Prof. Prabhu Guptara

United Kingdom


Prof. Prabhu Guptara helps Boards of companies worldwide with strategic, organizational and market issues, and is an outstanding Chair/ Facilitator for international think tanks and business conferences. Until March 2011; he was Executive Director, Organizational Development, Wolfsberg (a subsidiary of UBS – one of the largest banks in the world, where he was responsible for the UBS Think Tanks).

Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management and Public Policy, William Carey University, India, he is Director of the best-known Indian food company in Switzerland www.kingskurry.ch as well as of the Media Division of the Expat Group (Dubai); Publisher of THE INTERNATIONAL INDIAN (Dubai); Columnist, FORWARD PRESS MAGAZINE (Delhi); he has been, a member of the Jury of numerous literary, and cultural competitions in the UK and the Commonwealth; and is included in Debrett’s People of Today.

Further, he is or has been: Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; Chartered Fellow of the of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Fellow: of the Institute of Directors, of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Commerce and Manufactures; and has supervised PhD research at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) as well as been Visiting Professor at Universities and Business Schools around the world.

Earlier roles include: a Governor of the Polytechnic of Central London, Member of the Council of the British Institute of Management, of the International Federation of Training & Development Organizations (IFTDO), of the Association for Management Education and Development (UK), of the South East Regional Council of the Confederation of British Industry.

Experience with an enormous range of organizations including: Akzo Nobel (Netherlands), the Associated Banks Institute (Germany), Barclays Bank (UK), British Petroleum (UK), the Council of Europe, Cultor (Finland), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Group Bull (France), Federation of Finnish Engineers (Finland), the International Management Association of Japan, Kemira (Finland), Kraft Jakob Suchard (Switzerland), Leadership Academy (Finland), Nokia Telecommunications (Finland), Novo Nordisk (Denmark), Sedgwick International Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers (UK), Singapore Institute of Management, Sonatrach (Algeria), Sun Alliance (UK), UNCTAD, Valeo (France), and so on.

Organizer, chair and lecturer by invitation for numerous international conferences, he has contributed widely to radio and television in the UK and other countries (The Money Program, Any Questions). He became best-known for his research publication “Top Executives in the Global 100 Companies and their IT-Competence” and he has written for Financial Times (London, UK), The Guardian, The Times and other publications; articles, for example, in The Gower Handbook of Management, The Gower Handbook of Quality, and the International Encyclopedia of Business & Management (Routledge).

“During his recent lecture tour of the US, I was privileged to hear three talks given by him. In my view, not many people have the brains, the willingness to confront taboos, and the balance that Professor Guptara displays in his talks. The combination is exhilarating.” (Phillip Thomas, President of the Growth Advisory Group)