Elisabeth Kelan, professor of leadership, director of the global centre for gender and leadership, Cranfield School of Management


Elisabeth Kelan, professor of leadership, Cranfield School of Management
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​Prior to joining Cranfield University, Kelan worked at 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.

Kelan's research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership 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 and practitioner reports. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management.

Kelan is the series editor for Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations . She was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (academic year 2014/15) and her research project explored gender inclusive leadership practices. She is currently involved in an ESRC funded seminar series on Gendered Inclusion (2015-2018).

Her research has been recognized through various academic and practitioner awards. She is also regularly providing thought-leadership to businesses and international organisations. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women's Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, as well as the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation.

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