Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership and Organisation at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars – Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.

She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Management, Management Learning and Gender in Management. The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch and her research is regularly reported in the media. She sits on the advisory board of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact.

She is regularly providing thought-leadership and consulting to businesses and international organisations. Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at Cranfield School of Management, King’s College London, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Zurich University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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