Face to Face

Showcases interviews with prominent business leaders, management experts and key policy makers from around the world.

Off-field: Sports Performance, Business Bottom Line

Chiraag Paul is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proem Sports, one of the pioneers in off-field sports analytics in India and Asia. Paul is also an experienced professional footballer, having represented and played for top-division clubs in England, Brazil and India. Deepak Agrawal, Associate Director of the ISB Applied Statistics and Computing Lab, caught up with Paul during his visit to the Hyderabad campus.

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Human Capital in the Digital Era: Leadership under Scrutiny

D. Shivakumar visited the Indian School of Business to deliver the keynote address at the Thought Leaders’ Summit on Shaping the Future of Human Capital Strategies in March 2018. Currently, the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group, D. Shivakumar has had a long and illustrious career at PepsiCo Holdings India, Nokia and other leading corporates. Professor S. Ramnarayan caught up with D. Shivakumar after his visit to discuss the future of human capital in India.

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Transforming Data for Policy Impact

Avik Sarkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog, and in-charge of the NITI Aayog Data Analytics Cell visited the Applied Statistics and Computing Lab at ISB in March 2018. Below are excerpts of his conversation with the Late Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the ASCL.

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Fly, Nation’s Citizen

Jayant Sinha, Honourable Minister of State for Civil Aviation, visited the Indian School of Business, Mohali campus, as part of the ISB Leadership Summit in September 2017. Professor Siddharth Shekhar Singh, Associate Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean, Research Centres and Institutes Outreach and Engagement at the ISB, caught up with Mr Sinha during his visit to learn more about the government’s exciting vision for the aviation sector. Edited excerpts from the conversation are below.

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The Banking Canvas

Viral V Acharya, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, visited the Indian School of Business to deliver the keynote address at the Centre for Analytical Finance (CAF) annual Summer Research Conference in July 2017. Dr Acharya, who was also the CAF Academic Fellow for 2017, has had an illustrious academic career and is also C. V. Starr Professor of Economics in the Finance department at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Here he speaks to Prachi Deuskar, Assistant Professor of Finance at ISB about central banking as a canvas for research impact and the policy-research interface.

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Journey from Technology to Policy

V K Saraswat, Member of the NITI Aayog, was the Dean’s Speaker at the Indian School of Business in September 2017. Dr Saraswat is a Padma Bhushan awardee and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In a career spanning over four decades, Dr Saraswat helped develop the country’s first liquid propulsion engine, Devil, as well as rocket engines such as Prithvi, Dhanush and Prahaar. He has been Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, and (Research and Development) Secretary to the Department of Defence.

In his speech at ISB, Dr Saraswat addressed the question of inclusion in economic growth. After his talk, Reema Gupta, Head of the Centre for Learning and Management Practice and Corporate Relations at the ISB, spoke to him about his journey from science to policy-making, about building the right ecosystem for entrepreneurs and the NITI Aayog’s ongoing initiatives.

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Coping with the Effects of Climate Change

Arun Agrawal is the Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Governance and Sustainability, at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the renowned journal World Development, and is considered an authority on environmental governance as well as social dimensions of climate change. He has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, including several in Science, Nature, and PNAS. Arun is also the Coordinator of IFRI, the international research network on people and forests, and a founding member of ICARUS, the global initiative on social science research on adaptation to climate change.

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