UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Tamal Sarkar
First Name
Last Name
Foundation for MSME Clusters
Country of Residence
City of Residence
New Delhi

I am a D. Phil in the Economics of Cluster Development and have 20 years of experience in industrial development, with special reference to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in clusters - both in India as well as various other developed and developing countries. I specialize in thematic areas like competitiveness, innovation and poverty alleviation. I have authored a number of policy and methodology documents in the area of cluster development, poverty alleviation and resource based planning and have supported in creating over 200 cluster diagnostic studies, over 100 value chain mapping, cluster mappings in 3 countries and led over 25 cluster developments related projects in India and abroad. I am a master trainer in the area of cluster development and have conducted (or was faculty) to over 50 training programmes in the cluster development methodology in India, Italy, Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, etc. I have also carried out cluster mapping in Bhutan, India and Bangladesh. I have extensive hands on experience in implementing cluster development projects in the pharmaceuticals, processed food, leather, textiles, ceramics, handloom and handicrafts sectors.
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, Iran, South Africa, Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh
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 textiles
Manufacturing of leather and related products
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of chemicals and chemical products
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 computer, electronic and optical products
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Manufacturing of motor vehicles or other transport equipment
Arts, entertainment and recreation