India Centre people and partners

We are now in the process of creating diverse partnerships across sectors irrespective of the size and geography of organisations. The Centre is keen to forge mutually beneficial research and activation partnerships that further our mission of bringing together Indian and global innovators. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more.

The India Centre team

Jaideep Prabhu

Co-Director of the Centre for India and Global Business

Jaideep is a Professor at CJBS and a Fellow of Clare College. His qualifications include a BTech (IIT Delhi) and a PhD (University of Southern California). Jaideep is also a renowned author, having co-authored the award-winning book, Frugal Innovation, which explores how entrepreneurs in India are thriving despite limited resources. His research primarily centres around international business, marketing, strategy, and innovation, with interests in radical innovation in high-tech industries, the impact of firm culture on innovation, and R&D location decisions. Jaideep’s work has been featured in prestigious media outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and MIT Sloan Management Review. His most recent book, How Should A Government Be? The New Levers of State Power, was published in 2021.

Venkata (Serish) Gandikota

Fellow (Centre for India and Global Business) (Visiting)

Fellow (Marketing) (Visiting)

Venkata (“Serish”) is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, and leads InnoFrugal, a decade-old non-profit focused on frugal innovation and impact investing. He’s spearheading a white paper on climate finance in India and is a multidisciplinary expert in academia and entrepreneurship.

Serish specialises in leveraging AI for impact, open innovation, and circular economy for frugal innovations. He’s authored key reports and participated in the EU-funded FRANCIS project. He co-hosts the More With Less Podcast on sustainable growth.

In addition to his role at Cambridge Judge, Serish serves on multiple advisory boards. He served as an advisor to the Smart Village Movement (SVM), a research project of Berkeley Haas Garwood Center. He previously co-founded Vault Impact, raising €17.5 million for an impact VC fund. He has developed a MOOC (massive open online course) on frugal innovation and is also a guest lecturer at global universities.

Sam Tully

Fellow (Centre for India and Global Business) (Visiting)

Fellow (Marketing) (Visiting)

Sam holds an MA in Geography from Cambridge and is a UK Chartered Accountant and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School.

After qualifying with Price Waterhouse, his career has been focused on the remarkable growth and development of India’s financial markets since the path-breaking economic reforms of the early 1990s.
This included senior roles in research, equity sales, wealth management and corporate broking at Robert/Jardine Fleming, JP Morgan, Cazenove, UBS, Standard Chartered, and Credit Suisse. His clients have included many leading global institutional investors and he has been based both in London and in Mumbai.

More recently he has moved on to a role in Indian Asset Management as Director and Head of UK Business Development at Quantum Advisors. Quantum is one of India’s longest-established India Equity Managers, with a track record since 2000 with differentiated value and ESG investment strategies.

Sam is also a Governor of the Fund for Women Graduates Charity and a Trustee of Pratham UK. Pratham is one of India’s leading educational NGOs.

His interests include how to address the challenges presented by achieving equitable growth for large emerging economies while facing the growing threats from climate change, environmental degradation and social dislocation.

Marvin Fernandes

Co-Director of the Centre for India and Global Business

Marvin is a Fellow at CJBS, a Senior Scholar at the London School of Economics, a Sloan Fellow at London Business School, and a qualified Chartered Accountant. His primary area of research interest is government innovation and permanent funds in the context of intergenerational equity. His experience combines an uncommon mix of cross-disciplinary skills with deep expertise in entrepreneurship, finance, brand and innovation. He designed Goa/India’s first model permanent fund to mitigate resource curse and safeguard intergenerational equity (2015) and is the creator of India’s first licenced animation character, Chhota Birbal (2002), designed to preserve local identity.

Carlos Montes

Lead – Cambridge Innovation Hub for Prosperity

Carlos leads initiatives to scale market-based innovations through impact investment and provide practical support to increase capacity and integrity in governments. He has worked for international institutions, governments, and corporations such as the World Bank, European Commission, Cisco, and Accenture. In addition, he spent 8 years in a social innovation lab for health-related behavioural change in East London. Carlos has also held roles as an Associate of the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and Director of Evaluations of EU Programs worldwide.

He led a €10bn evaluation for the European Council of Ministers and worked as an economist at the World Bank and Central Bank of Peru. Carlos holds postgraduate degrees in Economics from Yale and Columbia Universities.

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Affiliated faculty

Dame Sandra Dawson DBE

Fellow (Organisational Theory and Information Systems)

KPMG Professor Emeritus

MA (University of Cambridge)

Michael Barrett

Professor of Information Systems & Innovation Studies

PhD (University of Cambridge)

Helen Haugh

Associate Professor in Community Enterprise

PhD (Aberdeen University)

Paul Kattuman

Professor of Economics

PhD (University of Cambridge)

Raghavendra Rau

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance

MBA (IIM Bangalore), MSc, PhD (INSEAD)

Paul Tracey

Professor of Innovation & Organisation

PhD (Stirling University)

Bhaskar Vira

Professor of Political Economy, Department of Geography

Bhaskar’s research examines the changing economic dynamics of development in India, as well as the social and political dimensions of development and change. On-going research includes work on the ITES-BPO sector and the ‘new’ service economy in India, business and poverty issues, and the land use implications of recent economic liberalisation.

Kamal Munir

Professor of Strategy & Policy

PhD (McGill University)

Allègre Hadida

Associate Professor in Strategy

PhD (Doctorat HEC, France)

Sriya Iyer

Professor of Economics and Social Science, Faculty of Economics

Sriya research interests are in development economics and applied microeconomics, focusing on the economics of religion, rationality, economic demography and education in South Asia. She explores differences in the demography and socio-economic characteristics of religious groups in India.

Eoin O’Sullivan

Director of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI)

Eoin’s research interests span science and technology policy; university-industry collaborative R&D programmes; and R&D foreign direct investment. He explores the drivers, strategies and network structures associated with the globalisation of corporate R&D across talent-rich economies.

Kishore Sengupta

Professor of Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

Chander Velu

Professor of Innovation and Economics, Department of Engineering

An expert in business model innovation, Chander is a Lecturer in Economics of Industrial Systems. Previously, Chander worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is in the process of identifying innovative business models emanating from India.

Geoff Walsham

Professor Emeritus of Management Studies (Information Systems)

LittD (University of Cambridge)


Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

The Centre also works closely with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education which offers a rich portfolio of flexible programmes to professionals, leaders, and executives in the UK, India, and other regions who strive for professional and personal growth.

Interdisciplinary centres

The Cambridge Judge community of faculty and researchers are actively engaged with our interdisciplinary centres and initiatives. These centres and initiatives link Cambridge research expertise with academic, business and policy stakeholders.

External partners

Past strategic partners of the Centre have included Infosys and the Tata Group.

We are delighted to announce this collaboration with the University of Cambridge. This memorandum of understanding (MoU) marks the start of a joint effort between one of the finest universities in the world and Infosys.

Mr Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosys Technologies, at the time of signing an MoU with Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge at the company’s Bangalore headquarters during her visit to India in January 2009