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Durham Energy Institute



Dr Joanna Berry, expert in Entrepreneurship, joins DEI as co-Director

(7 January 2020)

Durham Energy Institute is pleased to announce that Dr Joanna Berry from Durham University Business School is joining the executive team as DEI co-Director for Business.

She replaces Professor Tooraj Jamasb who has joined the Copenhagen Business School to set-up and lead the Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI).

Joanna is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship. She is fascinated by the interfaces between business, science/creativity and technology. Her MBA focussed on broadband distribution and her PhD analysed the music industry's increasingly technologically-mediated business models and value chains.

She covers a wide variety of innovation, entrepreneurship and digital subjects, encompassing leadership, strategy and SME agendas. She places a particular emphasis on supporting women in business, and the 'women in STEM' agenda, in a variety of practical ways including mentoring, and relevant event hosting, both within and outside the University.

Joanna’s experience is underpinned by a deep and broad range of regional, national and international corporate and public sector contacts, which she builds into her day to day activities in HE and external relations. She works with various business organisations including the LEP, NECC, FSB, CIM and others to engage closely with the Northern Powerhouse agenda. She has had a number of international business positions, including Manager for Europe and East Asia for the World Economic Forum, and New Business Development Director for the Mobil 1 Motorsport/McLaren teams. She has also founded and run her own companies, including an international award-winning interactive content production (‘dot com’) company, a record label (as part of her PhD research) a database management service and a PR company.

In November 2019 Joanna won the Forward Ladies 2019 Regional Awards for Scotland, Yorkshire and the Northeast, in the Academia/Public Sector Leader category and is a new member of the Northern Power Women ‘Power List 2020’.

Joanna was born and brought up in Hartlepool, and remains passionate about increasing the profile and prosperity of the North East region through education. As well as her work in HE she spends quite some time talking to students of primary and secondary schools about careers and employability.

Joanna is delighted to be a co-Director for the DEI and hopes to contribute her energy, enthusiasm and ability to connect across boundaries to Durham’s important, timely, world-class interdisciplinary Energy Institute.

Dr Joanna Berry said:

“Energy, science and society meet at a critical interface that has never been more important to our future and that of the planet. It is an immense privilege for me, and the Durham University Business School where I am based, to be part of this globally-renowned interdisciplinary team of experts, and to work with them in solving the problems and maximising the opportunities presented at this interface. It isn’t often that one gets the chance to help make a difference to the future of every person on the planet; I am delighted to join the team!”


Professor Jon Gluyas, DEI Executive Director said:

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joanna as a new co-director for Durham Energy Institute. Joanna brings a wealth of expertise in enterprise and entrepreneurship combined with unbounded enthusiasm that will be a key part of DEI’s bold new future”


Further information:

DEI Executive Team

Durham University Business School