Dr. Rajani Gupte, the Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University [SIU] , Pune has done her Ph.D in Economics from the reputed Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune. She has more than 30 years of rich work experience in teaching and research at various prestigious institutes like Loyala College, Madras, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. She has worked as a Finance Director for about six years for a business organization at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. She was a Founding member of Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Trade, SIFT in 1992 (now Symbiosis Institute of International Business , SIIB ) and was Director of SIIB from 2004 – 12 . She was instrumental in establishing SIIB as one of the leading B-Schools in India, and in starting innovative niche programs at SIIB in Agribusiness and Energy and Environment. Under her leadership, SIIB was the first Institute under SIU to start a Dual degree program with a German University and several active International collaborations. She has been a visiting faculty at the Oakland University, School of Business Administration Michigan, USA. She has also addressed Business leaders at Bremen University for applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany. She was appointed on the WTO cell set up by Govt. of Maharashtra, Department of Horticulture. She is a member of the International trade panel, CII, Western Region, She was the member of the Advisory Board, Chemtech World Expo 2009 – 2011. She is a UGC nominee on the Advisory Council of Kalasalingam University, Chennai.
She has published a book entitled "International Business Management". She has participated in several seminars organised by the FIEO, Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Mahratha Chamber of Commerce. CII, and other Industry Associations.
Her areas of specialization are WTO, International Trade Policy, Non- Tariff Barriers, Subsidies etc.