Pitch Your Transformation: Water Innovation Hub

Past Event
19 January 2022 13:00 (GMT)
19 January 2022 14:00 (GMT)

This session of ‘Pitch Your Transformation’ combines:

  • Fit4Food: Transforming the system of promotion of healthy and sustainable diets in Barcelona
  • Creating a tool to supporting sustainability transitions for the water-energy-food nexus policies
  • Water Innovation Hub

Each project will present for 10 minutes followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. 


Water Innovation Hub

Transformative Innovation presupposes the participation of multiple stakeholders on topics that are core to Sustainable Development. The transformation from research to market is along a continuum that calls for active participation from all innovation actors- industry (Large and Small), Government agencies, user agencies, research organisations, start-ups, academia, incubators, financing organisations, citizen’s initiatives, NGOs etc. The models of innovation depend on various factors such as policy frames, North-South disparities and the contextual underpinning that plays an important role in the conceptualisation and implementation of these initiatives. Our project in India is an Indo German cooperation at first, that brings the German experience in water technologies and cluster management to India, but seeks to establish a sustainable network of actors across geographies to learn, share and grow together. It also analyses the policy frameworks, the changing dynamics of innovation ecosystem actors, and proposes a model of collaboration for India that may or may not be aligned to what has been successful in Germany and other developed countries. In that sense, it is a comparative analysis of innovation models in developed and emerging economies.

Ref: #23 (runs with 4, 33)

Conceptualisation of innovation for transformative changeExperimentation for transformative change
Challenge-led: FoodMethods


Anandi Iyer
Anandi Iyer is the Head of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, India Office since the last 11 years. She has more than 20 years of professional experience, playing a leading role in organisations such as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the German Agency of International Cooperation(GiZ),and the Federal Government for Education and Research (BMBF). Under her leadership, Fraunhofer has generated more than Euros 24 Million in contract research from India in the last 6 years. Mrs Iyer is a member of several Hi Level Expert committees with CII, FICCI and German Government. She was the Founder- Chairperson of the European Business Group Bangalore Chapter for over 9 years and a National Council member of the Country Council of the EBG. Ms Iyer is an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School, UK specializing in Strategy and Business Communication, and has Masters in German Language. She is pursuing her PhD from the University of Leipzig in Innovation Systems. Ms Iyer has won awards on leadership and excellence, including the Outstanding Woman Achiever Award 2013 by ISBR School of Management and Public Relations Council of India and the 51 Most Innovative Smart Cities Global Leaders by the World CSR Congress in January 2019.
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