Institution Building:

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 - 2014)

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.

  Existing Services New Services
Existing Market
  • Research & Publications

  • Case Writing

  • Newsletter

  • Teaching PGP, MFAB

  • Training : Family Business – Managing Growth & Transformation (FBGT)

  • Biannual Conference : Asian Invitational Conference on Family Business

  • Outreach: Media Interactions

  • ISB Network of Family Business

  • International Networking

  • Family Business Forum for Students

  • Database creation

  • Magazine

  • ISB  Roundtable programme for Alumni


New Market
  • Training : Building Sustainable Family Enterprises in Asia

  • Biannual Conference : to cover more Asian countries


  • Workshop on Family Wealth Management

  • Annual Pan Asia Conclave of HNI – FB by invitation

  • Annual Workshop on Family Philanthropy

  • Annual programme on Managing Family Business Boards

  • Family Business Mentors Programme

  • MFAB courses

  • Family Business Forum for Students

  • ISB Family Business of the Year Award (With ET)

  • Global 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 empowerment initiatives.
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 Knowledge Park
  • Governing Board, four well known business schools
  • State Level Advisory Committee, National Institute of Fashion Technology
  • 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:

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