|Padmashree Gehl Sampath is a renowned expert on innovation institutions and development. She specializes in research issues of trade, innovation and development, especially in structuring wide area surveys to measure aspects of economic development in developing countries. She joined UNU-INTECH, now UNU-MERIT, in the autumn of 2002 where she worked until September 2007. After working as a Lecturer for International Development at the Open University, UK from October 2007 to 2009, she now works at UNCTAD, Geneva. Dr. Gehl Sampath is the author of four books including Unhealthy Divide: Local Capacity for Disease of the Poor (Forthcoming, 2010), Latecomer Development: States, Knowledge and Economic Growth (Routledge, 2009 with Banji Oyeyinka), The Gene Revolution: Biotechnology Innovation in Latecomers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 with Banji Oyeyinka) and Regulating Bioprospecting: Institutions for Drug Development and Access to Genetic Resources (UNU Press, 2005). Dr. Gehl Sampath has consulted various UN organisations, including UNHABITAT, World Health Organisation, UNCTAD, the European Commission and also the German Government on these topics. She has published several journal articles and book chapters. Prior to joining UNU-INTECH, Dr. Gehl Sampath worked at the Institute for International and European Environmental Policy in Berlin, where she is still affiliated as a research associate.