Dr. Lina Sonne

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions

In India since 2011, I lead research, consulting and teaching on innovation, entrepreneurship and skilling for public purpose and social impact. I have undertaken projects in multiple South Asian countries across a number of critical needs sectors, as well as in the creative industries. I work with partners ranging from academic institutions and think-tanks to multilateral agencies, impact investors, incubators, the public sector, corporates, startups, social enterprises, foundations and civil society. I regularly participate in workshops, speak at conferences, sit on investment panels and advise private as well as social sector organisations and startups.

I run Inblick Innovation Advisory which I started in 2017, in order to undertake collaborate research, consulting and teaching on innovation, entrepreneurship and skilling for social impact. I am also a Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation where I focus on the future of work and on innovation in the creative industries. Previously, I was Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Okapi, where I built a research and consulting portfolio on social innovation and entrepreneurship. Before that, I co-led research at Intellecap, Mumbai; and was Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, where I was part of the team setting up an MA Development. Prior to moving to India, I was a researcher on innovation and technology policy with UNU-MERIT. I hold a PhD in Economics and Policy of Technical Change from UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, an MSc in Business Economics from City, University of London, and a PG Diploma in Modern & Contemporary Indian Art History and Curatorial Studies from the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.

I live and work in Mumbai.
More information here: www.inblickinnovation.com

Selected publications by Lina Sonne

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Sonne, Lina, 2012, Innovative initiatives supporting inclusive innovation in India: Social business incubation and micro venture capital, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79: 638-647, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.06.008, More information

Book chapters
Fu, Xiaolan, Luc Soete & Lina Sonne, 2010, Conclusions: Science, Technology and Development - Emerging Concepts and Visions, in: Xiaolan Fu and Luc Soete, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Sonne, Lina, 2014, Mapping regional social enterprise ecosystems in India: Framework and indicators, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-050
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Bridging the financing gap for pro-poor innovation: Towards a framework, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-049
Sonne, Lina, 2010, India’s Rural Financial System: Does it Support Pro-Poor Innovation?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-039
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Financing pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation: A review of existing literature, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-038
Sonne, Lina, 2010, Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation and it’s Role in Rural Development, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-037

Sonne, Lina, 2011, Innovation in Finance to Finance Innovation: Supporting pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation, This thesis proposed a new way of conceptualising financing of pro-poor innovation in rural areas by focusing on pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation (PEBI) and by considering the knowledge flows in different parts of the financial system. Empirically, More information