Seminar: Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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The German Centre for Research and Innovation DWIH New Delhi  in close cooperation with the  Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in Mumbai and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is organizing a seminar on  Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Affordable Green Excellence as Driver of Business and Societal Development


Event Information

September 25, 2019, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Organizer(s): DWIH New Delhi

Venue: Hotel Meluha- The Fern, Banquet Paragon II, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai


The United Nations (UN) has set ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to rid the world of poverty and hunger, and raise standards of living in a manner that is affordable from both economic and ecological perspectives. Achieving the SDGs is not only crucial from a humanitarian point of view but also for ensuring peace and law & order in a world that is faced with increasing population and growing demand for food, water, housing, healthcare, energy and other consumption. A concerted global effort is necessary to meet the SDG challenge, but it also opens up an array of unprecedented opportunity for businesses, especially in a dynamic economy like India.

Firms, research institutions and civil society organizations need to join hands to create Open Global Innovation Networks (OGINs) to develop out-of-the-box solutions that ensure affordable green excellence while meeting the aspirations of consumers. The spectrum of such frugal solutions may span from radically new concepts and architecture for innovative products, services and processes to disruptive technologies and digital-based business models.

Frugal innovations are increasingly becoming crucial for success in both emerging and developed economies. India is a highly attractive market for innovative and high-quality frugal solutions. Research shows that India is also a lead market for frugal innovations that are able to diffuse in other markets with socio-economic similarities. Many products succeed even in industrialized countries, where a growing demand for affordable, excellent and resource-efficient solutions can be observed (“reverse innovation”).

This seminar will showcase why we are living in a frugal age that demands “affordable green excellence”. Experts from India and Germany will present their research and best-practice examples from German and Indian companies about implementing a successful frugal innovation strategy. The examples will also demonstrate how firms can use the potential of Indo-German collaboration in meeting the SDG challenge and benefit from the SDG opportunity.

Who should attend: Decision-makers from German and Indian companies with existing or with interest in creating product design & development activities in India, Start-Ups, Researchers and Academicians from Technology and Management and others interested in the topic of Frugal Innovations


Dr. Rajnish Tiwari

  1. Centre for Frugal Innovations
    Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Dr. Rajnish Tiwari is a Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader at Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). At TIM, he co-leads the research program on “Global Innovation” that includes work on frugal innovations. He is one of the founding members of Centre for Frugal Innovation (CFI). Dr. Tiwari has received several awards e.g. the “Market and Customer Orientation” prize by Vodafone Stiftung fuer Forschung for his study of Mobile Banking, and a post-doctorate scholarship by Hamburg-based Claussen Simon Foundation in 2014.

Dr. Stephan Buse

Centre for Frugal Innovations
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Dr. Stephan Buse is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) at Hamburg University of Technology and co-leads the research programs “Global Innovation ” and “Mobile Commerce”. In addition, since 2007 he has been the program-coordinator of the international Joint-Master Program “Global Innovation Management” which he also co-founded. His main research and teaching activities are in the fields of Global Innovation Management and International Business Strategy.

Mayur Shetty

Blackfrog Technologies





Mayur Shetty is a Product developer and currently CEO of Blackfrog Technologies, an engineering design startup based out of Manipal, KA India. He is the winner of the Falling Walls Lab hosted in India in 2019. An Automotive Technology graduate from Manipal University, Mayur has completed his fellowship from Judge Business School, Cambridge University with support from Government of India. Presently, he is leading a team of engineers in developing a portable medical-grade refrigerator as part of a Government of India (BIRAC) funded project.
He is an avid reader and spends his leisure on motorcycles.

Dr. Jayant Khandare

Actorius Innovations and Research Pvt Ltd.

Dr. Jayant Khandare is a scientist , entrepreneur and currently the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Actorius Innovations and Research Pvt Ltd.

He has worked extensively on targeted nano polymeric drug delivery systems for Cancer and has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has 14 US patents to his credit. He was awarded the prestigious Alexander Von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Award and has worked in Germany with Prof.Dr.Rainer Haag at Freie University, Berlin, in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry. He then established and led the Polymer Chemistry Group at Piramal Life Sciences.

He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Pharmacy and has a Ph.D. (Polymer Chemistry) in from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Post Ph.D., Jayant completed two postdoctoral tenures in the School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA and the Dept. of Pharmaceutics, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.

Dr. Cornelius Herstatt

Cornelius Herstatt is Professor and Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany and Guest Professor of innovation at Tohoku University, Sendai/Japan. He received his PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a co-founder and Managing Director of the Center for Frugal Innovation at TUHH.
His research interests cover user innovation, open source innovation, frugal innovation and innovation for aging customers. He is a Research Fellow/Alumnus of organizations including East-West Centre, JSPS, Sloan School of Management (MIT) or Templeton College (Oxford). His works have appeared in Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, R&D Management, or Int. Journal of Technology Management.

The registrations for the event are now closed.

Hotel Meluha - The Fern, Mumbai

Hotel Meluha – The Fern, Mumbai

Address: Central Ave, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076