A : I visited ISB in 2015, and during my visit I had several sessions with students and discussions with heads of research centres and faculty members. I also met Prof. Rajendra Srivastava, then the Dean designate. I was taken in by the quality of these academic discussions and found myself drawn towards academia and the idea of utilising my industry experience in a meaningful way. So, when I was offered the position of the first Executive-in-Residence, I jumped at it without a second thought.
Dialogue with Padmanabhan Balasubramanian
Dialogue with Padmanabhan Balasubramanian..
About the writer
This article is written by Col Rajiv Bhargava, Associate Director, MIGM and Commercials at ISB.
ISB’s Centre for Learning and Management Practice (CLMP) has launched the Executive-in-Residence Programme, which hosts senior corporate executives at the School for extended periods (one year) or shorter periods (a few months). During their time at ISB, these executives have the opportunity to work with faculty and students, experience the School's research and learning ecosystem, and participate in collaborative initiatives and events.
The First Executive-in-Residence at ISB
Padmanabhan Balasubramanian, is the first Executive-in-Residence at ISB, having taken on this role at the Hyderabad campus in August 2016. Paddy is a PGP alumnus from the Class of 2005 and a hardcore ‘finance’ professional, having worked at Goldman Sachs for over 12 years. As a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and as part of the Executive Leadership team at the Bangalore office, Paddy's role was to manage the day-to-day activities of risk management and set and execute the long-term strategy of the office.
In his new role at ISB, he works closely with the CLMP and the Centre for Analytical Finance (CAF). Although his canvas in ISB is broad, his primary focus is on building a bridge between ISB and the relevant stakeholders in the industry. An involved mentor, he can be found on campus any time of the day absorbed in animated discussions with groups of students and faculty. We tracked him down and asked him about his newly appointed role as Executive-in-Residence at ISB.
A : I am the first of many and that allows me to define what it means! That being said, it means working on specific areas that will contribute to my own understanding of education, research and academics, and also to the School’s executive vision.
Fintech is transforming a large number of businesses in the Indian context; there exists a tailwind caused by digital transformation and India Stack. Intuiting possibilities for future growth, ISB is in a unique position to emerge as a pre-eminent school geared towards Fintech and its applications.
A : I have had a long tenure at Goldman Sachs. This is a transitory phase for me. ISB has provided me with an opportunity to learn more by connecting with some of the best minds in the world. At the same time, I have been able to contribute in a “mindshare” way to the School, which is quite satisfying. Furthermore, this is a unique way for the School to interact with its alumni. The flexibility of the faculty and senior leadership of ISB is the key driver for such opportunities.