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I have been around for a few years now, trying to make a difference to this world. It doesn’t always work, though, but I like to give it my best shot.

I am an engineer by my first profession, a technology and innovation policy consultant by the day job, and a reformer (I’d like to believe!) at heart. I have a PhD in public policy with a specialization in science, technology, and innovation policy from the Frederick S. Pardee – RAND Graduate School for Public Policy in Santa Monica, CA. Currently, I work for an international technology commercialization consulting, management, and venture capital company and am currently based in London and Surrey. In my present position, my work involves advising London-based small and medium entreprises (SMEs) to be more innovative and to leverage London’s tremendous knowledge assets. I also help university spin-offs and new start-ups commercialize low-carbon technologies under a Carbon Trust (UK) Incubation Programme.

In the past, I have worked on a variety of issues dealing with science and innovation policy including, but not limited to, management of innovation, R&D management and measurement systems, financing of new technologies, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and technology-based economic development. I also have keen interest in systems of innovation, venture capital industry, entrepreneurship, information and communication technologies, and higher education systems in developing countries, in general, and Muslim countries, in particular.

In 2005, I authored the First National Software Industry Study of Pakistan’s Software Industry. I have also presented at the AAAS Research Symposium for Next Generation of Leaders in Science and Technology Policy at Washington, DC. I have also had the honor of representing Pakistan twice at a prestigious international Energy and Environment Summit Conference in Tokyo (1995) and Houston (1998).  

I am also a founder of Virtual Think Tank Pakistan (VTTP.org), Pakistan Research Support Network (Research-Network)–a 2000+ member virtual collaborative of Pakistani researchers and research students, The Understanding Pakistan Project, and Muslim Science and Innovation Network (Muslim-Science.com).

I write widely on issues at the intersection of science, innovation, and development across a range of print and online publications including, but not limited to, The Daily Dawn, The News International, Dawn SciTech, SciDev.Net, eCommerceTimes, Pakistaniat.com, Chowk.com, UnderstandingPakistan.com, DinarStandard.com, and several other blogs that I manage.

I have a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Pakistan Airforce Academy where I also won, among others, the coveted Sword of Honor for best all-round performance. I have also done a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan.

Please feel free to visit various sections of this blog to access some of my work and acquaint yourself with the projects that keep me busy. Should you like to get involved in any of these, please feel free to drop me an email at: athar.osama(at)gmail.com.

admin @ August 25, 2007