Professor David A. Kirby

Co-founder: Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society

Professor David A Kirby, BA. Ph.d. is a UK academic who pioneered the teaching of Entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally and was awarded, in 2006, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for his research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field. From 2007-2017 he helped found and establish The British University in Egypt, a social enterprise intended to introduce British Higher Education to the  country. Here he introduced a degree specialism in Entrepreneurship and carried out research into Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Universities and University  Technology Transfer. Here, also, he met the Egyptian pharmacologist and social entrepreneur, Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of SEKEM a commercial enterprise that works for sustainable  development through  institutions in economics, organic  agriculture; research and development, education and healthcare. He contrasted this with his home town in the UK where the industrial entrepreneurs had created wealth and jobs, even an industry, but had devastated the environment, society and human life. At  last he had  found the solution to the problem that had been gnawing away at him throughout his career – a solution he named Harmonious entrepreneurship, in acknowledgement of the Harmony principles  espoused by HRH The Prince of Wales, and promoted by the Harmony Institute, UWTSD.

Former Vice President (Enterprise and Community Service)

Honorary Professor, Almaty University, Kazakhstan.

Research Gate

Interview: Professor David Kirby: The mind behind entrepreneurial mindset education

LinkedIn Profile

In 2006, Professor Kirby became a Holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

What People Say

David changed my academic life by his insightful thoughts during the last ten years. We held workshops on Entrepreneurial Universities in Turkey and Iran with @Hiroko_ENTR

Aidin Salamzadeh Faculty Member @ University of Tehran; Editorial Advisory Board @ The Bottom Line (Emerald)

David inspired my career. I was trained by him at a UKSEC bootcamp for #EntEd ers in 2005 after I was teaching Ent Finance for 5 years to expand my portfolio. I was delighted when he came to Egypt and I had thought provoking conversations with him

Shima Barakat Entrepreneur| Director| Academic| Mentor committed to growing sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems

Felicity brings new energy, fresh thinking and years of practical thinking to entrepreneurship education. In particular, Felicity is asking new and old questions of the field, finding new answers and forcing us all to revisit our current assumptions.

Assoc. Prof Colin Jones, University of Southern Queensland & Author of ‘How to Teach Entrepreneurship’ (2019) & ‘How to Become an Entrepreneurship Educator’ (2020)


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