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Vikram Malhotra - A Torchbearer of Innovation



When it comes to innovation, India is a country sparkling with innovation with the number of entrepreneurs it has been producing every year, since ages. It is a matter of pride for the country to see its individuals as the torchbearers of innovation across the world. Vikram Malhotra, chairman of the Americas at McKinsey, is one such individual whose sporadic growth has stumped everyone. Like every successful immigrant out there, his journey is thrilling, and in myriad ways, hustling too.

His journey from a young student to becoming a business leader began at Doon School, Dehradun. As a young student, he was ferociously competitive and exactly knew what he wanted. He recalls the pain of failing to earn one of the school's coveted blazers, awarded for excellence because he wanted to stand out from the remaining students. Right from the beginning, he aspired to be a cut above the rest. This is best seen in his academic endeavors that he pursued after graduating from the Doon School. He earned his honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, subsequently which he did his M.B.A from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Vikram joined McKinsey in 1986, and there was no looking back after that. He undertook several assignments ranging from corporate strategy, business unit strategy, growth strategies, performance transformation, organizational design, operational improvement, to business process offshoring. Although he holds a key internal leadership role, he takes an active participation with major non-profits outside McKinsey. As a matter of fact, he is serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board at the Wharton Graduate School (University of Pennsylvania). He is also a Trustee of The New York City Partnership as well as The Conference Board, and a Trustee Emeriti of the Asia Society.

Despite being in the USA for a little over three decades, Vikram is deeply involved in igniting the young minds of India - a thoroughfare that he carefully utilizes for rebooting the future of our country. At the core, he believes that India is a land that fully delivers on its great potential. In the realms of technology, India has always displayed a remarkable ability in executing even the most extensive and large-scale engineering projects. Vikram has constantly put forth his opinions on the fact that India can bring a vast advancement in its competitiveness and the quality of life when the best minds of the country come together. Without frittering around the edges, he has mentioned that with the right leadership, India has the power to become a country of bigger efficiencies by quoting that nearly 40% of all start-ups in Silicon Valley today are led by a person of Indian origin.

His contributions to the USA were mightily identified when he was chosen to be awarded the Carnegie Corporation's 'Great Immigrants: The Pride of America' honor in 2016 - an honor that he shares with some of the finest immigrant minds, globally. Diversity being such a crucial key in bolstering innovation and strengthening the economy of the USA, one can safely say that with passion and the persistence to innovate, Indians back home can work alongside the cream of the cream of the world.