Carlos Ghosn, Navi Radjou and Dr. Simone Ahuja, co-authors of Jugaad Innovation explore how American companies can accelerate growth and reignite ingenuity by embracing the art of frugal engineering that is being pioneered in emerging economies."
Dr. Simone Ahuja
Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, a marketing and strategy consultancy
with special expertise in emerging markets and innovation, and content
production capabilities. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with teams in
Mumbai, Blood Orange uses an agile, cost efficient content production
process built on principles learned through extensive work in India,
Simone recently developed, produced, and directed the television
series Indique--Big Ideas from Emerging India, for which she explored how
innovation in India drives socioeconomic development. Coupled with her
own experience in leveraging the complementary skill sets of
transnational teams, these meetings with CEOs of multinational
corporations as well as grassroots entrepreneurs, heralding bottom-up,
small-scale innovation, gave her a holistic, on-the-ground look at the
unique methods and mindset of innovation employed in India.
Ahuja has served as an advisor to the Centre for India & Global
Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and as an
associate fellow for the Asia Society in New York City. She provides
advisory services and keynote presentations to trade delegations,
academicÂ institutions, and Fortune 100 companies including PepsiCo,
Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, General Mills, ECOLAB,
Colgate-Palmolive, and Best Buy. Ahuja regularly contributes to a
Harvard Business Review blog on HBR.org.
Carlos Ghosn is a Lebanese-Brazilian businessman. He is the current CEO and President of Renault of France and Nissan of Japan. He is largely credited with turning around Nissan.
As an outsider in charge of one of Japan's largest companies, Ghosn has been extremely successful. He was voted Man of the Year 2003 by Fortune magazine's Asian edition and is also on the board of Alcoa, Sony, and IBM. Ghosn became CEO of Renault, in 2005, succeeding Louis Schweitzer, while remaining CEO of Nissan as well.
Navi Radjou is an independent thought leader and
strategy consultant based in Silicon Valley. He is an
internationally-recognized voice of business innovation and leadership.
He is also a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge,
and a faculty member of the World Economic Forum.
Most recently, Navi served as the Executive Director of the Centre
for India & Global Business at Cambridge Judge Business
School. Previously, Navi was a longtime VP/analyst at Forrester Research
in Boston and San Francisco advising senior executives worldwide on
breakthrough growth strategies.
Navi is a sought-after speaker by the World Economic Forum, Council
on Foreign Relations, The Conference Board, Harvard University, and Asia Society.
A prolific writer, Navi has coined and popularized several business
concepts such as "Global Innovation Networks", "Polycentric Innovation" and "Indovation". Navi is also the co-author of Smart to Wise, a book on next-generation leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Navi has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, and I-CIO.
Navi is a regular contributor to HarvardBusinessReview.org.
Navi is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and Smart to Wise, a book on next-generation leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2013).
An Indian-born French national, Navi earned his MS degree in
information systems from Ecole Centrale Paris, and also attended the
Yale School of Management. Navi lives in Palo Alto, California.