Vijayan Munusamy, PhD

Vijay is a researcher with over twenty-five years of experience in world-class human capital research organizations. He leads the research function at the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) and is currently the lead researcher on the ‘Human Capital Prisms’ research project. In his previous roles at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and The Conference Board (TCB), he focused on bridging theory-practice gaps that are prevalent in the field of human capital by examining human capital development in the context of culture. He is recognized as a thought leader in cross-cultural leadership and has served as an expert member in the World Bank Institute’s Roundtable – Leadership for Development Impact – “Getting Things Done.”

Vijay started his career as a Mechanical Engineer but after recognising the need to not only interlock people having different perspectives but also unlock their human, cultural and social capital, he pursued management education in three spheres – business, public and international (MBA, MPA, PhD). He has since published extensively on human capital including chapters in the Handbook of Leadership Development (Wiley), Handbook of Cultural Intelligence (Routledge) and Handbook of Ethnocultural Conflict (Springer). His work on these areas has also won several awards including the Academy of Management’s Rupert Chilsom Best Theory to Practice Award. He is also a recipient of the Asian Development Bank scholarship, the Japan International Cooperation Agency scholarship, the East-West Center Fellowship and Distinguished Service Awards, and the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award.

He enjoys teaching and has facilitated human capital leadership workshops for regional and global business leaders in organisations such as GSK, SPX, Sankyu and Tata Comms. He serves as an adjunct faculty and has taught senior leaders at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS among others.

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