Tarun Khanna

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Tarun Khanna
Born1968 (age 50–51)[1]
ResidenceNewton, Massachusetts, USA
EducationB.S (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
Ph.D (Business Economics)
Alma materPrinceton University
Harvard University
OccupationAuthor, economic strategist, professor
Board member ofAES Corporation
SKS Microfinance
TVS Logistics

Tarun Khanna (born; 1968) is an Indian-born American academic, author, and an economic strategist. He is currently the Jorge Paulo Lemann professor at Harvard Business School; where he is a member of the strategy group, and the director of Harvard University’s South Asia initiative since 2010.[2]

He joined the HBS faculty in 1993; after obtaining a B.S. degree in electrical engineering & computer science from Princeton University (1988), and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard Business School (1993).[3] His areas of interests include diasporas, economic development, emerging markets, globalization, international business, and strategy.

Khanna has authored several scholarly works, articles and books; with the most notable being, his 2008 book - Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours, and 2010 co-authored book - Winning in Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Strategy and Execution.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a young global leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum; and in 2009, elected as a fellow of the Academy of International Business. Khanna also sits on the boards of AES Corporation, SKS Microfinance, GVK Biosciences and TVS Logistics.

Early Life and education[edit]

Khanna was born in India, in 1968.[1] After schooling in Delhi,[4] he moved to the United States to pursue his higher education. In 1984, he enrolled for a B.S. degree program, with a major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University; which he completed in 1988, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He then turned to business studies and economics; and earned a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard Business School in 1993.[5]


Academic career : 1993 to present[edit]

After earning his PhD, and an interim stint on Wall Street, Khanna joined the HBS faculty in 1993 as an associate professor of business administration, and later in 1998 became professor and a Novartis fellow. In May 2004, he was appointed Jorge Paulo Lemann professor of economics. Since then, he has dedicated his academic schedule on studying, and working with multinational and indigenous companies, and investors, in emerging markets worldwide.[2][6]

He has served as the course head of the required 'strategy course' in the Harvard MBA program; and has chaired the executive education program on strategy, leadership, and governance. He is the director of Harvard University's South Asia initiative since 2010, and also the faculty chair for HBS activities in India. Currently, he teaches in Harvard's comprehensive general management executive education programs.[7] Khanna has been a prominent interviewer in the Creating Emerging Markets project, designed to facilitate research and teaching on the business history of emerging markets, which includes interviews with long-time leaders of firms and NGOs in Latin America, South Asia, Turkey and Africa.[8][9]

His areas of interests include diasporas, economic development, emerging markets, globalization, international business, and strategy.[2]

Other work[edit]

In 2014 Khanna co-founded Axilor Ventures, a venture capital network for young entrepreneurs.[10][11][12][13]


Dr. Khanna’s scholarly works and articles have been published in a number of economics and management journals.[14] He also authored / co authored books on topics - drivers of entrepreneurship in China and India,[15] and how to approach and be successful in emerging markets. A selection of his books and articles, are the following;

Boards and honors[edit]

Khanna sits on the boards of the global power company, AES Corporation, and SKS Microfinance, a major micro finance company in India. He also sits on the boards of GVK BIO, a leading CRO and TVS Logistics.[3]

In 2007, he was nominated to be a young global leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum; and in 2009, elected as a fellow of the Academy of International Business[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married; and resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and son.


  1. ^ a b "Book Review by John Shingler" (PDF). brockhousecooper.com. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography, Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor". hbs.edu. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Harvard Professor Tarun Khanna to join GVK BIO Board". gvkbio.com. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  4. ^ Khanna, Tarun. Making the trains run on time, in "Billions of Entrepreneurs - How China and India are reshaping their futures and yours". Boston MA: Harvard University Press. p. 50. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "LinkedIn Bio". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Bloomberg Business profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Board AES – Tarun Khanna". aes.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Building Histories of Emerging Economies One Interview at a Time". Working Knowledge: The Thinking That Leads. Harvard Business School. 28 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Creating Emerging Markets". Harvard Business School.
  10. ^ "Infy co-founders launch startup incubator Axilor Ventures - VCCircle". vccircle.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Axilor Ventures". vccircle.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Infosys co-founders launch Axilor Ventures to support entrepreneurship, innovation - Franchise India". franchiseindia.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Shibulal, Gopalkrishnan launch biz incubator Axilor Ventures". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Bio". stanford.edu. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures-and Yours". foreignaffairs.com. May–June 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2012. by Tarun Khanna, Reviewed by Lucian W. Pye

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