UCLA PGP PRO Workshop: Design Thinking, Macroeconomics and Careers (17 & 18 Sept 2022)

In this first in-person module of UCLA PGP PRO, we will be focusing on design thinking and the aim is to liberate the participants from their fixed viewpoint on problem solving and empower them to effortlessly use design thinking in a range of contexts, even when the workshop ends. It will provide a multi-layered learning experience with the 3H learning model: Head-Heart-Hands

  1. Head: Intellectual or conceptual understanding of the subject 2. Heart: Excitement or emotional connect with the topic 3. Hands: Tools and techniques to confidently apply the learnings

We will also cover basic concepts in economics, mainly macroeconomics, to navigate through the pink papers easily. The key issues that will be covered are national accounting – income, consumption, and savings; fiscal policy – taxes, expenditure, deficits and borrowings; monetary policy – interest rates and inflation; financial sector – financial stability, banking, and non-banking institutions; and the external sector – exchange rates, imports, exports and foreign exchange reserves.


Dr. Charan Singh

Dr. Charan Singh

Dr. Charan Singh earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He was a visiting scholar for more than a year each at Department of Economics, Harvard University and the Stanford Center for International Development, Stanford University. Earlier, he had studied from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; and Delhi University.

Dr. Charan Singh is currently CEO of EGROW Foundation and prior to that he was serving as the Non-Executive Chairman of Punjab & Sind Bank. He was full time visiting faculty and former RBI Chair Professor (Dec 2012 to Dec 2016) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India where he taught comparative monetary policy and policy issues in Indian economy.

Earlier, he was a Senior Economist at the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC from August 2009 to November 2012 and Research Director (Departments: Economic Policy, Debt Management) at the Reserve Bank of India (1997–2009).

He is now serving as Director on the Board of National Housing Bank, Delhi and NABARD Financial Services Ltd, Bangalore. He is also Member, Governing Board at Policy Foundation, New Delhi; Member of Research Advisory Committee, BIRD, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development; Honorary Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation; and Member of the Informal Advisory Group on Housing Sector Issues, IMF, Washington DC.

Ms. Vaibhavi Joshi

Ms. Vaibhavi Joshi

Vaibhavi is a Computer Engineer by education with a demonstrated history of working in the Media and IT industry. She picked up Design Thinking as a course in MICA (when she was a student) and has applied the principles of immersive user research and behavior science in all her projects. She brings to the table her analogous perspective and skills in design thinking, semiotics, decoding culture & consumer and a designer’s approach to problem solving.

As a Senior Design Strategist at TinkerLabs, she has worked on diverse consulting projects ranging from: Social Impact to BFSI and IT, E-commerce. She also conducts Design Thinking Workshops for students of some of top MBA institutes in India – IIM Indore, MICA, Tezpur University amongst others. She has worked on Design Thinking training and workshops for clients like HP, Credit Suisse, Viacom18, Piramal Group, Godrej & Boyce, PIL, TU Cibil, Flipkart, Shriram Life Insurance Company amongst others.

An enthusiastic reader and coffee lover, she can spend hours observing people, trying to identify a quirk that she can write about in her diary. She has a good sense of humour that helps translate her observations into mimicry.

She calls herself the ‘Nudge Unit’ – people facilitator and provocation provider for effective creative outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to

  • Move away from the practice of jumping into solutions and conclusions.
  • Structured approach to solve ambiguous, unclear challenges.
  • Learning and experiencing the tools and frameworks across each step of Design Thinking
  • Power of collaboration & co-creation in teams
  • Gain familiarity with the basics of economics, majorly the fundamentals of macroeconomics to conduct business in a more informed way.
  • Build a roadmap for your UCLA PGP PRO Journey, to get the most out of the online platform and from the program.

Workshop Methods & Schedule

The sessions will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to ask questions. Hands-on exercises, examples and case studies will be used from a wide range of industries and markets.  Extensive lecture slides will be provided for all topics in addition to the readings and case studies assigned.  Participants must carry a laptop to the sessions.

The Eros Hotel, Hall – Viceroy

Nehru Place

New Delhi – 110025

09:00 am – 10:30am Design Thinking
10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Design Thinking
12:30 pm – 13:30 pm Lunch
13:30 pm – 15:00 pm Corporate Storytelling including Crafting Strong Pitches
15:00 pm – 15:30 pm Coffee Break
15:30 pm – 17:00 pm Career Orientation Activity


09:00 am – 10:30am Macroeconomics
10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Macroeconomics
12:30 pm – 13:30 pm Lunch
13:30 pm – 15:00 pm Macroeconomics
15:00 pm – 15:30 pm Coffee Break
15:30 pm – 17:00 pm Macroeconomics


Please email [email protected] for any support required with respect to the program, course or platform.