Rajiv Ball

Professional Title: Partner, THNK

Industry: Higher Education

Currently with: THNK, Haas School of Business

Previously with: McKinsey & Company, (Arthur) Andersen

THNK Connection: Partner


My professional life has been shaped by the 13 years I spent at McKinsey & Company.  For most of that time, I worked in oil and gas and retail – I used to travel the world, turning around gas station networks! – before I found my passion in leadership development. During my last years at McKinsey, I was responsible for the leadership development of our 1,500 Partners globally.  As you can imagine, it was a major pivot in my professional life to move from strategy consulting to leadership development (would love to tell you the full story over a coffee one day!), but I’ve not regretted at all.  Today I get tremendous high from working  from my strengths and passions and building an institution – THNK – that will hopefully be lasting legacy.  Within THNK, I’m responsible for the Quest (our leadership curriculum), as well as our Corporate Programs and new locations.


My upbringing is international – my parents are Indian, I grew up in a small town called Kitwe in Zambia, I went to school in the UK and have lived since that time in Ghana, Switzerland and now The Netherlands –  and I treasure that a lot.  I thrive in international environments and understanding and building relationships with people from different backgrounds from my own.


Outside work, I live in The Hague with my German wife and two pre-teen daughters.  I enjoy running and flying my home flight simulator (a Boeing 767-300 ER).  I’m also a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley where I teach a number of leadership topics from design-thinking to story-telling to relationship-building.


I left university with BA in History from the University of Cambridge and a MSc and PhD in Economic History/Development Economics from the London School of Economics.


Advisory Board Memberships of Rajiv Ball

Blogs by Rajiv

The possibility and potential of gender-inclusive business

As formative voices for THNK’s in-company programs, THNK partners Rajiv Ball and Natasha Bonnevalle share their thoughts on what organizations can gain by actively embracing diversity. Given that the corporate advantage is so ...

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Re-THNKing the Urban Space

Re-THNKing the Urban Space


Together with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, Rajiv Ball and Bas Verhart led a Taste of THNK workshop in San Francisco in December last year.  The evening ...
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mediaX/THNK Global Innovation Leadership Program at Stanford

Global Innovation Leadership Program by mediaX at Stanford University and THNK (February 17-20, 2014)


“In a world of increasing complexity and uncertainty, creativity is the most important leadership quality, according to CEOs. Creative leaders expect ...
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Scaling THNK

Less than two years past launching THNK, we are now starting to seriously Scale our concept, both in geographical impact and online presence. At THNK, we are on a mission: to develop the next ...
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