Professor Arindam Chaudhuri, Dean of IIPM
Arindam Chaudhuri

December 8, 1971


Arindam Chaudhuri, is a Management Thought Leader & Teacher, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Author, Economist, Former Advisor to the consultative committee of Planning Commission of India in the areas of Education and Social Sector and three times National Award winning Film-Maker. With a million plus fans, he is the worlds most followed management icon and economist on Facebook!

He is the Honorary Director of the IIPM Think Tank at IIPM, ranked as one of India’s topmost B-Schools (No.1 in Intellectual Impact, No.1 in Global Exposure and No.5 in Placements as well as Overall amongst all B-Schools in India). He teaches Leadership and National Economic Planning at IIPM. His public seminars on Leadership are a rage, with thousands attending them. Since 2001 he has been presenting annually a much watched “Alternative Budget” programme on TV, on the day before the budget is announced. The same has been aired on leading TV channels like Headlines Today, Zee News and India TV. As a budget specialist every year he is virtually on every other TV channel of India on the Day of the Annual Budget.

He is also the founder of the Planman Group which has business interests in Consulting, Media & Entertainment; and is the Editor in Chief of The Sunday Indian - the only news magazine in the world that comes out in 14 languages. His firm, Planman Media, also brings out the leading business magazines Business & Economy, 4Ps Business & Marketing, Human Factor and the leading career magazine MYOD (Make Your Own Destiny).

He is the only Indian to author two management books-Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch and Discover The Diamond in You which have sold more than a million copies each.. He is also the author of Planning India and the best-selling books - The Great Indian Dream, Thorns To Competition and Cult. His book "Discover The Diamond In You" for which he got an unprecedented advance, became a record breaking best seller, selling 1,00,000 copies in the first ten days itself!

He is presently a regular columnist with The New Indian Express, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Mid Day, Pioneer, Central Chronicle, The Sunday Standard, The North East Sun Magazine, Meghalaya Guardian, Echo of Arunachal, Nagaland Post, Kashmir Times, Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi) -The No. 1 Daily Newspaper in India, Navabharat (Hindi), Pratidin (Bangla), Divya Bhaskar (Gujrati), Divya Marathi (Marathi), Asomiya Pratidin (Assamese), Dharitiri(Oriya), Poknapham (Manipuri) and Urdu Dailies - Etemaad, Kashmir Uzma and Sahafat; making his columns the most widely read in India covering all parts of India in every other language. He has in past been a columnist with leading newspapers in India like the Hindustan Times and contributed often for The Times of India. Apart from writing on issues of burning national importance, he writes extensively on China, Africa and America.

Under the banner of Planman Motion Pictures he has made several highly acclaimed films like Mithya, Dosor etc. In the year 2007 'Dosor' got selected at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & its lead actor Prosenjit Chatterjee got the National Award for his performance. In 2007 itself, 'The Last Lear' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Shefali Shah (who also won the National Award for her sterling performance) & Priety Zinta got selected for the GALA section - the red carpet centerpiece event - of the Toronto Film Festival. He won the National Award for Faltu in 2008, The Last Lear in 2009 and Do Dooni Chaar in 2011.

He is also the founder of the charity, Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Great Indian Dream Foundation - started in memory of his brother in 2002. GIDF works in the areas of Health, Education, Employment and Environment. GIDF supports developmental activities in 2,000 villages, impacting millions of lives across more than 12 states in India wherein it runs primary schools, medical camps and medical vans, supports low cost open heart surgeries, does developmental and employment generation work through varied activities like womens self help groups, donating sewing machines, building of check water dams, toilets, schools etc. Cricketing Icon Sachin Tendulkar has in past supported GIDF activities by lending his endorsement in GIDF ads and campaigns

Academic Specialization

Arindam Chaudhuri conducts workshops, seminars and lecture tours on Comparative Management Techniques worldwide. His talks have always had a spell binding effect. As an internationally acclaimed speaker Arindam has spoken extensively in various cities and universities of America and Europe, including at the Harvard Business School in Harvard University, Kenan Flagler Business School in University of North Carolina and Imperial College Business School in London. As a management thinker he specializes in the areas of Strategic Vision, Leadership and Comparative Management Techniques. His contribution to the field of management studies can be found in the iconoclastic "Theory 'i' Management" which he has developed for India his book Count Your Chickens before They hatch. "Theory 'i' Management" is about India centric management ideas with global applicability. Apart from his international seminar tours, since 1998 he has been conducting workshops on Leadership and Strategic Vision exclusively for CEOs, MDs, Directors and Presidents from the corporate sector in India. From the Managing Director of Hero Motors to the President of Tata Chemicals, from the Executive President of A.V. Birla Group to the CEO of Ernst & Young. have all taken LEADERSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOPS from him. As a celebrated speaker he is regularly invited to speak at various annual conferences and national conventions. He also happens to be regarded as the highest paid speakers in the country.

An economist by passion and education, during Bill Clinton's historic visit to India in 2001 he launched his ‘Great Indian Dream -: India can beat America’; a series of seminars for every Indian, focusing on policies that can help India catch with the American per capita income, and even surpass it . His original contribution to the field of economics can be found in the three theories that he has written about in his book "The Great Indian Dream". They are the theory of 'Survival of the Weakest', 'The Trickle-up Theory' & 'The Law of Increasing Marginal Utility'. His concept of an ideal economy is what he calls 'Happy Capitalism' in his book. Professor Chaudhuri's outstanding ability is his strength to integrate macro and micro economic concepts with both strategic management techniques as well as personnel management techniques employed in organizations. At a macro level, his thoughts focus on the growing degeneration of the western socio-economic setup, the dangers of mindless imitation of the free market system and the innate strength of the Indian society. He does not agree with economists who have blind faith in the market system and feels the market needs to be constantly monitored and it is dangerous and harmful to allow the market to rule the human race, thus, he says 'the market system is a wonderful slave but a dangerous master'. His original research work is an attempt to explain how the levels of satisfaction and happiness in any country depends upon the kinds of economic systems prevalent there. In his new book "The Great Indian Dream" he clearly explains that "survival of the fittest" is an animalistic term and vouches for "Survival of the Weakest" as the guiding force for the next millennium and calls it a human way of living. He strongly condemns the attempts wherein some countries are trying to become the neo Zamindars (a term used for typical Indian fuedal landlords) of todays world in the name of making this world a global village. He feels developing countries worldwide as well as India can only adopt these principles once their internal industries become globally competitive. He strongly believes that a double digit growth rate is not a dream for Indians provided that the right policies are implemented with honesty. This he feels can be achieved by following policies of trickle-up rather than trickle-down, like in the case of China.

Awards and Recognition

Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri's Educational Background, Achievements & Awards:

Professor Chaudhuri did his B.A. with Honours in Economics, Honours Diploma in Industrial Engineering, M.A with Honours in Economics, Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management and Fellowship of I.I.P.M.

At the age of 28, in the year 2000, Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded "Management Guru 2000 Award" by Chennai based Om Venkatesa Society which annually honours management experts.

In the year 2001 at the age of 29 he was selected amongst one of the 50 leading thinkers under the age of 40 to represent South Asia at Wilton Park (an organisation supported by the European Commission and British foreign office) where he was invited as a special speaker.

In May 2003 Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded the "Personality of the Decade Award" by K.G.Foundation, Coimbatore. This prestigious award had been received in the past by Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Mrs. Sudha Murthy & Dr. Chritian Bernard.

On 14th February 2004 he was awarded the ‘Example to the Youth Award’ by the Rotaract Council in Chennai.

In 2004 at the age of 32 he was selected as an advisor to the consultative committee of the Planning Commission of India in the areas of education and social sector.

On 15th January 2005 he was awarded the ‘Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in Recognition of his significant achievement in the field of Education and Management’ by the Rotary International during its Centennial celebrations in Mumbai.

On 19th september 2006 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Priyadarshini Academy's Biennial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Management. He was honored along with NR Narayana Murthy & Subir Raha by Kamal Nath, the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry.

In May 2007, Arindam Chaudhuri's film Dosor got selected for the 60th Cannes Film Festival in the Les Cinema Du Monde section. It was a rare honor for an Indian film.

On 9th Sept. 2007 Arindam Chaudhuri's film 'The Last Lear' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival where it was selected for the GALA section - the red carpet centerpiece event - of the Toronto Film Festival.

On 23th September 2007 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Life Positive Reader's Award in the category of 'Change Agent'by the Chief Minister of Delhi Smt Sheila Dixit in recognition and deep appreciation of his pioneering achievement in bringing about significant attitudinal change in society.

On 28th September 2007 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri & Dr Malay Chaudhuri were awarded the "JJ IRANI AWARD" for the Best Group of Management Institute by the PN Singh Foundation, Mumbai.

On 15th Dec. 2007, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the prestigeous LOUIS MARCHESI FELLOWSHIP by the Round Table India Foundation - the Indian arm of The World Round Table. The honor in past had been given to Mother Teressa and Deepak Chopra amongst others.

On 10th Aug. ‘08 Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Best B-School Teacher (North), at the Best B-Schools Awards organised by the Deccan Herald Group.

On 2nd Sept.'08, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the president of India for The Best Feature Film in the Family Welfare category for the year 2006 for his film FALTU.

On 21st Oct.'09, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the President of India for The Best Feature Film in English for the year 2007 for his film THE LAST LEAR which starred Amitabh Bachchan in a memorable role of an ageing shakespearean stage actor.

On 23rd July 2010 at Suntec Singapore Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was given the 'Management Thought Leadership Award' at Asia's Best B-School Awards.

On 11th March 2011 Arindam Chaudhuri won "India's Most Fearless Editor Award" at the 5th Media Federation of India Awards for his scathing editorials in The Sunday Indian.

On 9th Sept. 2011, Arindam Chaudhuri won the National Award for the Best Hindi Film for 2010 for his film Do Dooni Chaar.