Prof. Abhishek Mishra, Samajwadi Party, India
Prof. Mishra graduated with an MSc in Management from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, UK. In September 2001, he left India for an M.Phil in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge after getting a scholarship from Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (CCT). He graduated with distinction and was offered a place in the Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. program was conceived, developed and delivered jointly by University of Cambridge (UK) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He also did a short-term leadership program at Harvard University. After completing his Ph.D., he moved to the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he worked for 5+ years as faculty (Strategy & Innovation in Business Policy Area).
In 2012, he was declared by the Samajwadi Party (SP) as one of its candidates for the UP Assembly elections. His dynamic candidature made him win the hearts of one and all. Consequently, as an elected representative (Member of Legislative Assembly) he was made a Cabinet Minister in the Hon’ble Akhilesh Yadav Government. As an MLA and Minister from Lucknow North constituency in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh he implemented significant infrastructure improvement and enhancement projects in his constituency. He has been the poster boy for change, spearheading the development initiatives of Shri Akhilesh Yadav.
Prof. Mishra was part of the team that attracted investment to the state. He was appointed as the National Secretary of the Party and continues to work to promote the idea of new Socialism and Democracy. Most recently, he co-founded a strategy driven research think-tank, ‘Progressive Council’ to work on issues related to development, economy, environment and democracy.