Vinika D. Rao
Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, a leading think tank and center of research on business management, economic and social development on growth economies.
Vinika completed her doctorate from the Singapore Management University 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 research interests are leadership diversity, millennials & inter-generational influences on the workplace, and emerging markets strategy. She is also passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions. She is frequently invited to speak on these areas 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.
After completing her MBA from IIM, Bangalore, Vinika started her career with a multinational bank in India, went on to become General Manager of an American Asian JV in the field of industrial chemicals and later became the Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate. She co-founded a boutique advisory firm in Singapore before making a serendipitous transition to education. As Associate Professor at the SP Jain Center of Management, Singapore, Vinika taught business strategy to MBAs and EMBAs and conducted specialized programs for various corporate clients. She has also taught at the Melbourne Institute of Technology, Deakin University, Curtin University, Lembaga Pengembangan Management Indonesia and the International Golden Institute of Management, 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 is a founding member of ‘INSEAD Cares’, which works to improve the educational environment of vulnerable children.
- "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.