Authors

  • Aakash Sharma

    Aakash Sharma is a student of English Literature currently pursuing his master's degree from the University of Delhi. He is also a student of political science and is learning Mandarin Chinese language from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. He researches and writes on the contemporary issues of social and public policies that are set forth by the government. His writing experience consists of writing research papers, articles and essays on various socio-political, economic and literary-cultural issues.
  • Ajay Vir Jakhar

    Ajay Vir Jakhar is a citrus farmer based in Village: Maujgarh, Tehsil: Abohar, District: Fazilka in Punjab, India. He is member of various co-operatives societies and actively participates in their activities. He is Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum, India) which was formed in 1955 and is a non-political, non-sectarian association of farmers’ advocating for farmer prosperity. He regularly holds seminars and conferences on issues of relevance to the farming community and participates and speaks at various national and international forums. His articles appear regularly in various newspapers and other publications. He is the editor of agriculture magazines: “Farmers’ Forum” and “Krishak Samachar”, targeting farmers, policymakers and others who influence policy in India. Ajay passionately advocates policies for farmer prosperity, self-sustainability and equal opportunities. He enjoys walking and reading.
  • Amitabh Kant

    Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India - An Incredible Story. Mr. Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research. Mr. Kant also conceptualized the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stakeholders in the tourism development process. Mr. Amitabh Kant was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.
  • Aruna Sundararajan

    ARUNA SUNDARARAJAN, IAS Ms. Aruna Sundararajan is India’s Telecom Secretary and one of the most senior civil servants of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the country. A 1982 batch IAS officer from Kerala Cadre, Ms. Sundararajan, has over three decades of experience in a variety of leadership roles in the Central and State Governments, especially in Economic and Development Administration, Investment Promotion and IT/Telecom Domains. Presently, as the Secretary in the Ministry of Telecom, she is spearheading the rapid growth of telecommunications services, which is the basic underlying platform for comprehensive development of the country.
  • Arvind Virmani

    Arvind Virmani is a noted economist with expertise in macroeconomic policy, finance and international trade. He has been an adviser to the Indian Government at the highest levels for 25 years, including as Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance and Principle Adviser, Planning Commission. During this period, he advised on a host of economic policy reforms, as Chair of committees on Public Debt management and Customs duty reform, member of numerous committees and over a hundred policy papers and notes. He also served as Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Appellate Tribunal for SEBI Act, Chairman, Board of Trustees of SBI Mutual Fund, and Director on the Boards of several financial institutions [LIC, PNB, Allahabad Bank and UTI (Trustee)].
  • B Yerram Raju

    Dr. Yerram Raju Behara an economist was a career banker of nearly 3 decades' experience in SBI (1966-1994) holding responsible positions. One of the 1100 economists participating in World Economic Survey of ifo-WES, Germany every quarter since June 2018. Authored/co-authored 15 books and around 2000 articles in financial dailies and reputed national and international journals. Forthcoming Publication: - The story of Indian MSMEs -Despair to Dawn of Hope.
  • Bibek Debroy

    Bibek Debroy is an economist and was educated in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narendrapur; Presidency College, Kolkata; Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge. Presently, he is Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India. He has worked in Presidency College, Kolkata (1979-83), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune (1983-87); Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-93); as the Director of a Ministry of Finance/UNDP project on legal reforms (1993-98); Department of Economic Affairs (1994-95); National Council of Applied Economic Research (1995-96); Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (1997-2005); PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2005-06); and Centre for Policy Research (2007-2015). Dr. Debroy was also Member, NITI Aayog up to 5th June 2019. He has authored/edited several books, papers and popular articles and has also been a Consulting/Contributing Editor with several newspapers.
  • Charan Singh

    Dr. Charan Singh is Visiting Faculty in the Economics & Social Sciences area of IIM Bangalore. His research and teaching areas include Monetary, Fiscal, Debt Management, International Reserves, Financial Markets, Banking, and Infrastructure. Prior to joining IIMB, he served as Senior Economist at the IEO of IMF from 2009-2012. He was Director (Departments: Research; Debt Management) at the RBI from 1997-2009 where he had joined in 1984 as a Research Officer in the Economic Policy Department. Earlier, he was Management Trainee with Punjab National Bank.
  • G Srinivasan

    Shri G. Srinivasan, Director joined the National Insurance Academy, Pune with effect from 11th December 2018. Shri G. Srinivasan has more than 38 years of experience in General Insurance Industry both in India and abroad. A well-known name in the Indian financial sector, he is the longest serving CMD of Public Sector Insurance Companies. His last appointment was that of Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the largest Indian Insurer, The New India Assurance Co. Ltd. Prior to joining The New India Assurance Company Ltd. in 2012, he was the Chairman-Cum-Managing Director of The United India Insurance Company Limited. Earlier he had served as MD of The New India Assurance Co. (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd., Port of Spain.
  • Gulshan Rai

    Dr. Rai has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, including e-governance, cyber security and cyber laws. He led a team to set up National Watch and Alert System in India. Dr. Rai has over the years helped in the drafting of national policies on cyber laws and cyber security. As the Executive Director at ERNET India, Dr. Rai was instrumental in setting up the first large scale education and research network in close collaboration with leading educational and research institutions. During his tenure, the project — National Knowledge Network — was designed and evolved.
  • Gyanendra Keshri

    Consulting Editor, INCLUSION
  • Hari Sankaran

    For close to 28 years, Hari Sankaran, former vice chairman and managing director of IL&FS, was busy charting the course of the infrastructure financier alongwith its former Chairman Ravi Parthasarathy.
  • SKOCH Group

    SKOCH Group is India's leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997. The group companies include a consulting wing, a media wing and a charitable foundation. SKOCH Group is able to bring an Indian felt-needs context to strategies and engages with fortune-500 companies, state-owned enterprises, government to SMEs and community-based organisations with equal ease. The repertoire of services include field interventions, consultancy, research reports, impact assesments, policy briefs, books, journals, workshops and conferences. SKOCH Group has instituted India’s highest independent civilian honours in the field of governance, finance, technology, economics and social sector.
  • Team Inclusion

    INCLUSION is the first and only journal in the country that champions the cause of social, financial and digital inclusion. With a discernable and ever- increasing readership, the quarterly relentlessly pursues the three inclusions through its rich content comprising analysis, reportage, features, interviews, grassroots case studies and columns by domain experts. The magazine caters to top decision makers, academia, civil society, policy makers and industry captains across banking, financial services and insurance.
  • J K Dadoo

    Mr J.K. Dadoo, IAS (Retd.) holds a Master degree (MBA) in Marketing from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is also Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Delhi University and topped Delhi University in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College. He has been with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry since 2011, first as Joint Secretary and then as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser and superannuated in Dec. 2017
  • K J Alphons

    Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam or K. J. Alphons (born 8 August 1953) is an Indian civil servant, advocate, and politician from Kerala. He is the former Union Minister of State for Culture, and Tourism, in office since 3 September 2017 to May 2019 under the B.J.P. Government of Narendra Modi. He is currently serving as a Rajyasabha MP. He is the second BJP Central Minister from Kerala after O. Rajagopal. Alphons Kannanthanam belongs to the 1979 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.), Kerala cadre. He served as Commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority.
  • K T Rama Rao

    Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao is presently the Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs and has been representing Sircilla Assembly Constituency since 2009. K.T. Rama Rao was born in Siddipet, Telangana, and grew up in politically and socially active environment. He has completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Nizam College, Hyderabad. He has two post-graduate degrees – M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and the other is MBA in Marketing and E-Commerce from Baruch College-City, University of New York, New York.
  • K V Subramanian

    Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian is currently the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India. A PhD from Chicago-Booth and a top-ranking IIT-IIM alumnus, Krishnamurthy Subramanian is one of the world’s leading experts in banking, corporate governance and economic policy. Subramanian is on leave from the Indian School of Business, a top business school in India and the only Indian institution to be ranked in the world’s top 100 for path-breaking research.
  • Lord Meghnad Desai

    Born in India, Meghnad Desai is a member of the British House of Lords and an emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, where he taught from 1965 to 2003. In 1992, established the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE. From 1990 to 1995, he was director and founding member of the LSE’s Development Studies Institute. In 1991, he was made Lord Desai of St. Clement Danes.
  • M Damodaran

    Meleveetil Damodaran is a business executive and former government official, presently Advisor and Chief Representative in India for the ING Group of Netherlands. He served as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India's financial markets regulator, from February, 2005 to February, 2008. Prior to this, he served Head of IDBI, a development finance institution which he converted to a bank. He was also Chairman of Unit Trust of India, then India's largest mutual fund from July, 2001 to December, 2004. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Service, Manipur-Tripura cadre, which is the administrative civil service of the Government of India, and served as Joint Secretary of the Banking Division of the Indian Ministry of Finance for five years. He is also a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.
  • M Ramachandran

    Dr M. Ramachandran, an IAS officer of the 1972 batch, served State and Central Government in India for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2010. Born and brought up in Kerala, he served in various positions including that of the District Magistrate and Collector, Rae Bareli. He rose to be the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand and was Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, for close to four years. Post retirement, he continues to be active in the urban sector and governance areas. He is associated with various national level endeavors in the capacity of Chairperson of the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, Chairman of the National Urban Transport Awards Committee, Chancellor of a University and Senior Advisor to the Green Buildings Council. Dr Ramachandran has a Master’s degree in Economics, MPhil in Economic Planning and PhD on Project Planning. His published works are Uttarchal: ideas that worked, Urban Renewal, Building from the Bottom: Infrastructure and Poverty Alleviation, Delhi Metro Stations and Surroundings, Metro Rail Projects in India, India’s Urban Confusion, Reforming Urban Transport in India: Issues and Best Practices and Mavericks of Mussoorie.
  • N C Saxena

    Dr.Naresh Chandra Saxena was the topper of his batch in the Indian Administrative Service, which he joined in 1964. He retired as Secretary, Planning Commission, Govt of India (GOI). He also worked as Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, and Secretary Minorities Commission (GOI). He was a Member of the National Advisory Council from 2004 to 2008 and 2010 to 2014. During 1993-96 he was Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, which trains senior civil servants. On behalf of the Supreme Court of India, Dr Saxena monitors hunger based programmes in India.
  • N K Singh

    Dr N K Singh is a renowned politician, economist and former top bureaucrat. He was appointed the Chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission in 2017, prior to which he was a member of the Rajya Sabha from the state of Bihar. He served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and the Committee on Local Area Development Scheme, the Public Accounts Committee, the Consultative Committee on Finance, the Committee on Rules, the Housing Committee and the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change. He was also on the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development and the Committee on Public Undertakings. He is presently Member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Narendra Singh Tomar

    Sh. Narendra Singh Tomar is a leader of Bhartiya Janta Party and the cabinet Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, and Mines in the Modi's Government. He contested an won from Morena constituency in Madhya Pradesh by a margin of over two lakh votes.
  • Nilesh Sathe

    Nilesh Sathe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIC Nomura Mutual Fund Asset Management Company has been appointed as Member - Life at Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). He has been appointed to fill up the position vacated by Mr. Sudhin Roy Chowdhury when he retired in February 2014.
  • Porush Singh

    As Division President, South Asia for Mastercard, Porush Singh is responsible for driving core business growth and capitalizing on the nascent but fast-growing emerging payments opportunities in South Asia. He will continue to deliver innovative solutions in the payments industry to achieve Mastercard’s vision of a world beyond cash. Prior to this new role, Porush was Senior Vice President and Group Head, Core Products, Global Products & Solutions for Mastercard Asia Pacific. In this capacity, he led the development and management of consumer and commercial products for Asia Pacific, including debit, credit, commercial, prepaid, and loyalty solutions.
  • Ram Sewak Sharma

    Dr R S Sharma was appointed Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on 10 of August2015. Prior to joining TRAI he was Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Electronicsand Information Technology. He has also worked as ChiefSecretary to the State Government ofJharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the UniqueIdentification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for the overall implementation of theproject to provide Unique Identification (christened as “Äadhaar”) for all residents.
  • Rohan Kochhar

    His work primarily involves research, grassroots field assessments, impact evaluation and evidence based policy advice to the government and private sector. Prior to SKOCH, he was a Consultant with APCO Worldwide in their Public Policy practice in New Delhi and has formerly interned under Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Mr. U K Sinha and Mr. Jayant Sinha.
  • Sameer Kochhar

    Sameer Kochhar, Chairman of SKOCH Group, is a passionate advocate of social, financial and digital inclusion. In 1997, after spending 15 years in the corporate world, he decided to follow his inner calling and become a development thinker. Ever since, he single-mindedly applied himself to the rigours of self-education, academic research and field tours. The SKOCH Group – which has a think tank, media and consultancy arms – was established as part of this endeavour. His expert opinion is sought by the government. In Kochhar's thinking, writings and activities, his profound admiration for Indiaís economic reforms – and in extension, those outstanding personalities who strive to make these reforms more meaningful and broad-based – comes out clear and unambiguous.
  • Sharad Sharma

    Sharad is one of the active technology angel investors in India with about two dozen investments. Details at https://angel.co/sharad-sharma and http://www.letsventure.in/person/SharadSharma Sharad is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India. He is the co-founder and Governing Council member of iSPIRT. He was the Chair of the NASSCOM Product Forum and a member of the Executive Council from 2009-13. He has held a number of senior executive positions with leading technology companies. Most recently he was an SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of India R&D. Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur. Sharad is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc.
  • Vineet Patni

    Vineet is an experienced Insurance, Banking, Healthcare & Digital business Professional. He has over 23 years of successful career in positions of increasing responsibility in various International markets & Bluechip companies. He has a solid track record of leading Organizations through restructuring & change, exceeding set goals & has successfully managed most business lines within Insurance Company & Consumer Bank. He has held CXO level, Board positions, and member of Managing committee & worked with Board & Shareholders of leading & complex Joint ventures. He has supervised large teams of over 5000+ employees spread across 400+ cities, 200+ Partners, with over 20,000 customer touch points and currently active in start-up ecosystem and advises companies in Singapore, India, Middle East, Africa & Netherlands.
  • Vinod K Paul

    Prof. Vinod Paul, a pediatrician by training, has been on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, since 1985, and head of the department for nearly a decade. Prof. Paul is a fellow of all the three science academies of the country, and a recipient of the Dr. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research and the Public Health Champion award. He has conferred the prestigious san Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize by WHO at the 2018 World Health Assembly.
  • VK Sharma

    Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma, born on 19th December, 1958 is a post-graduate from Patna University. Shri Sharma joined Life Insurance Corporation of India as Direct Recruit Officer in 1981 and grew up with the Corporation since then. He held various challenging assignments pan India and in all operational streams including in-charge positions at different levels. Working across length and breadth of the country has added immensely to his experience and honed his understanding of demographics of the country, socio-economic needs of different regions and multi-cultural challenges in implementation of Corporate’s objectives.
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