UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Sangeeta Agasty
First Name
Last Name
Foundation for MSME Clusters
Deputy General Manager
Country of Residence
City of Residence
New Delhi

I am a Post Graduate in Management and also hold a Master degree in Economics. I have more than 8 years of professional experience in project planning and project management, monitoring and evaluation, action research and consultancy work in the area of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) based Cluster Development, BDS development, innovations and value chain management. I have hands on experience of working in many industrial, artisan and micro enterprises clusters in India and also in Africa and Europe. I have undertaken various research-based assignments in more than 60 MSME clusters and prepared 26 diagnostic studies. My prior work experiences include working with UNIDO as a National Expert on cluster development; with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) as a management trainee, and with the Government of India as an Economist. I am presently working with the Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) as a Deputy General Manager and also head the Research Cell.

My key skills/expertise include MSME based cluster development, value chain management, BDS development, livelihoods, research/assessment tools, business and social research methods, result based management systems. I am also an experienced trainer on cluster development and project management. I have presented and published several papers at national and international seminars and in reputed journals/books.
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)?
English, Hindi,
In which countries have you worked on CD projects?
India, South Africa, Montenegro, Kenya
Experience in the following areas ...
Cluster twinning x
CSR in a cluster context x
Innovation in a cluster context x
Cluster based finance schemes x
Export Consortia development x
Monitoring & Evaluation of CD projects x
Gender issues a cluster context x
Poverty alleviation through CD x
Development of BDS in a cluster context x
Energy efficiency in clusters x
Cluster policy advisory x

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?
# 6
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of beverages
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of leather and related products
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of chemicals and chemical products
Manufacturing of rubber and plastics products
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products
Manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities