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Research Topic

Business Accelerators in Developing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Economies

Research Summary

My research focuses on whether, why, and how the business accelerator model functions differently in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and economies. I will be exploring the challenges accelerators face and how they cope with the needs of regional ecosystems with a lack of social, cultural, and material resources in a developing context. My research will add to the ontological and epistemological understanding of entrepreneurial ecosystems through regional translations of entrepreneurship support models.


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I am currently a doctoral researcher in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation group at the University of Edinburgh Business School. I gained my Master's degree with Distinction in Engineering Management from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. I completed a Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), Pakistan.

I have over 5 years of university level teaching experience in Engineering Economics, Management, and Entrepreneurship. I also established a Technology Development and Incubation Centre in the University. I have been part of several departmental committees and have managed many extra-curricular activities for student societies and clubs. I have also worked as a Project Coordinator for an ICT R&D project.

Professional and Voluntary Experience

Institute Role Dates
University of Edinburgh Business School Graduate Teaching Assistant September 2019 to Present
HITEC University, Pakistan Assistant Professor February 2017–August 2018
HITEC University, Pakistan Lecturer January 2014–February 2017
National ICT R&D Fund (Ignite), Pakistan Project Coordinator September 2013–March 2014