Director and Chief Executive,
Rajat Kathuria is Director and Chief Executive at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He has over 20 years experience in teaching and 15 years experience in economic policy, besides research interests on a range of issues relating to regulation and competition policy. He has worked with the World Bank, Washington DC as a Consultant and carried out research assignments for a number of international organizations, including ILO, UNCTAD, LirneAsia, World Bank and ADB. He has published in international and national journals, besides in popular magazines and newspapers. He is founder member of Broadband Society for Universal Access and served on the Board of Delhi Management Association. He is on several government committees and on the research advisory council of SBI. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephens College, a Masters from Delhi School of Economics and a PhD degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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 six 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), INDIA AFTER THE GLOBAL CRISIS, published by Orient BlackSwan (2012) and TOWARDS ECONOMIC CRISIS (2012-14) AND BEYOND, published by Academic Foundation (2015). He also writes a regular column on economic/financial issues in the BUSINESS STANDARD.
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.
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.
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.
Infosys Chair Professor Agric
Ashok Gulati is currently Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the 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 is currently also on the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
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 analysis and advice in India. He was the youngest member of the Economic Advisory Council of Prime Minister 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 14 books to his credit on Indian and Asian Agriculture, besides numerous research papers in national and International Journals. He has been a prolific writer in leading news papers in India, with his current column “From Plate to Plough” in the Indian Express and Financial Express.
He did his M.A. and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Shri Nanda Kumar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and was allotted Bihar Cadre. He has held many important assignments in the State including District Collector of the Districts of Madhubani and Dhanbad; Divisional Commissioner of Gaya; Secretary Industries, Bihar; Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Jharkhand, etc. He has also attended various short term training programmes in Universities of UK, France, and US including Harvard University.
He served as Chairman, Spices Board in Cochin under the Government of India for a period of 5 years during which time the changeover to WTO regime took place globally. The background work done by him has enabled the Spices Board to increase its exports consistently. He also did an assignment in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Bangladesh for 3 years.
He was appointed the Food Secretary of Government of India in 2006 and was appointed Agriculture Secretary of Government of India in 2008 from which position he retired in 2010. He has handled the drought of 2009 while he was the Agriculture Secretary.
Post retirement, he was given a special assignment to chair the Committee of Secretaries for optimizing the fertilizers usage in the context of emerging food security concerns and was a Member of National Disaster Management Authority with the rank of Minister of State in the Government of India from October 2010- February 2014.
His work on “Impact of Uruguay Round on Global Spice Trade” was published by International Trade Centre (WTO), Geneva in the form of a book. He writes regularly for Economic Times, Business Lines, and Indian Express. He was also Member of many Committees of Planning Commission including the Committee on Employment for Jammu & Kashmir, Committee for Promotion of Cold Chains etc.
RBI Chair Professor
Alok Sheel is RBI Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for thirty four years (1982-2016). Last position equivalent to Secretary to Government of India.
He was 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 regulating access to international financial markets.
He is holds a Masters (with distinction) in Macro-economic Policy, University of Bradford, U.K., and PhD in Economic History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Diplomatic experience as Counselor Economic in Washington DC and later Chaired the SAARC Development Fund in Bhutan.
Senior level macro-economic policy advice experience as Secretary, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and Senior level multilateral interlocutor in the G 20 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:
• Anchored both the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FM&CBG) and Sherpa channels on the Indian side. Represented the Indian finance deputy and acted as sous Sherpa at the G 20 table, directly and actively participating in the deliberations and communique drafting.
• Co-chaired, along with Canada, the flagship G-20 Working Group on Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth.
• Set up and headed the India G-20 Secretariat in India and anchored interdepartmental coordination for participation in various G 20 work streams.
• Prepared background notes, policy/strategy papers, record of G 20 deliberations, and briefing notes for the Indian Finance Minister and Prime Minister.
• Part of the Indian PM’s official delegation for G 20 Summits.
• Widely travelled and resourced for international conferences and workshops on the global economy, the G 20, economic governance and the international monetary system.
• Several full length articles in books and journals. Regular commentator on economic issues, in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) and the East Asia Forum. About 200 opinion pieces in The Economic Times, Financial Express, Business Standard, Mint, Indian Express, Financial Times (London).
Full list/ downloads: http://www.aloksheel.com/pap_pub.htm
Much of this is on the G 20 and the Global Financial Crisis, 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)
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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Dr. Arpita Mukherjee is a Professor at ICRIER. She has over 20 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 (US), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and in East Asian countries. She has conducted studies for international organizations such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), ADBI, ASEAN Secretariat, International labour Organisation, Department for International Development (DfiD) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), of UK government, 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); non-government organisations such as such as European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and foundations such as Amway Opportunity Foundation.
Her research areas include trade and investment; special economic zones; economic corridors; food supply chain; start-ups and entrepreneurs; retail, ICT, food processing and other sector studies; labour mobility; bilateral and regional trade agreements. She specialises in sector and product-specific market trends, go-to market strategy, and government policies.
Dr Mukherjee has a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK, and prior to joining ICRIER she worked with the UK-based think tank – Policy Studies Institute and taught at the University of Portsmouth. She has over 70 publications including national and international referred journals, books and book chapters and government reports. Dr. Mukherjee is a member of various government committees and policy panels and is in the editorial board of several journals. She has been external reviewers to thesis of IIFT, JNU and IIM (B) and has presented her work in different international events. She is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines.
Sandip Das has extensively written on issues relating to agriculture and food security for more than a decade. He was with The Financial Express, a leading business daily from Indian Express group since January 2008 to November 2017. He travels extensively across the country and abroad for understanding critical challenges faced by the agriculture sector.
He has worked with mainstream media organisations such as – Press Trust of India, Business Standard, Down to Earth magazine (published by Centre for Science and Environment) and The Financial Express in the last two decades. He had contributed articles on food safety and consumer rights to leading newspapers such as The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, Deccan Herald etc. He has been regular contributors to monthly The Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines published by publication division of the government of India.
He has received UNDP-Niti Ayog media fellowship on decentralised planning for 2015. In 2014, he received South Asia Climate Change Award (SACCA) media fellowship for writing features on impact of climate change on agriculture. He has also recipient of Panos fellowships (supported by Michael Bloomberg foundation) on reporting on issues concerning tobacco crop in 2010 and 2011.
During 2016, he was Research Consultant at the Verghese Kurient Centre for Excellence, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat. His focus was on functioning of dairy cooperatives besides pursuing research on issues concerning the dairy sector.
He holds Masters Degree in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and also done a diploma in Journalism. He has written many research papers on food security and agricultural marketing. Also a gives guest lectures at Institute of Food Security, Gurgaon. He conducts regular classes or talks on media and agriculture at various institutes affiliated to Indian Council for Agricultural Research. (ICAR).
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.
Sanjay Pulipaka is currently working as a Advisor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. Previously, he was a Pavate Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a former Fulbright Fellow in the Conflict Transformation Programme, in the United States. Sanjay’s areas of interest include India’s foreign policy, East Asian security issues, India-US Relations, regionalism, connectivity frameworks, Indian politics, and other related domains. Further, he has been closely following the political transition in Myanmar and conducted field research in that country and in Northeast India. Sanjay also has extensive work experience with think-tanks and civil society organisations in India. He has considerable work experience in strengthening participatory political processes, governance frameworks and platforms for wider consultation. He has substantive publication record with two co-edited volumes, policy reports, numerous research papers and Op-Ed essays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Saon Ray is Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. An economist specializing in industry and international trade issues, her areas of interest include global value chains, technological upgrading of Indian industries, free trade agreements and trade creation effects, technology transfer, foreign direct investment, efficiency and productivity of firms, energy and climate change related issues. She has published widely on these issues in books and journal articles. Her latest book Global Value Chains and the Missing Links: Cases from Indian Industry was published by Taylor and Francis in 2018. Her Ph.D. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University examined the role of intellectual property rights in transferring technology to developing countries.
Dr Ali Mehdi is a Senior Fellow at ICRIER. He established the ‘Health Policy Initiative’ (HPI) at the institute in 2014 and has been leading it since.
He has more than 12 years of research experience on a broad range of health issues – child survival, preventive health, chronic diseases, drug regulation, antimicrobial resistance, social determinants of health, inequities, surveillance, financing, governance, manpower, etc. In addition, he has also worked on job-related issues as part of World Bank-ICRIER project on ‘Jobs and Development’, which he also happened to establish – early skills and human capital formation and challenges of job creation in fragile situations. Ali was also part of the G20’s T20 Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the German Presidency in 2017.
As part of HPI, Ali has successfully engaged with various influential stakeholders – from central- and state-level policymakers to international organizations, industry, civil society and academia – and has collaborated / conducted field research in several Indian states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana / Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir) 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 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.
He has published papers, book chapters, books and columns as well as spoken on these themes in national and international meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences. Among his upcoming books are – ‘A shot of justice: Priority-setting for addressing child mortality’ (Oxford University Press 2018), ‘Freedoms, fragility and job creation: Perspectives from Jammu and Kashmir, India’ (Springer 2018) and ‘Health of the Nation: India Health Report’ (Oxford University Press 2019).
Ali completed his Masters living in the footsteps of the Black Forest at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany with a full scholarship under the Excellence Initiative of the German government.
Debarpita is a Fellow at ICRIER. Her research focus at ICRIER pertains to India’s contemporary urban issues. She is a PhD in Economics from Centre of Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a MA (Economics) from Delhi School of Economics, DU. Her doctoral dissertation empirically analyses aspects of urban India’s housing demand. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the School of Real Estate, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University and as a Consultant with NCAER. Her industry experience includes working with JLL, an international property consultancy firm in their Consulting and Research division as Manager (Research), building up a Pan Indian real estate database. She has published papers in international journals of repute and presented her research at several international conferences. Her broad research interests encompass regional and urban economics, real estate economics, economics of housing and infrastructure.
Dr. Amrita Goldar is a Fellow at ICRIER. Within ICRIER, she has worked on and led projects related to G-20 negotiations, municipal bonds for financing urban solar rooftop projects, climate change impacts on urban economic competitiveness, renewable energy technologies for telecom towers, and impacts of rationalizing fossil fuel subsidies in India. Her ongoing projects include working on financing India’s NDC commitments and studying the impact of renewable policies on jobs created in the economy and industrial competitiveness. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
She has a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral thesis was on the topic of Bilateral Investment Agreements and its impact on India bound FDI. She has multiple national and international publications to her credit. Some of the recent ones include:
Goldar, B. and Goldar A. (2018), “Water Quality in Indian Rivers: Influence of Economic Development, Informal Regulation and Inequality”, in Vikram Dayal, Anantha Duraiappah and Nandan Nawn (eds) “Ecology, Economy and Society: essays in honour of Kanchan Chopra”, Springer Publications.
Trivedi S, Ray I et.al (2018) Scaling up Rooftop Solar Power in India: The Potential of Municipal Solar Bonds. ICRIER Working Paper No.353, ICRIER, New Delhi.
Goldar, A., Sawant, V., and Sharma, S. (2018) “Building Southern Partnerships for Action Against Climate Change.”, Development Cooperation Review 1, No. 3 (2018). Pp 28-32.
Kathuria, Rajat, Goldar, A., and Jain, S. (2017) “Leveraging Finance and Access to Global Value Chains for Promoting Sustainability Standards in India’s MSME Sector, Non-Paper, German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn
Dr. Pankaj Vashisht is a Senior Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He specializes in the field of Applied Econometrics. He has more than 12 years of experience in policy oriented research. He has worked closely with policy makers in India both at center and state level. He has also conducted research studies for various international organizations such as Asian Development Bank Institute, Elcano Royal Institute and Indian industry associations such as Auto Component Manufactures Association (ACMA) and Society of Indian Auto Manufactures (SIAM). Dr. Vashisht is recipient of ‘Young Scholar Grant’ to attend the ‘38th NBER Summer institute’ held in Cambridge USA in 2015. He holds a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dr. Vashisht has done substantial work on the implications of International Trade and Technology up-gradation for manufacturing jobs in India. His studies have tried to identify the factors which are impeding the Indian manufacturing sector. Dr. Vashisht has numerous publications which include a book on the competitiveness of Indian auto Industry, half a dozen chapters in edited volumes, several papers in refereed national and international journals and working papers. He has also contributed articles to the popular print media. Dr. Vashisht is widely travelled and has presented his research at various international conferences abroad.
Dr. Rai is a Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He has over ten years of experience in policy-oriented research, working closely with the key ministries like the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Finance of the central government in India. He has also been involved in many important studies undertaken for international organisations like ADB, DFID, ILO, OECD etc.
At ICRIER, he has worked on a number of key projects related to key areas such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), G20, India in the Global Production Networks, Labour Regulations and Growth of Indian Manufacturing, Totalisation/Portability of Social Security Benefits etc. His areas of research include international trade and investment- trade policy, regional and bilateral trade agreements, trade in IT-BPO services; human capital; international migration and labour regulation.
He holds Ph.D in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has completed his M.Phil from the same University. Before joining ICRIER, he has worked with National Labour Institute (NLI), NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. He has published articles in several national and international referred journals along with book chapters and reports. He has also presented his work at various national and international conferences and seminars.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ritika Juneja is working as a Consultant 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
Sajal Jain is a Research Assistant at ICRIER, working in the Energy & Climate Team. She works on renewable energy and industrial competitiveness, climate financing etc. She has also worked on the MSME sector, studying the dearth of finance availability in “Drivers and Constraints for Adopting Sustainability Standards in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the Demand for Finance”. Sajal holds a masters degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She completed her bachelor’s in economics from University of Delhi. Her research interests include environment, green financing, climate negotiations and international impact, and renewable technology.
Harsh Wardhan is working as a Consultant in ICRIER’s Agriculture team headed by Dr. Ashok Gulati. Currently he is engaged in a study on Value Chains of Horticultural Crops. Prior to this, he was working as a Consultant with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotions, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India on issues related to price and productivity indices. Previously, he has also worked as Research/Academic Associate at Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad. He is the co-author of the book, “Marketed and Marketable surplus of major food grains in India” with Prof. Vijay Paul Sharma, current Chairman of The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), Government of India. He has completed his Master’s in Economics from Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) and Bachelor’s in Economics from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.
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