Distinguished Alumnus Award

  • Venkatesh Shankar

    Prof. Venkatesh Shankar is the Professor of Marketing & Coleman Chair in Marketing and Director of Research; Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He has received his nomination under the academic sphere. Prof. Shankar is an internationally reputed academic with numerous publications in reputed journals and a distinguished career in USA in the field of teaching and research. He has been ranked eighth among the world’s leading Innovation Management Scholars in terms of publications in top tier journals. Prof. Shankar has won the prestigious ‘Retailing Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the American Marketing Association for Lifetime contributions to retailing research and leadership. Since its inception there have been only four winners worldwide. He has also won the ‘AMA Strategy Special Interest Group Mahajan Award’ for Career Contributions to Marketing Strategy Research. Only thirteen prominent marketing scholars worldwide have received this distinction and he is the only IIM alumnus to have won two Lifetime Awards in the field of business management.

    Venkatesh Shankar receiving his award

  • Bhupendra Madhiwalla

    Mr. Bhupendra Madhiwalla is the Managing Trustee of Self-Help Aid plus Empowerment (SHAPE) and Partner of Overseas Trading Corporation. He was nominated under the arena of philanthropy, for promoting an NGO and for his individual contribution to society.

    In 2003 he adopted Group Gram Panchayet at Chandore at Maharashtra, where his array of activities included irrigation and agriculture, drinking water, health care, electricity and sanitation among others. The vast array of activities that his Trust is engaged in has strengthened the value chain in the villages, helped to provide infrastructure and amenities and implement income generation programs to make the village self-reliant, self- sustaining and eco-friendly, which in turn declined the rate of migration to towns and cities. This also enabled SHAPE to adopt new areas for development and let the present area manage on its own.

    The successful results of his endeavours over the past decade (2003-2013) have been published in several newspapers and the Gram Panchayet has received eight awards – including the ‘Nirmal Gaon Puraskar’ in 2006 from the President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam on behalf of the Ministry of Rural Development.

    Bhupendra Madhiwalla receiving his award

  • Ravindra Dhariwal

    Mr. Ravindra Dhariwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Coleman & Co.Ltd. He oversees the company’s print business as the CEO and provides strategic oversight to all other businesses of Bennett Coleman. He served as the Vice President of Franchise for South-East Asia at PepsiCo International after leaving Unilever as General Manager – Marketing. As a president of the world’s foremost newspaper marketing organization (INMA), he has helped the worldwide print media industry introspect, ideate and work towards evolving new business models to compete in today’s times. In his long and illustrious career he has successfully steered India’s leading media group towards profitable growth and played a leadership role in the media industry at large. During the last three years, Times of India has become the World’s largest broadsheet daily and Economic Times, the world’s second largest business paper.


    Ravindra Dhariwal receiving his award

  • Ravi Dhar

    Prof. Ravi Dhar is the George Rogers Clark Professor of Management and Marketing and Director of the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale School of Management. He also has an affiliated appointment as professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology, Yale University. He was nominated under the academic arena. He has been a visiting professor at HEC Graduate School of Management in Paris, at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and at the Business Schools at Stanford and New York University. His work has been published in top-tier magazines like Business Week, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and other popular media. He also serves on the editorial boards of leading marketing journals, such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research and Marketing Science.


    Ravi Dhar receiving his award