Newton Fund Programme Manager, Royal Academy of Engineering
Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
As Programme Manager with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Shaarad Sharma oversees the design and delivery of the Academy’s array of activities under the Newton Fund – a BIS-funded programme to create science, innovation and R&D linkages with 15 ‘emerging power’ countries to promote economic development. In cooperation with partner government agencies, The Academy runs a number of programmes and Fellowships under the Newton Fund which support: capacity building for research commercialisation and innovation; building of industry-academia linkages for improved teaching, research and innovation outcomes; and promotion of researcher collaborations. Shaarad’s role is in the negotiation and coordination with government agencies and innovation stakeholders in the partner countries to jointly develop and implement these avenues of innovation cooperation and to monitor, evaluate and report on their impacts.
Prior to joining the Academy, Shaarad conducted a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, USA, and a Master of Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, within which he advised the Kazakhstan government on the strategic development of its High Tech SME sector. Before his Masters Shaarad worked for three years in the design and delivery of high-level public administration and policy reform advisory projects in developing countries with Adam Smith International. This included a year in Kenya where he managed consulting projects throughout Sub Saharan Africa. Shaarad also worked in Bangalore, India for 1.5 years with the Public Affairs Centre, a governance Think Tank, managing a grant funding programme which supported CSOs to conduct evidence-based advocacy for improved public service delivery across South Asia.