Dr. Rajat Kathuria
Dr. Acharya is Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
He was Member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004) and Member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (2001-2003).
During his previous assignment as Chief Economic Adviser (rank of Secretary) to the Government of India from April 1993 to December, 2000 he was closely associated with the Government’s programme of economic reforms as well as with overall macroeconomic management of the economy. He also participated in the reform and development of India’s capital market as Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
Dr. Acharya has a B.A. (First class honours) from Oxford University (1967) and a Ph. D. from Harvard University (1972). He worked in the World Bank from 1971 to 1982 and held several senior positions including Director, World Development Report, 1979 and Research Adviser to the World Bank (1979 to 1982). He joined the Finance Ministry in February 1985 as Economic Adviser and served in that capacity till July 1990 when be became Senior Adviser and Additional Secretary.
Aside from being the principal author of World Development Report, 1979 and several World Bank country reports, he has published a number of books and numerous scholarly papers and contributed chapters of several books, mainly on topics in macroeconomic policy, growth, international economics and public finance. His five most recent books are: Essays on Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in India, published by Oxford University Press (2006), Can India Grow without Bharat?, published by Academic Foundation (2007), India and Global Crisis, published by Academic Foundation (2009), (edited with Rakesh Mohan) India’s Economy: Performance and Challenges, published by Oxford University Press (2010) and India after the Global Crisis, published by Orient BlackSwan (2012). He also writes a regular column on economic/financial issues in the Business Standard and is an occasional consultant to international institutions.
He is currently a member of the National Security Advisory Board, a member of the RBI’s Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy, and the governing body of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI).
He is non-executive Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. He also serves on a number of Government and corporate advisory committees/groups.
Dr. Acharya was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Stanford University in Spring 2002 and at Merton College, Oxford University in Spring 2000. He has frequently delivered invited lectures in India and abroad.
Selected publications( post 2000) :
1.“New International Standards for Financial Stability: Desirable Regulatory Reform or a Runaway Juggernaut?”, in Steffany Griffith-Jones and Amar Bhattacharya (ed.), Developing Countries and the Global System, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2001.
2.“Macroeconomic Management in the Nineties”, Economic and Political Weekly, April 20, 2002.
3.“India’s Medium Term Growth Prospects”, Economic and Political Weekly, July 13, 2002.
4.“India: Crisis, Reform and Growth in the Nineties”, Working PaperNo.139, Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform, Stanford University, July 2002.
5.“Managing India’s External Economic Challenges in the 1990s” in M.S. Ahluwalia, Y.V. Reddy and S.S. Tarapore (eds.), Macro-economics and Monetary Policy, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002.
6.India’s Economy: Some Issues and Answers, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2003.
7.(With Robert Cassen and Kirsty McNay), “The Economy-Past and Future”, in T. Dyson, R. Cassen and L. Visaria (eds.), Twenty First Century India, Oxford University Press, 2004.
8.“India’s Growth Prospects Revisited”, Economic and Political Weekly, October 9, 2004.
9.(et. al.), Sri Lanka: Development Policy Review, World Bank, Washington DC, 2004.
10.“Thirty Years of Tax Reform in India”, Economic and Political Weekly, May 14, 2005.
11.Essays on Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006.
12.“Economic Growth: Some Reflections”, Economic and Political Weekly, November 4, 2006.
13.Can India Grow without Bharat? Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2007.
14.“India’s Macroeconomic Performance and Policies since 2000,” ICRIER working paper No. 225, October 2008.
15.India and Global Crisis, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2009.
16.(Edited with Rakesh Mohan) India’s Economy: Performance and Challenges, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2010.
17.India after the Global Crisis, published by Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2012.
Mr. Nitin Desai has had a long and distinguished career in the Government of India and the United Nations. In the Government of India Mr. Desai worked at senior levels in the Planning Commission from 1973 to 1987. His principal work there was in establishing and managing the system for the cost-benefit analysis of public investment projects. He was also the Secretary of the National Commission on the Development of Backward Areas and a Member-Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. From 1988 to 1990 Mr. Desai was the Chief Economic Adviser and Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance. Most recently he has been asked by the Planning Commission to chair a Committee on Venture Capital and Technology Innovation. He is also the Indian co-chair of the Indo-UK Roundtable set up by the two governments.
Mr. Desai’s international involvment has been most prominent in the development and promotion of sustainable development as the goal of policy, first as Senior Adviser and principal draftsman for “Our Common Future”, the Report of the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Development and then as Deputy Secretary-General for the Rio Earth Summit, the manager of the Commission on Sustainable Development for its first decade and as the Secretary General for the Johannesburg Summit. He was also responsible for the organisation of the Copenhagen Summit on Social Development, the Monterrey Summit on Finance for Development and many other global events. He helped to increase greatly the involvement of NGOs in the work of the UN. After a decade of service he retired from the UN in 2003 as the Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs.
At present Mr.Desai is a Special Adviser to the UN for the World Summit on an Information Society and he chaired the UN’s Working Group on Internet Governance. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE.
He is on the advisory board of several international NGO initiatives including the organising committee for the World Science Assembly set up by the Royal Institution, UK and the Governing Council of the University for Peace, Costa Rica. In India he is an Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He is actively connected with several NGOs. He writes a monthly column for the Business Standard, an Indian daily.
Dr Jaimini Bhagwati – Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr Bhagwati was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also currently chairman of Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) Alternatives and board member of IDFC’s holding company. He was India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and before that India’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Dr Bhagwati was Joint Secretary (Capital Markets, Pension Reforms and External Commercial Borrowings) in the Ministry of Finance (MoF). During his tenure in MoF he was responsible for improving market integrity and implementing best practices in Indian bond, equity and derivatives’ markets and the pensions sector. He has worked for eleven years in Washington DC in the World Bank’s Treasury. His responsibilities at the World Bank included bond funding, derivatives transactions and asset-liability management.
Dr Bhagwati has authored research publications in ICRIER, at the World Bank and in several books. He is a columnist in Business Standard (an Indian financial daily).
Ashok Gulati is currently Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), which he joined in March, 2014. During March 2011-February 2014, he was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), a body responsible for recommending Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of 23 important agri-commodities to Government of India. Prior to this, Dr Gulati was Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for more than 10 years (Jan 2001-Feb 2011). Before joining IFPRI, he also served as NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, and Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economics Research in India. He has his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (India).
Dr Gulati has been deeply involved in agri-policy analysis and advice in India. He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council; a member of the State Planning Board of Karnataka; and a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh; and a member of several expert Committees from time to time.
He has to his credit more than 10 books on issues related to Asian Agriculture (with a focus on India) from publishers of repute such as Johns Hopkins University Press, Oxford University Press, Mac Millan, Academic Foundation, etc. He has published widely in international and Indian journals, and is a prolific writer in media as well.
A former civil servant, Mr. Anwarul Hoda joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1962. A substantial part of his career in the government has been spent in assignments related to Trade Policy.
During the period 1974-81 and again 1985-93, he worked in the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, and the last post held by him was Special Secretary in the Ministry. Throughout this period his main responsibility was multilateral trade negotiations under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. He was the Chief Policy Coordinator in the Government of India during the Uruguay Round (1986-93).
In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Director General ICITO/GATT and in 1995 he took over as Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization, and in which position he continued till 1999. During this tenure as Deputy Director General in ICITO/GATT and the WTO he was responsible for the Market Access, Agriculture and Commodities, and Rules Divisions. He chaired the Legal Drafting Committee for the WTO Agreement, the Tariff Committee for the verification of the results and the Committee on the Information Technology Agreement.
From 2004 to 2009 he was a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India in the rank of Minister of State in the Union Government. As a member of the Planning Commission his responsibilities included International Trade Industry, Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Developments. 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 Police and WTO Research Programme at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He is also a member of the Governing Board of ICRIER.
He has written extensively on trade policy matters during the last three decades. A list of selected publications is given below.
1.Developing Countries in the International Trading System (Allied, 1987)
2.Tariff Negotiations and Renegotiations under the GATT and the WTO (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
3.WTO Agreement & Indian Agriculture (Social Science Press, 2002)
4.WTO Negotiations on Agriculture and Developing Countries (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) with A. Gulati. Monographs
5.Special and Differential Treatment in agricultural negotiations. In Agricultural policy reform and WTO: Where are we heading? in 2003 with A.Gulati. Ed. G. Anania et al. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar.
6.Special Products: Options for Negotiating Modalities, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Issue Paper No 3, July 2005.
7.Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures: Need for Clarification and Improvement’ (2005) 39 Journal of World Trade pp. 1009–1069 with Rajeev Ahuja.
8.Is the GSP Scheme of the EU benefiting India’s Exports? co-author with Shravani Prakash, ICRIER Policy Series No.6, November, 2011.
9.Is the US GSP Scheme Benefiting India’s Trade? co-author with Shravani Prakash, ICRIER Policy Series No.7, November, 2011.
10.Dispute Settlement in the WTO, Developing Countries and India, ICRIER Policy Series No. 15, April, 2012.
1.With Suchi Bansal, Transparency in Government Procurement, ICRIER, April 2004.
2.With Monika Verma, Market Access Negotiations on Non-Agricultural Products: India and the Choice of Modalities, ICRIER, June 2004.
Dr. Arpita Mukherjee is a Professor at ICRIER. She has several years of experience in policy-oriented research, working closely with the government in India and policymakers in the European Commission and its member states, United States, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and in East Asian countries. She has conducted studies for international organizations such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), ADBI, ASEAN Secretariat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO, UK), United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), Italian Trade Commission, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO). She has worked with Indian industry associations such as National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indian Beverage Association (IBA), Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) and Express Industry Council of India (EICI) and foundations such as Amway Opportunity Foundation. Her research areas include trade and investment in services; special economic zones; economic corridors; food supply chain; retail; migration and labour market; WTO; bilateral and regional agreements.
Her research is a key contributor to India’s negotiating strategies in the WTO and bilateral trade agreements. She has authored chapters in Joint Study Group reports set up by Indian government and has led research teams contributing to India’s domestic policy reforms in areas such as logistics, retail, special economic zones and mega food parks. Dr Mukherjee has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK. She has published widely in national/international referred journals and books/book chapters. Dr. Mukherjee is a member of various government committees and policy panels and is in the editorial board of several journals. She has presented her work in different international events. She is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines.
1. “Special Economic Zones in India: Status, Issues and Potential” coauthored with Parthapratim Pal, Saubhik Deb, Subhobrota Ray and Tanu M. Goyal, Springer, 2016, (Forthcoming).
2. “Institutional Framework for Collection of Statistics on Trade in Services: Four Pilot Surveys on Trade in Audiovisual, Logistics, Professional and Telecommunication Services” coauthored with Tanu M. Goyal, Bhavook Bhardwaj and Raj Kumar Shahi, Academic Foundation, June 2016.
3. “India-UK Collaborations and Investments in Food Supply Chain: Opportunities, Concerns and the Way Forward” coauthored with Dipankar De, Nikhil Khurana, Tanu M. Goyal, Bhavook Bhardwaj and Rohini Sanyal, Academic Foundation, April 2016.
4. “India’s Phytonutrient Report: A Snapshot of Fruits and Vegetables Consumption, Availability and Implications for Phytonutrient Intake” coauthored with Souvik Dutta and Tanu M. Goyal, Academic Foundation, February 2016.
5. “India’s Phytonutrient Report: A Snapshot of Fruits and Vegetables Consumption, Availability and Implications for Phytonutrient Intake” coauthored with Souvik Dutta and Tanu M. Goyal, Academic Foundation, February 2016.
6. “Services Sector in India: Trends, Issues, and the Way Forward”, in Eurasian Geography and Economics, available at Taylor & Francis Online http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15387216.2016.1151371 (last accessed on March 4, 2016), February 2016, pgs 635-655.
7. “Logistics Services in the WTO and Bilateral Agreements: The Case of India” with Ramneet Goswami in ‘The Asian Journal – Journal of Transport and Infrastructure’, Volume 1, Number 1, Asian Institute of Transport Development, January 2016, pgs 20-38.
8. “Trade in Services and Trade Agreements: The case of India and the European Union” coauthored with Rupa Chanda and Tanu M. Goyal, Sage Publication, October 2015.
9. “Food Supply Chain in India: Analysing the Potential for International Business”, coauthored with Parthapratim Pal, Saubhik Deb and Tanu M. Goyal, Academic Foundation, March 28, 2014.
10. “The political economy of retail liberalization: The case of India”, with Tanu Goyal, Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, Vol 5. No. 1, World Scientific, February 2014.
11. “Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness: Express Delivery Services in India” co-authored, Oxford University Press, 2012.
12. “Employment Conditions in Organized and Unorganized Retail: Implications for FDI Policy in India” with Tanu M. Goyal in Journal of Business and Retail Management Research, Volume 6, No. 2, April 2012.
Dr. Nisha Taneja has a Ph.D in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her broad areas of interest include WTO issues, regional trade, industrial economics and institutional economics. She has been engaged in several research projects that have been sponsored by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Finance, Asian Development Bank, UNIDO, the London School of Economics, Indian Corporate sector, and the South Asia Network of Economic research Institutes (SANEI). Some of her recent research work includes informal trade in South Asia, trade facilitation and non-tariff barriers. She has also worked extensively on various aspects of India-Pakistan trade. She has served on committees set up by the Government of India on Informal Trade, Rules of Origin and Non-tariff Barriers. Her research papers have been published in several journals and have been disseminated widely in India and abroad
1.’Revitalizing SAARC Trade: India’s Role at 2007 Summit'(2007) Economic and Political Weekly, March with Aparna Sawhney.
2.’India’s Exports to Pakistan: A Transactions Cost Analysis’ (2007) Economic and Political Weekly, January.
3.’Trade Facilitation: Issues and Concerns’ (2004) Economic and Political Weekly, January 10-17.
4.’India’s Informal Trade with Bangladesh: A Qualitative Assessment’ (2003) The World Economy, Blackwell, August, with Sanjib Pohit
5.’Characteristics of India’s Formal and Informal Trading with Nepal (2002): A Comparative Analysis’ Indian Economic Review, Delhi School of Economics, with S. Pohit, September.
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Sanjana Joshi is a Consultant with ICRIER and is associated with the ICRIER-SPF Japan Studies Project. Prior to this she was a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. She has been working on Japan related issues from an Indian perspective for several years and from August 2000 to July 2001 she was Japan Foundation Research Fellow affiliated with the University of Tokyo.
1.“Japanese Economic Cooperation: The Trinity of Aid, Trade and Investment” in India and Japan: Economic and Strategic Partnership, ed. Sukhwinder Kaur Multani (ICFAI Books, Hyderabad, 2008).
2.Book, Changing Japan: Opportunities and Challenges for India (Shipra Publications, New Delhi, 2008).
3.“Japan and Multilateralism in Asia” in Building a New Asia, ed. Mahavir Singh (Shipra Publications, New Delhi, 2005).
4.“Recent Japanese Deployments in the Indian Ocean” in Japan’s Role in South Asia, ed. M.D.Dharamdasani (Kanishka, New Delhi, 2003).
5.“The Growing Importance of the China Factor in India-ASEAN Relations” Asia Annual 2006.
6.“Fifty Years of India – Japan Relations: A Critical Appraisal”, Asia Annual 2002.
Dr. Saon Ray is Senior Fellow at ICRIER. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been Ford Foundation Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University at the International Trade and Development Division. After completing her Ph.D. she was awarded the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship at the Institute of Economic Growth and joined the Institute as a Post Doctoral Fellow. She then joined Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (RIS) as a Research Associate. Subsequently she was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Policy Studies at TERI University.
Her areas of interest include International Trade, Industrial Economics, Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics. She has worked in the area of trade policy, technology transfer, efficiency and productivity issues, and the behaviour of firms. She has presented papers at various institutions including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Statistical Institute and the Institute of Economic Growth. She has been Medal Finalist at the Global Development Network Conference on Understanding Reforms in 2004. She has also delivered lectures to college teachers at the Academic Staff College, Jawaharlal Nehru University and at Delhi University. She was visiting faculty at the University of Calcutta in March 2009. She has publications in various national and international journals.
She is a member of the Indian Econometric Society and the Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing.
1.Ray, S., 2012 ,”Technology Transfer and Technology Policy In A Developing Country, Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 46, No. 2, Fall, pp. 371-96.
2.Ethanol Blending Policy in India. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XLVII No. 1, Jan 7, 2012. With Amrita Goldar and Smita Miglani.
3.Ray, S., “International Technology Diffusion and Productivity” in P. Robertson and D. Jacobson (eds.) Knowledge Transfer and Technology Diffusion. Edward Elgar. April 2011.
4.An Approach to Prune India’s Sensitive Lists under SAFTA. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 46 No. 11 March 12-18, 2011. With Nisha Taneja, Neetika Kaushal and Devjit Roy Chowdhury.
5.Ray, S., 2006, “The changing role of technological factors in explaining efficiency in Indian firms”, Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 40, No. 1, Fall.
6.Ray, S., 2004, “MNEs, Strategic Alliances and Efficiency of Firms: Emerging Trends”, Economic and Political Weekly, January 31.
Ali is a Fellow at ICRIER, and has been associated with the institute since 2007. He established the Health Policy Initiative (www.icrier-health.org; @healthICRIER) at ICRIER in 2014, and has been leading it since. He has more than 10 years of analytical and multidisciplinary research experience, focusing on a broad range of health and demographic issues – the process, design and analytical frame for assessment of health policies; prevention of chronic diseases along with the policy instruments and institutional design for its promotion; social determinants of health; the metrics and measurement of health inequities; health financing, governance and manpower; fertility and mortality patterns; demographic dividend; drug regulation; etc. He has published a number of papers and book chapters on these themes, and will be coming out with two major books by leading international publishers by the end of 2016. He is also working towards a comprehensive India Health Report in 2017.
As part of the Health Policy Initiative, he has successfully engaged with various influential stakeholders – from central- and state-level policymakers to representatives of international organizations, industry, civil society and the academia – and has collaborated/conducted field research in several Indian states as well as developed and developing countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, S Africa), making our research representative and capable of drawing actionable policy lessons from a wide variety of contexts. The philosophy behind such engagement has been to consider the challenges, concerns and standpoints of various stakeholders so that they can be reflected in our research and enable us to be independent in our analysis and policy recommendations. Ali has been able to keep public health at the heart of our work, while maintaining a pro-industry focus and highlighting the critical role of governments in terms of overall responsibility for the health of citizens and the need for a strong regulatory framework towards this end.
Ali is also involved with our Jobs for Development project, sponsored by The World Bank, Washington DC. In 2015, he coauthored a paper on ‘Human capital potential of India’s future workforce’ (ICRIER Working Paper 308), and is writing one on ‘Challenges for job creation in fragile situations: A case study of Kashmir’. This paper will form part of a broader report that Ali is planning on this theme in the South Asian context (analyzing challenges for job creation in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka as well as Telangana and Kashmir in India) by the end of 2016. This will be the first work on this theme in the context of South Asia, which has until now been neglected given the predominant focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Ali completed his Masters living in the footsteps of the Black Forest at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and PhD at the highly cosmopolitan Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany with a full scholarship under the Excellence Initiative of the German government.
Ms. Amrita Goldar is a Fellow at ICRIER. Within ICRIER, she has worked on projects related to G-20 negotiations (clean energy and climate change working groups), Climate Change and its impact on urban economic competitiveness, applying renewable energy technologies for telecom towers in India, and impacts of rationalizing fossil fuel subsidies in India. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) wherein she worked on projects related to the fields of environmental federalism for the disbursal of Finance Commission grants based on states’ environmental performance, residential energy demand modeling and its climate change implications, and coal trade modeling for ensuring India’s energy security, among others.
She holds a B. A. Economics (Hons.) degree from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has a Masters degree in Economics from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has also finished her M. Phil. (Economics) course from CESP, JNU on the topic “A Comparative Study of North-South and South-South RTAs: Two Case Studies” with her specialization being in International trade and Econometrics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree from CESP, JNU on the topic of Bilateral Investment Agreements and its impact on India bound FDI.
Shome, P. and Goldar, A. (2016) “Greening the G20 Agenda: A Way Forward”, in P. Shome (ed.), The G20 Development Agenda: An Indian Perspective, Cambridge University Press, Delhi.
Goldar, A., Bhanot, J. and Shimpo, K., (2011), “Prioritizing towards a green export portfolio for India: An environmental input–output approach”, Energy Policy, Vol. 39 (2011), Pp. 7036–7048
Dr. Pankaj Vashisht is a Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He has more than 10 years of research experience. His main research interests are in the field of international economics, applied econometrics and labour economics. Dr. Vashisht has numerous publications which include a book on the competitiveness of Indian auto Industry, several chapters in edited volumes, papers in national and international journals and working papers. He has also contributed articles to the popular print media. He has presented his research at various national and international conferences in India and abroad. Dr. Vashisht is recipient of ‘Young Scholar Grant’ to attend the ‘38th NBER Summer institute’ in 2015. He holds a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Tanu M Goyal is a Consultant at ICRIER. Her research interests include trade in services, food supply chain, international trade agreements and policy and regulatory issues. She has been working at ICRIER since 2008 and has worked on projects for the Government of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Commission (EC), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Italian Trade Commission, among others. She has contributed to policy reports for the Indian government as well international agencies. Tanu has extensively worked on international agreements and has authored reports providing negotiating strategy for the bilateral agreements being negotiated by the Indian government. She has co-edited a book on trade agreements, which is published by Sage Publications India Private Limited. She has also published several international and national journal articles, book chapters, reports and other popular media articles on policy issues. Tanu holds a Masters degree in Economics with specialisation in world economy, from Centre of Trade and Development (CITD), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Ms. Kuntala Bandyopadhyay is a Research Associate at ICRIER. She is currently working at a project regarding identifying the determinants of growth and development in India and creating an augmented human Development Index to rank Indian states regarding their performance in economic and social front. She has completed M.A. and M.Phil. degree from Centre for International Trade and Development, JNU. She also attended Graduate Studies programme in The Ohio State University and worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant in a project regarding “spatial interaction among local governments.
Ms. Bandyopadhyay’s research interest lies primarily in Trade and development economics. Her works specifically involve how trade openness affects various economic and social indicators both nationally and internationally. She examined how tradeopenness affects child labour situation in developing economies in her M.Phil dissertation. She is also interested in issues in Economic Geography. Her dissertation essays are about how local governments interact regarding policy issues and how these interactions change depending on their relative location in urban hierarchy.
At ICRIER, Ms. Bandyopadhyay has worked on a project on “Determinants of Growth and Development in Indian States” financed by ICICI bank. Currently she is working on ‘G20 Research Program’ sponsored by Ministry of Finance. In this project her main area of interest is Development Economics, Trade, Infrastructure and Climate.
Durgesh Kumar Rai is Research Associate at ICRIER. He holds M.Phil in Economics and pursuing his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Prior to joining ICRIER, he was associated with National Labour Institute, NOIDA, U.P. and worked for an ILO project on Global Production Systems and its Impact on Labour. He was also part of an OECD study on “Human Resource in Science and Technology (HRST) in India and International Mobility of High Skill Indians” at the JNU. At ICRIER he has worked on a number of important projects like India-EU Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement, India-Turkey FTA, India-Korea Economic Relations, ICRIER-SPF Japan Studies Project. Currently, he is working on Regional Production Networks and Asian Economic Integration. His areas of research interest include Global Trade, Regional Economic Integration and Cooperation, Multilateralism vs. Regionalism, IT-ITES Sector, Trade in Services, Migration, and Economics of Education.
1.“India-Korea CEPA: Likely Impact on Bilateral Economic Relations” in India-Korea: Dialogue for a 21st Century Partnership, edited by Choong Yong Ahn and Pravakar Sahoo, 2012 ((co-authored with Pravakar Sahoo and Rajiv Kumar).
2.“Asian Economic Integration and Cooperation: Challenges and Ways Forward for Pan-Asian Regionalism”, GIGA Working Papers, No. 152, November, 2010.
3.“South Korea’s Economic Relations with India”: Trends, Patterns and Prospects, in a Book-Korea: Politics, Economy and Society, 2010.
4.“The Global Development Agenda at G-20: Rationale and the Way Forward”, in E-Book: G20 & Global Development, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany, 2010.
5.“Gains from India-Korea CEPA” in Foreign Trade Review, Volume XLIV, No. 3, October-December, 2009, (co-authored with Pravakar Sahoo and Rajiv Kumar).
6.“India-Korea Trade and Investment Relations”, ICRIER Working Paper, No. 242, December, 2009, (co-authored with Pravakar Sahoo and Rajiv Kumar).
7.“Export Diversification in India’s Trade with Japan” in Regional Insights, ICRIER, January, 2009.
8.“Sustaining the Growth Momentum in Indian ITES/BPO Sector”, in ICRIER’s on-line publication: Think-Ink, 2008.
Ramakrishna Reddy is a Research Assistant at ICRIER. He has been working with ICRIER since September 2015. His research interests include Macroeconomics, Financial economics and Econometrics.
Prior to joining ICRIER, He worked at Infosys as an analyst and as part of his job he worked on forecasting European economies’ major macroeconomic indicators and data collection as per client requests. At ICRIER, He co-authored a paper “Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) & Financial Sector Regulation in India” and currently working on Asset Reconstruction Companies framework and their use in resolving the NPA crisis. He holds Masters Degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and B. Tech in Mechanical engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
Sandeep Paul is a Research Assistant at ICRIER and has been working on projects related to urbanisation, climate change etc. He was also a part of New Climate Economy project team at ICRIER, which studied the full cost of business as usual urbanisation in Indian cities.
Sandeep holds a Masters degree in Development studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and an B.A(Hons.) in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. His areas of research interest are sustainable development, urbanisation and agriculture.
Richa Sekhani is a Research Assistant with ICRIER. She works on development economy and has been working on a project titled ” ICRIER-MINT State Investment Attractiveness Index”. She has worked with ORF’s Economy and Development Programme. Her research focuses on Indian economy, trade and regional FTAs. She writes regularly for Indian newspapers and has published research articles in journals such as Economic and Political Weekly.
Richa was also consultant to Former Commerce and Industry Minister of India; Mr. Anand Sharma, and was involved in the support team of the Book titled Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru. She is also the contributor and columnist to a research blog called Nickeled & Dimed and analyses ongoing development in trade and economy. She completed her Masters in International Trade from Symbiosis International University in 2014. Her thesis was titled “Assessing Impact of Governance: A Perspective on India-Africa Trade.”
Ms. Mira Tamboli is a financial consultant with diverse experience in Housing Finance and Asset Securitization. She has worked with Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, and KPMG in the Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) area. She was also a portfolio Manager at the Housing Opportunities Commission in Maryland – an affordable housing agency. She began her career in the research department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mira holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Business School and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from University of Maryland, College Park and University of Pune, India.