E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Padmashree Gehl Sampath

Chief, Science and Technology Section at UNCTAD
Innovation - Member

Chief of the Science and Technology Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Policy Advisor, Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (ECOLOGIC); Research Fellow, United Nations University-MERIT. Former: Lecturer on International Development and Innovation, Open University (UK); Researcher, United Nations University-MERIT; Consultant, World Health Organisation, UNCTAD, UNHABITAT, GFATM, European Commission, DFID, African Technology Policy Studies Network and the German Government. Has received awards from Rockefeller Foundation and Rotary International in India. Researches innovation and development economics and has contributed extensively to international and regional debates on issues of innovation, technology and development issues through research results from the various projects that she has led in the field. Extensive publications record.