Mihir A. Desai
Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance
Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University
Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group
Professor of Finance and Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University
Affairs at Harvard Business School and Professor of Law at Harvard Law
School. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University;
his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelor's
degree in history and economics from Brown University. In 1994, he was a Fulbright
Scholar to India.
Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and
corporate finance. His academic publications have appeared in leading
economics, finance, and law journals. His work has emphasized the
appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between
corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of
multinational firms. His research has been cited in The Economist,
BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and several other publications.
His C.V. is available here. He is a Research Associate in the
National Bureau of
Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance
Programs, and served as the co-director of the NBER's India program.
general interest publications include opinion pieces on varied topics,
including tax policy and the effects of globalization on domestic welfare,
in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Tax Notes and The New York Times. He has also written
for practitioners in the Harvard Business Review on the role of the
Global CFO and the appropriate ownership structure of global
operations. His contribution to the HBS 2011 Summit on
Competitiveness emphasized incentives and the rise of "the Giant
Fib;" this piece will appear in the March 2012 Harvard Business
Review. He has testified several times to Congressional bodies,
including most recently to a joint session of the Senate Finance Committee
and the House Ways and Means Committee.
Desai has taught extensively as an award-winning teacher at HBS and at
Harvard University. As a second-year professor teaching finance in
the required curriculum, he received the Student Association Award for
teaching excellence from the HBS Class of 2001. He subsequently built
a second-year elective on International
Financial Management, and his many cases on international
finance are collected in a casebook published by John Wiley and are taught
around the world. Since 1999, he has co-taught Public Economics (EC
1410) at Harvard
College. He has also taught seminars and classes on tax
policy at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, and Columbia Law
School. Most recently, Professor Desai has been active in delivering
various executive education programs at HBS, including the General Managers
Program (GMP), on campus and around the world. In 2011, Professor
Desai launched, with Professor Joe Lassiter, the first offering at HBS for
Harvard undergraduates, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, that was also
included as part of the General Education curriculum at Harvard College.
2008 to 2011, Professor Desai led HBS's doctoral programs, which include
the DBA and joint programs with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
In that role, he led the restructuring of various programs and initiated a
terminal master's program. Beginning in 2010, Professor Desai became the
Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, where he is part
of the senior management team of the Business School focused on integration
with the rest of the University. Specifically, he has launched a
program for Harvard undergraduates to collaborate on research with HBS
professors (PRIMO), led the course for undergraduates described above,
helped launch the Harvard Innovation Lab, worked on campus planning efforts
including the design of Tata Hall, serves on the newly created Harvard
Libraries Board, and co-leads the University-wide committee on creating
more integrative, cross-school teaching opportunities at the University.
professional experiences include working at CS First Boston (1989-1991),
McKinsey & Co. (1992), and advising a number of firms and governmental
organizations. He is also on the Advisory Board of the International Tax
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