Staff profile

Dr Koushik Das Sarma

Programme Lead - Help to Grow Management Programme

Koushik Das Sarma stood in the atrium at the Kedleston Road site.


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School





I'm an experienced professional bringing a unique combination of business management and scientific expertise along with strategic leadership experience and people skills with a global outlook. I have over 15 years of international corporate experience in Pharma and Healthcare sectors in various leadership roles in addition to managing high value innovation projects. 

My research in business strategy is centred around managing various innovation driven partnerships and resides in the interface of innovation management and international business. In my technical research, my focus has been on “Green Chemistry” and “Drug Discovery”.

My teaching is practice-based, international student-centred and covers areas like Strategy, Innovation Management, International Business, Project Management and Leadership and Change Management. In my academic roles, I have helped SME leaders in devising and implementing strategies aimed at business recovery and growth through business reliance.

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader for:

Professional interests

As a Programme Lead in Help To Grow Management Programme, I actively engage with business leaders to help them in devising business strategy for mitigating risks arising out of various uncertainties. 

My interest areas are:

Research interests

In my academic research I study the strategic dimensions around managing partnerships – what makes a partnership to succeed and what are the contributing factors towards partnership longevity. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the nuances of managing partnerships in open innovation networks like Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery outsourcing.

Membership of professional bodies

Member of Academy of International Business


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have over 15 years corporate experience mainly in Pharma and Healthcare sectors and have assumed various technical and leadership roles. As a senior leadership team member, I was actively engaged in devising and implementing organisational strategy sometimes under extreme uncertainty leading to business continuity and eventual growth. I have implemented various change management initiatives. Additionally, I have expertise in project and portfolio management, marketing and business development and managing multinational and multicultural teams.

International experience

I worked in the USA, Germany, and India in addition to working in the UK. Moreover, I have led or was part of many multinational teams and partnerships.

Additional interests and activities

I am an avid photographer and enjoy capturing the bounty of nature through my lens.

Instagram: @koushik_photography

In the media

Derby University Blogs


Recent publications

Peer–reviewed conference papers (management)

Selected scientific publications

Coloured wooden blocks with letters spelling 'RESILIENCE' sit on a wooden background

Dr Koushik Das Sarma, Programme Facilitator for the Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) at the University of Derby, explores how business resilience feeds into business strategy, and draws on some of the questions and feedback he has heard from SME leaders currently on the programme.

Man sat with a laptop at kitchen table, resting his chin on his hands.

Dr Koushik Das Sarma, Programme Facilitator for the Small Business Leadership Programme at the University of Derby, explores how SME leaders are coping with the effects of Covid-19 on business and the vital support needed to help them get ahead of the curve.