thinkers50 RANKED THINKer


How we can expand our awareness and tap into abundant inner resources — love, ingenuity, wisdom — to direct human evolution towards a healthier and sustainable future.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked in 2021.


Winner of the Thinkers50 2013 Innovation Award.


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2021 Breakthrough Idea Award.


The ideas of frugal innovation and jugaad innovation show how companies can innovate faster, better, and sustainably in today’s customer-driven, resource-constrained tech-driven global economy shaped by climate change. The Age of Convergence: first-world and third-world issues like climate change, escalating pollution, social inequality, chronic illnesses converge to create problems without borders. The human race needs to transcend its superficial differences and converge toward unity so that all can join forces to co-create solutions without borders.


A French-American scholar, an innovation and leadership advisor, and a bestselling author based in Paris. He is a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Until 2011, he served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Prior to that, as Vice President at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco, he advised senior leaders worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. He is on the advisory boards of NEHI’s Global Lab for Health and Africa4Tech.


Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less (2015), Jugaad Innovation (2012) and From Smart To Wise (2013) and The Conscious Society: Reinventing How We Consume, Work, Relate, and Live (forthcoming). His TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered nearly 2 million video views.





“Offers a truly unique and valuable perspective which powerfully fuses together Europe, Silicon Valley and India.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50