Sanjeev Sanyal

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Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian economist, bestselling writer, environmentalist, and urban theorist. He is currently Deutsche Bank's Global Strategist and is widely regarded as one of Asia's leading economists.[1][2] A Rhodes Scholar and Eisenhower Fellow, he was named "Young Global Leader 2010" by the World Economic Forum at Davos.[3] He is also the author of two best selling books "The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline" (published by Penguin and World Scientific)[4] and "Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography", published by Penguin in 2012.[5]


Sanyal has worked in financial markets since the mid-nineties and is widely regarded as one of Asia's leading economists.[6][7] His writings on the global economy and financial markets are widely read and quoted in the world of international finance. In 2013, he took on the United Nations Population Division in a high-profile debate on its population projections.[8] Sanyal argued that the UN's widely used population forecasts were fundamentally flawed. Sanyal is also known for arguing that conventional economists are wrong to demand perpetual "global balance". His view is that all periods of economic growth are characterized by some form of symbiotic imbalance and that the focus should be on managing the distortions caused by the imbalance rather than forcing a return to some preconceived equilibrium. [9]

Sanjeev Sanyal is also a well-known environmentalist and expert on the economics of cities.[10] He has been a strong advocate of including "walkability" and organic evolution in the way we think of cities.[11] He is Founder of the Sustainable Planet Institute, a member of the Steering Committee of "Urban Age" at the London School of Economics and is also a Senior Fellow of the World Wildlife Fund. He is the co-founder and Director of GIST - a think-tank that is a pioneer in the field of environmental accounting.[12] He has been closely involved with Aavishkaar MicroVenture Fund which won the UN's World Business Award for 2006. He has been an Adjunct Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. In 2009, he joined the Board of Governors of AFPRO, one of India's largest organizations working on food security and has also advised the UK government, United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies.

He writes frequent columns for Project Syndicate, Business Standard and several other publications.[13][14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Sanjeev Sanyal was named Young Global Leader for 2010 by the World Economic Forum in Davos, an honour given to select individuals below the age of 40 for outstanding contributions across disciplines including politics, academia, sports, business, and art. He is a Rhodes Scholar (1992–95) and was also awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2007 for his work on urban systems.[15] In 2008, CNBC profiled him as a "Young Turk" in recognition to his contributions to Asia's financial markets.[16] The Singapore government honored him as a Young Leader 2014 at the World Cities Summit held in June 2014.[17]

In July 2014, Sanyal won the first International Indian Achiever's Award for his contributions to Literature at the inaugural gala event in Mumbai.[18] The award will given every year to Indians who have excelled in different fields on the international stage.


Sanyal comes from a family that played an important role in India's Freedom Struggle against British colonial rule. His great grandfather Nalinaksha Sanyal was the Chief Whip of the Congress Party in the provincial assembly of undivided Bengal and a vocal opponent of colonial policies during the Bengal Famine of 1942. His granduncle was Sachindra Nath Sanyal who was one of founders of the revolutionary movement and a mentor to revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad.[19]

Sanjeev Sanyal was born in Kolkata and studied at St.Xavier's School and St.James' School. He attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and St John's College, Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar representing India (1992–1995).[20] He is from the same class as Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, and Cory Booker, the Democratic Senator from New Jersey.[21]


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