ICRIER G20 2020
ICRIER’s 12th Annual International
G20 Conference
Protecting Human Lives & Restoring Economic Stability:
Views from the G20 Members
5th - 8th OCTOBER 2020


Pramod Bhasin

Mr. Pramod Bhasin resume spans a Global Professional and Entrepreneurial career in Financial Services and Business Process Management.

Mr. Bhasin is currently the Chairman of Clix Capital, a Financial Services Business in India focused on providing digital platforms and financial services to consumers and small businesses. Clix Capital is the former GE Capital entity in India which was acquired by a consortium of partners including himself and AION, the private equity firm.

He was the President & CEO of GE Capital in India from 1994 to 2005, and GE Capital Asia from 1998 to 2001. At GE Capital India, he was the founder of their Financial Services business and also built the joint venture with the State Bank of India in credit cards (known as SBI Cards) and with HDFC Ltd. in Consumer Finance, apart from GE Capital itself. He worked extensively with the State Bank of India to launch and grow the Cards business from inception, and help build its foundations and future success.

Mr. Bhasin is considered the Founder and Pioneer of the Business Process Industry in India. He founded Genpact in 1996 (as a subsidiary of GE Capital, India) and built it from start into a Global business that currently spans 20+ countries and employs 80,000 people. He led Genpact from inception and took it to IPO on NYSE in 2005 and ran it as a US listed public company until 2011. Under his leadership, Genpact also pioneered this industry in Easter Europe, China and Latin America. Genpact currently has a market capitalization of approximately $8 billion and revenues of over $3 billion.

Prior to GE Capital India, he was based in Stanford CT, USA with GE & GE Capital for 10 years and in London for 5 years.

He sits on the Governing Board of Help Age India, Vishwas, an NGO for handicapped children amongst others. He currently serves on the Board of DLF Ltd. In the past, has served on the Board of Bank of India. He has also been the Chairman of Nasscom and was voted IT Man of the Year by DataQuest, and Manger of the Year by EY & Co.

He is Chartered Accountant (England & Wales) by profession and an alumni of Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Rahul Chhabra

Mr. Rahul Chhabra took over the post of Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs on 8th June 2020. Prior to taking over his current post, Mr. Chhabra was High Commissioner to Kenya, Ambassador to Somalia and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) & the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), based in Nairobi from Nov. 2018 to June 2020. He was Ambassador to Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina from August 2015 to October 2018.

At Headquarters, he worked as Joint Secretary (Central Europe). He conceived and organized the first two editions of the India-Central Europe Business Forum which has now become a regular feature in the Indian business calendar. During this assignment, he was instrumental in focusing India’s foreign policy towards the Arctic and the V-4.

While earlier serving in New Delhi, he worked to promote foreign investment flows into India, having been part of India’s delegation to the World Economic Forum at Davos. Later, he served as Director for External Publicity at the Ministry of External Affairs and Director in the Foreign Secretary’s Office.

During his stints abroad, Mr. Chhabra has served in Kenya, Hungary, China, United States, Philippines, France, Senegal and Belgium.

After an undergraduate degree in Economics, on the merit list, from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, he obtained a graduate degree in Economics, with a national scholarship, from the premier institute Delhi School of Economics and Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, where he was placed on the Roll of Honour.

Mr. Rahul Chhabra is married to Kavita and they have two adult sons.

Anwarul Hoda

A former civil servant, Mr. Anwarul Hoda joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1962. He worked in the Ministry of Commerce from 1974-81 and 1985-93 in various positions.

In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Director General ICITO/GATT and in 1995 he took over as Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization at Geneva in which position he continued till 1999.

During his tenure as Deputy Director General in World Trade Organization Mr. Hoda was associated closely with the initiations of negotiations on information technology on the fringes of the 1st ministerial meeting in December 1996. He was also the 1st Chairman of the Committee on Information Technology in the WTO. Mr. Hoda has authored the WTO publication “Tariff Negotiations and Renegotiations under the GATT and WTO” in 2001. Chapter III of this publication includes an analysis of bilateral and plurilateral negotiations including the Information Technology Agreement. Chapter V of this publication also deals with technical issues relating to tariff concessions including the establishment of schedules, their rectifications and modifications. This publication has been revised and the 2nd edition issued in 2018.

From 2004 to 2009 he was a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India. As a member he was in charge of International Economic Relations, Transport, Urban Infrastructure. During his tenure he submitted several reports including those on Mineral Policy, Improving the Competitiveness of India’s Services Sector and Cutting Logistics Costs.

From 2009 till date he is Chair Professor, Trade Policy in Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.

He has written extensively on trade policy issues during the last three decades. A selected list of publications is given below.

• Developing Countries in the International Trading System (Allied, 1987)
• Tariff Negotiations and Renegotiations under the GATT and the WTO (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
• WTO Agreement & Indian Agriculture (Social Science Press, 2002)
• WTO Negotiations on Agriculture and Developing Countries (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) with A. Gulati.

Chetan Ghate

Chetan Ghate is a professor of economics in the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) – Delhi and has been teaching in ISI since 2000. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate School, Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and B.A. in Economics from Colorado College. His research focus is on macroeconomics, monetary economics, macro-development and the Indian macroeconomy. He has published widely in his field: recent papers have appeared in Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics and Economic Inquiry. In 2014, he was awarded the Mahalanobis Memorial Gold Medal given to the best research economist in India under the age of 45.

Chetan has held a variety of visiting faculty positions in India and abroad, and has been closely involved with the Reserve Bank of India in an advisory capacity. He recently completed a four-year term as a member of the monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India. From 2012-2013 he was the Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor in Macroeconomics at ICRIER (New Delhi). From February 2013 to September 2016, he was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for monetary policy at the Reserve Bank of India. In September 2013, he served as a member of the Expert Committee to Revise and Strengthen the Monetary Policy Framework, which provided the blueprint for the current inflation targeting framework in India. He is a member of the academic advisory board of the Reserve Bank of India Academy, and serves on the editorial board of the RBI Occasional Paper Series. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the National Accounts System (ACNAS) in the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.

Ilona Kickbusch

Professor Ilona Kickbusch is the Founder and Chair of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Professor Kickbusch key interests relate to the political determinants of health, health in all policies and global health. She established the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and in this context advises countries on their global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy. She is a member of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the WHO High-Level Independent Commission on NCDS and is co-chair of UHC 2030. She acts as Council Chair to the World Health Summit in Berlin. She has been involved in German G7 and G20 activities relating to global health and chairs the international advisory board for the development of the German global health strategy. She publishes widely and serves on various commissions and boards. She initiated the @wgh300 list of women leaders in global health. She is program chair of the leaders in health network SCIANA. She is co-chair of a Lancet FT Commission on “Governing health futures 2030: growing up in a digital world.” Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization. She was a key instigator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and WHOs Healthy Cities Network and has remained a leader in this field, most recently advising on the WHO activities related to Promoting Health in the SDGs. She was the director of the Global Health Division at Yale University School of Public Health and responsible for the first major Fulbright Programme on global health. She has published widely and received many prizes and recognitions. She has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her "invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy".

Stormy-Annika Mildner

Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner
Head of Department External Economic Policy

In January 2014, Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner (M.Sc.) became head of the depart-ment “External Economic Policy” at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), Federation of German Industries. Until December 2013, she was a member of the Executive Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affa-irs (SWP), a policy-oriented think-tank based in Berlin. Her fields of interest in-clude international trade and finance as well as commodity markets. Before joining the SWP, she worked for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she headed the program “Globalization and the World Economy” (2000-2002). From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Mildner was a lecturer at the John F. Ken-nedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin. In spring 2010, she was a visiting fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, where she is still a non-resident Senior Fellow. In fall 2011 she was a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy in Washington. Ms. Mildner conducted her Bachelor studies in economics and North American stu-dies at the Free University of Berlin and earned a Master of Science in international political economy from the London School of Economics (2000). She wrote her PhD thesis at the Free University of Berlin on the economic and political rationale of export credit finance in the United States. During her PhD studies, she attended the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) of Yale University (2002-2003).

Alok Sheel

Alok Sheel is RBI Chair Professor in Macroeconomics at the Indian Council of Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prior to this he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for thirty four years (1982-2016), his last position equivalent to Secretary to Government of India. He has held several important assignments under both the Union and State (Kerala) governments, including multiple stints in the treasury departments where he was responsible for budget formulation and management, interface with multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank, IMF and UNDP, and international financial markets. He has Diplomatic experience as Counselor Economic in the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, and later Chaired the SAARC Development Fund in Bhutan. He has several years of experience at the senior level in macro-economic policy as Secretary, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, and as a multilateral interlocutor in the G 20 in both the finance and Sherpa channels. He was a member of the Indian PM delegation from the first Summit in Washington DC (2008) to the seventh Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico (2012), at the height of the Global Financial Crisis. He is widely travelled and resourced for international conferences and workshops on the global economy, the G 20, economic governance and the international monetary system. He did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital, BA History (Hons) from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, MSc (with distinction) in Macro-economic Policy from University of Bradford, U.K., and M.A & PhD in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. His other interests include running, English poetry and literature, history, writing, crossword puzzles, western classical music, astronomy, and postage Stamps of British India. He has published several full length articles in books and journals, including a full length book ‘Rethinking Macro-economics 101: A Ringside View of the Global Financial Crisis from Asia in Real Time’ (Academic Foundation 2015) http://academicfoundation.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=570 He has been a regular commentator on economic issues over the last 20 years in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) and the East Asia Forum, and has contributed about 200 opinion pieces in The Economic Times, Financial Express, Business Standard, Mint, Indian Express, and Financial Times (London). His publications can be accessed and downloaded from his homepage at http://www.aloksheel.com/pap_pub.htm

Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern) is a globally recognised economist, and one the world’s leading authorities on climate change, international development and global economic growth.

Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and Head of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is President of the British Academy (from July 2013), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014).

From 2000-03 he was Chief Economist at the World Bank, and Senior Vice President for Development Economics. From 1994-99 he was Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

From 2005-07 he was adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, reporting to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In this role he headed the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. He was also Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-07; and was also Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa. In 2009 he was President of the European Economic Association.

Lord Stern’s work in academic life has included teaching and research positions at many of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing.

His research and publications have focused on the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition. His first books were on tea in Kenya and the Green Revolution in India (where he lived for 8 months in a village in Northern India in 1974/75).

Lord Stern has written books on crime, criminal statistics in the UK, public finance and development. “Growth & Empowerment: Making Development Happen” was published in April 2005. The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was published in January 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles. “A Blueprint for a Safer Planet” was published in April 2009.

Awards for Nicholas Stern include:

• International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Global Environment Award, 2010
• Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, Tufts University, 2010
• Fundación Ideas (Madrid) 2010 Award for work on sustainability and climate change (December)
• The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2011, BBVA Foundation

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