ICRIER G20 2022
ICRIER’s 14th Annual International
G20 Conference
India’s G20 Presidency:
Crafting an Indian Narrative on Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (RISE)


Dr. Shankar Acharya

Dr. Acharya is HONORARY PROFESSOR at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) since 2001.

He was MEMBER, TWELFTH FINANCE COMMISSION (2004) and MEMBER, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD (2009-2013). Also, he was non-executive CHAIRMAN, KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK (2006-2018), board member of a number of national research organizations and corporates and, since 2003, has written a regular column on economic/financial issues in the BUSINESS STANDARD

During his previous assignment as CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER (rank of Secretary) to the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, from April 1993 to March 2001, 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, 1997-2000). 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 ECONOMIC 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 eight 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), TOWARDS ECONOMIC CRISIS (2012-14) AND BEYOND, published by Academic Foundation (2015), INDIAS ECONOMY 2015-2020:CONTEMPORARY COMMENTARY, published by Academic Foundation (2021) and AN ECONOMIST AT HOME AND ABROAD: A PERSONAL JOURNEY, published by Harper Collins (2021).

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh

Arunabha Ghosh, Founder and CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water. He is an international public policy expert, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the founder-CEO, since 2010, of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked as one of Asia's leading policy research institutions; and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2013 and 2016. With experience in 45 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva).

Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. He currently serves on Government of India’s G20 Finance Track Advisory Group for India’s G20 Presidency in 2023. Most recently, the UN Secretary-General appointed him to the High-level Expert Group on the Credibility and Accountability of Net-Zero Announcements by Non-State Actors. In 2018, the UN Secretary-General nominated him to the UN Committee for Development Policy, re-nominating him this year for a second term until December 2024. In 2020, the Government of India appointed him Co-Chair of the energy, environment and climate change track for India’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP2020). He has also been appointed the Co-Chair of the T20 Task Force on climate and energy for Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022.

He is the co- author/editor of four books and dozens of research papers and reports. His 2019 TED Talk on air quality (Mission 80-80-80) has crossed 250,000 views. He is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air. He was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, and a Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellow (fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network). He was previously an Oxford-Princeton Global Leadership Fellow.

Dr Ghosh led CEEW into a leading think-tank soon after its founding in August 2010. He was actively involved in conceptualising and designing the International Solar Alliance. He conceptualised and was a founder of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN), an industry body for hundreds of decentralised energy entrepreneurs. He serves on the Board of Directors of ClimateWorks Foundation, and is a member of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group.

Dr Ghosh has advised India’s Prime Minister’s Office, several ministries, state governments and international organisations on a range of subjects. He was invited by the Government of France as a Personnalité d’Avenir to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations. He also advised on HFC negotiations under the Montreal Protocol. He is a member of an international high-level panel of the Environment of Peace initiative. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy. He has been a member of Track II dialogues with ten countries/regions; and formulated the Maharashtra-Guangdong Partnership on Sustainability. He served on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund. He was a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region (2018-2020). He has presented to heads of state and legislatures across the world on varied topics including global governance, international relations and human development, climate, energy, natural resources and water, trade and intellectual property, development assistance, conflict and extremism.

Widely published, he was lead author of Jobs, Growth and Sustainability: A New Social Contract for India’s Recovery (CEEW, 2020).

Arunabha’s co-authored essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature, the world’s most cited scientific journal, was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays. He is co- author of Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2017); Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, impact, reform (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). He is the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016). He has been a co-author of three UNDP Human Development Reports, including the pathbreaking Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis (2006).

His regular columns are widely read and have been published in the Business Standard, Financial Express, Forbes, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Mint, Nikkei Asian Review, The Hindu, The Times of India, among other platforms. He has hosted a documentary on water in Africa, featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries on energy and climate change, and delivered a TED Talk on air quality. He has been regularly interviewed on Al Jazeera, BBC, CGTN, CNBC, CNN News 18, Gulf News, India Today TV, NDTV, Voice of America, etc.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford (Clarendon Scholar; Marvin Bower Scholar), an M.A. (First Class) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Balliol College, Oxford; Radhakrishnan Scholar); and topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran

Being appointed Chief Economic Adviser in January, 2022, Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran was a writer, author, teacher and consultant.

He has written a weekly Mint column for fifteen years on Tuesdays, since 2007.

He has co-authored four books:

(i) The Rise of Finance – Causes, Consequences and Cures
(ii) Derivatives
(iii) Can India Grow?
(iv) The Economics of Derivatives

He has taught at several business schools and institutes of management in India and in Singapore. He was the Dean of the IFMR Graduate School of Business and a distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics at Krea University.

He was one of the founders of Aavishkaar Venture Capital Fund and the Takshashila Institution. He has served on the Academic Advisory Board of DAV Schools in Tamil Nadu and the Indian School of Public Policy.

He was a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 2019 to 2021.

In his corporate career spanning seventeen years from 1994 to 2011, he was a Currency Economist at the Union Bank of Switzerland, Head of Research and Investment Consulting in Credit Suisse Private Banking in Asia, Head of Asia Research and Global Chief Investment Officer at Bank Julius Baer.

He was an independent Director on the Boards of TVS Supply Chain Solutions, Sundaram Fasteners, TVS Sri Chakra Tyres, Delphi TVS and Aparajitha Corporate Services.

In 1985, he received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1994 for his work on exchange rate behaviour.

Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla is the Chief Coordinator of India’s G20 Presidency. Prior to this, he was Foreign Secretary of India.

In a four-decade long Indian Foreign Service career, he has been Ambassador to the United States of America, Bangladesh and Thailand. He was also Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

He has worked on all major diplomatic geographies and issues during these four decades. His experience of the neighbourhood, important in the era of ‘Neighbourhood First’ diplomacy, is extensive. He is also an experienced multilateral diplomat, having worked on two UN Security Council tenures, having served in the Indian Mission to the UN in New York and as Permanent Representative to UNESCAP. He has headed both the UN Political and SAARC Divisions in headquarters.

He has managed key economic diplomacy initiatives; worked on overseas Indian issues and with the diaspora, including on events such ‘Howdy Modi’; and coordinated major evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations such as Operations Vande Bharat, Sagar (pandemic HADR) Ganga (Ukraine), Devi Shakti (Afghanistan) and Insaniyat (Bangladesh). He has an interest in conflict prevention, a subject on which he has pursued a course at Columbia University.

He has worked in the private and public sectors in India prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service.

He has addressed a wide range of institutions and interest groups, including think tanks, Universities and business associations in India and abroad. He has also written extensively for leading publications worldwide.

He has an avid interest in the outdoors and in sports. He has undergone professional courses at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and participated in several mountaineering expeditions. He has an interest in field hockey, having played at university.

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