After obtaining B Tech from IIT Bombay in 1977, he studied in the PGP at IIM Ahmedabad but left to join UCLA where he obtained a Ph D in management in 1982. His paper, ‘Seasoned Equity Issues’, jointly with R Masulis, published in the Journal of Financial
Economics (JFE), 1986, remains the definitive work on the subject and is one of the most widely
cited articles in the Finance domain.
He has competency in Finance, marketing, and business development and has led the winning
pricing strategy on the largest deal in IT history in 1987.
He was a Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad, and associated with Finance, strategy, and
international management areas. He has served as chairman of the PGP (MBA) program and
coordinated the Senior Management and MEP programs, among other roles. He was an adjunct
professor at IIM Indore and mentored the finance faculty.
He has worked with Persistent, Suzlon, Tech Mahindra, Sanofi Aventis, Deepak Fertilizers, Opus, and Credila. He regularly conducts programs on scaling, ‘The Second Orbit’ for TIE – members, NASSCOM, JITO, and Exim Bank, often together with Dr Anand Deshpande, Chairman, Persistent..
He authored ‘Creating Markets Across the Globe’ and won the DMA/Escorts prize for best
management book in India in 1997. His primer for operating managers – ‘Finance at Work’ – was
published in 2019. He co-authored ‘The Consultant and the Client’, published in 2022.
Currently, his work focuses on helping companies, and people, grow to the next level. He
focuses on strategy, organization design, and building organizational capability through
management processes and people. Facilitating Vision workshops and designing strategic
initiatives, and coaching/mentoring are some of the ways he works with senior management of
Together with Mr Arun Jain and others, he is a co-founder of The School of Design Thinking in Chennai, which evangelizes design thinking as a mindset.
He is an academic, author, corporate citizen, columnist, and hobbyist.
He has a PhD from IIM, Calcutta. He was a former Professor of Finance, at IIM Ahmedabad,
former President of ING Vysya Bank, and former CEO at GMR Foundation. From 2013 to
2020, he was an Adjunct Professor at Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto,
and the Director of their India campus in Hyderabad. He was a Visiting Professor at SDA
Bocconi, Milan, Italy for nearly 25 continuous years. He is on numerous boards of
corporates, stock exchanges, educational institutions and hospitals, and various national-level
committees of the Finance Ministry, Securities & Exchange Board of India, Institute of
Chartered Accountants of India, etc.
He has authored over 15 books and written over 600 papers and articles. His book Games Indians Play (Penguin 2006, 2019) has been a national bestseller. His latest book is Irrationally Rational: Ten Nobel Laureates Script the Story of Behavioural Economics, (Penguin 2022). His forthcoming co-authored book is tentatively titled, Raising a Resilient Kid: A Handbook for Parents and Educators, with Penguin.
He has probably the country’s most varied collection of old and ancient Indian locks.
ESG Expertise, Writer, Speaker
She is a Senior development sector professional with 3600 ESG experience. She was closely
involved in developing organizational systems and processes, including HR.
She was honoured to be a Board member of Amrutanjan Health Care, GMR Energy Ltd.,
GMR Warora Energy Ltd., and GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd. She has deep exposure to
governance through serving on Corporate Boards, Audit Committees, and CSR Committees,
as well as non-profit Boards.
She has Chaired GMR Group’s Committee Against Sexual Harassment for a decade. She was
a part of the Core Group on Environmental Education Programme, South Asia of the Asia
South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE). She was one of the members of the
Senior Leadership Team and Group Integration Council, the highest management body under
the Corporate Group Holding Board. She was part of the core team which developed Govt. of
India’s official submissions to the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, 1992, and the World Summit on Sustainable
Development, Johannesburg, 2001.
She is a recognized Speaker at various forums on CSR, Employee Engagement, Education,
Skills, General Management, and Women Empowerment.
She writes for diversified audiences and has authored over 40 publications, including college
and school textbooks, academic papers, teacher manuals, children’s books, etc.
Currently, she is teaching a course on Ethics, Sustainability, and Governance as a Visiting
Faculty at MYRA School of Business.