Narendra is a management educator, consultant, and CEO coach who specialises in strategic thinking, innovation, execution, the challenges of building market-focused organisations, and leader development. Narendra has undertaken management development projects for a diverse range of clients, including BBC, Mölnlycke and Sinopec and has consulted at board level with a large number of international organisations, including Bauer Media, LexisNexis and Western Union. He has also given multiple keynote conference speeches and has spoken and taught at many business schools, including Ashridge, Duke and INSEAD.
Narendra’s research focuses on executive development processes. He is the author of ‘Making Strategic Leaders’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), which explores high-impact individual development and offers new insights into strategic leadership. His most recent publication, The Future of Management Development: A Manifesto, appeared in ‘Management Development that Works’ (Libri Publishing, 2015).
Narendra studied economics followed by a postgraduate degree in management with a concentration on finance. He started his career with ICI and worked with this chemical multinational for 15 years, in a range of general management roles in the UK, Belgium and India. He turned to an academic career in 1995. In 2008, he was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration degree at Cranfield University in England for his research into the dimensions, development and deployment of strategic leader capability.