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.
Smita Srinivas is Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She is a scholar of technological change, innovation, and economic development. Her research contributes to comparative international, urban-regional, national and multilateral economic and development frameworks. These contributions connect theories of technological change and economic development to practical complexities of technological capabilities, skills, technology transfer, innovation, industrial policy, and wider policy design and planning in different governance contexts. She is widely published, a frequent invited global speaker, policy expert and reviewer. Her book Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States (Stanford University Press, Economics and Finance 2012) was awarded the 2015 EAEPE Myrdal prize from the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.
She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with specialization in economic development and technology and industry policies. Srinivas is the Founder Director of the research platform the Technological Change Lab (TCLab) originally established at Columbia University. Visiting Professor of Economics and at the Innovation, Knowledge, Development Centre (IKD) at the Open University, UK, and has also been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics. Srinivas has been a full-time faculty-member at Columbia University in New York, a Fellow for several years at the Belfer Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Associate at the Centre for International Development, and an Affiliate at MIT’s Industrial Performance Centre. She is a senior advisor, to university, think-tank, private firms, multilateral agencies, and development and grassroots initiatives.Her comparative international research has been widely granted and recognised and she is a frequent keynote speaker.
Dr Bhagwati was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also currently chairman of the 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 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 an occasional columnist in Business Standard (an Indian daily newspaper).
Ashok Gulati is currently Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He is an eminent Indian agricultural economist and a former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Government of India (2011-14).
He was Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for more than 10 years (2001-11). He worked as a Chair Professor NABARD at Institute of Economic Growth (1998-2000), and prior to that he was Director/Chief Economist, Agriculture and Rural Development at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) from 1991 till 1997.
Dr Gulati has been deeply involved in policy advice in India for a long number of years. He was the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee; Member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Member of the State Planning Board of Karnataka.
For his contributions to the field, the President of India honored him with “Padma Shri award” in 2015.
Gulati has served in both academic and policy advising capacities in India. He has 14 books to his credit on Indian and Asian Agriculture. Apart from this he has written numerous research papers in national and International Journals. He has been a prolific writer in several leading daily newspapers in India, with his current column “From Plate to Plough” in the Indian Express and Financial Express.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of several organizations such as the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI); National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD); National Commodities and Derivates Exchange (NCDEX); NCDEX e-Markets Limited (NeML); IDFC Foundation; TERI University, etc.
He did his M.A. and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics.
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.
Ali is a Senior 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 12 years of experience in health policy analysis, having worked on a broad range of 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.
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, South Africa), making our research representative and capable of drawing actionable policy lessons from a wide variety of contexts. The purpose 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 and responsibility of governments for the health of citizens, and the need for a strong regulatory framework towards this end.
As part of our project on “Jobs and Development”, sponsored by The World Bank, Washington DC, Ali has coauthored a paper on “Human capital potential of India’s future workforce” (ICRIER Working Paper 308), and coauthored a major book on the challenge of job creation in fragile situations.
Ali pursued his higher education in Germany – Masters at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with a full scholarship under the Excellence Initiative of German federal government. A couple of his books are in the pipeline – “Health of the Nation: India Health Report” (Oxford University Press 2018), “A shot of justice: What do we owe our children?” (Oxford University Press 2018), “Freedoms and fragility: The challenge of job creation in Jammu and Kashmir, India” (proposal submitted). Among his recent publications are – “International cooperation for registration of medicines: Opportunities for India” and “Challenges and prospects for clinical trials in India: A regulatory perspective” (both Academic Foundation, 2017), ‘Chronic disease in India’ (special issue of Global Heart, 11:4).
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.
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.
Mansi Kedia is a researcher at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. Her areas of research include telecommunication policy, trade and industrial policy. She has published papers/ reports on high value manufacturing, impact of information technology, telecom and Internet policy in India. Her ongoing research includes issues related to competition issues in India’s mobile handset industry, Internet shutdowns and the future of work in India. She also has a background in management consulting and financial services with close to four years of experience in the private sector. She received her B.Sc. in Economics from St. Xavier’s, Kolkata and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
Saranya Sircar is working as a Consultant for the East Asia Research Programme at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. She has previously interned with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. She has recently completed her post-graduation in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She has graduated in Political Science Honours from Gargi College, University of Delhi. Saranya’s areas of research interest include South Asian security issues, East Asian security issues, Indian foreign policy, regionalism, global climate change and environmental issues, gender issues, matters of peace and conflict, and other related domains. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and at email@example.com
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.
Sandeep Paul is a Research Assistant at ICRIER and has been working on projects related to urbanisation, development finance etc. Sandeep holds a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and is also a part of ICRIER team for New Climate Economy project of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Other areas of his research interest include climate change, sustainable development and agriculture. Currently he is working on a project on financial inclusion in urban India, with focus on consumer finance and micro credit. Sandeep holds a masters degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a B.A (Hons.) in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University.
Raavi Aggarwal is a Research Assistant at ICRIER and works on labour markets in India, studying employment trends in the formal and informal sectors. She is engaged in a three year long project on ‘The Challenge of Productive Job Creation in India,’ funded by the Ford Foundation, where she focuses on the enabling factors that drive employment growth. Her other research interests include environmental policy and sustainable development strategies in the Indian and global contexts. Raavi holds a B.A.(Hons) degree in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She completed her MSc in Economics from University College London, UK, specializing in Environmental Economics. Her master’s dissertation focused on, ‘Estimating the impact of aggregate and disaggregated GDP on CO2 emissions for the Indian Economy.’
Shivangi is a Research Assistant at ICRIER and works primarily with labour markets in India. She is primarily concerned with studying employment in Indian Manufacturing, both in the formal and informal sectors. She is currently working on the project ‘Challenges of Productive Job Creation In India’, funded by the Ford Foundation, wherein she studies the performance of industries across different measure to gauge their current and potential employment generating capabilities and bottlenecks facing them. She is also involved in studying the skill requirements in the Indian and international context, especially in relation to technological disruption. She completed her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and undergrad in B.A.(Hons.) Economics from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi.
Viraj works in Energy & Climate team at ICRIER. His current projects relate to multiple areas of the energy field such as Renewable Energy Technology & Policy, Industrial Competitiveness etc.
Prior to joining ICRIER, Viraj worked as an Energy Market Analyst at Gelber & Associates (Houston, Texas), studying natural gas markets in United States and globally.
He holds an MS in Energy Economics from Rice University and a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Sciences from IIT Bombay.
His research interest include- climate negotiations & international relations, energy access, energy policy & law, renewable technology, Blockchain revolution.
Ritika Juneja is working as a Research Assistant at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. She has previously worked with the Quality Council of India, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce on high priority government initiatives with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. She is a gold medalist in MA Economics from Amity University, Noida. She has graduated in Economics Honours from Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi. Ritika’s areas of research interest include India’s Trade Relations and Policies, Education and Development goals, Financial Sustainability and other related domains
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.