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Dr Ghadah Alharthi

Senior Lecturer, MA Innovation Management
Central Saint Martins
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Ghadah  Alharthi


I am a Senior Lecturer specialising in Innovation and Culture at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

I hold a PhD in Management (Social Entrepreneurship) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. My PhD research explored the journey of social entrepreneurs and was centred on analysing their social networks and psychological capital, in addition to reflecting on gender-related issues in the field.

I received my MSc in International Management (Middle East and North Africa) from SOAS and my BA in Financial Management and Informatics from the University of Sheffield. My Master’s dissertation applied the Triple Helix Model to see how universities, governments and industries together can help transform a traditional economy into a knowledge-based economy that promotes innovation, research and entrepreneurship.

My research has been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Atlantic Council (USA), academic journals and the Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University. Beyond academia, I work as a Cultural Consultant, delivering extensive research, strategic insights, and content curation for UK consultancies engaged in projects spanning the MENA region. I collaborate with their teams on high-profile projects, including Biennales, NEOM, Museums, Art & Heritage Institutes, and Royal Palaces. In a previous role at the Edge of Arabia art gallery in London I worked to deliver a wide range of international events/exhibitions by engaging with governments, universities, social enterprises and international foundations.

I serve as a Young Adviser at Chatham House and am a member of the Next Generation Committee. I am also an Advisory Board member at the SOAS Middle East Institute and a member of The Association of Women in the Arts UK and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association UK.