Dr. Shankar Acharya

Dr. Shankar Acharya has been one of India’s leading policy economists. After serving as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance for six years he became India’s longest-serving Chief Economic Adviser for eight years (1993-2001) when he advised three successive finance ministers: Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Yashwant Sinha. During the latter half of this period, he was also Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Since 2001, his varied assignments include: Member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004), Member, National Security Advisory Board (2009-2013), and, for twelve years, non-executive Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Earlier, he worked in the World Bank, where he led the team for the World Development Report 1979 and then served as Research Adviser to the Bank. Since 2001 he has been Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He has authored ten books and numerous scholarly articles and has been a leading columnist with the Business Standard for eighteen years. He has served on the boards of several national research organizations, some corporates and charities and the Reserve Bank’s Advisory Committee for Monetary Policy (2005-2016). He has a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Oxford.

He has published several books, scholarly papers and contributed chapters of several books, mainly on topics in macroeconomic policy, growth, international economics and public finance. His eight most recent books are: ESSAYS ON MACROECONOMIC POLICY AND GROWTH IN INDIA, published by Oxford University Press (2006), CAN INDIA GROW WITHOUT BHARAT?, published by Academic Foundation (2007), INDIA AND GLOBAL CRISIS, published by Academic Foundation (2009), (edited with Rakesh Mohan) INDIA’S ECONOMY: PERFORMANCE AND CHALLENGES, published by Oxford University Press (2010), INDIA AFTER THE GLOBAL CRISIS, published by Orient BlackSwan (2012), TOWARDS ECONOMIC CRISIS (2012-14) AND BEYOND, published by Academic Foundation (2015), INDIAS ECONOMY 2015-2020:CONTEMPORARY COMMENTARY, published by Academic Foundation (2021) and AN ECONOMIST AT HOME AND ABROAD: A PERSONAL JOURNEY, published by Harper Collins (2021).