What are the Priorities for Economic Growth for India 2019/20?

Session on
What are the Priorities for Economic Growth for India 2019/20?
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Registration: 4:00 PM
Seminar Hall 1 & 2, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi, 110003, India
Dr Shankar Acharya, Honorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr. Shankar Acharya is one of India’s leading policy economists. As the longest-serving Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India (1993-2001), he was deeply involved in the economic reforms of the 1990s and served three successive governments of the Congress, the United Front and the National Democratic Alliance. He also served as Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (1997-2000), Member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004) and Member, National Security Advisory Board (2009-2013). He was non-executive Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank for 12 years (2006-2018), one of India’s newest and most successful private commercial banks.
He also served as a member of the Reserve Bank of India’s Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy (2005-2016). Earlier, he worked in the World Bank (1971-1982 and 1990-1993), where he led the World Development Report team for 1979 and was Research Adviser to the Bank. He returned to India in 1982 as Senior Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), before joining the Government as Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance (1985-90).
Since 2001 he has been Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He has authored nine books (mostly on Indian economic issues and policies) and numerous scholarly articles in academic journals. He has also served on the governing bodies of a number of premier research institutions (including ICRIER, NIPFP, the National Council for Applied Economic Research, the Institute for Social and Economic Change and the Administrative Staff College of India), and some charities and companies. Since 2003 he has been a regular columnist for the Business Standard, one of India’s leading financial dailies.
Dr Acharya did his B.A. from Oxford, graduating with First Class honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1967, before proceeding to Harvard University to earn his Ph.D. in Economics in 1972. Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, The Energy & Resource Institute and Trustee, Ananta Centre
Mr. Nitin Desai, a graduate of LSE, taught economics at two UK Universities, worked briefly in the private sector, had a long stint as a government official in India, where his last job was as Secretary & Chief Economic Adviser in the Finance Ministry. At the international level he worked in the Brundtland Commission where he drafted the key chapters dealing with sustainable development and then joined the UN in 1990 from where he retired in 2003 as the Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs.
His major work in the UN was the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992) as Maurice Strong’s deputy, the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002).
After his retirement he has been involved in a variety of public policy and NGO activities nationally and internationally dealing with economic research, sustainable development, climate risks and energy, sustainable livelihoods, human rights, security studies and internet governance. He is a member of the National Broadcasting Standards Authority. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard, a daily newspaper.
Dr Rakesh Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and Distinguished Fellow at Brookings India
Rakesh Mohan, a Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Distinguished Fellow at Brookings India, is one of India’s senior-most economic policymakers and an expert on central banking, monetary policy, infrastructure and urban affairs. Most recently he was executive director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., representing India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan, and chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India, in the rank of a Minister of State.
He is also a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. As deputy governor he was in charge of monetary policy, financial markets, economic research and statistics. In addition to serving in various posts for the Indian government, including representing India in a variety of international forums such as Basel and G20, Mohan has worked for the World Bank and headed prestigious research institutes. He is also Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute and Distinguished Fellow of Brookings India. He was Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2004-05, and was Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2001-02. He has been Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; Member of the National Security Advisory Board; Member of the Tariff Authority of Major Ports; and Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He chaired the Expert Group on Railways (1999-2001); Expert Group on Commercialisation of Infrastructure Projects (1994-96) and the Expert Group on Petrochemicals (1992-93) and the Advisory Committee on National Accounts (19972000).
He co-chaired the “Committee on Financial Sector Assessment” (2009) set up by the Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India. He also co-chaired the G20 Working Group “Enhancing Sound Regulation and Strengthening Transparency” (2009). He chaired the Working Group on “Capital Flows and Emerging Market Economies” (2009) set up by the Committee on Global Financial System (CGFS), Bank of International Settlements (BIS). Dr Mohan, holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph. D in Economics from Princeton University. Mohan has written extensively on urban economics, urban development, Indian economic policy reforms, monetary policy and central banking. Mohan has authored three books on urban economics and urban development and two books on monetary policy: ‘Monetary Policy in a Globalized Economy: A Practitioner’s View’ (2009), and “Growth with Financial Stability: Central Banking in an Emerging Market” (Oxford University Press, 2011). His most recent edited book “India Transformed: 25 Years of Economic Reforms” (Penguin Random House, 2017; Brookings Press 2018).
Tarun Das, Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth and Founding Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre
Tarun Das is currently the Chairman of Institute of Economic Growth (IEG); Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) and also Chairman, Advisory Board, JCB India. He is deeply involved with various non- profit institutions such as Ananta Aspen Centre (AAC); Ananta Centre (AC);The Aspen Institute, USA; Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW); Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF); Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER);Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST); CII-Triveni Water Institute; World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has been working closely on deepening international ties.
He is Co-Chair, US – India Strategic Dialogue, India- Japan Strategic Dialogue, US-India -Japan Strategic Dialogue and Member, India- Singapore Strategic Dialogue, India-China Strategic Dialogue, India-Israel Forum, India- Turkey Forum, India-Korea Strategic Dialogue, US – India Climate Change Dialogue and Trilateral Commission. He is also Member, International Advisory Board, Chubb (USA). Formerly, he was the Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from April 1967 to May 2004 and from June 2004 to Oct 2009 he was the Chief Mentor of CII. He has authored a book: “Crossing Frontiers.”He has received Padma Bhushan for contribution in the field of Trade and Industry, by the President of India; Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for contribution to strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore; Honorary Doctorate in Science, The University of Warwick, UK; Honorary CBE for contribution to Indo-British relations; Honorary Doctorate by the Tel Aviv University, Israel for extraordinary commitment to promoting the Indian Economy in the global arena; Sweden Royal Order of the Polar Star for contribution in strengthening Indo-Swedish relations; Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japan Government for contribution in strengthening India- Japan relations


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