Namaste from India!

Truly speaking, I am delighted to get an opportunity to virtually interact with you. India is a rising economic power and an increasingly important locus of innovation. The Sweden-India bilateral relationship is at an all-time high and is going strength to strength. I feel privileged to play a supporting role in the conception and implementation of the Sweden-India Innovation Partnership. The pace and scope of what we have achieved is extraordinary, but is not just about the past. We have a great deal to look forward to, including planning for the high-level visits and events in 2019!

This is a very exciting job! The goal of the the team in India is to strengthen Sweden as a leading knowledge nation with one of the world’s foremost innovation systems, attractive for investment and cooperation. The work we do includes conducting long-term and strategic promotion of innovation, research and higher education; strengthening connections to strategically important environments for innovation, research and higher education; fact-finding and analysis.

The team

Maria Lunander joined as the Innovation and Science Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden, New Delhi in October 2017. In her role as Head Office of Science and Innovation India, she is responsible for delivering a vision for a stronger Sweden-India research and innovation and higher education partnership, working with key stakeholders to achieve impact.

Leena Arora Kukreja’s role is to support and facilitate the Sweden-India partnership in Innovation, Research and Higher Education by providing in-depth policy reporting and stakeholder management on the Indian side. Leena is also responsible for communications and impact strategy for the Office of Science and Innovation India.

Mini Nair works closely with the team to ensure smooth running of the office and its activities, maintains oversight of financial transactions as well as act as a first point of contact between Indian partners and international stakeholders, including the universities in Sweden.

Team India: Mini, Maria and Leena. Photo: Innovation and Science Office India.