UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Sravan Kumar Sharma
Foundation for MSME Clusters
Deputy General Manager
Country of Residence
City of Residence
The Cluster Concept is an essential tool for SME Development
I am a post graduate in Business Management and also in Geological Sciences. I have two decades of working experience in the SME sector including cluster development both in India and developing countries. My core competencies include the preparation of techno-economic feasibility studies, project profiles and detailed project reports for industrial projects, besides SME cluster development.
I have prepared and supported more than 50 cluster diagnostic studies besides 10 detailed project reports for hard interventions in various SME clusters in India. I prepared 30 project profiles for the Government of Qatar in plastics, food processing and general engineering. I also prepared a feasibility study on the establishment of a citrus processing unit in the Kat river region of South Africa.
I am a trainer in the area of cluster development and report preparation skills and participated as faculty in more than 40 training programmes in India, Montenegro, South Africa and Qatar. I also have hands on experience in implementing cluster development projects in the areas of handicrafts, handlooms, food processing and mining.
In which languages could you support a CD project (proficiency level should be adequate so that you could also hold presentations and do trainings in this language)?
In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
India, South Africa and Montenegro
Experience in the following areas ...
CSR in a cluster context
Innovation in a cluster context
Cluster based finance schemes
Export Consortia development
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects
Gender issues a cluster context
Poverty alleviation through CD
Development of BDS in a cluster context
Energy efficiency in clusters
Cluster policy advisory
worked in min. 2 clusters on the respective issue and or drafted methodological texts on the subject
worked in/managed a project where the respective subject was an issue, but not directly implemented related activities
Have you ever worked as Cluster Development Agent (CDA)?
Have you been trained specifically on the UNIDO CD approach?
Have you ever been employed under a UNIDO cluster development project?
How many clusters have you assisted as a CDA?
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of beverages
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of pharmaceutical products
Manufacturing of rubber and plastics products
Manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products
Manufacturing of motor vehicles or other transport equipment
Arts, entertainment and recreation