CHAIRMAN, MANAGING COMMITTEE
Arvind Mayaram -Former Finance Secretary, Govt. of India
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
C. Rangarajan – Dr. C.Rangarajan is the Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
He was Governor, Andhra Pradesh, India from 24th November, 1997 to 3rd January, 2003. He was Governor, Reserve Bank of India between December 22, 1992 and November, 1997. He was a Member of the Planningspan Commission, Government of India, from 21 August 1991 to 21 December, 1992. He held the position of Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, for almost a decade from 12 February 1982 to 20 August 1991.
After obtaining his Honours Degree from Madras, he went to the University of Pennsylvania wherefrom he took his Ph.D degree in Economics. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards. Read More
PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL
Nitin Desai – Former Under Secretary General of UN
Mr. Nitin Desai, a graduate of LSE, taught economics at two UK Universities, worked briefly in the private sector, had a long stint as a government official in India and then joined the UN in 1990 from where he retired in 2003. In India he was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later in the Ministry of Finance as the Chief Economic Adviser (1988-90). In the UN, where he was under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, his major work was the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002).
After his retirement he has been involved in a variety of public policy activities nationally and internationally. He continued to assist the UN until December 2010 as Special Adviser on Internet Governance to the UN Secretary General and the chair of the multi stake holder group that organises the annual Internet Governance Forum. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and the National Broadcasting Standards Authority. He is an Honorary Fellow of the LSE. He is the chair of the Governing Board of the Institute of Economic Growth and the Governing Council of the National Institute of Urban Affairs. He is associated with many NGOs and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Wide Fund for Nature International, the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and the Executive Council of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard. Read More
VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL
Vikram Singh Mehta – Chairman, Brookings India
Vikram Singh Mehta is the Chairman, Brookings India. Vikram Singh Mehta, Executive chairman of Brookings India and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has spent most of his career in the petroleum sector. In 1980, after working with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for two years, Mehta (1972-75); joined Phillips Petroleum in London as a senior economist. In 1984 he returned to India to work for the government company Oil India Ltd. as advisor for strategic planning. Four years later, he went back to London to work for Shell International in different capacities (managing director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt starting in 1991 and chairman of the Shell Group in India starting in 1993), retiring from Shell in 2012. Mehta was chairman of the Hydrocarbon Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a member of the CII’s National Council. In addition to his positions at Brookings India and the Brookings Institution, Mehta is an independent director of several companies including Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (the leading engineering and construction conglomerate in India), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (the largest tractor and SUV manufacturer in India, among other activities), Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, and Colgate Palmolive India Ltd. He has a regular column in the Indian Express and Financial Express (two leading Indian newspapers), and he is the author of many published papers. He was honored as Asia House’s Businessman of the Year in 2010, and he received the Asia Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability’s Best Independent Director award in 2016. Mehta is a member of the Board of Advisers of The Fletcher School and the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deen Dayal University of Petroleum. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award for India and a member of the Board of Governors of Doon School. He holds a B.A. mathematics honors degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, a B.A./M.A. economics honors degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and a postgraduate degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. 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 Read More
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.
♦ 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. Read More
Amitabh Kumar – Partner, J. Sagar Associates
Amitabh, a retired Indian Revenue Service Officer, has handled diverse assignments in the sphere of Regulation, Public Finance and Policy in an illustrious career of 31 years. He has served as the first Director General of the Competition Commission of India from 2004 to 2009. He was involved in the Policy and Regulatory Framework set up in the initial years of the Competition Authority. He further assisted the Government in drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007. Amitabh was also responsible for drafting nine implementing regulations, besides making a significant contribution to the Competition Advocacy initiative of the authority. He was the Departmental Representative for the Income Tax Department at the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for six years, where he handled complex Tax cases. He also has consulting experience with the African Development Bank, The World Bank, UNDP and Department for International Development (UK) in strategic policy areas. He has also served on the Board of several public sector undertakings. Recently, he was member of a committee appointed by the government to recommend a National Competition Policy document and necessary amendments to the Competition Act, 2002. During the last few years, working with JSA, he has handled complex cases of abuse & cartels besides merger filings and organizing competition compliance programmes. 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.
– Supreme Court Bar Association – Delhi High Court Bar Association – International Bar Association – American Bar Association – Bar Council of Delhi – Vice President-Energy Bar
– 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. Read More
Isher Judge Ahluwalia -Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia is a renowned Indian economist, with wide experience in the fields of economic growth, productivity, industrial and trade policy reforms, and urban planning and development. She is currently Chairperson on the Board of Governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading think-tank based in New Delhi engaged in policy oriented research. At ICRIER, Dr Ahluwalia is leading a major research and capacity building programme on the challenges of urbanisation in India. She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in the year 2009 for her services in the field of education and literature.
Dr Ahluwalia has written a number of books, the latest being “Transforming Our Cities: Postcards of Change” (HarperCollins, 2014), and a co-edited volume titled “Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward” (Sage India, 2014), which proposes critical reforms and policy interventions. She is also the co-editor together with Prof. IMD Little of “India’s Economic Reforms and Development: Essays for Manmohan Singh” (OUP,2013),which is an updated version of the original volume published in 1998. Read More
Vijay Kelkar -Former Chairman, Thirteenth Finance Commission
He was awarded PADMA VIBHUSHAN, the second-highest civilian award in January 2011. He was the Chairman of the Thirteenth Finance Commission until January, 2010. Prior to that, he was Advisor to the Minister of Finance (2002-2004), and is known for his role in economic reforms in India. He was also the Finance Secretary in 1998-99, and in 1999 he was nominated as Executive Director of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the Board of the InternationalMonetary Fund.
Besides, he has held various notable positions in Government, Public and Private Sectors. Dr. Kelkar is also Chairperson for a Committee constituted by the Government of India on Revisiting & Revitalizing the PPP model of Infrastructure Development and Chairman for a Committee constituted by the Government of India to prepare a roadmap for enhancing the domestic production of oil and gas with sustainable reduction in import dependency by 2030.Read More
Ila Patnaik – Professor, NIPFP
Ila Patnaik is a Professor at NIPFP. Prior to this, she was the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India from May 2014 to December 2015. Prior to joining NIPFP, she has worked at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and as Economics Editor at the Indian Express. Her main area of interest is open economy macroeconomics, including issues related to capital flows, the exchange rate regime, monetary policy, business cycles and the financial sector in the context of opening of the capital account. Her recent papers deal with India’s experience with capital flows, methods for testing, dating and monitoring structural change of the exchange rate regime, an examination of the exchange rate regime in India and China, questions of moral hazard in the currency exposure of firms, and explaining the change in home bias against Indian firms.Read More
Payal Malik – Senior Advisor/Economist Competition Law , Policy and Regulation
Payal Malik is Adviser, Economics and Head of the Economics Division (Chief Economist) at the Competition Commission of India. She 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 – Former Member, Planning Commission of India
Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh is the Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi and former Member, Planning Commission, Government of India. He is Former (Founder) Director (Vice Chancellor), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai – An Advanced Research Institute.He was honored with Padma Bushan (third-highest Civilian Award) by the President of India in March 2009. Dr Kirit S. Parikh has a Doctor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree Economics from MIT, USA.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