About Nirmalya

Nirmalya Kumar is Professor of Marketing at Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University and Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute.

Most recently, member of the Group Executive Council of Tata Sons and strategy thought leader at the group.

Nirmalya was professor of marketing and director of Aditya Birla India Centre at the London Business School. He has previously taught at Harvard Business School, IMD (Switzerland) and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management).

Nirmalya has worked with more than 50 Fortune 500 companies in 60 different countries. He has served on several boards of directors, including ACC, Bata India and UltraTech Cement.

As an author, Nirmalya has written six books, the latest being Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global. He has published several articles in Harvard Business Review and other leading academic journals. These publications have attracted over 16,000 citations on Google Scholar.

Nirmalya is one of the world’s leading thinkers on strategy and marketing and was included in Thinkers50 (the biannual listing of the top 50 management thinkers in the world) and received their “Global Village Award” for the person who contributed the most to the business community’s understanding of globalisation and the new frontiers established by emerging markets. He is also included in 50 Best B-school Professors (Poets & Quants) and 50 Most Influential Business School Professors (mbarankings.com).

Nirmalya received his Bachelor in Commerce degree from Calcutta University, his Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Doctoral Degree in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.