My PhD research focuses on understanding the distinguishing features of emerging and advanced country multinational corporations in Africa in terms of their operational dynamics, frugal innovations they offer, product development process, and their impact on the host country innovation system. My supervisors are Prof.Dr.Peter Knorringa, Dr.Georgina Gomez and Prof.Dr.Cees van Beers.
I have been working for around 12 years in government science, technology, bilateral industrial R&D and innovation funding programmes in India (TIFAC and Global Innovation & Technology Alliance) and Oman (The Research Council). My interest in frugal innovation stems from my practitioner’s experience focusing in enabling development through science and technology interventions.
I hold a Bachelors and Masters degree in chemical engineering; and more recently did the PG Diploma on Local Economic Development at ISS. I started my PhD in January 2017, joining the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), an initiative of Erasmus University, Delft University and Leiden University and hosted at ISS by the Civic Innovation Research Initiative research group.