LEAD is an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act), with strategic oversight and brand support from Krea University to enable synergies between academia and the research centre. LEAD leverages the power of research, innovation and co-creation to solve complex and pressing challenges in development.
LEAD specializes in developing an in-depth granular understanding of socio-economic contexts and harnessing actionable insights that have a wide range of applications in industry, policy and academia. It is a collaborative hub that brings experts from diverse disciplines and sectors together to develop innovative solutions by harnessing innovation, technology and analytics. Through its capacity building and immersive learning initiatives, LEAD equips aspiring researchers and potential leaders with the tools to solve problems analytically and create lasting socio-economic impact. LEAD has extensive institutional experience in cultivating strategic research partnerships, creating knowledge platforms, and managing complex programs in its areas of expertise – financial inclusion, MSME & entrepreneurship development, governance, and health systems. Since 2005, the centre has been at the forefront of development research and programming in India, and has managed a portfolio of over 200 projects in collaboration with over 300 academics, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations from across the globe.