Prof. Rajneesh Narula
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
Rajneesh Narula is the John H. Dunning Chair of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. His research and consulting have focused on the role of multinational firms in development, innovation and industrial policy, R&D alliances and outsourcing. He has published over a 100 articles and chapters in books on these themes. He is currently an editor of Journal of International Business Studies. Prof. Narula was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Development Research from 2009-2013, and Editor-in-Chief of Multinational Business Review from 2014-2016.
In 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his Services to Business Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) in 2015. He is a regular commentator on business and economics issues on BBC World News, as well as a variety of print and online publications.
He regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, governments and consulting firms. He holds honorary appointments at United Nations University-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business, Oxford University and the University of Urbino. He has previously held full-time appointments at the University of Oslo, Maastricht University and Copenhagen Business School.
He obtained his BEng (Electrical Engineering, with Honours) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria, his MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, and his Doctorate in Management from Rutgers University, USA. He completed his early education in Nigeria, most notably at Barewa College, Zaria. Before academia, Professor Narula worked as an Engineer in Nigeria, and later as a Planning Analyst at IBM Asia/Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong.