Supervisory Council

The Supervisory Council is responsible for the development of the long-term Strategy for the centre that helps it achieve its mission to create and disseminate world class knowledge and provide knowledge exchange platforms in the area of family businesses. In addition, the council is responsible for the governance activities at the Centre. 

Dr Dieter Spaelti

Vice-Chairman of Spectrum Value Management Ltd

He studied law at the University of Zurich, obtaining a doctorate in 1989. He began his professional career as a credit officer with Bank of New York in New York, before taking up an appointment as CFO of Tyrolit (Swarovski group), based in Innsbruck and Zurich, in 1991. From 1993 until 2001, he was with McKinsey & Company, ultimately as a partner, and was involved in numerous projects with industrial, financial and technology firms in Europe, the US and Southeast Asia. In October 2002, he co-founded Swiss-based Spectrum Value Management Ltd, which administers the industrial and private investments of the family Thomas Schmidheiny. He joined Spectrum Value Management Ltd. as Managing Partner and at the beginning of 2006 he became CEO. In addition he serves as member of the Board of LafargeHolcim, Rieter, IHAG Holding and Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. He was a former Board member of Rieter, the world’s leading supplier of spinning machines.

In India he was a Board member of the Mumbai based Edelweiss Financial Services.

Professor Madan Pillutla

Dean & Professor, Organisational Behaviour

Madan has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, post graduate degrees from XLRI, Jamshedpur and the University of Illinois and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He has many publications in the best academic journals in the field and has also served as an associate editor in top journals such as the Academy of Management Annals and Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes and been on the editorial boards of other top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. Madan has won numerous teaching awards at LBS where he introduced the popular Negotiations elective and directed successful executive education programs such as the Essentials of Leadership and Negotiation & Influence programs. Madan taught the founding batches of the PGP program at both the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and received the best teacher award from the inaugural batch of students from the Mohali campus.

Mr G V Prasad

Co-Chairman & CEO, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd & Member, Executive Board, Indian School of Business

GV Prasad leads the core team at Dr. Reddy’s that has contributed significantly to its transformation from a mid-sized domestic operation into a global pharmaceutical conglomerate. Prasad has been a member of the Board of Directors at Dr. Reddy’s from the year it was founded. The company’s revenues have grown from $50 million to $2.5 billion during Prasad’s tenure. He has led the global expansion of Dr. Reddy’s through both organic and inorganic means. Prasad’s emphasis on innovation, transparency, business ethics and flatter corporate structures has helped shape Dr. Reddy’s into an organisation of global repute, recognized for scientific innovation, progressive people practices and high standards of corporate governance. Prasad continues to strengthen the company’s research and development capabilities and build a holistic culture of corporate excellence. He leads the company’s sustainability initiatives including adoption of green technologies, thereby reducing its ecological footprint. Prasad is the Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences. He also serves on the boards of the Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. He has also been involved with the Acumen Fund and the Andhra Pradesh chapter of the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Prasad was declared India’s Best CEO in the Large Company category by Business Today in 2014 and India Business Leader of the Year by CNBC Asia in 2015. A chemical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Prasad also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, USA.

Ms Valerie Remoquillo-Jenni

CEO, Fourfold Foundation

Valerie Remoquillo-Jenni brings her leadership and managerial expertise in family advisory, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to the newly-established Fourfold Foundation. As its first CEO, she works closely with the Thomas Schmidheiny Family to develop the organisation’s vision and strategic direction. Valerie oversees the family’s broad international philanthropic portfolio, covering themes from education to human rights, from arts to sustainability.

Valerie started out her career in the development sector, first as a specialist trainer in fundraising and advocacy for NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region. She eventually spearheaded an Asia-Europe education exchange platform backed by 41 governments that sought to foster greater collaboration among students, researchers and education ministries from the two continents. Valerie was also director of community relations for an award-winning social business that promoted smallholder farmers.

Valerie brought her varied on-the-ground experience to design effective and engaging philanthropic programmes for wealthy families and their foundations. For nearly a decade at a Zurich-based multi-family office, she also developed and led family governance offerings that sought to link family vision, values and action. Deepening her interest in a holistic approach to family advisory, Valerie developed THRIVE, a framework for family wellbeing which has defined her consulting approach.

Valerie earned her Masters in Public Affairs cum laude at Sciences Po in Paris on a Bourse d’Excellence Eiffel scholarship. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (ACFWA) from the Family Firm Institute.

Professor Pramodita Sharma

Professor & Schlesinger,  Grossman Chair of Family Business, University of Vermont, USA

PramoDITA Sharma, Ph.D., is the Daniel Clark Sanders Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She is a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Family Enterprises, Northwestern University. Dita holds honorary doctorates from the Jönköping University in Sweden, and the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. She is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. Her research on family enterprises has been honored with several international awards. From 2008-2017, Dita served as the editor-in-chief of Family Business Review, the pioneering and leading academic journal in the field of family business. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family business leaders around the world. She is a recipient of prestigious lifetime achievement awards such as the Barbara Hollander award of the Family Firm Institute and the Life Time Influence and Impact award of the Family Enterprise Research Conference.

Professor Kavil Ramachandran

Senior Advisor, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise and Professor of Entreprenership (Practice)

Kavil Ramachandran is Senior Advisor, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise and Professor of Entreprenership (Practice) at the ISB. He received his PhD in Business Management from Cranfield University, UK, in 1986. For the next 15 years he served as Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His areas of specialization are family business, entrepreneurship and strategic management. He has done extensive research on various aspects of family business and has published in Journal of Business Venturing, Global Strategy Journal and Journal of Business Ethics. His special areas of interest are strategy, governance and professionalisation; he has been a consultant to family businesses in India and outside. He is a frequent speaker on family business and regularly contributes to the media. 



Professor Sougata Ray

Executive Director and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship (Practice)

Sougata Ray is Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise and Professor of Strategy and Entreprenuership (Practice), Thomas Schmidheiny Chair at the ISB. He has been a Senior Professor of Strategic Management, a member of the Board of Governors and Dean at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Shibpur. He blends over three decades of experiences in diverse roles – international quality academic and practice research with hands on corporate experience at Infosys Technologies Limited in strategic and senior executive role as Head of innovation Lab and at Steel Authority of India Limited as a front line executive, as independent Director at Indian Oil and Tata Group Companies and as co-founder of two start ups and member of advisory boards of several start ups and social enterprises. He has been a visiting scholar in some of the finest institutions in Asia, Europe and North America. He has been an advisor to many family businesses, medium and large corporations and start ups, and Principal Consultant to leading International Development Agencies. A fairly sought after teacher among his MBA and doctoral students, Sougata has received several prestigious research and teaching awards and many more award nominations.