I am an academic, and I have been so for over 20 years, with a particular interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, economic and social development. That is how I am identified today. But the shaping of this identity has been influenced by many others, stretching from experiences of training in the private sector and work in the public sector (local government), and by the time spent forming and running two small ventures.
To be understood simply by my work is rather limiting. My lived experience has been hugely influenced by first where I was born and where I grew up, indefinable India, second, where I have lived and worked most of my life now, the United Kingdom (still the UK!), and finally the luck that I have had travelling especially across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, drawing on the lived experience of work and pleasure. People -- their faces, smiles, concerns, questioning and partnerships, the kindness of fleeting strangers, the warmth of those who have stood with me, and the gratuitous distances that some have courted – are the substance of any meaning in my life.