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    Shekhar Shah

    Shekhar Shah

    Vice-Chairman, ISPP Academic Advisory Council


    Dr. Shekhar Shah is the former Director-General of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi. As the CEO during 2011-21 of India’s oldest and largest, independent, non-profit, economic think tank, he managed NCAER’s wide-ranging research across all sectors of the economy, including its extensive data collection, analytical, and curation activities. He is credited with NCAER’s outstanding institutional transformation, the redevelopment of its new, world-class campus, and the significant role NCAER played in independent economic research and public policy discussions in India by the time he left.

    Prior to joining NCAER, Shah was the World Bank’s Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia and, earlier, Sector Manager in the Bank’s research complex and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report, Making Services Work for Poor People. During a World Bank career in Washington D.C. spanning more than two decades, Shah also served as the Bank’s Deputy Research Administrator, Sector Manager for Public Sector Management for the Bank’s work in Europe and Central Asia, and Lead Economist and Country Coordinator for Bangladesh.

    Before joining the World Bank, he was the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for Economics and International Relations for South Asia. He worked earlier in Washington DC consulting for the US Federal Reserve, FDIC, the OCC, and US banks and bank holding companies. Shah received his BA in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi University, and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

    Dean, ISPP


    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay is the Founder and Research Director of the India Development Foundation.

    He is also the Professor of Emerging Market Finance, University of Groningen, Netherlands; and Visiting Professor at the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

    Dr. Gangopadhyay began his career with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) as a Lecturer in 1983 and was promoted to a Professor in 1991. He has been a consultant to various ministries including Finance, Planning, Industry and Rural Development and in 2008 was appointed advisor to the Finance Minister, Government of India.

    Dr. Gangopadhyay has also been a member of the South Asia Chief Economist’s Advisory Council of the World Bank, an advisor to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and on the board of the Centre for Analytical Finance, Indian School of Business (ISB), besides being the Founder-President of the Society for Promotion of Game Theory and its Application; Dr. Gangopadhyay has also served on the board of the Industrial Reconstruction Bank of India (IRBI), as a member on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Advisory Group on Bankruptcy Law and on the Bankruptcy Task Force of IPD (Initiative for Policy Dialogue), Columbia University.

    He has published widely in international journals, and has authored a number of books. Dr. is also the Chief Editor of IDF’s Journal of Infrastructure Development and the Review of Market Integration, as also a member on the editorial boards of Journal of Financial Stability and Review of Development Economics.

    Dr. Gangopadhyay graduated in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University, USA in 1983. In 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate (honoris causa) by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Michael Greenstone

    Michael Greenstone

    Milton Friedman Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago


    Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the Becker Friedman Institute and the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

    He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he co-led the development of the United States Government’s social cost of carbon. Dr. Greenstone also directed The Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.

    His research, which has influenced policy globally, is largely focused on uncovering the benefits and costs of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. His current work is particularly focused on testing innovative ways to increase energy access and improve the efficiency of environmental regulations around the world. Additionally, he is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change as a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab. Dr. Greenstone also created the Air Quality Life Index™ that provides a measure of the gain in life expectancy, communities would experience if their particulates air pollution concentrations are brought into compliance with global or national standards.

    He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, and a B.A. in Economics, with High Honors, from Swarthmore College.

    Aseem Prakash

    Aseem Prakash

    Chairperson, School of Governance and Public Policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences


    Aseem Prakash is currently the Chairperson, School of Governance and Public Policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.

    He has more than 15 years of experience in research and teaching, including a stint at the University of Oxford as a Fell Fund Fellow. He has been instrumental in laying the intellectual foundation of the School of Public Policy and Governance, including designing the course curriculum of the M.A. in Public Policy and Governance Programme (PPG) at TISS.

    Prior to joining TISS, he was part of the two member team that established the first Public Policy school in India- Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Dr. Prakash was also invited by the UNDP and Department of Planning, Government of Maldives to prepare a rubric for the first ever Maldives Institute of Policy Studies in Male.

    His research interests include the interface between the state and markets; regulation and institutions; sociology of markets, social discrimination, human development. His most recent books are titled “Dalit Capital: State, Markets and Civil Society in Urban India”; and “The Indian Middle Class (co-authored with Surinder Jodhka)”.

    Dr. Prakash earned his doctorate from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

    Niranjan Rajadhyakshya

    Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

    Research Director and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute


    Niranjan Rajadhyaksha is Research Director and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute.

    He provides direction to the Institute’s research programmes. Previously, he was Executive Editor of Mint, a financial daily, where he managed the opinion section, wrote daily editorials, and the award-winning Café Economics column. He also helped launch the data journalism initiative at the newspaper. Before joining Mint, he was Deputy Editor of Business World, a financial magazine.

    Dr. Rajadhyaksha was awarded the Jefferson Fellowship by the East-West Center in Hawaii in 1998. He received the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for excellence in opinion-writing, two years in a row (2010 and 2011), besides winning the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012, and the B.R. Shenoy Award for Economics in 2017. Dr. Rajadhyaksha is a member of the academic advisory board of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, the board of trustees of the Centre for Civil Society, and of the advisory committee on the fifth volume of the official history of the Reserve Bank of India, written by Tirthankar Roy, besides also serving on the Economics curriculum advisory committees of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, Ramnarain Ruia College and Welingkar Institute of Management.

    Dr. Rajadhyaksha holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Mumbai University; his Ph.D. thesis has been submitted to the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy.

    Jessica Seddon

    Jessica Seddon

    Jessica Seddon


    Jessica Seddon is the Director of Integrated Urban Strategy at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and is the Global Lead for the Urban Development team, a network of researchers and practitioners across WRI’s offices.

    Outside WRI, Dr. Seddon serves on the advisory board of the Wilderhill Global Clean Energy Index (NEX). Prior to joining WRI, she co-founded and led Okapi, an India-based strategy group incubated at IIT Madras that focuses on institutional design for social innovation. Her earlier career spans academic and strategic advisory roles, focused on institutional design for integrating science into policy and social initiatives.

    Dr. Seddon has worked with a number of institutions in India, including as Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute (Mumbai); Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology and Policy, IIT Madras; Head of Research at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Bangalore); and Director of the Centre for Development Finance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (Chennai). In her U.S. based work, she has served as Strategic Advisor for the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and as Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego. She was also a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, working on institutional design for global air quality management.

    Dr. Seddon has published book chapters and articles on infrastructure, Indian political economy, IT and governance, environmental regulation and other institutional design topics in international academic and policy venues. She writes a monthly column for Mint, a leading business daily in India. Dr. Seddon earned her Ph.D. in Political Economy from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies from Harvard University.

    Nimai Mehta

    Nimai Mehta

    Professorial Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University


    Nimai Mehta is Professorial Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, at American University, Washington D.C.
    He also leads the School’s programmes in China and Europe, and has most recently led the University’s research engagements in Myanmar and India, in the fields of education and public health.

    Dr. Mehta has held teaching positions at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines, where he was a Research Fellow and Program Associate with the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and previously with the Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Economics. Prior positions include: Visiting Scholar at the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy in Fairfax, Virginia, and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Department of Economics.

    He obtained his Masters in Applied Economics from Bombay University, and a Doctorate in Economics from George Mason University with specializations in comparative economic systems, public choice, and development.

    Alex Tabarrok

    Alex Tabbarok

    Professor, George Mason University


    Alex Tabarrok is the Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center, and is also Professor of Economics at George Mason University.

    He is a research fellow of the Mercatus Center and, along with Tyler Cowen, the founder of Marginal Revolution University: An Online Platform For Learning Economics.

    He is the co-author of an extensive website on the FDA, FDAReview.org, and the author/editor of a number of books including the introductory economics textbooks, Modern Principles.

    Dr. Tabbarak’s research interests include empirical law and economics (tort reform, bounty hunters, judicial electoral systems etc.), voting theory and alternative political institutions and health economics.

    He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria, Canada, and his Ph.D. from George Mason University.

    Shamika Ravi

    Shamika Ravi

    Director of Research at Brookings India


     Shamika Ravi is Director of Research at Brookings India, and a Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program at Brookings India and Brookings Institution Washington D.C.

    She leads the Development Economics research vertical at Brookings India, where the focus is on financial inclusion, health, gender inequality and urbanization.

    Dr. Ravi is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business where she teaches courses in Game Theory and Microfinance. She is affiliated with the Financial Access Initiative of New York University and is an Independent Director on the board of Microcredit Ratings International Limited. She was part of the Enforcement Directorate of Microfinance Institutions Network in India and has served as an Independent Director on boards of several leading microfinance institutions.

    Dr. Ravi publishes extensively in peer-reviewed journals and writes regular opinion pieces in major newspapers. Her research work has been featured and cited by BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and most national and regional newspapers and magazines in India.

    She received her B.A. in Economics from LSR College, her M.A. from the DSE, and her Ph.D. from NYU.

    Bhaskar Chakravorti

    Bhaskar Chakravorti

    Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


    Bhaskar Chakravorti is Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

    Dr. Chakravorti serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business, chairs the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises and is on the Executive Committee of the Tufts Institute for Innovation. He also serves on the Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation for the World Economic Forum.

    Prior to joining Fletcher, Dr. Chakravorti was a Partner of McKinsey; Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, and faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Centre for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a career spanning over two decades, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500, and has worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, with multiple industries.

    He is the author of the best-selling book: “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World”. His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and in widely-read media, for e.g. Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, CNBC; his interviews feature in Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, FT, Fast Company, CNN, New Yorker, and others. He has appeared frequently on Public Radio, is a columnist for the Indian Express and blogger for CNN and the Huffington Post.

    Dr. Chakravorti’s prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, Game Theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and TAS officer with India’s Tata Group.
    His Ph.D. in Economics is from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow.

    Ajay Shah

    Ajay Shah

    Professor, National Institute for Public Finance and Policy


    Ajay Shah is Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy.

    Prior to the NIPFP, he has held positions at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (Mumbai), Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (Bombay) and the Ministry of Finance.

    His research interests include policy issues on Indian economic growth, open economy macroeconomics, public finance, financial economics and pensions. In the past decade, he was been extensively involved in numerous policy processes, namely: reforms of equity market, and the New Pension System.

    Dr. Shah’s recent publications include “Building State capacity for regulation in India”, “Diagnosing and overcoming sustained food price volatility: Enabling a national market for food”, and “The rise of government-funded health insurance in India”.

    Dr. Shah studied at IIT, Bombay, and USC, Los Angeles.

    Vijay Kelkar

    Vijay Kelkar

    Chairman, ISPP Academic Advisory Council


    Dr. Vijay Kelkar is one of India’s pre-eminent economists. He is a former Finance Secretary and was Chairman of the Thirteenth Finance Commission of India.

    For his services to the country, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in January 2011.

    Known as the architect of the GST, Dr. Kelkar was Advisor to the Minister of Finance (2002-2004). He was the Finance Secretary in 1998-99, and in 1999 he was nominated as Executive Director of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the Board of the International Monetary Fund.

    Besides, he has held various notable positions in government, public and private sectors. Dr. Kelkar is also Chairperson of a committee constituted by the Government of India on revisiting & revitalizing the PPP model of infrastructure development, and Chairman for a Committee constituted by the Government of India to prepare a roadmap for enhancing the domestic production of oil and gas with sustainable reduction in import dependency by 2030. He has also been Chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute and the India Development Foundation.

    He holds a B.E. from the College of Engineering Pune, India, a M.S. from the University of Minnesota, U.S., and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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