|I am part of the Okapi collective through which I undertake research on livelihoods, inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and urban development, primarily in South Asia. I am particularly interested in innovative entrepreneurs and innovation in small ventures with a dual or triple bottom line approach, operating in urban settings. I was previously leading research at Intellecap, Mumbai, on urban poverty and social entrepreneurship. I was also the Editor of Searchlight South Asia, a monthly online newsletter on urban poverty sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Before that I was Assistant Professor, Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the newly started Azim Premji University, Bangalore, where I helped set up an MA Development. Pre-academia, I was London-based and worked in the investment team at NESTA, as a researcher at GE Capital and as an analyst at a financial start-up. I have a PhD in Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change from UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University and an MSc Business Economics from City University, London.
I live and work in the fabulous and maxed out megacity that is Mumbai.