The Community of Practice
The GEET+ Action Strategy incorporates Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship Education & Training evidence-based insights to construct inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems as drivers for the economic empowerment of girls, women and other disadvantaged groups.
Led by the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI) with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada), the GEET+ Action Strategy pilot project has been launched to adapt, test and refine the GEET+ scorecard in Peru, Mexico, Kenya and Nigeria.
The Community of Practice will collaborate to strengthen the design and delivery of entrepreneurship education and training courses and programs to reduce gender, racial and occupational stereotypes and unconscious biases associated with entrepreneurship.
The pilot project will document barriers to inclusion at the organizational, program and course levels with respect to demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within EET intermediaries. The objectives of the GEET+ Project are to:
Enhance awareness and effectiveness of EET supports within universities by addressing gender, occupational and other biases in solution design1
Refine measures and assessment criteria to support gender equality in EET. Entrepreneurship Education and Training (EET)2
Facilitate EET knowledge sharing among academic, industry, non-governmental and government stakeholders including to catalyze networks where they do not already exist.3
Strengthen pathways for women to build and scale enterprises. Strengthen pathways for women to build and scale enterprises, including efforts to strengthen pipelines of viable and bankable women-owned and led SMEs4
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WEI GEET+ Team
Patricia holds a Doctor in Administration degree from the University of Cantabria and is a member of the Santander Chair in Family Business at the University of Granada, Spain. Currently, she is a professor of entrepreneurship at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro where she develops research in entrepreneurial cognition, academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education. She has published her work in high impact scientific journals such as European Management Journal and Journal of Managerial Psychology. In addition, she has been Director of the Entrepreneurial Institute of San Luis (IESL) for the Economic Development Department of the City Council of San Luis Potosí (2012-2015). Her teaching experience is associated with strategy, costs, creativity, entrepreneurial financing, and acceleration of family businesses. She has co-authored the book "Startup U: High Impact Entrepreneurs" which has been published in Mexico and Spain and leads the Querétaro regional team for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor study since 2018.
Barbara J. Orser is a Full Professor, and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Canada). Her research and industry outreach focus on gender and women’s entrepreneurship, finance, SME procurement and policy. Current studies include a 19-nation study on women’s enterprise policies, typology of women-focused capital funds, federal SME procurement, gender influences in ICT adoption among small businesses, and gender-based audit of Canadian accelerators and incubators. Industry engagement includes collaboration with the Canadian Bureau of International Education and INJAZ (Jordan) to construct gender-sensitive entrepreneurship curricula and training.
She is the lead author of over 100 academic and industry publications, including Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Enterprise (Stanford University Press, 2015). She is the Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth (2009 to 2011) and Founding Co-Chair of the Women Entrepreneurs Ontario Collective (2015 to 2016), non-partisan consortiums of women business owners, training agencies, academics and industry associations to advise on women’s enterprise policies. Dr. Orser has served an advisor to many Canadian federal agencies, APEC, OECD and the US State Department, and is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of gender and Entrepreneurship. Her research and industry contributions have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including Women’s Executive Network ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Canada’ (2010), The International Alliance of Women ‘World of Difference Award’ (2010), and ‘Canada 150 Women’, an award that celebrates feminist leaders, champions and luminaries in Canada’s 150th year.
To view recent industry reports visit http://sites.telfer.uottawa.ca/were/
To view full bio visit https://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/en/directory/professors/orser-barbara
To view academic reports visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Barbara_Orser
To view recent outreach visit https://cbie.ca/what-we-do/current-programs/leap-women-jordan/
Samantha hold’s a Masters degree in Globals Studies. Her research provided a comparative analysis of environmental policies in South Africa and the United States, with policy recommendations for current and imminent hydraulic fracking activities in both countries. As a Project Coordinator for Women’s Economic Imperative(WEI), Samantha coordinates the formulation and implementation of the work of the Gender-smart Entrepreneurship Education and Training Plus (GEET+) pilot team and its exploratory research in Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, and Peru. She also currently volunteers as a Grant Writer through Engineers without Borders Canada. This role sees Samantha, working to strengthen the internal systems and capacity of a women-led, small Ugandan business hub looking to expand its outreach. As a Grant Writer, she advises on strategy, grant management, and proposal writing. In previous roles, Samantha has overseen the management of diverse million-dollar international development projects for the former Department for International Development(DFID) and for the United Methodist Committee on Relief(UMCOR).
Is an Associate Professor at the Chandaria School of Business at the United States International University in Kenya. She is a Ph.D. graduate in entrepreneurship education and human resource development at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, in the Department of Human Resource Education. She has experience in Research, Curriculum Development, Teaching, Business and student counseling, Career Development, Program Evaluation, and recently, Environmental Management. With regard to administration, she has served as a Coordinator of several programs in the school and currently serves as the associate dean. In addition, she has served as a Research and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Human Resource Education at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, USA. Her research interests are in the broader areas of management (organizational behavior and organizational development) and entrepreneurship (social and commercial entrepreneurship (women and youth). A recent interest development is in the area of Growing Inclusive Markets, Educational Effectiveness/Quality assurance, and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Dr. Geoff Gregson
Geoff Gregson is the founder and principal of Caledonia Consulting, which supports public and private efforts to build capacity and wealth through entrepreneurship and innovation. He is a member of Canada’s GEM team (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor), which carries out research on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world, and is the lead author of the GEM Canada Reports. As an entrepreneur, he has started up four new ventures and is co-founder and Chairman of Axienta, Ltd, a global software firm. Geoff is currently working as a Senior Consultant with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, collaborating with healthcare, academic, industrial, and community partners in evidence-based assessment, development, and commercialization of health innovations, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. His educational background includes a PhD, LLM and MSc from the University of Edinburgh (UK), MBA from the University of Calgary and BKin from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Hellen Otieno is the Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Strathmore University Business School (SBS). She has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and a Master’s Degree in Economics. In addition to her academic qualifications, she has a certificate in Executive Coaching for Managers and an IFC Certificate in Training of Trainers. Dr. Otieno has over eighteen years of University teaching experience. She is an alumnus of the International Faculty Development Programme of the Prestigious Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the International Faculty Programme (IFP) of the IESE Business School, University of Navarra. These international training and capacity-building workshops have exposed her to the multiplicity of cultures and have enabled her to recognize and appreciate the cultural values of people across the world. They have also enabled her to expand her social, academic as well as research networks across the globe.
Dr. Otieno is also the current Course Leader of the Enterprise Development Program at SBS. EDP is a program that is tailored to offer solutions to challenges entrepreneurs especially SMEs are facing. Through the EDP she trained several entrepreneurs from diverse business backgrounds. These pieces of training have enabled her to gain deep insights into the solutions to some of the challenges facing entrepreneurs today.
Dr. Otieno has strong consultancy and research capacity having participated in several consultancies and research both locally and internationally. Her research interest in Gender-related issues saw her and her colleagues win a Research Grant funded by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) to conduct a study on Gender and Enterprise Development in Africa: A Cross-Country Comparative Study of Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana. She is currently involved in a Research Project on Enhancing the effectiveness of government procurement programs in achieving women’s economic empowerment in Kenya.
Dr. Otieno has distinguished herself as an academic researcher has authored several journal articles. She has also attended and presented papers and chaired several local and international conferences. She is the Vice President, Membership of the Academy of African Business Development (AABD). AABD is a prestigious organization that draws membership of scholars and researchers from universities and corporate organizations across the globe. It exists to promote sustainable business and economic development in Africa through strategic intellectual discourse and offering of practical solutions to businesses.
Geraldina Silveyra León
Director of the academic efforts of Instituto de Emprendimiento Eugenio Garza Lagüera. She received her Ph.D. in Business and Management applied to entrepreneurship, small businesses and family firms from Universidad de Cantabria in Spain. She has developed an expertise in entrepreneurship education, development of methodologies for new venture creation (The startup Path, which she is an author of). She has been a consultant and a mentor mainly on business models, business and team development. Also, she has lead differente programs with public funds to promote the internalization and scaleup of Mexican startups. She has a certification by Lego Serious Play. Her current research focuses on entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship competencies, and intention models, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and the startup process and entrepreneurship with a gender perspective. Member of Mexicos's National System of Researchers (SNI). Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), membership granted until 2022, in the area of social sciences, for scientific productivity.
Katherina Kuschel works as an Associate Researcher at CENTRUM Graduate Business School and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru, 2020) exploring the experience of Latin American women entrepreneurs. In 2019, she co-edited a Routledge book on wellbeing and women entrepreneurs, and a special issue at the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal on Women Entrepreneurship within STEM.
She developed the research line of women’s innovation and entrepreneurship from an ecosystem perspective at Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana (Chile, 2018-2019). Kuschel is a team player. She participated in a comprehensive international study on the role of women entrepreneurs in the development of regional innovation ecosystems at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Laurier (Canada, 2017). She was Visiting Researcher at the University of Siegen (Germany, 2016) where she led an international collaborative research project on entrepreneurial failure. She was Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Economics and Business - Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile, 2012-2015). Kuschel holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona (Spain, 2011).
Specific Research Interests
Women’s Entrepreneurship in Technology, Women Founders Identity, Work-Life Balance, Eudaimonic Wellbeing, Entrepreneurial Failure, Women in STEM, Entrepreneurial Education, Regional Innovation & Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.
Dr. Kuthea Nguti is the Academic Director for ‘We Create’, an entrepreneurship training programme for needy youth in Kenya. She is also a Faculty member in the Strathmore University Business School. She has consultancy, research, lecturing and training experience in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Management, Marketing and Business Planning and Management. Dr. Nguti also has experience in the creation of tailored training programmes for entrepreneurs in various industries and corporate experience in Public Relations, Advertising and Market Research.
She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Marketing and a Master of Commerce degree (MCOM), International Business Management specialization, from Strathmore University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Marketing specialization, from the University of Nairobi. Her publications, ongoing research work and interests focus on Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion issues, Consumer Behavior, Macro-social marketing and Indigenous African Business research.
Dr. Margo Thomas – Founder and CEO, Women’s Economic Imperative
As Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI), Dr. Margo Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups around the globe.
Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the World Bank Group, Dr. Thomas has provided policy advice to over fifty national and sub-national governments.
Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment in 2017. Under the Argentinian Presidency of the G20, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the 2018 Think 20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity. Dr. Thomas was invited by the Japanese Presidency to continue her work and serve as Co-Chair of the 2019 Think 20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Under the 2020 Saudi Arabian Presidency of the G20, Dr. Thomas served as a member of the COVID-19 Response Task Force and the Social Cohesion Task Force. Dr. Thomas has been appointed as an inaugural Global Solutions Fellow.
With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Margo’s areas of focus include trade and competitiveness, business environment reform, regulatory reform, investment policy, and women’s economic empowerment.
Dr. Nathaniel Adeyemi Adebayo holds a B.Sc. (Pol/Phil/Economics) combined honours, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Ph.D. Management Science. He is a member of several academic and professional bodies across the world. These include Academy of Management (USA), African Academy of Management, International Society for Development and Sustainability, Nigerian Economic Society, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Academy of International Business.
He was Principal Consultant to Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity (Ogun State Office) on National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS)-based Employment Policy and a consultant on World Bank-Funded Study of Ibadan (Nigeria) Solid Wastes Management.
Dr. Adebayo was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Studies, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria and currently a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration and Management Studies, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria. He had been Head of Department & Deputy Rector in the latter institution.
His research interests cut across Developmental Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Employment Studies, Poverty Dynamics, Sustainable Livelihood Analysis. He has published on his research interests in national and international journals, presented scholarly papers at conferences across the world, published five standard textbooks and has many book chapter contributions.
Paul Bikundo is a Bachelor of Actuarial science graduate. Apart from the first degree, Paul has done a Certified Investment and Financial Analysis (CIFA) qualification from KASNEB Kenya in which he was the best student in the country in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance expected to graduate in June 2022.
Paul has previously worked as a graduate programs administrator. Currently working as a research coordinator. Part of his roles includes student-supervisor management, research clinic planning and facilitation, budgeting, and financial planning for the division.
Paul is a dedicated individual and passionate about his undertakings. He is an upcoming scholar who is dedicated to his studies and career.
In his free time, Paul enjoys reading a book, playing or watching football, and sometimes a movie. Apart from that, Paul participates in charity activities to help the less fortunate in society.
Peter Bamkole, pioneered the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University in January 2003, now one of the top enterprise development centers in Africa. As the Director of the Center, he is responsible for the overall program development, capacity building and support services to entrepreneurs and students across the university. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK, with MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and alumnus of Lagos Business School (Chief Executive Program), his 37 years’ cognate experience spans both public and private sectors. He is currently a PhD candidate at the International School of Management (ISM) in Paris.
A certified Master Trainer, Peter consults widely in Sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship development and practice. Peter led the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women program in Nigeria and was a consultant to the same program in Liberia. He also co-designed other women programs in Nigeria such as Road to growth (Cherie Blair Foundation for Women) and Women X (World Bank). He currently chairs the board of Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, International Breweries Foundation and a member of the Lagos State Research and Innovation Council among others. His current interest is designing new learning methods and e-support to SMEs.
Stanley Ibeku is a research consultant, information scientist and monitoring & evaluation specialist at the Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria and also a Doctoral Student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the Department of Data & Information Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained a Master of Information Science Degree. His research focuses on innovation management, entrepreneurship, strategy and sustainable development. Stanley has journal papers and presentations in conferences.
Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie is a certified Management consultant and leads sessions in Entrepreneurship on the MBA and Executive programmes at Lagos Business School (LBS). She is currently the Director of MBA Programmes and Project Director for the Impact Investing policy initiative at the School. She is also the first African female Visiting Faculty at Yale School of Management, US. She has an MSc (with honours), in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Navarre, Spain; an MBA from Lagos Business School in Nigeria; and a PhD in Management and Entrepreneurship, from Lancaster University, UK. Onwuegbuzie is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants in Nigeria. She is a life member of the Beta Gamma Sigma group, which admits only top performers in the top 5% of Schools, worldwide.
Prior to joining the LBS faculty, she managed educational projects for women's development, in different states in Nigeria and subsequently, worked in the banking industry with key responsibilities for blue chip companies and multinationals in the corporate banking sector. Onwuegbuzie sits on the Board of a number of Nigerian companies, and has extensive consulting experience, spanning projects at the State level to conglomerates and SME's in various industries. On a voluntary basis, she mentors a number of aspiring and established entrepreneurs.
Onwuegbuzie is passionate about economic development and social transformation in Nigeria and Africa, and has initiated the creation of over 100 profitable, social impact businesses through the MBA and Executive programmes at LBS. She worked with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), from 2012-2014, playing an active role in organizing the yearly summit, in conjunction with the public sector team. She has also presented award winning papers at various international conferences on entrepreneurship and sustainable development, winning the best paper award in some of those conferences. In 2013, she was conferred the African Women Development Champion Award by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. In the same year, she was appointed one of the national mentors for the YouWin Entrepreneurship programme, driven from the office of the Nigerian president. In 2015, she was conferred a certificate of recognition in New York by LEAP, a UN working group under the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) sector, in recognition of her ground-breaking work in developing change accelerators. She has been rated top 4% among Nigerian top Executives in the education Management industry.
Ruth Powosino have a degree in Management at PUCP. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for CENTRUM PUCP. Likewise, she is social
projects assistant at Pax Christi International. In addition, she is co-founder and leader of Events at Womerang, an organization of the PUCP, whose
mission is to build a sustainable and inclusive space that provides opportunities and innovative tools for female empowerment for future professionals.
Her research is related to internationalization programs,
entrepreneurship, supply chain and Sustainability. She has won international competitions such as the Nusantara Project with a research paper called
"How Ethics affect in Logistics". Also, she won the third place at the 2020 Company Game Challenge: VIII Ibero-American Challenge in Business Simulation, this is a Marketing simulator - TechCompany. And Finally, she won the first place at the 5 to Encuentro Internacional de casos, academic track.
Women entrepreneurs make significant contributions to economic growth, wealth creation, innovation and employment. Yet, their participation is constrained by structural impediments and biases – economic, legal, social and cultural, including within entrepreneurial ecosystems. These eco-systems, which include Entrepreneurship Education and Training (EET), have underperformed with respect to the inclusion of women and other underrepresented groups.