About Srilata Zaheer

Sri Zaheer is dean of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where she holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility.

Sri is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and chairs the board since January 2020.  For her service to the Minneapolis Fed, she was named an Outstanding Director by Twin Cities Business.

Sri’s research focus is on international strategy and organization, and she has published extensively on global strategy, location, and organizational legitimacy. In 2018, she received the PwC Strategy& ‘Eminent Scholar’ Award for lifetime achievement in thought-leadership from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management.

During her tenure as dean, Sri introduced new degrees in business analytics, supply chain management, finance, and new partnerships with Tsinghua and Tongji Universities in China, as well as online and hybrid programs.

Prior to academia, Sri worked in several multinationals, including at Sandoz, at Tata Consultancy Services, and as an economic correspondent on India and Nigeria for Business International.  She serves as a Charter Trustee of Hamilton College, and has served on several non-profit boards, including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Guthrie Theater and Mayo Clinic’s Economic Development Agency.

Sri received her Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School.  She has a Corporate Director’s Certificate from Harvard Business School, an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and a B.Sc. in Physics from Madras University.  She has lived/worked in India, China, Nigeria, France, Italy, Poland and Brazil, and loves to dabble in languages.