Dr. Shawn Cunningham is a process consultant working in the field of innovation and competitiveness improvement of the private sector. Shawn is a partner in the international consultancy Mesopartner. He supports a range of institutions, leaders and advisors globally on topics such as making decisions under conditions of uncertainty or complexity, strengthening organisations or conducting learning processes through ongoing search, discovery and adjustment. He has conducted diagnoses and supported improvement processes in various industries and locations around the world. Most of his work is about improving the dynamics of innovation systems, supporting institutional change, or working on bottom-up economic development. He serves as an advisor to several think tanks, universities, development organisations and government departments both in South Africa and internationally.