Mr Avinash Rao

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Goal Oriented, Positivist and People-Oriented


I am currently pursuing my PhD - Development Policy & Management at University of Manchester, as part of the Global Development Institute. My research focus is on Employee Value Proposition and Its Impact on Employee Attractiveness and Employee Retention, as part of the Talent Management function in Human Resources. 

Prior to my doctoral studies, I have successfully completed my Masters in Human Resource Development (2011) from the University of Salford, UK and also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management in Marketing and Human Resources (2005) from St. Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore - India. 

I have been working over the last 14+ years in varied capacities in areas including teaching, communications, branding, academic operations, strategy, general administration, human resources and public relations. I have been working in the higher education sector over the last decade and have held both academic and administrative positions. 


Additional Certifications:

  • Strategic Management: Business Strategy from Wharton: Competitive Advantage - The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Online), October, 2021.
  • From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development - University of Oxford (OxfordX), August, 2020.
  • Improving your Business through a Culture of Health - University of Harvard (HarvardX), June 2020.

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Education / academic qualifications

  • MSc in Human Resources Development , The University of Salford (2010 - 2011)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, St. Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bengaluru (2003 - 2005)
  • Bachelors of Commerce , B.H.S. First Grade College, Bengaluru (2000 - 2003)