Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe is the Group Director of Prin. L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (now WeSchool). His 20 years of academic experience coupled with his industry experience of over 11 years and Doctorate in "Turnaround Strategies for Sick Companies" has helped him lead WeSchool to be amongst the premier B-schools in India.
Dr Salunkhe has been instrumental in the turnaround of WeSchool with the launch of several path breaking programs/initiatives by way of academic & management development programs, established partnerships with various International Universities across continents and communities ranging from Corporate to Rural India.
His passion for leadership , Design thinking & Innovation has been instrumental in launching first of its kind Post Graduate Management programs like E-business, Business Design, Retail management, Judiciary & Management, Media & Entertainment, Healthcare and Rural management in addition to launching of Innovation Lab (innowe) and initiatives such as Global Citizen Leader Program.
Beyond his leadership at WeSchool, Dr. Salunkhe has been actively contributing by closely working with universities and educational authorities at the State, National and SAARC. He has held various leadership positions as the Chairman, LMC AMDISA (Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia), President, AIMS (Association of Indian Management Schools, a network of over 600 Business schools in India and one of the largest networking organisations of business schools in the world). He serves on the boards of several premiere institutions such as College of Engineering Pune.
He is recipient of several awards and accolades, prominent amongst which are the prestigious Ravi J Matthai National Fellow Award for his exemplary contribution in management and education, conferred upon him by the Association of Indian Management Schools in August 2012, he was awarded the prestigious 2012 Eisenhower Fellowship and the Prof.Dharni Sinha Memorial Award for "Excellence in Management Education", received at the hands of the Governor of Maharashtra.
His areas of interest lies in developing community leadership and bringing about social change using academic leadership, social innovation & entrepreneurship through public & private partnerships. He firmly believes that education can play a significant role in designing the future of our society and Nation.