As executive director, Visweswariah will help create and implement a strategic plan in support of the direction provided by the center’s faculty director, Gary Tubb, and the faculty steering committee. He also will oversee administrative functions and staffing at the center, which is operated by UChicago Center in India Private Limited.
Since 2006, Visweswariah has worked for CEB Asia. CEB is a publicly traded, member-based company that provides advisory services to more than 6,000 businesses from across 111 countries. Promoted in mid-2011 to managing director with the responsibility to set up and lead CEB’s research in Asia, Visweswariah oversaw 130 research staff as part of the India office leadership team.
Prior to CEB, Visweswariah served as a project manager at McKinsey & Co. in Mumbai and New Delhi. He also served at Booz & Co. in Mumbai. He holds a bachelor’s of technology in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
“Bharath’s experience, deep knowledge and commitment to the Center’s scholarship will be key ingredients in its success," Tubb said. "The faculty steering committee and I look forward to working with him to make the UChicago Center in Delhi a destination of choice for scholars from across the disciplines.”
Visweswariah will serve as a resource for the growing number of faculty and students who are collaborating with scholars in India and across South Asia. The center will expand opportunities for partnership with South Asian universities, research institutions, cultural organizations, businesses, and government bodies, and serve as a focal point for engaging alumni across the region.
“It is an honor to join this global community of faculty, staff, alumni and students, and I look forward to meeting new colleagues at the Center in Delhi opening in March, and whenever faculty, alumni or students travel in South Asia,” said Visweswariah.
The Center in Delhi will open in March 2014. It represents the University of Chicago’s long-term commitment to build relationships in India and throughout the region and will be an important addition to UChicago’s international presence. Delhi joins the University’s Center in Beijing, which opened in 2010, and the Center in Paris, which opened in 2004, in bringing together researchers and students to collaborate across the academic spectrum. Building on UChicago’s presence in China, work is also underway on a Center in Hong Kong that will house a University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA program as well as other University programs.
Chicago Booth also has campuses in London and Singapore, where UChicago faculty teach in degree–granting programs. The University’s Oriental Institute has a presence in Luxor, Egypt, founded in 1924 and known as “Chicago House,” which documents ancient Egyptian inscriptions and works with Egyptian scholars on conservation, restoration, and site management.