Dr. Ramgopal Agarwala - Chairman

Dr. Ramgopal Agarwala did his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University in 1961 and his Ph.D. in econometrics from Manchester University in 1966.He taught in the post-graduate Department of Economics of Calcutta University from 1961 to 1963. After doing macro-modeling for India, UK and Canada during 1963-1971, he joined the World Bank in Washington DC in 1971. He worked in various senior positions in the World Bank for 25 years with his last posting to Beijing as the chief economist of the World Bank in China. Since retirement in 1996 he has been working as consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and is a Distinguished Fellow at Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries in New Delhi. He has written several books covering the subjects of econometric model for India, rise of China, labor markets and social security in Asia.

He has written more than two dozen articles in learned journals which cover issues, among others, of reforms of international financial architecture. He has been an active participant on issues relating to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the national, regional and global measures needed to minimize the adverse effects thereof. He is currently working on developing a vision for India 2050. The theme is that for sustained growth to an affluent India in 2050, we need decent capitalism which emphasizes not only efficiency but also inclusiveness and low-carbon lifestyle.

Dr. Vineeta Shanker - Director

Dr. Vineeta Shanker did her M.A. in Economics from Lucknow University in 1975, M.Phil from IIT Kanpur in 1978 and Ph.D from Institut d' Etudes du Developpment Economicque et Sociale, Sorbonne, Paris in 1982. She has worked as a consultant with several multilateral organizations like ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and World Bank on issues like Equality and Protection of women workers in formal sector, Regional Impact of Financial Crisis, Gender Mainstreaming and Corruption and Governance. She acted as the project Director for World Faiths Development Dialogue, University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation.