Caroline Onyuka

Cumberland Lodge Fellow, 2023-25


Hi, I’m Caroline – a PhD candidate in the Business School at Edge Hill University. I hold an MSc in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BSc in International Business Administration (Finance) option from the United States International University (USIU)-Africa.

My doctoral research investigates social enterprise development in Kenya by examining the barriers, drivers, and strategies for its development. This research aims to improve our understanding of current frameworks and provide new ideas for social enterprise development strategies in Kenya specifically, followed by other low-income economies.

My multifaceted experience encompasses project management, research, capacity building, grants management, and strategic partnership for government agencies, NGOs and INGOs, and I have held pivotal roles with organisations such as USAID, Trocaire, Aga Khan Foundation East Africa, and RTI International. I am passionate about international development inspired by policy-influencing work in women, girls and youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, economic development, and philanthropy. 

I am a 2019 Atlas Corps Fellow for the Young Emerging Global Leaders initiative, where I served with Kiva Microfunds in San Francisco, USA.