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Bhaskar Chakravorti
Dean of Global Business - The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Profile

Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University – America’s
oldest exclusively graduate school of global affairs -- and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s
Institute for Business in the Global Context.

Bhaskar founded the Institute in 2011 with the mission of “connecting the world of business with the
world,” exploring issues at the intersection of business and global context, including geopolitics,
technology, security, development, the environment and the human condition. Bhaskar serves on the
Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business and is the Chair of the IDEA
Council: Imagining a Digital Economy for All. He also served on the Global Future Council on Innovation
for the World Economic Forum and is Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Senior
Advisor for Digital Inclusion at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, a Senior Fellow at the Centre
for Social and Economic Progress and on the Advisory Board of the UNDP’s Center for Private Sector in
Development. Bhaskar has also founded and chairs the Digital Planet initiative at The Fletcher School,
that follows the evolution of 90 countries as they transition from traditional to digitally intensive
economies. Most recently, as part of this initiative, he has launched a multi-year initiative, Imagining a
Digital Economy for All, IDEA 2030, which is investigating the role of data, digital technologies, artificial
intelligence and applications as a force for inclusive growth, development and productivity. The first
year of the research is entirely devoted to the study of the world operating by digital means during the
COVID-19 pandemic. He also started the first all-digital degree program at Tufts and Fletcher.

Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at
MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business
School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation
and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and
entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 30 year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management
and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and policymakers at national and international
organizations and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the
author of the Amazon best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market
in a Connected World” (Harvard Business Press) and is the creator of the widely-used Digital Evolution
Index. His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and in widely-read
media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington
Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Barron’s, The Hill,
Salon, among many others. He was a former columnist on innovation for the Washington Post and
Forbes and currently has regular columns in Harvard Business Review, the Indian Express, Foreign Policy
and The Conversation; he is regularly interviewed by the press, and has appeared in a wide variety of
leading media, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, National Public Radio,
BBC, The Economist, New Yorker, CNBC, CBC, CCTV, Times of London, Al Jazeera, Economic Times, Times
of India, among many others.

Bhaskar's prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, a game
theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign and TAS (India’s Tata Group’s “talent pipeline for leaders”). His PhD in economics is from the
University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of
Economics and in economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College.