Prof. Dr Uday Salunkhe.
Group Director, WeSchool
Eisenhower Fellow
Senate Member, University of Mumbai

Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe is Group Director, S. P. Mandali‘s L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (Weschool). He is recipient of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship (2012), USA, which acknowledges and honours the contribution of thought leaders across the globe to their respective domains, bringing them together, for a greater impact.

He has a doctorate in "Turnaround Strategies for Sick Companies" along with over 20 years of academic experience coupled with his industry experience of about 11 years. His is a known name in the precincts of education and beyond.

An ‘Edupreneur‘, ‘thought leader‘ and a ‘turnaround specialist‘, Dr. Salunkhe‘s passion for leadership, design thinking and innovation has helped Weschool carve itself a niche in the space of management education. He has to his credit many pioneering programmes and initiatives. E-business, Business Design, Rural Management, Retail Management, Healthcare, Research and Business Analytics, Media & Entertainment to name but a few.

He is actively associated with universities and educational bodies at the national and international level to improve the quality of management education. He is on board of many a national and international organisation in his role as a thought leader. Currently, he chairs the Assocham‘s National Council on Education. Also he is on the CII‘s Sub-committee on Education, which he co-chairs, the FICCI Higher Education Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Skill Development under Ministry of shipping.

He has been the Chairman of the Local Managing Committee, Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) and has been on its executive committee. Also, he has been the President of the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and National HRD Network (NHRDN), Mumbai Chapter. Also he has been the State Governor‘s nominee on the Senate of University of Mumbai.

Dr Salunkhe has visited Sweden as a scholar under the Swedish Linnaeus Palme Program which aims at strengthening the cooperation between institutions of higher education of the two countries.

He has been been honoured with the ‘Best Education Entrepreneur of the year‘ award, for his outstanding and visionary contribution towards establishing and developing Weschool as a centre of excellence.

He has received the much revered "Grand Davos Award" at the World Communication Forum, Davos 2014, for his contribution and lifelong dedication to the field of business communication in India and the region and the Ravi J. Mathai National Fellow Award by AIMS for his exemplary contribution to India Inc. and society at large, in the fields of applied management and education.

In past he has been a visiting fellow at the Harvard Business School, USA and the European University, Germany. Dr Salunkhe has been a guide to number of research scholars and has to his credit an array of research papers, articles, books and case studies in national and international publications.

He has the fervent conviction that education can play a leading role in nation building. His areas of interest include - developing community leadership and bringing about social change using academic leadership, social innovation & entrepreneurship through public and private partnerships.