Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area: Entrepreneurial leadership, women in leadership, inclusive cultures, family businesses
By industry: Private sector tech, finance and engineering. Public sector NGOs
By geography: International, Commonwealth, Europe
Edith Morley building room 266, Whiteknights campus
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Shaheena is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Henley Business School where she teaches on the MBA programme and MSc in Global Entrepreneurship. Shaheena set up the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship building the foundation for students from across the University of Reading to study entrepreneurship at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Over the last seven years, Shaheena has worked extensively in the field of diversity and inclusion in developing innovative solutions to create more inclusive cultures. She has worked with a range of multi-national companies and organisations in the public sector and not-for-profit sector. Her work covers policy development as well as working with organisations to create cultures that are more inclusive. She has delivered leadership programmes in Europe, North America, Brazil, Dubai and Kenya.

In the UK Shaheena has been commissioned to deliver policy reports on gender leadership by the UK Cabinet Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Heads of Government meetings in 2015 and 2018.

Her current areas of work include building stronger frameworks for organisations to measure progress based on diversity and inclusion and further research on gender leadership capabilities. Shaheena is a contributor for Forbes in the field of diversity and inclusion and has published articles and books in the area of leadership.

In her voluntary capacity, Shaheena is a member of the Ismaili National Council the UK and chairperson of the Aga Khan Education Board.


Papers and Reports:

Shifting gears in Women's Leadership across the Commonwealth (2015). Policy report benchmarking women in leadership positions across 53 countries with policy recommendations, commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Invited to participate in the panel discussion, Women’s Forum, CHOGM Malta.

Paving the way to opportunities, Women in leadership across the Commonwealth (2013). Commissioned by the Commonwealth Business Council and ACCA. Report presented at the Women’s Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka. Recommendations were taken forward and shared at CHOGM Sri Lanka.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. And Spence, L. (2009) 'The nature of reciprocity in family firms' International Small Business Journal, 27(6); 702-719.

Cornelius, N., Todres, M. Janjuha-Jivraj, S., Woods, A. and Wallace, J. (2008) 'Corporate Social Responsibility and the Social Enterprise' Journal of Business Ethics 81(2); 355-370.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2004) 'Exploitation or Indispensable? The role of the mother within Asian family firms.' Journal of Ethnic & Migratory Studies 30(4); 781 – 798.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2003) 'Is the role of support to business within voluntary (ethnic) networks sustainable?' Journal of Business Ethics 47:31-45.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. and Woods, A. (2002) 'Successional Issues within Asian family firms: Learning from the Kenyan Experience.' International Small Business Journal 20(1): 77- 94.

Forbes articles

Creating a leadership change agenda – if it’s important why is it so difficult to achieve.

Why inclusive leaders care about mental health and stress at work.

If you are still talking about gender diversity you have missed the boat.

If you think Cinderella only exists in fairy tales, look around your office.

The countdown is on – what are you doing about gender pay gap reporting?


Janjuha-Jivraj, S. and Chisholm, K. (2016) Championing Women Leadership, Beyond Sponsorship: Basingstoke Palgrave MacMillan.

Martin, L. M. Janjuha-Jivraj, S, Carey, C. and Reddy, S. (2008) 'Formalizing Relationships? Time, Change and the Psychological Contract in Team Entrepreneurial Companies' Ch. In International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship, R. Barrett and S. Mayson (Eds.) Edward Elgar: UK.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. and Martin, L. 'Introducing emotions into family firms.' (2007) Ch. In: Introducing Gender and Emotions R. Simpson and P. Lewis (Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2005) Succession issues in South Asian Family Firms Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Janjuha-Jivraj, S. (2004) 'The sustainability of informal ethnic business networks' Ch. In: The social world of small and medium sized enterprises: social capital and responsibility L. Spence, A. Habisch and R. Schmidpeter (eds.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Recent Conferences:

2018 Speaker, International Policy Forum, Chatham House, London

2018 Panelist, Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Women’s forum, London

2016 Panelist, Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre

2015 Women in Leadership, Commonwealth Secretariat, World Bank, International Labour Organisation, Nairobi

2015 Women on Boards, Management Today Conference, Birmingham

2014 Women in Leadership, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association,

2014 Women's Meeting, Women's Ministerial Meeting, New York 2013 Commonwealth Ministerial Meeting, Dhaka

Research supervision:

Gender diversity in leadership progress and building models that measure change

Building inclusive cultures across different sectors and regions

Family businesses – succession, leadership and governance, gender

Entrepreneurship – leadership, growth, gender

Judge, Coutts Banks Family Business Awards 2009, 2010.

All Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, House of Lords delivering training programmes on leadership and guest speaker at various conferences.

International Labour Organisation review of social enterprise material for training.

HSBC Enterprise training programmes