UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Mukesh Gulati
First Name
Last Name
Foundation for MSME Clusters
Executive Director
Country of Residence
City of Residence
New Delih
Cluster Quote
Non-stop fun

I am by qualification a Mechanical Engineer with MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India. My core area of specialisation is building sustainable competitiveness among micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs). During my 16 years of cluster related work, I have successfully steered a number of cluster development projects on behalf of UNIDO in India that focused on building MSME competitiveness during 1996-2008. My work has helped the Government of India reach out to thousands of industrial and artisan clusters through a wide range of public support schemes and national or regional institutions that have helped build national capacities for executing cluster related development projects. I have widely travelled and trained numerous development practitioners across the world and authored several publications. Since 2007 I am heading a ‘not-for-profit’ consulting institution called ‘Foundation for MSME Clusters’ that provides a range of technical services to the policy makers and practitioners on cluster based MSME development. The organization has consistently grown to provide services to a number of Indian national and state level government institutions, Small Industries Development Bank of India, IFC, GIZ, SDC, UNDP, UNIDO, European Union, ILO and several others both in India and abroad. My current areas of work relate to energy efficiency, responsible businesses, local area development and innovation in clusters.
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, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa, Montenegro, Trinidad & Tobago
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?
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Manufacturing of food products
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of leather and related products
Manufacturing of pharmaceutical products
Manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products
Manufacturing of basic metals and metal products
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
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