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Dr. Rajiv Kumar 


Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chancellor, is a renowned economist and Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.

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:

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

He concurrently serves as:

  • Government of India nominated Independent Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India
  • 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
  • Director, Institute of Human Development, Delhi
  • Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow
  • Independent Director on the Board of DHFL
  • Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India

In the past he served as the Government of India nominee on the Boards of:

  • Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta
  • Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi
  • Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008)
  • Part Time Member Economics, TRAI, New Delhi (2007-2010)

His earlier positions have been:

  • Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research, Delhi (2013- January 2017)
  • Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, 2010-2012)
  • Director & Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, 2006-2010)
  • Chief Economist, Confederation of India Industries (CII, 2004-2006)
  • Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank, Manila (1995 to 2005)
  • Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance,Government of India, (1992 to 1995)
  • Senior Consultant, Bureau of Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry Government of India (1989-1991)
  • Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-89)
  • 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).