Tarun Khanna

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.

A summary of his work on emerging markets appeared in his 2010 co-authored book, Winning in Emerging Markets, and an example of his comparative work on entrepreneurship appears in his 2008 first-person analysis of China and India, Billions of Entrepreneurs, both published by Harvard Business Press and translated into many languages. In 2014, his piece, Contextual Intelligence, was a runner-up for the McKinsey Prize for the year’s best article in the Harvard Business Review.

He was named the first director of the university-wide Harvard South Asia Institute in the fall of 2010.  The institute rapidly grew to engage over 150 faculty from across Harvard in projects embracing the pure sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and spanning the region from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In this role, he currently teaches a popular university-wide elective course, Contemporary Developing Countries, where students work in multi-disciplinary teams to devise practical solutions to complex social problems.  The course is part of Harvard’s undergraduate general education core curriculum, and is rare in that it also attracts graduate students from across the university, engaging everyone from sophomores to surgeons.

In 2007, he was nominated Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum; and in 2009, elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.  In 2015, he was named by the Government of India to chair the national commission to help shape the fabric of India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  In 2016, the Academy of Management conferred on him its Eminent Scholar Lifetime achievement award for scholarship in International Management.  Outside HBS, he serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards in the US and India, including AES, a Washington, D.C. headquartered global power company, and India-based Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited (formerly SKS Microfinance), one of the world’s largest firms dedicated to financial inclusion for the poor.  He is a co-founder of several entrepreneurial ventures in the developing world, spanning India, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Recently, he co-founded Axilor, a vibrant incubator in Bangalore. In 2015, he was appointed a Trustee of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. 

He lives in Newton, MA, with his wife, daughter and son.


Doctoral Students

Current Students

Una Kim de Vitton

Una KimUna is a researcher and doctoral candidate in Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include human capital development and management and work and employer relations in knowledge intensive industries, institutional emergence and change, and economic and social development. Una holds a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Busines School, a Master in Public Policy & Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University. She previously worked in investment banking and private equity investment in New York City, Toronto, and Dakar.

Chinenye C. Offor

Chinny Offor is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy (Management).  Her research focuses on innovative approaches to health care delivery and the creation of high-quality health care organizations in the developing world, tackling issues of how to create sustainable systems using appropriate levels of public and private sector involvement.  Her interests center around exploring models which health care organizations in resource constrained environments can use to improve care delivery and ultimately compete with those in the developed world.  She looks at the issues of medical tourism, health care workforce education, and sources of financing for SMEs in emerging markets.  Current research asks what the impact of staff time utilization is on overall costs, and looks at the appropriate level of inputs needed to achieve quality and affordable care at a high volume.  

Juan Ma

Juan Ma is a DBA student in Strategy at Harvard Business School. Her research is on emerging markets and global competitiveness. Her current qualitative and quantitative studies focus on corporate governance in China, specifically examining the underlying roles independent directors play in the Chinese institutional context. She also studies the implications of cultural and language differences on global competitiveness and bilateral investment flows. Juan speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto. Before coming to HBS, she produced research work on global competitiveness for the Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs Canada. In 2012, she was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal in Canada.

Recent Graduates

Sanjay Patnaik


Sanjay Patnaik graduated from the Harvard Business School doctoral program in Strategy in 2012. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow in the Management Department at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His main areas of interest are international business, non-market strategy and the political economy of environmental regulation. Sanjay's research is focused on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world. He specifically studies the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS and examines the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of this multinational regulatory program.

Sanjay's teaching experience includes his class "The Economics of International Business and Globalization" at the Harvard University Department of Economics, taught in 2010. For teaching this class, he was awarded the “Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching” by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to the completion of his doctoral studies at Harvard Business School (2007-2012), Sanjay worked in investment banking in Germany and academia in Austria. He holds a Master's degree in Economics and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Business Engineering and Computer Science, both from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria.

Prithwiraj Choudhury

Prithwiraj Choudhury graduated from the Harvard Business School doctoral program in 2010 and is now a faculty member at Wharton. His research is on innovation in emerging markets, specifically on human capital mobility within technology firms. He received the Harvard Business School Wyss Award for excellence in doctoral research and in 2010 received the Haynes Prize awarded by the Academy of International Business to the most promising researcher under the age of 40. Prior to HBS, Prithwiraj was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and incubated a business at Microsoft Corporation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


Ayesha Khalid Khan

Ayesha Khalid Khan was a Doctoral Candidate in Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Her research focused on analyzing business processes in emerging markets. She studied the role of religious beliefs in shaping the individual preferences and explored the role of private and public sector interventions on economic development in the Middle East. Prior to embarking on her doctoral studies, Ayesha completed a Masters program in International Economic Development from Harvard University where she was awarded the JFK Fellowhip and concentrated on public sector economics. She also holds an A.B in Economics from Princeton University. Ayesha has previously worked as a management consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company. She also spent some time in South Asia and the Middle East as a journalist, a news anchor and an aspiring entrepreneur.


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James Costantini
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