Dean, Babson Academy
Amir Reza is the dean of the Babson Academy, a dedicated unit within Babson College that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach and learn entrepreneurship. In this role, he is responsible for leading and collaborative advancement of Babson Academy’s strategy. He also is responsible for advancing overall internationalization efforts for Babson College through curricular and cocurricular programs.
Reza formerly was vice provost for International & Multicultural Education at Babson College. His leadership efforts in internationalization of Babson College were recognized through the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Comprehensive Internationalization Award, and
Forbes ranking Babson as the best school for international students in the U.S. He has held numerous positions in academic affairs, student affairs, and international education during the past 19 years at Babson.
Reza has served on regional leadership boards for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on international education. He also has served on the international advisory board of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and CIEE Entrepreneurship Lab in Berlin, Germany. In addition, he has provided consulting on pedagogy and curriculum development in international higher education at a number of institutions. He currently serves as the chair of the Editorial Committee of the Association of International Education Administrators.
Reza’s areas of expertise include international education, global competency, and higher education administration. His research focus is on learning outcomes of higher education internationalization, intercultural development, and educating entrepreneurial leaders with a global mindset.
Reza earned his Bachelor of Arts in international relations and his master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Maine. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.
Academic Director, Babson Academy
Heidi Neck is a Babson College professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. She is the academic director of the Babson Academy, a dedicated unit within Babson that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach and learn entrepreneurship. The Babson Academy builds on Neck’s work starting
the Babson Collaborative, a global institutional membership organization for colleges and universities seeking to increase their capability and capacity in entrepreneurship education, and her leadership of Babson’s
Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE), programs designed to further develop faculty from around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs. Through her leadership, she has directly trained more than 2,200 educators around the world.
She has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels. Neck is the immediate past president of the
United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an academic organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship education. She is faculty director of
The Babson Collaborative, a global institutional membership organization for colleges and universities seeking to increase their capability and capacity in entrepreneurship education. Additionally, Neck is faculty director of Babson’s
Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE).
Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship inside organizations. An award-winning educator and author, her textbook
Entrepreneurship: The Practice & Mindset (2017) was awarded the Breakthrough Book of 2017 by Sage Publishing and the 2018 Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Neck is the lead author of
Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach (Elgar Publishing), a book written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Additionally, she has published more than 45 book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles.
Neck has been recognized for teaching excellence at Babson for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education. She also has been recognized by international organizations, the Academy of Management and USASBE, for excellence in pedagogy and course design. For pushing the frontiers of entrepreneurship education in higher education, The Schulze Foundation and the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange (EIX) awarded her “Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year” 2016.
Neck speaks and teaches internationally on cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset and espousing the positive force of entrepreneurship as a societal change agent. She consults and trains organizations of all sizes on building entrepreneurial capacity. She is the co-founder of VentureBlocks, an entrepreneurship education technology company and achieved a successful exit with FlowDog, a canine aquatic fitness and rehabilitation center located just outside of Boston. She also serves on the board of the 100 percent family-owned, seventh-generation, land-management company in Louisiana, A. Wilbert’s & Sons.
Neck earned her PhD in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her BS in marketing from Louisiana State University, and her MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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