5. Universities and Public Research Institutions and their Contributions to Inclusive Innovation

Questions to be addressed in the panel discussion include the following:

  • What is the role of universities and PRIs in supporting inclusive innovation nationally and globally?
  • What should be the role of universities and PRIs as part of the wider innovation eco-system?
  • Are there trade-offs with the other roles of universities, notably basic research and teaching?
  • What are the obstacles to universities’ supporting inclusive innovation more actively? What could governments do?

Chair:  Professor Mashelkar, Chairman of the National Innovation Foundation of India, President of the Global Research Alliance, India



  • Dr. S.K. Brahmachari, Ex-Director General, CSIR (India)
  • Mathilde Miedema, Program Manager, Innovation for Development, Leiden, The Netherlands, TNO
  • Dr. Venni Krishna, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Dr David Ireland, General Manager: International, Precincts and Innovation Systems Business Services, CSIRO, Australia