Dr. Stuart Hart,

Founder and Senior Managing Director, Emergent Institute.

S. C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University. Distinguished Fellow, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan.

StuartPictureStuart L. Hart is the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan), founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and founding Director of the Emergent Institute based in Bengaluru, India. Before joining Cornell in 2003, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. Previously, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and was the founding director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (now the Erb Institute’s dual master’s program).

Professor Hart is one of the world’s top authorities on the implications of environment and povertyfor business strategy. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the World Resources Institute for his ground-breaking work in sustainable enterprise. He has served as consultant, advisor, or management educator for dozens of corporations and organizations including Dupont, S. C. Johnson, General Electric, Baxter Healthcare, Wal Mart, the World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses on the topic of sustainable business around the world. Professor Hart has also published more than 70 papers and authored or edited seven books with over 10,000 Google Scholar citations.

His article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World” won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the pathbreaking 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the 50 top books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.


Dr. Sanjay Sharma,

Dean, School of Business Administration, University of Vermont, USA.

SanjayPhotoDr. Sanjay Sharma is Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont, after completing a term as Dean of the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada’s largest business school. Before joining Concordia, he was the Canada Research Chair of Organizational Sustainability, and Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Wilfred Laurier University in Canada. He has published seven books and over 60 articles on corporate sustainability. His expertise is in helping organizations develop internal motivations, change processes, and building capacity and capabilities for sustainable enterprise and competitive imagination. Before pursuing an academic career, Sanjay was a senior manager with multinational corporations in Asia and Africa for more than 15 years.


Dr. Erik Noyes

Martin Tropp Term Chair, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College, USA.

EricPhotoDr. Eric Noyes is the Martin Tropp Term Chair at Babson College. An expert in innovation management and growth strategy, he teaches courses on entrepreneurial thinking, new venture creation and business innovation. He co-founded and is co-director of Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship (ADE), collaboration between Babson College and the Olin College of Engineering which launches social ventures focused on income generation and poverty-alleviation with partners in India, Ghana, Morocco and Alabama. Prof. Noyes was awarded the McGraw-Hill/Academy of Management Innovations in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award for his course, “Social Entrepreneurship by Design.”


Dr. Kartik Kumaramangalam,

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Papillon Capital,

Fellow, MIT, School of Engineering, Laboratory of Manufacturing and Productivity.

KartikPhoto2Dr. Kartik Kumaramangalam is a Fellow at MIT and has taught and done research at MIT, London School of Economics and London Business School on the economics of intellectual property and economic growth. He is also a co-founder of a start-up in Silicon Valley and an advisor to start-ups and investment projects in the U.S., U.K. and India. He is the Managing Director at Papillon Capital, where his focus is on financing next generation sustainable infrastructure in India and emerging Asia. Kartik has previously worked at Boston Consulting Group in New York, been an early employee at WebEx (acquired by Cisco), advised the organization of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on economic policy and was a researcher on a Nobel Prize winning experiment in Astrophysics at Oxford University. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics as an Interdisciplinary Scholar winning the Academy of Management Award for his research on scientific labor markets and the economics of ideas. He studied Science Policy and Astrophysics as an undergraduate at the University of Sussex and the University of Paris.

Priya Dasgupta,

Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Emergent Institute and Enterprise for a Sustainable World

PriyaPriya Dasgupta is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Emergent Institute. She has worked with the BoP at many leading organizations like the World Bank, Unitus Advisory Services, and A2F Consulting. Her experience includes fund management and advisory services for microfinance in Africa, enterprise creation for the informal waste sector in Latin America and design and implementation of an Ultra Poor Initiative in India among others. Priya is also the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Enterprise for a Sustainable World, Emergent’s partner in consulting. Priya holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Pune and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Lakshmi Jagganathan

Director of Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Dayananda Sagar Institutions (DSI), Bengaluru, India.

LakshmiJPhotoDr. Lakshmi Jagganathan is Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre at the Dayananda Sagar Institutions (DSI), Bangalore. As Director, she works with students on innovative engineering and technology projects, shaping them to become successful start-ups to reach the market. She is also Professor and Department Head of Management Studies at DSI College of Engineering. Previously, Lakshmi headed the Quality Assurance team at 3i Infotech Dubai.