Skip to content

Khan’s Tutorial CEO and President Dr. Ivan Khan completes Columbia Business School Certificate in Business Excellence

Dr. Ivan Khan with a group of United Nations members.

Dr. Khan also gains Specialty Certificate in Management.

October 24, 2017 – New York, New York – Last week, Khan’s Tutorial CEO & President Dr. Ivan Khan obtained a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School’s Executive Education program. The certificate program was inspired by Columbia Business School’s world-renowned MBA program, covering the full spectrum of critical business subjects with a specific focus on developing leadership abilities.

The Executive Development Program connects practitioners, experts, and business school professors with a diverse group of students to teach courses on management, strategy, and leadership. Dr. Khan’s business school classmates included executives from global companies such as Apple, Google, SalesForce, Toyota, Nike, and Deloitte Consulting.

“I made the decision to apply to Columbia Business School after reviewing top colleges for KT’s High School program. Every year, Khan’s Tutorial is increasingly sending our high school students to Columbia University & Barnard College. I can only dream that my daughter Arianna & son Ian gain acceptance to Columbia when they reach high school. When I remembered that their mother also holds a Columbia Master’s Degree, I wanted our two kids to have two Columbia alum as parents not one.

Personal family goals aside, it has always been my dream to learn about management, leadership, and strategy more formally. Since Columbia Business School Executive Education is the premiere Business program for working executives, having it nearby in upper Manhattan made my choice very simple, it had to be done at Columbia! The year long journey included classes and project work with participants from France, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Peru and even government leaders from Nigeria” said Dr. Ivan Khan, CEO & President of Khan’s Tutorial.


Notable faculty for the course include Faculty Director Dr. Rita McGrath, contributor to Harvard Business School & Harvard Business Review, and Faculty Director, Dr. Grant Ackerman, who has provided his expertise to companies such as Avon, Banker’s Trust, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, and Ford Motors. Dr. Ackerman holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies globally. The marketing portion of the program was led by former Senior Vice Dean and Director of the Columbia Business School Behavioral Lab, Gita Johar. Management & Strategy portions were also led by Industry leader Peter Meola. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty he was a Group Executive at BP PLC (British Petroleum), and CEO of their Americas Lubricant Division, where he led a cross-cultural and cross-functional employee base with operations in over 20 countries.

Classes at the Columbia University campus covered strategies on making an impact on your work and focusing on the customer experience which is important to all leaders from Khan’s Tutorial. Additionally, the program provided discussions, simulations, workshop activities, and exercises to identify opportunities for improving leadership capabilities and successfully managing individual and organizational performance. The Executive Development Program directly impacts organizational success by providing the perspective, knowledge base, and skills to lead strategically while carrying out the organization’s core mission. Ultimately, Dr. Khan hopes that his education at Columbia Business School further improves the performance of all leaders & students at Khan’s Tutorial not only today, but for years to come.

With 11 locations in the outer boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and in the Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Astoria, Ozone Park, and Floral Park neighborhoods of Queens, Khan’s Tutorial primarily serves in assisting families in low-income, new immigrant neighborhoods. Over 2,615 students have gained admission to New York City’s Specialized High Schools through Khan’s Tutorial since its inception in 1994.