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Mr. Pradeep Pendse (PhD)
Prof and Dean for IT/e-Business/Business DesignWelingkar Institute of Management (WeSchool).


With a total of about 30 years of experience which has included stints as an IT Consultant/CIO/Entrepreneur for nearly 15 years, and concurrently as a passionate teacher (for 20 years) - Dr Pendse describes his purpose in life as helping others to succeed.

He is a BE, MMS, PhD and at present a Dean at WeSchool where he leads IT/e-Business area and Co-Leads the Business Design & Innovation and the Business Analytics area. He is also the CIO and CISO at WeSchool.

Pioneer and Thought Leader. He has been a pioneer and a thought leader in several ways

  • Lead the first MBA level program on e-Business (Digital Business) – 2002
  • The first course on Business Analysis started in 2006
  • The first Indian author to write a book on Business Analysis (PHI -2008, 2015)
  • The first MBA level program on Business Design and Innovation- 2008
  • The co-founder of the IIBA Mumbai Chapter (proposed) – 2010

Passionate Teacher/Trainer
He is a passionate and well known teacher in the areas of Business Analysis, MIS, IT Strategy, IT Project Management & Innovation Management and has served as a Visiting faculty at over 20 leading institutes including VJTI, JBIMS, NMIMS, SP Jain Institute, TISS and several others. He over the years trained over 10000+ IT professionals on Business analysis, IT project leadership, Value of IT etc

Research & Publication
Published over 5 research papers in International and over 10 in National peer reviewed journals , 2 case studies in International Case clearing houses and authored a pioneering book on Business Analysis (PHI) and atleast 5 other books for Weschool. He is also on the review board of 2 international journals and is a PhD/ Guide and examiner at various Universities.

Jury Member for CIO and other Awards
He is quite well known among CIO groups particularly in Mumbai and Pune and has been a jury member on several National level CIO awards including those instituted by the CIO-KLUB, the Bombay Stock Exchange/E&Y/CIO KLUB, CISCO, the CIO Choice, the Information Week magazine, the Hot 100 Startups and several others

Speaker/Committee Member
He has been a speaker in atleast 60 conferences/seminars in the past 5 years and has been a frequent contributor to several professional bodies such as the Computer Society of India, the Bombay Chamber of commerce, the Indian Merchants Chamber, PMI Mumbai Chapter, ISACA Mumbai Chapter and several others. He is frequently quote/writes articles in popular press

Awards & recognitions
For his contribution to the IT industry and profession he was awarded the Fellowship by the Computer Society of India (less than 150 Fellows in 50 years), the Best teacher in B-School category by the Dewang Mehta Foundation and the Higher Education Forum and as a distinguished Alumnus of the NMIMS. Last year the Pendse Mandal conferred upon him the “Kulabhushan” recognition

Board member/Startup Mentor
He is on the Mentor and on the Advisory boards of several tech-startups as well as reputed educational institutions.