Irfan. A.  Rizvi

OB and HR

Irfan. A.  Rizvi

PhD, University of Delhi; PGDPM (HR) from FMS, University of Delhi; MSc (Organizational Psychology) from BHU; BSc (Zoology, Chemistry, Psychology) from BHU.

Certifications: NLP Practitioner, Leadership & Life Coach, Pranik Healing, Silva Method of Mind Control.

Irfan. A.  Rizvi


Dr. Rizvi, in his 30 plus years of his professional career has taught, trained, lectured, researched and consulted with various private, public, non-governmental, and multinational corporations in India and other countries. He has been an academic leader at various institutions, and has travelled extensively in his professional pursuits, thus accumulating necessary attitude and competency to operate effectively across cultures.

Teaching & Research


  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi as Lecturer & Research Associate,
  • IILM Graduate School of Management as Professor, Dean and Director,
  • MICA University, Ahmedabad as Visiting Professor,
  • IIM Kashipur as Visiting Professor,
  • SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai as Visiting Professor,
  • Jaypee Business School, Noida s Professor & Director,
  • Currently at International Management Institute as Professor.


  • National Graduate School of Management (NGSM), University of Canberra, Australia.
  • School of Management, Shanghai University (Beijing & Shanghai Campuses),
  • International School of Management (ISM), Dakar, Senegal,
  • On invitation from European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) and AACSB delivered thematic lectures at their annual Dean and Director Generals Conference at Montréal, Canada; INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France; Archamps, France; Essen, Germany: Bangkok, Thailand; and SNU, Singapore.

Sponsored Research & Consulting

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of HRD, government of India Research Grant,
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Research Grant as Principal Investigator,
  • Department for International Development (DFID), UK as National Expert,
  • Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID), Australia as National Lead,
  • Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), Switzerland as Sector Lead,
  • World Bank as Lead Facilitator,
  • Supervised many PhD research, and published several research papers in reputed peer reviewed journals in India and abroad. Research covers themes of leadership, people development, service orientation, employee development, and higher education management.

  Corporate Experience

  • Hindustan Reprographics Ltd (HRL), a part of HCL Ltd. As Personnel Executive,
  • NIS Sparta (an Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Company) as Head R&D (Leadership Development) and Associate Vice President,
  • As L&D expert and facilitator designed, developed and conducted management development programs for a large number of public, private, and multinational organizations across industry sector (profit and non-profit), and Government Officials in the IAS, IFS, and Judiciary.
  • As Leadership Coach, conducted a number of Assessment Centers and Leadership Coaching of senior executives in various organizations.

Awards & Recognition

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for merit position in MSc studies,
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (District 301),
  • UGC Junior and Senior Research fellowship,
  • Department of State, USA Government ‘Future Leader Program’ Fellowship,
  • University Basketball Team,
  • KVS National Hockey.

Irfan. A.  Rizvi

Dr. Rizvi is a professor of leadership & Change Management at IMI, New Delhi since June 2011. Prior to joining IMI, Dr. Rizvi has been a professor and director at IILM Grduate School of Management, an autonomous AICTE approved business school of repute in the NCR.    

In 23 years of his professional career, Dr. Rizvi has taught, trained, researched and consulted with various private, public, non-governmental, and multinational corporations including WHO, DFID (United Kingdom), AusAID (Australia), and SDC (Switzerland), HCL Ltd. (Reprographic Division), Faculty of Management Studies (University of Delhi), IILM Graduate School of Management, International School of Management (Dakar, Senegal), National Graduate School of Management (University of Canberra, Australia) and Shanghai University (China), and NIS Sparta (a Reliance Anil Ambani Group Company).

Dr. Rizvi started his professional career with HCL Ltd. and subsequently on a scholarship from Government of India, completed his Ph.D. thesis on ‘Management / Leadership Styles in organizations’. After completing his PhD, he joined as a teaching and research faculty at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi where e worked for several years. He has been Professor, Dean & Director at IILM, an autonomous AICTE approved business school in Delhi, for many years. Dr. Rizvi, during a sabbatical from academics, joined NIS Sparta, a Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Company, as Head of R&D and an Associate VP with focus on leadership development. 

As a researcher, Dr. Rizvi has supervised many PhD theses at various Universities in India on areas related with organizational behaviour, performance quality, change management, leadership, and higher education. In addition, as a specialist, he has conducted various research and consulting projects sponsored by AusAID-Australia, DFID-UK, SDC-Switzerland, World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank.  

In addition, Dr. Rizvi is a visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior to the MBA programs at the National Graduate School of Management (NGSM), Australian National University (ANU), Canberra (Australia); Shanghai University, (China); and International School of Management, Dakar, Senegal (West Africa) and other Universities. 

Dr. Rizvi is a recipient of many awards, including Vice-Chancellors Award for merit position in MSc, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and the US Government Department of State Fellowship under ‘Future Leaders Program’.   

His professional pursuits have taken him to several countries in five continents to deliver invited lectures, conduct seminars and present papers at various international conferences.

On invitation from European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) and AACSB  delivered thematic lectures at their annual Dean and Director Generals Conference at INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France; Archamps, France; Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

 As a human resource development professional and leadership coach, Dr. Rizvi has conducted several training workshops for senior executives of a wide variety of Government Departments (for IAS, IPS and Judicial officers), Public Sector Undertakings, and many Fortune 500 business Corporations on various issues related with people competency development, organization development and change management. 

Dr. Rizvi has published several papers in reputed peer reviewed journals in India and abroad covering topics of leadership, people development and higher education management.

Dr. Rizvi’s mission in life is to be a “facilitator in the growth of individuals and their collective enterprise, the organizations.” 

Irfan. A.  Rizvi

      • “Emotions: The Essence of Customer Experience.” Book Chapter in Crafting Customer Experience Strategy, May 2021, DOI: 10.1108/978-1-83909-710-220211003

      • “Revisiting Leadership Communication: A Need for Conversation.” Global Business Review, December 2021, DOI: 10.1177/09721509211061979

    • ‘Impact of Corporate Citizenship on Employee Citizenship Behavior of Managers: A study on select Indian Banks.’ Published in Global Business Review, Issue 20, Number 6 (November-December 2019),

    • ‘Corporate Citizenship and Leadership Style for Sustainable Development: Study in India’. Published in International Journal of Business & Globalization (IJBG) (Inderscience), 2018,

    • ‘How Leaders make Followers Commit to the Organization? The Importance of Influence Tactics.’ Published in Global Business Review, Issue 20, Number 6 (November-December 2019),

    • ‘Leadership Style & Services Orientation: the catalytic role of employee engagement.’ Published in Journal of Services Theory and Practice, Vol.27, Issue 1, pp. 292-310, Jan 2017,

    • ‘Drivers of Employee Engagement: The role of leadership style.’ Published in Global Business Review, Vol 17 (4), pp. 965-979, July 2016,

    • ‘Leading change and Growth at Save the Children India.’ Case published at the Case Centre, March 2015 [ISSN 415-035-1],

    • ‘Exploring the relationship between Service Orientation, Employee Engagement & perceived Leadership Style: a study of managers in the private service sector organizations in India.’ Published in Journal of Services Marketing (Emerald), 29 (1), 2014 [ISSN 0887-6045],

    • Paper titled “Cross Cultural Learning Preferences: A perspective on India” published in refereed journal Management & Change, Volume 12, Number 1, January 2009,

    • Case titled “Corporate Social responsibility: Waste management in a Government hospital” published in UNDP & CII funded research study and publication, August 2005,

    • “Enhancing Student Employability in Business Schools.” Paper presented & published in the International Conference and Journal by Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC), UK, 2005,

    • “Emerging Challenges in Management Education: Indian Perspective.” Paper presented & published in the conference proceedings of AIMS International Conference at IIM Calcutta, December 2004,

    • “Global Branding for Business Schools: An Indian Perspective” Published in Welingkar Research Journal, Vol. III, Issue 3, September 2004,

    • “Excellence in Quality of Management Education” at the XII World Congress on Total Quality, and published in conference proceedings, published in edited book titled Quality Excellence, 2003,

    • "Impact of Management Styles on Organization Financial Performance." Research paper published in the journal Management and Change in July 2000,

    • “HRM: Challenge of Change. ”Published in the Conference proceedings of 2nd HR Conference held by Odin, March 2000,

    • “A Comparative Study of Organization & Management of Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in Delhi.” A date based research paper published in Heath and Population: Perspectives and Issues. Volume 18, No. 4 in 1995,

    • "Ego-strength and Job Satisfaction." Research paper published in the Indian Journal of Psychology, volume 62, Nos. 1-4, 1987.


  • Research & Consulting Reports

    • “Policies and Practices of Leadership Pipeline Development: A Study of Select Indian Organizations.” Report submitted to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for their Career Research Funding, 2020,

    • “Mechanism for initiating and institutionalizing change at Water Resources Department (MPWRD), funded by World Bank for MP Government (interim report), 2010,

    • “Individual and Institutional Capacity building mechanism for the Animal Husbandry Department at Chattisgarh.” Report funded by Swiss Development Corporation, 2006,

    • “Training needs analysis and mechanism for capacity development for corporatization of BWSSB”. Report funded by DFID, UK and submitted to the Karnataka Government, 2004,

    • “Expenditure and Impact Review of Higher Education in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India”. Report submitted as National Consultant to Department for International Development (DFID), UK in 2000,

    • 'Comparative Study of Organization and Management of Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers in Delhi.' Report funded by and submitted to World Health Organization (WHO) for Ministry of Health, Government of India (1992-94),

    • "Ego-strength as a moderator variable in Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress relationship Private Sector Marketing & Sales Executives." The study was conducted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of Masters Degree program,

    • Work Culture in Indian Automobile Industry : Organizations under Japanese Collaboration." The study was conducted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the PG Diploma in Personnel Management, at FMS, University of Delhi,

    • “Cultural Bases of Japanese Style of Management. " The study was conducted at and submitted to the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi,

    • "Time Management." Submitted to the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi.

Irfan. A.  Rizvi



  • “Inter-cultural management between Europe and India.” Seminar presented at Burgundy School of Business, Groupe ESC Dijon, Bourgogne, France in 2007,

  • “Intellectual Capital & Challenges in Resource Development: China, India, Japan”. Invited presentation at European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Directors Conference at Archamps, France in March 2006,

  • Presentation on invitation on “Inclusion within Own Society: Making Business Education more Inclusive” at AACSB-EFMD Annual Deans and Directors Conference at Fontainebleau, France on January 21, 2005,

  • “Making Academia-Industry Interface Work.” Paper presented at International Conference by Higher Education Funding Council, UK, 2005,

  • Paper titled “Cross Cultural Learning Preferences: A perspective on India” presented at International Conference on inter-cultural communication competence: Implications for business education and politics; organized by ASEAN & EU University Network program at Singapore Management University, October 2005,

  • “Organizational Marriages: Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work”. Invited presentation at the Annual Deans and Directors Conference of AACSB at Singapore in 2003,

  • ”Managing business cross-culturally : Market entry strategies for German Business in India.” Delivered two seminars for faculty and students of the executive MBA program at Management Academy, Essen, Germany, 1997.



  • “Building Research Culture in Business Schools.” Keynote address at National Seminar organized by PHDCC & IILM, September 2004,

  • “Reshaping Management Education- Making Curriculum Work Lifelong” paper presented at International Conference on Reshaping Management Education held in DA University, Indore, 2003,

  • “Making of the Global MBA Brand” paper presented at International Conference in DA University, Indore, 2003;

  • “Managing Institutions of Higher Education in the Era of Globalization.” Keynote address at the International Conference of Indian Collegiate Forum, India in 2001,

  • UNAIDS and Institute of Economic Growth conducted 2-day research status analysis and think-tank workshop on Impact of HIV/AIDS on India at India International Centre, New Delhi,

  • "Recognizing Creative Behavior."  Research paper presented at the 73rdsession of the Indian Science Congress Association, New Delhi,

  • "Health Systems Research." Attended the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored ten days workshop / seminar on Health Behavior Research at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi,

  • "Challenge in Human Resources Management in Globalized Business Environment.” Presented a paper in a seminar conducted by HRD Globalvision at Delhi,

  • “Management 2000 and beyond: New paradigms and challenges.” Seminar delivered at Max Muellar Bhawan, New Delhi. Participants were a cross section of business executives, entrepreneurs, and inter-country trade association, 1999,

  • “Excellence in Quality of Management Education” at the XII World Congress on Total Quality, and published in conference proceedings;

  • “Indicators of Quality in Management Education” at expert group meeting organized by SEED, New Delhi,

  • “Organizational Marriages: Why aren’t they bliss-full.”  Paper presented in a National Conference, 2001.

Irfan. A.  Rizvi

Contribution to profession

  • Vice President, Federation of World Academics (FWA),
  • Member, Education Council, NHRDN Delhi & NCR Chapter,
  • Member, Skill Council, PHDCC,
  • Member, Skill Council, FICCI,
  • Member, Faculty Selection, Development & Evaluation Committee, IMI.