President, MICA

Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta is the President and Director, MICA and Distinguished Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MICA. Before joining MICA, he was the Chairman of the Board of Management at Auro University where he also served as Acting Vice Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Strategy and prior to that Provost/Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. After a 16-year stint at Purdue University where he taught Economics and Strategic Management, he returned to India in 2006-07 to head the collaboration between Duke CE (Duke University's Corporate Education Arm) and IIM Ahmedabad as its head for India, West Asia and the Middle East and simultaneously as Visiting Professor of Business Policy at IIM Ahmedabad. Dr. Mehta has done extensive research in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization, Information Economics and Experimental Economics. His research was the subject of a fulllength review by The Economist. His work on creating world-class universities has been discussed around the world and profiled in over ten languages including Chinese, Russian, French, German and Arabic among others. Dr. Mehta has authored and co-authored several proposals that brought in over nine million dollars of research funding to Purdue University from the National Science Foundation, 21st Century Fund, Microsoft, Intel and others. He is also an award-winning teacher, having successfully taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. He has been awarded one of Purdue University's highest awards, the Class of 1922 Award for Teaching, Innovation and Helping Students Learn. He has been a member of numerous high-powered committees convened by the Government of India. He has conducted several programs for senior civil servants including IRS, IFS and IAS officers, including one for all Secretaries to the Government of India.