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Sameeksha Desai - Keynote at 1st International Conference on SMEs, A Source of Socio-Economic Development; Prospects and Challenges @ Bahria University, Karachi

Dr. Sameeksha Desai will be one of many keynote speakers at this international conference at Bahria University, Karachi. Dr. Desai joined SPEA's faculty in 2010. She specializes in private sector development in conflict/postconflict recovery and political instability. In her research, she explores the dynamics of entrepreneurship from the perspective of destructive entrepreneurship, a theory seeking to understand the political economy of postconflict reconstruction. Desai serves as academic director for SPEA's Rwanda study abroad program.

Desai is the (U.S.) co-chair of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium. She is affiliated with the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and previously with the Ratio Institute in Stockholm. She was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany.

Desai has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants for her ambitious work on political context of market outcomes, such as market entry, innovation and investment. Her work has been supported by a diverse range of organizations, such as the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research, the U.S. Army, the Kauffman Foundation and Microcredit Summit Campaign.


Description of Event:

The International Conference on SMEs, A source of Socio-economic Development: Prospects and Challenges (ICSMEs-17) will be held during November 22-23, 2017 at the Karachi Campus of Bahria University. The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities on the prospects and challenges associated with the SMEs’ operations in Pakistan and in other countries of the world.  The conference will be an ideal platform for academics, business practitioners and students to share views and experiences on the dimensions of SMEs, such as Research & Innovation, Socio-Economic Growth, Support Policy, Relationship and Infrastructure management as well as related fields.  All presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in the department’s HEC accredited bi-annual journal “Global Management Journal for Academic & Corporate Studies (GMJACS)”.

Thematic Areas of the Conference:

  • SMEs promote innovation in business approaches: Research & Innovation Dimension
  • SMEs are the engine of economic growth: Socio-Economic Growth Dimension
  • Support systems of SMEs in developing countries: Support Policy Dimension
  • SMEs are in competition or in cooperation with large enterprises; Relationship Dimension
  • Prospects of Infrastructure Development for SMEs in CPEC era: Infrastructure Dimension
  • Management Issues of SMEs (HRM, Finance, Marketing, MIS): Management Dimension
All Day Wednesday November 22, 2017
All Day Thursday November 23, 2017
Sameeksha Desai
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