Entrepreneurship, according to Daniel Isenberg, is one of the keys to sustainable regional growth – a premise he continues to champion around the world through teaching, research, advising and investing.

For 11 years, Isenberg was a professor at Harvard Business School. Currently, he is a Columbia Business School adjunct professor and a professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive Education and Enterprise. He is founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, an initiative that helps regional coalitions in a variety of countries create the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship. He is also working to inaugurate the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Program at Babson.

In his first book, “Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), Isenberg contends that entrepreneurs see hidden value in situations where others do not, and ultimately realize extraordinary value for themselves, their customers and society as a whole. A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review (HBR), his article, “How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution” article (2010) was featured as the publication’s “Big Idea,” following his seminal piece, “The Global Entrepreneur” (2008). His most recent HBR article focuses on “Entrepreneurs and the Cult of Failure” (2011). Isenberg’s HBR blog on entrepreneurship has attracted hundreds of thousands of readers. He is also an expert blogger for the Economist, Huffington Post andQZ.

Isenberg speaks and consults frequently on global entrepreneurship, and is often quoted as an expert voice in influential media, including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times,Forbes, among others. He has also been interviewed on CNN, Bloomberg, WGBH and the BBC. An entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and active angel investor, Isenberg has addressed or advised senior policy groups in over a dozen countries, including Brazil, Israel, Denmark, Colombia, United States, Mexico and Canada. He has also worked on entrepreneurship policy with the G20 YES, World Economic Forum, and advised the White House on the initial concept of StartUp America. In 2012, Isenberg was awarded the Pio Manzu Gold Medal for “pioneering and innovative work in economic development,” signed by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In addition to Harvard, Columbia and Babson, Isenberg has taught at INSEAD, Reykjavik and the Technion.  While at Harvard, he developed the popular course International Entrepreneurship, publishing 27 cases on global entrepreneurs. He also designed and led the school’s new India and Israel International Immersion Programs on entrepreneurship. Early on in his 11-year HBS tenure, he taught Organizational Behavior and Managing Organizational Effectiveness, conducting research programs on human interaction in small groups and managerial cognition, which resulted in his first feature Harvard Business Review articles, “How Senior Managers Think” (1984) and “The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism” (1987), as well as scientific publications in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. During his time at the Technion, where Isenberg created a course called Technology-Based Entrepreneurship, he directed the Tefen Entrepreneurs Program with Stef Wertheimer and also directed the Technion Entrepreneurial Associates with MIT Professor Ed Roberts.

Isenberg holds a Ph.D. degree in social psychology from Harvard University under the mentorship of Robert Freed Bales.

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