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An international authority on strategy, the impact of technology, and globalization, Professor Prabhu Guptara is Executive Director of Relational Analytics, Ltd., analyzing and managing companies’ organizational relationships so they can raise their bottom line. For 15 years he raised the value of the bank UBS, where he oversaw Think Tanks and the Distinguished Speaker series.
A dynamic intellectual and speaker, Professor Guptara lectured at Indian universities until he was exiled for his political views in 1976. He moved to Europe where his leadership and organizational expertise was quickly in demand. He has served as Director, chairman, or board member for the World Future Council (which he helped found), the Institute for International Business Relations, and King’s Kurry AG, among many other organizations. His poetry and writings on business and philosophy are famous throughout the U.K.
Currently Professor Guptara is a Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management and Public Policy at William Carey University of India and the publisher of The International Indian, the largest-circulation magazine for Indian expats in the Middle East. He serves on the advisory board at New Global Markets, where he has advanced solutions for anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing.
Professor Prabhu Guptara is an authority on the impact of technology on globalisation, on strategy, on knowledge management, on corporate social responsibility, on comparative and cross-cultural ethics, and on management and leadership issues. Widely known as a speaker and broadcaster, he is or has been chairman, Director or board member of various companies and organisations.
As Executive Director, Organisation Development, at Wolfsberg – The Platform for Business and Executive Development (a subsidiary of UBS, one of the largest banks in the world), he was responsible for the Wolfsberg Think Tanks on a wide variety of market and global issues. A Freeman of the City of London, and of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; he is or has been Fellow: of the Institute of Directors, of the Royal Commonwealth Society, of The Trinity Forum, and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Commerce and Manufactures; and Member: Executive Board, Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; International Advisory Council, Development Alternatives, India; Member of the International Advisory Panel for the Tomorrow’s Global Company Report by Tomorrow’s Company, UK. He continues to be visiting professor at various universities and business schools around the world.
His earlier roles include a Governor of the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster), Member of the Council of the British Institute of Management, of the International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO), of the Association for Management Education and Development (UK), of the South East Regional Council of the Confederation of British Industry.
He has also been a member of the Jury of numerous literary, business and management competitions in the UK and the Commonwealth, and a guest contributor to major newspapers and radio channels in the UK as well as numerous such media in other parts of the world. He was a founding member of the World Future Council and, in 2013, was asked to be Chairman of the Academic Council of GOPIO (Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin) and of the Relational Thinking Network.
Prabhu Guptara is the eldest son of Murli Manohar Guptara and Chinamma Ninan. He is married, has four children, and is a Hindu follower of Jesus.
Professor Prabhu Guptara examines how being a Hindu who follows Jesus affects interactions with family and institutions. He explains that following Jesus, or “taking up your cross,” means trying to follow truth and hope in the midst of falsehood and despair – but how do people distinguish what is “the truth?”
Professor Guptara acknowledges a long list of people and groups who have respected Jesus, but instead of just seeing him through the scriptures, they viewed him through the lenses of other leaders or institutions that they hold above him. For example, Gandhi viewed him through the Gita and the Mormons view him through Joseph Smith’s writings, but in a case where Jesus’s message contradicts their holy writings, they follow their dogma over his.
Moreover, Professor Guptara believes it is crucial that people have the free will to make that choice. “The right to believe is meaningless if we don’t have the right to debate the truth or falsity, the benefit or damage of every idea, every concept, every ideology starting of course with our own,” he states.
A popular visiting professor at universities and business schools around the world, Prabhu Guptara brings decades of expertise in globalization, economic affairs, ethics, and the impact of technology. His vast cross-cultural experience makes him the perfect choice to speak on the changing international landscape and the adaptations different nations will need to make in order to benefit from changing times. Professor Guptara also offers time-tested advice on strategy, management, and applying Biblical beliefs to everyday life.
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