Vinika D. Rao
Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute & Gender Initiative, and Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia.
Vinika started her career with a multinational bank in India. She went on to become General Manager of an American-Asian joint venture in the field of industrial chemicals and later the Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate, before making a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was Associate Professor of Strategy at the S.P. Jain Center of Management, Singapore, teaching MBAs and EMBAs and conducting specialized programs for corporate clients. She has also taught at the Melbourne Institute of Technology, Deakin University, Curtin University, Lembaga Pengembangan Management Indonesia, Jakarta, as well as Murdoch University and Kaplan, Singapore. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for specific companies as well as open enrollment events.
Vinika has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a doctorate from the Singapore Management University. Her research is in the area of gender diversity in corporate leadership, specifically, the impact of male supervisorial support on the self-regulating focus of mid-career female managers. Her other research interests are leadership diversity, millennials & inter-generational influences on the workplace, and emerging markets strategy.
Vinika is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions. She is frequently invited as keynote speaker and panelist and has been quoted / published articles in leading business publications including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Economist, Business Times, South China Morning Post and INSEAD Knowledge.
- "Climate Change: Evading the 'Too Late, Too Costly' Trap" - A new crop of rational, well-groomed climate sceptics is pushing a persuasive brand of defeatism that the world cannot afford.
- "India’s Quiet Digital Revolution" - As China’s breakneck digitisation rivets the world, another Asian giant is unfurling its own transformation.
- "Men United, for Women" - Men cannot be bystanders in the growing drive for a more gender-balanced workplace.
- "Tailored Approaches Needed for Gender Balance"- Greater male involvement and tailored programmes are emerging as sources of hope in tackling gender inequality in Asia.
- "Should We Fear the Robot Revolution?" - The AI boom holds both utopian and dystopian possibilities that we may not yet be prepared for.
- "Making the Workplace Work for Gens X, Y and Z" - All three generations share an increasing enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, but differ globally in their fears about the future of work.
- "Emerging Markets – The Comeback Story" - Uncertainty in the rich world and a new growth normal in developing economies add up to big changes.
- "Mobilising Online Communities to Your Cause" - Social media can amplify a message or start a movement, but there are fundamental rules for success.
- "Will India Deliver?" - Quality of management practice and leadership will play a critical role in shaping India’s growth story.
- "Emerging Market Leaders Should Give Up Some Power" - Attracting and retaining talent is one of the top priorities for emerging market executives. To succeed, yield some intellectual leadership to the front lines.
- "7 Things You (Probably) Don't Realize About Your Millennial Employees"
- "Millennials Want to Lead. Are They Ready?" - In the near future millennials will occupy every consequential leadership position in the world, be it in business, academia, government, or in the non-profit sector. Will they be ready to lead?
- "Five Steps to Success in Emerging Markets" - As the global market faces a massive geo-economic realignment, multinationals are having to rethink every aspect of the way they do business.