Rizwan is 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 his work as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where his work focused on technology and innovation in emerging markets. Previously, as Microsoft’s Regional Director for Africa, Rizwan led strategic initiatives relating to all aspects of technology strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, and policy, across the 48 Sub-Saharan governments. Prior to that, Rizwan 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, Rizwan set up and successfully managed his own middleware technology start-up in the Silicon Valley for five years. Rizwan serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Social Innovation. Rizwan holds a Master of 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 he has also completed the coursework for his PhD in Quantitative Marketing and Econometrics. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering.
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