Roanak Desai Memorial View From The Top

The annual Roanak Desai Memorial View From The Top is an occasion for the Stanford GSB community to honor Roanak’s legacy, his contribution to the school, and his impact on others the world over.

Roanak Desai (1978-2010) was an integral member of the class of 2010. Through his positive spirit, warm humor, generosity, leadership, and intellectual curiosity, Roanak embodied what Stanford GSB represents. He was clearly on a path to have impact and change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

Roanak was selected by his peers as the 2010 Ernest C. Arbuckle Award recipient. This award is presented to a second-year MBA student who, by his or her active participation, initiative, leadership and personal integrity, is judged as having contributed most to the fulfillment of the goals of Stanford GSB goals in his or her actions both within school and society.

At the school, as in his pre-business school roles, Roanak stood apart from his peers through his leadership, authenticity, humility, and generosity. He had an amazingly broad perspective on business and life, which he actively sought to expand through travel, relationships, and spirituality.

Each year, one leader who exemplifies the characteristics that made Roanak so special is asked to give this unique View From The Top talk.

Ken Chenault of AmEx: Define Reality and Give Hope
Ken Chenault of AmEx: Define Reality and Give Hope
Roanak Desai interviewed Ken Chenault, American Express chairman and CEO, in March 2010.

Past Roanak Desai Memorial Speakers


Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder of Emerson Collective


Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsico


Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures


Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors


Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express


Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, Inc.


Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company


Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE