Sandhya Karpe

Adjunct Faculty

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  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, SJ Mehta School of Management, Mumbai India, 2009
  • Chevening Scholar: London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), 2002
  • MBA: Queen’s University, Canada, 1984
  • BCom Honors: Delhi University, 1982
  • Innovation, Decision-Making & Leadership
  • World Cultures & Communications
  • Organisational Behavior
  • Human Capital Management
  • Decision-Making & leadership
  • World Cultures & Communication

Academic Experience

  • 1991-2002: Associate Professor at NMIMS in Mumbai, India in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Launched and led pioneering two-year flagship MBA program that grew to be a resounding success. Taught full-time MBA and Executive MBA students. During this time, she was awarded the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship by the British Government, for study at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in recognition of outstanding contribution to her profession. This is a highly competitive award offered to only 12 Indian every year.

Corporate Experience

  • Since Sept 2023: Adjunct Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School at the Department of Management & Organization.
  • Since Jan 2020: Head of Asia Human Capital Center of The Conference Board of Asia, leading their research agenda and convening forums for senior business leaders from large multinationals and Asian companies. She is also the Program Director of the L&D and Culture and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Councils – peer exchange networks for regional L&D and DEI leaders.
  • 2016-2023: CEO of Imagine – her own global leadership development and advisory firm that designs and delivers leadership development solutions for a global clientele. She has worked with leading business schools such as NUS, SMU, and Duke to design, orchestrate and facilitate leadership programs for various executive levels. She led a prestigious engagement for NUS Executive Education’s LEAD program for OCBC Group.
  • 2016-2018: Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education, Singapore, designing and leading some of their key client engagements in APAC.
  • 2013-2015: “Started-up” Temasek Management Services’ (TMS) Academy (a division of Temasek Holdings) in Singapore, as its Founding Head & Chief Enterprise Learning Officer, responsible for setting its vision, mission, and strategy, and building its organization. Built a self-sustaining institution within three years, forged partnerships with top-tier global institutions and launched several leadership programs including a prestigious flagship program – the Asia Financial Leaders’ Program (ALFP) for Singapore’s top financial services leaders, endorsed by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
  • 2002-2013: Managing Director, Head of Custom Executive Education and Executive Committee Member, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Led a large professional services team with overall P&L responsibility for the division’s global portfolio. Key contribution was leading Wharton Executive Education’s first foray into key emerging markets including India, China, APAC, and the Middle East.
  • 1989-1991: Independent Consultant
  • 1984-1989: Corporate Learning & Development Executive, United Breweries Group, India.

Research Interests

  • Human Capital Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Culture & Change

Conference Presentations

  • Talent Agility
  • Talent (Im)Mobility in Asia
  • The Future of Work in Asia
  • Intergenerational Workplaces
  • Bring your Whole Self to Work
  • COVID Impact on Women in Asia
  • Holistic Employee Wellbeing
  • Contingent Workers in Asia
  • Interna Talent Mobility & Marketplaces

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

  • Women in Dual Career Couples in Asia
  • Let’s Talk about Ethnicity & Race in Asia
  • COVID Impact on Women in Asia
  • Is Age Just a Number?
  • The War for Talent in Asia
  • Gen Zs Rising in Asia
  • Downsizing with a Difference