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S. Ramakrishna Velamuri

Professor of Entrepreneurship, China Europe International Business School

Rama Velamuri teaches Entrepreneurship, Negotiation, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He is the Academic Director of the CEIBS Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment. He was the Chair of the Strategy & Entrepreneurship department from 2012 to 2015, the Academic Director of Global Executive MBA from 2010 to 2012 and of the Global CEO Program for Latin America from 2009 to 2010. He was previously on the faculty of IESE Business School for four years (2003-2007), where he was the Academic Director of the Global Executive MBA and the Inside India programs. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the Indian School of Business (ISB) since 2004 and at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria since 2013.

He has been a facilitator in programs for senior managers of Bosch, Evonik, SASAC, Shandong Gold, Kangshifu, Buhler, UNICEF, Henkel Adhesives Technologies, Abbott Laboratories, Goodyear-Dunlop, Nissan Europe, Vodafone, Telefonica, Grupo Santander, Degussa-Huels, Felix Schoeller AG, Diebold and BBVA. He has also been a facilitator in the China Entrepreneurial Leadership Camp for high-growth Chinese entrepreneurs, and the CEO Collaborative Forum for high-growth European entrepreneurs.

Dr. Velamuri has two main areas of research focus: the first explores how the ethical behaviors of entrepreneurs influence their ability to mobilize stakeholder support. The second investigates the relationship between business models and firm growth. His research has been published or is forthcoming in academic and practitioner journals such as the California Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Long Range Planning, Organization Studies, Advances in Strategic Management, Journal of Private Equity, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Development, and Financial Times Mastering Management among others. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing. He was co-editor of a book titled Entrepreneurship in Emerging Regions Around the World (Edward Elgar) and has also published several book chapters and approximately 30 case studies. Two of his case studies have won awards and several others have been on the bestseller list of the European Case Clearing House.

Dr. Velamuri serves on the Knowledge Advisory Board of EY’s Strategic Growth Markets Practice. He has experience as an investor, board member and advisor to entrepreneurial companies, and regularly coaches entrepreneurs on operational and fund-raising strategies. He has six years’ experience as a manager in Grupo Tudor, one of Spain’s largest manufacturing companies, during which he lived for three years in Britain and one year in Germany. He also has eight years’ experience as a full time consultant to US, Indian and Spanish clients. He has carried out a number of assignments for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


  • –present
    Professor of Entrepreneurship, China Europe International Business School