About Dr. Lina Sönne

I am an Innovation Economist with over 15 years of experience in practice and policy-oriented research and consulting on

  1. Inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and impact investing;

  2. Technology and gender, digitisation and society;

  3. Entrepreneurship in arts + culture. 

I am Associate Professor at Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities at Jindal Global University in Sonipat, where I teach and research. I regularly participate in workshops, speak at conferences, sit on investment panels and mentor social sector entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining JGU, I set up and ran Inblick Innovation Advisory in Mumbai, and built a research and consulting portfolio on innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact at Okapi Research & Advisory, Mumbai. Before that, I co-led research at Intellecap, Mumbai; and was Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, where I was part of the team setting up an MA Development. Before moving to India, I was a researcher on innovation and technology policy with UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands.

 

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 + Curatorial Studies from the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.

I have led cross-sectoral projects in multiple South Asian countries and have worked with partners such as Dvara Research, Ashoka University, Observer Research Foundation, IFMR Lead, The World Bank Group, SAARC Development Fund, MNRE (GOI), Tata Trusts, Villgro, IDRC, Citi Foundation, Rockefeller Foundations, British Council, NESTA, DfID, Unilever, CII, Yuva Parivartan/KSWA, UNCTAD, UNU-MERIT, The Art X Company, and Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF).

Publicly available writing includes a working paper on low income women’s access to mobile phones in India and related review of literature; a snapshot report for CSIP on the impact of COVID-19 on India’s nonprofit sector; review paper and framework for an inclusive future of work; conceptual framework paper on social enterprise ecosystems, and a related report on regional social enterprise ecosystems across nine Indian cities; a chapter on networks of social entrepreneurs in a book on frontiers of social innovation research published by NESTA; working papers on nutrition, agriculture and gender at the policy, district ecosystem and household levels for DfID and IDS; a review paper on policy and practice in local economic development and governance in South Asia for CLGF; and blog posts on women’s mobile phone use including gender-related barriers, on gender equal future of work, on fintech hubs in India, on arts & culture future in Mumbai, on nutrition policy, on social enterprise ecosystems in India, and on startup ecosystems in Buenos Aires and Mumbai.

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