Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in the Silicon Valley. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, serves as a faculty member for the World Economic Forum (WEF) and on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, and writes as a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review.
In 2013, Radjou received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award (in both its Indian and global editions) for being a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation. He is a co-author of the bestselling Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth. The Economist calls it “the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject” of frugal innovation. Jugaad Innovation was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award.
Radjou is currently working on his next book, Frugal Innovation: How Business in the Developed World Can Create More Value With Fewer Resources (Profile/Economist Books, 2014; Public Affairs/Economist Books, 2015), which sheds light on the big macro-economic and socio-cultural trends that are irreversibly shifting Western societies towards frugality—and how Western businesses can effectively respond to these trends.
Until 2011, Radjou served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was a longtime vice president and analyst at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco, advising senior executives worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. Radjou has consulted on innovation and leadership strategies for major international organizations such as Ernst & Young, General Motors, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, SAP, Sprint, and TCS.
Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, and Financial Times, Radjou has also published articles in MIT Sloan Management Review and strategy+business. He is also coauthor of From Smart To Wise (Jossey-Bass, 2013). A sought-after keynote speaker, Radjou has addressed the World Economic Forum, The Council on Foreign Relations, CII, The Asia Society, and other organizations.
An Indian-born French national, Radjou studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management. He lives in Palo Alto, California.