Bhaskar Chakravorti is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He also serves as the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University – America’s oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs – and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. Chakravorti is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress.
Bhaskar founded the Institute in 2011 with the mission of “connecting the world of business with the world,” exploring issues at the intersection of business and global context, including geopolitics, technology, security, development, the environment and the human condition. Bhaskar serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business and is the Chair of the IDEA Council: Imagining a Digital Economy for All. He also served on the Global Future Council on Innovation for the World Economic Forum and is Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress and on the Advisory Board of the UNDP’s Center for Private Sector in Development. Bhaskar has also founded and chairs the Digital Planet initiative at The Fletcher School, that follows the evolution of 90 countries as they transition from traditional to digitally intensive economies. Most recently, as part of this initiative, he has launched a multi-year initiative, Imagining a Digital Economy for All, IDEA 2030, which is investigating the role of data, digital technologies, artificial intelligence and applications as a force for inclusive growth, development and productivity. The first year of the research is entirely devoted to the study of the world operating by digital means during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 30 year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and policymakers at national and international organizations and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World” (Harvard Business Press) and is the creator of the widely-used Digital Evolution Index. His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and in widely-read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Barron’s, The Hill, Salon, among many others. He was a former columnist on innovation for the Washington Post and Forbes and currently has regular columns in Harvard Business Review, the Indian Express and The Conversation; he is regularly interviewed by the press, and has appeared in a wide variety of leading media, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, National Public Radio, BBC, The Economist, New Yorker, CNBC, CBC, CCTV, Times of London, Al Jazeera, Economic Times, Times of India, among many others.
Bhaskar’s prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, a game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and TAS (India’s Tata Group’s “talent pipeline for leaders”). His PhD in economics is from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and holds a B.A. in economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College.
Areas of Expertise
- Digital innovation
- Inclusive growth
- Private sector/business in sustainable development
- Post-COVID-19 global innovation and reinvention
- Big tech competition and regulation
- Competitive strategy
- Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School; Tufts University
- Founding Executive Director, The Fletcher School's Institute for Business in the Global Context; Tufts University
- Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress
- Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
- Partner, McKinsey & Company
- Distinguished Scholar, Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship; MIT
- Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
- Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics, University of Rochester
- M.A. in Economics, Delhi School of Economics (Delhi, India)
- B.A. in Economics (Honors), St. Stephen’s College; Delhi University (Delhi, India)