New THA Members June 2020 – August 2020

We are pleased to welcome and present new members joining our Association between June 2020 and August 2020, from both developing and developed countries which shows how our Community is raising its international profile.

You can find a full list of THA members in our Members Gallery: and Organizational Members Directory

To join the Association, please consult our membership page: and complete the online membership form

Organisational Members

Via Delle Quattro Fontane, 16,
Interno 5 Roma, RM 00184

The Québec Delegation in Rome has a mandate for economic, public, and institutional affairs and a mandate for cultural and educational affairs. The action of the Delegation extends over the entire territory of the Italian Republic, the Republic of San Marino, and the Vatican City State. Québec’s institutional presence in Italy dates back to 1965.


Rue Montoyer 24, bte 13 / 5th floor
Brussels, Brussels Capital region 1000

Areas of organisational competence and expertise in TH research and practice: entrepreneurship, business support, finance, innovation, European affairs. Founded in 1992, the European Association of Development Agencies gathers people working on economic development through a large network of sixty-six members throughout twenty-one countries in the European Union and beyond. Regional development agencies are a designated meeting place between local actors. They carry out an economic development mission characterised by the search of the collective or overall interest of an area (and not corporative or sectorial) and which are significantly linked with a local, metropolitan or regional authority with respect to management, financing or missions. In order to carry out this mission, they gather highly skilled professionals and are able to answer the specific needs of firms willing to develop their activities. As major economic actors in their regions, RDAs missions consist in assembling, coordinating and promoting best initiatives. The EURADA network connects its members with all kind of economic development practitioners such as RDAs, business partners and European authorities.


Individual Members

Universidad de Cádiz

I have a degree in Business Management, and I completed vocational training in Environmental Chemistry. Since the end of 2018, I belong to the Applied Economics Research Group, as a PhD student. One of the research lines of the department is the economics of innovation in the strategic sectors. The subject of my thesis concerns the economics of environmental technology innovation, especially the creation of technologies for renewable energy generation.

Areas of interest in TH research
Environmental innovation.


University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

I am a PhD Student at the University of Cambridge. My research looks at the role of universities and the potential for expanding their social contribution beyond teaching and research activities, which has been characterised as a ‘third function’ of higher education. It examines the ability of universities to engage with communities and to lead an integrated regional network to address the major social and environmental challenges that humanity is facing. The research is focused on Brazil, where there has been a considerable increase in indicators related to poverty and environmental losses in recent years.

Areas of interest in TH research
Higher Education; the third mission of universities; public engagement; SDGs.


Board of Architect Malaysia
Arkitek AliranCipta Sdn Bhd
Association of Consulting Architect Malaysia
Shah Alam

Principal Director of AliranCipta Architects Sdn Bhd Malaysia since 1985. retired as full time lecturer after thirty years of service with University of Technology MARA, Senior Member of the Board of Architect Malaysia and Chairman of the Council of Architectural Accreditation and Education Malaysia. Studied Architecture at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland, Master Degree in Arch. Management at Nottingham University, UK. Notable Architectural projects completed: Immigration Custom Quarantine Security Complex (ICQS), Renovation to Parliament House Malaysia, Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), National Velodrome, Private Hospitals. Public Schools and commercial Interior Design works.

Areas of interest in TH research
Collaboration in Built Environment projects related to Cultural, Tourism and Urban Design.


Hasso Plattner Institute
HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Programme

Passionate about Designing Digital Transformation, and researching how to organize actors in complex innovation ecologies. BEng in Electrical Engineering, MSc in Global Production Engineering, and doing a PhD in Designing Multilevel Digital Transformation.

Areas of interest in TH research
Triple Helix, Quadruple Helix, National Innovation Systems, Inclusive Growth.


International Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Leiden University
The Hague

Sarita is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. She teaches courses on organization theory and organizational behavior in the Bachelor International Studies. She is the academic supervisor for the internship program. Her passion is educating and connecting people, developing projects, such as collaborations between business and academia. She enjoys coordinating with professors, managers, students, staff and team members and delivering high quality output together. This role requires her to forge connections, build networks and monitor their performance. Logically she focused her dissertation research on the performance of business networks where multiple firms have to coordinate and combine efforts to deliver products and services to end-customers.

Areas of interest in TH research
interorganisational networks, valorisation, academic consultancy


University of Tampere

I have recently been approved for a Doctoral degree program at University of Tampere with a research proposal to study the recent transformation of a selected economic cluster in Vietnam. I am currently working at the Asian Development Bank as a private sector development specialist, and my role is to establish new co-operation in the field of innovation and technology co-operation in Vietnam. Previously, I worked with the Foreign Service at the Embassy of Finland in Hanoi in 2013-2015 and earlier in Tanzania. The design and steering of international innovation programs required co-operation with, for example, the World Bank, Business Finland, and other Finnish and international innovation experts. Also, my previous studies in administrative sciences at the University of Helsinki, studies in development economics at the University of Bologna, as well as courses, seminars, and other work-related research co-operation on the political economy and industrial clusters, have contributed in the design of the research topic and methodological choices.


Areas of interest in TH research
Application of TH in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies.

Autonomous University of Barcelona
Cerdanyola del Valles

Huong Nguyen is a PhD fellow in Economics, Management and Organisation (DEMO programme) at the Department of Business of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Huong researches on the role of citizens and users in innovation and regional development through the quadruple helix partnerships that engage together with various actors from academia, governments and industry.


University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
The Hague

Researcher and consultant specialised in innovation promotion in clusters. I have collaborated with such organisations as Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Canberra Innovation Network (Australia), the Moscow State University (Russia), and National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (Russia), under the mandate of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. My research areas include innovation promotion in clusters and ecosystems, academia-industry-government collaboration (Triple, Quadruple and Quintuple Helix models), SME support programmes, the governance of sustainable innovation and that of creative clusters. My PhD thesis (at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland) dealt with innovation-centric design and management of clusters seen as meta-organisations. My current post-doctoral research project extends this perspective and explores the design and management of clusters for sustainability.

Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation, clusters, sustainable innovation, governance, management.


Tampere University

Education: Master of Education, graduated in 2010, Tampere University. Current position: PhD researcher, member of the research group EquJust lead by Professor Anja Heikkinen, Tampere University. Secondary position: part-time university teacher, Faculty of Education and Culture and Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University

Areas of interest in TH research
Higher education: management; third mission activities.

PUCPR – Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná
(PhD Program in Industrial Engineering and Systems)

Rodrigo de Alvarenga has worked for twenty-0ne years in financial markets dealing with investment banking, global and corporate banking and middle market. Being very passionate about mentoring and advising aspiring entrepreneurs, he became a chief mentor in global entrepreneurship programs such as European Innovation Academy Portugal, Arab Innovation Academy Qatar, Global Scaling Academy, Founder Institute, and has been contributing as a judge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovators under thirty-five Award EU and LATAM editions. Rodrigo has been awarded in 2015 by the ESIC Business and Marketing School with the Tenth Brazilian Edition of the Aster Prize – Professional Trajectory. Aside from this, Rodrigo has been teaching courses, at graduate level, in entrepreneurship, digital transformation, venture building, business design and impact measurement as a visiting professor. He became an Angel Investor in 2010, took over as HAG’s CEO in 2013, a Venture Builder founded by him in 2010 that has invested in +30 startups from USA, EU, LATAM and MENA region and has been working with corporates in digital transformation, corporate venture and people’s acceleration. Currently, Rodrigo is pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Systems focusing his research on venture building, and he holds an MSc in Economic Development, an MBA and BA in Business.

Areas of interest in TH research
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, impact-driven businesses, impact measurement.
GO – Koperasi Pertanian Organik Kelantan (KAMI)
kota bharu

Retired Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia. NGO activist on art and culture and organic farming.

Areas of interest in TH research
Contribution of built environment in TH.

Bellairs Drive

Education: PhD Student (2019-present) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part-time, Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa MBA (2009-2011), Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa BA International Relations (2001-2005), Wellesley College, USA International Baccalaureate Diploma (1999-2001) at Pearson College, Canada (1999-2001). Bio Experience spans Energy (oil and gas industry); research and project management.



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