Board of Directors


Jayshree Sengupta, Chair

Jayshree Sengupta is a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). She has previously worked as a consultant with the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London; the Indian Council of Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi; the Institute of Manpower Research (IMR), New Delhi; and the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) New Delhi; the OECD, Paris; the World Economic Forum ,Geneva; and the World Bank, Washington, D.C. Ms. Sengupta has had a diverse career. She was a senior editor with the Hindustan Times for seven years (1998-2004). She has also been writing regular columns on economics, art and culture for national dailies such as The Times of India, The Tribune, Pioneer and Sunday Magazine for more than two decades. In addition, she was a Lecturer in Economics at Miranda House and Indraprastha College, Delhi University (1965-77). She has authored several policy briefs and articles in national and international journals. Her notable books are A Nation in Transition: Understanding the Indian Economy (Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2007); The Global Economic Meltdown: Perspectives from India and EU (ed)(Academic Foundation,New Delhi, 2013); Interconnection Networks for Parallel Processing (Deep & Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2005); Economic Adjustment in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey: Report (co-authored with Alan RoeJayanta Roy), (World Bank, Washington D.C., 1989); Increasing the International Competitiveness of Exports from Caribbean Countries: Collected Papers from an EDI Policy Seminar Held in Bridgetown, Bahamas (World Bank, Washington D.C., 1991); Background Paper on Tourism in India (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations,

Dr. Pronab Sen, Vice Chair

Dr. Pronab Sen is the Country Director for International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India Central Programme. He held teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University and the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University between 1977 and 1983. He specializes in open-economy macroeconomic systems, international economics and public finance. Dr. Sen has also worked at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki. He was the first Chief Statistician of India (2007-10), functioning as the technical Head of the national statistical system and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. He has also been Adviser, Perspective Planning and Statistics & Surveys, Planning Commission. He was the principle author and coordinator of the Mid-term Appraisal of the Eighth Five Year Plan, the Ninth Five Year Plan, the Mid-term Appraisal of the Ninth Five Year Plan, the Tenth Five Year Plan, and the Mid-term Appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan.

Dr. Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She held the position of Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (2004–07), Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2006–08) and Vice-President of the American Political Science Association (2011–12). She has also worked as Director of a Ford Foundation funded project Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia and Academic Director of a nationwide study of women in panchayats sponsored by the Government of India. At present, she is a member of the Editorial Board of The India Review and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Her important publications include Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History (Harvard university Press, 2013, South Asian edition by Permanent Black, 2013); Representing India: Ethnic Diversity and the Governance of Public Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2006); and Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India (Oxford university Press, New Delhi, 1999).

Dr. N. J. Kurian

Dr. N. J. Kurian, a renowned economist, is currently President of the Kerala Development Society. He is a Visiting Professor at the Council for Social Development, New Delhi and the Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad. He has been Senior Advisor (Financial Resources), Planning Commission; Director, Council for Social Development; Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance; Director, Department of Rural Development. He has also worked as a Consultant with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund. He has published over 30 research articles in international journals. Dr Kurian’s recent publication is Sub-national Fiscal Sustainability in a Globalised Setting (co-authored with Jacob John), (Cambridge Scholars Publishing , United Kingdom, 2009).

Dr. S.P. Pal

Dr S.P. Pal is President and Founding Member, DESI (Development Evaluation Society of India), New Delhi. He is a Visiting Fellow of Harvard University and member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). He was also Adviser (Evaluation), Planning Commission; Faculty Member of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI); and Chief Economist of National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. He has served as joint Director of the study India: State of Development Evaluation Report 2010 sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada for the Institute for Resource Management and Economic Development (IRMED), New Delhi.

Dr. Rajeev Malhotra

Dr. Rajeev Malhotra, a development economist, is  Executive Director, Centre for Development and Finance, OP Jindal Global University, India. Earlier, he was Economic Advisor to the Union Finance Minister and Deputy Advisor, Planning Commission for National Human Development Report (NHDR), 2001. He has also worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva where he initiated and conceptualized the work on indicators for human rights. He has served as a consultant to the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Tokyo; the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK; and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok. His work straddles diverse areas such as methodological issues in the estimation of poverty, human development, human rights indicators, right to development, fiscal policy and specific issues on Indian economy. His notable books are A Critical Decade: Policies for India’s Development (ed.) ,(Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2012); National Human Development Report India 2001, Planning Commission, Government of India; India Public Policy Report (O.P. Jindal Global University and Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014)

Dr. Pulin B. Nayak 

Dr. Pulin B. Nayak is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He has also been Head of the Department of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Delhi. He was also Director, Delhi School of Economics from 2005-08. In 2001, the Central Government had nominated him as a board member of the EXIM Bank (Export Import Bank of India) for a four- year term. He has served as a consultant to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Presently, He is a member of the Board of Governors, Institute Economic Growth (IEG) and member of the Editorial Board, The Book Review. He has written more than 120 articles and several book reviews and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. His recent publications are Markets and Governments (co-edited with Kaushik Basu and Ranjan Ray), (Oxford university Press, New Delhi, 2003) and India’s Economy and Growth, Essays in Honour of V K R V Rao (co-edited with Bishwanath Goldar and Pradeep Agrawal), (Sage publications, New Delhi, 2010)

Dr. Mitu Sengupta

Dr. Mitu Sengupta is an Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University. She is also a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and program faculty for the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University.  Earlier, she was a lecturer at Toronto University, York University, and the University of Guelph. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi and a Director of ASAP (Academic Stand Against Poverty). She has also served as a consultant to UN High Commissioner of Refugees. Her principal areas of research are global political economy, the global governance of development and human rights, development ethics, and the politics and political economy of South Asia. She has authored/co-authored more than twenty articles in national and international academic journals and several editorials and commentaries in newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Some of her recent publications are A Déjà Vu Agenda or a Development Agenda? (with Bhumika Muchhala), Economic and Political Weekly, XLIX:46, (15 November 2014), pp. 28-30; Big Holes in the SDG Draft (with Gabrielle Köhler and Thomas Pogge), CROP Poverty Brief, (August 2014), pp. 1-3; Anna Hazare’s Anti-Corruption Movement and the Limits of Mass Mobilization in IndiaSocial Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 13:3, (July 2014), pp. 406-13.

Mr. Vikram Gupta

Mr. Vikram Gupta is Treasurer, Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR). Mr. Gupta, a qualified Chartered Accountant, also holds a degree in law. He has over thirty years of experience in finance, tax and investment.



Professor Amartya Sen

Nobel Laureate and Professor, Harvard University


Professor Stephen Marks

Professor, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University


Professor George Waardenburg

Professor Emeritus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam


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