Suneel Kunamaneni

Dr

  • Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, Alliance Manchester Business School

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Overview

Suneel Kunamaneni's work focuses on current sustainability and inclusivity trends: packaging, agri-food and social inclusion. He has spent the past five years evangelizing social and eco innovation and entrepreneurship through his various teaching, mentoring, research and consultancy activities.

Suneel drives innovation ecosystems for developing and diffusing ideas and solutions to address pressing socio-environmental problems. A calculated risk taker with deep technical knowledge of materials, Suneel has championed commercialisation of eco materials and technologies with both MNCs and startups, and has built a reputation for developing new business strategies and incubating new business models that minimise the impact on the environment. In his current role as an academic, Suneel has also fed his insatiable interest in sustainable innovation in emerging countries and inclusive growth. His interest in emerging countries is rooted in his concerns that current western growth based business models cannot solve issues surrounding the environment, and affordable access to food and well-being.  Suneel also advises social enterprises in the UK working on refugee entrepreneurship and mental health for the BAME community, thus facilitating the inclusion of marginalised communities.

Suneel delivers teaching and training widely across enterprise and entrepreneuship subjects including Business planning, Commercialising technology, Social enterprise and Agri-food entrepreneurship.  He is a Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a fellow of Enterprise Educators UK (FEEUK). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, Alliance Manchester Business School - Executive Education

20092011

Doctor of Philosophy, Polymer Physics, University of Leeds

20002003

Master in Science, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science - Bangalore

19971999

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bangalore University

19931997

External positions

External Examiner, Kingston University

External Examiner, Richmond, The American International University in London

Visiting Professor, Symbiosis International University

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures

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