Program Faculty Members
Angelo J. Santinelli
Adjunct Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Angelo J. Santinelli is an adjunct lecturer of entrepreneurship at Babson College and an experienced leader and innovator in creating business strategy, marketing, and delivering results. His more than 25 years of business experience covers a broad range of disciplines and responsibilities, including business development, strategic planning, M&A, IPO, private equity financing, customer service, all aspects of marketing, and international operations. Santinelli has served on numerous boards of directors participating in both audit and compensation committees. He has served as an executive and officer of a public company. He has been a senior lecturer at MIT, Sloan School of Management, where he taught entrepreneurship. He earned his BS from Fordham University in 1984 and his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1989.
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship
Lakshmi Balachandra is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College and a leading expert in improvisation, negotiation, and entrepreneurial pitching. She is fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she examines the impact of gender on entrepreneurial success in acquiring early-stage funding. Balachandra has taught courses and international programs to students and executives on entrepreneurship, negotiation, improvisation, and leadership. She consults with a wide range of companies, including Goldman Sachs, Genzyme, Novartis, Shell, and the CIA, and frequently guest lectures in several courses at the Harvard Business School. She earned her BA in environmental studies and economics at the University of Chicago, her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and her PhD in management from Boston College.
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
Andrew Corbett is an associate professor of entrepreneurship and the faculty director of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator at Babson College. Corbett also is the general editor for the Journal of Management Studies. He is a primary instructor for Babson’s Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) program, delivering it in North America, South America, and Europe. Prior to working in academia, he spent more than a decade in marketing and strategic management positions within the media and publishing industry. Corbett also uses his extensive corporate experience to consult and work with corporations on their innovation and entrepreneurship endeavors. He earned his BA from Suffolk University, his MBA from Bentley University, and his PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Adjunct Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Tim Marken is an adjunct lecturer of entrepreneurship and marketing at Babson College, and the president and chief operating officer of Breakaway Innovation Group, a hybrid strategic consultancy, creative agency and venture capital firm. His expertise spans across investment banking, sales management, and brand building. Marken was a founder and chief operating officer at Altus Marketing and Management, and consults with senior management at many global companies. His expertise is in value-based selling, sales management, and strategy. He also serves on the Babson College Board of Overseers. Marken earned his BS in finance and economics from Babson College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Heidi Neck is the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. As faculty director of the Babson Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE), she passionately works to improve the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education because new venture creation is the engine of society. Given the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship requires an entrepreneurial approach. In addition to entrepreneurship education, Neck’s research interests include social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, and creativity. 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.
Adjunct Lecturer of Management
Joseph Nedder is an adjunct lecturer, delivering numerous programs on leadership disciplines, influence, change management, and business strategy to executives and MBA candidates at Babson College. He has spent more than 20 years dealing with complex organizational issues in companies from initial startups to large-scale, international enterprises. He is serving as the in-house performance consultant for a major financial services firm in the areas of strategy, business planning, leadership development, change management, organizational effectiveness, and executive coaching. Nedder earned his BA from Dartmouth College.
Andrew “Zach” Zacharakis
Professor of Entrepreneurship
John H. Muller Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Chair, Entrepreneurship Division
Andrew Zacharakis is the John H. Muller Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and the chair of the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College. He is the director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and past president of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He also is a past director of The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process; and entrepreneurial growth strategies. Prior to his work at Babson, he held investment banking/venture capital positions with The Cambridge Companies, a Los Angeles firm that invested in retail concepts and move partnerships. Today, Zacharakis is an active angel investor in seed stage deals. He also previously held positions at IBM and Leisure Technologies. He earned his BS and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.