A. K. Shiva Kumar

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Shiva Kumar
Born (1956-06-29) 29 June 1956 (age 67)
Alma mater
SpousePoonam Muttreja

A. K. Shiva Kumar (29 June 1956),[1] is a development economist, policy advisor, and evaluator, who has over the past 40 years, taught economics, undertaken evaluations, conducted research and policy analysis, worked closely with governments, international agencies, and civil society organisations to advocate for changes in public policy and legislation.[2] He teaches various courses at Harvard University, Indian School of Business, BITS School of Management, Young India Fellowship, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research and Ashoka University.[3] He is a board member of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, co-chair of Know in Violence in Childhood, and a member of the leadership councils of both the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Global Women's Institute, The George Washington University, Washington DC.[4] In addition to serving as a senior policy adviser UNICEFIndia (1992-2017), he was a member of India's National Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, constituted by the Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.[5] The council was set up in June 2004 to oversee the implementation of India's National Common Minimum Programme.

Early life[edit]

A. K. Shiva Kumar earned his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his MA in economics from Bangalore University. He also holds a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University.[5] At Harvard, Kumar's Ph.D. supervisor was Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.[6]


Kumar teaches economics and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University and S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai. [5][7] He has focused his research on poverty and human development, social sector analysis, and the impact of development policies on children and women. He is recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Mason Fellowship, and the Certificate of Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University.[8] He serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of Sanskriti Foundation.[8] Dr. Kumar is the convener of the Kolkata Group Meeting annual workshops which are organised by Pratichi (India) Trust, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and UNICEF India – and supervised and led by Amartya Sen.[9] He serves on the Academic Council of Ashoka University.[10] Kumar is also a member of the Executive Board of India's leading environmental protection organisation – the Centre for Science and Environment.[11] In 2011, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India constituted an Audit Advisory Board (AAB) of which Dr. Kumar was a member.[12]

Kumar has been a regular contributor to UNDP's Annual Human Development Reports. He has also been associated with the preparation of national human development reports in a number of countries including Bhutan,[13] Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar and Serbia. He was appointed by the Government of Sikkim as advisor for formulating Sikkim's second Human Development Report.[14] In 2003, Kumar co-edited the book Readings in Human Development. His other publications include the Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) (Oxford University Press, 1999) and a co-authored report entitled, Women in India: How free? How Equal, for the UN System in India. He also put together The Oxford Handbook of Population and Development.[15] Dr. Kumar released the Delhi Human Development Report 2013 along with Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.[16]

He formerly served as the Director of the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD), New Delhi.[17] The IC4HD was a constituent of the United Nations and along with support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India).[18]

Other activities[edit]

  • Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, Member of the Board (since 2016)[19]

Further reading[edit]

PhD thesis[edit]

  • Kumar, A. K. Shiva (1992), Maternal capabilities and child survival in low income regions: an economic analysis of infant mortality in India, Harvard University.



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  2. ^ "Faculty Profile". Ashoka University. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Welcome". Ashoka University. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ University, Ashoka. "Faculty/Staff". Ashoka University. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Dr. A. K. Shiva Kumar, Member NAC". National Advisory Council. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. ^ ET, Team. "His pupil gives him a wider vision". The Economic Times.
  7. ^ "Indian School of Business Faculty information". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Sanskriti Foundation Board of Trustees". Sanskriti Foundation. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Tag Archives: Amartya Sen". kracktivist. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Academic Council". Ashoka University. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Executive Board Members". CSE India. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  12. ^ "CAG's Audit Advisory Board Constituted". Press Information Bureau. Govt. of India.
  13. ^ "National Portal of Bhutan UNDP Assistance to be evaluated". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  14. ^ "AK Shiva Kumar is Advisor for Sikkim's Human Dev report". iSikkim. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  15. ^ Kumar, A. K.; Panda, Pradeep; Ved, Rajani R. (2010). Handbook of population and development in India. New Delhi: Institute for Human Development Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198069294.
  16. ^ "Delhi Human Development Report 2013" (PDF). Institute for Human Development. Retrieved 1 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "The Vietnam model". Indian Express. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Supporting the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD)". UNDP. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014.
  19. ^ Board Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

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