Our Scholars

Board Of Scholars

Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah
Ajay is currently Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. He is a former consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and former Associate Professor, IGIDR. He was listed among the Top 10 economists in the Indian Express supplement ‘The Most Powerful Indians in 2010’.

Deepak Lal

Deepak Lal
James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and was formerly president of the Mont Pelerin Society. Held academic positions at Oxford and later University College London.

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Geeta Gandhi Kingdon is Professor at the Institute of Education, University College London, where she holds the Chair of Education Economics and International Development.  Prior to this, she was Research Fellow for 11 years at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford.  Her research on Economics of Education is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets.  Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies.  In India, she has been a member of the MHRD’s ‘Joint Review Missions’ of public education programmes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, and is a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board. Professor Kingdon is also President of the board of City Montessori School Lucknow, which has 52,000 students. She divides her time between the UK and India.

Isher Judge Ahluwalia

Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Served as Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi. She is now Chairperson, Board of Governors of ICRIER.

Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Bhagwati
Renowned Professor of economics and regarded as one of the foremost international trade economists of recent times. He is presently University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Leland Yeager

Leland Yeager
Leland B. Yeager is the Ludwig von Mises Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Auburn University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is an expert on monetary policy and international trade.

Professor Yeager has been Vice President of the Interlingua Institute, and his books include Foreign Trade and U.S. Policy: The Case for Free International Trade; International Monetary Relations: Theory, History and Policy; The International Monetary Mechanism; Proposals for Government Credit Allocation: Evaluative studies in economic policy; Experiences With Stopping Inflation; The Fluttering Veil: Essays on Monetary Disequilibrium; and Ethics as Social Science: The Moral Philosophy of Social Cooperation.

Lord Meghnad Desai

Lord Meghnad Desai
Taught at the London School of Economics since 1965. Was made a Professor of Economics in 1983 and he established the Centre for the study of Global Governance in 1992.

Shreekant Gupta

Shreekant Gupta
Professor at Delhi School of Economics. He is also a researcher, policymaker and consultant on environment, natural resources, energy and urban issues. Taught at the universities of Delhi, Maryland, Jawaharlal Nehru University and National University of Singapore.

Surjit Bhalla

Surjit Bhalla
Managing Director of Oxus Research and Investments, a New Delhi-based economic research, asset management, and emerging-markets advisory firm. Taught at the Delhi School of Economics and worked at the Rand Corporation and the Brookings Institution.

Swaminathan Aiyar

Swaminathan Aiyar
Consulting Editor to the Economics Times and a Research Scholar at the Cato Institute. He was formerly Editor of two of India’s biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94.

Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel
Expert on economics and public finance, international trade, financial intermediation and regulation of infrastructure utilities. Also non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. He has worked at the International Monetary Fund and as an adviser to both the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance in New Delhi.​ He is currently Governor, Reserve Bank of India​.