Howard University Faculty


Karthik Balasubramanian, DBA

Karthik Balasubramanian, DBA

Assistant Professor
Information Systems & Supply Chain Management


Dr. Karthik Balasubramanian is broadly interested in real-world optimization, especially as it is applied to base-of-the-pyramid business strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa and urban voter turnout in the Eastern United States. Karthik earned a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where his dissertation focused on the optimization of inventory management for mobile money agents in East Africa. Over the past 15 years, Karthik has conducted high-impact strategic analytics for the World Food Programme, the American Red Cross, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, corporate clients as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and multiple political campaigns.

Areas of expertise

  • Strategic Data Analytics
  • Supply Chain Managment
  • Optimization
  • Base-Of-The-Pyramid Business Strategy


  • DBA, Technology and Operations Management, Havard Business School, Boston, MA
  • BS, Electrical Engineering and Economics, Duke University, Durham, NC

Courses Taught

  • Production and Operations Management
  • Procurement