Gopalakrishnan, R is a writer, advisor, speaker, and teacher. He studied physics at Kolkata, engineering at IIT Kharagpur, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager and corporate leader for 50 years. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond, Lipton, and Vice-Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as ED of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He also serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka. He has authored six books and is currently Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur.