Professor, Columbia University
As a blind Indian-American, she brings a unique perspective on how cultures around the globe understand choice. Her book “The Art of Choosing” was listed as Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times, McKinsey and Amazon.com. It was adapted into a Japanese documentary.
Her influential TED Talks have received a collective 8.1 million views as of 2022., At Columbia Business School, Iyengar has been listed as one of the Most Influential Business Thinkers by Thinkers 50 (2021, 2019, 2011) and rated as one of the Best Business School Professors by Poets and Quants (2012). In 2002, Iyengar was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the National Science Foundation. Most recently, in 2022, she was awarded the Commitment to Excellence in Teaching from Columbia Business School. Iyengar has worked with over 100 companies. She sits on the Board of Advisors for Ernst & Young’s Wavespace team, as well as Correlation One, a startup. Iyengar serves on the Global Council at the Asia Society and holds positions with two not-for-profits advocating for the education of the disadvantaged.
Most recently, Iyengar developed “Think Bigger,” a six-step method for innovation based on what we know from modern neurological and cognitive science.