Entrepreneurial Fellows

Our Entrepreneurial Fellows represent innovation in areas where Goldsmiths is developing practice and research to improve people's lives and have a positive impact on society.

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They are world leaders in cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation who are helping us find new ways of collaborating to develop research and practice that support our local and global communities.

Through presenting open lectures, mentoring and taking part in knowledge exchange and consultancy they work with our students, staff, partners and the businesses we work with. These are unpaid roles with the fellows kindly giving their time for free.

If you would like to contact a fellow or have any questions about them, email Siân Prime (Academic Lead: Enterprise) at s.prime (@gold.ac.uk).

Bayo Adelaja

Bayo is developing ways that open innovation can bring social empowerment to Black communities across the globe and researching cultural business models with us.

She is the founder and CEO of Do it Now Now, which is a response to gaps in the support available to Black innovators building tech companies and social enterprises in the UK and across Africa.

Susan Aktemel

Susan is supporting us to learn together about ethical housing as well as impact investment. From 1994-2012 she created and grew Impact Arts, now a leading, dynamic Scottish charity.

She created Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency, with the aim of changing the private rented sector for people who need homes most. Since 2014 she has raised over £12.5 million in social investment for Homes for Good.

George Gachara

We are learning from George about new approaches to finance that particularly support female creative entrepreneurs and gaining insight from East Africa's knowledge of how to support a developing creative economy.

Ruth Ibegbuna

Ruth helps us to gain new ways to become a stronger part of the ecosystem of change through her innovative strengths-based work which enables young people to achieve their potential.

After a successful teaching career in state schools in Bradford and Manchester, Ruth founded RECLAIM, a Manchester-based charity supporting working-class young people into leadership positions. 

Drew McOnie

Drew brings his knowledge of developing performing arts experiences, and innovation in inclusive performing arts business models and shares his experience of anti-fragility.

Rasheeda Nalumoso

With Rasheeda, we are collaborating not only on how HEIs and the enterprise ecosystem can work more closely together but about how the skills of dramaturgy can be used to ensure that people's stories are told, well and appropriately.

Rasheeda is a Creative Producer living in Kampala with over ten years of experience working across theatre, dance and the visual arts.