Anil Kumar Gupta – Keynote Speaker

Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation; Founder, Honey Bee Network, SRISTI and GIAN; Fellow, The World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001; Member, National Innovation Council

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Specialist Subjects

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Strategy
  • Globalisation
  • Entrepreneurship


  • Hindi


Dr Anil Kumar Gupta is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalisation and entrepreneurship.


Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s ‘most influential living management thinkers’, Dr Gupta has also been named by The Economist as one of the world’s “superstars” for research on emerging markets in a cover story on “Innovation in Emerging Economies.”


The UK-based Hot Topics has also named him as one of the world’s ‘100 most influential professors of entrepreneurship’. Furthermore, he is one of only 3 professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and Academy of International Business, with a combined membership of over 25,000 scholars worldwide. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award from the Academy of Management for worldwide contribution to research, practice and teaching on the topic of globalisation.


Dr Anil Kumar Gupta is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Committee for the Initiative on the Future of Consumption, the Bretton Woods Committee set up by the World Bank and IMF to advise them on solutions to global challenges and the CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council.


Dr Anil Kumar Gupta is a frequent participant at the World Economic Forum’s annual summits in Davos as well as regional summits in China, India and the Middle East.


Dr Gupta is the author, co-author or co-editor of several highly acclaimed books including The Silk Road Rediscovered (Wiley, 2014), Getting China and India Right (Wiley, 2009), Global Strategies for Emerging Asia (Wiley, 2012), The Quest for Global Dominance (Wiley, 2008), Smart Globalization (Wiley, 2003), and Global Strategy and Organization (Wiley, 2003) as well as over 70 papers in leading academic journals. Getting China and India Right received the 2009 ‘Axiom Book Awards’ Silver Prize as one of the world’s two best books on globalization/international business and was short-listed for the Asia Society’s Annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award.


Dr Gupta is a columnist for Bloomberg Business Week, a Contributing Editor for Chief Executive Magazine and a contributor to His opinion pieces have also been widely published.


Dr Gupta is an elected member of the board of directors of Origene Technologies (a gene cloning company). He has previously served on the boards of Omega Worldwide (NASDAQ), Vitalink Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE), NeoMagic Corporation (NASDAQ), and TiE-DC, the premier organisation of entrepreneurs and VCs in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. He also serves on the advisory boards of the E-Ship Centre at IIT Bombay, Asia Silicon Valley Connection and India Globalization Capital. He has also served as an advisor to the US-India Business Council.


Dr Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalisation and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the Smith School of Business,  University of Maryland. Dr Gupta also serves as Chairman at The China India Institute, a Washington based research and consulting organisation. He has previously served as the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Strategy and a visiting professor at Stanford University.


Dr Gupta received a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad.

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