Vishalakshi Roy

Vishalakshi has over fifteen years’ experience in the creative and cultural sector and in that time has managed and delivered over 300 projects. She founded Earthen Lamp in 2011 to provide intelligence and bright thinking for the creative, cultural and third sectors.

She has a PhD in Entrepreneurship from Warwick Business School and her research focused on Identity Work of Nascent Creative Entrepreneurs. Vishalakshi has a background in accounting, advertising and market research, holds a Master’s degree in Creative and Media Enterprises, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and PR.

Since 2009, Vishalakshi has been using her industry expertise to teach audience development, entrepreneurship and strategic planning and is Assistant Professor at School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures, University of Warwick.

Vishalakshi is a Certified Member of the Market Research Society, and a member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship . She is a Director of Live and Local, Art in the Park and Creative Academies Network.

Languages spoken include Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati.

A funny joke you recently heard?

There are two types of people in the world. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.

I’m obsessed with… 


In my spare time I…

try new things – places, food, activities and skills

What three things would you never leave the house without?

Glasses, notebook and my sense of humour

What are you currently reading?

‘The Man Who Died Twice’ by Rishard Osman

What film/book (s) has influenced you the most?

Too many to mention – although Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle inspired me to be nosey