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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. My research predominantly focuses on understanding the strategic and ecosystem enablers of innovations/start-ups tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). I am co-lead for the doctoral training center in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde and co-lead of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK.

My research on ecosystems and social entrepreneurship has been published in leading management journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business, and British Journal of Management. I also regularly write blogs for the World Economic Forum and was shortlisted for the Financial Times - McKinsey Bracken Bowen Prize in 2018. I am a co-editor for the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (an ABS 3 ranking journal).

I am a co-creator of an open social movement - SDGZero - that envisions creating bottom-up approaches to solving SDG challenges by enabling local communities. I am also a board member and one of the Directors of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), the UK's largest and most experienced social enterprise support agency.

I completed my Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. This research, which was supported by Strategic Management Society's (SMS) Strategic Research Foundation (SRF) dissertation fellowship, explored the role of the institutional context in social entrepreneurship. Before joining Strathclyde, I was a post-doctoral visiting research fellow at the University of Liverpool Management School.

Research Interests

My research explores entrepreneurs and innovations tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) at the multidisciplinary intersection of business, technology, and society, understanding the strategic and ecosystem enablers of technology-based innovations/start-ups for tackling global grand challenges.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in/from emerging markets
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem building
  • Quantitative research methods

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and social impact.

  • At the undergraduate level, I lead the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) course within the Business School which involves cross-disciplinary teams working on commercialization of technologies and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Strathclyde. These projects are aimed at addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the postgraduate level, I teach Disruptive Technologies Lab and Global Innovation Lab.

  • Disruptive Technologies Lab explores the influence of prominent foundational and multi-application technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and 3D printing on business and develops future scoping scenarios for startups.
  • Global Innovation Lab focuses on developing skills for innovation at a global scale when social and sustainability-driven priorities with potential for impact are considered by organisations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Technology (not to be confused with BTEC), College of Engineering Trivandrum

Sep 2008Apr 2012

Award Date: 30 Apr 2012

Doctor of Business Administration, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Jul 2012Apr 2017

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