Dr. Rajiv Kumar, former Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, recently resumed his chairmanship of Pahle India Foundation, a not-for-profit policy think tank, established by him in 2013. Dr. Kumar’s career has spanned academics to government to corporate chambers and multilateral institutions. The wide range of experience, combined with his intellectual depth, as reflected in his substantial publication record, gives him a unique multi-dimensional perspective on the Indian economy.
He served in the government as Economic Advisor with the Department of Economic Affairs (Ministry of Finance) during 1991-1995 and took over as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog in September 2017, with the rank of Cabinet Minister and served until April 2022.
His stints with the corporate sector include serving as Chief Economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) from 2004-2006 and later as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), 2011-2013.
Dr Kumar has a Ph.D. in Economics from Lucknow University (1978) and a D.Phil. from Oxford University (1982). He has been conferred with D.Litt. (honorary causa) by several universities.
Economics, Oxford University, 1982
Economics, Lucknow University, 1977
Economics, Lucknow University, 1975
Economics, St. Stephens College, 1971
- 2013 – 2017 & 2022 – Present: Founding Director
Pahle India Foundation
- 2017 – 2022: Vice Chairman
- 2013 – 2015: Senior Fellow
Centre for Policy Research
- 2011 – 2013: Secretary General
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
- 2006 – 2010: Director and Chief Executive
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
- 2004 – 2006: Chief Economist
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
- 1995 – 2005: Principal Economist
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- 1991 – 1995: Economic Advisor
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
- 1989 – 1991: Senior Consultant
Ministry of Industries and Ministry of Finance, Government of India
- 1987 – 1989: Professor Indian
Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
- 1982 – 1987: Senior Program Coordinator
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)