Gurcharan Das


Gurcharan Das is an Author, Management Guru and Public Intellectual.
He was CEO, Procter & Gamble India and later Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). Prior to P & G, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Richardson Hindustan Limited.

Gurcharan Das graduated with honors from Harvard University and later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He is on a number of boards, including the global advisory boards of Wal-Mart and Mars Inc, and is a regular speaker to the managements of the world’s largest corporations. He has been on the juries of the McKinsey Award for the best Harvard Business Review article and the $500,000 Milton Friedman award.

In 1995, after a 30-year career in 6 countries, he took early retirement to become an author. His international bestseller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India from Independence to the global information age, and has been published in 17 languages and filmed by BBC. His recent best seller is The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma (Penguin 2009) which tries to answer the question, ‘why be good?’

He writes a regular column in five Indian newspapers and periodic guest columns for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek. His other literary works include a novel, A Fine Family, a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm, and an anthology, Three English Plays (Oxford).

Speaking Topics:
• India’s future
• Creating leaders
• Creating high performing organizations
• The moral dimension of leadership
• Dharma of capitalism