Chair Bio

Narendra Laljani

Leighton Buzzard

Narendra is a UK-based management coach, teacher, consultant and writer. He specialises in CEO development and strategy. He is a Vistage Chair, a fellow at Ashridge Business School in the UK, and Associate Director at Change Logic LLC in the USA.

Narendra has over 20 years’ experience in executive development, and has worked with a wide range of international blue-chip organisations. He has consulted at senior management/board level on issues of strategy, and frequently appears as a keynote speaker at conferences and as guest faculty at various international business schools.

Narendra studied economics followed by a post-graduate degree in management with a concentration in finance. In 2008, he was awarded the Doctor of Business Administration degree at Cranfield University in England for his research into the dimensions, development and deployment of strategic leader capability. He is the author of Making Strategic Leaders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) which explores high-impact individual development and offers new insights into strategic leadership. His most recent publication, The Future of Management Development: A Manifesto, appeared in Management Development that Works (Libri Publishing, 2015).

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Despite his academic track record, Narendra is not a typical academic. He started his career with ICI, and worked with this chemical multinational for 15 years in a range of general management roles in the UK, Belgium and India. He has made tough decisions in challenging environments, some right, some wrong and has learned valuable lessons from these. He joined Ashridge Business School in 1995 and worked there until 2015, most recently as Dean of Graduate Studies. Narendra lives near Milton Keynes with his wife Karin, son Milan and Tiger, a yellow Labrador. He enjoys cooking Indian food, and is currently learning to fly.


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