Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Noted Economist | Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India


Ahluwalia began his career at the World Bank & joined the Indian Ministry of Finance in 1979. He subsequently served as Special Secretary to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Shri Ahluwalia has written on development economics, including Indian economic policy. His articles have been published in many prominent Indian and international journals and books. 

He was the former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India until 2014. 

In 1975, he co-authored 'Redistribution with Growth: An Approach to Policy'. He also authored 'Reforming the Global Financial Architecture' in 2004 in the Economic Paper No. 41 by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. 

Shri Ahluwalia holds several honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from Oxford University. He is an honorary member of Oxford, Magdalen College and is on the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea. 

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

A recipient of ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2011, he has held several advisory positions in the Indian Government & has been a key figure in India’s economic reforms since the mid-1980s.

Why Montek Singh Ahluwalia ?

Known for his contribution to public affairs, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia is also a distinguished visiting professor for the New York Stern School of Business.


He was the first director of the Independent Evaluation Office in India in 2001, chosen by the Board of the International Monetary Fund. Being a key player in the Indian economic reform process, he comes with a wealth of knowledge on topics like growth & skill development, among other things. 

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