Dipak is a globally recognised marketing and innovation expert whose insights have inspired a generation of business leaders to pursue success with significance. As Dean of the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Dipak is advancing the strategic goals of a school that has long benefited from his affiliation as a visiting professor and member of the Sasin Executive Council.
Dipak’s influential career spans nearly three decades as an educator, a senior business school administrator, and a consultant to corporations, governments, and world-renowned figures. His inclusive leadership style, rooted in an ethical framework that embraces diversity and respects the unique value of each person, encourages others to achieve their full potential while contributing to organisational excellence. Dipak has worked tirelessly to champion management schools as cross-disciplinary intellectual hubs. Throughout his career, he has furthered a pedagogical model that combines academic rigor and business relevance to produce high-impact results that increase prosperity and peace.
Prior to being named Sasin’s Dean in 2014, he served from 2011 to 2013 as Dean of INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He remains the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Marketing. Before joining INSEAD, Dipak was Dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management from 2001 to 2009. Before that appointment, he served as the Kellogg School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2001, working closely with Dean Donald P. Jacobs to set the school’s agenda for curriculum development and faculty and research initiatives. In recognition of his many scholarly achievements and outstanding teaching, he also was named the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing at Kellogg, whose Marketing Department he joined as a faculty member in 1986.
Dipak’s academic career began as a student in Tezpur (Assam) India. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics (1976) and his master’s degree in mathematical statistics (1978) from Gauhati University, where he taught for four years before enrolling in the University of Texas (Dallas), where he obtained his Ph.D. in Marketing in 1987.
An award-winning scholar in his own right, Dipak’s areas of research expertise include the marketing of high-tech products; market segmentation and competitive market structure analysis; cross-cultural issues in global product diffusion; new product innovation; and forecasting models. He has published more than 60 articles in leading academic journals and has earned the prestigious John D.C. Little Best Paper Award. He has taught courses on marketing research, new products and services, and statistical models in marketing. Among the many distinctions for his teaching and service, Dipak received the Outstanding Educator Award from the State of Assam in India. He also has received the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from the Prime Minister of India, an award that recognizes exceptional leadership contributions.