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Dennis Hanno


Executive Director, Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center and Professor of Accounting

Dennis Hanno has held senior leadership positions at Babson College since arriving in 2006. Currently, he serves as Babson’s provost, senior vice president, and President’s Endowed Professor of Accounting, in addition to leading the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) as executive director. Previously, he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Matters in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and on the faculty of Boston College.

A vocal advocate for responsible management education, Hanno serves on the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a worldwide network dedicated to developing a next generation of responsible leaders. He also plays an active role in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) movement, including contributing to several of its annual forums and publications. And, as an accomplished accounting educator, he was named Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is actively involved in the accounting profession. He most recently was named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire for revolutionizing undergraduate education and for the active role he plays in the Boston and Babson communities.

Hanno leads Babson’s many initiatives in Africa, focusing on creating a more entrepreneurial environment across the continent. As the executive director of the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week, he oversees the work of the center’s in-country staff. Additionally, he has empowered thousands of youths in four African countries through a unique curriculum he has developed called From Ideas to Action as founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies.

Hanno earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Science degree in accounting from Western New England College, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
B.B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.S.A., Western New England College

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