Kerryn joined LSE from the International Labour Organization where she led the development of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) policy in South Africa. She has contributed to various social entrepreneurship initiatives including the SSE strategy for the African Union, two mapping studies of social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and the development of South Africa's USD70 Social Employment Fund. Prior to this, Kerryn led the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. She has held positions on various CSI and development finance boards, and is a trustee to accreditation authority, the Social Enterprise Mark CiC. Kerryn is an Associate Editor for Emerald Emerging Markets Case Collection and has guest edited two Special Collections on social entrepreneurship in Africa. She is co-author of the book The Disruptors, social entrepreneurs re-investing in business and society.
Kerryn has received numerous fellowships and is actively involved in the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES) which promotes the development of a relevant and localised teaching and research agenda in Africa for social entrepreneurship. Her PhD, from KU Leuven and the University of Pretoria, focuses on social entrepreneurship in difficult market, institutionally void, contexts.