Dr. Bakul Dholakia is currently the Director of Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management and Advisor to Adani Group. Prior to joining Adani Group, he was Director of IIM, Ahmedabad. Dr. Dholakia is a Gold Medalist from Baroda University and he has a Doctorate in Economics. He has 45 years of professional experience including 33 years at IIM, Ahmedabad. During the course of his long tenure at IIM Ahmedabad, Dr. Dholakia occupied the Reserve Bank of India Chair from 1992 to 1999, served as the Dean from 1998 to 2001 and as the Director of the Institute from 2002 to 2007. He had earlier served as the Chairman of the MBA Programme and also as the Chairman of Economics Area. He has received the Best Professor Award for his teaching in the Post-Graduate Programme at IIMA. He has guided 20 Ph.D students specializing in Economics, Finance, Business Policy and Public Systems at IIMA. Dr. Dholakia is the author of 12 books, 28 monographs and more than 50 research papers published in professional journals in India and abroad.
Dr. Dholakia has been a major motivator and a guiding force behind the numerous initiatives & expansion of activities at IIMA. His vision and strategic leadership have contributed to IIMA’s enhanced international image and global recognition. He is widely recognized for his contribution to Management Education in India. His achievements in institution building have been nationally and internationally acclaimed.
In 2007, Dr. Dholakia was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his distinguished services in the field of education. In 2008, Dr. Dholakia was conferred the coveted Bharat Asmita National Award by the Honorable Chief Justice of India. In 2006, he was honoured by the Association of Indian Americans in North America (AIANA) at the World Gujarati Conference in New Jersey for his Visionary Leadership and Achievements in business education. Since 2005, Dr. Dholakia has been rated as one of the most powerful personalities of Gujarat by various media groups. Global Associations of Business Schools have also honoured Dr. Dholakia for his sterling contribution in the field of management education. The Global Foundation for Management Education (GFME), jointly formed by the Associations of American and European Business Schools, has nominated Dr. Dholakia as a Member of the Board of GFME representing Asia.
Dr. Dholakia was a Board Member of Reserve Bank of India Western Area Board from 1993 to 2001. In recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of management education, the Government of India appointed Dr. Dholakia as the Chairman of the National Board of Accreditation for Technical Education in India (2005-2008). He has also served as External Director on the Board of public and private sector companies. Over the last two decades, Dr. Dholakia has worked on numerous government committees, the recent ones being the Rangarajan Committee on Pricing and Taxation of Petroleum Products (2006) and the Expert Group on Pension Fund constituted by the Government of India (2009). The Competition Commission of India has appointed Dr. Bakul Dholakia as a Member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group (EPAG), which will serve as a think tank to give broad inputs and advice on larger issues impacting markets and competition to the Commission. He has also been a member of the Jury for various Corporate Excellence Awards and Selection Committees for CEOs.