Arvind Panagariya

Arvind Panagariya


Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

In March 2012, the Government of India honoured Dr. Panagariya with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in the country, bestowed in any field.

From January 2015 to August 2017, he served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India at the rank of Cabinet Minister. During these years, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa, and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 communiqués during the presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

Dr. Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was a faculty of the Department of Economics, at the University of Maryland, at College Park, from 1978 to 2003. During these years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities.

Dr. Panagariya has authored more than fifteen books. His book – India: The Emerging Giant (2008, OUP, New York) was listed as the top pick of 2008 by The Economist and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of the CNN. The Economist has described his book – Why Growth Matters (with Jagdish Bhagwati) – as “a manifesto for policymakers and analysts”.

Scientific papers by Dr. Panagariya have appeared in top journals. He writes a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Sanjiv Misra

Sanjiv Misra


Sanjiv Misra has been Non-Executive (Part time) Chairman of Axis Bank Ltd. since July 18, 2016, and has also been the Company's Independent Director since May 12, 2016. He also serves as a Director of AKZO Nobel India Ltd. and Hindustan Unilever Limited.

Dr. Misra was a member of the Indian Administrative Service for over 35 years during which period he held a wide range of key positions in the Federal and State governments, including as Managing Director of the Gujarat Industrial Development, and stints, at senior levels, in the Government of India, namely in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Finance. He was Secretary in the Ministry of Finance till his superannuation in 2008. Subsequently, he served as a member of the 13th Finance Commission, a constitutional position, with the rank of Minister of State.

Dr. Misra has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo; Board of Governors of the Indian Council on Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), an internationally reputed think tank; and Committee on Fiscal Consolidation (Kelkar Committee) set up by the Finance Minister in August, 2012 to chart-out a road map for fiscal consolidation for the Indian economy.

He graduated in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, in addition to a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, USA; Dr. Misra earned his Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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