Born on April 22, 1980 at Rajkot, India; Lives in Sydney, Australia

Current Affiliations :

  • Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Crown Institute of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia (
  • Aseessor and Advisor, Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (
  • Sessional Lecturer, Australian Catholic University (
  • Research Supervisor at School of Business, Amrita University, India (
  • Invited Researcher and Lecturer, Telecom Ecole de Management, France (
  • Sessional Lecturer, Sydney City School of Business, Australia (

Former Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor and Academic Board Member, Australian Institute of Higher Education, Sydney ( — July 2015 to December 2018
  • Senior Development Advisor, The Sustain Group, Australia ( — August 2015 to June 2018
  • Visiting Academic, Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organization (CSaRO), Deakin University, Australia — December 2012 to December 2014
  • Associate Professor of Management at School of Business, Amrita University, India ( — June 2013 to May 2015
  • Assistant Professor Management at School of Business, Amrita University, India ( — August 2009 to June 2013
  • Lean Manufacturing Consultant (‘A’ Grade) of National Productivity Council, Government of India ( — August 2009 to June 2011
  • Erasmus Post Doctoral Fellow at Department of Management, University of Bologna, Italy ( — August 2010 to June 2011
  • Approved QMS Consultant of Quality Council of India ( — June 2005 to December 2010
  • Lecturer of Management at T.N.Rao College of Management Studies, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, India ( — June 2005 to August 2009
  • Centre Manager and Partner at IMS Learning Resources Pvt. Ltd., Rajkot and Jamnagar ( — February 2005 to July 2009
  • Director at IBH Consultants, India. (

Educational Background :





Post Doctoral FellowshipDepartment of Management,
University of Bologna, Italy(
August 2010

June 2011

 Supervisor : Prof. Maurizio Sobrero,
Professor and Head, Department of Management,
University of Bologna
Ph.D. in ManagementSchool of Business Management,
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), India
(AACSB Accredited)
July 2006June 2009 (Award 2010)
Research AreaRole of innovation in the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of Rajkot from 1987 to 2007.
Doctoral Supervisor: Dr. S. R. GaneshThesis Evaluation Committee Members:Dr. Dinesh Awasthi: Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, AhmedabadDr. Abhishek Nirjar : Associate Professor of Strategy, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
MBADepartment of Business Management,Saurashtra University, Rajkot, India( 2000June 2002
Major Subjects StudiedStrategic Management, Quantitative Techniques, Marketing Management, Economics, Organizational Behavior and Development[Awarded ‘The best student of the batch (2000-2002)’]
BASaurashtraUniversity,Rajkot,India( 1997June 2000
Major Subjects StudiedEnglish Drama, History, Indian Culture and Values

Awards & Achievements :

  • Awarded for outstanding contribution to the profession of teaching as a Young Teacher for the year 2010-2011 by Higher Education Forum ( The award was sponsored by AICAR Business School ( and was presented by Prof. Y.K.Bhushan ( at H.R. College, Mumbai on 5/September/2011 on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.
  • Recipient of Euro 5,000/- Staff Exchange Fellowship from European Union under Erasmus Mundus Program. (2013)
  • Recipient of research grant of A$ 15,000/- from Centre for Sustainabile and Responsible Organization (CSaRO), Deakin University, Australia. (2012)
  • Recipient of US $ 1,000/- funding support from Iranian Society for Quality. (2011)
  • Recipient of Euro 20,000/- Post Doctoral Fellowship from European Commission under Erasmus Mundus Program. (2010)
  • Recipient of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funding of US$ 1500/- for research presentation at International Conference on Indicators and Concepts of Innovation (ICICI) 2008 in Bern, Switzerland.
  • European Union assistance to conduct a seminar at InterCluster 2008 in Paris.
  • Recipient of ‘Certification of Appreciation’ for outstanding contribution in Research and Publication for the year 2010-11 from Amrita University, India.
  • Recipient of CII BMW Foundation assistance to present research findings on Indo German corporate Culture at Fourth Indo–German Young Leader’s Forum Conference 2008.
  • Winner of ‘The Best Paper Award’ at National Conference organized by ISME, Bangalore and Quality Council of India on 30/January/2010.
  • Created 10 case studies on innovation practices used by SME entrepreneurs from the cluster of Rajkot, Gujarat.
  • Regular writer of popular column ‘Letters from India’, focusing on various facets of innovations from Indian perspective in Italy’s leading online innovation journal
  • Research collaboration for funded projects with scholars from Switzerland, Germany and Singapore.

 Consulting credentials  

  • Advisor to Sydney based EdTech startup Plannero Pty Ltd.
  • Former Global Innovation Management Institute,USA certified Innovation Management Catalyst
  •  ‘A’ Grade Lean Manufacturing Consultant by Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India  (2009-13)
  • Approved QMS Consultant by Quality Council of India (QCI), Government of India  (2005-2010)
  • Certified BPO Quality Analyst by NASSCOM and QAI. (2005)
  • Certified TS 16949 Internal Auditor by TUV and IATF. (2004)
  • Former Member of the Board of Examiners for Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (Based on Baldridge National Quality Award Framework) (2007)
  • Trained and mentored more than 300 entrepreneurs / owner managers / executives on various dimensions of quality, innovation and management.
  • Consulted 40+ enterprises, social businesses and government agencies on areas of strategy and management.  (List available on request / available on website)

Corporate Training

  •  Trained and mentored more than 300 entrepreneurs / owner managers / executives on various dimensions of quality, innovation and management.
  • Pioneered one of its kind programs in the country to create a league of Certified Management Representatives for QMS.

Academic Leadership and Administration

  • Associate Dean at Crown Institute of Higher Education (2019 till date)
  • Member of IT Couse Advisory Committee at Crown Institute of Higher Education (2019 till date)
  • Member of Teaching and Learning Committee at Crown Institute of Higher Education (2018 till date)
  • Member of Academic Board at AIH Higher Education (2015-2019)
  • Member of Teaching and Learning Committee at AIH Higher Education (2016-2019)
  • Coordinator of Post Graduate Programme (MBA) at Amrita School of Business (2011-13)
  • Member of PhD programme committee at Amrita School of Business.  Actively contributing to setting up and development of the programme (2010 to 2015)
  • Member of Working Paper Committee, driving research initiatives of the faculty and help them reach publishable quality (2010 till date) 
  • Providing career counselling to around 30 students every year since 2005. 
  • Active participant in college / university student recruitment drives (national as well as international) 
  • Member of core team implementing AACSB accreditation at Amrita School of Business. (2010 till 2015)

E-learning / Online Learning

  • Completed Certificate course in MOOC on MOOC (with distinction) offered by Commonwealth of Learning.
  • Completed certificate in ‘Academic Freedom’ offered by University of Oslo and Scholars at Risk network.
  • Experience of designing, developing and delivering units in fully online and blended learning environments in VET as well as higher education.
  • Experience working with Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, RTOM, MeshEd, Edupoint and other learning management / educational management software

Language Skills :

English (fluent), Italian (basic), Hindi (fluent), Gujarati (mother tongue)

Nationality : Australian, Permanent resident of India


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