Social Entrepreneurship Takes Center Stage at Sonoma State University

Social, Cultural, and Environmental Sustainability Expert Joins Business Faculty Fall 2019
August 22, 2019
nadiya parekh

Nadiya Parekh PhD

Rohnert Park, CA – The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University today announced the addition of social entrepreneurship and social finance expert, Dr. Nadiya Parekh, as assistant professor of Social Entrepreneurship starting Fall Semester 2019.

Social responsibility is important for maintaining a balance between the economy and the ecosystems, and is a topic and discipline that students and professionals are ever more interested in,” said Dr. Daniel Petree, interim dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. “Dr. Nadiya Parekh’s expertise in social entrepreneurship and financing will be value-add to our academic and co-curricular Entrepreneurship program. Professor Parekh will be filling a gap in the School of Business and Economics since Emeritus Professor Robert Girling left the classroom to focus on nonprofit social entrepreneurship endeavors.

Teaching social entrepreneurship as a force for good is an important step to helping future leaders learn how to produce socially-conscious solutions that yield better outcomes for communities and the planet,” said Dr. Nadiya Parekh. “I look forward to partnering with the SBE faculty members to identify ways we can infuse social entrepreneurship into SBE pedagogies and co-curricular opportunities.

Dr. Nadiya Parekh has received her PhD in Management from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India. She specializes in Social Entrepreneurship Finance and has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India, in their globally-acclaimed, innovative Masters Course in Social Entrepreneurship at its Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Parekh’s research interests include microcredit business models, crowdfunding, impact investments and inclusive finance models, among others. Professor Parekh has taught courses such as Financial Management for Social Entrepreneurship, Basic Accounting for Social Entrepreneurs, Quantitative Research Methods & Computer Aided Statistical Application for Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability of Social Entrepreneurship Models, Microfinance and Financial Inclusion and Finance for Human Resource Managers. She was previously a research and analytics practitioner at a social impact investment firm exploring the economics of social venture financing. Currently, she is co-authoring a book on dual-goal entrepreneurship.

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