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Padmashree Gehl Sampath

Senior Advisor, Global Access in Action

Padmashree Gehl Sampath is a leading expert on trade policy, innovation policy and economic development.

She works at the United Nations in Geneva and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. She is the author of five books, several journal publications and book chapters. Previously, she has been on a professorship for innovation and development at the Open University in the UK and worked as a Staff Member of the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies (now UNU-MERIT) for several years.

In these capacities, she has been a consultant and advisor to several international organizations, regional agencies, and national governments, advising them on the design and implementation of industrial and innovation policies. At Berkman, her work will focus on the social and developmental implications of technological change in the digital economy and how national and international institutions can respond to it.

Projects & Tools

Global Access in Action

Global Access in Action, a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, conducts action-oriented research into access to lifesaving medicines,… More


Global Development and Environment Institute

Industrial Policy 4.0

Promoting transformation in the digital economy

This paper makes a case for comprehensive digital industrial policies that are differentiated and rooted in the broader reality of development and globalization in the fourth…

Friday, Dec 7, 2018


Feb 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Patents and Market Concentration

Measuring the Impact on Global Access to Medicines

Market concentration in technology industries has become a subject of interest to scholars and policy analysts. This talk presents some of the first empirical results on how the… More