Sushil Vachani served as Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore from 2014 to 2016. Under Dr. Vachani’s leadership, IIM Bangalore launched its ambitious MOOCs program in 2014. Other areas he focused on included nurturing entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship, increasing globalization of programs, and enhancing social impact.
Before joining IIM Bangalore, Dr. Vachani was a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University, where he served in many leadership positions during a twenty-eight-year career. These included Faculty Director of the Japan Program, Chairman of the Strategy Department, Chairman of the Doctoral Program and Special Assistant to Boston University’s President for its India Initiative. He has taught in the US, Japan, China and India. He has extensive managerial and consulting experience with the Boston Consulting Group, Philips, the Tata Administrative Service and Tata Motors.
Dr. Vachani received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. Vachani serves as a non-profit and EdTech Advisor. He believes that NGOs can benefit from selectively adopting certain strategies and techniques from the for-profit world. Some of his work with non-profits has been through his association with the Deshpande Foundation. Dr. Vachani is passionate about promoting the use of technology to enhance the quality and reach of education. He believes each sector (government, non-profit, corporate and start-up) has a role to play. He is very interested in supporting EdTech initiatives in each of those sectors.
Dr. Vachani’s research interests include the global institutional environment, corporate social responsibility and strategy at the base of the pyramid. His research has been published in leading journals, including California Management Review, Harvard Business Review and Journal of International Business Studies. He has published four books on topics ranging from multinational strategies and their impact on poverty, to global governance and adaptation to climate change.