Nirupama Soundararajan currently works as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Pahle India Foundation (PIF). She started her research career with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) where she co-authored the book titled ‘Retail in India’ (July 2009) published by Academic Foundation. She has worked extensively on the impact of organized retail on farmers. At Pahle India Foundation she undertakes policy research in the financial sector, commodities, gold ecosystem, retail and e-commerce, housing and housing finance, and ease of doing business. Prior to Pahle India Foundation she worked as Additional Director and Team Lead for the Financial Sector Division at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) where she was the lead author on the landmark report on “Why India Needs a Gold Policy.” She also worked as Assistant General Manager – Economist in the Department of Strategy and Economic Intelligence with Bank of India, Head Office, Mumbai. She obtained an MSc. in Financial Economics, an MBA (Finance) from Cardiff University, UK, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Financial Law from Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), University of London.

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