Isher Judge Ahluwalia

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Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Born 1 October 1945
Nationality India
Field Urban and Industry

Isher Judge Ahluwalia is an Indian economist.[1] She is Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).[2]


Ahluwalia is a recipient of a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),[3] M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics, and a B.A. (Eco Hons) degree from Presidency College, Kolkata, University of Calcutta. Her research has focused on urban development, industrial development, macro-economic reforms, and social sector development issues in India. She has participated in numerous policy debates and has provided articles to many professionally arbitrated newsletters.

Personal life[edit]

Ahluwalia is married to Montek Singh Ahluwalia.[4]


  • 2009 – Padma Bhushan for Literature and Education by the Government of India.
  • 1987 – Batheja Memorial Award for best book on Indian Economy, "Industrial Growth in India: Stagnation since the mid-1960s".[5]


Ahluwalia is Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, and was the Director and Chief Executive from 1998 to 2002. She is Member of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council and is on the Boards of a number of premier research institutes in India. She holds a number of positions, e.g., Member, Board of Trustees of the International Water Management Institute.

Ahluwalia was appointed Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Services by the Ministry of Urban Development, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, in 2008. She was Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. from 2003 to 2006, and Member, Board of Trustees, IFPRI from 2000 to 2006. She was a Member of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the Asian Development Bank from 2006 to 2007, and Member of the Eminent Persons Group on India-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) – an association established by the respective governments. She was Vice Chairperson the Punjab State Planning Board from 2005 to 2007.


Ahluwalia has written a number of books, the latest being Transforming Our Cities: Postcards of Change (HarperCollins), and a co-edited volume titled Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward (Sage India), with Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University and P K Mohanty, former Secretary, Housing, Government of India. She is also the co-editor of India’s Economic Reforms and Development: Essays for Manmohan Singh (OUP,1998) [6] [7]