As an academic and researcher, Katerina Sarri has devoted her academic career on the study of entrepreneurship and, more specifically, of female entrepreneurship, with which she has been engaged for the last twenty years.
As a result of her long-term and thorough investigation of female entrepreneurship, Katerina recently co-authored a book titled “Female entrepreneurship: A view of the Greek reality”, whereby she posits, and offers answers to, major issues such as “Is female entrepreneurship a construct or a reality?” and “Where and why females differ from male entrepreneurs?”, at the same time proposing initiatives and strategies for the development of female entrepreneurship in Greece.
Along with her academic research, Katerina Sarri has contributed to the encouragement of female entrepreneurship through her institutional role in various positions: she is national coordinator of the international programme for the development of young entrepreneurship in Greece GUESSS (Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students’ Survey), she is a member of the Associate Board of the NGO “Ergani” offering support to women employment and entrepreneurship, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Interior for the protection of women and the suppression of violence against women and girls.
Katerina studied Economics at the School of Law, Economics and Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and, following that, she obtained an MBA from the University of Birmingham, UK, and received her PhD from the Faculty of Applied Informatics at the University of Macedonia.
Today Katerina is Associate Professor in Business Administration at the Faculty of Balkan Studies of the University of Western Macedonia. She has taught courses, among others, on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management and Strategy in Greece and abroad. She has also worked as a business consultant, as well as an evaluator and coordinator in issues related to entrepreneurship.
Her writings comprise one more book titled “Business Plan”, as well as publications in leading Greek and foreign journals, papers at international conferences and contributions in edited volumes on entrepreneurship and business strategy planning, as well as textbooks on these topics. Recently she has published papers on issues such as “Social entrepreneurship in times of economic austerity: a sparkle of light for the economies in crisis?”, “Developing potential entrepreneurs in higher education institutes”, “Entrepreneur training for creativity and innovation”, “Entrepreneurship education in higher educational institutions: The gender dimension”, and “Occupational rehabilitation for spinal cord injury patients: A proposal for promoting entrepreneurship”.
Finally, she is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer in leading international journals.