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PhD (English Literature and Indian History)

University of Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, Overseas Research Scheme grant (1991-1993)

Clare College, Choral Scholarship (1991-1993)


BA (Literature)

Yale University

Trumbull College (Junior Term Abroad, Oxford, 1987)


Nov 2008Present

Senior Fellow (Associate Professor) in Entrepreneurship

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Research and teaching for undergraduate, post-graduate & executive education programmes

  • Research: emphasis on management and leadership of cultural heritage institutions, women’s entrepreneurship and leadership, especially in Islamic societies
  • Teaching Undergraduate: university lectures in Strategic Management; tutorials in strategy, marketing, OB
  • Teaching Postgraduate & Executive Education : strategy, leadership, women’s leadership, museum leadership
  • Administration: Senior Pro-Proctor March 2014 – March 2105 (disciplinary & ceremonial duties)
Oct 2006Oct 2008

Director, Emerging Leaders Programme (Executive Education)

London Business School (University of London)

Residential executive education for high-potential executives, emphasising leadership and strategic change.

Responsible for recruitment, admissions, content, faculty, teaching, research, budgets, student experience, etc.—as well as strategy for full executive education portfolio

Mar 2002Sep 2006

Principal Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Management

European Business School (Regent's University London)

Course Leader for BA and MA in Entrepreneurial Management

Co-ordinator, International Entrepreneurship Research Unit

Lecturing, Teaching, Supervision for Bachelors’ (BA) and Masters’ (MA, MSc, MBA):

  • Management subjects: entrepreneurship, strategy, leadership, private equity (syllabi upon request)
  • Responsible for all entrepreneurship teaching: content, delivery, staffing, development

 Programme development

  • Course Leader: programme design, initiation, leadership and pastoral duties for BA and MA degree programmes in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Business, & Human Resources
  • MSc in Banking and Finance: teaching; validation 2001; acting Course Leader 2004/5
  • MBA: programme design; teaching; validation 2004
  • Academic strategy and policy oversight for BA and MA programmes

Research (please also see below)

  • Entrepreneurship, regional development, social enterprise, social enterprise finance
  • Enterprise and development in economically disadvantaged and post-conflict communities
  • Heritage, culture and conservation as engines for development
Aug 1994Jun 1996

Visiting Professor

New York University, Deptartment of English
  • Taught & conducted research in 19/20th century English literature, and Anglophone Indian writing
  • Introduced new track of courses on postcolonial literatures and theory
Sep 1990Jul 1994

Supervisor for various colleges in English Literature and Indian History

University of Cambridge
  • Taught & researched 19/20th century English & postcolonial literatures and Indian History
  • PhD supervised by John Beer and Marilyn Butler, awarded in 1997: “Precursors to Postcolonialism: Leonard Woolf, E. J. Thompson, & E. M. Forster and the Rhetoric of English India”


Professional Affiliations

  • Royal Institute of International Affairs (London), Associate Fellow, July 03 – Dec 05
  • Reviewer: AOM, EURAM, Enterprise and Society, Oxford University Press
  • Memberships:
  • Academy of Management (divisions: Entrepreneurship, Social Issues in Management)
  • European Academy of Management
  • British Academy of Management
  • International Association for Business and Society
  • European Business History Association
  • Association of Business Historians
  • Business History Conference

Non-Executive Directorships and Associations 

  • Oxford Baroque (early music ensemble; trustee and development chair; Oxford)
  • Frideswide Singers (girls’ choir; trustee and development chair; Oxford)
  • Turtle Key Arts (theatrical production company emphasizing disability arts; trustee; London)
  • Women Equity (investment fund promoting women’s entrepreneurship in Europe)
  • Fresh! Organic Ventures (wholesale speciality food manufacturers, London)
  • Hickman & Associates (strategic consulting for non-profits, London)

 Community Organisations, active membership:

  • Christ Church, Dark Harbor, Maine (member of vestry, Chair of the Music Committee)
  • Islesboro Islands Trust (land trust preserving environmental and community interests on an island in Maine)
  • Yale University Alumni Schools Council (interviewing applicants from UK for undergraduate admissions)

Publications and Presentations

Current Projects

  • Museum Resilience: leaders and entrepreneurial skills, collaboration with Oxford University Museums, funded by National Museums Directors’ Council
  • Skills and Leadership in UK National Museums, funding from Saïd Business School Foundation
  • Intellectual History of Entrepreneurship, funding from Saïd Business School Foundation
  • Industrial Heritage and Ancient Universities, collaboration with University of Bologna
  • University Museums and Knowledge Transformation, collaboration with University of Bologna

Publications, Presentations and Reports

  • (2015) Museum Tickets Feasibility, report for Nesta Digital R&D Fund for the Arts,
  • (2011) Entrepreneurial Leadership: what is it and how should it be taught? International Review of Entrepreneurship, 9(3) (with Muhammad Azam Roomi).
  • (2010) Behind the Veil: Women's Capacity Building and Enterprise Development in Pakistan. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 2 (2), 150-172 (with M. A. Roomi).
  • (2009) Women-owned Enterprises in the UK: Analysis of Factors Influencing the Growth Process. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 16(2), 270 – 288 (with M. A. Roomi).
  • (2008) Training Needs of Women-owned SMEs in England. Education + Training, 50 (8/9), 687 – 696 (with M. A. Roomi).
  • (2008) Review of Thomas Metcalf Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860 – 1920, in Enterprise and Society, 9 (3).
  • (2006) Review of G. Knaap and H. Sutherland Monsoon Traders: Ships, Skippers and Commodities in 18th C Madagascar, in Enterprise and Society, 6 (4).
  • (2017) Insights on Entrepreneurial Leadership from an Islamic Context, chapter in Entrepreneurial Leadership, ed Claire Leitch, Edward Elgar
  • (2008) Impact of Women-only Entrepreneurship Training in Islamic Society, in Women's Entrepreneurship and Social Capital: A Dialogue and Construction, I. Aaltio, E. Sundin, and P. Kyrö, Eds. Denmark: Copenhagen Business School Press (with M. A. Roomi).
  • (2005) CSR: An Information Strategy, in Perspectives on International Corporate Responsibility, International Corporate Responsibility Series, vol. 2, ed. John Hooker, Ans Kolk, Peter Madsen, Philosophy Documentation Center

Conference Presentations

  • “Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership in Cultural Organisations”, The Spaces of Culture, 11-12 Feb 2016, Venice, Italy
  • “The Museum as a Professional Organisation: a case study of change at the British Museum”, Managing Cultural Organisations, 10-12 Dec 2015, Bologna, Italy
  • “Islamic Insights on Entrepreneurial Leadership”, Best Paper Award, 60th Annual ICSB World Conference 2015, UAEU, Dubai
  • “Cultural Heritage Entrepreneurship”, Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship, 16-18 Jan 2014, Lueneburg, Germany
  • “Entrepreneurial University Leadership”, British Council conference on Higher Education Leadership, 16-19 Oct 2011, Lucknow, India
  • “The Idea of Entrepreneurship in Islamic India”, Enterprise Culture in Globalised India, 26-27 Sept 2011, University of Oxford
  • “Developing an Islamic Entrepreneurial Culture in Gulf Region States”, Gulf Research Meeting, 6-8 July 2011, University of Cambridge
  • “Social Entrepreneurship: can we own it?”, We Own It Summit, 9-10 June 2011, London
  • “Entrepreneurial Muslim Brands”, Islamic Branding Forum, 26-27 July 2010, University of Oxford
  • “Teaching and Developing Entrepreneurship in an Islamic Context”, Business Jihad Lecture Series 3, invited by organisers (Johor Corporation), 9 April 2010, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • “Entrepreneurial University Leadership”, 2nd AKEPT conference on Higher Education Leadership, 8-9 Dec 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • “Training Islamic Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan”, HEEG Conference, 29-30 June, Portsmouth, UK
  • “Entrepreneurship Education in the UK: current and emerging research”, Université Paris-Dauphine, Summer Conference, 20 – 26 Sep 2007
  • “Training Islamic Women Entrepreneurs in the East of England”, Sustainable Development Research Centre conference, “Sustainability: Creating the Culture”, Perth, Scotland, 15-16 November 2006
  • “Training Islamic Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan”, Université Paris-Dauphine, Summer Conference, 29 Jun - 5 Jul 2006
  • “l’Accompagnement: les Pratiques en Grand Bretagne”, 4ème congrès de l’Académie de l’Entrepreneuriat, “l’Accompagnement en situation entrepreneuriale: Pertinence ou Cohérence?”, au Sénat, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, 24 – 25 Nov 2005
  • “Social Enterprise Finance”, Université Paris-Dauphine, Summer Conference, 15 Sep - 22 Sep 2005
  • “Venture Capital as a Pattern for Sustainable Social Enterprise Finance”, EISB Conference, “Sustaining the Entrepreneurial Spirit Over Time”, IESE, Barcelona, 12-14 September 2005
  • “Cultural Economics: a critique using the heritage industry in the UK”, Università di Bologna, Workshop on the Management for Cultural Institutions, 13-14 December 2004
  • “A Taxonomy of Social Enterprise”, European Business School London Research Conference, accepted for October 2004 (conference organiser)
  • “Social Enterprise: teaching a new field in Europe”, Université Paris-Dauphine, Summer Conference on Entrepreneurship, 29 Sep - 3 Oct 2004
  • “Heritage Industry in the UK: factors in its emergence”, University of Nottingham Institute of Business History (UNBHI) conference, June 2004
  • “CSR Best Practices”, Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management “Governance in Managerial Life”, Amsterdam, June 2004


  • BMW, leadership development programmes with senior and rising executives, 2016
  • Oxford University Press, strategic leaderships workshop with senior executives, 2016
  • Art Fund, research and training on curatorial skills development for museum and cultural sectors, 2016
  • National Trust, teaching and training regional executives on entrepreneurial leadership, 2015
  • Oxford Aspire, developing & delivering leadership development programmes for museums, from Jan 2014
  • DP World, alignment of corporate strategy and leadership development programmes, June-Dec 2014
  • Academic Entrepreneurship Academy, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, May 2013 and Oct 2014, Workshops for Food and Health scientists starting early-stage ventures
  • External Examiner to various UK university programmes in entrepreneurship: Surrey University MBA and MSc in Entrepreneurship, Coventry University London MBA, LSE MSc in Organisation
  • Member of Scientific Council for “Women in Equity”, a Paris-based capital investment programme for developing European SMEs run by women:
  • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), July 03 – Dec 05, Associate Fellow, working on various projects on CSR and sustainable development

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German: conversation

French: conversation

Latin: reading

Greek: reading


church organist, pianist, choral and solo singer


swimming, sailing


Everywhere except the Poles

1987-1993 lived periodically on yacht in Japan, Australasia, Caribbean & Europe