Gautam Mukunda

Gautam Mukunda is an assistant professor of business administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. Before joining HBS, he was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies.

His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the social and political implications of technological change. Professor Mukunda’s work has been published in Security Studies, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Systems and Synthetic Biology. His first book, Indispensable: When Leaders Make History, was published in September 2012.

Professor Mukunda received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT and his AB in government from Harvard University. Before graduate school, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in the pharmaceutical sector. He is founding managing director of The Two Rivers Group,a strategy consulting firm that applies insights from academia to private- and public-sector problems.  He is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Security Studies Program and an Affiliated Investigator of the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center.