CK Prahalad was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy, Ross School of Business, The University of Michigan. He graduated with a B.Sc. from Loyola College in 1960 and received his Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. CK Prahalad published numerous prize-winning books and articles, the most notable being "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profit." This publication had a significant influence on public policy in developing countries and strategies of both incumbent firms and entrepreneurial start-ups. His work reached across boundaries and expanded possibilities, impacting academics and corporate leaders alike. CK Prahalad was a SMS Fellow, as well as the recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to social and environmental stewardship by the Aspen Institute.