Professor Diane Holt holds a Chair in Entrepreneurship at Leeds University Business School in the UK. She previously held posts at the University of Essex (2013-2019) and Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2013). She also spent 11 years on the faculty at Middlesex University Business School in London, including 18 months seconded to their campus in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She has a PhD focused on green supply chain management (Middlesex) and a Masters in Environmental Management (Stirling).
She is a leading international scholar publishing widely on business models for poverty alleviation (such as social, environmental and hybrid enterprises), sustainable supply chains, informal economy enterprises, and social innovation in subsistence markets. She has published more than 120 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, conference papers and case studies, with over 5800 citations of her work as listed on Google Scholar. Her work has been published in places such as Journal of Product Innovation and Management, California Management Review, Journal of Operations and Production Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Sustainable Development, Business & Society, and Business Strategy and the Environment. She was recently commissioned to author a report on Youth Entrepreneurship for the United Nations, which is hosted on their sustainable development goals publications page (SDG8). Her recent research also includes exploring social/hybrid enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, value chains in producer communities in the Brazilian Amazon, social innovations amongst Kenyan women farmers, and informal economy business strategies in South Africa. She is bringing her knowledge and experiences from research within communities, businesses, supply chains and non-profit organisations in these countries, and many others, to her classes during Semester at Sea in the Fall 2022 voyage.
Born in the UK, she has lived and worked in many countries over her career including extended periods spent in Kenya, Malawi, Brazil, South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai, and the USA. She previously sailed with the Spring 2018 voyage, highlighting this as amongst the most impactful personal and professional experiences she has experienced. She is looking forward to meeting a new group of students, lifelong learners and ‘staculty’, whilst visiting new and familiar places.