Dr. Eleanor T. Khonje

Professor and Doctoral Supervisor

Nationality: Malawian, American

Professional Career & Mini Bio

A sociologist of gender in global governance, Associate Professor Dr. Eleanor T. Khonje has extensive research and professional experience in gender, business and sustainable development. In particular, she works and researches on gender, diversity and inclusion in business and public sector organizations; women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; public-private partnerships; corporate social responsibility and leadership and management. Dr. Khonje teaches courses at BSL on personal branding and gender, diversity and inclusion.

Beyond the academic context, Dr. Khonje is an experienced entrepreneur, leadership speaker and coach, and has many years of professional experience in international development, community development, project management, capacity building and strategic communications. She has worked with both the public and private sectors in over 10 countries, thriving in different capacities and serving a myriad of reputable institutions.

Motivated by the individual’s immeasurable capacity to transform and embody their unique totality, through her company ETK Leadership Solutions, Dr. Khonje predominantly works with women leaders to equip them with the tools and skills to build and strengthen their individual strengths and authentic leadership capacity. Committed to service, Dr. Khonje gives back through The African Diaspora Leadership in Action (ADLA), a projects-based NGO she founded to foster community-led development in underprivileged communities on the African continent.

Dr. Khonje holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-International Relations, and has minors in English and Communications, from The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute Geneva. Dr. Khonje has a PhD in Social Sciences from The University of Lausanne where she defended her dissertation titled, Neoliberalized Feminism in Nigeria: “Developing” the Global Entrepreneurial Woman.

Favorite Research Topics
  • Gender, diversity and inclusion
  • Sustainable development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Leadership and management
  • Feminist studies

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