Student Profile - Krishna (Kris) Narayanan

Krishna (Kris) Narayanan

National Origin


Current Location

Houston, TX




Electrochemical Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering

EMBA Class of

Krishna (Kris) Narayanan
Advisor/Head of Continuous Improvement Capability Development


Kris Narayanan heads up the continuous improvement capability initiatives for Shell group, where he works globally across business units and subsidiaries to support employee development and operational strategies. He started his career in the technology industry, becoming a director at Sun Microsystems. Later, he moved to the energy/utility segment, where he executed large-scale projects with a team of 200+ employees. He is a professional engineer and a lean master. His entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding a venture- backed energy storage startup.

Why This Program?

“Getting a mid-career MBA is a key step in my career journey to deepen my leadership, strategic and business skills for a greater personal impact. Among other things, I came here because of this program’s focus on System Dynamics. MIT created this field and remains the best place in the world to learn about it. Just about every industry is represented in the class and I knew I would get varied perspectives from outside the energy segment. With access to exceptional professors, cohorts and alumni, MIT’s ecosystem truly develops principled and innovative leaders.”