I believe one of my key strengths is in this area, and have been closely involved in the process of institution building in various
capacities. Conceptual understanding of entrepreneurship and strategic
management has been blended with the practice of institution building
effectively to create a valuable resource base.
Executive Director, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre
for Family Enterprise (2015 - till date) and Thomas Schmidheiny
Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management (2008 -
Responsible for creating an identity and making
ISB known as one of the best resources for family business in Asia.
The Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise evolved out of
the Chair of Family Business set up by Dr Schmidheiny himself in
2006. With the support of a small team, the Centre has built up
activities on several fronts as shown below.
Family Business – Managing Growth & Transformation
Conference : Asian Invitational Conference on Family
of Family Business
Family Business Forum for Students
Family Wealth Management
Asia Conclave of HNI – FB by invitation
Workshop on Family Philanthropy
programme on Managing Family Business Boards
Business Mentors Programme
Business Forum for Students
Business of the Year Award (With ET)
Family Enterprise Research Conference
Programme for Women Directors of FB
Programme for Next
Generation in Family Business
Associate Dean (Academic Programmes), Indian
School of Business (2007 – till date- 2009)
Involved in refining and strengthening policies and processes of the ISB’s PG Programme in Management. Have been able to create major
impact within a short period of time by reconfiguring value elements
in many areas, across the department. Created a new division to
offer and support bigger student projects. Overall student feedback
has gone up significantly. Staff morale excellent through major
Founding Chairman, Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development,
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (2001-2004).
Leading a small team, initiated a number of activities including
designing a MBA teaching programme, business plan competition,
entrepreneurial mentoring, linking with venture capitalists,
entrepreneurs and major technology institutions, research on
entrepreneurial leadership and opportunity identification, and an
executive training programme. Also, edited the ISB Mentor, a
quarterly publication from the Centre.
The way these activities would be synthesised is captured in the diagram below.
Have been part of the start-up team involved in building up of the School
from the early days as a world-class institution, in formal academic
collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management, the Wharton
School and London Business School.
Founder and head of ISB-Knowledge Hub (2004 – 2006)
- The ISB Knowledge Hub (ISB K-Hub) is a semi-virtual business
accelerator that offers mentoring support to hi-tech start ups. It
has obtained funding support from the state and central governments.
It works on network resource principle with least fixed cost
investments. The model has been widely acclaimed as somewhat unique
and it currently has eight firms being incubated. There are new
applicants in the pipeline.
Founding Coordinator and General Secretary, Society of
Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) (2003- till date).
Identified the need to develop a pool of entrepreneurship
educators (to start with India) to facilitate growth of
entrepreneurship education. SEE has more than 250 members, and has
organised a series of workshops for faculty from management and
technological institutions. The case writing competition that SEE
organised in 2005 and 2012 was a grand success.
Advisor, Satyam Institute of E Business, Hyderabad (2000-2001).
- Part of a three member team (informally leader) responsible for
the design of a one-year E-MBA programme of global standard in
collaboration with top academicians in the US. This was to be a top-end
for non-profit educational institution with a capital budget of US$ 125
million. Worked out detailed programme design, strategy, systems,
processes and culture for the various components.
Member of several committees including:
- National Advisory Committee on Entrepreneurship
Development, Govt. of India
- National Advisory Committee on Science & Technology
Entrepreneurs Parks/ Technology Business Incubators, Govt of India
- Advisory Committee for ICRISAT Agri-business Incubator and ICICI
- Governing Board, four well known business schools
- State Level Advisory Committee, National Institute of Fashion
- Chaired several groups/committees at the Indian School of
Business and Indian Institute of Management, at different points in
time, including: Academic Committee (Since 2005), Honour Code
Committee (2005- 2007), Business Policy Area (2000), Centre for
Regional Management Studies (1998-2000), Entrepreneurship Group
(1992-94), Business Policy Area (1991), and Across Area Courses
Committee (1988). Also, served as member of several committees
- Member, Senate, Cranfield Institute of Technology (1985-86),
Member, Graduate Research and Subject Development Committee,
Cranfield School of Management (1984 – 1986)
- Councillor, Calicut University Students Union (1978)
- Member, Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices
(STEP), Global Governance Committee (November 2014 onwards)
- Member, Paul George Global School (December 2014 onwards)
Board membership in some of the rapidly growing companies: