Gurcharan Das is an author, commentator and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India. After heading Procter & Gamble India and South East Asia, he became managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). At 50, he took early retirement to become a full time writer. He writes a regular column for five Indian newspapers, including the Times of India, and contributes to Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times.
He has served on the juries of the Templeton Prize, Milton Friedman Prize and the McKinsey Award. His books, India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state and India Unbound have won critical acclaim. Gurcharan studied philosophy at Harvard University and later attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School.