I am interested in studying various aspects related to higher education (HE) at national, international and organisational 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.
Before being an academic, I worked with the Indian School of Business (ISB) for 10 years in its advancement function and prior to that for six years with Yahoo! and GE. I am keen to leverage my professional experience to enable HE institutions build academic excellence and be competitive in national and global environments.
Community engagement of businesses
(with Romulo Pinheiro) See draft here.
Evolution of new universities in India
Doctoral dissertation on UCL discovery.
See here article in Higher Education journal.
Urban academic collaborations
Edited book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Link to book proposal.
Political embeddedness of businesses
Link to draft proposal.
Professional experience (2003 – 2020)
I worked with GE, Yahoo! and ISB before joining academia. I graduated from the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE – its fast track engineering leadership development program. 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 have advised universities on their development and strategic aspects. I have also served on the boards of two organisations – UnLtd Hyderabad (an incubator for social sector enterprises) and Grid Raster India.
I obtained by Doctorate in Education from University College London, under the supervision of Prof. Marie-carine Lall. 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.