My work focuses on building the eco-system for social entrepreneurship and the social economy in South Africa, and increasingly across the continent. I led the Network of Social Entrepreneurs, at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, one of Africa’s leading business schools, and in 2018, started their MBA elective on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. I initiated the first mapping study of social enterprises in South Africa and am currently working with the South African government, developing a policy for the Social Economy in South Africa. This work includes building networks in a field that has little connecting it, developing research opportunities, and identifying gaps and responses to enable the sector.
Since 2012 I have worked to strengthen our local curriculum on social entrepreneurship, and in 2015/ 2016 guest edited a Special Collection on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa for Emerald, and co-authored The Disruptors, social entrepreneurs re-inventing business and society. In 2017 our grant to VLIR UOUS was approved, with its focus on strengthening the academic eco-system for social entrepreneurship through research collaborations, curriculum building and academic support. This led to the founding of the African Network for Social Entrepreneurship Scholars, which hosted its second colloquium in August 2019.
I am an Associate Editor for Emerald Emerging Market Case Collection and on the Editorial Board for the journal Social Business. I am a director of the MMI Foundation and am a past chair of the advisory committee of the Social Enterprise Fund
My PhD studies are with KU Leuven and the University of Pretoria.