Ezenwayi Amaechi Ejiribe

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2017

Ezenwayi Amaechi

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Ezenwayi Amaechi Ejiribe, Ph.D., '07 MBA, is a Social Entrepreneur and Microbusiness expert. After her research findings revealed that small-scale women entrepreneurs in Enugu State, Nigeria, needed training to grow their businesses (based on her doctorate research that focused on economic barriers to women entrepreneurs), She made it her mission to alleviate poverty among women and youth in developing nations by founding Micro Enterprise Social Entrepreneurship (MESENow), a social enterprise organization with a vision to create an ecosystem of women and youth entrepreneurs in developing nations.

Ezenwayi uses her background and experiences as a researcher, social entrepreneur, and microbusiness expert to offer course materials in new and engaging ways. She also creates learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.


  • Ph.D., Management-Leadership & Organizational Change, Walden University
  • MBA, Marketing- Global Business Leadership, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Computer Information Systems; Minor: Psychology, Bryant University

I am committed to helping students pursue their educational goals and achieve their desired results.

Scholarly Interests

- Social Entrepreneurship and Public Health
- Microbusinesses
- Women in Leadership
- Women and Youth Economic Development
- Leadership and Sustainability in Developing Nations.


  • HSC5020: Foundations of Public Health
  • HSC5420: Community Organizing
  • HSC6120: Improving Community Health
  • HSC6920: Public Health Capstone


  • Amaechi, E. (2021). Understanding culture and success in global business: Developing cultural and innovative intrapreneurs in small businesses in Thakkar, B. S. (eds.), Culture in global businesses: Addressing national and organizational challenges (pp.205-224). New York, NY: Palgrave-McMillan
  • Amaechi, E.C. (2020). Women in Leadership: Disrupting the prescribed gender norms in Thakkar, B. S. Editor (Ed.), Paradigm shift in management philosophy: Future challenges in global organizations (pp.133-153). New York, NY: Palgrave-McMillan
  • Amaechi, E. C. & Fusch P. I. (2019). Investigators reflections on the process and experience of a mini-ethnographic case study research in Nigeria. The Qualitative Report, 24(3), 550-558
  • Amaechi, E.C. (2018). The future of women in leadership, breaking the glass ceiling: A global perspective. In Thakkar, B. S. Editor (Ed.), The future of leadership: Addressing complex issues (pp. 145-165). New York, NY: Palgrave-McMillan
  • Amaechi, E. C. (2017). Exploring the barriers to women in leadership: The case of Enugu State, Nigeria. American Journal of Strategic Leadership, 3(1), 109-119