Alumni profile

Lina Sonne

Thesis: Innovation in Finance to Finance Innovation: Supporting pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation , 2011

Promotor(s): Robin Cowan

I head the Mumbai office and lead research on innovation and entrepreneurship for development at India-based research collective and institutional design consultancy Okapi. I am particularly interested in innovative entrepreneurs and innovation in small ventures with a dual or triple bottom line approach across South Asia, and I have studied social entrepreneurship, startups and enterprise support across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. I was previously co-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 Mumbai.


Selected publications by Lina Sonne