Dr. Mandeep Rai

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“Being in touch with our values has never been more important
in business and leadership.” – The Values Compass

Dr. Mandeep Rai is a broadcast journalist, speaker, moderator and author. A global authority on values, working with companies, institutions, and individuals around the world, she has travelled to more than 150 countries and reported as a journalist for the BBC World Service and Reuters, amongst others.

She is a seasoned and in demand keynote speaker and moderated the 2020 Sikh Leadership Summit.

Mandeep is also a founder of  V20 Values a global community of values experts and practitioners that seeks to actively engage with the Group of Twenty (G20).  Their vision is to add depth to the understanding of values in public policy with the goal of providing the G20 with evidence-based, human-centered policy solutions that contribute to overcoming global challenges.

She began her career in private banking at JPMorgan, and later worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, and grassroots NGOs before setting up the UAE’s first media venture capital fund.

Dr. Mandeep studied philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE), has an MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics, and completed an MBA at London Business School, with a year at Harvard Business School and MIT. She also holds a PhD in global values.

She contends that understanding our own and others’ values is a key component of decision making and risk taking; shows how values underpin the ways in which people live, lead, and interact.  Mandeep is the author of The Sunday Times Best Seller: The Values Compass – What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership.

Broadcast journalist Mandeep Rai takes us on a journey to 101 countries around the world, highlighting a single, unique value that has defined each nation’s history, culture, and global influence – and how we can apply them to better our own lives and make decisions more effectively.


The Values Compass takes us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of the cultures and people of the world. It demonstrates how interconnected we are and how the divisions that exist between us stem from narrow self-interest rather than concern for the good of our human family. I hope that the book will contribute to making our world a happier place.’ The Dalai Lama

“In today’s busy lives we get on with whatever we have to do without stopping to think. Rai’s book will make you do just that – stop and think. Her powers of observation and insight are remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and you will too.”
Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 

“It is more important than ever to have a foundation of values and the right moral compass to shape how you approach taking thoughtful risks. Dr. Rai’s book is a critical guide to building that foundation and finding your North Star.” Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard

Every day, whether we acknowledge it or not, we make decisions based on what we believe in. The choices, challenges, or opportunities facing us – and how we engage with them – in politics, family, relationships, work, and play reveal something important about our character, desires, and personality to ourselves and to others. When those values align and are shared by a single population, they have the power to transform a nation and teach the world valuable lessons about success.

In The Values Compass, Mandeep Rai explores this concept by taking 101 distinct countries and identifying a single key value in each that is represented throughout its history, geography, and culture in the hope that we may find a way to incorporate those values into our own lives. From India’s ‘faith’ to Vietnam’s ‘resilience’, Argentina’s ‘passion’ to Singapore’s ‘order’, Australia’s ‘mateship’ to Uganda’s ‘heritage’ and from Malta’s ‘community’ to Sri Lanka’s ‘joy’, we may all find something of ourselves in others and succeed together as a result.

This is an insightful and readable collection of profiles that open our eyes to the world around us, and in turn help us reflect on which values matter, last, and have the power to create change.

  • The Values Compass hit the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List in the USA
  • The Sunday Times Bestselling List in the UK
  • Is being translated around the world
  • Has been chosen as THE GUIDE to the OLYMPICS – to be held in Japan Summer 2021
  • The Female Quotient are taking it around the world, hosting virtual dinners with the top 250 women of each nation – focusing on the value of the nation


“At the recent Sikh Leadership Summit, she was on-point as every: offering wit and wisdom, as well as actionable ideas and strategies.”  Aljay Banga – CEO Mastercard

“Dr. Rai did a fantastic job drawing out compelling stories from the speakers keeping the audience engaged throughout.  Dr. Rai’s research and experience make her an exceptional moderator as she deftly bridges from story to story sharing insights and enchanting audiences. ”
Amam Bhutani  – CEO GoDaddy

“Dr. Rai was very engaging and her presentation resonated with participants.  She re-enforced the values and beliefs that matter most to us, both as a business and on a personal level, in a thought-provoking engaging manner.” –   Emily Pittman – General Manager – Unilever Ireland

Mandeep interviews David Gergen – American political commentator and former presidential adviser.

Thrive Global

Conscious Business Leadership:
An Interview with Dr. Mandeep Rai

By Mark Samuel –  20th July 2020

Today we are speaking with Dr. Mandeep Rai, a global authority on values, who works with companies, institutions, and individuals around the world.

She has traveled to more than 150 countries and reported as a broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service and Reuters, among others. She began her career in private banking at JPMorgan, and later worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, and grassroots NGOs before setting up the UAE’s first media venture capital fund. She holds a PhD in global values.

Her debut book “The Values Compass” was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra and launched at Davos in January. The book became an international bestseller, appearing on both the London Sunday Times and WSJ bestseller lists.

Dr. Rai, what experience has inspired you the most in your journey of becoming a conscious business leader? 

The experience of travel. The first time I stepped foot outside of my comfort zone to experience a different language, behaviors, manners, code of conduct, and values was the first time I felt as though time stood still and I just absorbed.  I absorbed all that was around me, and I still do that today.  This is when all of my receptors are open, most of all my consciousness, and when I learn, learn, learn.

To listen, observe, be open and learn I feel are the paramount qualities of a conscious business leader.

What 3 tips would you give any leader for making a meaningful difference in the lives of their direct reports?

  1. To be aware of the entire being of your direct report.  Take a whole 360 degree view, and to do this you need to have spoken to them, listened to them, and have taken a genuine interest in who they are. It simply doesn’t work otherwise.
  2. Remember or remind yourself of what you would have liked from a manager when you were at that stage of your career, and then aim to do above and beyond that – because you can, and therefore you should.
  3. Encourage and facilitate your direct report to have an industry mentor – and for this person to be someone other than yourself and preferably more senior. The more you empower your junior the better your team outcome all round, always.

What are 1 to 3 mindset changes business leaders need to make in order to truly create a working environment that fosters inspiration, connectedness, and transformational personal growth?

A growth mindset, growth mindset, growth mindset.

How do you see the connection between business success and personal transformation for today’s leaders?

The connection is incredibly strong and has been proven time and time again. I know the model works, hence you do not need to convince me, nor other I do not think.  The world is dramatically different (thankfully) than it was even three months ago.

Purpose and Community are more important to younger generations. How do you see those focus areas to improve business results, retention, and recruitment for your organization?

When your purpose and therefore your values are clear, naturally your business results, retention and recruitment would improve, for we are always making our decisions according to our values, and when they know that these values are at the forefront, it simply gives everyone the confidence and permission to partner.

Given your commitment as a conscious business leader, what’s your approach to developing leaders to encourage greater consciousness?

I am heavily involved in leadership development and training, and will continue to be.

What do you see as the key qualities of a conscious business leader?

Patience, tolerance, love, compassion, awareness, great communication skills and understanding.

What is the link between a conscious business and being environmentally sustainable?

There is a very evident clear and direct link. You can best achieve environmental sustainability if you have conscious business leaders I believe.

What is your biggest challenge as a conscious business leader?

Having to meet short term deadlines, when I know changing human behaviour can take a millenia.

What do you think the biggest changes we will see in the workplace twenty years from now due to conscious business leadership’s growth?

Equality – which we are still fighting for.

Opportunity and trust.

What is the link between being a conscious business and supporting Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter, and the dismantling of White Supremacy?

You are not conscious if you buy into difference and class.

How can conscious business leaders better support people of color to create fair opportunities for people who have historically been underrepresented, underprivileged, and unfairly discriminated against in the workplace?

Ensure equality and be observant when this is not being adhered to.

What role do conscious businesses and conscious business leaders have in the dismantling of white supremacy and racist structures in America outside of the workplace?

Huge – we nor anyone else can afford to get into the weeds of it, because otherwise structures remaining.  It’s awful.

How can conscious business leaders address racism in the workplace and take action to eliminate it?

Be aware of their biases when people come for an interview and be aware of others’ advice.