Professor Alok joined ISB in 2013 after receiving his Ph.D. in Finance from Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis. He is currently the ISB Alumni Endowment Research Fellow and Research Director at the Digital Identity Research Initiative.
His primary research interests are in the areas of Corporate finance. In particular, his research focuses on understanding the impact of the law, government policy, and institutions on firms and individual behavior with a greater focus on emerging markets. His recent work seeks to examine the role of alternative data and Fintech in expanding financial inclusion and the impact of climate change on firms and capital allocation.
He is the recipient of multiple prestigious grants, and his work has been accepted at leading international conferences such as those hosted by the American Finance Association, the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, the European Finance Association, and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. His research is published or accepted at top academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Management Science, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Prof Alok's research has been cited by the Indian Economic Survey (2018-2019) and the Reserve Bank of India's Household Finance Committee Report (2017). His research has also featured in major Indian media outlets, including the Economic Times and the Times of India.
Before joining the Ph.D. program, Alok graduated from the Manipal University in Computer Science and Engineering amongst the top of the graduating class. He was the recipient of Hubert C. Moog Scholar for academic excellence while pursuing his Ph.D. at the Washington University in St Louis.