Cultivating a global mindset — an approach that allows tomorrow’s business leaders to operate in a world that transcends borders and geographies — is a key element of the Broad College experience. We seek to provide all our students with opportunities to extend their learnings beyond the classroom.
Continuing a tradition that began last spring, Parth Gandhi (MBA ’95) will venture to campus from India this month as the college’s 2023 Global Engagement Fellow. Throughout the week of Oct. 16, Mr. Gandhi will engage with leadership, students, faculty and staff through college events, class visits and more.
“It’s been over 25 years since I graduated from the Eli Broad College of Business and the learnings and relationships have stayed with me,” said Mr. Gandhi, founder and CIO of Bombay Capital, a private equity fund that invests in buyouts of businesses in the manufacturing, industrial, financial services, consumer goods and fashion and textiles sectors.
“Being a Global Engagement Fellow is a way of reconnecting with the program, renewing old ties and building new ones,” he continued. “I am looking forward to connecting with faculty and students on aspects of global business, both to learn from them and hopefully share relevant learnings and experiences.”
Mr. Gandhi is a passionate Spartan who has dedicated his time and talent to uplifting Michigan State University’s global presence and engagement. He has served on the college’s International Advisory Board since its inception in 2020 and helped to craft its charter and guiding principles.
In his role as a Global Engagement Fellow, formerly known as International Executive-in-Residence, he’s eager to connect with fellow Spartans in person, including those from the Full-Time MBA program, Financial Markets Institute, International Business Center, Center for Ethical and Socially Responsible Leadership, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the MSU Research Foundation.
“Digital engagements can only do so much,” Mr. Gandhi said. “Being on campus will allow for a richer sharing experience, where I can spend in-person time with individuals and exchange ideas and thoughts on what has worked and not worked.”
Mr. Gandhi is a senior investment professional with over two decades of investment experience in India. In addition to his leading role at Bombay Capital, he is also founder and CIO of India Media and Entertainment Fund, India’s first organized private equity fund focused on the media and entertainment sector. Previously, he was senior partner and managing director at Apollo Global Management’s India JV, AION India Investment Advisors Private Limited, which was one of the largest India-focused private equity funds.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gandhi has embraced new opportunities and employed an entrepreneurial mindset in all facets of his work. He has invested in multiple Indian and international companies in the form of equity, mezzanine and senior debt. In addition, he was one of the first investors in Reva, India’s first electric car company, and has invested in numerous renewable energy companies to help advance hydrogen, wind and solar power generation in India.
“The Broad College is so fortunate to have alumni of Parth’s stature engage with us as deeply and meaningfully as he has for the past several years,” Sarah Scott, Walters Family Director of Education Abroad, said. “Parth has been instrumental in the success of the International Advisory Board, taking a leadership role to work with the college on developing its mission, vision and guiding principles. The college’s success — and that of our graduates — is central to his thinking and actions, and we’re excited for him to return to campus this fall!”
Mr. Gandhi shared a nugget of advice for current and future Broad Spartans: “Be yourself, be good, be ethical, success will follow. Define success with happiness!”
Through the Global Engagement Fellows program, and with the ongoing support from of dedicated partners and alumni, we are doubling down on our commitment to fostering a global mindset for Broad Spartans. Mr. Gandhi’s visit to East Lansing this month is an intentional next step to incorporate valuable insights and expertise from our international alumni network.
Funding for the Global Engagement Fellowship program was made possible through the International Advisory Board, donor support and the International Business Center’s CIBER grant renewal in 2022. Each semester, a new fellow will be selected to visit campus and engage with the community. These efforts build upon the college’s domestic Executive-in-Residence program, launched in 2018, which brings local experts and alumni to offer their leadership and business expertise to mentor and advise students.