Vinika D. Rao


Executive Director

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.

You can contact Dr. Rao at email: [email protected] or follow her on:   


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