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The aim of the Distinguished Professor Program is designed to advance research at GIM, promote exchange of ideas, mentor and collaborate with GIM faculty, to act as a window of exposure to students and other stakeholders. Distinguished Professor signifies excellence and eminence in his/her role specific skill, knowledge and behavior.

Key elements


The Distinguished Professors Program can have a long- or short-term engagements. The long-term engagement can be explained in terms of time duration that a professor spends at the institute. It could range from a minimum of a month period to a year at GIM. The engagement period can be renewed based on mutual agreement between the professor and the institute. The short-term Distinguished professor program engagement ranges from a minimum of two days to 2 weeks. Primarily the program is designed to bring the Distinguished Professors physically on campus; however, virtual engagements and hybrid virtual-physical engagement can also be explored.

The Distinguished Professorships will be awarded to renowned academicians who are senior faculty or full professors, contributing significantly to their discipline and to the society. We believe that arts and humanities remain critically important to cultivate compassion, creativity and critical skills that provides deeper understanding of the societal issues; hence renowned academicians/ professors in liberal arts etc may also be invited / considered for the award of Distinguish Professorship.

Role of Distinguished Visiting Professor:

  • Mentoring GIM faculty on research/pedagogy through training/interaction and other means
  • Act as an enabler by encouraging the faculty to construct the knowledge.
  • Mentor faculty on writing proposals to get external funded research;
  • Co-author papers with researchers and faculty members at GIM;
  • Involve GIM researchers on various platforms and connect them to various forums;
  • Teaching activities: teach a few sessions or part of some course or take full course (depending on feasibility of time commitment);
  • Delivering a public lecture or mini conference;
  • Advising GIM on academic/ research strategy.

Distinguished Professors participated in the program in the Academic Year 2019-20

Prof Jeffrey Hammer

Date(s) of Visit/Engagement:

July 16-18, 2019

Prof. Jeffrey Hammer is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor of Economic Development in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University where he teaches economic development and the economics of health policy in poor countries. Prior to this, he worked for 25 years at the World Bank where he concentrated on various issues related to public economics, public expenditures and the social sectors, particularly health. His current research is on the quality of medical care in India, absenteeism of teachers and health workers, the determinants of health status and improving service delivery through better accountability mechanisms and he has done several projects in India and currently continues to work with NCAER on projects.

During his visit, he addressed students as well as had several interactions with GIM faculty, especially detailed interactions with the faculty of Health Care management on research projects and public health related issues.

Prof Arun Pereira

Date(s) of Visit/Engagement:

August 01, 2019

Professor Pereira is on the Board of Directors of ISBM (International Schools of Business Management, comprised of 12 leading global business schools, including Kellogg- Northwestern University, Stern-New York University, INSEAD, and London Business School) which organizes the International Teachers Program (ITP). Also, he has been appointed to the team of AACSB’s Global Facilitators for Assurance of Learning. He is world renowned for teaching- learning processes in Business schools and has been teaching as an expert faculty on the International Teachers Program from many years.

During his visit, he conducted faculty workshop on Assurance of Learning.

Prof Brad Blitz

Date(s) of Visit/Engagement:

October 11- 17, 2019

Professor Blitz is a Professor of International Politics and Policy at University College London Institute of Education and until June 2019 was Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business was invited by the institute in October 2019. A former Jean Monnet Chair he is widely regarded as a leading expert on refugees and stateless persons, migration, human rights and international politics. A comparative political scientist by training, he has worked extensively in the former Yugoslavia and former Soviet Union and acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, and several NGOs. He has also advised national governments and has appeared as an expert witness on over 20 occasions.

His visit featured a faculty workshop on writing research funding proposals, a session with GIM students, a public lecture at International Centre Goa (on Statelessness), a session with students on the GIM Part Time program, and interactions/ meetings with several groups and committees at GIM.

Prof Anoop Madhok

Date(s) of Visit/Engagement:

December 07- 14, 2019

Prof. Madhok is Scotiabank Chair Professor of Strategy at Schulich School of Business in Cananda. His area of specialization is Strategic Management and International Business Strategy. In strategy, his work is primarily focused on understanding the dynamics underlying strategic alliances between firms. With respect to international strategy, his current interests lie in better understanding the competitiveness of firms from emerging economies. He has done his Ph.D. from McGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Canada.

During his visit, he conducted a faculty development workshop, made several one- on-one mentorship sessions with several GIM faculty and led a discussion with industry leaders in collaboration with CII, Goa.

Prof Babu Nahata

Date(s) of Visit/Engagement:

December 16 – 18, 2019

Prof. Nahata is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. For the past 40+ years, he has taught both at the undergraduate, graduate and MBA students in Louisville and in Greece, India, Japan, Panama, Russia and Singapore. Dr. Nahata’s main research focus has been on multidimensional screening, pricing, mergers and economic organizations and antitrust issues related to monopoly. His current interest is in economics of happiness..

This was his third visit to GIM and he conducted a workshop for faculty during his visit, delivered a key note address at the CAEF conference organised by GIM and a Faculty Development program for GIM faculty in his week long visit to GIM.