R. Vaidyanathan is a retired professor of finance from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. A graduate of Loyola College, Chennai, and with a master’s from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, he obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta where he also taught for four years. Prof. Vaidyanathan is a two-time Fulbright scholar and also a fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He was visiting faculty at various universities in the US and UK. In the past, he has been selected by Business Today as one of the ten best professors at all IIMs. He has had the rare privilege of being in the various committees of regulators such as SEBI, RBI, IRDA and PFRDA. He is a consultant to many organizations and is on the board of many corporates. He is a fellow of Salzburg Seminar. Prof. Vaidyanathan was conferred the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and Kybo Life in 2019. His 2013 book, India Uninc: Role of Non-corporate sectors in India, which focuses on Indian and Asian value systems, was well received by planners and policymakers. His 2019 book, Caste as Social Capital, has been acclaimed by experts.