Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of Harvard University’s Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute. For over 25 years, he has studied entrepreneurship as a means of economic development and has applied his research to launch several ventures globally. His online course, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, one of Harvard’s most popular, has been taken by more than half a million students in over 200 countries. His latest book, Trust, and his earlier Billions of Entrepreneurs, chronicle creative ventures in China, India and beyond.
Outside Harvard, he also serves on the boards of the global power company, AES Corporation, the global adtech company and India’s first unicorn, InMobi, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, PRS India, a non-profit dedicated to India’s parliamentary governance, and is a co-founder of several ventures across the developing world.
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. In 2016, he was recognized by the Academy of Management as Eminent Scholar for Lifetime Achievement in the field of International Management. Recently, the Government of India appointed him to lead several national committees connected to entrepreneurship and higher education.