Sheena S. Iyengar

Sheena S. Iyengar is the S.T. Lee Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School. She graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University.

Dr. Iyengar’s research focuses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, addressing how humans face challenges in a world where they are inundated with options. She has also tackled issues in the business world through the lenses of network analysis and diversity-inspired ideation. She studies the processes used by both groups and individuals in making choices to see how we can improve on innovation, problem solving, and leveraging business relationships.

Dr. Iyengar has been published in premiere academic journals across such disciplines as economics, psychology, management, and marketing, and she received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002, and was voted among the Top 50 most influential business thinkers by Thinkers50 and rated one of the world's best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. Her best selling book The Art of Choosing received a one of six Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Books of the Year 2010 awards, and was ranked #3 on the Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. Her research is regularly cited in the popular media, including the NYT, WSJ, the Economist, and BBC. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television programs like the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN and her documentary on the Art of Choosing remains one of the most watched documentaries in Japan. Her TED Talks have collectively received over four and a half million views.

Dr. Iyengar currently sits on the board of the Asian University for Women and is looking to expand her work on further board opportunities. She is also a member of the Ashinaga Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. She is a blind, first generation Indian-American who lives in New York City.