Board of Directors

Mr. Kaushik Dutta

Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Kaushik Dutta is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with over 25 years of experience. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after spending over 22 years in the practice out of which 17 years have been as a partner. In PwC, he has been a member of the India Leadership Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers, managed the India Advisory Board of PwC, national IFRS leader, Corporate Governance Practice leader, amongst other national and global roles. He was earlier a partner with the Global Capital Markets Group of PwC International where he was extensively involved with work relating to cross border transactions including privatisations and listing of shares in the New York Stock Exchange and European stock exchanges.

Since retiring, he has been retained as an expert on Corporate Governance by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in matters relating to future of corporate governance in India. Mr.Dutta, along with some of his ex-colleagues has founded Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, an independent not-for-profit research think tank working in areas of corporate governance, public policy and sustainability.

He has participated in the Naresh Chandra Committee’s deliberations for developing the norms of Corporate Governance in India. He has also worked with Conference Board of the U.S.A., Asian Development Bank, Institute of Directors UK, Asian Institute of Corporate Governance, Genesis Park, USA, the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, CII, Assocham, Department of Public Enterprises, National Foundation for Corporate Governance etc. on governance matters. He has been a founding member of CII’s National Council on Corporate Governance. He has worked with some of the top Boards of Directors of Indian and multi-national companies on Corporate Governance initiatives and processes.

He has co-authored a book titled ‘Corporate Governance: Myth to Reality’ published by Lexis-Nexis Butterworths, which has been highly rated by the Global Forum of Corporate Governance, USA and by the Indian media. Another book on history of Indian business titled ‘India Means Business: How the Elephant Earned Its Stripes’ has been published by Oxford University Press.

Mr.Dutta has been a visiting faculty at IIM-Lucknow and IIM-Calcutta for the course in Financial Statements and Reporting. He has worked closely with IIM-Calcutta and Lucknow on their Management Development Programs on Global Reporting and Corporate Governance. He spearheaded IIM Calcutta and PwC’s partnership in developing and disseminating IFRS issues and its effect in India, from both an academic and professional point of view.

He is active at various professional forums on international reporting and governance issues and has prepared a number of research papers for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and other universities and business schools on various financial issues. He writes extensively in the business columns of leading newspapers on governance and reporting issues.