Raj is an international visiting faculty at GIBS. He teaches corporate, global, international business and emerging markets’ strategy in various academic and executive programmes. In addition, he teaches The Micro Economics of Competitiveness in collaboration with Porter’s Institute on Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. He was voted as the best teacher by 250 MBA executive students at GIBS in 2010 and 2011. Raj also teaches at various schools around the world.
Raj has over 20 years of strategic management experience in India, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and France. He has worked for a range of multi-nationals and local enterprises including The World Bank, IBM, International Development Research Centre India, Coopers & Lybrand, MTN Group, Apollo Tyres, LNJ Group and Eicher.
Raj is the founding director of ThirdEye, a boutique firm that he started in 2005. The firm has done consulting assignments around the world with focus on assisting: businesses expand into emerging markets, private equity firms in strategic due diligence and guidance post acquisition, and enhancing strategic competences in enterprises. The firm has done significant engagements in banking, retail, IT, construction, energy, automobile, manufacturing, legal, mining and public sectors. The extensive experience enables him to be a very effective teacher, facilitator and coach to executive teams and CEOs.
Raj obtained his doctorate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1989 and his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1979, both premier institutions in South East Asia. His research proposal was adjudged the best proposal and was awarded the French Government Scholarship for field work in Europe.
Dr Raina has published two sets of cases on South African companies. The first case series titled, ‘The African Tiger’, was accepted by Ivey and won the prestigious award for the best case by African Association of Business Schools in 2009. The second case series has been accepted by the MOC network for use by 100 plus members of the network. The case series focus on the interplay of government policies with the cluster development in power sector in South Africa.