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Karan Girotra

Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development

Karan Girotra is the Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development and a Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, and the author of the bestseller “The Risk Driven Business Model”. Karan’s research has examined how new business models are disrupting centuries-old ways of doing things while creating game changing opportunities for business, society and governments. He collaborates extensively with companies building new business models in the areas of urban living, smart transportation and e-commerce, helping them build rigorous research based solutions.

Karan has authored numerous highly cited academic articles in top academic journals. This research has won him awards by professional societies including the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award. He has also won multiple best professor awards for his teaching at INSEAD and was featured in the Poets and Quants 40 under 40 business professors lists.

Karan is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a frequent TV and radio guest having appeared on CNBC, First Business News and many widely syndicated radio shows. His views on business models, innovation, green transportation, retail and global sourcing have been featured extensively in the business press including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc.  He has given Keynote addresses at the World Knowledge Forum and for corporations such as McKinsey, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, ABB, Bayer, amongst others.

In addition to his academic work, Karan was one of the founders of Terrapass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005.

Karan holds a PhD in Managerial Sciences and Applied Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an AM degree from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Karan has occasionally blogged at the Harvard Business Review bloggers network and on INSEAD Knowledge. He is represented by the BrighSight group for speaking engagements. 

Follow Karan on twitter @GirotraK

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