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. Professor in Management

Institution: Essex Business School, the University of Essex

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

Diane Holt (BSc, MSc, PhD) joined Essex Business School in November 2013. Previously she held posts at Queen's University Belfast (2007-2013) and Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007). Previous duties have included designing and delivering a suite of postgraduate Masters programmes in the sustainability area whilst at Queen's. She also spent 1.5 years seconded to Middlesex University's Dubai campus responsible for the roll out of the Business Programmes and she also held a role as Deputy Director of the campus. She was the principal investigator on the ESRC funded Trickle Out Africa Project which considers the impact of social and environmental enterprises on poverty alleviation and sustainable development across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. During 2011 and 2012 she spent 24 weeks on fieldwork in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa as part of this research project. The online Trickle Out Directory now lists over 4000 social purpose ventures and has received almost 5 million hits during the last 12 months. She has also held grants from the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation, and has won approximately £293K of external funding since 2009. She has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas such as green supply chain management, sustainability discourse, ecopreneuring, and the role of business in development.



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 and member of the CREED research centre 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 internationally recognised 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, as well as engaging in research collaborations with scholars in the USA, Europe and Africa, and with practitioners.


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Title: Dr Ralf Barkemeyer, Lecturer in Corporate Responsibility

Institution: University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute

Roles: Network Committee Member

Dr Ralf Barkemeyer is Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds. His research focuses on the interface of business, environment and society. In particular, Ralf is interested in the impact of contemporary corporate social responsibility related policies and practices in a developing country context.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Ralf worked at the University of St Andrews and Queen's University Management School, Belfast, from where he received his PhD on CSR practices and priorities in developed and developing countries. Ralf is associate editor of Business Ethics: European Review and member of the editorial board of Business Strategy and the Environment. Recent publications include articles in Environment and Planning C, Sustainable Development, Journal of Cleaner Production, Accounting Forum, Critical Perspectives on International Business, and Resources Policy.


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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, Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

Institution: Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

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: Dr Robert Newbery, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation

Organisation: Newcastle University Business School

Roles: Network Committee Member

Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation at Newcastle University Business School. He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. He has founded and run a number of entrepreneurial businesses. He has a PhD, an MSc, MBA and BSc. and is a member of the Institute of Small Business & Enterprise, and the Regional Studies Association.

He is Principal Investigator for a Comic Relief funded project ‘Scaling innovative rural distribution for farmer inputs’ in Kenya and is developing the Rural Business Network development concept with colleagues internationally. Robert 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.

He is the Head of the Marketing, Operations and Systems discipline group at the Newcastle University Business School.


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.



Title: Ms Jo-Anna Russon, BSc (Hons), MSc, Postgraduate Researcher

Organisation: Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast

Roles: Network Committee Member

Jo-Anna joined the Queens University Management School as a master's student in 2008. Upon completion she worked as a research assistant, before gaining a DEL scholarship to undertake a PhD within the Management School at Queens. The working title for her research is: Poverty alleviation: the development and application of social performance indicators in international corporate social responsibility. The research involves the development of social performance indicators which juxtapose the conflicting and competing economic, political, social, and ethical issues which arise when multinational corporations engage in poverty alleviation. The indicators are applied and tested in the context of multinationals operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining the team, Jo-Anna worked as a manager and drug and alcohol counsellor in the voluntary sector for 10 years in Swansea, South Wales. It was during this time that she developed an interest in business engagement in social issues.


Title: Dr Helen Stride, Lecturer in Reputation and Responsibility and NFP Marketing

Organisation: Henley Business School, the University of Reading

Roles: Network Committee Member 

Dr Helen Stride teaches Reputation and Responsibility, Not-for-Profit Marketing and Personal Development. During her eleven years at Henley, Helen has also taught Manager as Investigator/Management Challenge and was the personal development co-ordinator of Henley's Advanced Management Programme. She wrote the Not-for-profit Marketing pathway, co-authored the Branding e Elective and contributed a chapter on personal and organisational values to the recently published 'Leadership and Personal Development' (Information Age Publishing, NC). She is an experienced executive coach and team facilitator. Helen's career began in the City of London where she worked as a stockbroker. In 1990, she was awarded a one-year sabbatical to volunteer as a small business advisor in rural Brazil. Helen was head of Christian Aid's fundraising team for four years before joining Henley to do her doctoral research in the relationship between values and commitment in charitable organisations. Helen has also chaired Henley's Environmental Group.