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.
Dr. Rao’s research is in gender diversity in corporate leadership, male allyship, millennials & inter-generational influences on the workplace, and emerging markets strategy. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and is quoted / published in leading business publications. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become 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 Centre of Management, Singapore. She has a doctorate in leadership diversity from the Singapore Management University and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. She currently sits on the boards of a non-profit organization and a think tank and is Ambassador, Power Women of India; Council of Leaders, Women Icons Network; International Advisory Committee, Mody University; and Ambassador, She2030.
Vinika is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions, aiming to do this through active sponsorship rather than mentorship alone. She believes that business has the potential to be a force for good, led by managers who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
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- "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.