Deepa Prahalad is an author, speaker and internationally acclaimed innovation/ design strategist and consultant with an emphasis on emerging markets and social innovation. She has experience in a wide range of industries and has worked as a management consultant with firms from start-ups to large multinationals. She began her career researching ways to improve efficiency in UN procurement and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill.
Deepa is the co-author of Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, (Financial Times Press, 2010), which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year." She is also a frequent blogger on the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and other publications.
An engaging speaker, Deepa shares her passion for emerging markets and innovation at leading companies and business schools such as Harvard, USC and the University of Michigan and via mentorship of social entrepreneurs. She actively supports several global efforts in memory of her late father, management guru CK Prahalad, including the Prahalad Initiative at the University of Michigan.
Deepa holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Honors & Accolades
Fellow of the International Academy of Management and the Center for Digital Transformation at University of California (Irvine)
Ranked #34 on the inaugural Thinkers50 India list.
Member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program, selected from among 16,000 applicants worldwide. Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach.
Social Innovation & Mentoring
Advisory board of the Global Peter Drucker Forum
Advisory board of Arogya World
Patron of the Indiaspora Forum.
Advisor/investor/mentor for ReMaterials
Prahalad Initiative, University of Michigan
Board member of the South Asian Arts Council at the San Diego Museum of Art
Her Father's Legacy
C.K. Prahalad was named the world’s most influential management thinker by Thinkers50 in 2007 and 2009. He memorably challenged business to innovate market-based solutions to eradicate global poverty.
A highly esteemed management guru, CK Prahalad introduced several key strategic concepts – strategic intent, core competence, and dominant logic over his long career. Deepa is active in global initiatives that honor the work he set forth notably in his book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, focusing on the importance of providing goods and services to the poorest people on the planet. His work permeates her own dedication to making a difference throughout the world through design and innovation. She actively supports several global efforts his memory, including the Prahalad Initiative at the University of Michigan and the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Innovation Award.
“Due to Deepa Prahalad's engagement in the Drucker Forum, the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid concept has become a key element of the annual Forums. With her unique connection to the legacy of her father and her own ideas to progress social justice via responsible management, she has been a source of inspiration to the Forum participants - as a speaker and in her facilitation of panels with with global business leaders.”
— Richard Straub, president, Global Peter Drucker Forum
“Deepa is a thinker, strategist and global citizen. She lights up a room with her effervescent personality,
ready wit, penetrating mind and delicious sense of humor. An engaged and active board member of Arogya World for the last 5 years, and an excellent speaker, she represents us regularly on the global stage, and has tremendous impact on our organization's work and future growth.“
— Nalini Saligram, Ph.D.,
founder & CEO, Arogya World
“DeepaPrahalad is one of the most brilliant and charismatic people I know. Her ideas are insightful and full of purpose. What distinguishes her is not only her talks about the importance of alleviating poverty, but that she takes an active role in sustainable development projects. In case you are looking for someone remarkable with a different vision of the world, I strongly recommend that you reach out to Deepa. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!”
— Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Worlds’s Project Management Champion, Thinkers50, author of The Focused Organization
“Deepa is an astute and accomplished business strategist and speaker. In addition to being an author and leader in design thinking, Deepa cares deeply about making this world a better place. Her expert knowledge of emerging markets and philanthropic work with leading non-profit organizations is proof of her commitment to the cause.”
— Nitin Bajaj, entrepreneur, founder and host of “The Industry Show"