The Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) has evolved from the need to establish a world-class development management school that becomes a fountainhead of knowledge. An institution that engages with development stakeholders to change the way SPOs are led and catalyses public action for establishing a far more just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.

The founders of ISDM are some of the best minds from the corporate, development, and academic worlds who have come together to offer:

  • A specially curated curriculum and unique pedagogy that nurtures exceptional management talent for the social sectors
  • An outstanding faculty consisting of academics, practitioners and development experts from India and around the world
  • A unique space to build collective wisdom with a blended combination of management theory and practice with both local and global experience, supported by digital technology and excellence in execution
  • Advisors and faculty include our Founders - Ashish Dhawan, Gaurav Shah, Pramath Sinha, Ravi Sreedharan and Sharad Agarwal, Leading Professors like A.K. Shiva Kumar, Kenwyn Smith, Manisha Priyam, Rajeev Bhargava, Shamika Ravi, Practitioners - Arun Maira, Ved Arya, Yamini Aiyar and Development Experts like Rama Bijapurkar, SC Behar, Tushar Shah, Vijay Mahajan

ISDM is a not-for-profit organisation, funded entirely by private corporations, foundations and renowned philanthropists from around the world who believe in its vision.



Research Centre on Development
Management in India


Sectoral Leaders and Management
Professionals as Faculty members


Alumni working successfully in
Leading Social Sector Organisations


Leading Sector Organisations
as Placement Partners

Alumni Testimonials



Education Innovator

at “Innovation For
India Awards 2020”

ISDM Leadership


About the Program

  • Our PGP-DM yearlong Program blends ideas of development with concepts of management, combines in-class sessions with a two-week field component on Realizing India, and promotes collaborative group work
  • Twenty-five customized management course offerings with three electives complement the eight development courses intended to enhance managerial efficiency and promote effective leadership in SPOs
  • The unique Context-Based Collaborative Learning pedagogy enables students to understand the contextual realities and complexities needed to develop sustainable solutions for impact in the social sectors
  • The yearlong ‘Writing in the Discipline’ workshop is meant to equip students to excel in written and oral communication
  • Bricoleurs are assigned to each student to provide personal mentoring throughout their academic journey to make the learning experience meaningful and rewarding

Diversity - at the heart of ISDM

Ravi Sreedharan, Whole Time Director at ISDM speaks about the diverse backgrounds of the ISDM students

Placement Partners

Many ISDM graduates have started their own Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs) in areas like Solar Power, Education, and Waste Management. Others have joined leading national and international organizations where they are working in different functions including Program Management, Fundraising, Communications, Research, Corporate Social Responsibility engagement, Strategy, Partnerships, and Human Resources.