The future of private equity is in emerging markets, so the global environment of INSEAD is a key advantage.
“INSEAD is one of the key players for private equity research and recruitment, so it`s the perfect place for me and the students in my elective. The course challenges us all to stay on the cutting edge. I make sure top names from well-known private equity firms visit to provide their prospective on the latest industry trends through simulations, projects and case studies, giving a practical as well as an academic flavor to the material we cover.
For me, what`s exciting about teaching is that there`s always learning. It`s also inspirational to be at the interface between bright, diverse MBA students and the whole ecosystem of entrepreneurship. The future of private equity is in emerging markets, so the global environment of INSEAD is a key advantage.“
Vikas studies strategy issues in entrepreneurial settings, focusing on venture capital-backed start-ups, as well as established firms dealing with rapid environmental change. He is particularly interested in understanding the role of interdependence among strategic decisions in contexts such as biotechnology, software, and defense technologies. He teaches Private Equity, Entrepreneurial Field Studies, and Building Businesses in India in INSEAD’s MBA programme. Prior to his academic career Vikas was an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, where he worked with the founding team of Military.com to develop and launch the company's core revenue streams and to grow the company through multiple rounds of venture capital financing. He has held positions in investment banking and strategy consulting, and serves as an advisor and consultant to technology and digital media companies. Vikas holds a PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University.