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. Rajiv Kumar - Founding Director

Dr. Rajiv Kumar is a leading Indian economist. He is the author of several books on India’s economy and national security. His latest books are Modi & His Challenges (2016), Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities (2015) and Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India's Future (2014). He is a widely recognized economic columnist and a leading speaker on issues in Indian political economy.

Presently, he is: (i) Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi; (ii) Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics (A Deemed University, Pune).PIF, a non-profit think tank focuses on facilitating economic policy change based on objective and rigorous research.

He concurrently serves as: (i) Government of India nominated Independent Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (ii) Member of the International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (iii)Director, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL; and (vi) Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India.

In the past he served as the Government of India nominee on the Boards of: (i) Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta; (ii) Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai; (iii) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi; (iv) Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008); (v) Part Time Member Economics, TRAI, New Delhi (2007-2010).

His earlier positions have been:
          (I) Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research, Delhi (2013-January 2017)
          (II)Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, 2010-2012)
          (III) Director & Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, 2006-2010)
          (IV) Chief Economist, Confederation of India Industries (CII, 2004-2006)
          (V) Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank, Manila (1995 to 2005)
          (VI) Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, (1992 to 1995)
          (VII) Senior Consultant, Bureau of Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry Government of India (1989-1991)
          (VIII) Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-89)
          (IX) Senior Research Program Officer, ICRIER. Delhi, (1982 to 1987).

He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (1982) and a Ph.D from Lucknow University (1978).

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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.