Dr Tabitha Sindani

Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation

Email: tabitha.sindani@coventry.ac.uk

Tabitha is a lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation in the Department of Management and Human Resources at Coventry University London. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and a Master’s of Science degree in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. She’s currently involved in teaching postgraduate modules in entrepreneurial leadership and management, and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision.

Prior to joining academia, Tabitha worked for the African Union Commission among other international organisations where she gained experience in strategic policy planning, public-private sector partnerships and resource mobilisation and design-driven entrepreneurship.

Tabitha is passionate about advancing female empowerment in rural communities through scholarship and entrepreneurship. She has prestigious leadership programmes such as the Young African Leadership Initiative and other speaking engagements such as TED talks where she shared her story of how "unemployment became the ruby in my life" in Germany.


  • PhD in Entrepreneurship, University of Roehampton UK, 2022
  • MSc in Enterprise and Innovation, Newcastle University UK, 2018
  • PgCert in Civic Leadership, University of Nebraska, Lincoln-USA, 2017
  • PgCert in Design Driven Entrepreneurship, Kenyatta University-Nairobi-Kenya, 2015

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • British Academy of Management
  • TED Speaker’s Community
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)

Research and Consultancy

Tabitha’s doctoral research provided a feminist intersectionality perspective on the influence of social, spatial, and institutional context(s) on Jua Kali (informal sector) rural women’s entrepreneurship in Kenya. Her research interest is mainly in critical entrepreneurialism, the informal sector, everyday entrepreneurship, micro and small enterprises, enterprise policy, economic geography, and gender studies. Tabitha’s previous consultancy work has been based on gender justice and socio-economic development projects, designing and implementing capacity-building and leadership development programmes for women and youth.

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • Sindani, T. (2022). From the margins to the centre: A feminist intersectionality perspective of Jua Kali rural women entrepreneurship in Kenya (Doctoral dissertation, University of Roehampton).
  • Sindani, T. (2021). The Vulnerability of Women Entrepreneurs in ‘Jua Kali’: Lessons from Rural Kenya. Proceedings in the Gender Wok and Organisation 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference, 2021
  • Sindani, T. (2020). The ineffectiveness of Enterprise policy for Jua Kali women. Conference Paper Presented at Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Kingston University, 2020
  • Sindani, T. (2019). Formal and Informal Institutions Influencing Rural Female Entrepreneurs in Western Kenya: A Critical Exploration, Conference Paper Presented at the Iv Cham International Conference Fcsh/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa,
  • Sindani, T. (2018). Factors Influencing the Growth of Rural Female Entrepreneurs, a case of Vihiga County, Kenya (Master’s dissertation, Newcastle University).

Teaching Areas 

  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (Level 7)
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management (Level 7)
  • Dissertation (Levels 6 &7)


Coventry University joint top modern university for career prospects
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021