Shuan SadreGhazi

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions

Shuan's academic interests lay primarily in Innovation Management in Social Enterprises and Inclusive Business, with a special focus on their application for human development. His research aims at studying the innovations that address the needs of under-served communities, especially the factors that enhance social impact among the target benefitiaries. 

As part of his studies on innovations for low-income markets, Shuan conducted an extensive fieldwork in rural India, China and Myanmar. He has worked with a number of enterprises on their inclusive business initiatives. With the UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets initiative, he served as a research fellow responsible for case studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University's "Sustainable Innovation" group, he learned about the approach of Chinese firms regarding innovation for rural markets. He as also been an advisor for Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan) for the Base of the Pyramid projects in South East Asia. He was also in the editorial board of UNESCO Science Report (2015). 

He has been an invited speaker for various seminars and workshops on Pro-Poor Innovation, Inclusive Business, Social EntrepreneurshipEmerging MarketsCorporate Social Responsibility and Innovation for Sustainable Development. 

Lectures/Presentations available at

Shuan News/Blogs/Activities

  • Report on the UNESCO high-level forum on Innovation for Sustainable Development (in Spanish) [link]
  • Telecoms and ICTs: Drivers of Innovation? [link]
  • Preparing Young Professionals for Rural Innovation [link]
  • Inclusive Innovation for the ‘Rest of the World’: SDG 10  [link]
  • Toilet Innovation is Important! (interview with the UM magazine) [link]
  • Putting Base of the Pyramid on the Map [link]
  • Key Note Asia: Corporate Social Responsibility and Emerging Markets [link]

Keywords:  Base of the Pyramid, Pro-Poor Innovation, Diffusion of Innovation, Inclusive Business, Inclusive Development, Frugal Innovation, Emerging Markets, India, China

Selected publications by Shuan SadreGhazi