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Research interests

My focus is on corporate entrepreneurship, social and women entrepreneurship, and on the more psychological aspects. In my position as endowed professor of ‘Sustainable employability of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands’ the research focuses on increasing knowledge and understanding of critical events in the personal and working lives of entrepreneurs, potential causes of dropout and possible preventive interventions. The chair is established by Movir, income insurer for independent entrepreneurs.


Trainer/Guest Speaker, Entrepreneurship consultant & concept developer, Dec 2005- Present

Endowed Professor of Sustainable Employability of Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, May 2022-present

Ondernemerschap in Bedrijf, Programme for Intrapreneurship, April 2020-Present

De Zakencoach, Dutch network of business coaches, The Netherlands, Jan 2006- Present

Strategic Adviser, AEXI- Advances Export intelligence, ‘s Gravenhage, The Netherlands, Jan 2023- present

Member of Board of Advisors, Chain Logistics B.V., The Netherlands,  Aug 2022-Present

Exchange and mentoring programme women entrepreneurs, Women4Women, The Netherlands,  Jun 2019- Present

PhD supervision

Mulu Berhanu 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, HEAO Commerciële Economie, AVAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, 1988-1992

Leergang voor Professionals, School voor Coaching, 2008

Master’s in management and Organization Sciences, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 1992-1994

NIMA-C, Marketing Management, General, 2003

PhD, Psychology of Entrepreneurship, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2010-2015

External positions

Adviseur van de Raad van Bestuur (Kamer van Koophandel)

1 Jan 2023 → …

Advies aan directie (Chain Logistics)

1 Sept 2022 → …

Consultancy, trainings, coaching, presentations, research, programme development (Stichting Krachtbedrijf)

1 Jan 2013 → …

Consultancy, trainings, coaching, presentations, research, program development (De Zakencoach)

1 Dec 2005 → …


  • Entrepreneurship
  • psychology of entrepreneurship
  • women entrepreneurship
  • refugee entrepreneurship


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