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Ashima Goyal, professor IGIDR, Mumbai, is widely published in institutional and open economy macroeconomics, international finance and governance and has participated in research projects with ADB, DEA, GDN, RBI, UN ESCAP and WB. She is co-editor of a Routledge journal in Macroeconomics and International Finance, has received many fellowships, national and international awards, is active in the Indian public debate, and has served on several boards and policy committees. She has been a visiting fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, USA.

B. S. Raghavan joined the West Bengal IAS cadre in 1952 and was the Commissioner of various Departments. He also served as the Chief Secretary of Tripura. He was Director, Political and Security Policy Planning in the Union Home Ministry and the Secretary, National Integration Council during the period of the first four Prime Ministers. He was a US Congressional Fellow and Policy Adviser to UN (FAO), and Chairman of three UN Committees. He has been chief executive of four major public sector enterprises. He is now a columnist and author, connected with social service and educational organisations.

Rasheeda Bhagat is an Editorial Consultant with Business Line and writes on politics, interesting people, gender, conflict, social and human interest/rights issues, travel and lifestyle.

Shashanka Bhide is currently Senior Research Counsellor at NCAER, New Delhi. Trained as an agricultural economist he has worked in a variety of applied economics areas, ranging from macroeconomic modelling, forecasting and poverty analysis to infrastructure development and agriculture. He received his Ph. D in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, US, M.Sc from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and B.Sc from University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. He has published in academic journals, co-authored a book on an econometric model for India and two books on India’s state economies.

Bhaskar Balakrishnan has served as Ambassador of India to Greece, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and has worked in Sudan, Syria, Zambia and Austria, apart from being with various UN organizations in Geneva and Vienna for over ten years. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Delhi University, and Stonybrook University, New York. He is a visiting professor at the JSS University, Mysore. He has been conducting training courses for Indian and foreign diplomats for the Foreign Service Institute of India, and has participated as an expert on national television programmes.

Narendar Pani is Professor, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and Adjunct Faculty at the Indian Institute of Science, both at Bangalore. An economist by training, he has worked in both academic and media institutions, including Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and The Economic Times. He has, over the last three decades, written extensively on a variety of subjects. His books include Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy (Sage 2001). He has also published a number of academic articles in India and abroad. He won the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award for 1992.

C. Gopinath is a professor and dean of the Jindal Global Business School, Sonepat, Delhi NCR, and is on the faculty of the Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, USA. Prior to his academic career, he held executive positions at leading companies. His areas of specialization are strategic management and international business. His research has been published in several academic journals. His books include Globalization: A multidimensional system (2014, McGrawHill Education) and Strategize! Experiential exercises in strategic management 4ed. (2013, Cengage/ South-Western, with J. Siciliano).

Ananthanarayanan Seshan, Economic Consultant, holds degrees of MA in Economics and MSc in Agricultural Economics (US). He joined the economic research department of the Reserve Bank of India in 1956 and retired as its Officer-in-Charge in 1993. Subsequently, he worked as IMF Adviser to National Bank of Kyrgyzstan and Bank of Sierra Leone. His articles on economics, music, dance, politics, travel and sports number more than 250. He was a member of 18 official committees, including those set up by the IMF and UNDP. He is a former Editor of RBI Bulletin and RBI Occasional Papers and Founder-Editor of BSL Bulletin.

C. P. Chandrasekhar is currently Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published widely in academic journals and is the co-author of Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia (Orient Longman), The Market that Failed: Neo-Liberal Economic Reforms in India (Leftword Books) and Promoting ICT for Human Development: India (Elsevier). He is a regular columnist for Frontline (titled Economic Perspectives), Business Line (titled Macroscan) and the Web site of The Hindu (titled Economy Watch).

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has authored and co-edited several books and more than 120 scholarly articles. She is Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS - and Trustee of Economic Research Foundation ( She was the Chairperson, Andhra Pradesh Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004 and Member, National Knowledge Commission, 2004-09. She has consulted for many international organisations, including UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA and ILO. She was awarded the NordSud Prize for Social Sciences 2010 of the Fondazione Pescarabruzzo, Italy, and the ILO Decent Work Research Prize for 2010.

Mohan Murti was Europe Director for CII and has over 30 years experience in international work. Largely based in Europe, he was initially India's Representative in UNIDO Paris and Zurich and then with CII, in Cologne, Germany. Well versed in market entry strategies and cross-cultural aspects of doing business, he now represents major Indian business interests in Europe involved in M&A transactions, joint ventures, FDI and technical collaborations. Dr Murti has a Degree in Law & Science and is a frequent guest lecturer at some of the foremost European management schools and Universities.

P. V. Indiresan taught for forty years in the IIT system and was Director, IIT Madras. He is a past President of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Among his several awards are the Padma Bhushan, Honarary Member ship of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, US, and the Honorary Doctorate from the Karnataka Technical University. He is a frequent writer on socio-economic development.

S.S.Tarapore, an economist, joined the Reserve Bank of India in 1961 as Research Officer and retired in 1996 as Deputy Governor. Since retirement he has been associated with a number of official committees and has been a financial columnist in various financial dailies since 1997. At present he is a fortnightly columnist with the Hindu Business Line.

Rajiv Kumar, a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Lucknow University. is an economist and author of several books. He joined the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as Director-General in October 2010. Earlier, he was Director & Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), an independent economic policy think-tank. He is a non-executive member of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of India; a member of the G-20 Advisory Group, Ministry of Finance; and a Member of India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Expert Committee of the National Small Savings Fund, (NSSF) of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Dr. Kumar was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for 2006-2008.

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.

Gopalaswami Parthasarathy served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). Mr Parthasarathy was Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs, and Information Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). Mr Parthasarathy is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in New Delhi. His areas of interest are developments in India’s neighbourhood and issues of economic integration, energy and national security and terrorism.

K. Kanagasabapathy is an independent Economic Consultant based in Mumbai, India. He is Director of the EPW Research Foundation since May 2009. He is also a Consultant to RBI history project. He was a Consulting Economist to LIC during 2010-11. During 2001-2005, he served as a Senior Advisor to Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He had a long stint with the Reserve Bank of India since 1977 and served as the Heads of Monetary Policy Department and Internal Debt Management Department, among various other positions. His areas of interest are Indian macro economy, money, banking, financial markets and international finance.



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