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I am a Research Fellow in the Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation Subject Group, Faculty of Business and Law. My research primarily focuses on understanding the impact of gender and culture on entrepreneurship and innovation activities in different geographical contexts. 


I hold a PhD in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. Prior to joining academia, I worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, where I was involved in the financial and operational management of various donor-funded projects.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of Women entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship education, Leadership, Business & Social innovation, SME growth and Venture finance.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly at beldina.owalla@port.ac.uk 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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