The operations strategy of the Institute can briefly be termed as a "Hub & Spoke" model. Besides its relatively small in-house Team, it has an extended arm of expertise at the national level. ISED believes and practices multi-location sourcing of expertise. As a knowledge institution, the Institute works on the highest principles of knowledge sharing.  The Institute, thus, has been able to harness the best of talents and resources in its regular operations, in a cost-effective manner. It encourages and invites scholars and experts into its Team , wherever they are located.


Getting a job is easier than entering into the right career. But, opportunities of shaping a career, depends upon the type of organization in which one works. ISED believes in and practices the highest principles of responsible business (RB),and as such, within the broad technical and professional requirements, part-timers, women and marginal groups are given specific attention and opportunities.

The ISED Programme is unique. Leadership, managerial skills, and skills in articulation, and effective communication, something beyond the so-called "academic skills", are the key characteristics of the ISED Team. The Institute, having a truly interdisciplinary track, and a spectrum of activities, offers enormous opportunities for young and aspiring professionals. The following are the key career opportunities available at the Institute:

•    Faculty Positions
This includes Regular and Visiting positions. ISED attracts encourages scholars (both at senior and junior levels), who are desirous of pursuing serious Development Practice.

•    Technical Support Positions
Technical support positions, in this Knowledge Institution, offer an interface of capabilities, involving academic exposure and practical skills. This category offers one ,an opportunity to grow into Faculty positions as well.

•    Talent Haven
'Talent Haven’ is an innovative programme of the Institute. It essentially implies opportunities of Part-time work and Volunteering. Meant essentially for experts who are retired and/or are already out of active service, the services of such persons are utilised  against a contract. The Institute maintains a Permanent Roster  of  such  candidates.

•    Entrepreneurship in the Community
This is a programme meant to help educational institutions to cultivate entrepreneurship skills among students, through curricular and extra-curricular interventions. This opportunity can be in-house or field level.

•    Internships
As a socially responsible entity, the Institute is keen that its Knowledge  resources and capabilities need to trickle down, for the benefit of the society as a whole. As such, ISED offers free Internships in such a way that these budding talents become capable of playing a socially meaningful role over time, besides ensuring their personal and professional growth. The Institute encourages well-meaning and promising Interns and Apprentices through limited scholarships. This window of opportunities is managed by the ISED Knowledge, Skills and Entrepreneurship Mission(ISED-KSEM). (see, Comments from Interns). Also please see our brochure.


Dr. P.M. Mathew

 Dr. P.M. Mathew, Senior Fellow and Director of ISED, has been associated with the Centre since 1988. An economist by training, he specializes on industrial policy, private sector development, and corporate social responsibility. Winner of the Oshikawa International Award, instituted by Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), Tokyo, and of Birla National award in Economics, Dr. Mathew did his studies and training in India, the Netherlands and in U.K. He was Senior Chevening Fellow of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), U.K. Dr.Mathew has been working as Consultant to the UN system, Government of India, and to several international organizations. He has written widely on public policy, enterprise development, and local economic development....

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Dr. M.K. Sukumaran Nair

Dr. M. K. Sukumaran Nair, Member Secretary and Member of the Board of Governors of the Institute, is an economist specializing on industrial development and regional development strategies. He has written extensively on regional industrial development strategies, cluster development,value chains and employment. Dr. Nair has extensive experience in comparative development research in countries like, France,Canada, USA, West Indies, Botswana, and the Netherlands.

Dr. J.M.I. Sait

Dr. J.M.I. Sait, is Senior Fellow of the Institute. His specialisation includes, industrial policy and planning, local economic development, industrial Reengineering, marketing and SME finance. A consultant to several international organisations, Dr.Sait has evaluated several international projects.....

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Dr. Kamal Nayan Kabra

Dr. Kamal Nayan Kabra, formerly Senior Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, is Chairman of ISED. He was Director, Food Corporation of India; Chairman of the Committee to Review Forward Markets, Government of India; and Chairman of the Expert Committee on the Economics of Tobacco, Government of India. Dr. Kabra was Member of the State Planning Board, Punjab for two terms. A prolific writer, he has published extensively on economic policy, and industrial development. His latest publications include the 'Black Economy in India: Problems and Policies'; 'Nationalisation in India: 1947-80 (2 Volumes)', 'The Political Economy of Brain Drain'; 'Political Economy of Public Distribution of Food in India'; and 'Planning Process in a District, and Development Planning in India'.

Dr. Animesh Halder

Dr. Animesh Halder is Senior Fellow at the Institute, specialising on, urban planning and enterprise development. Dr. Halder having 30 years long experience as a senior Economist and Planner at the Calcutta Metropolitan Authority, is simultaneously an expert in International Trade. Having his PhD. in Economics from the University of Wales, UK, Halder's research contribution to India's export development strategies was widely appreciated, within India and abroad. He was invited by the Planning Commission in the 1970s, as a Member of the team of experts shaping the country's export development strategy. Dr. Halder has to his credit several honours and awards, including the Mountbatten Award, and the British Council scholarship. He has given lectures in the University of Ohio, Ball State University, and University of Akron. He has also to his credit, several books and papers in internationally referred journals.

Dr. N. Dharmaraj

Dr. N. Dharmaraj, Economist by background, is Research Associate and responsible for field operations of the Institute. His research interest includes human rights and economic deprivation.

Mr. A.V. Ramanathan

Mr. A.V. Ramanathan, an economist by background, he is Senior Consultant at the Institute, A specialist in industrial cluster development and export promotion, he was Export Development Adviser both at the Coir Board and the Coconut Development Board. Mr.Ramanathan played a key role in the development of the Tirupur Hosiery cluster in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. P.P. Pillai

Dr. P.P. Pillai, Senior Fellow at ISED, is an econometrician by training, Dr Pillai has had a long teaching and research career spanning 30 years.After his post graduate studies in the Kerala University, Dr. Pillai joined the Department of economics, Kariavattaom Campus, as a Lecturer. He subsequently joined the University of Calicut and worked there as Professor and Director of the Department of Economics. An illustrious planner, Dr Pillai has worked in several expert Committees of the State Planning Board. He was also vice Chairman of the District Planning Committee, Trissur. Dr.Pillai has extensive teaching and research experiences and has several publications to his credit.

Mr. R. Thyagarajan

Mr. R. Thyagarajan, is Statistician of the Institute. An M.Phil from the University of Kerala, his special interests is commodity markets and social research. Mr.Thyagarajan has excellent analytical skills, and has initiated several large field operations.

Dr. K. Balachandra Kurup

Dr. K. Balachandra Kurup is a Development Sociologist and Specialist on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene . A Consultant to ISED , Dr. Kurup's substantive experience falls under , planning, coordination and management , advocacy and liaison , and monitoring and evolution . Having more than three decades of working experience , Dr. Kurup has worked in several advisory and consultative roles in South Asia , Middle East and North Africa , with the United Nations , governments and various international organizations . The thematic interests of Dr. Kurp's are , Advocacy , Capacity development , Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation , Policies and legislation, Rural WASH, Sanitation, Sanitation - Hygiene promotion, Sanitation - School Sanitation , Sanitation - Solid waste management, Sanitation - Storm drainage, Water and livelihoods, Water resources management .

Mr. S. G. Raoot

Former Joint Advisor, Planning Commission, Mr.Raoot is Senior Consultant at the Institute . Mr. Raoot has 25 years long experience relating to design and evaluation of MSME programmes and schemes.

Dr. M.V. Thomas

Dr.M.V. Thomas, Sociologist, is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute. A specialist in community health and family studies, Dr. Thomas was social scientist and Head of the Department of Social Work at the Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Dr. K.M.George

Dr.K.M.George, former UN Advisor, is member of the Visiting Faculty of ISED. Dr. George is Consultant to various international organisations, including the UNDP and the Asian Development Bank. An expert in agriculture and rural studies, he has hands-on experience and expertise in research and evaluation tools relevant to an international setting. An economist by training, Dr.George completed his studies in the Universities of Bombay and Ranchi, and at the Sardar Patel University, Anand. He has adorned positions as Economist at the National Dairy Development Board, Planning Economist at the Bank of Baroda, Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to the Government of Papua New Guinea, besides several short term consulting assignments within the country and abroad. Dr. George has written widely on rural development, rural credit, regional planning and organisation development

Dr. (Mrs). Divya Anand

Faculty at Institute, Dr.Divya Anand did her Ph.D. in Environmental Science. She has contributions in several areas of Environmental Science, and has to her credit, papers and other contributions in International Journals.

Mr. KM Nair

KM Nair is a financial expert and practitioner, working as Senior Consultant at the Institute. Mr.Nair has a long stint of administrative and professional background in MSME finance and development. Former Chief General Manager of India's premier SME Bank, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Nair has a diversified experience of planning and development, risk management, micro finance etc.. He was subsequently, Chairman of the Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC). Nair, having his early career with the Reserve Bank of India and the Rajasthan State Finance Corporation, has with him, a diversified experience on MSMEs at the national level and in the States.

Mr. Ram Venuprasad

Ram Venuprasad is an economist by training and an expert in International Development. International Consultant to ISED, Ram was earlier Deputy Head of Office to the Commonwealth Secretary General, at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. Ram did his early studies at the university of Madras, and subsequently completed his advanced studies in Business Administration at the University of Warwick, U.K. He has co-ordinated several International programmes in entrepreneurship and SME development in various Commonwealth countries including India.

Mr.K.J. Johnson

K.J. Johnson, a specialist in Marketing is Consultant at the Institute. Johnson did his Masters in Business Administration, and has hands on experience in business development strategies.



Mr.Utpal Singh

Mr.Bipin Bhattacharya



Mrs.Laxmi Devi

Mr.Keshav Patel

Mrs.Bharti Krishnan

Mr.T.Manoj Kumar

Mr.Vimal Shah


'The Development Mentors(DM)' is a Resource Network Group that extends professional and logistical support to the Institute. While the expertise of DM is closer to that of ISED, the relationship between the two institutions facilitates synergies in action; it also adds to the professional capabilities of the Institute.


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Chairman: Dr.Y.K.Alagh, Senior Economist and former Union Minister of State for Science and Technology.



Prof. Alimullah Miyan M

Vice-Chancellor, IUBAT University, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh



Prof. Kilian Bizer

Director, Centre for Economic Policy and SME Research , University of Gottingen ,Germany.



Dr. Ram Sahi

Adjunct Professor of Economics , Carleton University, Ottavia, Canada



Mr. Prince Nehemiah

Programme Manager,Corporate Citizenship , IBM, Chennai, India.



Dr.David Deakins

Honorary Researcher at Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University



Prof. S.S. Gill

Director General , Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh



Dr. Meenu Tewari

Associate Professor , Department of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, USA




Dr. Y.K. Alagh

Chairman : Dr. Y.K. Alagh Senior Economist and former Union Minister of State for Science and Technology.



Dr. S.P.Gupta

Former Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi.



Ms. Uma Reddy

CEO, Hitech Magnetics, Bangalore, & former Member, NMCC, Government of India.



Dr. Malcolm Harper

Professor Emeritus, Cranfield University, U.K



Dr. Marc Cowling

Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Exeter Business School, UK. Also Deputy Principal Investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.



Dr. Tulus Tambunan

Director, Center for Industry and SME Studies, University of Trisakti, Indonesia



Mr. Gopal Joshi

Former Coordinator, Informal Enterprises, EMP/Enterprises, International Labour Organisation, Geneva.



Mr. Amitabh Guha

Chairman, South Indian Bank, Thrissur.



Dr. S. R. Hashim

Chairman, IASSI, New Delhi & former Chairman, University Grants Commission.



Dr. Sunil Ray

Director, A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna





Former Vice President,Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association, Chennai.



Dr. Paul Shrivastava

David O'Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, & Director, David O'Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada.


Dr. Soren Jeppensen

Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark




Director, Enterprise Institute, Institut de l'entreprise , University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland



Ms. Madhura M. Chathrapathy

Trustee Director, Asian Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Bangalore.




Dr. Kamal Nayan Kabra

Chairman: Dr. Kamal Nayan Kabra, Malcolm Adisheshaiah Chair Professor, Institute of Social Studies,New Delhi



Mr. Gopal Joshi

Former Senior Entreprise Specialist , EMP/SEED Department, International Labour organisation ,Geneva



Shri. Amitabha Guha

former Deputy Managing Director, State Bank of India



Dr. Paul Shrivastava

David O’Brien Distinguished Professor and Director , The David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise John Molson School of Business, Concordia University


Dr.Soren Jeppensen

Associate Professor, Copenhangen Business School,Denmark



Prof. Blili Sam

Director of the Enterprise Institute , ,University of Neuchâtel , Switzerland



Ms. Uma Reddy

CEO , HiTech Magnetics , Bangalore



Dr. Madhura M. Chatrapathy

Founder Trustee and Hon. Director Asian Center for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (ASCENT),Bangalore



Mr. H. P. Kanoria

Chairman , Kanoria Group of Companies , Kolkota



Mr. Vijay G Kalantri

President, All India Association of Industries, Mumbai



Dr. S. P. Gupta

Former Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi.



Dr. Malcom Harper

Professor Emeritus, Canfield University,U.K



Prof. Gordon Murray

Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship), University of Exeter Business School, UK

Padmabhushan Mark Tully

Eminent Journalist



Dr. Laura J. Spence

Professor of Business Ethics, University of London

Dr. N. K. Thingalaya

Former Chairman, Syndicate Bank




Mr. R.S. Joshi

Chairman , FINER Guwahati



Ms. K. Saraswathi

Secretary General, The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry,Chennai



Mr. Karuppan Gnanasambandan

Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association



Mr. K.Gopalakrishnan

President , Tamilnadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA), Chennai



Mr. K.P. Ramachandran Nair

President, Kerala State Small Industries Association,Cochin



Mr. A Karthikeyan

Project Director , ZDH / SEQUA



Mr. Anurag Aggarwal

Mohali Industries Association,Mohali,Punjab



Dr. Sriparna .B. Baruah

Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE),Guwahati



Dr. K. L. Jain

Honarary Secretary General , Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry ,Jaipur



Mr. C. Mohan

President, The Malabar Chamber of Commerce

Mr. J. R. Bangera

Past Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry



Sri.Ramesh Mohapatra

President, Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bhubaneswar.



Mr. Atul Kapasi

President, Gujarat State Small Industries Federation, Ahmedabad.

Mr.Anant Sardeshmukh

Director Mahratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Pune

Mr. M.S Bhandari

Marwar Chamber of Commerce, Jodhpur

Mr. Param Shah

Head ,FICCI, Gujarat State Council, Ahmedabad.



Mr. Mahesh K. Varma

Managing Trustee, Indian Professional Service Organization, Kolkata.

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