press 2013), published over 30 online and print articles on entrepreneurship in the Harvard Business Review, and has been featured in the Economist, Forbes, NPR, 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 and Scale Up Milwaukee. Between 2009-2013 Dan was active in the World Economic Forum and conducted Forum events in Davos, Africa, Europe, and China. In 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Dan the Pio Manzu Award for "Innovations in Economic Development." He holds the Ph.D. degree in social psychology from Harvard University
Kevin Mulcahy teaches on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Financing Growth. He 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. His 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 co-host of The Future Workplace Network, a membership community for senior HR executives. He delivers corporate workshops on “future proofing” business and HR strategies. He is co-author of The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees, published in November 2016 by McGraw-Hill Education.
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 leadership effectiveness at Executive Education programs for the Harvard Business School.
He has been active on the boards of small companies in Japan, Ireland and the U.S., and is an avid international traveler and independent film festival supporter. He is a dual U.S. and Irish citizen. Kevin earned his B.A. in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin and his M.B.A. in Strategy and Operations from Boston College. His areas of expertise include Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, Financing Growth, Managing Growth, Scenario Planning, Future of Work.