S.P. Kothari, deputy dean and Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has been named director of the MIT MISTI-India Program. He succeeds Arundhati Banerjee, director of the Office of Global Initiatives.
The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. MIT's primary international program, MISTI is a pioneer in applied international studies — a distinctively MIT concept.
"I am tremendously pleased that S.P. will be taking on this role and MISTI-India will benefit from his leadership, vision and energy," said Chappell Lawson, MISTI director and associate professor of political science at MIT.
Kothari previously served as global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors (BGI), responsible for research supporting BGI’s active equity strategies, from 2008-09. His highly cited research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, explaining the diversity in international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives and accounting for stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation. For the past 14 years, Kothari has been serving as an editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics, a world-renowned academic research journal in accounting. He is an expert on economic policy issues in India, and has written numerous opinion-page editorials in The Economic Times.