I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. My research focuses on early-stage entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, incubators and accelerators, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. I teach courses on social entrepreneurship (graduate), impact philanthropy (graduate), program evaluation (graduate/undergraduate) and nonprofit management (undergraduate). I also serve as a member of the Kauffman Foundation's Evaluation Advisory Committee, advising the foundation on evaluation and performance measurement approaches for its programs on entrepreneurship and education.
I was previously Research Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, where I led a number of research initiatives on entrepreneurship, including the launch of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. I have also previously worked at the World Resources Institute's New Ventures accelerator program on sustainable and environmental entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
I received my PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the George Washington University's (GWU) Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2015. I also received my Master of Public Policy degree from GWU, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from the University of Mumbai.