Jay Desai MBA'89

Distinguished Alumni Citation

Jay P. Desai completed his Willamette MBA in 1989 and returned home to India to work with Arthur Andersen & Co (Andersen Consulting) in Mumbai. In 1994, as India’s economy started liberalising, Desai founded Universal Consulting, where he is currently managing director, with capital of just $1,500. Twenty-three years later, UC is a well-established Indian strategy consulting firm,having completed 900-plus projects for 350 clients.

Triggered by the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008, Desai authored a book titled “Accountability: Angst, Awareness, Action” on India’s complex governance systems. As a result, Harvard University’s South Asia Initiative organized a “Best of Harvard in India” roundtable series on “Accountability & Governance.” Desai also recently spoke about accountability at a TEDx conference in Mumbai.

Desai has completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science in biology from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in life sciences from the University of Mumbai.