March 04, 2015

Tata group executive to be featured at Columbia Business School Speaker Forum

R Gopalakrishnan of Tata Sons to lead discussion on measuring the impact of innovation

Washington, DC: The Tata group today announced that R “Gopal” Gopalakrishnan, non-executive director of Tata Sons, will participate in “Measuring the Impact of Innovation,” The Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Speaker Forum presented by The Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School. During this event, organized by The India Business Initiative at the Chazen Institute, Mr Gopalakrishnan will lead a discussion on the impact of innovation on today’s global economy.

“The Tata group of companies has a long history of support for education and educational institutions, and we welcome the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions at universities that stimulate innovative thinking and foster collaboration and research,” said James Shapiro, resident director, Tata Sons, North America. “Gopal looks forward to engaging with Columbia’s faculty, alumni and students during the Forum and sharing with them his observations and experiences from 50 years as a manager for Tata and Unilever.”

“The India Business Initiative aims to provide the Columbia Business School community with a robust platform to connect with industry leaders and learn about the challenges and opportunities for Indian business,” said professor Suresh Sundaresan, director of the Chazen Institute's India Business Initiative. “The Tata group is rich with Indian history and is a global leader in both business and innovation, and as such we are thrilled to have Gopal participate in our Forum and share his insights with us.”

By leveraging more than 50 years of experience in global business, Mr Gopalakrishnan has become a thought leader and renowned speaker worldwide within the business and technology industries. He leads the Tata Group Innovation Forum, established to help create a culture of innovation within the organization.

“The ways in which companies define success continue to evolve,” said Mr Gopalakrishnan. “This shift creates a new responsibility for companies to focus on how innovation can affect people in addition to profits.”

The India Business Institute sponsors a robust schedule of speakers and panels, featuring leading scholars, business leaders, and policy makers. Events take place on the Columbia University campus and offsite, and most are open to the public and free. The Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Speaker Forum established in May 2008 by Board of Overseers member Nand L Khemka '56 and his wife, Jeet, brings leaders in industry, commerce, finance, and government from India and around the globe to New York to share their perspective on India's growing economy and business policies.

Event Details: 
When: Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Pre-event reception at 6 pm).
Where: Columbia Club, Columbia University – 15 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10027.

Students, alumni and members of the business community are invited to attend. Please click here to register.