Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal is an Innovation Fellow within the Sustainable Care Programme, at the University of Sheffield. She is examining emergent Business Models in Home Care, with the aim is to advance innovation in the Home Care sector & strengthen skills development in the sector’s economy. By working closely with Home Care businesses, policymakers, regulators and commissioners, the objective is to develop a sustained engagement with these stakeholders and to understand how these models are shaping new patterns and ecosystems of care. In advancing their Business Models and co-creating innovations, tailored resources will be developed to promote sustainability, competitiveness and growth, as well as to influence social policy.
Her previous research encompasses knowledge transfer and innovation, particularly focusing on understanding the generative mechanisms that are driving knowledge transfer between science and industry in the food sector, and addressing this sector’s challenges such as healthy ageing, nutrition and food security whilst reducing waste and environmental impact. Before re-joining academia and with an entrepreneurial spirit, Karla has spent many years paving her own road through founding a bespoke gifting retail business in London and co-founding a beekeeping business in Norwich, as well as consulting in Supply Chain Management and Procurement for organisations such as; Office of Communications, Ealing Council and Lotus Cars. Her academic degrees comprise a BA (Hons) in Business and International Trade from Unisinos, an MSc (distinction) in Supply Chain Management and a PhD in Knowledge Transfer from Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK.