Sawhney was born in West Bengal, India.
He holds a Ph.D. in MARKETING from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Sawhney is a professor at Northwestern University. He became popular after publishing a seminal article, Lets get vertical published in Business 2.0 Magazine.
He co-authored Innovation capitalist, an innovation intermediary.
He gives talks around the world, advising companies on their ONLINE strategies.