Name: Suresh Kumar
Job title: Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Business.
Job duties: To help the School in its global expansion and in bringing robust and real-time education to GW.
How long have you worked at GW: Six months.
What’s best, so far, about working here: Great people who are collaborative across the School and willing to partner beyond GW to enhance business, community and government access to high-quality education.
What’s something your co-workers do not know about you: My family and I are “global nomads” who have lived and worked across the world. The U.S. is the sixth country we have called home. While having worked across business, government and nonprofit sectors, I started my career as a TV news and sports anchor.
Where did you grow up: In India – across Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. Little did I imagine then that most, if not all, of these would be renamed: Bombay became Mumbai, Calcutta is Kolkata, and Madras is known today as Chennai. For all practical purposes, Delhi is trending fast towards becoming Dilli, as it is known in the local language.
Family: My wife and two children, both McKinsey consultants. One worked at the White House and the other is a physician/consultant who has worked promoting public health in Azerbaijan, Congo and East Timor, among other places.
Any hobbies? Hiking, walking, tennis and cricket.
What do you enjoy doing on the weekend: Catching up on a movie and a book.
Favorite vacation spots: Banff, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies, and the Far East – love the Orient!
A favorite book: The Unpublished David Ogilvy by Joel Raphaelson and The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre.
A favorite movie: The American President, A Few Good Men, and Crimson Tide.
A favorite food: I love all types of food, especially Indian Chinese. If you have not tried this, you must!