Lise has been a Lecturer with Plymouth University Faculty of Business since 2012. Lise started her professional career in the financial sector in 1980, working as a Trainee with the Central Bank in Cameroon after completing a BSc in Macroeconomics and Monetary policy. Two years later, Lise went to the USA to complete an MSc in International Finance and Trade at The American University in Washington, D.C. Following intern positions with the Transnational Investment Incorporated in Washington, DC, Lise joined the African Development Bank in 1987 working in the Finance Vice Presidency for eight years.

In 1996, Lise joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Trade and Investment Manager, a unique opportunity that enabled her to build on her international experience. Lise spent 10 years building success for UK businesses between French-speaking West Africa and the UK. Lise and her husband I relocated in Devon in 2005 where she continued to work as an International Trade Advisor with UK Trade and Investment for the South West Region, leading on the aid-funded business sector.

Prior to joining the University, Lise was a Business Advisor for SERCO working on European Competitiveness programme for SMEs. With over 15 years of experience in international business, she was keen to deepen her understanding of the business world and in 2008, Lise enrolled as a part-time research student with Plymouth University.

Lise completed her PhD in 2013 on a programme of work investigating the interdependence between Entrepreneurship and Social Capital and why this interplay drives innovation and competitiveness. SMEs in the South West Region food and drink manufacturing offered the context for empirical research.

Organisation: University Of Plymouth