Dr. Mani, is Planning Commission Chair Professor in Development Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. Until 2004, he was a member of the faculty at the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (now known as UNU-MERIT) at Maastricht in the Netherlands He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has done postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, New York. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo. Professor Mani is visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad (PGP- Public Management and Policy) and at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (PGP and PGPEX). Further, he is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, an Honorary Fellow of National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR), New Delhi and also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad. Dr. Mani’s research focus is on indicators of innovation and public innovation policies in developing countries, and innovation capability in telecommunications equipment industry.