Ravi Ramamurti is one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation in emerging markets. He is University Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy and Founding Director of the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern U. (University professorship is the highest honor bestowed on faculty at Northeastern U.)
Besides Northeastern U, Ravi has been a visiting professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, at the Wharton School of the U. of Pennsylvania, and at the MIT-Sloan School of Management. He has also taught at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai, and IMD-Switzerland. Prior to academia, Ravi worked as a Consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, as executive assistant to the CEO of India’s largest engineering company, and as a UN Adviser to Bangladesh and South Korea.
Ravi is recognized as a leading thinker in the field of global strategy and innovation in emerging markets. For his “outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of international business” Ravi was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2008. A survey ranked him among the top 1% of all scholars in his field. He is the author of eight books, including three published by Cambridge University Press and one by Harvard Business Review Press. He was elected in 2007 as president of the Academy of Management’s International Management Division. In 2017, The Globals, based out of London, honored Ravi for being the “most innovative thinker on strategy and innovation in emerging markets in the world.” He is a six-time winner of the ADL Prize for Professor of the Year based on his excellence as a teacher.
Ravi has done research and consulting with firms and governments in more than 20 emerging economies. He has also been an adviser to the United Nations, USAID, Fulbright, the World Bank’s board, and to The Economist group on designing courses on emerging markets. He has given keynote speeches at health care conferences in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, India, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. He is also frequently an invited keynote speaker at international academic conferences.
Ravi’s consulting clients have included organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, Arthur D. Little, Bosch, Asia Center (Denmark), Cambridge Consultants, Cognex, EG&G, EMC, General Electric, Innovative Care Asai Pacific (Singapore), KPMG International, Albert Einstein Hospital (Brazil), Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Ivey Center for Health Research (Canada), Lab Products Assn., Lloyd’s, Dubai Ministry of Economy, Nielsen, Petrobras, Praxair, Reutgers, SK Group, Steel Authority of India Ltd., Tata Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Wipro.
Ravi is quoted regularly in the business press, has published op-eds in Forbes, MarketWatch, Times of India, the Hindu, the Washington Post, and other publications, and been interviewed by Bloomberg Radio, NPR, China Global TV Network, and other media outlets.
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Ravi obtained his BSc (Physics) from Delhi University, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), where he received the Gold Medal for graduating at the top of his class, and his doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded the HBS Dissertation Fellowship.