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Tarun Khanna

Tarun KhannaTarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School. He is an in demand speaker for his valuable insights into emerging markets, strategy, leadership and business in China and India and understanding the drivers of entrepreneurship worldwide.

Since 2010, Tarun Khanna has been the Director of Harvard University's inter-disciplinary South Asia Initiative. He is also the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, and joined the faculty in 1993, after obtaining an engineering degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Harvard, and an interim stint on Wall Street.

During his time at Harvard he has served as the head of several courses on strategy, corporate governance, and international business targeted to MBA students and senior executives at Harvard. He currently teaches in Harvard's executive education programs and is Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India. 

His book Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours, was published in February 2008 by Harvard Business Press (Penguin in South Asia), and has been translated into several languages. It focuses on the drivers of entrepreneurship in China and India and builds on over a decade of work with companies, investors and non-profits in developing countries worldwide. 

His most recent co-authored book, Winning in Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Strategy and Execution, was published by Harvard Business Press in March 2010. 

His scholarly work has been published in a range of economics and management journals, global newsmagazines as well as on TV and radio.

Outside HBS, he serves on several boards in the financial services, energy, automotive, and life sciences sectors, and actively invests in and mentors startups in Asia. He also volunteers time with non-profits in India, e.g. the Parliamentary Research Services in New Delhi, which seeks to provide non-partisan research input to India's Members of Parliament in advance of legislative sessions with a view to enhancing the quality of democratic discourse.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Some of Tarun's recent consulting and company education projects include:

Metro Cash & Carry (Dusseldorf), Asian Paints (Mumbai, India), TVS & Sons (Chennai, India), CMPC Maderas (Santiago de Chile), Jeddah Economic Development Board, Singapore Economic Development Board, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (UAE), Grace Kennedy & Company (Jamaica), Concours Group China project for Fortune 100 Chief Information Officers (Dallas, Boston), Dogus Group (Istanbul, Turkey), National Bank of Kuwait (Kuwait), HCL (US and India), British Telecom, Hershey, IBM, Logicom, Pinault-Printemp Redout, and Novartis.


  • Strategy, Leadership and Governance

  • Emerging Markets

  • International Business

  • Change Management

  • Globalisation

  • Staying On Top