Rizwan Tufail

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I am the Managing Partner Innovonomics Inc – an international development focused strategic advisory firm that works on strategies, policies and skills required to accelerate the move towards a global innovation economy. The impetus for Innovonomics came out of my work as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where my work focused on technology and innovation in emerging markets.

Previously, as Microsoft’s Regional Director for Africa, I had led strategic initiatives relating to all aspects of technology strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and policy, across the 48 Sub-Saharan governments. Prior to that, I was the Regional Education Lead for the Middle East and Africa region leading the academic programs, business and engagements across 79 countries in the region. Before joining Microsoft, I set up and successfully managed my own middleware technology start-up in the Silicon Valley for five years.

I hold a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Business Administration degree (in Economics and Econometrics) from Chicago Booth at the University of Chicago, where I also completed the coursework for my PhD in Quantitative Marketing and Econometrics.

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