Tilahun Mekonnen

Tilahun Mekonnen

Senior Lecturer


Multilingual: Speak three languages fluently; English, Russian and Amharic.

Qualification: MBA Postgraduate (with distinction) and currently undertaking a Doctoral Research into the lived experience of Immigrant Entrepreneurs with special focus on Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Sheffield.

MSc. Economics Postgraduate (with distinction) with critical research focussed on the impact of Government policy interventions and provisions in regard to SMEs performances in the newly emerging economies and East European market contexts.

Research: Doctoral Researcher in Management and Business Administration (DBA) at Sheffeild Business School.

Experience: Has over 10 years' experience in developing and managing an international business and 2 years business consultancy service. This has equipped me with a broad business management capability and knowledge with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

Current positions: Currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management, Business Economics and International Business subject group.

Role: Between 2011 and 2015, I undertook a role as an International Business development Manager for Sub Saharan African countries for Sheffield Business School and since 2015 to date, I am  working as International Business Recruitment Manager for Africa and Middle Eastern countries on behalf of Sheffield Business School.

Research: Presently; I am research active on Doctoral research project at Sheffield Business School which combines practical experience of Business advisory/consultancy, business management and teaching practices.



  • 2012: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2008: Master of Business Administration, University of Wales
  • 1995: MSc (Hons) Economics, Other
  • 1990: PGDip (Hons) Russian Language, Other
  • 1987: PGDip (Hons) English Language and Literature Edu, Other
  • 2011 to date: Business Administration, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

International Business


Theses / Dissertations

Mekonnn, T. (2018). Lived experiences of Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurs in South Yorkshire. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Quine, K.


Mekonnen Admassu, T., & Hattersley, D. (2023). Adapting Digital Platforms to enhance teaching, learning and collaborative working. Presented at: SHU's 3rd Annual Teaching, Learning & Assessment Conference, Sheffield

Mekonnen Admassu, T., & Mekonnen, T. (2017). Exploring Immigrant Entrepreneurs Social Capital: - A Phenomenological Research​ on Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurs in South Yorkshire at ‘The 3rd International Conference on Migration and Diaspora Entrepreneurship (MDE). Presented at: 3rd International Conference on Migration and Diaspora Entrepreneurship, Germany

Mekonnen, T. (2016). ‘The Advantages of being Disadvantaged’: - A Phenomenological Research on Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurs in South Yorkshire.

Mekonnen, T. (2013). The Challenges, Opportunities and Special Needs of Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurships in South Yorkshire.

Other publications

Mekonnen, T. (2014). Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Black African Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Challenges and Opportunities in South Yorkshire. Sheffield Hallam University

Mekonnen Admassu, T., & Mekonnen, T. (2012). Entrepreneurial Success, barriers, special needs and provision of support for ethnic minorities in Small businesses: Leadership and Management Organisation Theory (Critical Literature Review). Sheffield Hallam University

Mekonnen Admassu, T., & Mekonnen, T. (2008). Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Small Businesses in Sheffield: Analysis of barriers and special needs, with an evaluation of support provision to make recommendations to address these issues. University of Wales. Cardiff

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