I study entrepreneurs that are tackling global social and environmental challenges like poverty, climate change, and inequality.
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. My research agenda focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship and society, and examines multiple phenomena including social entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable finance and impact investing, and entrepreneurship and economic development. I include issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout my research by focusing on traditionally overlooked entrepreneurs, underdeveloped regions and countries, and challenging institutional environments.
I was previously Research Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, where I co-founded the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. This unique public-private partnership has aggregated data from over 23,000 ventures that applied to over 370 accelerator programs around the world.
My book (co-authored with Peter Roberts) Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs blends these survey data with insights from sector experts and sheds light on what is (and isn’t) working in entrepreneurial acceleration. We examine the impact of acceleration on venture performance and external financing across a range of sectors and regions.
My research has been published in or is forthcoming in such journals as World Development, Business & Society, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and Voluntas. I serve as an Associate Editor for Social Enterprise Journal and on the editorial board of Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
Besides my academic roles, I serve on the Kauffman Foundation's Evaluation Advisory Committee, the UNDP Impact Measurement and Management Working Group, and the MicroMentor Advisory Board. My work has been covered in media outlets like Forbes, TechCrunch, Impact Alpha, and Devex.
I received my PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2015. I am originally from Bombay (Mumbai), and I have a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai.