EMBA Faculty: Suresh Govindaraj

Suresh Govindaraj
Grandmaster of Forensic Accounting 

Professor Suresh Govindaraj teaches Financial Accounting as well as Financial Statement Analysis in the EMBA program.  The latter course now includes a module on Forensic Accounting.  Suresh has also been a faculty member at the Stern School of Business, New York University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.  He is also an invited speaker on financial analysis at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Professor Govindaraj has published research papers in leading accounting, finance and economics journals. He is also a reviewer for several prestigious academic journals.  In addition, he has contributed to business articles published in leading newspapers and business magazines.

During the course of his academic career, Dr. Govindaraj has been the recipient of many research and teaching awards and he is the unprecedented two-time recipient of the Paul Nadler Award presented at RBS.  In the evening part-time MBA classes, his courses are so packed that students are literally sitting in the aisles.  Many of his former students revisit his classes because he is constantly updating his course content to match contemporaneously unfurling developments in the world of financial statement analysis and accounting..

Dr. Govindaraj received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.  He received a Masters degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He has an MBA and Bachelors Degree in Engineering from IIT, India.


Student Testimonial

“I will never view a financial statement in the same way again.  His courses changed all that.  His approach is totally case-based, with cases (all financial statements from actual companies) sometimes just a few weeks old!   Suresh is totally brilliant, his courses are tough, he packs in the material, he is intense, and he has an amazing sense of humor.  In fact we have a list of ‘Sureshisms!’  A 3-hour class zips by leaving you exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.”

"P.S. - Thank Suresh for me... in March of 2013 I did an analysis for senior leadership here at Spirent; using a combination of things learned from him and the micro and macro classes, I made the call that one of our competitors (Agilent) was getting ready to disburse its Electronics Measurement Group.  The responses from leadership ranged from "That's not what pro analysts are saying" to "You're an idiot; that's not possible". But 6 months later, Agilent surprised our industry by announcing the spin-out of what is now Keysight Technologies. I've been doing the occasional slicing and dicing ever since, and have to say I'm right a lot more than I'm wrong."

- Reflections from Mike McKernan, Business Manager, Business Marketing Intelligence Group at Spirent Communications. EMBA Class of ’07