Prof. Sasmita Samanta is currently donning the mantle of Professor of Management and Vice-Chancellor of KIIT (Deemed to be) University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Her academic areas of interest and specialisation include: Organisational Behaviour, Human Development and Leadership. Prof. Sasmita’s illustrious academic career is manifested in such distinctions as Ph.D. (Management); a Stanford LEAD Alumna and Stanford Distinguished Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA; Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, UK); and Fellow of Computer Society of India (FCSI, India). Her rich academic accomplishments and long administrative experience have made her an ardent believer in leading from front with human-centric values, a sine qua non, for imparting distinct identity to any institution of real substance. Besides, Prof. Sasmita has an unmitigated penchant for engaging in different social initiatives related to Education for All, Occupational Health and Safety, particularly for agriculture and construction workers, Indigenous Entrepreneurship, to name a few. Her professional and social commitments provide a much-needed source of inspiration to her colleagues to pursue ‘academic excellence tempered with societal concerns and aspirations’.