Academic experts discuss India place in the global economy, and the panel attempts to project the next fifteen years for the country.
(PRESIDING: Arun Jaitley)
Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia
Mihir Desai, Harvard
Tarun Khanna, Harvard
Rakesh Mohan, Yale
Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance and Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs at Harvard Business School and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance. His academic publications have appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals. His work has emphasized the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. His research has been cited in The Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and several other publications. His C.V. is available here. He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance Programs, and served as the co-director of the NBER's India program.
Lord Meghnad Desai
Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai, Baron Desai (born 10 July 1940) is an Indian-born British economist and Labour politician. He unsuccessfully stood for the Speaker in the British House of Lords in 2011), the first ever non-UK born candidate to do so. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2008.
Arun Jaitley is a prominent Indian politician and a member of the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), currently the largest Opposition party in India. He is the leader of opposition in the RajyaSabha and has previously served as the Union Minister for commerce, industry, law and justice of the Government of India.
Rakesh Mohan is Professor in the Practice of International Economics of Finance, School of Management, and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Yale University from July 2010. He is also Non Resident Senior Research Fellow of Stanford Centre for International Development, Stanford University Stanford. He is Chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India, in the rank of Minister of State. In addition, he is Vice-Chairman, Indian Institute of Human Settlements; and Global Adviser, McKinsey and Company. During June 15, 2009 to December 15, 2009, he was Distinguished Consulting Professor at Stanford Centre for International Development at Stanford University. Prior to this, he was Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (September 9, 2002 to October 31, 2004 and July 2, 2005 to June 10, 2009). He was as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2004-2005. He is the author of three books on urban economics and two on monetary policy. His most recent book is, "Growth with Financial Stability: Central Banking in an Emerging Market: (OUP, 2011).
Arvind Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and professor of economics at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
A leading authority on the economy of India, he has been the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and has also work with the world Bank, IMF, WTO, and UNCTAD. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton.
According to Fareed Zakaria (editor of Newsweek International), Professor Panagariya has written "the definitive book on the Indian economy," in which he "puts to rest myths and settles debates with balance and fairness."
N.K. Singh is currently a Member of RajyaSabha (the Upper House of Parliament) from the State of Bihar. Mr. Singh has held senior civil service positions in the Ministries of Finance - Economic Affairs, Expenditure & Revenue Secretary- as well as in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He served as Secretary to the Prime Minister and was a Member of the National Planning Commission as well as Deputy Chairman of the Bihar State Planning Board. Mr. Singh has held advisory and leadership positions at the United Nations. He represented India in successive delegations to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, World Intellectual Property Organization and United Nations Development Programme.