Beverly Jacqueline Best

Beverly Jacqueline Best

Ms, MSc, MBA, BA

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Personal Statement

My name is Beverly Best and I am a first year PhD. student at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Stathclyde Business Scholl of the University of Strathclyde .   My research project aims to gain deeper insights on how digital technologies alleviate existing constraints among female entrepreneurs in developing countries.  The focus of my study is motivated by the transformative dimensions of digital technologies on business enterprises are important worldwide issues that have encouraged encouraged various debates among scholars, researchers and practitioners.  Arguments for the egalitarian and meritocratic potential of digital technologies in processes and outcomes have been met with calls of the widening digital gender divide.  Hence the scope for additional seminal research on the topic is underscored.  Moreover, since most of the literature on female entrepreneurship is rooted in emperical studies from Europe and the USA, this research will adopt an overarching contextual approach to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of female entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean which has the highest total entrepreneurship activity (TEA) but is the most under-researched region, among developing  countries, in the field of entrepreneurship.

Research Interests

My research interests are in areas related to:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Gender equality
  • Sustainable development 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • International and Development Cooperation
  • International Business
  • Project Management
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Procurement Management
  • Results Based Management

Industrial Relevance

This research will contribute to shaping policies that will impact positively on the lives of female entrepreneurs who are mostly SMEs in developing countries

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • MBA in International Business & Sustainable Development
  • MSc. in Project Management
  • Certificate in Evidence Based Policy Research Methods
  • Bachelor of Arts in  Economics with Mathematics and History
  • Full Member of the Association of Project Management (UK)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

1 Feb 201931 Jan 2025


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