15 Jan 2020


Job Title/Academic rank :
Team Leader, UR-Sweden/Economics & Management Sub-Programme
Campus :
School :
School of Business
Department :
Human Resource Management
Office Location :
4th Floor, CBE Learning Complex
Phone Number :
(+250)788 539 312
E-mail :
Biography :
Names : RAMA RAO BOKKA, B.Com., M.Com., PhD.,

Title : Professor of Management, Department of Marketing and Human Resources Management,

School of Business

Position : Team Leader, UR-Sweden Economics and Management Sub-Programme

Chief Editor, Rwanda Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Business

Coordinator, CBE Transport and Logistics Cluster, University of Rwanda

Bio :

Prof. Rama Rao is a professor of management with 39years of experience of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level and research experience. Prof. Rama begin his career as a lecturer in 1980 and became Associate Professor in 1993. In 1994, he started MBA programme in an affiliated college in India and nourished it to development for three years. He came to Rwanda in 1999 and serving for the cause of education till date.To his credit published two books and more than 25 papers in the fields of transport, commerce and management. He had experience both in India and Rwanda in heading the Departments of Management. He was instrumental in creating a four-year undergraduate programmes in Accounting, Business Administration and Information Technology Applications in Management in the former National University of Rwanda. Gained experience in managing the distance learning programme of the MSc ICT Policy and Regulation. Prof. Rama steered the educational development as the Director of Postgraduate Studies by coordinating the introduction of 13 masters programmes in the former NUR at a time across different disciplines. He served the position of Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management for 5 years.

MBA programme was introduced in 2010 under his leadership in the former NUR. He was very instrumental in developing the cooperation between Faculty of Economics and Management (of former NUR)/ College of Business and Economics (UR) and the Jonkoping International Business School of Jonkoping university and has been serving as the Team Leader of UR-Sweden/Economics and Management Sub-Programme.

Prof. Rama is a specialist in transport, business planning, strategy and corporate governance. He has been associated with research and consultancy activities in Rwanda and abroad. Currently he is leading a research on effectiveness of corporate governance in Rwanda and editing two books for Springer. He is the Chief Editor of Rwanda Journal Series H : Economics and Management. Prof. Rama has successfully co-supervised three PhDs in India and currently he is the main supervisor for two PhD students in Rwanda and co-supervisor for a PhD student in Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden. He chaired the committee that developed a Management PhD programme with course work, which is undergoing accreditation process. Prof. Rama has successfully organized three international conferences in transport area in India and four in Rwanda. Participated in several national, regional and international conferences and presented papers.

He was an active member in poverty reduction strategy research in Rwanda (management policy and private sector development), deputy coordinator of Nile Basin Initiative’s Socio-economic Development Benefit Sharing regional cluster consisting of Rwanda, Burundi and DRC, team leader of CARTA and SPARK projects and facilitated Tourism Satellite Accounts Survey for Rwanda Development Board funded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Currently associated with the development of DACUM based curriculum for two undergraduate programmes (transport management and logistics and supply chain management) under Priority Skills for Growth initiative of World Bank under the Ministry of Education for introduction in the University of Rwanda.

Prof. Rama is a trainer on management issues. He trained several officers in Banks, National Police and Entrepreneurs. Prof. Rama is deeply interested in quality assurance in the higher education system. He was one among the first breed of institutional and academic auditors trained by the Higher Education Council of Rwanda and has been serving in its endeavours including that of plagiarism control.

Areas of research interest :

Transport and Logistics
Corporate Governance
Mentoring young researchers and masters’ students on research

Publications :

Papers :

§ Strong Case for continuing Rural Transport Scheme in Andhra Pradesh, Motor India, December 1982 (with D. Panduranga Rao & K. Rama Rao)

§ ‘Consumerism Vs. Public Transport System- Proceedings of the Seminar on public Transport System, Mimeo, Visakha Consumer Council’, July, 1983.

§ Safety in Railways-An Indian Experience, Indian Journal of Commerce, January-March, 1984 (with D. Panduranga Rao and M. Babu Rao)

§ Factors Influencing the Transport Behaviour of Man, Journal of Transport Management, June 1984 PP-167-180

o Reproduced in Raod Transport, Vol, 23, N° 271, 1984 PP. 35-41

o Reproduced in Indian Institute of Road Transport Monthly Bulletine, 1984.

§ Validity of Commercial Viability Concept in public Sector Transport Undertakings, November, 1984 (with D. Panduranga Rao)

§ Bicycle Industry in India, India Institute of Road Transport Monthly Bulletine, November, 1984 (with D. Panduranga Rao &R.Damodara Rao)

§ Relationship Management in Banks, Indian Banking Today and Tomorrow, December, 1984 with V. Chiranjivi Rao)

§ Bullock-cart- The Inevitable Means of Transport in Rural India’in-A.L. Agarwal and P.S. Satsangi (Ed). Transportation Policies and Systems Studies, Tata McGraw Hill Book Publishing co. New Delhi, 1986. PP 475-481.

§ Economics of Cycle-rickshaws in Visakhapathnam, ‘Problems of Urban Transport in India’, Inter-India Publications, New Delhi, 1986.

§ National Highways in India- A Panoramic View Indian Highways, February, 1988 PP.19-32.

§ ‘Background Paper’ – in D. Panduranga Rao (Ed) Dimensions of Rural Transportation, Inter-India Publications, New Delhi, 1988, PP 1-31.

§ Transport Choice in ‘Farm to Market Movement’ in D. Panduranga Rao (ED), Dimensions of Rural Transportation, Inter-India Publications, New Delhi, 1988, PP II 53 68

§ ‘Inland Water Transport- A case for Justification-Proceedings of SAARC Workshop on Inland Water Transport, Inland Water Transport Authority of India, New Delhi, 1990-Memo PP.141-155.

§ ‘Agricultural Commodity Transportation in India- A Birds’ Eye View’, Agricultural Marketing, July-September 1990, PP 31-36.

§ ‘Impact of Cyclone Disaster on Transport System’ – Proceedings of A Seminar on Disaster Management Mimeo Sri Venkanteswara University, 1990.

§ Agricultural Commodity Transportation in India : A Study of Jaggery Flows at Anakapalle Regulated Market-Research Abstract-in-M. Saeed (ED), A Survey of Research in Commerce and Management, Vol.VI-Anmol Publications, New Delhi, 1991.PP-63-73.

§ ‘Human Resource Development in India. A Focus on its Social Dimensions’- in M. Afzalur Rahim (Ed) Proceedings of the First Biannual International Conference on Advances in Management Orlando, Florida (March 25-28, 1992), 3 R Executive System, Bowling Green, K.Y., USA, 1992, P.33.

§ ‘Role of Transportation in Rural Growth’-Motor India, February 1993-PP-73-76.

§ ‘Development Strategy of Transport Sector in Eighth Five Year Plan’ Southern Economist, 1, May, Annual Number, 1993, PP.21-26.

§ ‘Human Factor in Non-Mechanized sector in India Transport’, Bulletin of India institute of Road Transport, May-June, 1993 PP-3-10.

§ Indian Shipping under Changing Economic Scenario-Proceedings of the NCOTSS-93, Institute of Transport Management Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 1993

§ An Alternative Approach for the Development of Rural Transport in India-Proceedings the NCOTSS-93, Institute of Transport Management, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam., 1993

§ “Cooperative as means of poverty alleviation- A focus on practical solutions” (Coauthor- UzzielNdagijimana) EtudiesRwandases,Volume Arts and Humanities Series, National University of Rwanda ,June 2001.

§ Growth and performance of electricity sector in Rwanda – A descriptive analysis (co-authors – Shaik NagoorMeera and D.K. Pratibha) Sona Global Management Review, Volume 10, Issue 3, May 2016.

§ Writer of a part of “Poverty Reduction Policies Relevance Test” in 6 Volumes, OSSEREA Rwanda Chapter in association with the National Poverty Reduction Programme of MINECOFIN and National University of Rwanda, 2002, Butare

§ Private Sector in PRSP in Sectoral Policy Analysis, Volume 5 of “Poverty Reduction Policies Relevance Test”, OSSEREA Rwanda Chapter in association with the National Poverty Reduction Programme of MINECOFIN and National University of Rwanda, 2002, Butare

§ Private Sector in PRSP reproduced in Herman Musahara (Ed) “Facing the challenges of development in a post conflict transition” OSSREA Rwanda Chapter, A publication on the occasion of 25th anniversary of OSSREA in Africa, ImprimeriePallotti- Presse, Kigali, October 2005

§ A focus on cost, integration and management issues of ICT in the National University of Rwanda, in Book of Abstracts, 1st International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, May 24-26, 2006, UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ICWE, GmbH, Berlin, Germany, 2006, p66.

§ “The impact of the deliberate creation of market access in improving trade and enhancing development in rural Rwanda : A case study of Marabaspeciality coffee project,” Abstract of paper in Proceedings of the international conference on International Aid, Trade and Development in Africa : The search for a development paradigm 21-23 November 2005, UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, OSSREA, 2007 p58

§ Good corporate governance initiative to ensure corporate social responsibility : A Study of the state of art in Rwanda, in John Hooker, John Hulpke, and Peter Madson (Editors) Controversies in Corporate Responsibility Series : Volume 3, Carnegie Bosch Institute, Philosophy Documentation Center, Carnegi Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007

§ Tourism as emerging industry in Rwanda : The role of training and development for hotel sector, publishes as a chapter in a book entitled "Entrepreneurship and SME Management in Africa : Context, Challenges, Cases" Eds : Leona Achtenhagen and Ethel Brundin, 2016, Springer


§ Business Organization and Management (in Telugu) --- Telugu Akademi, Hyderabad,1991

§ Agricultural Commodity Transportation ----Inter India Publications, New Delhi,1997

Research Reports

§ Citizen Report Card, PHRD-Grant TFO53317World Bank and Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance, OSSREA Rwanda Chapter, October,2004.(Co-researcher)

§ Turning Vision 2020 in to Reality : From Recovery to Sustainable Development, National Human Development Report, UNDP, Rwanda, 2007 (Co- author)

§ Customer satisfaction survey of Rwanda Revenue Authority, 2011-2012


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