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Yasser Al-Saleh

Senior Research Fellow


Yasser Al-Saleh is a Senior Research Fellow at the INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative (IIPI). He comes from an engineering background and has previously worked in the oil industry. He was awarded a PhD from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR/PREST -- The University of Manchester) for his novel examination of the emergence of clean-tech industries using an innovation system perspective.

Over the past few years, Dr. Al-Saleh has published over twenty peer-reviewed academic papers and, in 2010, he published his first book entitled The Prospects for Sustainable Innovation within Oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council. He reviews papers for scholarly journals and currently sits on the editorial board of the following journals: Geopolitics of Energy; Journal of Cleaner Production; International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems;International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development; International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Middle East and North Africa.

Prior to joining the INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative (IIPI), Dr. Al-Saleh worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology - established in collaboration with the MIT - where he was engaged in several research projects in the field of sustainable energy innovation.

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Aramco IPO: It’s Not About the Money

Is the proposed sell off of Aramco the start of a Thatcherite revolution in Saudi Arabia?

Economics & Finance

Impact Investing in Future Leaders

“Soaring inequality isn’t about education, it’s about power.” Paul Krugman, Economics Nobel Laureate
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Achieving Sustainability: The Stick or the Carrot?

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Leadership & Organisations

Why Engineers Make Great CEOs

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Faced with public pressure to lower their carbon footprint, and the high cost of setting up sustainable energy supplies, businesses and governments now have a third option.
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