Mr. Soumodip Sarkar a professor in the Department of Management, University of Évora, Portugal, and also a Vice-Rector of the University. He was a three year fellow of the Asia Center at Harvard University from 2015-2018. He is also the Executive President of the Science Park of the region of Alentejo. He is the President of the External Evaluation team of the Portuguese University Evaluation Commission (A3ES). Previously, he was the Dean of the Doctoral School, and prior to that, Director for the Centre of Advanced Studies in Management and Economics as well as the coordinator of the Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
He studied Economics at the University of Calcutta, graduating 1988, and received his MSc and PhD in Economics from Northeastern University, Boston, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He previously worked at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and later in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
His current research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability. His recent research has been published in high impact journals such as: Scientometrics, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management, European Management Journal, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Research, Service Business, Sustainability, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Knowledge Economy, European Journal of Innovation Management, Service Industries Journal, Trends in Food Science and Technology, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Energy Journal among others. He has published four books on entrepreneurship and innovation, and his most recent book, EntreSutra to be published by Bloomsbury in May 2018. He has been a coordinator as well as team member of sixteen international (EU funded) as well as regional projects, and currently involved in nine different projects.
Prof Sarkar has given a large number of international keynote speeches, and is a highly sought after speaker on the relevance of entrepreneurship and innovation in society. He has been featured in national and international media, including the Economist and BBC. In 2008, he was recognized as one of the top 100 experts on innovation (WEF-McKinsey).