I am interested in studying various aspects related to higher education (HE) at national, international and organizational levels. In particular, I examine the relationship of HE institutions with their surrounding regions and communities and how HE institutions contribute to the social, cultural and economic development at the regional and national levels. My doctoral dissertation examined the role of regions in the development of new public universities in India.
Beyond HE institutions, I am also interested in how organisations embrace ‘publicness‘ and engage with communities at the local/regional levels to deliver public outcomes. I am keen on the hybrid nature of organisations and how it allows them to go beyond their core functions to engage with communities, governments and public to achieve both business growth and deliver social/public impact.
I worked for 15 years with GE, Yahoo! and ISB before joining academia. I worked at ISB as an Associate Director for ten years as part of its advancement function. I was involved in a numbers of initiatives including fundraising, strategic initiatives and the development of its research centres and institutes. I obtained by Doctorate in Education from UCL Institute of Education, University College London. Prior to that, I went to the Said Business School, University of Oxford for my MBA. I got my undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.