Presented by Dr Aastha Malhotra, School of Health & Wellbeing
Dr Aastha Malhotra is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director at the University of Southern Queensland. She uses her multi-disciplinary background to inform her research interests which include entrepreneurship development, gender sensitive capacity-building, and organisational strategy. An experienced qualitative researcher, Aastha has expertise in interviewing, content and narrative analysis, developing case studies and impact evaluation. Within the entrepreneurship space, she draws on empowerment perspectives to maximise the community andsocial development outcomes of entrepreneurial activity. Her past initiatives include capacity building projects, including international fellowship programs for women entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and a pilot aimed at examining and enhancing the digital skills of migrant and refugee women entrepreneurs in Regional Australia funded by Advance Queensland. Aastha also holds a PhD in Management and brings with her ten years of practitioner experience with organisationsinIndia, Canada and Australia. Her academic portfolio includes publications in and reviewing for peer-reviewed platforms and teaching in community development, social entrepreneurship as well as non-profit leadership and strategy areas.