Malasree Neepa Acharya is PhD Graduate at the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is also a member of the teaching team and course analyst for the Stanford Center for Professional Development Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In her positions at Stanford, Neepa is part of the teaching team for the courses, Scaling Excellence, Strategy Driven Innovation, and Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset. She has also worked as an instructional designer to optimize courses for the online platform. At the VUB, Neepa has given a course in the Political Science department on Political Structures in Developing Countries with a focus on Cities and Development. She has also taught at the Ecole Supérieure de Communication in Brussels and gives guest lectures around the world, espousing the cosmopolitan attitudes she enjoys researching. She currently serves as a member of the High Level Working Group on Diaspora for the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), organized by the World Bank and Migration Policy Institute, and regularly consults on migration, diaspora, and innovation policy. She served as a research analyst at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She has also worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), with a fellowship from the Indian American Center for Political Awareness. Neepa has also held fellowships as an international scholar from the Belgian American Education Foundation, and the Vlaamse Overheid. Neepa holds degrees from Stanford University (California, USA), in Anthropology (M.A., 2007), Public Policy and Music (B.A. Hons., 2006), and the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in Historical Music (B.A. 2009, M.A. expected).
Neepa’s research investigates the mobility and circulation of diaspora entrepreneurs of Indian origin and their impact on emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in Global South technological hubs. Her research interests are interdisciplinary--combining qualitative ethnographic inquiry with quantitative analysis to investigate policy issues at local and global levels.