Venkataraman Nilakant teaches Management at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a Ph. D. in Organizational Behavior from the Case Western Reserve University in the United States. He completed a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur and also obtained a qualification in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. His wife Jayashree is a medical doctor. He is also interested in photography and science fiction.