Senior Experts (Governing Council)

 

PRESIDENT EMERITUS
C. Rangarajan – Dr. C.Rangarajan is former Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.
C Rangarajan is an Indian economist, a former Member of Parliament and 19th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is the former Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, he resigned the day the UPA lost power. He is also the Chairman of the Madras School of Economics; former President of the Indian Statistical Institute; the Founding Chairman of the CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; former Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad; and a professor in Ahmedabad University Read More

 
 

PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL
Nitin Desai – Governing Council (TERI)
Mr Nitin Desai is a distinguished economist and a well-known voice in public policy for a nationally and internationally, especially in the sustainable development sector. He was in the Planning Commission and later served as the Chief Economic Adviser and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance. He also served as Senior Economic Adviser for the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) where he introduced the concept of sustainable development. He was the Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs in the UN, where his major contributions included the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit, the Copenhagen Social Development Summit, the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit. He oversaw the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the UN, and was the first Under Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. Read More

 
 

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL
Vikram Singh Mehta – Chairman, Brookings India
Vikram Singh Mehta is an Indian business executive turned analyst. He is a former CEO of Shell India. Mehta was executive chairman of Brookings India and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mehta is currently a director with the HT Media group. Mehta is Chairman and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP). Mehta also serves as an independent, non-executive director of Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Colgate Palmolive India, and Apollo Tyres. Read More

 
 

SECRETARY AND TREASURER

Pradeep S. Mehta – Secretary General, CUTS International
Pradeep S Mehta (69) is the founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), one of the largest consumer groups in India, with overseas centres in Geneva, Hanoi, Lusaka and Nairobi. CUTS has now completed 30 glorious years. Mehta studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior (higher secondary), St Xavier’s College at Calcutta University (B.Com) and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.Mehta serves/has served on several policy making bodies of the Government of India, related to trade, competition, environment and consumer affairs, including the National Advisory Committee on International Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Corporate Affairs’s Committee on a National Competition Policy and allied matters. He also served on the founding Executive Board of the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva and chairs the Advisory Board of the South Asia Network on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu.Mehta also serves/has served on the advisory boards of Centre Advisory & Review Group of the Research Centre on Regulation and Competition, Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK; Institute for Consumer Antitrust, Loyola College, Chicago, USA; American Antirust Institute, Washington, DC, USA and the OECD’s Advisory Committee for Investment in Africa, OECD, Paris. In the area of trade policy, Mehta has been an honorary adviser to the Director General, WTO and Minister for Commerce & Industry, India. Currently, he is a member of a 12 member high level Stakeholders Panel to advise the DG, WTO on the future of the international trading system.In the past, he has served on the governing boards of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, Mumbai and the Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi.A prolific writer, gifted speaker, skilled trainer and organiser in the social field, Mehta has been named as one of the 30 most famous columnists in India by a leading newspaper in India. Over 700 articles of Mehta have been published in several newspapers and magazines on issues relating to consumerism, competition policy, and trade & economics.He has written and/or edited several books and monographs such as: Towards a Functional Competition Policy for India; Competition Regimes around the World; WTO and India: An Agenda for Action in Post Doha Scenario; Analyses of the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy; Multilateralisation of Sovereignty; How to survive as a consumer; Numbers, at what cost.” (Please check my website for the latest publications)
Web Address: www.PradeepSMehta.com
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CHAIRMAN, MANAGING COMMITTEE

Arvind Mayaram -Vice Chairman of the Rajasthan Economic Transformation Advisory Council
Arvind Mayaram has a PhD in Finance. Presently he is an independent thinker and Chairman, CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition. He has earlier held the positions of Finance Secretary and Special Secretary in Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He has also been the Alternate Governor for India on the Boards of World Bank, ADB and African Development Bank. He was India’s finance deputy in G20 and BRICS. He was also on the Boards of the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities Exchanges Board of India. He was India’s chief negotiator for BRICS New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, and co-chair of the Framework Working Group of G-20. He spearheaded the establishment of the framework for mainstreaming Public Private Partnership in India and designed the first PPP module for delivering infrastructure in the rural areas. He was Vice President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), formed under the aegis of UNCtAD, UNIDO, FIAS and MIGA for two terms in early 2000. He has been an investment promotion expert with the UNCTAD for several years and his expertise in the area of PPPs is internationally acknowledged. Read More

 
 

MEMBERS
Navaid Khan – Chairman, Grid Infocom
A highly respected and well connected management professional with over 45 years of operational and leadership experience, a thought leader in the corporate world, with a solid track record of
♦ building successful businesses organisations
♦ transitioning family businesses to professional management, a turnaround specialist.
♦ grooming next generation of business leaders
Initially gained comprehensive FMCG background-rich experience from managing regional operations to heading overall national operations, with emphasis on customer-facing activities, in leading organizations like Geep (now Gillette) and Lakme (now Unilever India).Since inception of cellular telecommunication business in India, have been engaged with leading organizations like Sterling(Swisscom), Hexacom, Bharti (Airtel) and Spice Telecom, successfully establishing cellular services in various regions in the country. In Bharti after handling operations as C.E.O. and exhibiting significant competencies in the area of corporate affairs was moved to handle the vital role of Chief of External Relations, directly reporting to Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal. In the year 2011 was appointed the Chief of Business Development in Metro Cash & Carry and helped establish expansion of Indian operations for the company. In the recent past have been Executive Director, Asia Pacific region at Frost and Sullivan, President at Sharda University, Chief Advisor to Newgen Software Technologies, Advisor to ETA Ascon-Star Group Dubai, Advisor to Cellular Operators Association of India and Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association.
Presently:
♦ Independent Director of National Waqf Development Corporation Ltd. under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
♦ Member of the governing council of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills, aimed at providing an all India level training to the minority population for skills.
♦ Member Coordination Committee of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (Govt. of India). The objective of the Mission is to reduce poverty among rural BPL and increase the income on sustainable basis.
♦ Expert Committee Member, Rajasthan E-Governance Council. The Chief Minister is the Chairman of this council.
♦ Telecom Advisory Board Member, Power Grid Corporation of India.
♦ CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and All India Management Association: actively associated with these institutions and had been the Chairman and member of many high powered committees of various industry forums. Had been for 3 years, Chairman of Rural Development Council of Assocham.
♦ Member of board of Directors / Governors of various other organizations:
-Chairman, Grid Infocom Pvt. Ltd. (http://www.gridinfocom.com/)
♦ B.E (Hons) in Engineering, BITS, PILANI; enjoy golf, travel, and reading.
* He is also the member of Managing Council , CIRC.
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Sharmila Chavaly – Advisor, NISG & Advisor, Climate Policy Initiative (India chapter)
Sharmila Chavaly holds a Masters degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Financial Planning and Programming  certificate of the International Monetary Fund.She has served in the Ministries of Railways and Finance in the Government of India, including as Director (ADB) and Joint Secretary (Infrastructure) at the Department of Economic Affairs,  Executive Director (PPP and Procurement) at the Railway Board and Principal Financial Advisor, Northern Railway. Her areas of work covered Public Private Partnerships, Infrastructure policy, Financing of Infrastructure & Project Finance, Sustainable Finance, Budget and Financial Planning, Foreign Exchange management, Public Procurement, Bilateral/Multilateral negotiations, setting up of the Infrastructure Investment Trusts and the revamped Real Estate Investment Trusts (InvITs and REITs), Municipal Bonds, Infrastructure Credit Rating Scale and the Credit Enhancement Fund, among others. She has served as Director on the Boards of the OVL, IIFCL and IRFC. She was the Indian representative of the Infrastructure Working Group of the G-20, the India-UK Financial Dialogue, the India-China Financial Dialogue and the India-US Task Force on combating the financing of terror and was tasked with processing India’s membership process of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). She was a member of the inter-ministerial Expert Group on Telecom and Member Secretary of the Committee for Revitalising PPPs chaired by Dr. V. Kelkar.She is currently Advisor, National Institute of Smart Government (NISG) and Advisor, Climate Policy Initiative (India chapter). Read More

 
 

Amit Kapur – Partner, J. Sagar Associates
Education: -LL B 1988 Delhi University, B Com (Hons.) 1985 Delhi University.Amit Kapur is a Partner with J. Sagar Associates since 2000. He has anchored the Firm’s Infrastructure practice since 1997 with focus on infrastructure sectors. Having served as Senior Partner of JSA since 01.04.2017, on 01.01.2019 Amit assumed office as the Joint Managing Partner of the Firm. His practice focusses on dispute resolution, public procurement, PPP and transactions in Energy (Power, Hydrocarbons, natural resources); Transport (Rail, Highways and Civil Aviation); Communications; Municipal Infrastructure and Social / Developmental projects. He is regularly consulted on Infrastructure, Regulatory and PPP issues by several ministries/bodies of Central and State Governments; Developmental Financial Institutions (the World Bank, PPIAF, WSP-SA, ADB); Competition & Sector regulators and leading Indian and foreign Corporates (like the Tata Group, Adani Group, GVK Group, GMR Group, Vedanta Group, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance ADA Group, Torrent). In recent past, he actively assisted the Kelkar Committee on Rejuvenation of Infrastructure Development (2015); He served as member of Ministry of Law appointed committee to review the Specific Relief Act, 1963 which led to amendment to the law in October 2018.Amit has been associated with several precedent setting Infrastructure and PPP projects like Delhi electricity privatisation; Metro Rail projects in Mumbai & Delhi; the first 3 ultra-mega power projects (each involving over US$ 3.5 billion); pilot projects for social/developmental Infrastructure, including:-
-Advising on constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory issues; drafting laws, delegated legislation, policies, regulatory instruments and reform/restructuring strategies.
-Transactions: Mergers & Acquisitions, investments, commercial arrangements and financing.
-Evolving frameworks, regulatory regime & policies to facilitate Public-Private-Partnerships and functioning of regulated utilities.
-Anchoring as counsel complex, precedent-setting commercial and regulatory matters before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Appellate Tribunals, Regulators (in Competition, Power, Hydrocarbons, Airports) and Arbitral Tribunals (particularly construction and project implementation disputes).
He has structured and conducted capacity building programs for Competition Commission of India; Ministry of Finance (for PPP); Electricity Regulatory Commissions in SAFIR; visiting faculty for Executive Education programs for National Law School of India University (Bangalore), IIM – Bangalore and SAFIR.For the past 15 years he has been a member of the National Infrastructure Council and Energy Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry. He serves on the Management Governing Council of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC). Amit is a regular speaker/faculty at International & National workshops and Programs on issues of Policy, Law, Regulation, Project Finance, reforms and private participation in Infrastructure and has published position papers and articles in established international and domestic journals.
Memberships:
-Supreme Court Bar Association-Delhi High Court Bar Association-International Bar Association-American Bar Association-Bar Council of Delhi-Vice President-Energy Bar
Recent Publications:
-Unpublished Chapter titled “Indian Regulatory State” in a forthcoming book being published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in 2019.
-Infrastructure Finance & Emerging Jurisprudence published in IDFC Law Reporter (9th Edition – 2017).
-Choice between the devil and the deep sea: Sanctity of contract or regulatory independence-published in ET Energy World on November 07, 2017.
– Economic Governance and the Wheels of Justice-published in annual magazine of the Indian Advocate, 2015.
– Challenges of Financing Infrastructure in India-presented at India Policy Forum’s conference, July 2015
-Plugging the Gaps: Need to revisit the Electricity Act, 2003-published in Power Line Magazine, December 2014.
-Grid Collapse of July 2012: Challenges of an Evolving Indian National Grid–published in the IBA Journal of Energy & National Resources Law, Vol. 31, No.1, 2013.
-Unshackling the market potential of the Power Sector: India–A Case Study, published in Private Equity Journal for India (Energy Sector), April 2007.
* He is also the member of Managing Committee, CIRC.
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Vijay Kelkar -Chairman of the Forum of Federations, Ottawa & India Development Foundation
Vijay L. Kelkar is an Indian economist and academic, who is currently the Chairman of the Forum of Federations, Ottawa & India Development Foundation, New Delhi and Chairman of Janwani – a social initiative of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune. He has been appointed as a trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (Puttaparthi, A.P.) on 4 January 2014. He was also the Chairman of the Finance Commission until January 2010. He was earlier Advisor to the Minister of Finance (2002–2004), and is known for his role in economic reforms in India. Prior to this, he remained Finance Secretary, Government of India he has been nominated as Executive director of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Read More

 
 

Payal Malik -Advisor (Economics) at Competition Commission Of India
Payal Malik is on secondment from the University of Delhi, where she is an Associate Professor of Economics. Formerly she was a Senior Research Fellow LIRNEasia. Her areas of expertise are competition law, policy and regulation. She has several years of research and economic consulting experience in network Industries such as power and telecommunication, ICTs, Innovation systems, and Infrastructure. Previously she has been a senior consultant at the Center for Infrastructure and Regulation, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India. At NCAER she has been a lead researcher on various infrastructure development projects including Telecom, Electricity, Highways, and Water and Sanitation. She was on the team that drafted the Electricity Act of India ushering competition into the sector. Her research and professional collaborations have been with NCAER, Delhi, OECD, Orbicom, IDEI, University of Toulouse, University Of Québec at Montreal, CEPR, JRC, European Commission, IPTS Seville, ICEGEC, Hungary, Department of Information Technology, TRAI, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Planning Commission of India, CSO, India, WSP-SA, World Bank and AFD, Paris. She has written both for professional journals as well as for the economic press. She is also a referee for many International telecommunications journals. She is also a board member of CPRsouth, a capacity building think tank that mentors young scholars in the area of communications policy research and has also represented CPRsouth at EuroCPR. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition. She has a BA (Hons.) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi and an MA and MPhil in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. She also has an MBA in finance from University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Read More

 
 

Rajendra S. Pawar – Chairman and Co. Founder, NIIT Group
Rajendra S Pawar is the Chairman and Co-Founder of NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, and founder of NIIT University. Under his leadership, NIIT has played a key role in shaping the growth of the Indian IT sector, by creating skilled manpower to drive its momentum. Having revolutionized the IT Training industry, he is now involved in establishing an innovative model in Higher Education, the not-for-profit NIIT University.Acknowledging Mr Pawar’s contribution to the IT industry in India, he has been awarded the country’s prestigious civilian honour, Padma Bhushan, by the President of India in 2011. Actively involved in India’s key Chambers of Commerce, he has also led several ICT industry initiatives including NASSCOM (2011-12) as its Chairman. Currently Mr Pawar is the Chairman of NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force that has been set up in response to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to see India emerge as a global hub of Cyber Security products and services. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Data Security Council of India.Mr Pawar served as a member on the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development (2009-2014) and has also been a part of the PM’s National Taskforce (1998), commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower. He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of India and is a Distinguished Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers.Mr Pawar’s contributions have been widely acknowledged and he has been conferred prestigious awards like- Distinguished Alumnus Award at IIT Delhi in 1995; The ‘IT man of the Year’ by IT industry journal, Dataquest in 1998; ‘Master Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young in 1999; Madhav Award in 1999 at the Scindia School, Gwalior.Known for promoting industry-academia alliances, Mr Pawar has been working closely with the country’s well-known educational institutions. He is on the Board of Governors of India’s premier institutions- the Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad and the Scindia School. He has also served on the boards of IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore, IIM Udaipur and has been a member of the University Court of Delhi University.Read More

 
 

Kirit Parikh – Founder Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)
Kirit S. Parikh is Emeritus Professor (on retirement as Director) and Founder Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. He has also served as Senior Economic Advisor to United Nations Development Programme. He has been a member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) for multiple Prime Ministers of India: Rajiv Gandhi, V.P.Singh, Chandra Shekhar, P.V. Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University. He did his M.Tech. (Structures) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has a D.Sc. in civil engineering and a master’s degree in economics from MIT, USA. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He has been the editor of “India Development Reports” which provide a non-governmental assessment of India’s development and policy options. Apart from these, he has been a member of numerous other boards of directors.He has also authored and co-authored more than 15 books in the areas of planning, water resource management, appropriate technology for housing, optimum requirement for fertilizers, energy systems, national and international food policies, trade policies, general equilibrium modeling and natural resources accounting. He has also published numerous articles.The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2009, for his contributions to public affairs. Read More

 
 

Syamal Kumar Sarkar – Director, The Energy and Resources Institute
A Doctorate in Economics (1991) from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, Dr S K Sarkar is working as Director, Water Resources Division, TERI since September 2014. He is responsible for carrying forward research agenda in the infrastructure sector, especially in the area of regulatory policy, energy reforms, water resources management, urban system infrastructure, and sustainable development including climate change. During 1998 till 2003 Dr Sarkar worked as Senior Fellow, TERI, and during 2005-2007 as Director, Division of Regulatory Studies and Governance in TERI.Dr Sarkar worked as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Water Resources during 2013, in the Department of Personnel and Training during 2013-14 & 2007-2013, and Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) during 1994-97. Prior to this, Dr Sarkar was with the environment regulatory authority, Government of West Bengal, and was responsible for the sustainable development in the State (2003-05). Also, worked as consultant with the Asian Development Bank (1998) and with the World Bank/PPIAF (Public private Infrastructure Advisory Facility) during 2003-04.During 1998-2003, Dr Sarkar was with the TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), New Delhi, as Senior Fellow, and worked on various projects concerning energy reforms, environmental infrastructure, natural resources management, and regulatory policy issues in India, Vietnam, Philippines, and other South Asian Countries. He was actively involved in the capacity building work of the South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation (SAFIR), a Forum assisted (since 1999) by the World Bank and PPIAF, and is a regular resource persons for this continuing program.Read More

 
 

Dr. Geeta Gouri – Former Member of the CCI
Dr. Geeta Gouri, former Member of the CCI, is an economist with 15 years of experience working as a Regulatory Economist. She served as Member (Economics) at the CCI for 5 years and prior to that as Director (Tariffs) at the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. This unique experience gives her the privilege of being Dr. Geeta Gouri, former Member of the CCI, is an economist with 15 years of experience working as a Regulatory Economist. She served as Member (Economics) at the CCI for 5 years and prior to that as Director (Tariffs) at the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. This unique experience gives her the privilege of being perhaps the only economist in India to be associated with the premiering of the two commissions, which ushered competition and markets reforms in the economy. Dr. Gouri has published extensively and delivered lectures on a wide range of subjects; “Pricing for Welfare; Petroleum Products in India”; “Privatization and Public Enterprise: The Asia-Pacific Experience”; “Towards Equity: New Economic Policy and Equity”.perhaps the only economist in India to be associated with the premiering of the two commissions, which ushered competition and markets reforms in the economy. Dr. Gouri has published extensively and delivered lectures on a wide range of subjects; “Pricing for Welfare; Petroleum Products in India”; “Privatization and Public Enterprise: The Asia-Pacific Experience”; “Towards Equity: New Economic Policy and Equity”.Read More

 
 

Augustine Peter – Economist, IES
Augustine Peter is an Economist and thought leader having served in the Indian Economic Service (IES) since 1982. He specialises in Investment, Trade and Competition policies. He was Member, Competition Commission of India during April, 2014 to January, 2019.He served as Director General (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas), Economic Adviser (Department of Commerce), Economic Adviser (Competition Commission of India), Director (Trade Policy Division, Department of Commerce) and Head (Transport Unit) Project Appraisal and Management Division, Erstwhile Planning Commission of India. Mr. Peter started his career as a Banker, working with the State Bank of India and the Indian Bank. He was Indian Delegate at the UNIDO Investment Promotion Service in Paris, representing the India Investment Centre. He was Lead Consultant with the Government of Nepal in 2002 and prepared draft Industrial and Investment Policies for that country. He has a number of papers in reputed Indian and international Journals and Books.Read More

 
 

Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia – Advisor, Observer Research Foundation

Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia is Advisor, Observer Research Foundation. He remains affiliated with The Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi, where he worked for three years and the CUTS Centre for Infrastructure Regulation and Competition (CIRC), New Delhi in an honorary capacity. His core skills are in in economic regulation; institutional development; political economy analysis; public sector financial management; performance management and governance backed by experience as a Senior Specialist with the Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network of the World Bank for over seven years in East Africa and extensive experience at senior levels in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce in the Government of India and in Finance and Industry in the Government of Uttar Pradesh. He has a Masters in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, New York; a post graduate Diploma in Financial Management from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Masters in History from St. Stephens College, Delhi. He hosts a blog: Opinion India (ahlu-india.com) which is also available at Times of India Blogs and writes for the Asian Age; swarajyamag.com and theglobalist.com (Washington DC). Read More