Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Director, Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru

Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007 to 2010. He completed a 5-year term as Director of the Indian Institute of Management Indore in December 2018.

Prof. Krishnan was educated at IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM Ahmedabad. His main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He has been listed in the Thinkers50 India list of most influential management thinkers from India. 

Apart from publications in academic journals, case studies and articles in the business press, Prof. Krishnan has written two books: 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar) which won the Best Book Award for 2013-14 from the Indian Society for Training & Development and From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India.

Prof. Krishnan was a member of the expert committee set up by the Government of India in 2017-18 under the chairmanship of Justice BN Srikrishna to propose a data protection framework for India. He is a member of the board of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) and Wheels India Ltd., and a trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India Trust.

Prof. Krishnan co-founded one start-up and was the CEO of another. He has been on the jury of the Economic Times start-up awards. He is currently on the advisory board of YourNest Investment Advisors.