Mr. Harsh Manglik


Mr. Harsh Manglik is a seasoned leader armed with 48+ years of rich and global experience in business and consulting, aerospace automotive, electronics, telecommunications and IT. Amongst his various stints with national and international organizations, he is most remembered for his gigantic contributions in shaping Accenture India operations. Currently, he is a Distinguished Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. He has also been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine. In 2008, IIT Kanpur conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions to the Indian and the global industry. "We need to accept responsibility and accountability and be truthful. Without trust and straight talk, a leader has no standing".


Mr. Manglik received his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1970. From 1970 to 1972, he worked as a management trainee with Metal Box, Calcutta. Following it, he joined the Case Western Reserve University, USA and received his master's in mechanical engineering & design optimization in 1974. In 1976, he obtained an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business. From then on, he served in several senior positions in some of the renowned 'blue chip' organizations including Booz Allen Hamilton, Pratt & Whitney and UTC Corporate, IBM and Symantec. From 2006 to 2011, he was the Chairman and Geography Managing Director of Accenture, India, bringing with him a rich and diverse experience in global consulting, aerospace and IT. He also served as the Chairman of Executive Council, NASSCOM for a year starting from 2010. For his insightful leadership and outstanding work with Accenture, he was listed by The Economic Times (India) as the "Top 10 Most Powerful MNC CEOs." During an interview, Mr. Manglik said, "Leaders inspire, build something that outlasts themselves and focus on nurturing the next generation of leadership. Managers make things work, which is equally important."

Prof. Minwalla is recognised as a leader in quantum gravity research. He has done path-breaking work on string theory and uncovered an unexpected connection between the equations of fluid and superfluid dynamics and Einstein's equations of general relativity. His work revealed that in the hydrodynamic limit, the geometry of a black hole in Anti-de Sitter space is governed by the same equations as a relativistic Navier-Stokes fluid.
In future, he plans to study the various aspects of gravitational dynamics, quantum field theory dynamics and their interrelations via the AdS/CFT correspondence. He may also work on the dynamics of vector matter-Chern Simons theories and the structure of the equations of hydrodynamics as revealed by their dual gravity description.

Mr. Manglik has been instrumental in supporting collaborations between industry and academia. He has served on the boards of many business and academic organizations across the world including Cyient Limited as an independent director, 2012-2017; InfoTech Enterprises as a non-executive independent director since 18 July 2012; IIT Kanpur as a member of the BOGs and Carnegie Mellon University's Presidential Committee on India. He has previously served on the Founding Operating Committee at MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing graduate program. He is an invited member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Since October 2013, Mr. Manglik has been serving as a Distinguished Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.

Achievements and Honors

  • Listed by The Economic Times (India) as the "Top 10 Most Powerful MNC CEOs".