Rafiq Dossani, PhDSenior Research Scholar; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative (former)
Why small is beautiful in venture capitalOp-ed: VentureBeat on August 18, 2012
In a VentureBeat guest post, Rafiq Dossani responds to a Kaufmann Foundation analysis about the risks of large venture capital funds.
Looking at higher education in developing economies
Engineering education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- the "BRIC countries" -- is the subject of a groundbreaking recent study and a forthcoming book co-authored by Rafiq Dossani. He has written a working paper focusing on India, and took part in a related conference at FSI on Apr. 28.
Between 2008 and 2009, approximately 25 new private engineering colleges opened in India every week -- adding 2500 schools in only two years. Engineering education is also on the rise in the other so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, and China). But does quantity guarantee quality? And what should government policymakers keep in mind to ensure that their higher education investments pay off? Senior research scholar Rafiq Dossani speaks about a leading-edge research project that addresses these and other questions. Read more »
Despite the growing adoption of social media platforms as a business tool, this is still a relatively new and under-studied area of technology—even in Silicon Valley where many SMP innovations originate, says Rafiq Dossani, a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. He and other academic and industry experts convened at Stanford on May 25 for a discussion of SMP business trends, especially in the areas of recruitment and business development in Silicon Valley. Read more »
Improved India-Pakistan relations?in the news: India-West on May 5, 2011
One week after the death of Osama bin Laden, the world continues to ponder the big question: With the head of al Qaeda gone, now what? Many experts have expressed concern about other terrorists allegedly still hiding in Pakistan. Looking to the future of South Asia, senior research scholar Rafiq Dossani predicts improved India-Pakistan relations despite Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram's recent tough-sounding call for Pakistan to arrest suspected terrorists.