I am an Engineer from IIT-BHU (1985) and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (1988). Having lived in the states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Karnataka, UP and spent time in nearly 200 districts across the country, I am an Indian at heart. While working in the social sector across numerous villages in the country, I saw an acute shortage of good, relevant leadership in the sector. To address this critical issue, I left Azim Premji Foundation with an idea to build a pioneering, world class, iconic, not-for-profit institute in the country dedicated to Development Management. In a short period of less than a year, our team at Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) are well on our way to establishing a unique institution and building an eco-system for development management in the country and possibly the world.