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Personal profile


Ellis is a Reader in International Business and Strategy at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Roehampton. He holds strategic leadership at the Centre for Sustainability and Responsible Management (CSRM) as the Research & Knowledge Exchange Lead for the People, Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship (POSE) Group and also the Lead for the Strategy and International Business Research (SIBR) cluster. Ellis is Associate Editor of the Journal of Africa Business and an Editorial Board Member for Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He is co-leading various professional development committees of international conferences and research groups interested in business and development in Africa. He has won best paper and Literati awards at conferences and in Emerald journals. Ellis has edited several journals and books. He has over 12 doctoral completions, mentors early career researchers and publishes consistently in high-quality internationally recognised journals.

He has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to his academic career he held various senior positions in the private and public sectors. His combination of international corporate managerial/engineering and academic experiences enhances his interaction and knowledge exchange with academic, corporate, third sector and multilateral organisations. He is therefore actively involved in interdisciplinary research that has managerial and policy implications and real world impact and development. He is currently the module convenor for the postgraduate module ‘Global Strategic Management’ and draws on his research and corporate managerial experiences working with multinational entreprises (MNEs). As an academic with rich prior managerial roles, he is well-placed to prepare students for the world of work. Consequently, he interacts very well with postgraduate students who require a more sophisticated blend of academic rigour with corporate and managerial relevance. His international educational and cross-cultural work experiences within and outside academia enhances his understanding of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.




Research interests

Ellis conducts research in International Business and Strategy with tangential interests in Technology and Innovation (Technovation). His research focuses on Foreign Direct Investment, Technology and Knowledge Transfer, SME Innovation Strategies, Mobile Technology and Financial Inclusion, etc. His empirical work generally covers developing countries and is focused on, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa. He also relies on his in-depth understanding of international business dynamics and the institutional and cross-cultural nuances in Sub-Saharan Africa to support and co-author research in other disciplines such as human resource management, marketing, tourism, etc. His research outputs show a unique commitment to promoting evidence-based business management and policymaking in Africa. Most of these outputs tackle insightful under-explored and under-researched subject areas and are receiving deserving attention manifest in impact and citations.

He has publications in reputable journals such as Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Information Technology and People, Thunderbird International Business Review, Critical Perspectives of International Business, International Studies of Management & Organization,  Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, Tourism Analysis, Personal Review, Employee Relations, Career Development International, etc. His research outputs generally tackle insightful under-explored and under-researched subject areas and are receiving deserving attention manifest in impact and citations.

Research projects

Current research projects include:

Mobile technology and financial inclusion; digitalising agricultural value chain in Africa

FDI and Technology and knowledge transfer, national innovation systems etc. in Africa

Impact of Chinese investments on Africa

Transformational Entrepreneurship and SME innovation Strategies in Africa

How MNEs manage and navigate institutional challenges in /developing and emerging markets


Professional affiliations

Member, Westminster Africa Business Group

Member, Network for Empowering African Management Scholarship

Member, (MCMI), Chartered Management Institute

Member, Africa Diaspora Academic Network   

Member, Academy of African Business and Development

Member, Academy of International Business (AIB)

Consultancy work

Consultancy skills and experience include:

International competitiveness analyses for SMEs (Africa)

SME enterprise development with performance management (Africa)

Skills audit, skills development, and capacity building (Africa)

Knowledge management, technology transfer initiatives, technology, innovation, etc.

Institutional and cross-cultural challenges in doing business in sub-Saharan Africa


Global Strategic Management (Postgraduate) Current

International Business Management (Postgraduate)

Doing Business in Africa (Postgraduate)

Applied Corporate Strategy (Undergraduate) Current

Strategic Management (Postgraduate and Undergraduate)

Cross-cultural Management (Postgraduate and Undergraduate)


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