UNIDO - Cluster Development - Expert Network
Douglas Comrie
First Name
Last Name
B&M Analysts
Managing Director
Country of Residence
South Africa
City of Residence
+27 31 764 6100

Development an in-depth knowledge of clustering and industrial development having studied policy, clustering, manufacturing value chains and firm-level competitiveness upgrading both globally and in South Africa.

Various research studies in these fields have been complimented by practical, first hand experience visiting and interacting with relevant government or cluster/related bodies in the US, India and Thailand amongst other locations.

Acted as a technical expert / advisor in relation to industrial development, sustainable industrial clustering, value chain competitiveness and benchmarking to the United National Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); the International Trade Centre (ITC); the International Labour Organisation (ILO); the National Treasury Technical Committee for Finance (TCF); various foreign, national, local and provincial government bodies; and industry associations.
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?
South Africa, India, 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?
# 9
In which sectors have you worked on CD projects?
Manufacturing of textiles
Manufacturing of wood products and/or furniture
Manufacturing of coke and refined petroleum products
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 motor vehicles or other transport equipment