Dr Bridget Irene


Dr Bridget Irene

Academic Director at The Centre for Community and Social Development in Southern Africa



Dr Bridget’s main areas of interest are Gender and Innovative Entrepreneurship, impact of Culture on Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Economic Growth. Her PhD research contributes to an established discourse within the field of entrepreneurship regarding the identification and potential synthesis of personal capabilities, innate cognitive resources, emotional intelligence, and management competencies to produce distinctive formulae for business excellence.

Bridget’s teaching philosophy reflects her interests in identifying and nurturing entrepreneurial intentions among business students through structured composition and classes. Her future scholarly interest is a derivative of her PhD dissertation, which will aim to further explore and validate the findings of her dissertation. The latter will include, among others, the study of ‘action-based’ entrepreneurial education, and the inclusion of internal/endogenous factors (such as entrepreneurial competencies) in the understanding of success in the context of women-owned and managed businesses.

Bridget holds a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, and a PhD in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute London (CMI), British Academy of Management (BAM) and World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR).

Bridget is married, has a son, is a devout Christian, and enjoys watching soccer with her family.

Contact: bridget@ieedc.com