Senior Visiting Professor
Rajat Kathuria is Senior Visiting Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. Between September 2012 – March 2021, he served as Director and Chief Executive at ICRIER. He is the Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Shiv Nadar University. He has over 20 years experience in teaching and 25 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.
Honorary Chair Professor
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), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX).
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 15 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.
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).
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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, Professor ICRIER, engaged in policy-oriented research focusing on regional trade in South Asia and East Asia on issues related to tariffs, services, investment, non-tariff measures, and trade and transport facilitation. Led numerous research teams comprising national and international consultants in South and South-East Asia. Served on various committees set up by the Government of India, and appointed advisor to the Government of Nepal on transshipment. Undertaken research projects at ICRIER for the Indian Government and various international organisations including ADB; UNIDO; The World Bank; London School of Economics; FCDO-UK; DFAT-Australia. Published several research papers and books which have been disseminated in India and abroad at various policy, business and academic forums.
Economic Policy Researcher – worked closely with the governments and multilateral organisations across multiple geographies such as India, United Kingdom (UK), Australia, European Union (EU) and its member states, ASEAN, and the United States (US).
Over 25 years of experience in large project leadership roles.
Areas of research – Sustainable trade and investment; retail, logistics and food supply chains; nutrition; trade infrastructure including economic corridors and SEZs; services; start-ups and entrepreneurs; e-commerce.
Specialises in sector and product-specific market trends, go-to market strategy, and government policies.
Over 75 publications including books, refereed journals, newsletters, government reports.
Presented in conferences, seminars, training programmes and workshops in over 30 countries.
Member of government committees and policy panels. Member of the editorial board of several international journals.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS/CHAPTERS IN BOOKS/JOURNALS
Skill Development in the Agriculture and Allied Sectors in Assam: The case of the Piggery, Fishery and the Spices, co-authored, published by Academic Foundation, ICRIER and Innovative Change Collaborative (ICCo India), August 2020.
Streamlining Food Imports for Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business in India, with Divya Satija, Angana Parashar Sarma, Soham Sinha, Brahma Chauhan and Raj Kumar Shahi, published by Academic Foundation, July 2019.
Facilitating Ease of Doing Business and Supporting FSSAI in Streamlining Food Safety Compliance Ecosystem: India, with Divya Satija, Brahma Chauhan and Raj Kumar Shahi, published by Academic Foundation, July 2019.
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and WTO: The Case of India, with Angana Parashar Sarma in Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) a peer-review online journal, TDM, ISSN 1875-4120, June 2020.
Regional Cooperation in 4th IR and South Asia: Opportunities, Challenges and Way Forward, with Divya Satija, in South Asia Economic Journal (SAEJ), Volume 21, Issue No. 1, Sage Publication, March 2020. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1391561420908078 (last accessed on August 27, 2020).
Export Linked Subsidies in Apparels: India, USA and the WTO, co-authored, in Indian Journal of International Economic Law (IJIEL), Volume XI, November 2019, pgs 38-56.
Food Imports in India: Prospects, Issues and Way Forward, co-authored in ‘Journal of Economic Science Research (JESR)’, Vol. 2, Issue 3, July 2019, pgs 18-36.
India’s Experience with the Special Economic Zones (SEZs): Status, Concerns and Way Forward with Avantika Kapoor in ‘International Economic Law and the Challenges of the Free Zones: Global Regulatory Issues and Trends’ Edited by Julien Chaisse and Jiaxiang Hu, published by Kluwer Law International, Global Trade Law Series, Vol. 38, May 2019.
Senior Visiting Professor
Prof. Rekha Jain Senior Visiting Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Associate Coordinator, Centre for Telecom Policy Studies, IIM, Ahmedabad. Recipient of senior Fulbright Fellowship on Telecom Regulation in 1997-98. Recently concluded an International Study on IT Applications and Telecom Policy in South-East Asian Countries. Research and teaching interest in telecom policy and regulation in the areas of rural telecom, spectrum management and local exchange competition.
Research and teaching interests in the area of Information System Implementation.
Published in national and international journals.
Participated in various consultancy assignments. Worked in an apex level bank for a year before doing Ph.D.
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 from January 2008 to November 2017. He travels extensively across the country and abroad for understanding critical challenges faced by the agriculture sector. He joined ICRIER with the AGRI-research team in November, 2017.
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 a regular contributor to monthly The Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines published by the 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 been 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 Kurien 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 Master Degree in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and diploma in Journalism. He has written many research papers on food security and agricultural marketing.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Ph.D. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University examined the role of intellectual property rights in transferring technology to developing countries.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Ali Mehdi is a Senior Visiting Fellow at ICRIER. He established the ICRIER Health Policy Initiative (HPI) – www.icrier-health.org – in 2014 and led it since.
Ali has 15 years of research experience on a range of health issues (chronic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, social determinants of health, health inequities, health surveys and surveillance, health care financing, governance, manpower, drug and food regulation, universal health care, preventive health, traditional and complementary systems of medicine, etc.) as well as related demographic issues (mortality, life expectancy, fertility and migration). Ali also worked on job-related issues as part of The World Bank headquarter-funded Network on Jobs and Development (NJD), which he established and led at ICRIER during 2013-15 along with The World Bank and partner institutions.
As part of his health experience, he has also been part of G20’s T20 Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the German Presidency in 2017 and conducted research for the Ministry of Finance to help develop Government of India’s position on health issues for the G20.
As part of his research experience at ICRIER, Ali has conducted more than a thousand stakeholder interactions with international / national / state policymakers, organizations, academia and industry in close to a dozen Indian states as well as a dozen countries in North America, Europe and Asia.
Ali has published books, reports, book chapters, journal and working papers, columns and blogs as well as spoken at several national and international workshops, seminars and conferences. His recent books include ‘Health of the Nation – Perspectives for a New India’ (Oxford University Press 2020), ‘A shot of justice – Priority-setting for addressing child mortality’ (Oxford University Press 2019), ‘Freedoms, fragility and job creation – Perspectives from Jammu and Kashmir’ (Springer 2018).
Ali did his MA in Social Sciences – with 2 semesters at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and 1 each at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) as well as an internship at the Population Division of United Nations ESCAP (Thailand) – and his PhD at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), with a four-year full scholarship under the Excellence Initiative of the Federal government of Germany.
Dr. Amrita Goldar is a Senior 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
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr. Anirudh Shingal, is a Senior Visiting Fellow at ICRIER; a Programme Associate of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence; a Fellow of the World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern; and a Research Associate at CARIS, University of Sussex. He has also been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI and a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Economics at the WTI from 2010 to 2017. A PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, where he was also an Associate Tutor in Economics, Dr. Shingal has over 18 years of progressively responsible experience in the empirical analysis of trade and development issues, including at the WTO in Geneva, the World Bank in Washington DC and in the private sector. He has over 70 publications as peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reports completed for various international organizations including the World Bank, WTO, DfID, European Commission, ADB, UNCTAD, ITC, UNDP and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has published in the World Bank Research Observer, Review of International Economics, Review of World Economics, The World Economy, Review of Development Economics, World Trade Review and Journal of World Trade amongst others.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Rashmi Sharma is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and currently a senior visiting fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She has worked in several capacities in the central and state government in India, especially in the areas of school education and local government. She had also published several academic articles and two books. At present, she is engaged in researching and writing about the structure and working of government, with a focus on the grassroots.
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. 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 External Consultant 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 has over 13 years of policy-oriented research experience.
She is a full-time Consultant with ICRIER, and she has been associated with ICRIER since the year 2008. During this period, she has led and contributed to projects funded by the Indian Government, international aid agencies, the private sector and industry associations, among others. Her research interests include international trade in services, trade agreements, services value chain and G20 issues. Apart from these areas, she has worked on projects related to food supply chain, foreign direct investments, development assistance and the retail sector.
She has contributed to two books, published by Sage Publications and Springer and she has authored/co-authored several journal articles, book chapters, working papers, opinion pieces in popular media and several research reports.
Tanu submitted her PhD to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the year 2020.
Saranya Sircar is working as a External 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 email@example.com, and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mansi Kedia is Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. She has over 9 years of experience in economic policy. Her areas of research include telecommunication policy, trade and industrial policy. She has published papers/ reports on telecom and Internet regulations, impact of information technology and Industrial policy in India. Her ongoing research includes issues related to governance of the Internet, competition issues in India’s mobile handset industry, Internet shutdowns and the future of work in India. She was appointed as a member of the Task Force rewriting the Direct Tax Code for India (2017). 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. Her PhD is from 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
Harsh Wardhan is working as a Consultant with ICRIER on issues related to agricultural policies. He has over 6.5 years of research experience. At ICRIER, he is engaged on studies related to agricultural value chains, agricultural marketing and price dynamics of agricultural commodities. Prior to ICRIER, 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 has co-authored several reports, book chapters, and articles in reputed newspapers. 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.
Tarun is a Research Assistant with ICRIER. He is currently working on the project focusing functioning Land and Housing market for urban poor. He holds a Masters degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. In past he worked with IIT Bombay as a summer fellow on a project focused on Flood Modeling. He has a wide range of research interest from Water Vulnerability Assessment to Socio-Ecological Systems.
Diya Dasgupta is a Research Assistant in the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Team at ICRIER. She works on renewable energy, climate financing, climate negotiations, energy modelling etc. At ICRIER she has contributed to a number of projects such as assessing the financial requirement for implementing NDCs in India (funded by the Ministry of Finance), preparing reports for climate negotiations between India and China (funded by the World Resources Institute), affordable housing for the urban poor (funded by GIZ) etc. She has also assisted on projects such as linking of tourism and waste sector in Uttarakhand using an input output model (funded by MOEF&CC). Diya holds a Master’s degree in Economics from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. She completed her Bachelor’s in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Her research interests include resource efficiency, green financing, renewable energy and trade.
1. Arora et al. (2018). “Greening the Solar PV Value chain.” European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) Project.
Ismail Haque is an Associate Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). His areas of research include the most fundamental aspects of sustainable urban development, urban housing and its socio-political dimensions, spatial aspects of neighborhood inequality/urban segregation, family demography, development economics including data and research methods. He has several publications of international repute to his credit on the above mentioned aspects. At ICRIER, currently he is engaged in a GIZ funded project titled ‘Towards Functioning land and Housing Market for the Urban Poor’. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate at Swasti Health Catalyst in a USAID funded project ‘Learning4impact’. He received his B.Sc. in Geography from Kalyani University and M.Sc. from Aliah University, Kolkata. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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With responsibilities spanning India, ASEAN and China, Deepak Maheshwari has led public policy in Symantec / NortonLifeLock; MasterCard; Microsoft and Sify for more than two decades.
He has a keen research interest in the interplay of policy with technological innovations and socio-economic development, especially in the Digital Ecosystem. These include Information Technology, Telecom, E-Commerce, Digital Payments, Intellectual Property Rights, Standards, Cyber Security and Data Protection as well as Taxation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Skill Development.
An oft-invited speaker, his views and reviews have been widely published and cited. A believer in the power of public – private partnerships, he co-founded National Internet eXchange of India (NIXI) and the ITU-APT Foundation of India.
He has served as the global Chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative; Secretary of the ISP Association of India; Chair of the BSA Asia-Pacific Policy Committee, Chair of the AMCHAM India Cyber Security Committee and on the Board of IIM Ahmedabad-Idea Telecom Center of Excellence. He was also a member of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence and the Working Group on Cloud Computing, both constituted by the Government of India.
A graduate in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, he also has a degree in law.
Isha Suri is a Research Associate at ICRIER and works with the Telecom and Technology Policy Team with a special focus on internet governance related issues. She has over five years of experience in the realm of technology policy. After obtaining her LL.B. (Hons.) with a specialisation in Intellectual Property Law from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, she worked as an attorney with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., a Delhi based law firm. Thereafter, she joined the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) as a Policy Analyst and was deputed at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. Her areas of interest include Internet Policy, Intellectual Property Rights, Privacy and Data Protection, protection of minors in the online space and striking a balance between competition policy and innovation. She also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering that often comes to her aid when she grapples with complexities of the techno-legal domain.
Richa Sekhani is Research Associate at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations. She has over 6 years of experience in public policy. Her areas of research include telecommunication policy. Her ongoing research includes Broadband Readiness Index, issues related to artificial intelligence, Internet shutdowns and Competition analysis in the Domain Names market in India. She has published papers/ reports on telecom and Internet regulations, impact of information technology and street vendors in India. She received her M.sc. in Economics from Symbiosis School of Economic, Pune. She has also worked with ORF’s Economy and Development Program, Delhi and is also a consultant for Center for New Economic Studies ( CNES), O.P Jindal Global University, Sonepat.
Aishwarya joined ICRIER’s agriculture team in 2020. Prior to this, she worked at the International Labour Office in Geneva, with a focus on productive employment policies in agriculture and plantations sector in rural areas. She has two Master’s degrees, first in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and second from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Ms. Pritha Banerjee is working as an External Consultant at Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She has over 6 years of experience in working on India’s agriculture sector and policies. At present she is working on sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change. Previously, her area of focus was input subsidies and farm investments, especially in the context of Indian agriculture. She has worked extensively on fertiliser and water sectors of India in relation to India’s agriculture. Her research is published as book chapters, journal article, working paper and policy report. She holds a Masters’ degree from Department of Economics, University of Calcutta and M. Phil. (Economics) from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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Mr. Siraj Hussain joined the IAS in 1979 and was allotted Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He served the Govt of Uttar Pradesh in various capacities including District Magistrate, Managing Director, UP State Industrial Development Corporation, Registrar of Cooperative Societies and Secretary to Chief Minister.
In the Government of India, he has worked as Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Food Corporation of India (FCI).
Several schemes of Modi 1.0 Government were formulated under his supervision as Secretary, Agriculture.
In 2016, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate by Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, Andhra Pradesh.
Since his superannuation in January 2016, he has been working with ICRIER as Visiting Senior Fellow where he is engaged in research on various aspects of Indian agriculture and food processing. He has authored several research papers on agriculture and rural economy.
His columns have been published in Bloomberg Quint, Business Today, Business World, DNA, Economic Times, Financial Express, Hindu BusinessLine, Indian Express, Mint, Money Control, the Print, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Newsclick and the Wire etc.
Shyma Jose is a fellow at ICRIER. Her research areas include nutrition, agriculture, food security, poverty, employment and labour market conditions. At ICRIER, she is currently working on issues related to the sources and drivers of agricultural growth and nutritional security in India.
She has a PhD in Economics from Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral thesis was on the informal employment and decent work conditions in the garment industry. She also has an M.Phil from the same institution. She has published in national and international journals and book chapters on issues related to food and nutritional security, gender differential in malnutrition, education and the informalisation of the workforce.
Kavery Ganguly is a professional working in the area of agriculture and food policy research and advocacy for past 17 years. With hands on experience in quantitative and qualitative analytics, she has been engaged in policy advocacy and project management. Kavery has worked on research projects that are solution oriented with demonstrable impact on the ground and strive for greater stakeholder engagement. Kavery began her career with IFPRI, and worked with CII-FACE. She also worked as an independent consultant on a research study led by Copenhagen University, Cornell University and UNU-WIDER. She has contributed to research publications including book chapters, research reports, and peer reviewed papers. Her key research interests include agriculture and food policy issues in the context of developing countries; dynamics of the unfolding structural changes in Indian agribusiness sector and implications for development; and role of technology and innovation driving changes in Indian agriculture. Kavery did her Masters in Economics from International Trade and Development (ITD), Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in public policy from IIT Bombay.
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Scientist Emeritus (WR)
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), New Delhi & Senior Visiting Fellow, ICRIER, New Delhi
Bharat R Sharma has over 30 years’ experience in conducting and managing natural resources management research especially for surface and ground water resources, on-farm water management, rainwater management and development of water resources in hilly areas. His key contributions included improving on-farm water management in large irrigation commands, improving the assessment and management of groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic and Yellow river basins, impact of large inter-basin water transfers on regional groundwater resources, assessment of water resources and water productivity in the Indo-Gangetic basin and potential interventions for its improvement, impact of climate change on water resources and development of a national plan for unlocking the potential of rainfed agriculture in India and its possible adaptation in East African countries. He has been actively involved in the development of CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF); and CGIAR CRP on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). He has worked as senior international consultant to World Bank, ADB, FAO, CGIAR programs on CCAFS, CIMMYT, IWMI and to several NGOs and CSR programs of ITC, Nestle and others. He is advising Planning Commission of India for developing India Water Vision, and Bihar Government for remediation of urban floods.
He has more than 170 research and policy publications/ books to his credit.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr. Somit Dasgupta is an erstwhile officer of the Indian Economic Service (IES) belonging to the 1984 batch. He superannuated in December 2019 and his last posting in the government was as Member (Economic and Commercial) in the Central Electricity Authority. In his career of about 35 years, Dr. Dasgupta has served in several Ministries/Departments but a major part of his career was spent in organisations dealing with power/electricity matters. Dr. Dasgupta has served more than 25 years in the power sector having done stints in the Ministry of Power, Niti Aayog (then Planning commission), the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Central Electricity Authority. He holds a Ph.D degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the subject of his dissertation was ‘Power Sector Reforms in India.’ Dr. Dasgupta specialises in areas, such as, electricity laws and regulations, tariff determination, climate change issues, electricity markets and regulatory economics.
After superannuating from the government, and before joining ICRIER as Senior Visiting Fellow in January 2021, Dr Dasgupta was working as a newspaper columnist writing on power sector related issues. His contributions can be seen in the Times of India, Business Standard, Economic Times and the Financial Express. Dr. Dasgupta has a few publications in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) also.
Radhicka Kapoor is a Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prior to joining ICRIER, she worked at the Planning Commission and at the International Labour Organization. Her broad areas of research interests include poverty and inequality, labour economics and industrial performance. Over the last five years, she has worked extensively on the various facets of India’s labour market, in particular, in the areas of the informal sector, the impact of technological changes on the world of work and the measurement of employment and unemployment. She has authored several research papers, reports and articles in leading newspapers on these subjects. She has co-edited a book “Towards a Just, Dignified and Secure Future of Work: Lessons from India”. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and holds a Masters and PhD degree in Economics from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics respectively.