Ashish Nanda is a faculty member at Harvard Business School.

From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Before joining IIMA, he was Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School for seven years. Before that, he was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years.

Nanda was Fellow, Harvard Business School Executive Education from 2013 to 2017 and Officiating Director, IIM Nagpur from its inception in 2015 to 2017. He is Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School Executive Education.

Professor Nanda stepped aside as Director, IIMA in September 2017 and in October 2017 joined the Strategy Unit of Harvard Business School as Senior Lecturer. At HBS, he currently chairs the Strategy teaching group in the MBA Required Curriculum.

Nanda’s research, teaching, and advisory work focus on leadership and strategy, particularly in the context of professional services and institutions of higher education. He has published case studies and articles on professional services in three primary streams – management of professional service organizations, professionals’ labor markets, and professionalism. During his stint as Director, IIMA, Nanda has written on, and participated in conferences and task forces related to, administration of higher education institutions, particularly Indian professional schools.

Nanda is married to Shubha Nanda, faculty at Tufts Dental School, Boston. The couple has a son, Pranav Nanda who is a Neurosurgery Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nanda is fond of reading and playing squash.

Academic & Executive Positions

  • Date2017

    Harvard University

    2017–Date Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

  • 20172013

    Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India

    2013–2017 Director, IIMA

  • 20151993

    Harvard University

    2008–2015 Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

    2006–2008 Research Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

    2000–2006 Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

    1999–2000 Faculty Fellow, Harvard University Center for Ethics and Professions

    1993–2000 Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

  • 19881983

    Tata Group of Companies

    1984–1988 Assistant Manager, Tata Engineering

    1983–1984 TAS Officer, Tata Group of Companies


  • Ph.D 1993

    Business Economics
    Dissertation: Leveraging Organizational Resources

    Harvard University

  • M.A 1993


    Harvard University

  • PGDM 1983

    Post-Graduate Diploma in Management

    Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

  • B.Tech 1981

    Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering

    Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India

Honors & Awards

  • 2016
    10th Distinguished Global Thinker Award
    IILM Institute for Higher Education, New Delhi, India
  • 2016
    Bharat Asmita Acharya Shreshtha
    Best Teacher in Management, MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India
  • 2015
    Distinguished Alumni Award 2015
    IIT Delhi, India
  • 2008
    Robert Braucher Chair
    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
  • 1999
    Henry B. Arthur Fellowship
    Harvard Business School, Boston MA
  • 1988
    McGillicuddy Doctoral Fellowship
    Harvard Business School, Boston MA
  • 1983
    Director’s Gold Medal
    Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
  • 1981
    President of India Gold Medal
    Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • 1976
    President of India Gold Medal
    President of India Gold Medal & Indian National Scholarship for First Rank, All India Higher Secondary Examinations
    Tirath Ram Nanda Gold Medal for Highest Marks in the Board in Chemistry
  • 1971 - 1975
    National Talent Exams
    Selected in nationwide competitive exams:
    Senior Science Talent (1975)
    Junior Science Talent (1973)
    All India Merit Certificate (1971)