Rikesh Shah

Rikesh Shah is an innovation expert, guest lecturer at the Royal College of Arts and Harvard University, non-executive advisor at Cities Today, London Transport Museum and See.Sense who joined CPC in October 2023 to Head of IPEC.

Malcolm Harbour

Malcolm Harbour is an Associate Director of CPC, with an expert steering role in the ‘Challenging Procurement” programme and in the development of IPEC. Chairs the IPEC Research.

Nick Woodward

Nick Woodward is Academic Engagement Manager and has been working with IPEC’s Academic Partners predominantly through CRISPP (Consortium for Research in Innovative and Strategic Public Procurement) since 2018, which is now renamed to IPEC Research.

Prof Elvira Uyarra

Elvira Uyarra, a Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School and Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, focuses on public procurement of innovation. Her research, featured in journals like Research Policy and Regional Studies, informs policymakers and international organisations like IADB and OECD on fostering innovation through procurement strategies.

Prof Fumi Kitagawa

Professor Fumi Kitagawa holds Chair in Regional Economic Development at City Region Economic and Development Institute (CityREDI), University of Birmingham in the UK. She has conducted research related to regional innovation, entrepreneurship policies, and higher education policy and regional development, across a variety of local, regional, national and international contexts. She has expertise on the role of universities in innovation and entrepreneurial processes.