The faculty at VSPW has been hand-picked from across the world and within India to interact with the students, each bringing their unique pedagogical style. Through a combination of short-term and long-term visiting faculty, as well as regular guest lecturers and seminar or workshop leaders, each course for the student promises to be an ‘experience’. The students at VSPW will be taught by a host of leading experts in their fields through the four converging course tracks to enhance their learning from this programme.
Amit Bubna is visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has taught economics and finance courses at a number of institutions, including the Indian School of Business (ISB), the Wharton School and the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include microeconomic theory, with applications in areas such as microfinance, venture capital, IPOs, consumer credit card. His work has been published in top-tier journals, such as the Journal of Financial Intermediation and Review of Finance.PhD in Economics, Stanford University
He has been a visiting faculty at Cardiff Business School, IIM Kozhikode, and Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Professor Jose was a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina during 1999-2000. He also visited the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a research scholar on a UNDP/GoI fellowship. He was also an ESRC Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University during 2005-06, and again in 2008.
Professor Jose is a member of the ICAI Accounting Research Foundation’s Committee to suggest a suitable framework for Sustainability Reporting in India. He is also on the advisory group for GRI Focal Point in India.Degrees
J.N. Godinho, an associate professor of marketing at MDI, Gurgaon, has a professional experience ranging from marketing of fashion textiles, international marketing and managing operations of medium-sized export-oriented units. Professor Godinho’s areas of interest centre around strategic marketing, brand management, sales and distribution management, and international marketing.Post Graduate Diploma of Business Administration in Marketing, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Kaustubh Chakraborty, , is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and leads their Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Practices in India. He is also a core member of the Asia Sales & Marketing Practice and the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice. He is an expert on driving sales and marketing transformation leading to tangible performance improvement—through portfolio expansion, sales, and channel excellence and pricing.
Kaustabh has extensive experience in the commercial side of healthcare issues and has supported top Indian and global players in pharmaceuticals, generics, nutrition, medical devices, logistics, and R&D. He has worked with clients to create market entry strategies and define turnaround and growth strategies-including through portfolio expansion, sales force rationalisation and sales force excellence.
Kaustubh also brings broad experience on strategy, growth, and private equity—helping private equity clients identify and conduct due diligence on opportunities in the pharma, healthcare, and consumer spaces; and creating growth and entry strategies for his clients.
Kaustubh is the lead author of “India Pharma 2020: Propelling access and acceptance, realising true potential,” McKinsey and Company, 2010.Master of Business Administration, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Dr. Prabhu Aggarwal is the founding Vice-Chancellor of O P Jindal University, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
Dr. Aggarwal has over 25 years of experience in academics and institution building having served as the founding Director of Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education, India, Assistant Dean for Executive and Professional Programs, Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary, Virginia, Faculty of business management at various universities such as the University of Washington, USA, College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA, Jindal Global Business School, India and Brazilian Business School, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Dr. Aggarwal is an active teacher, speaker and consultant in the areas of operational excellence, supply chain optimization, business analytics, and breakthrough performance. Dr. Aggarwal’s research has been published in various leading academic and practitioner journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, IIE Transactions, Journal of International Technology and Information Management, and International Journal of Production Economics.
Dr Aggarwal is also the President and Founder of Eduserve Global LLC, which provides education management and consultancy services to various global clients in the areas of institution building, leadership development, and executive and management development programs to private, education, and government sectors clients.
Dr. Aggarwal has a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Kanpur and a MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA in management sciences and operations strategy.
Pramath Raj Sinha is Managing Director, 9.9 Media and a Former Partner of McKinsey & Company and Founder of Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. Dr Sinha is also Founding Dean, Indian School of Business and the Young India Fellowship; and Founder Trustee, Ashoka University.PhD in Robotics, University of Pennsylvania
Punit Modhgil is one of the Co-Founders and Managing Director of Octane.in and leads the operations’ functions (Finance, Marketing, HR, Design & UI) in addition to being focused on Business Strategy & Organisational Development. Punit has two decades of experience spanning mature markets and emerging ones. He has been an entreprenuer and also has held a number of senior positions in product management, sales and marketing with some of the world’s leading technology brands like Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems, NIIT etc. At Microsoft, he led marketing for India’s largest software license business with annual revenues of over USD 500million. He has served on the advisory board of the first Parliamentary Committee in India on National Information Infrastructure (1996) which led to the creation of Ministry of IT. He has been profiled in The Economic Times’ Global Indian and is often invited to industry conferences to share his expertise in the areas of technology, marketing, startups and inclusive growth.Executive Management Workshops, Strategy, CRM, Organizational Behavior BSc, Physics, Ranchi University
Pushkal Kumar Pandey, an independent higher education professional, holds a PGDM from IIM Bangalore where he majored in finance, systems, general management.
For 11 years he worked in the construction industry before he moved into academics. He has been teaching MBA, BBA, GMAT and GRE students for the last 7 years. He is a visiting faculty in the areas of finance and quantitative methods at FOSTIIMA, IMD, NBA, and Skyline Business School. He was previously associated as visiting faculty with Princeton Review, TIME, JIMS, IILM and Wigan and Leigh.Post Graduate Diploma of Business Administration in Finance, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Sujit Kumar combines a very wide angled and rich experience at the strategic, policy, financial and operational levels while mentoring organisations and also guiding them into growth/emerging sectors. After 37 years in the corporate sector in India, Europe and USA, Sujit Kumar has committed himself, as an academician and mentor. Prior experience as an executive till 1999 and as a mentor/adviser thereafter, extends to Consumer Goods, ICT, Infrastructure, Private Equity, Skill Development and Public Policy with organisations like Reckitt Benckiser, J Walter Thomson, Turner International, Merrill Lynch, Som Dutt Builders Group and Caparo Group. Strategy, Critical Analytical Thinking, Media & Entertainment, and Services Sector are his focus as an adjunct/visiting faculty at IIMs.Masters in Business Administration, General Management, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Bennett McClellan has worked as an author, business consultant, corporate executive, entrepreneur, executive coach, general manager, playwright, theatre director, television producer and raw food chef. Dr. McClellan is currently a professor and Vice Dean at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts. He also supervises thesis projects for senior business students at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. McClellan received his Ph.D. in Management from the Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker-Masatoshi Ito School of Management, one of the foremost liberal arts colleges in the USA.
He also received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television. He created and produced the award winning student situation comedy, Good News Bad News supervised by former Directors Guild president and Emmy award television director, George Schaefer. In addition to academic honors, Dr. McClellan earned the distinction of Outstanding Graduate Student awarded by the UCLA Alumni Association for his work in theater, film and television.
Dr. McClellan earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981, with High Distinction (Baker Scholar). Continuing the theme of applying a liberal arts philosophy to the practice of business, Dr. McClellan served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harbus News during his tenure at HBS.
Dr. McClellan joined the management consultancy of McKinsey & Co. after finishing his MBA. During his six years at McKinsey & Co., Dr.McClellan focused on the entertainment and media sector, with assignments across multiple industries. His global experience included resident assignments in the UK and Asia. Dr. McClellan returned to the management consulting profession from 1997 to 2002 as Managing Director for Strategy with Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s media and entertainment group. He is the co-author of PwC’s publications, The Future of Media & Entertainment (1999) and Vying for Attention (2000).
Dr. McClellan earned his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in biology/biochemistry. He graduated with High Honors and was the recipient of the UC President’s Undergraduate Fellowship to found and direct the UCSD Children’s Theatre.
Preeti Singh has 18 years of experience in communications with organisations including McKinsey & Company, Indian School of Business, and USIS. In her role as manager of professional development at McKinsey, she coached several high performers on communicating with impact and enhancing their interpersonal and people skills. She has recently set up her own venture called “My Satori Path” which offers training on these essential capabilities to schools, colleges, and corporate firms.Masters in English Literature, Delhi University
Anjula Gurtoo is a Research Fellow at the International University of Japan, NIIGATA, Japan. She has previously taught as associate professor in the Indian Institute of Science and assistant professor at IIM Lucknow. Her research area is that of policy studies, including equity issues in governance; sectoral reforms; informal economy; entrepreneurship; public participation and empowerment; infrastructure and development; and environment.Doctorate, Fellow (Management), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Harsh Shrivastava has wide experience in the corporate and government sector and is currently the head of Corporate Affairs for Srei Infrastructure Finance. He has been the Chief Operations Officer of the Centre for Civil Society, India’s top rated think-tank. Harsh was previously in India’s Planning Commission and worked as the program manager of the 12th Plan. He was also a Research Officer at the Prime Minister's Office and has worked as Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s deputy speechwriter.
He headed marketing and business development for Feedback Infrastructure and was the first director for agribusiness for the Confederation of Indian Industry.
He has been a regular writer for the op-ed pages of Mint, Economic Times; the Indian Express: and The Shillong Times. He was also the first webmaster of the BJP’s website in 1997 and 1998, and spent a year as a reporter at Businessworld magazine.
Harsh has co-written India's first book on Corporate Social Responsibility, released in 1999. Harsh has been faculty for strategic public communications at IIM, Ahmedabad.
He has also been a speaker at national and international conferences on policy and corporate subjects at ISB, Hyderabad and ISB Mohali, at XLRI, at IIM, Shillong, and at IIM, Udaipur; at Melbourne University and at the Australian National University, apart from other colleges. Harsh is on the board of the Meghalaya Institute of Governance and has been an Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Australia India Institute.
Jyotsna Puri has over 15 years of experience in evaluation and evidence-based policy having worked at the World Bank and the United Nations. Dr Puri is currently Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) where she leads 3ie’s evaluation team and is head of office.PhD in Economics, University of Maryland at College Park
Manisha Priyam is a researcher with experience on local governance, education reforms, and social protection policies. She combines academic insights with policy work oriented towards the social sector. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and has also worked as a research scholar with London School of Economics and Political Science and an assistant professor with Delhi University. She has also worked as advisor to UNDP, World Bank, Ministry of HRD and State Government of Delhi.PhD in Development Studies-Education Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Manoj Pant has been teaching Trade Theory in the Centre for International Trade and Development, School of International Studies, JNU for the last 20 years. He has been speaking on WTO issues for the last four years in seminars of the UNCTAD, OXFAM and other non-governmental organizations on issues of investment and competition policy. He was expert member of the Ministry of Commerce group on Environmental issues in the WTO, of the consultative group on trade issues of the Planning Commission and is currently also a member of the technical committee of the Ministry of Human Resource Development for WTO and trade in Educational Services and Chairman of the Project review Committee, Department of Scientific and Industrial research, Govt. of India, 2005-2007. He has about 35 publications in international referred journals and two books. He also writes a monthly column for “The Economic Times” publication.PhD (Economics), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A
Meenakshi Gopinath, a Fulbright Scholar, Padma Shri Awardee and an educationist, retired as the Principal of Lady Shri Ram College in 2014, which is rated amongst the best institutions of higher learning in India. She is also the Founder and Honorary Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace).PhD, University of Delhi
Pete Mohanty, a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University, researches immigration politics in the European Union. Having worked as a political outreach director in New York and Philadelphia before graduate school, Pete is also particularly interested in the intersection of diversity and leadership.PhD in Political Science, University of Texas, Austin
Pronab Sen is the Country Director for the International Growth Centre’s India Central Programme. He has held several eminent government positions, including that of Chief Statistician. He specialises in macroeconomics and public finance.PhD in Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Sundar Sarukkai is a philosopher whose research interests are primarily in the philosophy of the natural and the social sciences. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru). He is the co-editor for three volumes on logic as well as an Editorial advisory member of the Leonardo Book Series, MIT Press, Series Editor for the Series on Science and Technology Studies, Routledge and the Chief Editor of the Springer Handbook on Indian Logic. He was at the National Institute of Advanced Studies from 1994-2010 and then set up the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University where he is presently the Director.?PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics, Department of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Avik Chatterjee has been a facilitator and corporate trainer since 2004 working with clients like Airtel, Microsoft and Samsung. Avik has had a diverse working experience working in many fields like photojournalism theatre and management consulting. He currently works with OD Alternatives as an executive coach conducting programs in the areas of team effectiveness, change management, leadership development and creativity and innovation.Certified Life Coach
Ireena Vittal, armed with an MBA from IIM-Kolkata and a former partner at McKinsey & Company, is presently on the board of Tata Global Beverages, Axis Bank, Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Healthcare, Wipro, Godrej Consumers Products and Titan. Her areas of specialisation are emerging markets, agriculture and urban development.Masters in Business Administration, IIM Kolkata
Reena Mithal has spent over two decades working in global financial markets and investment research. Formerly, she was part of US-based emerging markets research teams at Putnam Investments, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, where she developed investment strategies and models for global clients. Ms Mithal has been an active angel investor in social enterprises in India. She founded Sankhya Partners in July 2012, and is Managing Partner, Sankhya Women Impact Funds.PhD in Economics and Finance, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Santhosh Babu is the Managing Director of Organisation Development Alternatives and author of India’s first book on Coaching published by Wiley. Santhosh works with organisations and leaders to shift limiting beliefs and bring about lasting positive change and has been identified as a CEO Coach by Business World, Economic Times and Business Standard. He has worked with the leadership teams of Airtel, Max Group, Merck, Novartis, Vodafone, GSK, NIIT, to name a few. He is also a visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business (ISB). An engaging and inspiring speaker, Santhosh is regularly invited to deliver key-note addresses at business and strategy conferences around the globe.Bachelors in Botany, St. Thomas College, Trissur
Shalini Mittal currently works as an associate consultant with OD Alternatives and is the Founder Director of n(Able) Solutions, an executive and leadership solutions consultancy set up by her in 2011. She is also the Founder of n(able) Change, a social change initiative focusing on gender equality and adult literacy. She has over 14 years of rich and varied experience of creating training solutions with expertise in analysing training needs, creating and customizing content and an established track record of excellent training delivery.Masters in Industrial & Organisational Psychology
Stacy Blake-Beard is a professor of management at the Simmons School of Management where she teaches organisational behavior. She is also faculty affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organisations at Simmons and visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In her research work, Blake-Beard examines mentoring relationships in the context of gender and workforce diversity.
Stacy Blake-Beard sits on the advisory board of a number of organisations, including the Harvard Project on Tenure and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Robert Toigo Foundation.PhD in Organisational Psychology, University of Michigan
TD Chandrasekhar is an engineer with more than 24 years of business management experience. He started his career with NIIT, India in corporate planning and then moved over to consulting. He is currently an empanelled facilitator with Harvard Business Publishing (Asia Pacific) to deliver workshops on behalf of their corporate clients.Masters in Business Administration, XLRI, Jamshedpur