We are a team of researchers and social enterprise practitioners working in universities and organisations in the UK and South Africa


Title: Professor Diane Holt, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA. Chair in Entrepreneurship

Institution: Leeds University Business School

Roles: Principal Investigator and Founding Director the Trickle Out Africa Project

Diane Holt (BSc, MSc, PhD) is an experienced teacher, researcher, and academic administrator. At Queen's University Belfast (2007-2013) she was programme leader for a suite of postgraduate programmes in the sustainability area. She previously held a position as Principal Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007) including 1.5 years seconded to their Dubai campus responsible for the roll out of their Business Programmes. During her time at the University Essex (2013-2019) she held various roles including Head of the Management and Marketing group, and the grant holder for three externally-funded research grants focused on various aspects of inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, social innovation, value chain and hybrid social enterprises. In summer 2019 she moved to the University of Leeds to take up a Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Studies.

Diane has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She has over 4800 cites in Google scholar in areas such as the role of business in development, social, entrepreneurship, green supply chain management and sustainability discourse. She has won over £800K of external funding with grants from the ESRC, NRF (South Africa), British Academy, British Council, Newton Fund and Nuffield Foundation. She was also the PI for the South Africa Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship PhD partnership in associations with Wits, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan and Pretoria Universities and held a Newton Advanced Fellowship exploring value chains in producer communities in the Amazon in Brazil. She was recently awarded a Newton Fund Impact Scheme award to continue impact activities based on the team’s fieldwork in Brazil and will be working in partnership with UFAM. Other recent activities include contributions to the youth social entrepreneurship United Nations expert meeting in December 2018; keynote speaker at the Social Enterprise World Forum Academic Symposium held in Glasgow (September 2018); speaker, facilitator and pre-colloquium workshop organiser at Social Enterprise Colloquium Pretoria South Africa organised by Luven, Rutgers and Pretoria Universities; panel speaker at Impact!Social Enterprise 1st world event (organised by Ashoka/British Council) held in South Africa in June 2018; and keynote speaker at the ISDG and Sustainable Supply Chains in the post-global economy International Symposium held at Royal Holloway University of London. She also authored the United Nations report on Youth Entrepreneurship published in 2019.


Title: Dr David Littlewood, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Institution: Sheffield University Management School, the University of Sheffield

Roles: Founding Director of the Trickle Out Africa Project

David is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, Research Development Director for the Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business subject group, and member of the Centre for Regional Ecnomic and Enterprise Development (CREED) at Sheffield University Management School. David teaches on Sheffield's undergraduate and MSc programmes, and supervises PhD and dissertation students. Prior to his appointment at Sheffield, David was a lectuer in reputation and responsibility at the Henley Business School, the University of Reading. David completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, exploring relationship between CSR and development in the context of the mining industry in Namibia. He was then employed as a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast Management School, working on the Trickle Out Africa Project, which examined social and environmental enterprises in East and Southern Africa and their role in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. David is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published in international peer review journals, as well as contributing to books and conference proceedings. David is active internationally as a Founding Partner for the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project. He is a former Marie Curie Fellow. He chaired the 2020 International Social Innovation Research Conference. He collaborates with scholars in the UK, Europe, North America and Africa.

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Title: Professor Ralf Barkemeyer, Co-Head of the CSR Center of Excellence

Institution: Kedge Business School

Roles: Network Committee Member

 Ralf Barkemeyer is Full Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Leeds and Queen’s University Belfast, where he received his PhD in 2010. Ralf’s research focuses on the interface of business, environment and society. In particular, he is interested in the link between CSR and development as well as corporate sustainability performance assessment. Ralf has published in outlets such as Nature Climate Change, Journal of World Business or Business Ethics Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and Associate Editor of Business Ethics: European Review.

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Title: Professor Bob Doherty

Institution: The York Management School, University of York

Roles: Network Committee Member

Professor Bob Doherty is Chair of Marketing and Director of Faculty at The York Management School, University of York. Bob specialises his research on the marketing and management aspects of fair trade social enterprises. Bob has been editor in chief for 8-years of the Social Enterprise Journal (published by Emerald Publishers). Prior to moving into academia Bob spent five years as Head of Sales & Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate.

Bob has published on fair trade and social enterprise in Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management Reviews, Business History Journal and Journal of Strategic Marketing. He was also author of the first text book in social enterprise management titled 'Management for Social Enterprise'. Bob is currently Principal Investigator on a White Rose funded grant called Building Up Resilience in Supply Chains (BURNS) working in partnership with both Dr Anne Tallontire and Professor William Young.


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Title: Dr. Eliada Griffin-EL, Associate Professor of Management, Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

InstitutionRobert Morris University, School of Business

Roles: Network Committee Member

Dr Griffin-EL received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Pennsylvania, USA), where she specialised in International Development (Economics) and Global Political Economics. Prior to this she had completed her bachelor's degree in Sociology at Yale University (Connecticut, USA), before going on to study her Masters in International Development at the University of Pittsburgh. Griffin-EL's research examines both how social structure (networks) informs African entrepreneurial development, and the role of entrepreneurship in facilitating local economic and social development within African communities. Her current research specifically explores the structure of black South Africans' entrepreneurial social networks and the value derived and perceived to contribute to their small businesses' development. She looks to expand the study to other African countries. At UCT's Graduate School of Business, Griffin-EL will be contributing research and teaching to the arenas of Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.


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Title: Professor Richard Harrison, Co-Director the Centre for Strategic Leadership

Institution: Edinburgh University Business School

Roles: Network Committee Member

Professor Harrison is currently Co-Director of the Centre for Strategic Leadership and member of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Edinburgh University Business School. He was formerly Head of Queen's University Management School, Belfast, UK, and has previously worked at Aberdeen and Ulster universities. He has almost 30 years academic and applied research experience in entrepreneurship, business development, regional economic policy and company strategy development and implementation. This research experience has been gained in academic environments in the UK, with international research experience in the EU, Pacific Rim (particularly China, Malaysia and Australia) and North America (particularly Canada). He has also had a number of years in applied regional economic research and policy analysis. His major research interests lie in entrepreneurship and economic development, and specifically in the area of access to early stage risk capital: he is a leading authority internationally on business angel finance and early stage venture capital, and has worked with government departments and agencies in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Australia, United States, EU, OECD, Canada (inter alia) on research and policy in the early stage capital market. He has also executive education experience in providing courses on leadership development, family business, corporate entrepreneurship, and on strategy and business development, for private and government sector clients.

In addition, he has written extensively on regional economic development policies, entrepreneurship and business development, university spin-outs and commercialisation strategies, early stage venture capital and business angel markets, financing innovation, developing commercialisation strategies for major university research institutes, entrepreneurship and management in China, gender and entrepreneurship, attracting and retaining talent in regional economies, and the development of technology clusters. His recent books include Entrepreneurial Learning (Routledge 2008) and Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Leadership (Edward Elgar 2015).



Title: Bev Meldrum, Development Manager

Organisation: African Social Entrepreneurs Network and Social Enterprise Academy Africa

Roles: Network Committee Member

Bev Meldrum lives in Cape Town, South Africa and splits her time between photographing social entrepreneurs and the work of NGOs and supporting local social entrepreneurs at the African Social Entrepreneurs Network and the Social Enterprise Academy Africa. She runs the operational side of the African Social Entrepreneurs Network, and trains tutors for the Social Enterprise Academy Africa. She has worked in the social entrepreneurship and NGO field for the last 19 years, running two social enterprises – one providing consultancy, research and training services to NGOs looking to develop social enterprises and the other a software development company which developed software for social entrepreneurs.

She holds an MA in Social Enterprise: Development & Management and has lectured in social entrepreneurship in two universities in the UK. Since arriving in South Africa in 2010 Bev has worked as a consultant in a number of local social enterprises. She joined the African Social Entrepreneurs Network team in 2011 to support the work of the national office and then subsequently the team at the Social Enterprise Academy Africa.



Title: Professor Robert Newbery

Organisation: Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Roles: Network Committee Member

Robert is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. He has founded and run a number of entrepreneurial businesses having a PhD, MSc, MBA and BSc. He is particularly interested in how entrepreneurship is being used for development in both the 'Global North' and 'Global South' and is actively supporting the Entrepreneurship Educator Foundation for East Africa (EEFEA).

Robert is Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the EIS Department at Northumbria University. Prior to this he led the Marketing, Operations and Systems Department at Newcastle University.


Title: Dr Miguel Rivera-Santos, Associate Professor

Organisation: Babson College, US.

Roles: Network Committee Member

Miguel Rivera-Santos is associate professor at Babson College, in the US. His current research focuses on cross-partnerships for poverty alleviation. Specific topics include, among others, the governance of cross-sector partnerships; the interaction between institutional environments and partnership structure at the base of the pyramid; the structural characteristics of supply chains bridging formal and informal contexts; and the governance of transactions involving formal, informal, and illegal actors. His research has been published in top academic journals as well as in a variety of academic books.