About ICCLab

The LSE Innovation Co-Creation Lab is a partnership between leading academics, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and companies seeking to reduce poverty and promote basic human freedoms through successful business model innovation. We co-create evidence-based management knowledge and put it into practice at the base of the economic pyramid. ICCLab was founded in 2008 and is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a community of partners in Asia, Africa and South America.

Management team

Harry Barkema

Founder and Executive Director of the ICCLab

Email: h.g.barkema@lse.ac.uk

Harry is a Professor of Management at the London School of Economics, the DSM Distinguished Chair in Innovation Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management. Over the past 20 years he has published numerous articles in the world’s top management journals and received several honorary professorships. He was the first European associate editor of a leading empirical journal in management, the Academy of Management Journal and was awarded the best paper prize of the AoM Journal in 1998.

Vili LehdonvirtaVili Lehdonvirta

Associate Director

Email: vili@lehdonvirta.com
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Vili is a Visiting Fellow at LSE’s Asia Research Centre. He is Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland, a consultant and researcher at the World Bank’s infoDev programme, and an advisor to several technology startup companies around the world. He previously spent over three years in visiting positions at Waseda University and University of Tokyo, Japan. Vili’s research deals with the intersection of ICTs and society, especially virtual currencies, digital work and ICT4D.

Christian Busch

Associate Director, Africa and outreach

Email: C.Busch1@lse.ac.uk

Christian is Co-founder of Sandbox, the foremost global network of leading innovators below 30. He acts as Special Advisor for impact entrepreneurship at the National Consortium of Entrepreneurs (NACUE), and has been selected as one of The Daily Beast’s “300 world class influencers to reboot America”. Christian’s research at LSE’s Management department as well as his MSc-teaching focus on impact entrepreneurship, networks, and business model innovation. Chris is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a TEDster, and a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum (WEF). His latest TEDx-talk on “Creating Impact Organizations” can be found here.


Listed below are scholars who regularly participate in ICCLab’s projects and activities. ICCLab also has a community of partner organizations, which is introduced here. The lab also engages a large number of undergraduate and Masters students each year through courses and student projects (see How we can empower you).

Nadia Millington

Email: N.M.Millington@lse.ac.uk

Nadia’s PhD research at LSE’s Management department focuses on determining the value drivers that result in the development of commercially viable pro poverty business models within multinational companies. At LSE Nadia has taught Strategy and Leadership, Open Innovation, and Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid. She has used her wealth of strategy consulting experience to coach Masters students through projects within large corporations like IBM & PWC as well as small social enterprises in India and Africa. Nadia is also a founding member of Mais Um, a not for profit in Brazil aimed at alleviating poverty in a rural community.

Samer Abdelnour

Samer Abdelnour

Email: S.R.Abdelnour@lse.ac.uk

Samer is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. His thesis explores the institutional dynamics of collective enterprise interventions for reintegrating former fighters in Sudan.

Chris Coleridge


Chris is a PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fei Qin


Fei is a Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jaco Smit


Jaco is a PhD Candidate in the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Soydan Soylu


Soydan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in LSE Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group. Prior to joining the group he was a Fellow at Harvard University, Department of Psychology. Soydan obtained an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology and a PhD in Social Psychology at the LSE Institute of Social Psychology. His doctoral study focused on workplace bullying in the Turkish context. Soydan’s research interests include workplace deviance, business ethics, and qualitative data analysis.

Daan Stam


Daan is an Assistant Professor of Innovation at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Paul Mezier

IO-ICCLab Fellow, 2012

Paul was a LSE MSc student in Culture and Society and worked as a research assistant in Lehdonvirta’s project on self-organization and socio-economic consequences among online microworkers. He was awarded the India Observatory – Innovation Co-Creation Lab Fellowship for 2012.

Juli Huang

Associate Director, Asia, 2011-2013

Juli’s research focuses on informal sector labor relations, patron-clientalism, and alternatives provided by social enterprises. She is about to embark on two years of field research in Assam, northeast India, among cycle rickshaw pullers and the social enterprise, Rickshaw Bank. She previously worked in India with Potencia Ventures and the Ayllu Initiative to map the constraints and innovations in the growing social-enterprise ecosystem. Juli is a PhD student in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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