Pankaj, who was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) until recently, is a Professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIMB. He has a B.Tech from the Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal, the University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, Renmin University, Beijing and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington D.C. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. He helped found the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA. He has served as member of the GOI Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector.
He was a member of the two High Powered Committees - the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked the Indian higher education system, as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He was a member of two Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher & Technical Education (where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry. He was a member of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee on Teacher Education. Until recently, he was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He was a member of RUSA (the higher education regulator) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Pankaj’s research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, higher education policy, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. Lately, he has been studying issues of Governance, Change & Institution Building in Indian Public Universities.
He has published extensively in international refereed journals and has served on the editorial board of several international journals. He has edited a book tiled Technology, Practices, and Competitiveness: The Primary Textile Industry in Canada, China and India (Himalaya Publishers, 1998). He has been conducting the national survey on Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing since the last 20 years. Pankaj has been involved in several startups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards of several firms and institutions.