Board of Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics

The Team

Lord Meghnad Desai

The Academy's Chairman is renowned academic Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics, has 38 years of teaching experience and is a life peer at the British House of Lords.

Lord Meghnad Desai is a world-renowned commentator on globalisation and deglobalization. His current role is to serve as the founder Chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. A regular columnist for British and Indian newspapers, Desai has published many scholarly articles and several books.

Dr. Tushar Poddar

Managing Director, Global Macro Strategist, Member of Wellington Fund Management's Emerging Market Debt Team, Tushar Poddar is based in London. He conducts research on external debt markets, local debt markets, and foreign exchange markets, particularly for India, other emerging Asian economies, Middle Eastern economies, and Latin America.

He served as chief India economist and senior regional economist at Goldman Sachs (2006 - 2016) prior to joining MDAE in 2016.

Dr. Poddar worked at the International Monetary Fund for five years covering Emerging Markets and providing policy advice. The London School of Economics and Political Science has awarded him a PhD and an MSc in Economics.

Dr. Ajit Ranade

Dr. Ajit Ranade – Head of Academic Board, MDAE. He has a PhD in Economics from Brown University, B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He had been Professor ICRIER, New Delhi and Assistant Professor at IGIDR, Mumbai. He also served as Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. He was Government of India’s nominee as Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd., from September 22, 2007 to April 1, 2010. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, including the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility and the committee to review FEMA for Individuals. He writes at First Post, Business Standard, IBNLive, The Economist Times.

Advisory Board

P.D. Singh
Managing Director Head, Financial Institutions & Corporate Coverage

P.D. Singh is Managing Director of JPMorgan Chase Bank India. In his role, PD is responsible for driving multi-geography solutions across the spectrum, for J P Morgan's largest Financial Institution & Corporate clients. Over the last 10 years, PD has been integral to the development of J P Morgan's India franchise.

With more than 24 years of experience in banking, PD spent more than 10 years in various leadership roles at HSBC before joining J.P. Morgan.

A double MBA and an engineer from the University of Poona, PD holds a master's degree in business administration. Currently, he serves on the Banking & Finance Committee of Indian Merchants Chamber.

Roopank Chaudhary
Partner and Chief Commercial Officer, Human Capital Solutions, India and South Asia at Aon

He is a Partner and Chief Commercial Officer, Human Capital Solutions, India and South Asia at Aon. He is also part of the Regional Leadership team for McLagan, and the APAC head for the Insurance Practice. He has assisted many multinational and local financial services organisations with their human capital challenges in India, APAC and in the Middle East region. Roopank has authored various articles and shared perspectives on management issues in leading Indian media publications and is a regular speaker in several annual seminars and HR forums. He has over 15 years of industry experience across consulting and banking, having formerly worked at HSBC. An MBA in marketing and finance, he also holds a graduate degree in economics and a postgraduate degree in journalism.

Arijeet Banerjee
Head Corporate Risk - Wells Fargo - EGS

With over 30 years of experience as a teacher, economist and Risk Management, Arijeet has worked mostly in varied fields and specialises in Credit Risk Management. He currently heads the Corporate Risk of Wells Fargo - EGS. His previous role as the Managing Director in Deutsche Bank and Global Head of Credit Risk & Rating, he was responsible for assessing and managing the Credit Risk of Deutsche Bank’s global customers across the globe. Arijeet has a Master’s Degree in Economics from The Delhi School of Economics. He enjoys mentoring & teaching, travelling and trekking.

Dharmakirti Joshi
Chief Economist - CRISIL

Mr. Joshi holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Economics from Punjab University. As a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania, he attended Harvard University's program on Macroeconomic Policy and Management. A primary spokesperson for CRISIL on macroeconomic issues, he leads CRISIL's economic research agenda. He has extensive experience in macroeconomic analysis and medium-term economic forecasting.

Joshi has spent 30 years in economic research and consultancy. CRISIL was his first employer after 11 years at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). During his tenure at NCAER, Joshi worked on macroeconomic forecasting using computable general equilibrium and econometric models, macroeconomic reforms and fiscal policy.

Academic Board

Dr. Niranjan Rajadhyaksha
CEO, Artha India Research Advisors

Dr. Niranjan Rajadhyaksha is a CEO, Artha India Research Advisors. His research interests include macroeconomics, political economy and economic history. Previously, he was Executive Editor of Mint, a financial daily, where he managed the opinion section, wrote the daily editorials and the award-winning Café Economics column. He won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012 and the B.R. Shenoy Award for Economics in 2017. Niranjan is a member the board of trustees of the Centre for Civil Society. He was also a member of the advisory committee on the fifth volume of the official history of the Reserve Bank of India, written by Tirthankar Roy.

Dr. Mangal Goswami
Executive Director- South East Asian Central Bank (SEACEN)

Dr. Mangal Goswami - is currently the Executive Director of South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN). He has also worked as Desk economist for various IMF member countries. Before joining the IMF in November 2000, Mangal was an Economist at ABN AMRO Bank in their Global Trading Unit in Singapore during the Asian Financial Crisis. He has a PhD in International and Monetary Economics from Kansas State University and a B.A. from Coe College in the U.S.

Prof. Amlesh Kanekar
Director of Academic Programs, Meghnad Desai Academy

An Electrical Engineer from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Prof Amlesh Kanekar worked as Senior Director, Digital Banking Consulting, Oracle Financial Services Software. He has 30 years of experience in Information Technology in the Banking & Finance domain. His Leadership roles include Global Consulting Head for Digital Banking, Product development head for Digital Banking, Product QA head for Core Banking and Digital Banking, Delivery head for the virtual bank in Japan for Core Banking & Digital Banking.

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