Melissa Paulsen

Associate Director of Education and Training Programs, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development; concurrent assistant professor of the practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs

940 Grace Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

(574) 631-7568
mpaulse1@nd.edu

Melissa Paulsen


Areas of expertise: Social entrepreneurship/innovation; business modeling, feasibility and planning; social enterprise and nonprofit strategy/consulting; entrepreneurship in developing countries; microenterprise development


Melissa Paulsen leads the Education and Training Programs at the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, working with faculty to develop interdisciplinary approaches to development programs. She also coordinates student fellowships, student research opportunities, and collaborative institutes for international students, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

Paulsen is a former assistant director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She served as director of the Center’s social entrepreneurship program and was concurrent assistant professional faculty in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has taught courses including Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Consulting, Microventure Consulting, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries.

Paulsen also leads workshops on social and traditional entrepreneurship, and has managed experiential and service-learning programs in South Africa, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and Guatemala. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from Notre Dame and a B.A. in English and philosophy from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.