Rajiv Kumar (economist)

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Rajiv Kumar
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2nd Vice-chairman of NITI Aayog
Assumed office
1 September 2017
Preceded byArvind Panagariya
Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
In office
2010 – 2012
Director and Chief Executive of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
In office
2006 – 2010
Chief Economist of Confederation of Indian Industry
In office
2004 – 2006
Principal Economist of Asian Development Bank
In office
1995 – 2005
Senior Consultant of Ministry of Industries and Ministry of Finance, Government of India
In office
1989 – 1991
Personal details
Born (1951-07-06) 6 July 1951 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Lucknow (Ph.D.)
University of Oxford (D.Phil.)

Rajiv Kumar (born 6 July 1951) is an Indian economist and is currently the vice-chairman of the NITI Aayog.[1] He is the chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics in Pune and founding director of Pahle India Foundation, a non-profit research organisation that specialises in policy-oriented research and analysis.[2][3] Kumar is the writer of several books on India’s economy and national security.[4] He is an economic columnist for major Indian publications and is a speaker on the Indian political economy.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Kumar holds a Ph.D. from the Lucknow University, which he received in 1978 and a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University which he received in 1981. He has Bachelor's Degree from St. Stephen college, Delhi University [6]


Rajiv Kumar (centre) with Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P. K. Misra, IAS (right) and a Japanese vice-minister incharge of policy coordination in Cabinet Office, Mamoru Maekawa (left) at a meet in New Delhi in March 2018.

Kumar was appointed Senior Research Program Officer, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in Delhi in 1982.[7] [8] He returned to ICRIER as the Director and Chief Executive in Feb 2006 and continued to be until August 2010.[9] He was a professor in Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) from 1987 to 1989.

He was appointed as the Senior Consultant, Bureau of Costs and Prices and served the Ministry of Industry, Government of India from 1989 to 1991. He served as the Economic Advisor in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, from 1992 to 1995. In 1995, he joined the Asian Development Bank in Manila as a Principal Economist, where he served until 2005.[3] He worked for the Confederation of India Industries as the Chief Economist for 2 years from 2004 – 2006.[3] He was the Secretary General at the FICCI from 2010 to 2012.[3] He became a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi from 2013 until January 2017.[3]


  • Modi and His Challenges. New Delhi. ISBN 9384898341. OCLC 951840612.
  • Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities. New Delhi. ISBN 9789332701632. OCLC 914465376.
  • Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India's Future. New Delhi. ISBN 9789332701540. OCLC 889174707.


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