Former Procter & Gamble India CEO Gurcharan Das to Speak on India’s Economic Future, Oct. 24

Bestselling author, popular newspaper columnist, and former Procter & Gamble India CEO Gurcharan Das will speak on "India's Economic Future" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Wells Fargo Room.

Registration for Das' talk will be available on the Dean’s Speakers Series website as the date approaches. The event is co-hosted by the Dean's Speaker Series and UC Berkeley's South and Southeast Studies Department, which is hosting Das on campus as a regents lecturer.

Beginning with the current economic crisis, Das will broadly sketch out India's economic future over the next few decades and its significance for investors. He will be visiting Berkeley on a Regents Fellowship hosted by UC Berkeley's South and Southeast Studies Department.

After serving as CEO of Procter & Gamble India, Das became managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer.

Das is the bestselling author of two books, India Unbound and India Grows by Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State. India Unbound, a narrative account of India from Independence to the global information age, has been published in 17 languages and filmed by the BBC.

Das also writes a regular column for the Times of India, four Indian-language newspapers, and periodic guest columns for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Das, who lives in New Delhi, currently serves on the boards of several companies, including the global advisory boards of Wal-Mart and Mars Inc., and is a regular speaker to top managements of the world’s largest corporations.

This Dean's Speaker Series event is made possible in part by the Mary Josephine Hicks Distinguished Speaker Series Fund.