Alok Ray is a former Professor of Economics at IIM Calcutta where he taught for more than 30 years. He is a Ph.D from University of Rochester, US. Prof Ray has also taught at several universities in India, US, Canada and Australia. He has been a consultant to UN, World Bank, Government of India and several private sector companies. He is the author of many professional articles in leading national and international journals, in addition to writing regular columns on current issues. He is a recipient of the prestigious V.K.R.V. Rao Award in Economics for his research contributions.