Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Chancellor, is a renowned economist and Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar was formerly Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He joined FICCI in October 2010 as Director General and was appointed Secretary General in May 2011. Previously, he was Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC). Dr Kumar was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for 2006-2008 and is a non-executive Director on the Central Board of the State Bank of India since August 2012.
From 1987-1989, Dr Kumar was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; subsequently, he worked for the Government of India from 1989 to 1995, first in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry and then as Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. In 1995, Dr. Kumar joined the Asian Development Bank, in Manila and assumed several positions during his ten year term.
In 2004, he returned to India to join the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), New Delhi as Chief Economist.
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.