Anjali Raina is the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School India Research Centre. In her leadership role at the IRC
In her leadership role at the IRC, Anjali focuses on building and maintaining relationships with senior business leaders in the region to facilitate the work of the center in research, educational programs, community building and faculty development. The HBS IRC seeks to understand and document the emerging trends that are shaping the future of India and the region. It seeks to play a proactive role in the social transformation of India. It engages HBS faculty, shares knowledge and best practices through research and case studies with leaders who are driving India’s growth and development. In short, the IRC works to bring the best of Harvard to India and take the best of India to Harvard.
Under Anjali’s leadership, the HBS IRC has facilitated the writing of over 164 case studies on Indian Business Practice and supported half a dozen research projects. Anjali has co-authored several case studies such as Aadhaar: India’s ‘Unique Identification’ System, TeamLease: Putting India to Work (II) Legally; Pratham – Every Child in School and Learning Well; Naina Lal Kidwai: Investing in Her Country; Tech Mahindra and the Acquisition of Satyam Computers (A) as well as an HBR Article on The Ordinary Heroes of the Taj.
Since 2008, HBS IRC has run 32 executive education programs in India at the HBS style classroom in Mumbai for over 1651 business leaders on subjects ranging from Globalizing Indian enterprises, to Agri-business and held 166 lecture events covering over 10931 leaders. It has also supported the participation of 212 professors from premier Indian Business Schools in HBS’s Global Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning which is a program that aims to help management educators improve their effectiveness through innovative teaching and course design.
The IRC also houses the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) which advances teaching and research through an interfaculty initiative that brings multiple perspectives on topics related to South Asia. SAI facilitates the work of faculty and students at Harvard and in South Asia through faculty and student research grants. It also engages in outreach activities that include seminars, lectures and symposiums that are open to Harvard and the larger community.
Anjali wears several additional hats. She is a Director on the Board of Harvard Business Publishing, India, the Regional President (Western Region) of NHRDN, an Advisor to The Akanksha Foundation, Trustee to LIFE Trust, an Advisory Member on the Board of HBS Club of India, and on the Advisory Board of the Indian Business School.
Prior to joining HBS IRC Anjali spent 15 years with Citigroup India, most recently as Country Director, before which she worked for more than a decade with ANZ Grindlays Bank PLC. Anjali holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, a bachelor's degree (Eng. Hons) from Loreto College and is an alumnus of HBS having completed the Advanced Management Program.