Aparna Piramal Raje Columnist and Writer

Aparna Piramal Raje writes regularly on business and design, workplaces, cities and urbanization. Her first book, Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs was published by Penguin Random House in September 2015. The book is based on Head Office, her popular monthly column in the Mint, which features the heads of organizations, and looks at leadership through the lens of workspaces and workstyles. Over 60 CEOs from India and overseas have been profiled in the series to date.

She also writes on urbanization, and has written several series of stories, featuring global thinkers and highlighting solutions to urban challenges, by looking at the intersection of urban planning, market forces and government policy.

Aparna has contributed to the UK’s Financial Times Weekend, a leading global publication, is regularly invited to address diverse audiences on the subject of business and design and has conducted workshops on these subjects with students from both business and design schools. Design for social impact is a particular interest area.

Currently involved with a non-profit ARMMAN, in the area of technology for maternal and child health, Aparna is committed to supporting gender equity and has previously led professional women’s networks.  

Former CEO, BP Ergo, one of India’s largest modular office furniture companies, Aparna completed an MBA from Harvard Business School and read Economics, Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University.