Amit Kapoor, PhD, is Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, India; President of India Council on Competitiveness and Editor-in-Chief of Thinkers. He is as well the chair for the Social Progress Imperative & Shared Value Initiative in India and sits on the board of Competitiveness initiatives in MexicoNetherlands, Italy & France and University of Vermont’s SEMBA Advisory Board. In addition to being advisor to Thinkers50 and participant with the Global Solutions Network, he is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and CompetitivenessHarvard Business School and an instructor with Harvard Business Publishing in the area of Strategy, Competitiveness and Business Models. He has been inducted into the Competitiveness Hall of Fame which is administered by Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School in addition to being the recipient of the Ruth Greene Memorial Award winner for writing the best case of the year, by North American Case Research Association (NACRA).

He has worked with NITI Aayog on developing the Ease of Living index for Indian districts; Innovation Index for States of India; Police Effectiveness Index and has recently presented his work on cluster mapping in India to Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister. In addition he sits on the committee assessing the performance of R&D Institutions in India that is housed at NITI and headed by Shri V.K. Saraswat.

Amit is the author of bestsellers “Riding the Tiger”, which he has co-authored with Wilfried Aulber and “The Age of Awakening: The Story of the Indian Economy Since Independence” published by Penguin Random House. His forthcoming book tentatively titled “India’s Competitiveness” that he is co-authoring with Bibek Debroy is proposed to be published in 2019.

He has developed the assessment frameworks for Municipal Performance Index and Ease of Living for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India that would be used to assess cities within the country. Detailed frameworks are available at He is also the author of Social Progress Index for Indian States, Districts and Cities, India City Competitiveness Report, India State Competitiveness Report, India Manufacturing Competitiveness Report, India State Sustainability Report, Livability Report, Creative Economy of Indian Cities and States et al. that are published on periodic basis.

He is also a columnist with IANS in addition to his contributions being published by Economic Times, Hindu, Business Insider, Hindu Business Line, Mint, Financial Express, Outlook Business, Governance Now, Business Today et al. In all, he has written over 500 opinion pieces apart from publishing academic research (cases and articles). Based on his work three awards have been constituted within the country titled State Competitiveness Awards  wherein the Chief Ministers are awarded; City Competitiveness Awards wherein City Heads are awarded and Institute for Competitiveness Strategy Awards wherein the corporates are awarded for their strategic acumen. He chairs the jury and curates Porter Prize in addition to curating events like National Competitiveness Forum, Shared Value Summit, Thinkers 50 (India) etc. As for his interest in entrepreneurship he is keen investor and has seed funded enterprises like Business World, Mettl, Soul Ace et al. He tweets @kautiliya and can be contacted at [email protected].

He has been invited by Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Law School, Harvard University; Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, University of Berkeley, World Economic Forum to present his views on various issues and themes like strategy, outsourcing and economic development in addition to speaking at TEDx and Unreasonable Thinking Summit.

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