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High Level Committee Member Profiles

Members of the Committee


Dr. Bibek Debroy


Research Professor
Focus Areas: Economic Policy Analysis, Law, Regulation and the State

Dr. Bibek Debroy, an economist by profession, is an alumnus of the Presidency College (Calcutta), the Delhi School of Economics and the Trinity College (Cambridge). Commencing his career as an academician, Dr. Debroy taught at his alma mater, the Presidency College, and later on at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Pune), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Delhi), National Council of Applied Economic Research (Delhi) and was also associated with the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, in the capacity of Director. Dr. Debroy has also served as Consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and also as the Secretary General of PHDCCI. He has also served in the capacity of Director for a project "LARGE" (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy), set up by the Finance Ministry and UNDP to examine legal reforms in the country. Dr. Debroy has also authored several books, papers and popular articles, and continues to be the Consulting Editor of some of the most prominent financial newspapers in the country. He is presently a distinguished member of the National Manufacturing Competitive Council


Shri K. M. Chandrasekhar



Vice Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board

Former Central Cabinet Secretary

Shri K. M. Chandrasekhar (born February 20, 1948), is a retired Indian civil servant, who was the 29th Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of India. He is now the Vice-Chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board.

He is a 1970 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Kerala Cadre.

Shri Chandrasekhar was born in Kerala and his father, Shri Kesava Menon, was Chairman of the Railway Service Commission. After graduating from St Stephens College in New Delhi, he secured an MA in history from the University of Delhi and subsequently in Management Studies from the University of Leeds.

Shri Chandrasekhar earlier served as the Revenue Secretary of India and also India's Ambassador to WTO in Geneva before which he was a Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Commerce. Shri Chandrasekhar was the first IAS officer at Director of Fisheries in Kerala and Managing Director(MD) of Civil Supplies in Ernakulam.

He has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board with Cabinet rank on 15-June-2011.



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Shri Gurcharan Das


Author, Commentator, public speaker, Intellectual.

Shri Gurcharan Das, is an Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. He authored “”The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma”, which analyses the epic, Mahabharata. His international best-seller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India through independence to the "global information age", and has been published in many languages, besides having been filmed by BBC. He is a regular columnist for six Indian newspapers in English, Hindi, Telugu and Marathi. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Shri Gurcharan Das was born on 3rd of October 1943, in Lyallpur, India (now Pakistan) into a Punjabi Hindu family. His partly autobiographical novel, “A Fine Family”, sheds light on his early life. After the partition, his family migrated to India. His father was an engineer with the government and he spent his childhood in Shimla and Delhi. When staying in Delhi he studied in Modern School, he also went to a high school in Washington DC while his father was posted there in the mid-1950s. Shri Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer.

His other literary works include the novel “A Fine Family”, a book of essays “The Elephant Paradigm”, and an anthology “Three English Plays”.



Shri Partha Mukhopadhyay


Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Shri Partha Mukhopadhyay has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research since 2006. His last assignment was with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), where he was involved in nurturing  policy and regulatory frameworks for the flow of private capital into infrastructure projects.  Prior to this, he was with Export-Import Bank of India, as the first Director of their Eximius Learning Centre in Bangalore, and before that, with the World Bank, in the Trade Policy Division in Washington. 

He is currently a member of the Expert Committee on ICT for Indian Railways, Government of India and of the Working Group on Roads, National Transport Development Policy Committee and of the International Advisory Board of LIRNEasia, Colombo. Recently, he has worked with the Committee on Allocation of Natural Resources and the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh.

He has taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; XLRI, Jamshedpur and the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. His current research interests are in the development paths of India and China, urban development and infrastructure.



Shri Ravi Narain


Non-Executive Vice-Chairman, National Stock Exchange

M.A. (Eco.), MBA

Shri Ravi Narain, M.A. (Eco.), MBA, served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of National Stock Exchange of India Limited until March 31, 2013. Shri Narain began his career as an economic and policy consultant and joined the IDBI Bank Limited in the early 1980's. He served as a Deputy General Manager of Industrial Development Bank of India. Armed with degrees in economics from Cambridge University and business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a young Narain had a cushy job in Washington. But he came back to India to join IDBI for three reasons: one, he didn't want to be sucked into the easy life in the US; two, his father passed away, which forced him to simply pack his bags and leave; and three, he wanted to do something whose impact would go beyond just one particular organisation and IDBI gave him that huge canvas to experiment with different things..

After relinquishing the post of CEO at NSE, Shri Narain agreed to become non-executive independent director of Indostar Capital Finance Pvt. Ltd. He also sits on the board of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Apart from being non-executive vice-chairman of the NSE, Shri Narain is chairman of the working committee of the World Federation of Exchanges - a grouping of more than 50 bourses.



Shri Rajendra Kashyap


Former Financial Commissioner (Railways),

Chairman and Member of Remuneration Committee,

Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited.


Shri Rajendra Kashyap, IRAS, had been appointed as the Financial Commissioner (Railways) and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India on 21st October, 2013 and served in that capacity till 30th April 2014. Prior to this, Shri Rajendra Kashyap had been holding the additional charge of Financial Commissioner(Railways) with effect from 1st July, 2013 in addition to his own duties as Additional Member (Budget), Railway Board.

Shri Kashyap, belongs to 1976 exam batch of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS). He joined IRAS in 1977 and has served in various capacities on the Zonal Railways and in Ministry of Railways and Deptt. of Personnel and Training, Government of India. He completed his MBA from University of Strathclyde, U.K. He held the posts of Director Finance and Managing Director, Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) from February 2002 till August, 2011.


Shri Sanjay Chadha is Secretary to the Committee.

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