Advisory Team

FifthEstate’s advisory team are a group of highly experience people in the field of social innovation, impact and policy.


Harry_150Professor Harry Barkema

Professor Barkema, is a professor of Open Innovation and Innovation at bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) at London School of Economics . He is also the founding Director of the Innovation Co-Creation Lab (ICCL) that works on fundamental research and teaching (MSc, PhD, Executive education) on how to design innovative teams, innovation communities around websites, innovative science parks & corporate campuses, and successful business model innovation in close cooperation with companies. He also heads a new initiative focussing on business model innovation at the bottom of the pyramid (BOP), in cooperation with multinational corporations, NGOs, and local businesses in South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America.



Sudheer_150Professor Sudhir Panwar

Professor Sudhir is Member of Planning Commission, Uttar Pradesh and Professor at Lucknow University. He is an active researcher in the field of ‘environmental genotoxicity’ and has been selected for the prestigious ‘Research Award’ fellowship in 2014 by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Besides academics he is also involved in grass root movements of farmers as President ‘Kisan Jagriti Manch’ (KJM) and has represented farmers in various Government organizations. He has been invited in Farm Progress Show in U.S.A as representative from India and other countries. His views on farm policy and rural development issues are quoted in reputed national and international media.



Roshika_150Roshika Singh

Roshika has experience working with public and private sectors to promote financial inclusion in underserved communities. While at Deloitte, Roshika was a co-Fund Manager for the Business Linkages Challenge Fund (BLCF), at the Emerging Markets Group, Roshika was the Activity Manager for the Kosovo Business Finance Fund (KBFF) that established a full-service bank to create jobs and contribute towards recovery of the economy. Roshika has also been credited with spearheading the effort at USAID to mainstream gender into ICT project portfolio. She currently works with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Access to Finance Advisory Services team. Her speaking engagements include the G8 Business Action for Africa Summit, the 5th African Venture Capital Conference in Kenya, the World Bank’s Gender and Digital Divide series, the Women’s World Summit in Hong Kong and the Indian SME Forum. Roshika is an author of a chapter in a DFID-sponsored book “Small Customers, Big Market”. She holds a BA from the American University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.



AmanPhotoKPMGFormatFormalAman Khanna

Aman has over 16 years of experience advising enterprises and governments in emerging markets on strategy, operations and policy. His work ranges from hand-holding senior management/promoters of small and large enterprises on strategy, fund raising, M&A, operations transformation & cost optimization to refining PPP policies and advising governments on key policy issues. Aman co-founded 21cc Education, a company that works to bridge the vocational education skill gap in India in the Logistics sector and Outgrow Consulting, a firm that focuses on business and investment advisory work for Small and Medium Enterprises. He regularly advises project teams at The World Bank on policy and investment issues in developing markets in the Agriculture and Transport sectors, particularly in the areas of Agribusiness supply chains, Private Sector Development and Trade facilitation across South Asia and Africa. Prior to this, he was Associate Director at Ernst & Young in India where he built the Agribusiness and Logistics business and investment advisory business. He has advised some of the world’s largest Corporations, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms on their investments in these sectors in India. His areas of specialization include Agriculture (particularly horticulture) supply chains, cold chains, commodity warehousing and commodity exchanges, public-private collaboration in Transport and Logistics sector; expertise in emerging market entry and growth strategy



Steave_150Dr. Smithson

Dr. Smithson is a Senior Lecturer in the Information Systems & Innovation Group, Department of Management at the LSE. He teaches Global strategy and Management of IS and management and economics of E-Businesses. His research areas include Electronic commerce and inter-organisational information systems, Knowledge intensive organisations & emergent forms of organisation, The evaluation of information systems and Organisational problems of introducing computer based systems.



CPJohn_150C.P. John

C.P. John is a member of Kerala State Planning commission Board and is also a Director of C.Achutha Menon Foundation, Trivandrum. He is the President of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Social Welfare Co-op Society and has managed and led one of the most successful Initiatives of Kerala government – Kudumbasree Mission (Poverty Eradication Mission). He was the Director of the mission from 2001-2006, and is one of the few people responsible for the success of the Kudumbasree project.



ArvindDr. Arvind Mohan

Dr Mohan is an eminent Economist and besides being Professor of Economics at University of Lucknow he has worked as a Consultant with World Bank, Adjunct Faculty IIM Lucknow, and Faculty for the Flagship Program of University of Texas. He also has the experience of working with UNDP, UNICEF, USAID and other national and international agencies. He has been Member of the State Taxes Board, GoUP; Member of Infrastructure Committee of GoUP; Member Technical Advisory Group NABARD; member policy committees of State Planning Commission; policy committee of Ministry of Medical Health and Family Welfare GoUP; and has worked closely with Udyog Bandhu and Department of Institutional Finance GoUP.