R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non-executive chairman of Castrol India and also as an independent director of Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

Gopal mentors few start-ups. He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has authored nine books.




Gopal is THE author of five Best-Selling Books; some of them have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.



R Gopalakrishnan has contributed to newspapers for many years and has written various articles.


Delivered over 100 keynote Speeches and Training Masterclasses in India and abroad.


R. Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor is distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur and Executive-In-Residence, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research. He spends considerable time on interactions with students at educational institutions and young people in professional association.

His signature program for young people is Learning What Nobody Teaches (LWNT), which is a ten hour module of 8 lectures.

A leader’s sharing of how he or she dealt with experiences in life and career can lead to very enriching and engaging interactions. The program aims at stimulating reflection among participants through interactions

IIM – Ahmedabad Shailesh Mehta School of Management – IIT Bombay Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai Vinod Gupta School of Management – IIT Kharagpur S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research – Mumbai