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Muthu joined the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London in January 2018.


Muthu holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Manchester Business School/Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester for which she received a bursary from the School’s Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also gained a Distinction for her MBA at the Bradford University School of Management, in which she received the ‘Strategic Planning Society Prize’ for the best performance in Strategic Management. She graduated with a First Class honours degree (in Economics and Business Management) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, receiving the gold medal for the most outstanding performance. She has successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Employment History

Prior to joining Birkbeck, she worked as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kent Business School, University of Kent. She also held a joint position as the Leader of Entrepreneurial Co-creation at the Big Innovation Centre and a Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She has also worked as an Associate Academic Staff member at the Bradford University School of Management, a Teaching and Research Assistant at Manchester Business School and a Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya.


Fellow– Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Fellow – Higher Education Academy

Member – British Academy of Management

Member – Academy of Management

Member – Innovation Caucus

Member – Expert Advisor Board, IPO

Member – The external Peer Review Group (PRG) of the BEIS

Member - Economics and Business evaluation panel of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT), the Portuguese public funding agency for R&D, chaired by Professor Stephen Roper from Warwick Business School, UK