Esther Salvi is research assistant as well as PhD candidate. She has been working at the Chair for Corporate Sustainability since January 2019, where she assists in the organization, communication and coordination of the International Summer School – “Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice” taking place at the TUM School of Management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master’s degree in Food Technology and Science from the University of Milano (Italy) where she graduated with distinction in 2018.
In her research and teaching, she focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship in developing countries, with a major focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. She aims at understanding the role of informal and semi-formal micro-enterprises, which is linked to future development of specific policies for the enhancement of micro-enterprises formalization and growth. Beside this, she focuses also on social ties and informal associations in rural villages, e.g. manufacturers associations and women associations, and their role on micro-enterprises economic outcomes (e.g. access to credit and thus enterprise performance) and social outcomes (empowerment, knowledge share, etc.).
Born in Luino, Lake Maggiore, Italy
|2013-2016:||University of Turin |
Undergraduate Studies in Food Technology
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
|2016-2018:||University of Milan |
Graduate Studies in Food Science and Technology
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
|2018:||Technical University of Munich |
Master´s Thesis on Environmental and Nutritional Sustainability
|2019- Present:||Technical University of Munich |
Ph.D. student and research assistant
Main Focus: Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries (Africa)
Teaching: Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Theoretical Foundation; Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Theoretical Foundation; TUM SoM International Summer School on Sustainable Entrepreneurship
2019 - present
Program Manager , Technical University of Munich
“International Summer School: Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Theory and Practice”
|2018 - 2019:||Research Assistant, Technical University of Munich |
Chair of Marketing and Consumer Research
Topic : Consumer Behavior in a Complex Food Market Environment
|2013 - 2018:||Wine Advisor & Digital Consultant |
Centrovini Enoteca, Lake Maggiore, Italy
|August 2015 - September 2015:|| |
Food Quality Consultant & Production Supervisor
Curricular Internship at GERLA 1927 S.p.a., Torino, Italy
2020 Salvi & Belz. Semi-Formal Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a More Nuanced Understanding of (In)Formality. 2020 BCERC Online Conference.
Salvi & Belz, 2021. The Role of Meso-Level Institutions on Informal Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research BCERC Proceedings.
Moellmann & Salvi, 2021. Unterwegs in Mali. TUMcampus Ausgabe 1/2021. Spezial zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit, p. 70-73.
Salvi & Belz, 2021. Informal Entrepreneurship: An Integrative Literature Review. AOM Annual Meeting Proceedings.
“Erasmus +” Grant
Provided by the European Commission
“TUM Without Borders” Grant
Provided by TUM International Center
Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
Formalization of Micro-Enterprises
Informal & Semi-Formal Micro-Enterprises
Informal Associations in Rural Areas