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  • Dr Rajesh K Pillania is a multiple award-winning researcher and a sought-after teacher, trainer and consultant in happiness, strategy, innovation and humour.

  • He is the leading researcher and trainer on happiness in India, popularly called India’s Happiness Professor or India’s Happiness Guru. He has written multiple columns and media articles, 14 books and reports on Happiness. These works are the first of their kind in India. His work is endorsed by many leading global thinkers, including His Holiness Dalai Lama, management legend Prof Philip Kotler, Marshall Goldsmith, the #1 Executive coach, and industry stalwarts.

  • Professor Pillania is rated and awarded the Top Professor of Strategy in India by The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) and Education Post.

  • He is a multiple-winner researcher widely recognised for his research in multiple rankings. He is ranked jointly number one in average research productivity among management faculty (including IIMs/IITs) in India for research output from 1968 to 2014.

  • His work has been covered multiple times in international, national and regional media such as Travel and Leisure, Yahoo News, MSN,, Gulf News, Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Economic Times, Mint, Business Standard, India Today, The Hindu, Times Now, NDTV etc. In India, almost every major media outlet has covered his work. He has shared his insights with millions on TV and Radio in India and outside India, such as Canada, South Africa, Dubai, etc.

  • He has taught and trained 1000s of students and executives and gets excellent feedback from participants. His teaching and training focus on adding value to the participants by explaining concepts innovatively, simply, and in a fun way, focusing on applying concepts using experiential learning.

  • Besides being a prolific writer and a popular teacher, he has conducted various executive development programs for middle to senior management on happiness, humour, strategy and innovation. He has undertaken consulting assignments for top management of organisations. Besides corporates, he advises start-ups and not-for-profits.

  • He is on the advisory board of many esteemed international research journals, professional bodies, and conferences of leading international academicians, industry leaders, and policymakers. 

  • His academic and/or research experience includes University Business School, Panjab University; Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode; R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, USA; Harvard University, among others. He is a Professor of Strategy at the Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon and an Honorary Chairman of the Happiness Strategy Foundation.

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