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About Ravi Ramamurti

Ravi Ramamurti is University Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy and Founding Director of the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern U.

Ravi obtained his BSc (Physics) from Delhi University, his MBA from IIM-A, where he graduated at the top of his class, and his DBA from HBS.

Besides Northeastern U, Ravi has been a visiting professor at HBS, Wharton School, MIT-Sloan, Fletcher School, CEIBS-Shanghai, and IMD-Switzerland. Prior to academia, Ravi worked in the Indian Planning Commission and as executive assistant to the CEO of a large Indian SOE, and as a UN Adviser to Bangladesh and South Korea.

Ravi works on strategy and innovation in emerging markets. He was elected as an AIB Fellow in 2008. He is the author of eight books, including three published by Cambridge University Press and one by HBR Press. He was elected in 2007 to the Executive Committee of the IM Division of AOM. In 2017, The Globals (London) named him the “most innovative thinker on strategy and innovation in emerging markets.” He is a six-time winner of the ADL Prize for teaching.

Ravi’s article “Reverse innovation, emerging markets, and global strategy,” won the 2012 EBS prize and the inaugural GSJ prize for Best Article.  His article on “What is really different about emerging market multinationals?” is the most cited article in GSJ. Ravi also published “Delivering world class health care, affordably,” in HBR (Nov 2013) “Transforming health care from the ground up,” HBR (July-August 2018), and several others in HBR Online, including two on reverse innovation to fight COVID-19. He coauthored the book, Reverse innovation in health care (HBR Press, 2018).

Ravi has done research and consulting in more than 20 emerging economies. He has been an adviser to the UN, USAID, Fulbright, World Bank, and The Economist group., and to more than two dozen companies. He is frequently quoted in the business press.