V. Krishnappa

Senior Fellow
Centre for Global Higher Education Futures

Krishnappa is currently working on the research project titled ‘Ethics of/in Wittgensteinian Reading of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”’. His scholarly interests are in the broad areas of Philosophy and Literature with a focus on the phenomenology of reading, Wittgenstein, Tolstoy, ethics and aesthetics, and philosophy as a way of life.  


Krishnappa has over 30 years of experience with 15 years in teaching and research. Krishnappa was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) between 2004 and 2013. He has a number of publications to his credit in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and five edited volumes in the fields of national level strategy, international relations and security studies. During his Fellowship at IDSA, Krishnappa led many large international and interdisciplinary projects including the IDSA- DRDO Strategic Futures 2050 project commissioned by the Government of India, and a project with the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) on India’s Grand Strategy: History, Theory, Cases. He has delivered over 100 invited lectures around the globe and has participated in over 500 seminars.


Previously, he served in the Indian Air Force (IAF) on active duty between 1986 and 2004 holding various operational and management positions. Krishnappa took voluntary retirement as Group Captain (Select) to pursue his academic interests in management studies.


Krishnappa is currently Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Higher Education Futures (CGHEF) at O.P. Jindal Global University.


Krishnappa holds a PGDip in Strategy and Innovation from the Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford, and an MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. He also earned a certificate in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and a Certificate in Peace Research from the University of Oslo, Norway.