Dr. Rajiv Kumar is a leading Indian economist and has recently been appointed, the Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog by the government of India. He is the author of several books on India’s economy and national security. His latest books are Modi & His Challenges (2016), Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities (2015) and Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India's Future (2014). He is a widely recognized economic columnist and a leading speaker on issues in Indian political economy.
He is also the Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi, a non-profit think tank focuses on facilitating economic policy change based on objective and rigorous research.
He concurrently serves as: (i) Government of India nominated Independent Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (ii) Member of the International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (iii) Director, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL; and (vi) Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India.
In the past he served as the Government of India nominee on the Boards of: (i) Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta; (ii) Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai; (iii) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi; (iv) Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008); (v) Part Time Member Economics, TRAI, New Delhi (2007-2010).
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He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (1982) and a Ph.D. from Lucknow University (1978).
Dr. Rajiv Kumar holds a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and Ph. D from Lucknow University. His latest book, Many Futures of India, published in April 2011, is a compilation of his columns in some of India's leading dailies. He is a leading columnist in leading business dailies and his views on matters relating to the economy are widely sought.