Shekhar Shah

Vice Chairman of the Council, the ISPP

Director – General, National Council of Applied Economic Research

Shekhar Shah

Vice Chairman of the 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.